Kuehne + Nagel Greece

3PL Provider

In over 120 years of history, Kuehne+Nagel has evolved from a traditional international freight forwarder to a leading global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions. Since 1890, when the business was founded in Bremen, Germany, Kuehne+Nagel has grown into one of the world’s leading logistics providers. Today, the Kuehne+Nagel Group has more than 900 offices in over 100 countries, with over 58,000 employees.

Since 1962 Kuehne+Nagel is operating in the logistics services market in Greece, starting as a joint venture with Proodos S.A. one of the leading forwarding companies in the market. Kuehne+Nagel Greece is also among the leading 3PL providers in Greece with many top multinational clients (depositors) served through a network of 7 distribution centers across the country handling complex logistics operations with extremely high quality and reliability.

The challenge

In the past, Kuehne+Nagel Greece used to rely on a WMS that was designed and developed by its own internal specialized IT and logistics staff. However as more depositors with complex warehousing and distribution requirements were added to K+N‘s 3PL infrastructure, establishing the company as a leading 3PL in Greece, it became apparent that the old in-house WMS was not enough to properly support the high complexity and volumes of the increased depositor base and the company’s sophisticated operational model shown later in the document.

In the above context, K+N Greece did an extensive market search looking for an advanced highly adaptable WMS, which had been designed from the very beginning to cover the demanding needs of a large 3PL provider.

The solution

The company finally selected MantisLogistics Vision Suite (LVS) due to the following main criteria:

  • LVS‘ state-of-the-art adaptability allowing K+N‘s specialized IT and logistics staff to start-up new depositors and adapt the system to the ever changing needs of the existing ones very fast as well as to deploy / support the system by their own internal resources.
  • The rich and proven functionality of LVS in a plethora of vertical market branches that would allow K+Nto safely and efficiently support its existing (consumer electronics, electrical appliances, spare parts, FMCG, …) and future depositors.
  • The extremely competitive TCO resulted from the above advantages.

K+N Greece incorporated its own know-how and best practices in LVS thus resulting in Palis (Proodos Advanced Logistics Information System – powered by Logistics Vision). The project started in middle 2004 and finished in December 2005 successfully covering all DCs and all types of depositors (3PL, Transit and Groupage).