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Logistics provider Kuehne and Nagel manage Louis Vuitton regional distribution centre

09 March 2010

Louis Vuitton Japan, a subsidiary of the LVMH Group, one of the world's most prestigious companies in the retail industry, has awarded Kuehne + Nagel Japan a contract for the management of its regional distribution centre in Osaka. Based on the systems and processes customised in this facility, Kuehne +
Nagel will further be responsible for setting up showcase warehouse
operations for all of Louis Vuitton's outsourced distribution centres

As a major part of the agreement, Kuehne + Nagel has leased a dedicated
logistics facility in Amagasaki, conveniently located between the seaports
of Kobe and Osaka. In order to enable maximum flexibility and efficiency,
Kuehne + Nagel provides a comprehensive warehouse solution, covering
layout design, material flow planning as well as the installation of ultramodern
security measures and advanced information systems fully
integrated with Louis Vuitton's worldwide operations. Particular emphasis
is placed on the fulfilment of the latest environmental standards; the facility
is among the first in Asia-Pacific that are accredited with an ISO14001

At the premises with a handling and storage capacity of 5,600 sqm,
Kuehne + Nagel's services will cover the inbound receipt of goods by
sea and air, label scanning, quality and quantity checks, pick-and-pack
operations, sales-ready preparation as well as reverse logistics for the
entire range of Louis Vuitton leather goods and accessories. In addition,
Kuehne + Nagel will provide value-added services, such as pre-wrapping
and care label tagging. A dedicated competence team of around 20
experts will support Louis Vuitton on a 24/7-basis with the most stringent
standards in security and operations.

Dave Goualier, Manager of Logistics, Supply Chain & Quality for Louis
Vuitton Japan, comments, "The sophisticated nature of our supply chain
requires a logistics provider to be capable of maintaining a reliable
balance between efficiency, flexibility and quality. The showcase
operations deployed in our new state-of-the-art distribution centre
underlines the competence of Kuehne + Nagel as a logistics service

"We are pleased to have been able to deliver significant improvements
to Louis Vuitton's supply chain. With our innovative portfolio of IT-based
integrated services, our goal is to support the retail giant in meeting its
existing and future logistics requirements," said Holger Beyer, National
Manager of Kuehne + Nagel Japan.

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