DaimlerChrysler recognizes Exel as top global logistics supplier
Exel announced that it was honored as DaimlerChrysler’s top global supplier in the logistics category at an awards presentation coinciding with the 2005 North American Auto Show in Detroit, MI.
Only nine winners, each in unique categories, were recognized for benchmark performance in quality, system cost, technology and delivery.
“DaimlerChrysler is committed to co-operating with our suppliers so that they can develop into the benchmark in each of their competitive arenas,” said Thomas W. Sidlik, member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management responsible for Global Procurement and Supply. “The support of our suppliers is essential to the company’s goal to deliver value to DaimlerChrysler customers all over the world, and many suppliers are exceeding expectations every day.”
Exel’s relationship with the auto manufacturer has spanned more than two decades, which has led to a partnership above and beyond the industry norm. In addition to serving as DaimlerChrysler’s International Lead Logistics Provider, Exel manages five Regional Inbound Logistics Centers in the United States and Mexico, 10 MOPAR Dedicated Delivery Service Centers, and internal logistics Vitoria, Spain on behalf of Mercedes-Benz. MOPAR is DaimlerChrysler’s aftermarket service parts business.
Exel also provides DaimlerChrysler with multiple core services, including route planning and operation, parts sequencing, dedicated delivery, inbound and outbound shipment management, transportation management, and information management for reverse logistics.
“No matter whom the supplier, what the supplier makes, or where they make it, each has to meet the same parameters: quality parts, with appropriate technology, delivered on-time, at a fair price,” Sidlik noted.
In terms of quality, Exel has low critical production line shortages and from a material cost management perspective, Exel delivers cost savings. On an ongoing basis, the Exel team continues to implement new strategies to attain customer service goals.
Additionally, Exel earned back-to-back Chrysler Group Gold Awards for outstanding performance in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Ted Nikolai, Exel’s Automotive President, Americas, said, “Everyone associated with this account is deeply rooted into DaimlerChrysler’s business so that as a global company we can closely work with our client contacts at all levels to devise the most appropriate strategies. As a result, there is a level of mutual trust and support in this relationship that continues to produce opportunities for broader supply chain participation throughout the globe. We always want to be focused on the customer, and this approach ultimately will serve the interests of both organizations and pave the way for continued success.”
After accepting the award, Nikolai commented, “Our customer development and operating teams have been true champions throughout the past 20-plus years. Additionally, hundreds of associates deliver Exel’s value every day when they go to work on behalf of DaimlerChrysler and Exel to drive our trucks, operate our forklifts and answer our phones.”