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DHL and French supermarket group Auchan renew partnership

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has renewed a contract for the continued management of Auchan’s inbound supply chain operations – a partnership that spans nearly ten years.

Auchan Retail, the second largest supermarket operator in France, and DHL International Supply Chain, the specialist supply chain management team of DHL Global Forwarding, will continue the provision of purchase order and vendor management, origin consolidation and destination coordination services as part of the deal.

“Our dual dedicated control tower structure – Hong-Kong at origin and Dunkirk in France, at destination – remains a key factor of successful coordination of day to day operations with customer’s teams in Asia and France; it ensures on-time arrivals of Auchan’s shipments using the most cost effective mode,” said Pascal Zakarias, head of operations DHL International Supply Chain France.

“DHL’s dedicated account management team holds the relationship with Auchan and drives the supply chain development agenda. We are very excited to carry on developing our ongoing collaboration with one of France’s retail leaders,” he said.

The duo will work together to focus on cutting direct and indirect costs, increasing communication between teams, direct to market programs and value-added services in an effort to increase savings and develop greener and more efficient inbound supply chain operations and processes.

Auchan Retail International’s head of operations Catherine Hennart, said: “Auchan has benefited from the partnership with DHL for nine years now and we want to continue benefiting from their experience, allowing us enhanced visibility on our processes and continued reductions on operating costs.”

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