Madrid – CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, has won a three year extension and expansion of its contract with one of Spain's leading home decoration and do-it-yourself (DIY) companies, AKI.
CEVA has worked continuously with AKI since 2010 and today it has a dedicated team of almost 100 employees who operate a 30,000 sq m centralized, multi user hub for the company at Ontigola, Spain. From there it receives, picks, handles, prepares orders and distributes a wide range of stock from the smallest light bulb through to a full range of garden furniture.
To further support the expansion of the business, CEVA has begun implementation of an ecommerce service for AKI in addition to the 35 stores it already supplies around Spain. The new service will run alongside the existing operation and enables CEVA to introduce operational synergies which will maximize efficiency. It has also opened an additional facility at Ocana, where CEVA will dedicate 5,000 sq m to cater for further growth in the AKI service offering, such as the opening of several urban stores, a new concept by AKI, in the coming years.
“The great advantage of managing both distribution channels is that we can cross-reference information and therefore implement highly accurate stock control for both the retail and online sides of AKI’s business,” states CEVA’s Managing Director of Iberia, Marco Galbusera. “This will also be a valuable tool as we grow our relationship in the future when AKI looks to open some 13 additional stores between now and 2019,” he adds.
On AKI’s behalf, CEVA is responsible for managing some 250 product providers and in excess of 1.5 million product lines.
Adds AKI’s Logistics Director, Miguel Ángel García: “The contract renewal with CEVA offers us the economic and operative assurance we need to accomplish the amount of projects we have on the table for the coming years.”