Suzuki claims ‘logistics excellence’ title

An innovative, time critical logistics partnership between Suzuki GB plc and pan-European logistics specialist, BDA has earned a top prize at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

The two businesses, which worked together on urgent ‘on demand’ flight solutions in order for Suzuki to continue to make its customer’s spare part deliveries in time during the Channel Tunnel closure won the automotive, aerospace and industrial award. The accolade recognises outstanding achievement in supply chain management across Europe.

Since working together, BDA has brought together multiple delivery service options combining road and air connections, in this case, to make consolidated Through-The-Night pre 08:00 deliveries to enable Suzuki to deliver parts quickly to, and engage with, its UK dealership network. BDA manages both sides of the Suzuki supply chain – coordinating goods inbound from its sister warehouse in Germany and outbound from its UK site to its 450-strong network of dealers.

BDA’s strong relationship with Suzuki has enabled the automotive manufacturer to make considerable time and cost savings throughout its supply chain, with consolidated delivery options, a waste reducing Return and Recycling packaging solution, and consistent delivery performance in the high 99s percentile. Most recently, BDA worked closely with Suzuki to deploy innovative rapid on demand air freight services to enable the automotive manufacturer to successfully move goods in and out of Europe, during a time when cross channel services were being heavily disrupted.

Wayne Dye, general manager of the Suzuki GB Parts and Accessories Division, commented, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to win this award on behalf of Suzuki GB plc as it is the culmination of two years tireless effort by everybody in the SGB parts team in partnership with BDA to build an effective and efficient supply chain, this award belongs to the whole team not just the representatives who received it at the event. What is really pleasing is that it is an award that recognises the efforts of people working together, to ensure we provide our Customers with the best service that we possibly can with the resources that we have at our disposal.’