CEVA consolidates presence in school publishing with new contract with leading Italian publisher
Milan, Italy, 10 January 2012 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, has signed a five year contract with La Scuola S.p.A., a key player in the Italian school publishing sector.
CEVA will manage the warehousing activities for La Scuola S.p.A. for subsidiary materials and school books intended for primary and secondary schools in Italy. The logistics operator will also handle inbound and outbound products, the preparation of orders and the transport of books to warehouses, dealers and agents. In addition, CEVA will be responsible for returns, ordinary and special waste handling and pricing and labeling changes for individual books. Each year, CEVA in Italy will handle 4.3 million items, totaling 21.5 million books through the length of the contract. Through this new partnership, CEVA further consolidates its leading position in the publishing sector in Italy.
Enrico Maria Greco, Managing Director of La Scuola S.p.A., said: “We choose to entrust CEVA with the handling of the school books logistics activities because we know we can count on a reliable partner that has designed a unique platform for the publishing sector within Europe. The multi-user capabilities that the City of Books offers will optimize our logistics costs while simplifying our supply chain and improving its efficiency. The expertise gained by CEVA in this sector and its continuous focus on Operational Excellence, means we benefit from innovative logistics solutions, highly qualified professional teams and cutting-edge technologies, enabling full visibility of our orders. By working with CEVA, we are sure that we can guarantee our distribution network on time and prompt deliveries, improving the service provided to the final consumer.”
CEVA will dedicate 2,600 sq m within the City of Books, the cutting-edge logistics platform located in Stradella, near Pavia, designed specifically for CEVA’s publishing customers. The 80,000 sq m warehouse, where 90 million books are handled every year, was built to support key players within the publishing industry in developing their business. The City of Books represents an optimal strategic solution for publishers, as it enables them to shorten their supply chain and to optimize flows, introducing a radical innovation in the distribution structure for this market segment. The logistics platform is equipped with the latest technology in eco-sustainability and the photovoltaic plant on site will produce 3,780 MWh of power per year, saving an average of 1.6 million kg of CO2 emissions.
Gioachino Figlia, Consumer Divisional Director, CEVA in Italy, said: “We will be able to meet the expectations of La Scuola thanks to the flexibility and the excellence of our warehouse situated in the hub of Stradella. It makes it possible for us to support publishers who are tackling the significant seasonal fluctuations that characterize the school publishing sector. Our efficient logistics solutions are designed to handle high and peak demand periods, when the fast and efficient management of orders becomes fundamental for publishers - we can guarantee the delivery of the right book at the right time.”