Logistics operator to provide complete supply chain services for garden products
Madrid, Spain, 26 January, 2012 - CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, has signed a five year contract with the world’s leading manufacturer of extruded plastic nets, Intermas Nets, S.A.

Within its multi-customer warehouse located in Subirats, near Barcelona, CEVA will manage Intermas’ inbound logistics, warehousing activities, order preparation and outbound logistics for 2,500 garden products, which will be then distributed to 1,500 stores across Iberia.

Intermas’ products, such as garden ponds, bamboo borders and rolls, artificial grass and paving stones, have specific packaging and storage needs; most of the items are made from natural fibers which need to be kept at constant humidity and handled with particular care. The large dimensions of the products mean they require more storage space than traditional plastic products. In order to guarantee the integrity of the product, CEVA’s employees have been trained in the correct storage and maintenance procedures, and will also be providing Intermas with regular KPI reports to ensure that specific standards are being adhered to.

Josep Oya, Corporate Director for Organization and Systems, Intermas, said: "Our growth as a business group is both organic and based on acquisitions and has led to our leading position in the garden sector. As a result, we have decided to focus on our core competence of product development, and look for the best companies to implement effective operational solutions and manage them on our behalf. With this contract, we chose to entrust CEVA with the management of our logistics because they can offer us innovative, best–in-class solutions that will respond to our specific needs. We believe in working in close partnership with our suppliers, as it ensures full alignment with our business objectives and is a driver of success for both CEVA and Intermas."

In order to efficiently manage the customer’s logistics flows, CEVA will apply its LEAN processes to all operations to drive continuous improvement and enable Operations Excellence in all supply chain phases. The logistics operator will also support Intermas using its innovative Matrix™ Warehouse Management System (WMS), which allows CEVA to guarantee thorough control and visibility of the customer’s products and inventory.

Antonio Fondevilla, Business Development Director, CEVA in Iberia, said: “The trust Intermas has placed in us by awarding CEVA this contract is the result of many factors: our experience in the Consumer and Retail sector, combined with our commitment to optimizing Intermas’ supply chain and supporting their growth were major contributors to this decision. We will implement our LEAN processes across all our operations to drive efficiencies and improve the customer's supply chain day after day.”

Intermas Nets, S.A. is a Catalan company founded in 1957, and specializes in manufacturing and converting plastics for several applications, including products for domestic gardening.

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