Europa Warehouse - a division of independent logistics operator, Europa Worldwide Group, has won a new contract worth an estimated £1m with Euro Car Parts, the UK's leading distributor of car and commercial vehicle parts. The 1.5 year deal will see Europa support the company’s national distribution centres, providing 3PL warehousing and logistics services during a period of rapid growth.
Up to 5,000 pallets will be imported from Direct Suppliers and Euro Car Parts National Distribution Centre, and stored at Europa’s 16,540 m2 Birmingham warehouse. Products will then be picked, packed and delivered by Europa’s road freight service, to the national distribution centre based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Euro Car Parts’ distribution centres currently supply over 190 plus of its sites across the country. A third distribution centre in Tamworth, due to be operational in 2016, is currently under construction and will further increase Euro Car Parts’ capacity to meet mounting demand.
Euro Car Parts has over 224 branches nationwide and over 140,000 parts available. It specialises in major car parts - brake pads, blades and batteries, car maintenance essentials such as engine oil and car fluids and interior accessories like Sat Navs, stereos and speakers.
Europa has a history of working closely with automotive parts suppliers and manufacturers – ensuring the supply chain is as slick and as cost effective as possible. Its Birmingham facility already handles inbound air freight from the Far East for another of its automotive clients. Orders are then sent for onward distribution to production sites in the EU and overseas within tight timescales.
Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, said:
“Euro Car Parts is experiencing tremendous growth and we needed a partner who was flexible, responsive and efficient enough to handle our business and support us as we expand. Europa is local and has a history of success working with customers in the automotive industry. This experience and expertise is invaluable. It affords us the time to concentrate on our investment and on growing our business, safe in the knowledge that we can rely on them to deliver the speed and quality of service we expect.”
Europa will handle all the mixed spares stock for Euro Car Parts – over 5000 different products, from spark plugs to full exhaust systems.
Jason Stirling, Senior Business Development Manager at Europa Warehouse, said:
“The key to making sure the entire supply chain functions as smooth and effectively as possible is to develop strong relationships and we’re proud of the strength of our partnership with Euro Car Parts. The nature of the products – the variety, size and fragile nature of some of the units – can make the picking and packing process quite challenging. With our contacts and experience however, combined with our bespoke Warehouse Management System, Accellos, we have the capacity to respond quickly, handle increasing volumes as the business expands and integrate fully with Euro Car Parts’ system to ensure a seamless level of service.”
Birmingham is one of four Europa Warehouse facilities including Northampton, Dartford and Glasgow, which provide a total of over 42,000 m2 dedicated warehousing and logistics space. Customers include market-leading trade sector brands as well as blue chip companies.
Europa Worldwide Group employs more than 500 people across 12 sites in the UK and Hong Kong and is represented in 100 countries. As well as its successful warehouse operation, Europa Worldwide Group also provides specialist air & sea, road and showfreight services.