Value added services: logistics experts give products the finishing touch

Modern logistics means more than transporting goods from A to B. These days, customers want additional services that take some of the burden off their shoulders and generate real added value. DB Schenker assembles car antennas at its shared logistics center in Hildesheim, Germany, for the automotive supplier Laird Technologies. It also handles requirements planning and transport to the end customer. That’s what integrated logistics services look like today. The arrangement not only saves Laird money; it also reduces its carbon footprint.

Shared logistics center and value added services for greater flexibility

Individual components for shark fin antennas are assembled in the clean room.

It’s all part of logistics: individual components for shark fin antennas are assembled in the clean room. © Werner Kaiser

Flexibility is a valuable commodity for Laird Technologies. As a first-tier automotive supplier, the company needs the flexibility to optimize its response to fluctuations in its customers’ orders and deliver just in sequence. The electronics manufacturer gets help from the value added services provided by DB Schenker.

Contract logistics professionals handle final assembly of shark fin antennas at the Hildesheim shared logistics center. DB Schenker created an assembly line just for this purpose. Components are assembled and stored in an electrostatic protected area to prevent electrostatic discharge from damaging the sensitive electronics.

Specially trained workers assemble the antennas, which consist of electronic components from Asia and enclosures produced in Fulda, Germany. The antennas are then packaged for transport. DB Schenker has created flexible shift models to cover periods of peak production. This is one of the major advantages of the shared logistics concept. The center provides multiple customers with resources such as warehouse space, infrastructure and employees and the flexibility to call on them when needed. This ensures that processes are always on time.

Requirements-based control and transport

The Hildesheim center handles more than assembly; it also coordinates the entire subassembly supply chain. And that includes requirements-based control for individual components. Employees make sure that components are replenished from China and Fulda on time so that assembly never comes to a standstill. They order components and organize transport.

Once the shark fin antennas are assembled and packaged, DB Schenker also delivers them directly to Laird’s end customers.

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The advantages: an optimized supply chain, lower costs and a smaller carbon footprint

Laird has been able to slash its costs for warehousing, production and transport thanks to the integrated logistics model consisting of transport and contract logistics. It has also gained flexibility. The close proximity of the warehouse and assembly line enables an optimal response to fluctuations in call-offs and changes to orders.

Laird isn’t the only one to benefit; the environment does, too. Providing value added services directly at DB Schenker’s warehouse means less transport. And that cuts CO2. The shark fin antennas also have a smaller carbon footprint thanks to the expertise of DB Schenker’s logistics professionals. The experts optimized packaging, which reduced transport volume.