Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced Thursday, April 30, that it has been selected by Dana Mexico Corporacion S. de R.L. de C.V., the Mexico-based operations of Dana Holding Corp., to provide transportation management services.
Dana is a world leader in the supply of axles and drive shafts, and structural, sealing and thermal-management products, as well as genuine service parts. Under the agreement, Menlo will manage the company’s intra-Mexico freight movements and cross-border transportation of inbound and outbound components and finished goods to U.S. and Canadian customers. Menlo says the new services represent an expansion of its existing relationship with the automotive supply provider, which also includes managing inbound and outbound shipments throughout North America and providing logistics cost analysis and control.
“We chose Menlo to manage our transportation function in Mexico because of their demonstrated success meeting our needs in the rest of North America,” says Michaella Schaller, director of global logistics forDana. “With Menlo, we benefit from their application of Lean methodologies to cut costs, and we gain a single-source solution that provides seamless visibility into our entire North American network. We’ve been very pleased with Menlo’s flexibility and commitment to service throughout our work together.”
Dana Mexico’s manufacturing operations span facilities in Mexico City, Toluca, Monterrey, Chihuahua and Queretaro. A Menlo team located onsite at Dana’s logistics headquarters in Queretaro manages the transportation, complemented by a small freight audit team based at Menlo’s Guadalajara supply chain office.
Menlo says its proprietary logistics management system (LMS) provides Web-based control and visibility, and order-entry capabilities to all locations for all moves. Additionally, Menlo is responsible for interacting with customs brokers to set priorities for shipments and optimizing trailer utilization to deliver more efficient scheduling.
“Our well-established relationship with Dana has brought us deep understanding of their supply chain and ways to maximize the savings potential within it,” says Robert L. Bianco Jr., president of Menlo Worldwide Logistics, based in San Mateo, Calif. “We look forward to continuing to provide that service and increasing our role even further in the future.”