UPS announced it has extended its contract with Ford Motor Co. to continue providing logistics services for the delivery of new cars to dealers. Through this contract, UPS says that it assists in the management of Ford’s North American outbound finished vehicle distribution network, shipping Ford’s finished vehicles from assembly plants to dealerships in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“While the nation’s automotive industry is currently undergoing a dramatic upheaval, our finished vehicle logistics model effectively reduces costs for manufacturers such as Ford,” says Paul Hargadon, general manager of automotive industry solutions group for Atlanta-based UPS. “UPS has been working with Ford since 2000 and has provided improved transit times while lowering logistics costs.”
As part of the agreement, UPS provides onsite operations management at key Ford distribution points, carrier management, transportation network oversight and contingency support. Should a problem arise, UPS says it quickly is able to provide a solution while also making recommendations to improve processes and efficiency.