Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced that Blue Coat Systems Inc. is working with Menlo in Europe to provide more efficient service for customers in EMEA and Asia Pacific. The services are based primarily in Menlo’s Rotterdam facility and range from quality control of inbound raw material through software loading to individualized kitting, cabling, documentation and distribution to the end-user.
Blue Coat is a technology provider of application delivery networking with solutions designed to make networks faster and safer. Blue Coat has partnered with Menlo at Menlo’s Rotterdam facility to serve customers for almost two years. At its Rotterdam site, Menlo uses its transport management services (TMS) for the outbound distribution of finished Blue Coat products and marries these services with a subassembly production line.
Menlo also undertakes kitting and cabling for Blue Coat appliances to meet the requirements of individual customers and channel partners in various countries. Export and customs documentation is completed relevant to the ultimate delivery destination, and carrier management is provided to facilitate cost-effective transport throughout Blue Coat’s market regions. For Blue Coat, Menlo serves as a logistics operator with manufacturing assembly capabilities and high-tech/IT experience, combining the provision of logistics skills and light manufacturing capability into a single, efficient service package.
“The term ‘integrated supply chain solution’ is much overused by service providers in the logistics sector to describe the service they aspire to deliver,” says Tony Gunn, Menlo’s managing director in Europe. “But I feel that our work for Blue Coat exemplifies the true meaning of this phrase, providing, as it does, a multifaceted way of resolving the customer’s particular requirements for delivery of its products to market.”