Faster speed to market and shorter product lifecycles demand more frequent and smaller order quantities from across a diverse supplier base, while the need to reduce costs and optimise inventory remains an imperative. Using Damco Multi-Country Consolidation hubs to assemble full container loads from multiple origins for individual destinations allows you not only to continue to source smaller quantities economically, but also to quickly add new origins and destinations, speed-up or slow-down your cargo flows, and customise your products to make them suitable for destination markets. You regain economies of scale without impairing the brand’s agile, high frequency, low inventory retail model.
How it works:
- Submission of Purchase Orders to suppliers, also copied to Damco
- Your suppliers prepare your goods Suppliers arrange date and time for delivery to or collection by Damco
- Goods are transported from suppliers to Damco’s country of origin facility
- Goods receiving process is reported
- Your goods are shipped to the Consolidation Centre where they are received and stored, and any Value Added service performed, before consolidation into full loads
- The consolidation and shipping process is fully reported by EDI links
- Customs and export documentation is completed and filed
- Mode of transport is selected and consignment loaded
- Your container is delivered to your destination, or deconsolidated at our Distribution Centre
What are the benefits?
- By consolidating full loads for single or multiple destinations closer to countries of origin, transport, handling and administrative costs and environmental impacts are reduced
- Value added services such as repacking, labelling and other destination-specific requirements can be provided at lower labour cost.
- The benefits of trade agreements amongst origin, hub and destination countries can be explored with the right paper work, permissions and policies
- MCC gives you maximum flexibility to switch between consolidated and full container load (FCL) traffic, and by using ‘free storage’ periods to postpone shipments to meet changing market conditions.
- Highly secure systems operate throughout hubs and in transit. You have end to end visibility of your shipments through ‘track & trace’ and configurable ‘milestone’ reporting