Source: GEFCO, 2020-07-20
GEFCO France, a subsidiary of GEFCO Group, a world leader in multimodal supply-chain solutions and the European leader in automotive logistics, have been chosen to distribute new Ford vehicles to authorized dealers nationwide.
GEFCO France were selected by the car maker after a call for tender to distribute 40,000 vehicles annually.
Although GEFCO France were already providing storage and transport services for several thousand new vehicles to Ford’s national dealership network, this latest partnership demonstrates the company’s trust in GEFCO’s automotive logistics expertise.
A preferred partner of the automotive industry for 70 years, GEFCO Group have been managing incoming flows for Ford for numerous years across Europe, providing logistics and distribution services in Spain, Romania, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic.
Logistics services tailored to Ford’s new French distribution plan
Since the reopening of dealerships in May, GEFCO France have been transporting Ford vehicles, in line with the manufacturer’s new distribution plan for France involving direct deliveries.
GEFCO transport new vehicles daily to dealers from platforms in Creutzwald (East of France) and Douai (North of France), as well as the ports of Sète (South of France) and Zeebrugge (Belgium) for cars arriving by sea.
GEFCO’s compound in Etupes (East of France) manage transport loads and plans delivery rounds depending on the volume of vehicles involved and their delivery destination.
A launch during the post-lockdown recovery period
At a time when the health of employees, customers and partners is more important than ever, GEFCO have introduced a full range of specific measures to ensure that its distribution services for Ford are launched as safely as possible. In particular, the Group have developed guidelines for drivers explaining the health protocol to follow in every type of delivery situation. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes have also been provided to enable drivers to comply.
For as long as necessary, the Group will also monitor delivery and customer service operations to ensure that employees apply the rules and precautions imposed by the health crisis.
Yvon Pasquiou, Sales and Marketing Director at GEFCO France, commented: “We’re delighted and proud that Ford has renewed its trust in GEFCO through this contract for the French market. Our valued-added solutions and unique automotive logistics expertise enables our customers to optimize their supply chains and focus on their core business.”