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Menlo expands in Australia

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
October 11, 2013

As part of its expansion efforts in Australia, Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC, a third-party logistics (3PL) subsidiary of freight transportation services provider Con-way Inc., recently said it has added a new multi-client warehouse and office facility near Brisbane.

Menlo first set up shop in Australia in 2006 and said that this new facility, the Brisbane Logistics Center, is comprised of a 1,692 square-meter (18,212 square-feet) warehouse and 328 square-meters (3,350 square-feet) of office space, where it will provide various services for shippers, including warehousing, distribution and transportation management, supply chain engineering, and value-added services through multiple sectors. The company also said it will initially serve shippers in the retail apparel and cosmetics sectors out of this location.

“The expansion into Brisbane was driven from Menlo’s global client’s, to move products closer to their Australian and New Zealand customer base, [which] enabled a more responsive supply chain, with a significant reduction in end customer fulfillment lead-times,” a company spokesperson told LM. “Menlo worked collaboratively with our clients over a 6 month period to set-up the required infrastructure and supply chain and logistics processes to meet the clients specific end customer’s requirements.”

The spokesperson added that this is a strategic facility to serve its growing global and local clients, supply chain and logistics service requirements.

Company officials said that this new facility, which is one of several multi-client warehousing locations, provides shippers with flexibility in things like contract commitment length, sharing existing IT platforms, experienced management and labor infrastructure, requisite equipment and assets, and an extensive geographic network of pre-configured warehouse options.

The Menlo spokesperson cited myriad benefits this facility offers shippers, including: Menlo’s suite of supply chain and logistics services; lean managed operations; Menlo’s flexibility to respond to changing supply chain and logistics dynamics; Menlo’s absolute commitment to achieving best in class services; adding value; reducing costs; and an in-grained continuous improvement culture.

Along with the opening of this facility, Menlo also announced that it has named Greg Brown, its former operations manager in Sydney, as country manager of operations for Australia, a role in which he will oversee its presence in Australia and ensure high quality service to South Asia-based customers.

“I’m proud to play a part in Menlo’s expansion and success,” said Brown in a statement. “This multi-client facility is an example of the expansion of Menlo in South Asia—more capacity to serve more customers in more locations.”

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Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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