Ashby de la Zouch, UK, 17 October 2008 - CEVA Logistics, one of the leading supply chain companies in the world, has been awarded a contract to manage procurement, inventory, warehousing and materials distribution for United Utilities PLC, the largest operator of water and wastewater networks in the UK - supplying electricity, water and wastewater services to customers in Northwest England.
CEVA has established a new central warehouse as well as managing 11 satellite depot stores. A team will handle the full range of craftsmen's requirements from electrical plant to cable, valves and pipes. Inventory levels have already been reduced and service reliability improved since the implementation process commenced.
United Utilities spokesperson Greg Holden, Category manager says: "by moving to open book activity based costing, United Utilities can influence their supply chain to maximise material availability whilst optimising the logistics operation with the support of CEVA."
The CEVA Logistics contract also includes round-the-clock emergency cover, 365 days a year. Nick Cullen, Managing Director, CEVA Logistics UK & Ireland says: "We know that it is vital that these systems are operational at all times,and are confident that our experience with other customers in the utility sector will form an effective platform.This experience and our LEAN process engineering approach will enable us to both start effectively and continue to further improve our efficiency for United Utilities."
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About United Utilities
United Utilities serves almost three million customer premises and employs 8,000 people. It manages water and wastewater networks in Wales and Southern England and wastewater treatment facilities in Scotland as well as the electricity distribution network in Northwest England and the gas distribution network for the North of England. It provides specialist waste treatment, multi-utility metering and connections services to industry.