Kuehne + Nagel and Decathlon partner in Latin America


Kuehne + Nagel and Decathlon partner in Latin America through the award of a 5-year logistics contract with the French sporting goods retailer.  Kuehne + Nagel will operate a new 23,000 sq m distribution centre located in Colombia, within the facilities of the Port of Cartagena Group, through its sea terminal Contecar. The contract covers storage, customs clearance, import and export handling.

Jon Hernaez, Supply Chain Director of Decathlon for LATAM said: “The first commercial tests carried out in Colombia, Mexico and Chile confirm the attractiveness of the area and the good reception of our offer. Kuehne + Nagel seemed to us to be the ideal partner to accompany us in this adventure for its positioning and its experience within the port of Cartagena and more globally in the region.”

Ingo Goldhammer, President of Kuehne + Nagel South and Central America comments: “We are pleased to serve Decathlon and its customers by providing our international supply chain expertise. Kuehne + Nagel has managed to become a benchmark in the Colombian and regional market offering innovative logistics solutions with high-quality standards for key players in different industries. The teamwork between Decathlon, Port of Cartagena Group and Kuehne + Nagel, as well as the innovation in the logistics and customs processes, have been a fundamental part for this project.”

Aníbal Ochoa, representative of the Commercial Management of the Port of Cartagena Group added: “By working together with Kuehne + Nagel, we are demonstrating that Cartagena can become an ideal logistics platform, which promotes socio-economic development and trade in the Caribbean region.”

The distribution centre in Cartagena will handle more than 15,000 product references and will have more than 25,000 dynamic positions, besides having a three-level mezzanine with capacity for more than 40,000 storage locations designed to deliver an efficient operation according to the regional markets demands. Operations are scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2019.

To strengthen the local supply, Kuehne + Nagel has further been selected to manage a 10,000 sq m warehouse in Bogotá. The facility is destined for the storage and distribution of Decathlon´s products to the Colombian market.

Source: Kuehne + Nagel