Near-sourcing and shorter supply chains boost Davies Turner’s Turkish Services

Logistics — By on July 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM
david turner trackAn increasing trend by UK retailers to place more frequent and smaller orders with suppliers based closer to home, is giving a major boost to  Davies Turner’s overland services from North Africa, the southern  Mediterranean and the Balkans, but above all with Turkey.“Volumes on our inbound trailer services from Turkey are going through  the roof, ” says sales director, John McCartney.

He adds: “Production costs may be slightly higher than in South Asia or  the Far East, but shorter lead times and the ability to order higher or  lower volumes in response to rapidly changing levels of demand is  encouraging near-sourcing across a range of business sectors in addition  to retail and bringing a significant boost to throughput, in particular  on our trailer operations between Turkey and the UK.”

McCartney adds that 45 years after identifying the potential of the  trade between the UK and Turkey, Davies Turner remains the market leader  and derives great strength and customer benefits from working with  long-term partner Ekol Logistics.

One of the most innovative transport, logistics and warehousing  companies in Turkey, Ekol continues to develop rail and ro-ro  alternatives to traditional direct overland operations between Turkey  and the EU.

“The recent moves by Ekol to charter three ro-ro ferries to run between  Istanbul and Trieste with a capacity of 250 trailers per ferry and to  operate thrice-daily block trains between Trieste and Cologne, as well  as Ostrava on the Czech-Poland border, gives us multiple routing options  and the capacity to handle future growth, ” adds McCartney.

Joint services with Ekol see each forwarder playing to its strengths, as  Ekol is strong on full trailer loads while Davies Turner is the leader   in groupage trailer services over the two-way trade lanes between  Britain and Turkey.McCartney adds: “Our trailer, sea-container and air cargo services  between the UK and Turkey have for many years been amongst our fastest  growing and most successful. Last week for example, we recorded 84  trailers from Turkey to the UK.”

“Until recently, we had been cautious about taking on too many more  northbound customers as we were worried about creating a trailer  imbalance.  But Ekol’s investment in the ferries and the block train  services has sent a clear message to the market, and recent success on  the southbound leg has allowed us to canvass and take on more northbound
business.”

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