Panalpina Los Angeles grows to meet supply chain service demands

Mar 9, 2010

Panalpina Los Angeles adds an additional 42,000 square feet of warehouse space, further extending the company's portfolio of supply chain management services to clients in Southern California and beyond.

Lucas Kuehner, USA Managing Director, emphasizes, “As companies are increasingly outsourcing all but core functions, this latest expansion in the crucial Southern California market is customer and market driven”. He adds, “Our Los Angeles Business Unit is gearing the new space to clientele that will most benefit from broader and more comprehensive supply chain involvement.” He further commented, “In order to accommodate recent awards and proposed new business from existing customers in the hi-tech and couture industries, we realized that it made a lot of sense to secure the additional space, fitting it with mobile logistics racking and shelving.”

Established in the area over 50 years ago, Panalpina strengthens its market position in Los Angeles with this expansion, both as a destination logistics provider and a trans-shipment gateway. With the extension, Panalpina Los Angeles includes over 100,000 square feet of warehouse space, 27 dock doors and high-rise racking beneath the 32-foot ceiling. Built in 2000, the leased facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art inventory control program, a high value cargo cage and full security system with 24/7 closed circuit cameras throughout.

Materials and Vendor Management

Beyond the core freight forwarding transit warehouse activities, the Los Angeles warehouse also provides logistics import/export services such as permanent storage, customized product labeling and packaging activities. At the highest end of complexity, Panalpina Los Angeles offers integrated logistics services including product customization, kitting, quality controls and inspections on top of just-in-time and just-in-sequence goods distribution. Panalpina also currently facilitates continuous product replenishment via VMI (vendor managed inventory) activities and other tailored material management solutions such as cost effective Direct-to-Market and Inbound-to-Manufacture concepts that bypass the customers’ own distribution centers.

All of the value-added activities as well as Panalpina's Merge-in-Transit and Cross-Dock operations are supported by Panalpina’s fully-integrated Warehouse Management System suite using web-based portals and RF-driven scanner technology.

Market Ready Expertise

Built in 2000 and strategically located between the LAX airport and the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, Panalpina Los Angeles features a dedicated multilingual and highly-specialized staff proficient in handling the often complex and far reaching needs of our core industry vertical customers in the retail and fashion, automotive, healthcare, hi-tech and telecom market segments.

According to Jim Seiple, Business Unit Manager Los Angeles, “The expanded site provides ample room for us to tap into the existing infrastructure and know-how.” He further stated, “We are confident that with our leading edge supply chain management services, Panalpina Los Angeles will further solidify its footprint as one of the principal players in this strategic market and gateway.”

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 75 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs 15,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.