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Volvo Expands Parts Distribution Network in Western U.S.

Wed May 19, 2021 - West Edition #11
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The project, in conjunction with Volvo Group Service Market Logistics, increases floor space by 125 percent and brings parts closer to construction equipment customers with faster delivery times and reduced shipping costs.
The project, in conjunction with Volvo Group Service Market Logistics, increases floor space by 125 percent and brings parts closer to construction equipment customers with faster delivery times and reduced shipping costs.
The project, in conjunction with Volvo Group Service Market Logistics, increases floor space by 125 percent and brings parts closer to construction equipment customers with faster delivery times and reduced shipping costs.

Volvo Construction Equipment has completed a 75,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its Reno, Nev., regional parts distribution center. The project, in conjunction with Volvo Group Service Market Logistics, increases floor space by 125 percent and brings parts closer to construction equipment customers with faster delivery times and reduced shipping costs. Volvo Group has operated the Reno Distribution Center since 2006, supporting the Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks brands.

Globally, North America is one of the largest markets for Volvo CE. More than 20 percent of the region's total business comes from the western third of the United States.

With the expansion, ground orders for California and the Pacific Northwest are now arriving two days faster compared to shipping from the Volvo Group's central distribution center in Byhalia, Miss. A new dedicated delivery service (DDS) now operates out of Reno as an exclusive carrier to expedite overnight shipments to western U.S. dealers, arriving at dealer branches by as early as 4 a.m. the next day.

The regional distribution center offers additional benefits including:

  • Inventory of critical machine down parts on the shelf in Reno for overnight shipping;
  • Parts order cut-off time extended to 4 p.m. PST; and
  • Cost savings to customers, since more deliveries can ship ground versus air.
Delivering Service Commitment

"By pooling the resources of the Volvo Group, these improvements to our North American logistics network increase efficiency and provide faster response times," said Stephen Roy, president of Region North America, Volvo CE. "Our commitment is to ensure we support machine uptime for our West Coast customers, and moving parts closer to where they do business is one of the major steps."

VCE: Proud to Deliver

Many western U.S. dealers are challenged to support customers spread across a vast territory. Planting a stand-alone parts center in their region has significant impact, said Tom Zimmer, president of Tri-State Truck & Equipment.

"The Reno parts center has cut our lead times by 40 to 50 percent for construction equipment stock orders," said Zimmer, whose dealership services customers in Montana, Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle. "As a Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks dealer, we have seen the faster delivery times gained by having an aftermarket parts warehouse in our region. Now, we can offer the same level of uptime support to construction customers."

While the expansion directly impacts customers in the western United States, customers and dealers across the country are benefitting from rebalanced parts volumes throughout the supply chain. Volvo CE ended 2020 with record parts availability and dealer fill rates, despite constraints caused by the pandemic and increased demand on freight carrier services. These results demonstrate how Volvo CE continually lives and enhances its service commitment, the company said.




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