Over the last two years, Improving Logistics and Consulting has doubled the floor area of its facilities to raise the capacity of the services it provides to its automotive industry clients. Its various sites now total 75,000 square metres.
This floor area is spread across numerous strategic locations adjacent to the main automakers operating on the Iberian Peninsula.
Currently, Improving Logistics operates facilities in Valencia (on the Juan Carlos I Supplier Park in Almussafes and in Beniparell, Silla, Alcácer, Picassent, Paterna and Llíria), Alicante, Barcelona (on the SEAT Supplier Park), Zaragoza, Pamplona, Vitoria, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca.
This expansion has also created jobs, increasing the size of its staff to 120 employees. Improving Logistics’ 2016 sales revenue amounted to €6 million, making it one of the biggest logistics SMEs in the Autonomous Community of Valencia.
For the company’s managers, the secret to its success lies in “offering full-service logistics and JIT delivery via our proprietary truck fleet, warehouses and outsourcing service. Everything we do is designed to be flexible and fast and has a domestic focus.”
Improving Logistics’ representatives emphasise, “But we don’t only work locally — our facilities give us the capacity to provide services to automakers operating throughout Spain.”
In addition to full-service logistics and transport, Improving also operates customs warehouses (DA and DDA) and performs ADT management.
Its associated services include warehousing employing state-of-the-art management technology (terminals, barcode scanners., etc.) and international transport by land and sea, quality control and rework, transfers, packaging and repackaging, JIT delivery to production lines, sequencing, pre-assemblies, outsourcing services and consultancy.
Improving Logistics offers sequencing and Kanban restocking systems that integrate seamlessly with both clients’ and suppliers’ infrastructure to provide real-time, remote information on stock levels.
Improving’s information systems are fully compatible with clients’ and suppliers’ IT infrastructure, allowing it to automate many of the processes involved and to receive information digitally (EDI, e-mail and FTP). This gives clients a direct line of communication with the warehouse, allowing them to see all the information about their products (stock levels, alerts, etc.) and to manage the associated tasks (holding, quality control, etc.).
In business for more than 10 years, the company employs 120 staff and invoiced €6 million in 2016.
The automotive sector is the reason why Improving Logistics exists and the driving force behind its growth. Nevertheless, in the last two years it has started to diversify and to work with other industries like the food, industrial footwear, facilities and household appliance sectors.
Company sources acknowledge that, given the automotive industry’s demands, starting out as a supplier to that sector has given it a major competitive advantage. “We can now extend that stringent and meticulously managed approach to other industries.” They continue, “We offer their logistics departments the peace of mind that comes with our employees’ experience, with our integration with every platform we work with, with our flexibility and — thanks to our strategically located facilities — with our proximity.”
Improving Logistics’ other advantages lie in its extensive current capacity, in the innovation applied to the tools used and in the proven reliability with which it performs operations for OEMs and tier one and two automotive suppliers.
For the firm’s managers, “The objective for the next two years is to set up sites next to all the automotive industry plants operating in Spain and the Valencia region, without forgetting our neighbours in Portugal.”