DB Schenker opens a brand-new, 60,000-square-foot logistics facility for Tequila Sauza, a Beam Suntory brand, in Guadalajara, Mexico. At this dedicated facility, Beam Suntory will be using DB Schenker’s full scope of contract logistics capabilities to manage the export of its finished goods.
(Markus Riepe – Contract Logistics Director DB Schenker Mexico, Enrique Valera – Managing Director/CEO DB Schenker Mexico, Fernando Carrasquedo – Operations Manager DB Schenker Mexico, Liliana Bermudez – Supply Chain Manager, Tequila Sauza/Beam Suntory, Servando Calderon – CEO Tequila Sauza/Beam Suntory)
“This facility is entirely focused on Tequila Sauza end-to-end export requirements,” said Jesus Barba, DB Schenker Branch Manager. Within the facility, the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (Tequila Regulatory Council) will have dedicated space where it will perform the validation of products for export. Tequila Sauza is also utilizing DB Schenker’s warehouse management system (WMS) to support and automate its day-to-day logistics operations and centralize the tracking inventory levels and stock location.
Maria Liliana Bermudez Gonzalez of Beam Suntory said the new contract logistics facility would support Tequila Sauza ongoing growth while allowing the company to do what it does best: produce some of the world’s finest tequila. “We selected DB Schenker as a partner because they work in the same way that we want to,” Bermudez said, “and especially when it comes to lean business practices and other efficiency tools and strategies.”
For Tequila Sauza, DB Schenker will receive the finished goods, prepare all export documentation, prepare tickets according to customer purchase orders, and generate key performance indicators (KPI) on a weekly and monthly basis. “We’re a company that’s focused on continuous improvement,” says Bermudez, “so as our relationship with DB Schenker grows and matures, we’ll also be looking to them for packaging, shipping, and logistics recommendations that help us achieve our goals.”
DB Schenker and Tequila Sauza unveiled their new contract logistics facility on September 25th, where the CEOs of both companies spoke, warehouse tours were given, and a ribbon cutting held to commemorate the event.