Name and job title: Maria McKeown – National Inventory Manager
Company: Kuehne + Nagel – Contract Logistics – Whitbread Contract.
Your business: How many people do you employ in Northamptonshire and, in a few words, can you tell us what your company does?
Kuehne & Nagel - UK encompasses over 100 locations and approximately 11,000 colleagues. The company comprises five key business units; Airfreight, Overland, Sea freight, Contract Logistics and Integrated Logistics and four key functions; HR, IT, Sales and Finance.
Why have you chosen this particular category to sponsor and what aligns your business to the Northamptonshire Logistics Awards?
Innovation within sectors is critical to ensure that we are able to be competitive but also keep up with the fast paced nature of logistics and changing technology that continues to impact it. I am looking forward to seeing what innovative ideas and changes these nominations have developed.
What major challenges do you think the logistics sector/ your sector faces?
Recruitment and retention of employees.
Infrastructure and environmental changes of road networks and sheer volume of road users particularly in this geographical sphere.
And how will your company tackle these challenges?
Reduced carbon emissions from technological transport solutions. Car share scheme, cycle to work schemes etc. that are already in place.
Can you share an unknown fact about your company?
We are the partner of choice for a number of high profile businesses that most people do not know that we are their 3PL of choice as our marketing is very low key.
What country, other than the UK, is your business most closely aligned to?
Germany – the business was founded by two German’s although, with over 74,000 employees at some 1,300 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies.
We want to encourage as many businesses in the logistics sector to enter these awards – what words of encouragement can you share with us? Why do you think these awards are so important?
This is the third year that Kuehne + Nagel and myself in particular have been involved in the awards, and each year has had finalists. I understand first-hand what this can do for the associates that are nominated and especially for any that win such an accolade – it is a fantastic way of recognising talented people and businesses. It is also a great way of networking with peers and other businesses, and I have seen each year the results in terms of growth of businesses such as Pallite. Not to mention the confidence in individuals that have been finalists and or won awards which has then motivated them to strive for even better results and achievements.
In three words what does Northamptonshire mean to you?
Central, Growing and Successful.
It is a growing enterprise with a strong network of committed people and businesses that are successful.
It is an ideal location in a fairly central place to road network for north and south.
Since 1890, when the business was founded in Bremen, Germany, by August Kuehne and Friedrich Nagel, Kuehne + Nagel has grown into one of the world's leading logistics providers. Today, the Kuehne + Nagel Group has more than 1,300 offices in over 100 countries, with over 74,000 employees. Our key business activities and market position are built on the company's truly world class capabilities.
Kuehne + Nagel is financially strong, stable and independent. Our global logistics network, cutting-edge IT systems, in-house expertise and excellent customer service is proof of our dedication to be the market leader. These attributes have placed us at the forefront of our industry, and positioned us to continue increasing the scope of our customer solutions and services.