Europa Road, a dedicated division of ambitious logistics provider, Europa Worldwide Group, has simplified its operating model in Italy to improve transit times, drive down costs and provide an even better track and trace function to customers.
Previously, Europa Road had five Italian partners including Bianchi, with whom it routed all its export traffic for the whole of Italy. As of June, the business has decided to operate all its services through Bianchi, a choice which reflects a core value of Europa - to ‘drive out complexity.’
Europa Road is the only logistics provider currently offering a twice daily departure to and from Como. It added the second line last year, which was Europa Road’s first ever long haul service to have two structured departures in each direction every day. The new line was in response to an increase in business generated in both Italy and the UK – which continues to increase the need for capacity.
Operations director at Europa, Dan Cook, said Como-based Bianchi had proved to be an extremely reliable and efficient partner and as demand continued to grow, the choice to route all of Europa Road’s Italian traffic via Bianchi was an obvious one.
He said: “Investing in a second Italian daily line last year was a bold move, but it was the right move – because it meant we could ensure the best possible choice and connectivity for our customers.
“Bianchi has since opened up branches in other parts of Italy which have daily connections to and from Como. Our decision to route all of our Italian traffic through them means we can offer our customers a daily import and export service from all over Italy – which we haven’t been able to offer before. The new relationship will not only drive out complexity, it will also improve transit times, lower costs, improve our level of track and trace ability and will further deepen our European footprint – which all contributes to our goal of becoming Europe’s leading logistics provider by 2018.”
The service will continue to operate between Europa’s £30m groupage facility, 1hub, in Dartford and Italy.
Dan added: “Our growth plans across Europa are ambitious, and to achieve them we want to partner with ambitious and buoyant businesses. The recent development of Bianchi’s network across Italy has facilitated growth for Europa and has helped us to support the high demand from our customers. We look forward to cementing this partnership further and growing our customer base in Italy as a result.”
Marco Zennaro, VP for Bianchi Group, said: “The ability to connect all of Italy through our hub in Como drives a frequency of departure and domestic distribution improvement. Departing and arriving once every 12 hours gives a reliability to our customers that is unrivalled, and so much so that before the end of the year we hope to grow with Europa to 3 departures per day, so once per 8 hours.”