Ceva Logistics, the supply chain services company, will take responsibility for all logistics activities associated with E.ON’s electricity distribution in the UK, following a five year contract extension. This is the third consecutive time that E.ON, the UK’s largest integrated energy company, has renewed with Ceva.
The scope of Ceva’s operations includes management of a 220,000 sq ft distribution centre at Huthwaite in Nottinghamshire, and a number of satellite distribution depots; distribution to 60 emergency stores; deliveries of pick to order material; trunking to regional depots and a supplier collection service of road side signs and barriers. The operation also provides a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year emergency delivery service. Ceva also undertakes specialist off-road activities involving pole planting, augur drilling and erection of street lighting. This work involves Ceva Logistics’ specialists working alongside E.ON craftsmen in the vicinity of live lines.
Ceva has introduced a smart solution programme that includes new initiatives which are being rolled out in the short, medium and long term. The Ceva Lean team has already conducted a number of studies to improve efficiency and every manager on the contract has received lean training to maintain this approach. In the long term, Ceva is developing its IT systems to provide even greater visibility of reporting for service engineers. Environmental initiatives are also ongoing.’
E.ON provides power to 4.9 million customers across central England, through 133,000 km of underground and overhead cables and via a network of 97,000 substations. The region extends from the Peak District in the North, to the outskirts of Bristol in the south, and the Welsh borders to the Lincolnshire coast in the east.