The backgroundITEM International is an industry leader in the wholesale of home decoration products, furniture and gifts. Founded in Barcelona in 1986 by Manuel Pérez Barragán, the business has gained significant market share in Europe, is the market leader in its home country of Spain. Now, his sons have joined the management of the company. The family business has strong values and the alignment of these values and shared decarbonisation ambitions led to the company choosing to partner with Maersk in 2021 to improve its supply chain efficiencies, visibility, and carbon footprint.
ITEM International has a 70,000m2 warehouse in Barcelona which houses their range of high-quality stock. They are supplied with products from across the globe, including China and India, and are distributing goods to customers across Europe - namely France, Portugal and Italy, among others.In 2021, the world was suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the shipping industry was experiencing huge shortages in container availability, with prices simultaneously increasing every day.
With a growing business operating across different parts of the globe, we needed a partner who would enhance our growth strategy while supporting our values and decarbonisation aims.
The solutionTo improve efficiencies and visibility, Maersk is working with ITEM International from port of origin to delivery, managing their full supply chain and reducing administrative and operational complexities. Maersk’s operation covers ocean and inland, managing and executing all aspects of the transportation process, including providing a container freight station (CFS) solution at the port of origin. The CFS provision combined with the Less than Container Load (LCL) offering has had a significant positive impact on the business’ ability to remain agile in response to consumer needs, without putting additional stress on their warehousing and storage.
The resultSince partnering with Maersk in 2021, ITEM International have experienced improved efficiencies in stock control to flexibly respond to consumer demand and maintain crucial financial management. Importantly for ITEM International, their goods are now moved across the globe with a low to very low* emissions reduction in well-to-wheel GHG emissions which supports a significant step in their efforts to decarbonise.
The family business is making changes across its operations, including on site with the installation of solar panels and the setup of a new recycling system in the warehouse.
The combination of LCL and CFS tactics facilitates dynamic responses to market demand without overburdening their storage warehouses. With one provider covering the full journey of their products, ITEM International’s administrative burden is reduced, and they can track the movement of their goods with ease.With improvements gained and new solutions currently being tested for increased market share, Maersk will continue to support ITEM International with innovative products as it expands its positive impact and grows a sustainable, future-proofed business.
Maersk’s ECO Delivery product is helping us to realise our decarbonisation goals, while simultaneously simplifying our logistics chain and providing us with visibility on the global movement of our goods.
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*Low emissions refers to fuels with 65-80% life cycle GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions compared to fossil fuels, and very low emissions refer to fuels with 80-95% life cycle GHG reductions compared to fossil fuels.