John Deere (China) Investment Co. Ltd. has awarded Kuehne + Nagel a contract for the management of its national service parts distribution center in Tianjin, where Deere has centralized all after-sales services to better serve its dealers and optimize service parts management in China. Previously, Deere’s three factories in Tianjin, Jiamusi, and Ningbo, which produce different types of agricultural machines, offered after-sales services to the dealers in the country separately. In the dedicated 5500-m² (59,200-ft²) facility, Kuehne + Nagel will manage about 10,000 SKUs and 170,000 units of Deere’s products. Kuehne + Nagel’s services include inbound transportation from the three factories to the distribution center, inventory management, domestic distribution to the manufacturer’s dealers in China, as well as other value-added services such as inbound receiving, quality control, labeling, pick-and-pack operations, and order processing. The facility also will serve as the regional distribution center for other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.