GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. ---The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is once again expanding its relationship with UPS Supply Chain Solutions and adding a full service warehouse in Florida to stock and ship parts to authorized dealers in the region.
The UPS facility that is joining Kawasaki’s broadened distribution network is located in Jacksonville, Fla., and it will be providing enhanced support for dealers in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Measuring approximately 15,000-square feet, the unit will be fully operational by the middle of August.
According to Nelson Wilner, Kawasaki vice president, “We regularly evaluate tools for strengthening our dealers’ relationships with their professional lawn care customers, and as our reach with UPS has continued to grow, we’ve seen benefits by significantly increasing our speed to market for time-sensitive service and maintenance parts.”
Kawasaki last year added a Dallas, Texas warehouse to the existing Hebron, Kentucky and Reno, Nevada distribution points. By expanding even further with this Southeast regional facility, it is expected that the dealers in the states being serviced from Jacksonville will be able to benefit from speedier parts delivery, usually just one or two days.
“Kawasaki recognizes the importance of minimizing equipment down-time for professional landscapers,” Wilner said. “When we get our customers back on the job quicker, it positively influences the financial viability and ultimate success of our customers,” he continued. “Our vision is to be our customer’s most essential partner.”
The Jacksonville warehouse will focus on stocking items that are specifically relevant to dealers in the four-state area. Among the more than 2,000 SKUs that will be housed in the facility are maintenance items including oil (2-cycle and 4-cycle), air filters and oil filters.