BEARPAW Footwear selects Kuehne + Nagel for international transportation and U.S. distribution

JERSEY CITY, N.J. / USA, May 19, 2011 – Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics companies, will provide integrated logistics services for fast-growing lifestyle footwear company, BEARPAW – including international transportation, customs brokerage and U.S. distribution operations.

BEARPAW Footwear, based in Citrus Heights, California, has averaged exponential annual growth since its inception in 2001. The global logistics contract awarded to Kuehne + Nagel will support BEARPAW Footwear’s ability to scale its logistics requirements, reduce costs and streamline its overall supply chain.

Wayne Cottrell, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of BEARPAW Footwear, said: “We’re pleased to partner with Kuehne + Nagel to leverage its global network and expertise in developing supply chain distribution and management solutions that support our strategic goals.”

Kuehne + Nagel will manage BEARPAW Footwear’s seafreight and customs brokerage for shipments between China and the United States. Kuehne + Nagel transportation bases in Hong Kong and San Francisco will coordinate the movements of more than 2,000 containers (TEUs) a year. KN Login, Kuehne + Nagel’s Web-based application, will provide BEARPAW with real-time visibility, monitoring and reporting critical to ensuring stock levels are optimized.

These shipments will go directly to BEARPAW Footwear’s U.S. clients, as well as to Kuehne + Nagel’s shared distribution center in Whittier, California, for retail distribution and inventory management. The Whittier location will also host the BEARPAW showroom for connecting commercial clients directly with the BEARPAW Footwear brand.

John Hextall, President of Kuehne + Nagel North America, said: “We are well positioned to provide a range of logistics service offerings under one umbrella, integrated into a total supply chain solution for BEARPAW. Our solutions are focused on delivering overall service enhancements and improved visibility to BEARPAW.”
About BEARPAW Footwear
Tom Romeo founded the BEARPAW brand in 2001 with the intention of redefining casual footwear by utilizing sheepskin, nature’s own technical fabric, to create comfortable and stylish shoes. BEARPAW has carved out a niche, providing customers with comfort and sensibility to set itself apart. From slippers to boots to casual footwear only the finest materials are used to produce BEARPAW shoes. Built to deliver quality and style, every pair of BEARPAW shoes focuses on comfort and fit, using the highest standards of craftsmanship.

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