United Parcel Service (UPS) has scored a $US150 million global distribution management deal with National Semiconductor.
The deal will see UPS' Logistics Group manage the transport of National's chips from its Malaysian and Singapore manufacturing plants to its new Global Distribution Centre in Singapore, which feeds its worldwide supply chain.
The centre is designed to cope with an average of 12 million inbound chips per day, and has rapid fulfilment capabilities. The company claims it can deliver anywhere in the world within 48 hours.
Kamal Aggarwal, executive vice president, Central Technology Manufacturing Group, National Semiconductor, said the company expects to ship four billion units in 2000, up from two billion last year.