AKRON (July 25)—Goodyear is expanding its logistics services agreement with the North American unit of Exel P.L.C., making the supply chain management company its lead logistics provider for North America. Exel, the self-proclaimed global leader in supply chain management, has worked with Goodyear since 1996, and today handles distribution activities for Goodyear at five of the firm's 18 warehouses—in York, Pa.; Orlando, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; and Victorville, Calif. The expanded agreement will make Exel a partner on the strategic and tactical level, a Goodyear spokesman said. The companies will work together to refine Goodyear's logistics strategies, both upstream and downstream, and redesign processes where necessary. The agreement will not affect the extent of Exel's involvement in Goodyear's tire distribution centers, the spokesman said. Goodyear works with five outside logistics providers in this area in addition to running some itself, and each is an open bid process, he said.