LOGISTICS OPTIMIZATION PROGRAMS
We develop company-wide optimization programs that focus on people, processes and tools. Our multi-angle approach typically follows these steps:
QUICK SCAN - PILOT
In a joint effort, we quickly identify areas where savings appear possible and estimate the potential. This forms the basis for a pilot project that is selected to prepare a first practical business case. The pilot project can deal with anything from: a planning problem to a re-design of the logistics network.
Based on the initial results and learning experiences, a road map can be drafted for a global roll-out of the optimization program. This includes activities and planning for each operation. Activities are a mix of consultancy, education and tools. The activities are planned by a joint project team comprising members from our organizations.
The project team employs the principles of learning together, quick wins first, open and transparent communication. We develop education programs with internationally known business schools. Education is often a good place to start a cultural change in which everyone is encouraged to find potential savings within their own operational environment. This mindset is imperative. Effective change requires a culture that is open to optimization. Tools are equally important: from prototyping software to model and simulation flows, to implementation of smart planning algorithms in daily operations.
MONITORING & CONTROL
We monitor, real-time, the cost development of freight flows, freight invoice control being an option, to follow the progress of the program. This allows for problems to be addressed in time and a rapid response to schedule back-logs.