Groenewout, driven by knowledge
It’s more than 50 years since our founder, Cor Groenewout, started the company in 1966. After a few years of operating as a traditional construction engineering firm, Groenewout increasingly shifted its focus onto logistics projects in the 1970s and 80s. Since then, ongoing globalization has resulted in Groenewout’s involvement in numerous design and realization projects for warehouses and distribution centers.
Nowadays, the consultants are much more focused on market developments and market potential. Cor Groenewout’s vision remains unchanged – that when designing a warehouse you start with the processes you intend to work with rather than the building itself. And the question of which processes you intend to work with depends on the DC’s role in the supply chain: storage, cross-docking or another function? That has to be defined first.
Just as the profession is in a constant state of flux, so too is Groenewout. The consultancy firm has developed the necessary e-commerce expertise over the past few years. And in the field of supply chain, Groenewout is working on a new solution related to multi-echelon inventory management. Groenewout’s experts follow the trends and developments closely and will continue to do so in the future. We are a team that is passionate about logistics – one that comprises various disciplines to foster cross-pollination, because cross-pollination is crucial in order to stay at the forefront of the industry.
Needless to say, we are tremendously proud that now, more than 50 years later, we have grown into one of Europe’s most respected logistics and supply chain consultancy firms. Click here for Groenewout’s 50 years anniversary day in 2016.
Network study reveals the importance of Supply Chain at SPGPrints
SPGPrints supplies printing machines and consumables (in particular screens and ink) to customers in the textile and printing industries. A network study was conducted to meet the company’s need for greater insight into the supply chain and the opportunities for supply chain optimization. Groenewout created a model of the existing supply chain and analyzed various scenarios.
Relocation of the Hollister European Distribution Center
Hollister recently moved into its brand-new European distribution center in Oud-Gastel in the Netherlands. To realize this new-build project, the company enlisted Groenewout’s expertise – and not for the first time. Job Sonke, Manager of the Hollister European Distribution Center: “An excellent decision that has once again paid off.”
PK Oem Parts reduces inventory by 15 percent
PK OEM Parts, based in the Dutch city of Dordrecht, supplies spare parts for heavy-duty diesel engines such as those found on ships and in power plants. The company’s biggest challenge is to maintain the optimal balance between service level and inventory value. A user-friendly, stand-alone tool from Groenewout has not only helped to improve the service level, but has also reduced the inventory value by 15 percent.
Blokker creates modern omnichannel distribution center
Blokker, a Dutch chain store selling household goods, is gradually transforming into a modern omnichannel retailer. One part of this process is the complete redesign of the retailer’s distribution center in the city of Geldermalsen, assisted by Groenewout, to make it suitable for all sales channels. In the near future, store orders and online orders will all be handled in the same process, from goods received right through to order picking. “We’ve looked at the similarities between the two logistics flows rather than their differences.”
50 years of experience
Consulting firm with over 50 years of experience.
Availability of a European logistics database with benchmark figures on transportation and warehouse costs.
Full scope expertise on network design, as well as warehouse design (conceptual layout, logistics - and storage equipment) and logistics building design (engineering and investment calculations).
Ability to support implementation of new logistics concepts (70% of Groenewout revenue is with existing customers in follow-up/implementation projects.
Extensive operational knowledge, hands-on, pragmatic and bottom-up approach.