Food retail needs to speed up supply chain collaboration

In food retail, collaboration between supply chain partners has been the topic of fervent discussion for many years. Although everyone is aware of the benefits, there are still very few examples of supply chain collaboration in practice. It’s now time to change all that. Supply chain collaboration is more important than ever before, not least due to e-commerce, and the necessary conditions are already in place to make it a success. “Data is the new...

Foodretail moet nu werk maken van ketensamenwerking

Samenwerking tussen ketenpartners in foodretail is al jarenlang onderwerp van flinke discussies. De voordelen zijn bekend, maar in de praktijk komt ketensamenwerking maar mondjesmaat van de grond. Dit is de tijd om daarin verandering te brengen volgens logistiek adviesbureau Groenewout. Mede door e-commerce is de noodzaak groter dan ooit, terwijl de randvoorwaarden aanwezig zijn om van ketensamenwerking een succes te maken. “Data is het nieuwe goud in transport en logistiek.” Dit artikel is gepubliceerd op logistiek.nl,...

Getting more out of warehouse data without costly tools

Warehouses are the source of a wealth of data that is still severely under-utilized, according to Rob Wijnen, Senior Consultant and Data Specialist at Groenewout. He presents five steps to help companies get more out of their logistics data without needing cost-intensive and complex tools. The importance of data in optimizing processes and performance needs no explanation nowadays. Most logistics managers realize that they can and should leverage more meaningful information from their data –...

A focus on working conditions boosts the value of logistics real estate

Mega distribution centers for e-commerce seem to be popping up everywhere. Despite rising levels of mechanization, such distribution centers still often employ hundreds of people. The sheer size of these facilities can lead to labor shortages on the local job market. Therefore, in the battle for the right people, one weapon is becoming ever-more important: the physical working conditions. Over the coming years more focus on and investment in working conditions will increasingly give logistics...

Overview of steps towards achieving BREEAM certification

Do companies applying for a BREEAM rating incur lots of extra costs? Not necessarily. A large number of measures fall into the category of ‘low-hanging fruit’, meaning that companies don’t have to spend much time or money to reap significant benefits. Read on for an overview of low-hanging fruit for a three-star BREEAM rating. Use of warehouse. To reduce waste, BREEAM requires the design and layout of the building to be aligned with the...

Benefits of BREEAM vary from one warehouse to another

It should come as no surprise that BREEAM certification is hugely popular within logistics, because in this sector in particular a three-star rating is within easy reach thanks to lots of ‘low-hanging fruit’. However, there are a few hidden pitfalls, including ones related to benchmarking and the fiscal benefits that are associated with BREEAM certification. The number of BREEAM-certified square meters in the industry is rising rapidly. At the start of this year the...

E-commerce: pionieren mag, fouten maken niet

Dat de impact van e-commerce op de logistiek groot is, hebben verschillende retailers inmiddels aan den lijve ondervonden. Het probleem is dat over de optimale logistieke inrichting vooralsnog meer vragen dan antwoorden bestaan. Groenewout stelt dat retailers voor een dilemma staan: ze moeten soms pionieren met logistieke oplossingen, maar fouten maken mag niet. Klanten straffen die meteen af. Dit expert artikel over e-commerce is ook gepubliceerd op logistiek.nl

E-commerce: pioneering is allowed but mistakes are not

E-commerce has a major impact on logistics activities, as various retailers have already found out for themselves. The problem is , when it comes to the optimal logistics set-up, there are currently more questions than answers. Groenewout claims that retailers face a dilemma: they must sometimes be pioneers of logistics solutions, but they may not make any mistakes. If they do, customers will punish them immediately. Can anyone still be in any doubt about the...

Tips for logistics service providers

An overview of tips & tricks for logistics service providers by Alain Beerens, Managing Consultant & Partner at Groenewout. 1. Shippers are keen to gain ever-more insight into their supply chains. By offering digital tracking & tracing tools, you can improve the service experience for your customers. 2. Whereas large customers look for a logistics service provider who can relieve the burden on them across the entire spectrum of logistics, small customers seek a specific service/niche....

Logistics to have an even greater impact on company success

An interview with the four Groenewout partners – Alain Beerens, Wendel Dijker, Mari van Kuijk and Arthur Zondervan – by Marcel te Lindert. V.l.n.r. Alain Beerens, Mari van Kuijk, Arthur Zondervan en Wendel Dijker From linear supply chains to autonomous networks, and from a cost to a competitive weapon – in 2016, the year in which consultancy firm Groenewout celebrates its 50th anniversary, the logistics profession is once again facing a major period of transition....