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: 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....

Data integrity continues to be neglected in supply chains

Ensuring that the data is correct is the most fundamental component of business operations. While that might sound obvious, in practice it is far from it. Supply chain studies regularly reveal that it is difficult to obtain the right data. Here, I will attempt to outline a number of arguments for raising your supply chains to the next level by managing data better. For more information please contact the author, Mohamed Lasgaa: E: lasgaa@groenewout.com T: +31...

´Supply chain is a combination of logistics, finance and commerce´

Trend: The supply chain has increasingly become a topic of discussion at board level, which means that companies are making plans that straddle the borders of their business units. The challenge is to be willing to work together and to have faith in the fact that an integral strategy will benefit the entire organization. “Within distribution-related logistics projects we’re seeing a shift towards goods flow management,” says Alain Beerens, Managing Consultant & Partner at Groenewout....

How to achieve sustainable growth of your webshop

On 18 June Groenewout organized the latest innovation update and networking session in Breda. The program was divided into two sets of three parallel sessions, and the venue was Dinalog’s modern offices in Breda. With more than 30 participants and featuring plenty of knowledge sharing, interactive discussions and networking, the event was a resounding success. Click here to download all the presentations. Innovation Session: How to achieve sustainable growth of your webshop What is the key to...

How to reduce your stock by 50% while maintaining the same service level

For any company, one of the biggest capital investments is stock. To put it in perspective: one month’s worth of stock is equivalent to investing just under 10% of your annual revenue. How many projects on that scale have you implemented in the past year? Achieving the right degree of product availability without excessively high stock levels is therefore critical to business success – not only for end products but also for semi-finished goods and...

Direct shipment

The ‘pure’ e-tailers are continuing to evolve and expand, and some of them are in the midst of a process to open their own brick-and-mortar establishments. Almost all traditional retailers now also have a webshop in addition to their physical stores, and most suppliers are working hard – or at least have taken the first steps – to set up an online channel targeted at consumers alongside their traditional distribution channels. This article was published in...

Vacant manufacturing and logistics facilities

The number of vacant industrial premises (manufacturing and logistics facilities) has been growing for many years. The latest figures published recently by Dutch property association NVM showed that 12.6 million square meters of industrial premises are currently standing empty. Logistics facilities account for almost 3 million square meters of that total, and the category has increased by 17 percent in the past year alone. How are we going to solve this? This article was published in...