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...

Kiva: Turning a material handling application into a success story

It is important to learn from the past. After the failure of online grocery delivery service Webvan, Michael Mountz was able to turn Kiva into a real success story. Kiva, an innovative material handling application, was sold to Amazon last year for 775 million dollars. How did Mountz do it? The use of robots in society is growing all the time and, in view of the recent developments within leading technology companies, will increasingly play...

Save transport costs in current traffic situation

Traffic congestion, tight time windows for deliveries, and pressure on transport costs – each of these are valid reasons to take a critical look at transport routes. Route optimization can deliver significant cost savings and improve the service level, especially in the case of a finely meshed customer distribution network. Since this type of distribution typically involves a large number of deliveries within narrow time windows, traffic congestion can cause major problems. Aided by specially...

Trends in WMS

Interfacing between different sofware systems is given more attention since mechanization of physical warehouse processes is being more important. Optimization between WMS en WCS is not always succesfull. Wendel Dijker gives his opinion on this subject in the article 'Trends in WMS; tussen twee systemen in', published in Logistics Magazine, edition  2014 (Dutch version). If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Wendel Dijker.

Growing importance supply chain

Until recently when talking about logistics and supply chains, one often referred to trucks and warehouses. In today’s world we are managing our supply chains on financial logistics parameters, as cash-to-cash cycle time. According to Alain Beerens, managing consultant & partner at Groenewout, the strategic position of Supply Chains is ever more recognized on senior management level, specifically because of the significant (inventory)investments involved and its ability to improve customer service. This article (only in Dutch...