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...

Benchmark your warehouse operations

Are your warehouse processes best-of-breed? Can you identify additional improvements or savings? Benchmarking provides an answer to these questions and will help you improve your performance. Groenewout offers you a free Quick Scan to benchmark your warehouse operations. Our consultants compare it to best in class organizations with the support of our Benchmark Model. Request your Quick Scan now! Further information please contact Wendel Dijker.

Online logistics competitive advantage

Groenewout's  expert explains in this publication 'online logistiek wordt onderscheidende factor' about competitive advantages of online logistics. This article is published in trade magazine Online Retailer (Dutch version). For questions regarding this article, please contact Arthur Zondervan.

Solar panels and DC’s, an ideal marriage?

You would expect that distribution centers are perfectly suited for solar panels, as they have a large shade free roof surface. And even more, on ground floor level lighting and material handling equipment consume lots of electrical energy. However, in reality there are only a few distribution centers in the Netherlands with solar panels actually installed on its roof. This article (in Dutch only) explains why this percentage is so low, and what changes...

How can a wholesaler make a profit on a sales order?

The focus of a wholesaler should be on sales margin, rather than on revenue. However saying "no" to a customer is unacceptable.  Every Euro in sales is considered as a positive contribution. However, is this statement true? This article proves how logistcs costs transparency can provide added value. It helps you to define your logistics strategy, and to develop the most advantageous logistics approach for each  product-market channel. This article has been published on logistiek.nl. Click here for the...

Loss Prevention & Security

Due to the recent evolution of digital technology the technical possibilities of photo and video increased rapidly. An extensive potential of images and video footage is at your disposal. The backside of this is that finding a specific picture or video footage is very time consuming. However there is software on the market that makes it possible to analyze this heap of information automatically and real-time. These intelligent tools only signal the user when an...

Webvan the Hindenburg of the dot-com era?

Some 10 years ago, online grocery initiative Webvan spectacularly crashed out of the retail market after spending its way through over a billion dollars in capital. As they battle against the current economic headwind, many wholesalers and retailers are keen to invest in a segment that is still demonstrating growth potential: e-commerce. As a modern-day classic, what can the Webvan case teach us? This article has also been published on Logistiek.nl, a leading Logistics platform....