Eight possibilities of combining logistic efficiency and CO2 reduction

The current recession leads to the common idea that corporate social responsibility will besubordinated to efficiency again. How can companies, despite of the credit crunch, reducethe carbon footprint (CO2 emission) of their logistics? This article has been published on Logistiek.nl (Dutch version). If you should have any questions regarding Sales & Operations Planning please contact Alain Beerens.

Credit crunch and impact on the logistic real estate market

Barely a half year ago, Bart Vink of DTZ Zadelhoff concluded that logistical real estate was a “safe haven” in the Netherlands. DTZ went even so far to give this name to their own annual real estate report. However the developments of the past six months have radically challenged this conclusion and provided more than good reason for many well deliberated decisions to be taken on rent (extensions) and/or the development of real estate....

Sales & Operations Planning

Groenewout was honoured to speak at LogiCon in Brussels, Belgium on Feb 4th. This high quality conference is Europe’s longest running event for senior supply chain and logistics professionals in the FMCG and retail sector. Our principal consultant & partner, Alain Beerens, provided insight into the Critical Success Factors of Sales & Operations Planning. If you would like to receive this presentation, please contact Alain Beerens. This presentation is based on the article recently...

Simulation Tools

To supply customers with the right support and advice, even regarding the most dynamic and complex processes within their logistics operation, Groenewout uses next to AutoMod, also Enterprise Dynamics nowadays. By building a simulation model of the operation containing all relevant and affected processes, an opportunity is created to test the complete impact of measures, before actually implementing them. The risk of design errors is minimised because all the functions of the process, the capacities...

Security Risk Factors – 7 Security Tips

Do you check your security measures on a regular base? The risks and threats that logistics companies are exposed to are continuously changing. Consequently, logistics companies need to frequently review their security measures, and when necessary, adapt them to deal with entirely new circumstances. By executing a security audit you can analyse and determine whether the current security measures are countering all risks and threats. Examples of new risks and threats are the storage of...

How to survive the crises: Ten ways to Reduce your Inventory

A significant number of companies are starting to feel the impact of the current global financial crises. Under the current scenario, it’s not a result of inefficient business practices; but instead, a shortage in cash flow which could lead some to bankruptcy. This article introduces ten ways to reduce your working capital, mainly focussing on the amount of inventory. If you would like to receive more information about simulation tools, please contact Alain Beerens.

Guest lecture ship post graduate course at University of Antwerp

An interview with Dr. Wout Dullaert, Associate Professor at the ITMMA at the University of Antwerp by Tjaart Theron. In 2006, the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) invited Groenewout to participate as guest lecture for solving practical handling issues (for example, in warehouse design). Since then, Groenewout has been involved in the Warehouse and Hinterland Distribution Management course. This is part of the Post-graduate Diploma in Transport and Logistics Management (Pg.Dip.TLM). Because of...

Why multilayered distribution works best in Europe

It might be tempting to view Europe as a monolithic marketplace, but consumers in each country have distinct cultural requirements and tastes in products. A centralized approach to European distribution can create economies of scale, but it’s not ideally suited for handling varying national demands for inventory and customer service. Furthermore, growing road congestion and rising transportation costs are making this system less and less efficient. One solution: A multilayered distribution center supported by regional...