Hi Wallenborn Team!
IT is driving innovation in the international transport & logistics industry like never before, and AMCS solutions are at the forefront of this change. We strive to enable companies like yours to grow revenue and increase margins while also maximising efficiency and boosting sustainability.
On this page, you’ll find some content that we have specially selected for you – hope you will enjoy reading it and I look forward to discussing it in further detail with you!
Rogier de Klein
Sales Manager for BeNeLux @ AMCS Group
Margin expansion through improved operational efficiency
Margin expansion through improved operational efficiency
For senior management, the improvement of operational efficiency is one of the keystones to driving margin expansion. One of the biggest impactors on efficiency is manual planning and dispatch, which is very resource-heavy – especially in complex logistics networks with multiple hubs. Paper-based tracking is a limitation that companies can ill afford. Air-cargo RFS companies also need to make sure they are getting maximum productivity from the vehicle fleet while maintaining the highest levels of customer service and time-of-arrival accuracy. A fully integrated system with automatic, incremental real-time planning, optimisation and dispatch can deliver these efficiency gains.
Cost & Risk reduction through agile and scalable SaaS platforms
Today’s CIOs and IT Directors have to be keenly focused on cost and risk reduction while driving fast adoption of technology. Cloud-based platforms and solutions are key to delivering these goals. Fully scalable SaaS platforms are agile enough to grow and contract with your business needs, while costly and potentially fatal downtime is practically eliminated. SaaS offers a fully managed environment that means your infrastructure and solutions are always on, always on the latest version and always protected from the latest cyber threats.
Increased visibility and operational control
The “big picture” view that comes from an end-to-end solution with planning/optimisation/dispatch, mobile workforce solution and workflow-based systems to support transport administration and management is invaluable to the Operations team. It supports operational control and real-time visibility of the entire operation. Digital engagement platforms, for customers and partners, further enhance the overall insight of the Operations department.
The key to growth and innovation
The combined effect of an efficient, scalable and highly visible system means companies can differentiate themselves in a very competitive market through innovative service provision that opens up new revenue streams and opportunities for growth.
Central Planning – solving the intricate puzzle
When the goal is to centralise highly complex and dynamic planning, while simultaneously optimising vehicle utilization with real-time operational visibility, then only state-of-the-art intelligent optimisation technology can handle the complexity of multiple cargo and vehicle types across multiple locations.
This form of planning relies on the geographical, customer and product knowledge of the individual planners at these locations – the more complex the logistics, the more senior the planner required.
This reliance brings its own risks and challenges - business can be severely impacted by the absence of just one of these key players. And when you don’t have a view of the plan and operation as a whole, efficiency and customer service can easily be hampered.
Intelligent Optimisation: Centralised and Dynamic
Central planning can very effectively mitigate those risks. With true visibility of the “big picture”, Intelligent Optimisation can support better operational decision making end-to-end – even at large-scale international networks such as the Wallenborn operation.
The right IO solution needs to seamlessly handle complexity – not just very high numbers of orders, vehicles and sites, but also the ability to integrate variables, restrictions and dynamics into commercially viable plans – and it has to do it in real-time.
This video is accelerated footage taken from an installation of AMCS Fleet Planner at Unicon Ready-Mix on the day of execution. The vertical line moving from left to right represents the present time and the video shows how the solution keeps continuous track of, and reacts to, events as the day unfolds. All of the colour-coding and textual information is 100% configurable.
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Achieving agility and efficiency through Intelligent Optimisation
Calculating, planning and re-planning based on every specific situation, while continually optimising transport and vehicle utilisation over a complex network like Wallenborn’s, is simply not humanly possible in real-time. Tried and tested algorithms, developed with decades of industry best-practice built in, is the only way to achieve the agility and striking cost savings that the efficiency gains of a fully dynamic centralised planning solution can bring.
Impressive results through intelligent optimization
Results obviously vary from company to company and industry to industry, but some companies have achieved an 80% saving in planning resources with one particular customer centralising the planning for all 80 facilities to one central office. Some customers have seen an increase in vehicle utilisation of as much as 25% which in turn leads to better profit margins due to cost savings and a delayed need for capital investment in fleet expansion to meet growth.
The specifics of planning vary from company to company and industry to industry of course, but it’s hard to argue with the results our customers have reported to us:
- Up to 80% savings in planning resources (one customer even centralised the planning for 80 facilities into one central office!)
- Up to 25% increase in vehicle utilization (the margin protection and delayed CAPEX benefits are obvious)
- Up to 25% reduction in CO₂ emissions, kilometers driven and driving time
- Significantly increased customer satisfaction and visit accuracy
Foodtankers AB has its origins in Sweden and is involved in the transport of liquid food products. Like Wallenborn, its fleet of 125 vehicles operates across practically all of Europe. FoodTankers uses AMCS Fleet Planner to plan the routes for transport of goods like wine, milk, oils and minerals between manufacturing facilities.
They operate over very large routes and drivers may be on the road for up to 14 days in a row. Routes can be contained in a major region, like the Nordics, or cover multi-region triangles such as the Nordics, Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Because there are constraints on which food products can be handled by which type of trailer units - temperature controls for example - plans will also often include scheduled meetings of drivers and their vehicles for the purpose of swapping trailer units. AMCS Fleet Planner manages these constraints and warns the planner about potential violations. Equally, the planner is warned if factory opening hours or set delivery times are at risk of being missed.
Accurate ETAs for each order are made possible by AMCS Fleet Planner thanks to an overview of the whole transport operation, including handling times and automatically calculated driving times. This dynamic, real-time visibility is key - the Gantt chart (as shown in the video above from the Fleet Planner installation at Unicon) gives the planner an at-a-glance overview of all available resources, an invaluable support for long-haul transport planning.
Foodtankers AB Results
- Significantly improved overview of resources and orders
- Efficiency gains through centralized and improved planning
- Better customer service through more reliable ETAs
We are happy to discuss your specific situation. Contact Rogier de Klein by phone or email.