Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) presented WW Solutions with the Export Processor Kaizen Award for the cardboard-handling project at the vehicle processing centre (VPC) in Savannah, Georgia. Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices and personal efficiency.
The Kaizen project allowed WW Solutions to successfully differentiate, explained Wayne Washington, VP, Business Development, Americas. “Our Kaizen project was based on a more environmentally sound way of handling all of the excess cardboard created during the wheel cover programme. It strengthens our partnership with Toyota and demonstrates the value and creativity we bring to the partnership.”
Meanwhile, WW Ocean scooped the Export Marine Customer Service Award for the fourth time in the last five years in recognition of ‘best-in-class’ performance throughout 2018. Consistently reliable support from the documentation team in El Salvador was a key factor in their success, said TLS.
Marlon Brown, Marine & Export Manager, TLS, said: “These awards recognise innovation and commitment to business improvement techniques at WW Solution’s VPC in Savannah – and the all-round excellence of WW Ocean as a logistics partner. We’re looking forward to continuing to develop our partnership with both businesses.”
“Dachser is committed to providing superior service and customised solutions to our automotive business, which requires highly trained professionals who understand the nuances of transporting automobiles and their respective parts,” said Vincent Touya, Managing Director Dachser USA. “In the US specifically, our customers are responding very well to the hands-on approach of our automotive competence team. We continue to evolve and grow this programme to ensure it consistently meets our customers’ needs and responds to the challenges of the marketplace.”
Dachser is a reliable partner of the global automotive industry. In Sweden, for example, Dachser addresses the special needs associated with Volvo Cars’ spare parts business with a customised solution. Via a shuttle service launched specifically for Volvo, Dachser is now transporting Volvo Cars’ spare parts from Volvo’s Torslanda, Sweden location to Dachser’s Gothenburg, Germany location as well as to Volvo Cars’ various warehouses throughout Germany. For added convenience, the service collects goods from the customer six times a day.
“We provide Volvo Cars with a solution that is tailored to their logistics needs,” said René Sidor, Managing Director of Dachser Nordic A/S. “By customising our approach, Volvo gets a unified logistics solution.”
Further demonstrating its commitment to the automotive sector, Dachser USA recently expanded into Detroit, which is essentially the automotive capital of the United States, with the “Big Three” automotive manufacturers headquartered in metro Detroit. Dachser USA opened its Detroit location in August 2018 to ensure the brand had a physical presence in this critical automotive market.
“The move into Detroit reflects our dedication to meeting the needs of our customers, who require we move closer to their business. Being in Detroit not only provides a closer proximity to our customers, it also ensures that we understand the culture—the heart and soul—of the automotive community, which of course, helps us better anticipate our customers’ needs and provide customised, viable solutions,” said Touya.
CAT Academy training school has the ambition to internally prepare the future employees of Groupe CAT in all the key skills specifically needed. 40 drivers of car transporter truck will thus be trained every year in France.
A rigorous process of selection enables granting this training to the most motivated and skilful candidates ready to contribute to Groupe CAT's growth. The course, built in partnership with Aftral (the first professional training institute for transport and logistics in France), lasts for 24 weeks and is developed for non-truck drivers or drivers not skilled in vehicle transportation.
Each candidate, individually monitored and assessed at every stage of the course, enjoys regular support of the Groupe CAT mentors. This training alternates theory and practice to cover all aspects of the driver’s profession and his interaction with all teams of Groupe CAT.
At the end of the course, the student is given the truck driving licence with the specialisation in vehicle transportation. The graduate is eventually granted a permanent hiring contract within one of the Groupe CAT subsidiaries.
The 2nd class is currently on training and the 3rd selecting session already scheduled for September 2019. The international rolling out has been started. Candidates from Germany and Spain will be trained in the coming months and will join Groupe CATS's teams. Furthermore, training courses are currently being programmed for other key jobs of the group.
Alejandro Forbes, CEO of Groupe CAT, said, “The setup of CAT Academy is in line with our strong will to become the undisputed leader of our industry. This stated ambition goes through concrete actions of our strategic plan such as “Develop the most motivated and skilled team in our industry.” We made the choice to train our future employees in-house using our own methods. Following this dynamics and being determined to stand out, we will contribute to the evolution of our business and new market standards.”
Kaufmann thus increased its delivery reliability to 97%, shortened waiting times for the processing of individual trucks by 15% and increased the volume of work carried out by 30%.
For Kaufmann, an official Mercedes-Benz dealer in Chile based in Santiago, delivery reliability is the most important factor for customer satisfaction. Operating with highly complex logistics processes and the high number of orders placed by the company, it was no longer possible to meet these requirements using traditional planning methods.
The company imports passenger cars and commercial vehicles from brands including: Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso, and converts chassis into special-purpose vehicles such as construction or refuse trucks in cooperation with 30 external service providers. Kaufmann also offers pre-delivery inspections, all after-sales services and sales services to end customers.
The volume of orders has risen by 100% in the last eight years alone - to around 13,000 vehicles per year and about 1,000 vehicle movements per day. “We wanted to use the solution to ensure that we process the most urgent orders first and that the necessary resources are always available," said Derek Bull, Logistics Manager at Kaufmann.
Kaufmann has opted for SyncroTESS for Vehicle Logistics by INFORM. The system transparently maps the entire route of the vehicle from the factory to the dealer, synchronises all processes and optimises all production orders with the main goal of adherence to delivery reliability. The SyncroTESS yard management module controls and optimises both parking and loading of cars and coordinates all incoming and outgoing transports.
“The faster and more efficient processing of orders meant that we were able to increase our delivery reliability from 85 to 97% on average," explained Bull.
Kaufmann decided in favour for INFORM because the Aachen-based company was able to point to reference installations at automotive manufacturers and logistics companies around the world and demonstrated a deep, industry-specific understanding of processes. INFORM also developed a new module for SyncroTESS, the order optimiser "Workshop Scheduler" for Kaufmann, in order to adapt it in detail to customer requirements and processes in the production of special vehicles. “The software was specifically tailored to our needs and now perfectly maps our complex processes," added Bull.
Kaufmann and INFORM will continue to work on further projects. In Chile, both sides are currently working on refining details to further improve performance and forecasting. In addition, the INFORM solution will be implemented at the subsidiary Divemotor in Peru.
“Without the digitalisation of our processes, we would not be sustainable in the long term. This also applies to Kaufmann in other countries, and we are convinced that INFORM is the right partner to continue on this path with us," Derek Bull concluded.
Located in Tuzla in the Istanbul area of Turkey, the new facility is an optimal location for both transport and logistics. Tuzla is in the logistics centre of Turkey, and the facility is surrounded by several industrial zones such as chemical, FMCG and automotive. For transport, the Tuzla facility is located close to both ports, airports, a good road network and options for transport via rail.
The warehouse in Tuzla is state-of-the-art, with top-level security and ISO management certifications for environmental and quality management and for information security, as well as a total of 6,000 square metres bonded warehousing area.That makes the warehouse suitable for many different industries, e.g. Automotive, FMCG, Aero Space and Fashion.
“With the new facility, we offer our customers one-stop-shopping. We can handle our customers’ goods for any transport mode, warehousing, and distribution - all from the same place”, explained Metin Öz, Logistics Manager for DSV in Turkey. “Our end-to-end supply chain solutions are both efficient and of very high quality, and we look forward to welcoming more customers into our new logistics facility in Tuzla here in Turkey.”
The calculator, scheduled to be available for customers’ use in late 2019, will provide the ability to model greenhouse gas reduction scenarios based on GHG Protocol and the Global Logistics Emissions Council’s (GLEC) carbon accounting methodology. Customers will work with APL Logistics staff to understand the intensity of value chain greenhouse gas emissions and satisfy investors’ requests to quantify, and ultimately reduce, greenhouse gas liabilities.
“We are focussed on innovative opportunities to serve our customers,” said William Villalon, President of APL Logistics. “The ability to model value chain emissions is a critical first step to signal investors that we are considering the business risks of climate change. APL Logistics continues to prepare for shifts in public policy and consumer preference, as we make decisions that consider the needs of future generations.”
“Organisations like the Climate Action 100, a cohort of 300+ institutional investors controlling $33+ trillion, believe disclosing the risks of climate change is their fiduciary responsibility,” added Jessica Balsam, Director of Sustainability for APL Logistics. “We are providing results aligned with the business goals of customers concerned with investor pressure and the proliferation of global greenhouse gas pricing schemes. Over time, APL Logistics is prepared to be an active voice in shaping these issues and identifying collaborative partnerships for systems-based solutions.”
The calculator will use data from APL Logistics’ Visual Intelligence Team and draw from the resources available in the EDF Supply Chain Solutions Centre. By collaborating with organisations from the shipping and logistics sector, as well entities primarily dedicated to sustainability, APLL will increase the effectiveness of the Scope Three Emissions Calculator and deliver insightful solutions.
"Sriram's calculator will provide APL with the data needed to set specific and measurable climate goals, an important step in any organisation’s sustainability journey, as well as establish the groundwork for which future sustainability projects can be carried out," said Scott Wood, Director of EDF Climate Corps
Based in Amsterdam, Stoekenbroek will lead Kerry Logistics’ international freight forwarding business in the EMEA region and be in charge of its strategic development, focusing particularly on strengthening Kerry Logistics’ foothold and business portfolio.
With over 30 years of extensive experience in the industry specialising in EMEA and global roles, Stoekenbroek brings a wealth of supply chain knowledge, insights, and expertise to Kerry Logistics. He was the Senior Vice President Global Air Freight of Geodis prior to this appointment, and has previously worked for top industry players including Wilson Logistics and TNT Freight Management.
Mathieu Biron, Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding of Kerry Logistics, said, “We warmly welcome Martin to our team. Having built his career in logistics within the EMEA region for decades, Martin possesses an in-depth knowledge of our business in the region and a thorough understanding of the changing conditions of our industry. He will be a vital part of our ongoing global expansion, providing visionary guidance as we realise our long-term strategy.”
Commenting on his new appointment, Stoekenbroek said, “Kerry Logistics has been going from strength to strength through its worldwide expansion. I am honoured to have the opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience to lead a strong team and help to propel the Group’s further development in the EMEA region. At a time when the global supply chain is in flux, I look forward to contributing to Kerry Logistics’ progress and overcoming challenges to reinforce its position as a leading logistics partner connecting EMEA to the rest of the world.”