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Go electric: Unlock higher revenues and lower costs for your distribution operations thanks to E-Vans

In the Netherlands an increasing number of B2C companies, such as PostNL, DHL, Instabee, Ikea, Picnic, ect…, have chosen to electrify their Last-Mile (LM) operations. But why did they decide to do so, knowing that the Dutch legislation is not yet requiring it and that electric vans (E-vans) are by default more constraining than internal combustion engine (ICE) vans (less range and longer charging times)? The following article aims at answering this question by explaining why companies that electrify their LM operations tend to have financial, operational and reputational advantages over companies that do not.

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Selecting your Third-Party Logistics Provider

In today’s fast-paced global business environment, companies often rely on third-party logistics (3PL) providers to streamline their supply chain operations. 3PL providers offer a range of services, including transportation, warehousing, and distribution, allowing businesses to focus on their core competencies.

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Moving an entire warehouse without customers noticing

Amsterdam-based Yumeko, a young and ambitious manufacturer of sustainable bed and bath linens, approached 4Supplychain to support the company in its search for a larger and more sustainable logistics service provider with which it could realize its European expansion plans and a further professionalization. Paul Hehenkamp and Jens Michaelis guided CFO Simone Lamme and purchasing manager Katinka Davy of Yumeko through the process.

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S&OP development framework

The supply chain is at the top of the agenda of many CEO’s. The disruptive impact of Covid-19, port congestions, the war in Ukraine and inflation have all put reliability of supply in danger. Realism tells us that before trendy concepts such as digitalization, big data, digital twin and artificial intelligence start helping us to overcome these challenges, we need to bring a solid S&OP process into place as a fundament to build advance capabilities upon. This is a step by step guide how to build your S&OP process.

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SAP system implementation

A major Dutch importer of spirits set out to expand into Belgium and France. A promising move, if their successful 20-year track record in the Netherlands was anything to judge by.

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Lean warehouse

The labor market is extremely tight these days. Many businesses are losing growth due to lack of human resources. Also in the logistics industry, the challenge to find good people can be felt.

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