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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.
The grid infrastructure in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK no longer has the transportation capacity to support energy demand; a problem with a long-term impact, as it could take another 5 to 7 years before the power grid is sufficiently re-enforced (1, 2).
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.
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.
One of the world’s larger steel producers needed a more precise alignment of production capacity and sales planning and approached 4Supplychain Consulting. Olivier Berghuis and Valerio Guastella took up this international challenge.
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.