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Supply Chain Interview
CONTENTS
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Talking to over a million
retail customers
page 66-67
page 43-45
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Logistics
Quarter century
milestone
page 66-67
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page 46-48
A re-look at inventory
page 66-67 and the art of
classification for
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superior e-shopping
experience
page 66-67
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collaboration
page 49, 50
Keeping one step
ahead of demand
page 51
Connectivity solution
Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Harold
contract
Bosse, Transwide’s international marketing manager,
page 52
and Dirk Van Dyck, Transwide’s strategic account
Networking through
manager, about how better communication can
the recession
help logistics professionals to improve collaboration,
reduce cost and increase profitability within the
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods marketplace.
ue to the very high volumes The Transport Service Levels required by the retail
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transported by the Fast-Moving industry (such as timely delivery to the point of
Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, sale, or quantity ordered vs. quantity delivered).
if shippers do not have a reliable, The Transport Security closely linked to the
streamlined set of processes that value of their goods (ie. a container of nappies
consider every possible transport-related cost, represents a considerable amount of money).
their profit margin can be quickly absorbed by The Reactivity and Agility to guarantee the
unexpected emergencies or other exceptions en closest supply to match market variations
route. FMCG Shippers therefore have to consider without tying cash in stocks or risking a
a certain numbers of key points: supply chain ‘rupture’.
Transwide’s Harold Bosse believes that these
challenges can be addressed head on with a
state-of-the-art online collaboration tool, able to
facilitate effective and reliable communication
between shippers and their carrier partners.
“It’s quite simple, really; the more information that
is exchanged between the shipper and carrier
the less likely things will go wrong.” he said.
“And if things do go awry, these companies will
be able to address the issues quicker through
Dirk Van Dyck: “By using a
having the means to communicate and share
reputable online collaboration
tool, waiting can be substantially
information quicker and more effectively.”
reduced and, through better
preparation, full truck-loads are
Transwide’s Dirk Van Dyck points out that the
more likely achieved.” communication between shippers and transport >>
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&LOGISTICSIT May 2009
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