ASA, a leader in paper for periodicals, has chosen the Transwide modular applications to manage electronically all communications with its logistic providers, thus achieving a greater visibility on the execution of its transport processes. For the past ten years, Transwide, a company producing SaaS (Software as a Service) packages, has offered its clients a suite of products that was originally designed to manage transport execution processes. The Transwide solution consists of the following elements:
A connectivity platform allowing manufacturers to communicate electronically from an ERP with all their transporters, without any limitation in numbers. The Transwide communication platform also allows them should they so wish to get a connection with their suppliers, clients and any other partner of their logistic environment.
A suite of functional modules hosted and accessible via Internet covers the communication of transportation orders, manages appointments and exceptions, traceability, edits transport documents as well as the entire cost and payment management, from the drafting of the contract to the electronic invoice (pre-invoicing and auto-invoicing).
A proactive exception management tool that informs the staff concerned of the occurrence of key-events using automatic email alerts.
A reporting module allowing the implementation of performance indicators with all the logistic partners.
Transwide was recommended by ACL Consultants, the firm that carried-out the entire re-engineering of the NSG-chartered road transport management (34 000 annual movements). Beyond the optimisation of purchases and internal operational organisation, ACL Consultants emphasised opportunities for increasing productivity that would improve the logistic chain to the advantage of NSG and its transport partners.
The transport execution processes are complex and frequently involve multiple stakeholders. Choosing the Transwide solution for NSG responded to specific issues. Thus, the implementation could take no longer than six weeks since the information systems in place in the plant were going to be changed. Moreover, Norske Skog would employ a logistic provider to entirely control its shipment flows. This meant an integration of Transwide with Norske Skog ERP systems and with the IT system of their main 3PL.
Christian Vitu, Logistics Manager at NSG explained: "After thoroughly scrutinising the market, Transwide responded to our constraints, chiefly for the possibilities to integrate completely a 3PL provider in the process." Fabrice Maquignon, Managing Director of Transwide, added: "Our applications are very flexible and our clients can configure them precisely according to their processes. Our solution was perfectly integrated to the mechanism designed by our partner, ACL Consultants. In the case of Norske Skog, our interface expertise proved decisive in view of an existing deadline."
"In the end, Transwide provided the interface two weeks before the deadline, concluded Vitu. And this allowed us to manage all the transport orders using the Transwide platform before the systems in place concluded. We achieved the ROI in less than four months".