Logistics service provider Kuehne + Nagel has decided to implement Ortec's advanced vehicle routing and dispatch solution Ortec Transport & Distribution (Ortec TD). This decision was taken in order to improve the manageability of the LSP's transport network following a period of significant growth. This growth is in part due to the acquisition of transportation activities for Albert Heijn, and the warehousing and distribution activities for companies such as PespsiCo.
"We are moving towards a smarter way of planning," explains Kuehne + Nagel's Business Unit Manager Frank van der Heijden. " Ortec 's solution will not only enable us to centralize some of our key planning activities, but it will also improve current processes and make it easier to create plans for multiple depots."
By optimizing its distribution network, Kuehne + Nagel anticipates an eventual reduction in km driven to transport goods to its customers, who mainly comprise retail distribution centers and other retail trade centers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Frank van der Heijden adds: "With our growing specialization in the FMCG market, we want to increase customer value by switching to an advanced planning solution such as Ortec TD. Our aim is to add this value by improving customer service, but at a lower cost. We also wish to simultaneously reduce CO2 emissions."
Enhanced customer service
For Kuehne + Nagel, the provision of real-time and central information was one of the most important prerequisites when selecting their new planning system. As Frank van der Heijden explains: "With Ortec we will be able to communicate more effectively with our clients. We will also be better placed to adapt to customer needs and to develop services that are in line with industry trends and market developments." Van der Heiden is also pleased with the relationship that has developed between Ortec and Kuehne + Nagel, stating that, " Ortec has a number of other planning solutions which are of interest to us. The applications for load building and multi-modal transportation look particularly promising and we therefore expect our cooperation to expand even further in the future."