Automotive industry still has great potential for savings

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The European automotive industry still has considerable potential for savings. Alone in the area of transportation logistics, companies can save up to nine per cent of their costs, according to logistics provider Global Supply Chain Solutions (G-SCS).

This can be achieved through clear standardisation, harmonisation and automation of logistics processes, in particular, the process improvement in cooperation with selected carriers.

Through the use of G-SCS service portfolio, data transparency increases in the companies significantly. This transparency of the now high-quality data is the necessary foundation of all further tactical and strategic activities.The companies are thus able to reduce their logistic costs continuously and sustainably.

As a 4PL provider (Fourth Party Logistics), G-SCS recently launched, at the beginning of 2013, a new comprehensive services and software portfolio onto the market, which G-SCS presented for the very first time at this year's Automotive Logistics Europe.

The foundation for the expanded portfolio 4PL is the so-called G-SCS Integrated Tower, which is coordinated through all the software applications. According to Steffen Rabus, Managing Director of G-SCS, services offered include classic freight bill audit, supply chain visibility services, transport management, contract management, packing and container management, and supply chain analysis and design. "Through the use of customised, modular G-SCS solutions, customers can design their supply chain processes to be more stable, more efficient and more flexible," says Rabus. This is hugely appreciated by customers and at present more than 300 logistics service providers in more than 30 countries are benefiting from G-SCS solutions.

As one of the most important logistics events in Europe, the Automotive Logistics Europe has traditionally been at the forefront of new trends. This year the focus is on standardisation and networking. "The G-SCS Integrated Tower has been developed precisely for these goals," says Rabus.

Globalisation, increased competition, shorter product life cycles and ever increasing ties between automotive manufacturers and suppliers characterise the industry currently, according to G-SCS's managing director. "The financial crisis has made the automotive companies dramatically aware that they must use existing savings better and more consistently in order to remain competitive. Whoever wants to stay ahead internationally must therefore rely on standardised and simple solutions."

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