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Logistics efficiency

Companies which want to stay competitive in logistics are continuously striving to make their logistics chains more efficient and sustainable. Lower logistics costs, improved service levels and reliable and sustainable distribution are all important elements. Supply chains are also becoming more complex, with increasing customer demands, the possibility to use rail and inland waterways and the rising possibilities of supply chain disruptions.

Supply chains are becoming supply networks, in which goods flows can take different routes to arrive at the final customer. The implies that companies have a variety of choice for design and performance of their supply chain networks. Also, the network has to be flexible in order to respond to sudden changes.

Our added value

In the last few years, Buck Consultants International (BCI) has developed and used several tools to advise clients in optimising their supply chain networks in both efficiency and sustainability. Firstly, BCI has set up an online sustainability scan tool which has been used for screening more than 175 companies to improve the sustainability of their logistics networks. Secondly, a transport efficiency scan is available to optimise the use of transportation vehicles by for example combining loads or changing routes. This efficiency scan is performing on several levels: from international and national to regional and urban transport. Also, the potential opportunities of logistics collaboration between several companies can be calculated.

A third tool is the modal split scan, which aims at assessing the opportunities to change from road transport to other transport modalities (barge, rail, short sea). In this type of projects, BCI uses the scan tool to analyse specific transport lanes of the client where the potential exists for a modal shift to a more efficient and/or sustainable transport. For every lane, the potential cost savings, service characteristics and sustainability effects are determined, where all important logistical and organisational changes are taken into account. Finally, BCI has developed the general transport savings scan, which aim at reducing transports by changing stock keeping points, using different packages and organise the return flow more (cost) efficient.

BCI is also a well known supplier of detailed information for the Digiscan, an online logistics optimisation tool that helps companies take the right actions for making their logistics chains more efficient and sustainable. Besides, BCI supports clients individually with tailormade logistics efficiency projects.

Sample activities

  • Developing and using different scan tools to optimize logistics chains and network (Sustainability scan, transport efficiency scan, modal split scan)
  • Analysing logistics network opportunities: re-routing of goods flows, making chains more flexible,
  • Assisting as independent consultant in starting up logistics collaboration projects
  • Benchmarking logistics chains in order to learn from the best in class

Track record logistics efficiency

Track record companies
  • Atlanta
  • Amylum Nederland
  • Avebe
  • Avesta Polarit
  • Boral Nedusa
  • Cargill
  • Daly Plastics
  • Danzas AEI Intercontinental
  • Delgromij
  • Denso
  • Douma Staal
  • Exxon Chemical Holland
  • Flora Holland
  • Fuji Photo Film
  • Grolsch
  • Hyva
  • IBM
  • Koninklijke Theodorus Niemeyer
  • Kühne & Nagel
  • Lever Vlaardingen
  • Lutéce
  • Lyondell Chemical
  • Marvelo Food Company
  • Meneba Meel
  • Montan Staal
  • Nalco Europe
  • Norit
  • Parenco
  • Penske Logistics
  • PLM Glasindustrie Dongen
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
  • Quaker Chemical
  • Seatrans Forwarding
  • Sony Logistics Europe
  • Steel Logistics Europe
  • Svedex
  • Texas Instruments
  • Textron Automotive Company
  • TNT/TPG
  • United Softdrinks
  • VNU
  • Vroom en Dreesmann
  • VTE
  • Zeeman

Track record logistics efficiency

  • Airport Maastricht-Aachen: Feasibility study air-road terminal
  • European Union: International benchmark and potential E-logistics and E-fulfilment in Europe (E-THEMATIC)
  • European Union: Evaluation intelligent transport systems
  • European Union: HST Freight
  • European Union: the role of Third Party Logistics Service Providers and their effects on transport (PROTRANS)
  • Holland International Distribution Council: Value Added Logistics


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