Inbound

How Connected Logistics Chain solution supports the digitization and optimization of logistic chains and inbound flows.

Inbound

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Your company is dependent on timely and correct delivery of goods from a multitude of suppliers. Lack of predictability for deliveries is creating issues with items being out of stock, high buffer inventory levels and additional work to verify and secure that deliveries will arrive on time. 

The Connected Logistics Chain solution supports the digitization and optimization of logistic chains and supports inbound flows. 

Challenge

You are interested in: 

  • Keeping production disturbances as rare as possible allowing for a high utilization of resources and machines in your production line 

  • Lower levels of capital tight up in inventory 

  • Minimizing waste and the number of items becoming obsolete 

  • Reducing time spend on handling and monitoring inbound deliveries 

  • A digital interaction with all your suppliers 

  • Receiving delivery status updates in near real-time and alarms when actions are required 

  • Be pro-active and aware if Customer deliveries are having deviations not fullfilling your commitment 

You would like to better optimize your business setting up reasonable and low buffer levels to cater for deviations in the inbound delivery flow, while keeping business disturbance risks at acceptable levels. E.g. based on hours when working with JIT principles or weeks when suppliers are further away.  

Solution

Using the Internet of Logistics open standards, the Connected Logistics Chain solution provides a simplified way to publish a digital twin of the physical object which enables you to digitally interact with all your supplier from order to delivery giving you a real-time overview on the latest status and alerts regarding deviations or delays.

 

The solution correlates available input from several sources across logistic hierarchies. You can easily see what items are in what shipment and what the latest status is or where it is located. Information from any participant in the logistic chain can be included such as your supplier, your Logistics Service Provider or any of its sub-suppliers, the operator of the vehicle, or for example an IoT device. Information can be retrieved easily directly from any internet enabled source that is Internet of Logistics compliant. With the Connected Logistics Chain Inbox feature you and other users can also manually put in actions or status messages per object that are shared with business partner in real-time for immediate action and instant benefit.

 

Connected Logistics Chain enables you to share data either through standardized API's into your own and your partners IT work environments or by using the Connected Logistics Chain or 3rd party user cloud and app services. In the on-boarding package you can define what data modelling or schema you are using and share the API calls for the business partner to use.

Also Supports

  • Usage of apps or other functions on mobile phones to provide previously non available status updates. A driver reporting a delay, a ground handler scanning a package and reporting a shipment leaving being loaded etc. These updates can be given by any party, also those that you do not have a legal relation with or might not even know. 

  • Providing the additional data to analyze re-occurring deviations so predefined or even automated pre-emptive actions can be taken. 

  • Usage of IoT or barcode scans by you or any or your partners. A camera reporting a shipment leaving the gate, a customs clearance at the airport or a suppliers IoT device indicating heavy shocks or extreme temperatures etc. 

  • Integration to Transport Management or Fleet Management systems for accurate ETA’s. 

Result

  • Reduction of manual activities, reducing costs and increasing accuracy.

  • Reducing (buffer) inventory levels reducing outstanding working capital days

  • Improved and real-time visibility and predictability reducing risks for disruptions in your core processes.

  • Becoming more pro-active in managing inbound deliveries.

  • Digital, real-time and richer information exchange with your suppliers allowing for better optimization of your process end to end.