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LOGISTIEKNOVEMBER2016|
The location of Bakker Logistics
in Zeewolde gives the
appearance of warehousing
being the core ...
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LOGISTIEKNOVEMBER2016|
a number of changes have been
made within the IT landscape.
These are aimed at purifying the
sou...
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Bakker Logistics introduces advanced Transport IT

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Bakker Logistics is currently in the process of
implementing an advanced planning and scheduling
system (APS) from Ortec. This system will enable the
company to coordinate back office data and standardize
planning activities as much as possible.

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Bakker Logistics introduces advanced Transport IT

  1. 1. 46 LOGISTIEKNOVEMBER2016| The location of Bakker Logistics in Zeewolde gives the appearance of warehousing being the core task of this logistics service provider. Large buildings dominate the property. Yet Dirk-Jan de Ruiter and Frank Smith refute that this is the primary focus. Both are involved in the APS project, De Ruiter as strategy manager and Smith as project manager. “Transport continues to be extremely important. We take care of 95 percent of all transport with a fleet of around 650 vehicles.” According to De Ruiter and Smith, the two most important advantages of fleet ownership and management are greater control and less pressure on the available capacity of vehicles. The investment in APS became a necessity due to increasing fragmentation in terms of IT at the company. This resulted in insufficient monitoring of transport activities. “Obviously, we are fully aware that we operate in a market with high price pressure. Our systems and working method were effective, all things considered, but insufficiently standardized. The time had come to look ahead, to invest in a good system. Naturally, we want to outperform the competition - preferably with as short lead times as possible at favorable prices,” says De Ruiter. Takeovers Bakker Logistics recently acquired Gebr. Huybregts (February 2012) and Ploeger Tilburg (November 2012). In May 2013, the company decided to participate in European Food Transport and, no less than a year later, took over this Belgian company. As a result of these acquisitions, there were four different planning systems in use, in the form of a TMS at three locations. This logistics service provider aims to make the planning process more standardized. The software has been in operation at Bakker Logistics for several months now. The further roll-out is scheduled to take place in phases. The full name of the software is ORTEC Routing and Dispatch (ORTEC RD). Umbrella system According to De Ruiter and Smith, an APS was chosen due to the complexity and scope of transport planning and scheduling. “We deliberately chose an ‘umbrella system’ to replace the planning tools at the various locations. This APS will enable us to make considerable strides in terms of planning, tracing and monitoring the progress of shipments being transported. We schedule hundreds of routes daily in Zeewolde alone. We want to be able to inform customers quickly about when we expect to arrive. A standard TMS was insufficient for this.” The predecessor to the APS at Bakker Logistics was PTV Intertour. Open heart surgery The roll-out of the APS is taking place in steps and is partly completed. Operations at the various locations must not be disrupted, making the replacement of software for planning and following up on transport equivalent to open heart surgery. “An important reason for the gradual implementation is also that ORD can only work effectively with pure data. To be honest, it turned out to be quite a challenge to provide the data at the desired level,” explains Smith. Both managers were forced to face facts. He continues, “Basic data combined with the knowledge of our planners was sufficient for many years, but unacceptable for the future. The complexity of the data will only increase and what happens when a planner gets sick?” The ultimate solution for ensuring pure data was found in constructing a new database, linked to a new order management system. This order management system was purchased from MP Objects and the first implementation phase will take place in early 2017. In order to take advantage of all the possibilities of the APS in the meantime, Bakker Logistics is currently in the process of implementing an advanced planning and scheduling system (APS) from Ortec. This system will enable the company to coordinate back office data and standardize planning activities as much as possible. PRACTICES by Ferdi den Bakker BAKKER LOGISTICS INTRODUCES ADVANCED TRANSPORT IT “The complexity of the data will only increase” Better data and a new IT system should lead to efficiency gains of between 5 and 8 percent. “The expected gains are primarily the result of optimizing existing networks and comparing them to current trips”
  2. 2. 47 LOGISTIEKNOVEMBER2016| a number of changes have been made within the IT landscape. These are aimed at purifying the source data and achieving the desired data level for ORD. Smith explains, “Once the order management system has gone live, we plan to simplify this. We will know exactly what kind of information we have on each customer and can then use that information to improve our service.” From four planning systems to one The order of ORTEC RD implementation has been decided. The first phase of the roll-out is the transport activities in Zeewolde. The refrigerated, conditioned and ambient activities switched to ORTEC RD in May. This roll-out is now also scheduled for Tilburg, Willebroek and Bakker Logistics’ international activities. Once implementation is complete, the number of planning systems will be reduced to one. Working with better structured data and using a more sophisticated routing tool will lead to efficiency gains of between 5 and 8 percent, claims De Ruiter. “The expected gains are primarily the result of optimizing existing networks and comparing them to current trips.” In these calculations, the software also considers which distribution centre has which service area, the delivery time windows and the loading or unloading criteria that apply to each shipment. “These considerations are currently based on past experiences.” De Ruiter and Smith also expect benefits in the form of time savings thanks to a smarter follow-up to trips and more efficient response to exceptions. De Ruiter adds, “We aim to automate 80 percent of schedules. Provided the data is pure, Ortec can have a schedule ready in twenty minutes and our planners can then manually check the schedule and devote their efforts to the exceptions.” Dedicated transport network Once the roll-out of the sophisticated planning tool is complete, the logistics service provider will have more time and energy to focus on the further growth of the company. A dedicated transport network has already been implemented for Coop Supermarkets (Deventer/Gieten) and Arla (Nijkerk). This collaboration has proven to be fruitful. De Ruiter adds, “These are strategic partnerships in which working together more closely enables you to work more smartly and efficiently. We definitely see a future in this.” With the current large-scale IT adaptations, Bakker Logistics is preparing for the future on both the organizational and planning levels. According to De Ruiter and Smith, further growth is only possible if the internal organizational processes are in working order and standardized. “Our processes are complex enough. But we are absolutely moving in the right direction. The positive effects of these investments are already visible and we are convinced that the efficiency gains will be even greater than the savings we achieve by removing the servers and simplifying the IT landscape.” TRANSPORT / AUTOMATISERING Dirk-Jan de Ruiter (l) and Frank Smith: “Our systems and working method were effective, all things considered, but insufficiently standardized. The time had come to look ahead. We want to outperform the competition.”

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