Supply chain management

Every company, irrespective of the industry branch it operates in, has a specifically organized supply chain. Such a chain includes contractors supplying all the components, products and services (logistics and IT) that the company needs in order to provide its clients with finished goods. Both the manufacturers and distributors of finished products have their own, usually completely different, supply chains.

The sum of different/multiple logistic services offered by logistic operators does not create automatically an Integrated Supply Chain. It is only after the addition of the element of planning and coordination of the whole logistic process - enabling e.g. establishing optimal production volume, frequency and mode of delivery and transport routes ¬- or the introduction of conscious management of the fiscal sphere - by e.g. including a customs warehouse in the process designed - that it becomes possible to create solutions that deserve being called an Integrated Supply Chain.

Global logistics requires global and innovative solutions. Innovation in designing an Integrated Supply Chain does not have to consist in inventing a new type of power supply for the vehicles used. In practice, it consists in such a combination and coordination of the supply chain elements (separate logistic services) that the total cost thereof is lower than the sum of costs of the same logistic services in situation when there is no element of efficient planning and coordination. Therefore, what we are talking about here is an innovation with content that manifests, for example, in innovative method of arranging the links of the supply chain and subsequent efficient implementation of such a solution.

What does the ROHLIG SUUS LOGISTICS's cooperation with the Client in creation of a new concept of Integrated Supply Chain mean in practice?

First of all, it consists in actual analysis of the current processes and designing ¬- together with the Client's representatives - new solutions focusing in particular on total costs and the quality of the solution created. We suggest a number of possible scenarios aiming at introducing improvements and benefits in each element of the chain analysed that are going to generate value for the Client.

The use of modern IT solutions is a critical element enabling achieving the necessary transparency related to flow of information in both directions, accompanying the flow of products or components within the framework of an Integrated Supply Chain. Often when using our standard IT systems, involving mainly our TMS (Transport Management System), WMS (Warehouse Management System) and Client's systems, we create dedicated solutions for the purposes of a specific project by e.g. creating reports available online with content specific to a given Client only. It is one of the ways that allow us to meet efficiently the demand for the right planning and coordination of the flow of goods.

You can see for yourself how different the Integrated Supply Chains can be by becoming familiar with several examples that we prepared and that we had the pleasure to create together with our clients and sub-suppliers. In our work we attach great significance to the opinion of Clients expressed after gathering experience resulting from quality and practical execution of expectations regarding costs of an implemented and functioning solution, that is, an Integrated Supply Chain. This element is included also in the examples we refer to and, in our opinion, it constitutes the best recommendation in terms of why it is worth looking for new supply chain solutions and concepts in cooperation with an experienced and dynamically growing partner.