Logistics has a key role to play in increasing the competitiveness of the European industry in both the services and manufacturing sectors. The distribution of materials, components and products is one of the determining cost factors in production. Indeed, on average, logistics costs account for 10-15% of the final cost of the finished product, according to the 2006 Communication from the European Commission on the Freight Transport Logistics in Europe. Therefore, a well-run supply chain has a positive knock-on effect across an entire organisation, offering a competitive advantage to all types of businesses.
As logistics evolves from the classic transport function to a more strategic, cross-functional and global discipline, the importance of logistics only increases. Becoming more efficient has the potential to decrease the cost of a finished product.
The European Commission recognises the importance of logistics in increasing Europe’s competitiveness. In its 2006 Communication on Freight Transport Logistics in Europe, the Commission stated that logistics measures are indispensable for maintaining and increasing European competitiveness and prosperity in line with the renewed Lisbon agenda on growth and jobs. The Commission also recognises that, whilst logistics is primarily a business-related activity and a task for the industry, authorities have a clear role to play in creating the appropriate framework conditions.
AEL provides a valuable medium through which to engage policymakers in order to maximise the competitiveness of this industry.
SAP‘s solutions can help a company to plan and forecast all the resources they need in order to provide transportation services. With its IT solutions, SAP helped the Italian transport and logistics company Artoni, to transform its regional transportation business into an international logistics service provider. Read more…