IT solutions in transport and logistics promote efficiency and lower costs for European industry
As one of the largest global business software providers, SAP also caters to the transport and logistics industry. Their solutions can help a company to plan and forecast all the resources they need in order to provide transportation services. Tools such as transportation and warehouse management are capable of increasing the industry’s efficiency and lowering its operating costs. IT solutions can also provide a boost to a Small- or Medium- Sized Enterprise (SME) that is looking to expand either in size or in reach. This was the case for Italian transport and logistics company Artoni, where SAP solutions helped the company to transform from a regional transportation business into an international logistics service provider.
At the beginning of the 20th century, men of the Artoni family hauled goods, building materials, and stones from railcars to customers over the cobbled streets of Reggio Emilia. Established in 1933, the company is still owned by the Artoni family and specialises in transporting Italian luxury brands. Artoni now processes more than 700,000 shipments per month and is an international transportation and logistics provider, moving freight by road, rail, and sea to clients throughout Europe. One key to the company’s continued growth and success is the deployment of powerful transportation and warehouse management software from SAP, which they started using in 2009.
To support its transformation from a regional shipping company to an international transportation and logistics enterprise, Artoni needed to reengineer and optimise its business processes. The firm also wanted to streamline its transportation and warehouse management methods to maximise efficiencies and enhance customer service levels, while making their operations more transparent. In effect, IT solutions are an excellent tool to enhance supply chain / operational transparency.
With a newly rationalised and simplified application landscape, Artoni realised dramatic business benefits. Optimised transportation routes helped reduce CO2 emissions and closer integration between the logistics and transportation processes is improving operational efficiencies and reducing costs. For example, the volume of goods moved per hour rose by 30%, and the cost of transporting goods was cut by 10%. Storage space for goods to be transported has been reduced by 20%.
A comprehensive approach to a European technology roadmap for logistics is needed, which requires additional concentration on areas such as future mobility concepts, manufacturing, integrated safety (safe transport with cooperative systems) as well as continued focus on conventional technologies to maintain Europe’s existing global technology leadership. The uptake of ICT platforms in logistics operations is needed to ensure seamless T&L along the whole supply chain and ensure competitiveness.