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6 BULKDISTRIBUTOR Asset Management Quintiq optimises Van den Bosch V an den Bosch Transporten Quintiq’s system incorporates all rules specific to Van den Bosch so that the right equipment can be assigned to the right customer orders has selected the Quintiq planning and optimisation software platform for its logistics operations. equipment can be assigned to the right customer The Quintiq platform was implemented at Van orders. den Bosch Transporten’s liquid chemical road unit, It also ensures optimal allocation of orders to and is set to expand to other business units containers and containers to trucks and trailers, worldwide. The single, integrated platform and defines optimal paths for load units in the replaces the logistics operator’s multiple planning intermodal networks. Freed from manual systems. planning, Van den Bosch planners can now focus Van den Bosch’s planning puzzle is one of the on higher-value activities, said Quintiq. most complex in the intermodal bulk container Van den Bosch provides liquid and dry bulk business. Planners need to manage product logistics services for the food and non-food contamination, meet equipment cleaning industries. The company’s fleet comprises some requirements, match requirements to equipment, 350 trucks, 1,000 trailers and chassis, and over balance resource stock and decide on optimal 4,000 containers. modes of transport. “Quintiq proved to be a true partner in the The company previously relied on a transport implementation process. Business benefits became management system (TMS) as well as several other visible shortly after our first business unit switched systems to address requests and calculate routes. its systems to the Quintiq planning software It needed an integrated solution that could take platform,” said Marcel Wouterse, a directors at into account the complexities of its business to Van den Bosch Transporten. “By giving us realoptimize operations, improve delivery performance time insights into our operations, Quintiq enables and increase customer satisfaction levels. us to respond more quickly and easily than before. Covering every planning horizon, Quintiq says it We can now cut costs, better support our now offers the company end-to-end transparency customers in their logistics goals and ultimately, in operations and visualisation of the impact of elevate our core process of bulk transport to the decisions on business goals. It incorporates all next level.” rules specific to the company so that the right www.quintiq.com March/April 2016 A clear view of the metal A sset allocation remains one of the biggest problems in shipping, according to logistics software veteran John Dillon, former CEO of Navis and SalesForce.com. Now, a San Francisco start-up ClearMetal has launched what it claims is the first predictive intelligence platform built to solve the problem of knowing how to manage all assets efficiently. Using a new approach, the ClearMetal Predictive Intelligence Platform is said to eliminate uncertainties and give carriers extremely accurate forecasts to optimise asset allocation, rep