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Greater precision for the supply chain

AXIT and GateHouse Logistics establish technology partnership

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The AX4 logistics platform will now offer even greater precision in estimating the arrival times of commercial and industrial shipments. That’s thanks to a new technology partnership between AX4 provider AXIT and Danish company GateHouse Logistics, which runs the telematics data platform ghTrack.

 The move allows AXIT, a Siemens company, to provide digital supply chain management on an even more comprehensive scale. The telematics data supplied by GateHouse Logistics will make it possible to track and visualize the exact position of a shipment in real time on the AX4 platform.

 “The integration of telematics data lets our users know exactly where the truck carrying the shipment is located at any given moment in time,” explains Uwe Schumacher, Vice President of Business Development at AXIT. Equipped with this knowledge, logistics providers can give their customers an even more precise ETA and augment their services to include such additional data as temperature.

This enhanced precision and transparency in supply chain management comes about by integrating the cloud-based DaaS platform ghTrack from the new technology partner GateHouse Logistics into the AX4 platform. ghTrack consolidates data from more than 400 telematics systems and makes this data available across all systems.

“The demand for visibility of logistics data increases every year as the supply chain moves relentlessly into the always-connected era,” says Jesper Bennike, CEO of GateHouse Logistics. “We are very pleased with this partnership with AXIT, as it extends the outreach of our ghTrack solution and will support its industry-wide adoption.”

 AXIT views the new technology partnership as an unqualified win: “Our portfolios complement each other perfectly,” says Schumacher. “The expertise that GateHouse brings to the table will help us expand our services in the areas of supply chain execution and supply chain visibility.” This, says the AXIT VP, also benefits customers from the commercial and industrial sectors: “More precise ETA data lets them plan production processes better and manage their resources more efficiently.”

 

About GateHouse Logistics

GateHouse Logistics A/S is a completely neutral telematics data intermediator leading the way that data is securely shared across the entire supply chain and bringing with it much-needed transparency of inbound and outbound logistics. The ghTrack® platform transforms data from all diverse telematics systems into one logical data stream that can be easily integrated into any business system. Users of the company’s data aggregation services are the world’s leading transport companies, automotive, e-commerce and retail/wholesale companies and manufacturers. Partners are solution providers who build their own solution on top of the ghTrack data stream.GateHouse Logistics A/S is a completely neutral telematics data intermediator leading the way that data is securely shared across the entire supply chain and bringing with it much-needed transparency of inbound and outbound logistics. The ghTrack® platform transforms data from all diverse telematics systems into one logical data stream that can be easily integrated into any business system. Users of the company’s data aggregation services are the world’s leading transport companies, automotive, e-commerce and retail/wholesale companies and manufacturers. Partners are solution providers who build their own solution on top of the ghTrack data stream.Learn more at www.gatehouselogistics.com

 

Caption: Jacob Leonhard Marquard, Partner Implementation Specialist, GateHouse Logistics (l.) and Uwe Schumacher, Vice President Business Development, AXIT (r.)

“Digital Revolution Makes Logistics a Key Economic Factor”

Industry sees tremendous opportunities in platform solutions

AXIT PraxisForum 2018 350The digital revolution is an opportunity for Germany’s third-largest industry to take center stage and become the engine of economic innovation. That’s the conviction of the leading industry players and top consultants who gathered at this year’s PraxisForum Logistik – hosted by AXIT, a Siemens Company.

“The digital revolution makes logistics a key economic factor,” declared Dr. Klaus van Marwyk, a partner at the management consulting firm of Roland Berger, speaking at the event hosted by cloud specialist AXIT in Frankenthal. The logistics industry will gradually move from the sidelines and toward the center of strategic planning processes, predicted Marwyk to his audience of 120 business professionals. The reasons, he explained, can be found in the rapid increases in speed, manageability, and cost-efficiency made possible by the digital transformation of logistics processes.

The presentations of best practices painted a clear picture of how businesses can benefit from the advantages of digital processes in logistics. Bayer, for example, used the AX4 platform solution to establish a transport network that is bringing total visibility to the company’s global supply chains – from both an operational and financial perspective. “Before, we had a diverse system environment with numerous standalone solutions. Now, we’re on a solid path toward achieving an end-to-end view of our network through a single interface,” explained Bernd Stephan, Head of Transport Solutions at Bayer Business Services.“

Dr. Eric Pfaffmann, Head of Customer Service Logistics and Head of IT Project Sales at DB Cargo, emphasized how easy and yet secure it is to integrate customers, suppliers, and partners in the cloud. DB Cargo uses the “myRailportal” platform solution, which is based on AX4, to manage its rail cargo logistics – from orders of empty railcars to transports to deliveries. In future, the automation in each single process step as well as the consistent equipment of the DB Cargo fleet with sensors will offer a new dimension of customer service.

“Smart software makes a smart supply chain”

“Smart software makes a smart supply chain,” emphasized Uwe Schumacher (Vice President of Business Development) and René Matera (Vice President of Digital Business Services) of AXIT. Before you can consolidate, augment, and better analyze data, they explained, you“Smart software makes a smart supply chain,” emphasized Uwe Schumacher (Vice President of Business Development) and René Matera (Vice President of Digital Business Services) of AXIT. Before you can consolidate, augment, and better analyze data, they explained, youmust first integrate diverse IT environments into a single solution – a single IT ecosystem. Event attendees had the opportunity to discuss these ideas in two networking sessions with experts from such key players as DHL Resilience360, GateHouse, and INTTRA. 

 Dr. Holger Hackstein, Head of the Innovation Lab at Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL), believes that as logistics moves into its digital future, the challenge lies in the willingness to change: 80 percent of the work of innovation, he says, is not technical in nature. Instead, it’s about getting the workforce on board.

 On May 3rd, AXIT will present the highlights from the 17th PraxisForum Logistik in a live webinar: www.axit.de/en/services/axit-services/live-webinars.

 

Digital Time Slot Management Keeps Trade Show Traffic Flowing

DB Schenker uses AX4 as online tool for trade show logistics

Loehring Schenker 01 350pxSchenker Deutschland AG is introducing a truck management system to untangle the loading and unloading processes at major European trade show hubs. The logistics giant aims to prevent delivery vehicles at convention centers from causing traffic snarls, which frequently spill over into surrounding traffic infrastructures as well. The online time slot management tool relies on the cloud-based logistics platform AX4 from Siemens subsidiary AXIT.

Schenker Deutschland AG – the “official trade show logistics partner” for 17 convention centers in Germany alone – wants to make it easier for organizers, exhibitors, and installers to coordinate their activities during a trade show’s brief setup and break-down phases and manage delivery processes with as little stress and congestion as possible.

“Digital time slot management enables the smooth control of traffic at convention centers,” says David Löhring, Operational Systems Project Manager at Schenker Deutschland AG. “It also allows us to accommodate inbound trucks with the specific services they request as soon as they arrive.”

Exhibitors and setup crews can use the cloud-based IT platform AX4 to reserve delivery time slots in advance. The system assigns them to a specific hall or zone. Those who register with the platform are also assigned an entry gate and a vacant parking space in addition to their time slot. “The system applies the selected search parameters to check for available slots at the site,” Löhring adds. Vehicle size and cargo volumes are also taken into account.

The standardized reservation process captures the name of the driver, the vehicle license plate number, and other relevant information, then generates a barcode and ticket number to ensure a quick check-in when the driver arrives at the location. The platform can also be used to reserve other necessary equipment: forklifts, cranes – even personnel.

 Digital time slot management was first introduced in 2010 for trade shows in Berlin, then expanded in subsequent years to Essen, Wolfsburg, and Utrecht. Now it is poised for a Europe-wide rollout. Setup crews and exhibitors need only an internet connection.

 

About Schenker Deutschland AG:

Schenker Deutschland AG, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, is a leading provider of integrated logistics for the German market. The company has some 15,700 employees at over 100 sites and annual revenues of around €3.7 billion. For more information about DB Schenker, please visit https://www.dbschenker.com/de-en.