The antidote to an increasingly complex supply chain
Companies like BASF that collaborate with hundreds of service providers around the world have found their own way to buck the trend of growing complexity and simplify the management of vast networks of system partners both big and small. The solution lies in collaboration and standardization: To integrate its 300 carriers in Europe, BASF utilizes a centralized IT platform that connects the chemical giant to the diverse world of carriers and is now regarded in logistics circles as the standard for managing procurement and distribution processes: the logistics platform AX4.
“The platform gives us the opportunity to integrate additional logistics partners into our network at any time with the click of a mouse. This brings transparency to the management of our complex network of partners.”
Thomas Förster, Vice President Regional Supply Chain Services Europe, BASF
- Smooth cooperation between the parties involved in the transport chain in a network of 300 forwarders and 31 production locations in 10 countries.
- 910,000 goods shipments per year are automatically controlled through standardized processes along the delivery chain from the factory to the consignee.
- The solution was able to be applied to other BASF sites as well, so that everyone is now following the same uniform process.
- Standardized logistics solutions are also helping BASF better control costs.