31 May 2018
Our experts have been challenged by a large car manufacturer to deploy cross-docks all around Europe, involving automotive expertise and continuous improvement goal.
GEFCO’s client is a large car manufacturer. Its suppliers are located across Europe, and are supplying almost 20 plants all around the continent. Supplying flows to the plants are organized based on volume, from smallgroupage to full truck loads.
Thegroupage alone represents a total of 1150 suppliers located in 14 countries. More than 6,500 tons are transported each week.
Initially, all supplier’s collection was divided between 25 different cross-docks in Europe, from which a large scale of linehauls were going to plants.
With a focus on Inbound flows, our teams had to meet such customer’s expectations:
linehauls to all plants have been organized from a single point in each area. To make it possible, the collection is now done on 13 cross-docks instead of the initial 25.
This also involved the change management:
This solution involved cross-dock knowledge, automotive expertise and continuous improvement goal.
This reorganisation allowed the client to:
Also, the number of GEFCO control tower was reduced to one instead of five for the first area (south of France), and 8 for the second one (eastern Europe).