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Intelligence & Integration in Intermodal Logistics

Quintiq solves Van den Bosch Transporten’s complex planning puzzle on a single, integrated planning and optimization platform. By Quintiq

April 11, 2017

Van den Bosch Transporten is a bulk logistics provider that specializes in transporting liquids and dry bulk products for food (beer, chocolate, sugar) and nonfood
(plastics, minerals, oils & fats) industries.

It is one of the top five bulk transporters in Europe and is expanding into the Middle East and Africa.

The Challenge
The planning puzzle faced by Van den Bosch Transporten is one of the most complex in intermodal bulk transport.

Every product comes with extremely stringent requirements regarding hygiene, temperature, previous loads, shelf life and more.

These factors may require that some products only be transported using specialized skills, trucks or containers.

For example, a particular product that requires heating during transport immediately limits the number of containers available for the job.

This process of resource matching adds yet another layer of complexity to the planning process.

Van den Bosch Transporten found it increasingly difficult to fulfill these requirements while trying to increase delivery performance and improve customer satisfaction.

As its business grew, the bulk logistics provider found that the transport management system (TMS) and non-integrated supporting systems it used in its daily planning processes no longer met the new requirements.

The use of multiple systems and increasingly complex rules meant that Van den Bosch Transporten’s planners struggled with numerous challenges.

The Solution
Van den Bosch Transporten’s search for the ideal technology partner to solve its complex logistics puzzle ended with Quintiq.

Logistics Planner, powered by Quintiq’s world recordbreaking optimization technology, is the answer to increased visibility and control for Van den Bosch Transporten’s planners.


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