'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, the Netherlands, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Itella
Logistics, a leading service logistics company in Northern Europe and
Russia, gains a significant competitive advantage by implementing a
fully integrated planning solution from Quintiq. Around 1,500 vehicles
and 26 million transported shipments per year will be planned in just
one single platform in Finland.
Itella Logistics was searching for a planning solution that would be
able to handle the complexity of its business while increasing customer
service levels, optimizing efficiency, and reducing the company's costs
and carbon footprint. With Quintiq, Itella Logistics found an
integrated platform capable of planning all of its operations ranging
from pick-up and delivery planning and freight haulage planning to
depot sorting planning. Itella estimates that this new planning system
will provide a quick return on investment (ROI) by increasing the
company's efficiency and improving its delivery performance
Optimal routing and resource assignment
The first project involves the planning of routes, combining them to
form workshifts, and then determining the optimal drivers and vehicles
The Quintiq solution will use the forecasted number of shipments,
incorporating seasonality, and will generate a resource master plan
taking into account of pickup and delivery areas, the schedule of
deliveries at a sorting center, and the availability of bulk mail,
parcels and other transported shipments in a depot. As the orders
arrive at the sorting centers, they will be sorted, grouped and
assigned to vehicles. For all drivers and vehicles an optimal route
will be created to deliver the orders, on time, in the most efficient
way. Together with Itella's business rules and constraints, such as the
strict working time regulations, workshifts will be created and
qualified drivers will be allocated to vehicles.
Real-time integrated planning
The Quintiq solution will be integrated with Itella Logistics' domestic
TMS system and continuously communicate with the handhelds used in the
vehicles. If a disruption on the route occurs or if a new last-minute
pick-up comes in, Quintiq will generate a new plan and the routes will
be communicated directly with the drivers through the handhelds.
Mikko Särkkä, Head of Regional IT of Itella Logistics: "We wanted a first-class planning solution which could solve multiple
complex and dynamic operations in a single platform. Quintiq showed us
they were capable of handling this complexity and gained us an
efficiency improvement already in the first pilots. Together with
Quintiq, we will implement the project step-by-step starting in Finland and possibly expanding to other operating countries. At this moment,
there is no doubt Quintiq will give us a unique competitive edge in our
geographical logistics market."
Arjen Heeres, COO Quintiq: "We are seeing more and more logistics companies benefiting from the
Quintiq solution. The strong relationship which we've build up with
Itella Logistics so far is unique and promising. The first pilots
showed us good results and we expect this will only be the beginning of
a great partnership."
About Itella Logistics
Itella Logistics, part of Itella Group, supports and develops the
business of its customer companies by providing them with service
logistics solutions for road, sea and air freight, warehousing and
other contract logistics. Customers may outsource an individual element
of their logistics process, or even their entire supply chain, to us.
Itella Logistics has operations in eight countries (Finland, Sweden,
Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia). The company
provides global services through its partners. The net sales of Itella
Logistics was in 2011 MEUR 732 and it employed 7,100 persons. http://www.itella.com/logistics.
Quintiq's revolutionary supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O)
platform enables enterprises to improve efficiency at every stage of
the supply chain journey. It powers end-to-end planning and
optimization of personnel, resources, and processes in a single
planning environment, across all planning horizons. Many of the world's
largest and most successful enterprises rely on Quintiq to achieve
their business goals, strengthen their competitive advantage, and
create new revenue streams.
Established in 1997 and growing rapidly, Quintiq has a global presence
with dual headquarters in the Netherlands and the USA, a global
development center in Malaysia, and offices around the world. Quintiq's
software is in use at over 500 locations in 78 countries worldwide.
For more information, visit http://www.quintiq.com or follow @Quintiq on Twitter.
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