Jahrbuch Logistik 2017Integrated transportation management

06.11.2017 |

In the supply chain management almanac “Jahrbuch der Logistik”, Wendelin Gross, head of 4flow research, and Andreas Kick, executive vice president at 4flow, explain how the supply chain can be digitalized using integrated transportation management. Thanks to networked planning and scheduling processes in supply chain transportation, companies can realize substantial cost-savings and increased transparency within their networks, among other benefits. One such example of successful digitalization cited by the Jahrbuch Logisitik 2017 is the initiative undertaken by multi-national agricultural vehicle manufacturer AGCO in collaboration with 4flow. Awarded the German Award for Supply Chain Management by BVL International, the collaboration partners’ initiative successfully digitalized AGCO’s supply chain within 18 months and integrated over 1,500 suppliers and 70 logistics service providers (LSPs) into AGCO’s European network. As a neutral 4PL service provider, 4flow continuously plans, schedules and optimizes the AGCO network using 4flow’s own cloud-based, integrated transportation management systems (iTMS).

DVZThe hidden risks of insular thinking

25.10.2017 |

In order to be successful, a digitalization project should extend beyond the borders of the company undertaking it. In this article appearing in the German Supply Chain Congress 2017, Liev Klarmann, executive vice president at 4flow, explains how companies in the manufacturing industry can achieve end-to-end digitalization of their networks. Mr. Klarmann describes the individual steps in an implementation strategy for end-to-end digitalization that doesn’t resort to siloed solutions; it offers companies competitive advantages such as complete transparency all the way from supplier to customer, networked processes with decentralized management, as well as cost-effective small batch manufacturing and high numbers of variants.

VerkehrsRundschauThe Amazon effect

06.10.2017 |

The trade magazine VerkehrsRundschau recently published an article which illustrates how customer requirements of spare parts logistics are changing on account of e-commerce. Andreas Kick, vice president at 4flow, predicts that services with roots in e-commerce will soon establish themselves elsewhere. He names lead time period prediction, precise status updates and rapid shipment rerouting as examples of this phenomenon. Additionally, Mr. Kick sketches out the hypothetical development of a transportation network using the driving service Uber as a model – the network needs no fleet of its own and coordinates spare part deliveries online.

ForbesAGCO Transforms Their Transportation Capabilities

18.08.2017 |

The US business magazine Forbes recognized AGCO and 4flow’s collaborative digitalization initiative to transform AGCO’s global agricultural vehicle manufacturing supply chain. The article emphasizes the initiative’s rapid implementation and the integration of over 1,500 suppliers and 70 logistics service providers (LSPs) into AGCO’s European network, all of which took place in the span of 18 months. As a neutral 4PL service provider, 4flow continuously plans, schedules and optimizes the AGCO network using 4flow’s own cloud-based, integrated transportation management systems (iTMS). According to the article, iTMS is responsible for enabling AGCO and flow to efficiently manage the complex network and reduce the transportation costs of the entire inbound supply chain by over 25 percent.

Automotive LogisticsNo easy way to the digital supply chain

13.06.2017 |

The British trade magazine Automotive Logistics reported on AGCO and 4flow’s joint presentation titled “Inbound Supply Chain & Logistics”. At the Automotive Logistics Europe Conference in June 2017, Bülent Ileri, director of transportation & logistics (EAME) at AGCO, and Julian Schulcz, executive vice president at 4flow, provided insights into the two companies’ collaborative “AGCO Smart Logistics” initiative to digitalize AGCO’s inbound supply chain. Using 4flow’s cloud-based, integrated transportation management system (iTMS), the cooperation partners integrated over 1,500 suppliers and 70 logistics service providers (LSPs) into AGCO’s European network in the span of 18 months. As a neutral 4PL service provider, 4flow continuously plans, schedules and optimizes the AGCO network using iTMS. As a result, the digitalization partners have been able to reduce transportation costs by 28 percent, among other benefits.

ForbesWhat's New in Managed Transportation?

09.06.2017 |

The US business magazine Forbes recently published an article dealing with fourth party logistics (4PL) services, also known as “managed transportation” in the North America. The article delineates the services covered by the two terms in Europe and North America, as well as the differences in understanding of what 4PL entails between the two continents. The magazine specifically names 4flow as an example of a 4PL provider. As a neutral 4PL provider without assets, 4flow management assumes responsibility for supply chain planning, optimization and scheduling. 4flow also offers the requisite software for such services, the integrated transportation management system (iTMS).

Lebensmittel Zeitung“Sorry we missed you”

05.05.2017 |

In an article appearing the in the German grocery publication Lebensmittel Zeitung, Dr. Stephan Seeck, vice president and professor for logistics and supply chain management at HTW Berlin, examines the kinds of customer-oriented and economical delivery services that make e-commerce businesses competitive.

VerkehrsRundschauIncreasing company potential

13.01.2017 |

This article outlines when it makes sense for a logistics service provider to avail themselves of supply chain consulting. Many players see the most promising cost-savings potential in the areas of network conception and storage process design. Holger Clasing, vice president at 4flow, is quoted in the article as follows: “Especially in today’s global value chains, expenditures are seldom transparent. For every service provider, this presents a risk that has to be managed. This is why even companies with existing worldwide operations would be well-advised to seek out the support of consultants.”

3eins4Leadership – A part of the company DNA

02.01.2017 |

The TU Berlin alumni magazine “3eins4” recently published an article detailing the company culture at 4flow. In the article, Dr. Stefan Wolff, CEO and founder of 4flow, gives an account of how the company was founded and its development since then. Among other things, Dr. Wolff describes the constructive and supportive style of leadership that has been practiced at 4flow since its inception over 15 years ago.