4flow newsletter 1/2019

Opel/Vauxhall and 4flow create digital solutions for aftersales logistics

In this issue of the 4flow newsletter, learn how Opel/Vauxhall and 4flow collaborated to optimize the vehicle manufacturer’s European aftersales network.


Dear Readers,

It’s not often that a year starts as dynamically as this one has. Political changes, economic developments, one of the largest industrial transformations in history, and the phenomenon of digitization all have us on the edge of our seats.

We are working tirelessly for and with our customers to make their supply chains more efficient and effective. The current conditions for innovation are excellent.

In this newsletter, we once again invite you to learn more about our innovative projects and results. Read about our aftersales network initiative with Opel/Vauxhall, as well as our successes in China with Volvo, Bosch, and AGCO.

The optimization of international supply chains plays a central role in our work. Our newest research study “Shipping, fast and slow” deals precisely with this topic.

Every year, we hold the 4flow challenge to find the best supply chain professionals of tomorrow. We are particularly excited that teams from China will join us for the first time ever.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the 4flow newsletter.

Best wishes,

Kai Althoff


Opel/Vauxhall and 4flow create digital solutions for aftersales logistics

Vehicle manufacturer Opel/Vauxhall collaborated with 4flow to design a more efficient and transparent aftersales transportation network. To achieve that goal, Opel/Vauxhall has implemented a comprehensive digitization strategy and combined individual modules into a Transportation Control Center. The measures utilized have enabled Opel/Vauxhall to reduce its annual transportation costs by more than 10 percent.

Connected continents – Innovative freight solutions for international supply chains

What opportunities does the new Belt and Road Initiative offer, and what are companies currently doing to optimize their intercontinental supply chain operations? To improve its service levels while simultaneously reducing costs, Volvo Cars has transitioned to rail transportation between its production sites and customers in Europe and China. Bosch has also found success in the region and beyond by networking its intercontinental transportation flows.

AGCO and 4flow receive CFLP China Automotive Logistics Innovation Award

Global agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO and 4flow were named as joint winners of the China Automotive Logistics Innovation Award for their successful, ongoing collaboration in digitizing ACGO’s supply chain in China. The award adds to the list of distinguished accolades for the highly efficient design of AGCO’s inbound supply chain. 4flow’s other innovative supply chain solutions were also honored with follow-up wins of the Sustained Excellence Award, the Food Logistics Award, and the Green Supply Chain Award.

4flow publishes study on cost-optimal air and sea freight in international supply chains

Does the widespread notion that air freight should only be used in cases of emergencies and bottlenecks still hold true, especially in times of increasing product differentiation, shorter lifecycles, and global supply chains? The supply chain experts at 4flow research investigated this topic in the context of variable-volume supply chains in the the manufacturing industry. The results of their research can be found in the 4flow study “Shipping, fast and slow – Balancing airfreight and sea freight in volatile manufacturing supply chains”.

Case study competition for future supply chain professionals from Europe and China

How will e-mobility change supply chain in the automotive industry? This topic is the focus of the 4flow challenge 2019. For the fourth time, master’s students will have the chance to test their skills, gain valuable insights into the work life of a consultant, and compete for attractive prizes. For the first time ever, teams from China are also eligible to participate.

In the spotlight: Denis Reinhold – Consultant at 4flow

Denis Reinhold, a native of Stuttgart, Germany, earned his degree in industrial engineering from the TU Berlin. As a consultant, he spends much of his time collaborating with 4flow customers in Southern Germany. He particularly appreciates 4flow’s unique team spirit and the open, professional, and casual atmosphere at the company.