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Container management

The targeted management of container flows in a logistics network ensures that materials and goods are supplied and delivered on time, in a cost-efficient way and in high quality. Considerable capital expenditures are not required.

The increasing complexity of transportation and manufacturing networks poses huge challenges for container management. Oftentimes, new business models are needed.

Container processes are often carried out manually and are neither standardized nor integrated. This has a negative effect on how well materials and goods can be supplied. In addition to substantial inefficiencies in the entire container planning and management system, there is also a great lack of transparency about container movements and inventory in the network. All in all, this leads to high costs in transportation, sourcing, materials planning and in administering containers as well as to an inadequate availability of containers and low service quality.

Benefits of container management

4flow consulting is able to achieve the following results – amongst others - in container management projects:

  • Reduction of required container investments
  • Minimization of costs for returning empty containers
  • Lower operational processing costs through standardized empty container processes
  • Increase in container availability through improved supply of empty containers
  • Avoidance of auxiliary costs for alternate packaging
  • Increased transparency about container requirements, inventory and movements
  • Improved quality of container transactions
  • Reduction in number of claims

    Solutions from 4flow

    The supply chain consultancy 4flow consulting first develops an all-encompassing container strategy and then incorporates efficient container planning and management. The primary goal is to provide all participants in the supply chain with the goods and materials needed in a timely and cost-efficient manner and at a high level of quality.

    4flow consulting supports businesses in setting up efficient container management – from strategy to planning to IT-supported implementation. After developing a holistic container strategy tailored to a company's individual needs, standardized container processes are developed with the involvement of all internal and external process participants. Next, the system requirements are defined and the appropriate IT solution is selected.

    During the implementation phase that follows, 4flow supports the successful introduction of new, system-based container management processes. The outsourcing of considerable parts of container management is common as well.

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