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Rolls-Royce reduces transport costs with new logistics system

Cliff Saran

Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reduced its transport costs by 6% after introducing a logistics system, delegates at next week's AMR Research Supply Chain Conference in London will hear.

The deployment, implemented by logistics firm TNT, helped Rolls-Royce to overcome a lack of visibility and control of inbound shipments, which was leading to shortages of production materials.

Ian Shellard, director of global physical logistics at Rolls-Royce, said the system had improved reliability and flexibility.

The project entailed a bespoke combination of central applications, on-vehicle technology, and interfaces with Rolls-Royce's SAP enterprise resource planning system. Packaging and labelling adherence, supplier compliance, interfacing of technologies, driver training, and standardisation of processes were all part of the programme, Rolls-Royce said.

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Source: AMR Research


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