Optimisation of transport network and delivery schedule
With a specific need to optimise the transportation network to increase speed and reduce cost, Duvenbeck was looking to identify new approaches to an recurringly arising challenge with a clear impact on bottom line results and customer satisfaction. Additional considerations to lower carbon impact through better utilisation of available freight space as well as the optimisation of an integrated data flow between enterprise resource planning systems, went into the overall challenge description.
Re-framing the challenge:
With a great deal of interest we had the chance to team up the challenge with the Northeastern University of Boston as well as the University of Applied Sciences (FHNW) in Olten, Switzerland. The master students from Boston had a clear business focus on logistics and optimisation of the transportation network, while the student body from Olten added a more technical and computer science component, resulting into slightly re-framed challenge objectives within the overall scope of the original challenge.
Making it work:
After an initial Kick-Off presentation and over the course of a 10 and 15 week (in Boston and Olten respectively) period, students collaborated intensively with the challenge sponsor from Duvenbeck. Leveraging the virtual collaboration space provided by TELANTO as well as regularly speaking during conference calls. Instead of working in a black box, objectives, timelines, deliverables and final outputs were clear to all stakeholders all the way.
Northeastern (US) students, supervised by Paul Tagliamonte, Executive Professor and connoisseur of the automotive logistics industry have delivered a solution approach with clear value and potential impact in Duvenbeck’s future transportation network operation. The students from FHNW (CH), supervised by Thomas Hanne, Professor of Information System had the opportunity to research and analysis an optimised procedure for data management and providing as well an additional value to Duvenbeck. Both solution proposals from the teams in the States and Switzerland are now transferred into the operations and systems department, where they are currently reviewed for implementation.
Future challenges from Duvenbeck will probably more likely be handled directly by the specific department in order to increase the flow of information and communication, which this collaboration with students calls for. Furthermore it was an eye-opener to understand the impact students could provide in a very short time-frame as well as create an intimate employer brand for potential future employees globally and at the company’s doorstep.
The “culture of logistics”
Duvenbeck Group is an internationally active, full-service logistics provider. For more than eight decades, the family company has been inspiring confidence in customers with its unmistakable culture, including major brands from the automobile and automobile supply industry, the beverage and plastics industry and the agricultural vehicle industry. Their portfolio of logistical services is as comprehensive as the requirements of their customers. These services range from conceptual development to freight forwarding through to contract logistics.