Raben commences European rollout of Kewill Multimodal Transportation Software
Raben Group, a leading international logistics service provider operating in 130 locations across Europe, is rolling out the Kewill MOVE platform across its entire transport network to drive improvements in supply chain visibility, efficiency and customer service.
With operations in 10 European countries, Raben Group offers logistics services and multimodal transportation to customers across a wide range of sectors, from technology to chemicals, automotive, FMCG and fresh products.
The company won in the year 2013 awards for Best 3PL for Consumer Goods Supply Chains and for Best Fresh Food Supply Chains, demonstrating its commitment to delivering service excellence.
Raben decided to invest a single transport management software solution to connect its operations, automate key processes and integrate with other key operational systems and RFI/on-board devices to deliver the visibility and control it needs, as well as ensuring optimal efficiency.
Sławomir Pawlak, CIO at Raben Group said: “Service excellence forms the basis of our customer relationships, and investing in technology that will ensure we continue to deliver in this area is key to our strategy.
“Our users tell us that the Kewill software is fast and easy to use, and we now have much more detailed and verifiable information about shipments in real-time available across our operations, allowing us to consistently meet or even beat agreed service levels and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
The Kewill MOVE platform, a comprehensive end-to-end solution for managing the complexities of transportation, logistics and trade compliance, had already been successfully implemented during a pilot project within Raben’s Fresh Logistics business unit, and had been proven to meet all of Raben’s requirements.
This successful track record, combined with Raben’s confidence in both the performance and scalability of the software and Kewill’s ability to successfully deliver the project across multiple countries and business units, led to its decision to roll the solution out across its transport network.
Jan-Paul Boos, SVP EMEA at Kewill said: “The decision to roll out the Kewill MOVE platform network-wide demonstrates Raben’s confidence in Kewill, both in terms of the technical excellence of our software and the domain expertise of our people.
“We are delighted to see our partnership go from strength to strength and are certain their confidence will be repaid in the results achieved.”
Raben Ukraine, Fresh Logistics and Raben Polska are now live with the Kewill software, with roll out to the remaining Raben operations due by the middle of 2015 when over 2,500 employees will rely on the software to manage day to day transport operations, including detailed cost management and analysis, capacity planning and monitoring of service level agreements.
Raben Group operates in Holland, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and employs approximately 7,500 people. Visit www.raben-group.com for further information.
Will Public Procurement Budgets Increase in 2021?
Procurement is more than just a private enterprise. COVID-19 reminded us that sourcing materials is an essential part of the government’s role. Throughout 2022, tiny departments sourced massive amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and emergency vaccines and testing kits. Even non-procurement professionals were pulled into the fray, as frantic timelines demanded nothing less.
According to Celeste Frye, co-founder and CEO of Public Works Partners, the crisis brought procurement to the attention of skilled employees who had never considered it. As non-procurement personnel stepped up to help their coworkers, many found that they’d stumbled upon a critical and rewarding job. “Existing public employees have seen the essential nature of the work”, Frye said. “[They’ve] gained some critical skills and possibly [grown] interested in pursuing procurement as a longer-term career”.
Small, Local Suppliers Take Charge
Frye, whose firm helps organisations engage stakeholders and develop long-term procurement strategies, thinks it well worth the effort to open one’s mind to new opportunities. Cooperative contracts, for instance, can help public departments and municipalities save money, time, and effort. By joining together with other towns or cities in the region, public procurement teams aggregate their purchasing power and can drive better deals.
These cooperative contracts have the added benefit of advancing equity. Smaller suppliers that struggle to compete with established firms for government contracts can act as subcontractors, helping big suppliers fulfil bits of the project. Once they get their foot in the door, small, local, and disadvantaged suppliers can then leverage that government relationship to take on additional projects.
Especially as governments start to pay attention to procurement resilience, public procurement departments must expand their requests for proposals (RFPs) to take into account innovative solutions and diverse suppliers. According to Frye, Public Works Partners—a certified female-owned firm—has benefitted from local and state requirements that specify diversity.
Post-Pandemic Funding Swells Procurement Budgets
And the pandemic won’t be the end of it. City governments need to build sustainable energy infrastructure such as solar panels, charging stations, and recycling plants, ensure that masks and medicines are never in short supply, and source new technologies to keep up with cloud and cybersecurity concerns.
Public procurement budgets will likely increase to match demand. As Peter Ware, Partner and Head of Government at Browne Jacobson, explained, “in a non-pandemic world, the [U.K.] government spends on average around £290 billion on outsourced services, goods, and works...anywhere between 10% and 14% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Post-pandemic, city procurement will only increase as national governments provide local divisions with emergency funding.
And in truth, government employees might jump at the opportunity. Frye noted that public procurement could give immediate feedback on new programmes: “[Procurement] is where new laws and policies ‘hit the road’ and are implemented”, she said. “Professionals in these fields get the satisfaction of creating real change and seeing quantifiable outcomes of their work”.