DSV Solutions drives up productivity by 20 percent
Global transport and logistics company, DSV Solutions has improved productivity by 20 percent after implementing business intelligence software from Advanced Business Solutions in October.
OpenDashboards allows Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be monitored via a visual dashboard display and shows staff in real time how they are performing against their targets.
Data from the OpenDashboards platform is displayed on a large screen TV in the company’s warehouse in Thrapston, Northamptonshire. The information is then tailored for individuals and teams and allows them to monitor their own performance against their targets. KPI statistics includes the number of lines picked as an average over the past hour, how many lines there are left to pick and how many lines have been picked that day.
Josie Whorwell, Logistics Analyst at DSV Solutions, said: “Our service is judged by how quickly and accurately we can fulfil customers’ orders and so meeting targets is fundamental to success in our industry. With Advanced’s technology we are able to instantly access data that is vital to monitoring the progress of an order, allowing us to react quickly to potential issues and make any necessary operational changes.
“As well as giving managers a holistic view of each job, the visual display in the warehouse also acts as a motivator for staff fulfilling orders. Since implementing the software we have already seen a notable increase in picking performance.”
Staff use scanners to read stock barcodes and the solution ensures information is updated in real-time. The data is then automatically fed into the company’s warehouse management system, OpenWMS from Advanced. As well as being screened in the warehouse, managers and supervisors can also login to the system from their own computers to extract and report on performance levels.
DSV has been using logistics systems from Advanced since 2006, including OpenWMS, which improves stock accuracy, stock control and stock rotation, and OpenLogistix, which is used as a mini stock control system for smaller businesses.
OpenDashboards integrates with OpenWMS, as well as any database or spreadsheet, to extract data and run reports on productivity and performance. Overall, the logistics software suite enables greater visibility and traceability of stock.
Whorwell added: “Investing in technology like this demonstrates that we are performance-driven and capable of maintaining high quality service levels. The system gives us a competitive edge by reassuring our customers that all necessary controls are in place to meet deadlines in addition to giving us accurate, up-to-date information to track order completion.”
DSV Solutions is part of the DSV Group which is a global supplier of transport and logistics solutions with offices in more than 70 countries.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.