As a Fortune 500 multinational corporation that produces more than 60.000 products, every major business decision they make can have a huge impact. With operations in 70 countries, as well as sales in virtually every country on earth, 3M covers industries such as worker safety, healthcare, and consumer goods.
Ensuring that the goods they produce get delivered swiftly and efficiently from their factory to their customers is a key factor to their continued success. Coupled with a strong dedication to reduce CO2 emissions, 3M EMEA were on a quest to find a better logistics process.
The company used to produce pallets for each customer at the same factory where the goods were produced. However, with more than 60 000 products, these pallets were irregular and not possible to stack efficiently for transportation. Consequently, the trucks and containers were only about 35-45% loaded. The rest was just air. For 3M, this situation was not sustainable, neither in terms of cost, nor emissions.
– Half-empty trucks and containers is a common problem across the industry. In fact, the average truck rate in Europe is only 52% – meaning that almost half of the capacity is carrying air. This is one the main issues we are trying to tackle every day, says Knut Fredrik Ramstad, CEO at MIXMOVE.
Half-empty trucks and containers is a common problem across the industry. In fact, the average truck rate in Europe is only 52% – meaning that almost half of the capacity is carrying air.- Knut Fredrik Ramstad, CEO at MIXMOVE.