Quintiq has been selected by InBev, a leading brewer, to manage the complex first line distribution all over Western Europe. The Quintiq planning system will have to combine Full Truck Load (FTL) and Less than Truck Load (LTL) between plants, ramps, sorting centers and customers. The first implementation is to commence in Germany. In Germany alone there are 100.000 of these trips expected per year starting from 5 different plants.
One of the major challenges is to get a good integration between outbound (towards the customers) and inbound (empties recovery). The solution will have to support carrier allocation, driving regulations and continuous moves. The planning application will provide an automatic scheduler that can generate a reasonable first solution base and a flexible and transparent environment for a planner to further interact with the planning. The planning horizon will be between 24 and 48 hours.
The main objectives for InBev are to optimize the transportation cost, increase synergy between inbound and outbound flows and a dynamic planning of distribution lanes and carriers.
Patrick Mullie, Transport Manager, Logistic development Western Europe at InBev comments: “InBev has opted for Quintiq because of its flexibility in dealing with country specific details and the ease of configuration, which gives InBev the possibility to easily adapt to changing market conditions.”
Ordina Belgium is the implementation partner. The project is planned to go live in April 2008. (PR Newswire)