Companies are facing increasing battles to reduce their logistics and distribution costs given the turbulence in the market caused by the economic downturn. Swisslog, a global supplier of integrated logistics solutions, created the LoadBuilder solution with the direction of Gillette’s Operations Manager. This solution assisted Gillette to sustain their profitability.
LoadBuilder enables customers to reduce transport costs and provides a dual-benefit to the increasing number of companies looking to implement ‘green’ solutions into their warehouses. LoadBuilder assesses shipment combinations by volume and weight in order to maximise the capacity of transit vehicles and minimise the number of pallets needed. The solution promotes movement away from estimations to provide a system which helps customers to reduce their carbon footprint. It is a solution which offers benefits to any type of operation.
Gillette has seen a 30 per cent net reduction in transport costs since deploying LoadBuilder.
The solution has produced excellent results for Gillette, having given a net reduction in transport costs of 30 per cent in the UK since deploying LoadBuilder. The multinational manufacturer has seen additional benefits in accurate order stack data for transport planning, on-screen assessment of outbound customer loads and a reduction in non-value-added customer claims, among other things.
Gillette’s Marc Ragot who was driving force behind the original LoadBuilder solution comments:
“Swisslog developed the LoadBuilder module for our UK distribution to reduce transport costs and provide flexibility in meeting customers’ delivery requirements. The Swisslog’s LoadBuilder: A ‘Green’ Solution to Reduce Transport Costs development has been so successful that a “web” version is now available to Gillette’s UK customers.”