Outsourcing identified as best solution to achieve Loavies’ growth ambitions


Interview with Jorn van Klooster, co-owner of Loavies, by Marcel te Lindert In spring 2017, following rapid revenue growth, e-tailer Loavies faced an important decision: should it outsource the logistics operation, or would a DIY approach be the best option? Consultancy firm Groenewout helped the online fashion store to find the solution. Less than six...

Optimal use of space creates cost-efficient operation for Decowraps


Interview with Kees van de Lagemaat, Director of Global Operations Decowraps Ten years after entering Europe, Decowraps has opened a warehouse of its own. The sustainable 3,200m2 building on the Greenpark Aalsmeer site houses a highly efficient narrow-aisle warehouse with 6,000 storage locations. Thanks to Groenewout’s thorough analysis, Decowraps has been able to make optimal...

Syngenta achieves 20 percent cost savings by outsourcing logistics


Interview with Luis Omana, Site Engineering Manager at Syngenta, by Marcel te Lindert.   Until recently, the logistics operation at Syngenta’s production facility in the Belgian town of Seneffe was inefficient. The manufacturer of crop protection agents enlisted Groenewout’s help to turn things around. That ultimately led to the outsourcing of all the logistics activities, including...

Agfa future-proofs its distribution network


Interview with Christiaan Geeve, Manager European Logistics Operations Agfa, by Marcel te Lindert. The Agfa-Gevaert Group, a leading manufacturer of analog and digital imaging systems, was keen to investigate whether its existing distribution network was still equipped to cope with the changing market situation. A network study by Groenewout confirmed the manufacturer’s gut instinct: the center of gravity is shifting towards Eastern Europe,...

Rimi Baltic improves retail supply chain by expanding central DC


Interview with Aiga Priede, Logistic & Supply Chain Director Rimi Baltic by Marcel te Lindert Rimi Baltic replenishes 263 stores (Rimi Supermarkets, Rimi Hypermarkets and hard discount chains Supernetto/Säästumarket) in three countries, seven days a week. As the Baltic food retailer gradually outgrew its central distribution center (DC) in Riga, the efficiency and effectiveness of...

Ten-year supply chain plan facilitates Kramp’s future growth


Interview with Jan Frans Berends, Director Logistics at Kramp Benelux by Marcel te Lindert Kramp is an ambitious, internationally active wholesale company. By 2020 it intends to be generating one billion euro in revenue – a third more than in 2016 – and then to continue growing. To facilitate that, Kramp enlisted Groenewout’s help in...

Smit & zoon increases its effectiveness by outsourcing its logistics


Interview with René Weltevrede, Operational Director, and Arnaud Backbier, Supply Chain Manager, from Smit & zoon by Marcel te Lindert The shortage of space at the facilities of Smit & zoon, a Dutch supplier of leather chemicals and fish oil, in Weesp and Amersfoort became so severe that the company was forced to take...

Active Ants benefits from extra certainty when purchasing AutoStore


An interview with Jeroen Dekker, Managing Partner of Active Ants, by Marcel te Lindert The market for e-commerce may be growing rapidly, but Active Ants’ turnover is growing even faster. To enable the company to cope with the rising stream of online orders, both now and in the future, the fulfillment specialist needed to purchase...

Tools to Work works better, smarter and faster


An interview with Luitzen Wobma, Managing Director Tools to Work, Teteringen (The Netherlands) by Marcel te Lindert. As a result of rapid growth in Tools to Work’s activities in recent years, the charity was approaching its limits in terms of both space and capacity. Based on advice from consulting firm Groenewout, Tools to Work has...

Brezan achieves more turnover with less stock


An interview with Mr Peter Meyer, supply chain director at Brezan in Ede (The Netherlands), by Marcel te Lindert Auto parts distributor Brezan, with a network of 127 sales outlets across The Netherlands, is keen to get even more out of its nationwide coverage. It has embarked on an ambitious project to raise its service...