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April 06, 2016 6716 Views


Smit & Zoon was founded in 1821 by Albert Smit, Captain of the ship “De Koornzaaijer”. Originally they traded in dried codfish, salted herring and medicinal cod liver-oil and went on to expand these activities by also trading in several kinds of marine oil, vegetable oil, animal oil and proteins. Today Smit & zoon is an ISO 9001 certified supplier of leather chemicals to over 70 countries worldwide.

Today the finished products are stored at their main facility in Weesp (Amsterdam).
Due to volume growth the storage capacity is expected to become too small.
It concerns outside storage, which negatively impacts the package of the goods.

Groenewout identified and provided a business case for 3 different logistics network scenario’s:

  • Required investments
  • Operational costs (transport-, handling- and warehouse-costs) i.e. contractual rates with Logistics Service Providers
  • Construction and safety assessment
  • Logistics assessment on flexibility, lead-time etc.

The board of directors obtained a full business plan on the logistics alternatives to avoid the anticipated capacity shortage at their facilities in Weesp.