Van den Bosch Transporten selects Quintiq to optimize worldwide logistics

Feb. 24, 2016

Van den Bosch Transporten has selected the Quintiq planning and optimization software platform to optimize its logistics operations.

Van den Bosch is an international logistics service provider that transports liquid and dry bulk for food and non-food industries. It offers its customers intermodal cargo transport, and operates worldwide with a fleet of 350 trucks, 1,000 trailers and chassis, and over 4,000 containers.

The Van den Bosch Transporten planning puzzle is one of the most complex in the intermodal bulk container business. Planners need to manage product contamination, meet equipment cleaning requirements, match requirements to equipment, balance resource stock and decide on optimal modes of transport. The company previously relied on a transport management system (TMS) as well as several other systems to address requests and calculate routes. It needed an integrated solution that could take into account the complexities of its business to optimize operations, improve delivery performance and increase customer satisfaction levels.

The Quintiq planning and optimization software platform was implemented at Van den Bosch Transporten’s liquid chemical road unit, and is set to expand to other business units worldwide. The single, integrated platform replaces Van den Bosch Transporten’s multiple planning systems.

Covering every planning horizon, Quintiq offers the company end-to-end transparency in operations and visualization of the impact of decisions on business goals. It incorporates all rules specific to the company so that the right equipment can be assigned to the right customer orders. It ensures optimal allocation of orders to containers and containers to trucks and trailers, and defines optimal paths for load units in the intermodal networks. Freed from manual planning, Van den Bosch Transporten planners can now focus on higher-value activities.

“Quintiq proved to be a true partner in the implementation process. Business benefits became visible shortly after our first business unit switched its systems to the Quintiq planning software platform,” said Marcel Wouterse, a member of the team of directors at Van den Bosch Transporten. “By giving us real-time insights into our operations, Quintiq enables us to respond more quickly and easily than before. We can now cut costs, better support our customers in their logistics goals and ultimately, elevate our core process of bulk transport to the next level.”