Klöckner & Co chooses SAP-based digital transportation management by io-DigitalSolutions for its transportation logistics
Heidelberg - 15.10.2020
io-DigitalSolutions extends its SAP-based route planning tool easyTrack© with its new Locate&Share© mobile app to optimize Klöckner & Co’s transportation logistics.
The SAP logistics consultant and optimization specialist io-DigitalSolutions GmbH continues to drive supply chain digitization with a new mobile app. Locate&Share© for drivers is based on the already popular EasyTrack© SAP-based route planning software. Klöckner & Co, a leading distributor in the steel and metal industry, has been testing the Locate&Share© driver app by io-DigitalSolutions in several European operations since April 2020, with the aim to make their transportation logistics more efficient and transparent. The pilot phase has now been completed and the app is about to go live. More than 400 drivers in the UK, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, and Germany will be using the app to help them make deliveries to customers, receive signatures and document shipping processes.
“A digital pioneer in the steel industry, Klöckner & Co has been relying on our solutions for several years”, says Marco Lederle, managing director of io-DigitalSolutions. Many Klöckner employees are already familiar with the easyTrack© transport and route planning solution for trucks by io DigitalSolutions. The solution went live in the first months of 2018 and has been gradually rolled out to Klöckner locations all over Europe. In addition to visualizing the planning status on a digital map, a number of useful functionalities ensures smooth route planning across various processes. The integration of intelligent interactive planning tools in SAP provides the transparency and planning reliability necessary to master the constantly growing challenges of optimizing logistics processes. Scheduling with interactive maps, determining suitable transportation times for trucks and powerful route optimization are some of the functionalities that help dispatchers plan times and routes quickly and efficiently in SAP. “easyTrack© has made our transport logistics economically more efficient and sustainable because it helps us reduce travel times and build in as many delivery stops per route as possible”, explains Dr. Stefan Simson, project manager at Klöckner & Co SE.
The well-established transportation planning tool has now been extended by a mobile application. In April 2020, Klöckner and io-DigitalSolutions started an agile project approach in three pilot countries to develop a mobile app for drivers. Locate&Share© provides them with an overview of tours, stops and delivery locations, and reliably registers signatures, status messages and GPS positions. Additional functions such as phone calls to customers or reporting delays and breaks to the dispatch department further round off the app. The recorded data and the current location of the vehicles can be made available to dispatch in real time. Both easyTrack© and Locate&Share© by
io-DigitalSolutions have been installed at Klöckner & Co to help manage their supply chain processes from planning through delivery, to document in particular the transfers of risk and to deliver all the data relevant for final analysis. “Our Locate&Share© app helps drivers on their routes and is the basis for digital documentation and transparency along the supply chain. The app can be easily linked to our easyTrack© SAP add-on”, says Marco Lederle.
The pilot phase has now been completed and the app is about to go live.