Since its founding in 1945, the Geis Group has evolved into a renowned German logistics company with an international orientation. Today with over 6,500 employees, Geis is present throughout Europe at 140 locations and operating over 2,300 vehicles. The comprehensive freight forwarding service is made possible by a close relationship with the cooperation networks 24plus, IDS and CTL.
In the road services sector Geis has been a partner in the IDS Logistik cooperation since the early 1990s. In addition, the Geis Group offers its customers worldwide air and sea freight solutions as well as Europe-wide contract logistics projects.
The Geis Group relies on software and hardware from KRATZER AUTOMATION for the German distribution area. The decision in favour of the Bavarian system house was made for the following primary reasons:
The Geis Group uses a customized versions of the direct transport module cadisFTL and the mobile application cadisMOBILE. It is largely identical to the software successfully used at IDS.
In order to meet the additional requirements at Geis, cadis® was extended to include the import of cooperation primary distribution transport orders and additional planning functionalities.
For the future, Geis is considering generating transportation KPIs from the operational data collected by cadis®. That way using cadis® will not only allow Geis to efficiently handle its day-to-day business, but also ensure high transport quality in the long term through daily monitoring.
With its 700 staff barth logistics group, a small to medium size company run by its owners provides transportation and logistics services at 14 sites. In addition to the main sites primarily located in the south of Germany, there are also one site in Brandenburg and one in Metz (France). The development of logistics services and products based on high vertical integration and leading IT technologies has ensured seven decades of strong economic growth for the company.
The barth logistics group has already introduced the third generation of cadis software with the implementation of cadisPUD Load & Drive module and “Vehicle checks” and “Loading equipment documentation” features. In addition the SCEM – Supply Chain Event Management – is based on cadis. The group also relies on M3 mobile hand scanner in connection with the cadis Android App. The 265 devices are used for last mile logistics to process collection and delivery orders. The daily vehicle checks and the documentation of exchangeable loading equipment occur via the cadis application.
The technical status of the mobile devices (storage utilization, charge status battery, etc.) is continuously monitored by the “Mobile Device Management” function in cadis to ensure a high availability of the mobile devices. When mobile device incidents occur then management would be informed immediately thus allowing the team to proactively manage the prevention of downtimes.
“During the whole process, the cooperation with KRATZER AUTOMATION was absolutely winsome", says Martin Brückler, Head of the Operational IT & Technical Systems department at Österreichische Post. “Our expert teams have been working for more than six years in close collaboration in different projects and have managed the technical requirements for the successful start of the parcel pick-up station service in a complementary and experienced way. With the introduction of this innovative solution we have increased our service quality and will now offer our customers further attractive options based on our self-service campaign.”
Peter Baumann, CEO at 24Plus is impressed with the solution:
"Every additional pick-up order that is processed by one of our partners increases revenue on the one hand and enhances customer satisfaction on the other, all due to a more flexible scheduling system." At the same time Baumann considers concrete reduction of costs, particularly due to the electronic signature. "Electronic documents are as a rule of thumb about 20% cheaper in handling than paper documents, which amounts to a considerable sum with 6 million shipments a year."
Branch manager Werner Schelter praises:
"After only four weeks we went from pilot to regular operation with a complete (100%) rollout for drivers. The delivery and pick-up processes are now transparent for all involved. All operational processes have been optimized with cadis. We have not only reduced our paper documents but we are now in an entirely different handling world.“
GO! EXPRESS & LOGISTICS is implementing the cadis transport management system from KRATZER AUTOMATION across the company. More than 60 depots and about 1,000 vehicles will be connected to the new software platform in two rollout phases. GO! will then benefit from an integrated solution that covers all operative processes in its transport logistics, from pick-up to navigation and geo-positioning through to delivery scanning. As a result, the company will be in a position to optimize its processes even further and provide its customers with detailed information for shipment tracking even quicker.
Customized logistics for trade fairs: DB SCHENKERfairs manages fork lift fleet with cadis – the operational TMS. DB SCHENKERfairs, the fairs department of DB Schenker, which offers logistics solutions at trade fairs all over the world, deploys cadis in its fork lift truck fleet. With the TMS from KRATZER AUTOMATION, the company can optimize all operational processes, from the set-up of stands through to the removal of stands at trade fairs and can document the process electronically at any time.
KRATZER AUTOMATION has developed an online portal for a leading logistics provider, which can centrally process all steps of complaints management. This system allows the company to examine complaints quickly and efficiently, document all procedures transparently and gain a detailed insight into how service quality can be sustainably improved.
Transparent and flexible − freight transport in the age of GPRS. The logistics provider Logwin (formerly Thiel Logistik) has turbocharged its IT in its business segment Road + Rail Western Europe. Thanks to new scanners and the new solution cadis from KRATZER AUTOMATION, Road + Rail can now offer its customers, employees and partners optimum service when it comes to delivering and collecting
Österreichische Post AG, Austria’s Vienna-based postal services provider, made a strategic decision to re-enter the B2B business – a decision that entailed a complete restructuring of the company’s present IT structure. The change is also intended to realize synergies with subsidiaries such as the German company trans-o-flex. For the areas of delivery and pick-up, Österreichische Post’s hardware and software implementation partner is KRATZER AUTOMATION AG, headquartered in Unterschleissheim near Munich.
TNT Innight never sleeps. This transportation company is German and European market leader for overnight express services, specializing in the delivery of time-critical goods within the B2B sector. Consignments arrive during the night, in good time for the start of work the next day, to whatever location has been agreed – a warehouse, workshop, Innight safe, even the trunk of an individual technician’s vehicle. By the time the recipient is ready to begin work all the necessary deliveries are already to hand.
"The project was a real success not only for the ease of use for the users: drivers, customer service employees, dispatchers but also for the way the project has been conducted as we did not encounter any delays. The organization of the project change allows the teams to absorb entirely this new working style. Depot and operational managers only had very positive feedback of installation and they have asked us to come to see them as a priority!", observes Frédéric Vallet – Director of Freight System France.