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Zeppelin Rental Builds Its Business on AX4

Digitizing the process for assigning transports optimizes equipment logisticsDigitizing the process for assigning transports optimizes equipment logistics

 

Schmidt Zeppelin Rental 350Equipment rental and construction logistics specialist Zeppelin Rental uses AX4 to organize shipments of its construction equipment and attachments. Zeppelin’s 120 locations in Germany use the IT platform to assign and coordinate the transport of its high-tech rentals to customer sites. Three carriers and two parcel service companies are linked to the system, and preparations are currently underway to link an overnight express service provider as well.Equipment rental and construction logistics specialist Zeppelin Rental uses AX4 to organize shipments of its construction equipment and attachments. Zeppelin’s 120 locations in Germany use the IT platform to assign and coordinate the transport of its high-tech rentals to customer sites. Three carriers and two parcel service companies are linked to the system, and preparations are currently underway to link an overnight express service provider as well.

 

Zeppelin uses a standardized process to send out over 1,000 rental equipment items to customers each month with AX4. It’s easy to calculate transport prices, shipping options, and equipment delivery dates in advance, because all the rates and master data of the linked logistics partners are stored centrally on the AX4 platform.

Zeppelin insisted that AX4 be able to integrate with its proprietary IT system. AX4 uses web services to ensure a smooth exchange of data between the two systems. Zeppelin’s employees continue to work in their familiar interface and don’t need to learn their way around various supplier portals. Nor is there any need to set up and manage users.

“Using the digital solution of AX4 to manage our transports helped us unlock large potential savings in our processes,” reports Michael Schmidt, Head of Logistics at Zeppelin Rental. “Before, each of our offices booked transports with different regional carriers. Today, it all follows a clearly laid-out process that begins with the automated price query.” Another benefit: Using AX4 to standardize transport assignments allowed Zeppelin to centralize its invoicing and transport audits as well.

Digital transport management also offers advantages in communications with the carriers. The platform is used to generate waybills, barcode labels, and consolidated lists. AX4 even makes it possible for managers at Zeppelin Rental’s headquarters in Garching outside Munich to monitor the activity of all its field locations and see the latest status of any shipment at any time. “This transparency allows us to use of our assets more effectively. We can also optimize the regional distribution of transports to minimize our environmental impact. Because the best transport is the one you can eliminate through good planning,” concludes Schmidt.

 

About Zeppelin Group

 

Zeppelin Group operates 190 sites around the world. In the 2017 fiscal year, its more than 8.000 employees generated sales of 2.75 billion euros. Group-wide collaboration in Zeppelin Group revolves around a management holding company and six strategic business units: Construction Equipment EU (sales and servicing of construction machines), Construction Equipment CIS (sales and servicing of construction and agricultural machines), Rental (rental and project solutions for the construction and industry sectors), Power Systems (drive, propulsion, traction, and energy systems), Plant Engineering (engineering and plant engineering) and Z Lab (new digital business models). Zeppelin GmbH is the Group holding company. It is legally domiciled in Friedrichshafen and has its head office in Garching near Munich. For more information, visit zeppelin.com.

 

About Zeppelin Rental

 

From rental machines to project solutions. Being a leading rental services company as well as specialist in logistics management and optimization of projects we provide our clients with customized solutions in the areas of equipment rental services, construction logistics and temporary infrastructure. The latter ranges from construction site and traffic safety to electrical construction site facilities and energy supply, to modular buildings for rent or sale or as operator model. With more than 1.300 employees at more than 135 locations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia we serve customers in construction industry, trade, the public sector, landscaping and event. They benefit from latest technology, professional services and know-how. For more information, visit zeppelin-rental.com.From rental machines to project solutions. Being a leading rental services company as well as specialist in logistics management and optimization of projects we provide our clients with customized solutions in the areas of equipment rental services, construction logistics and temporary infrastructure. The latter ranges from construction site and traffic safety to electrical construction site facilities and energy supply, to modular buildings for rent or sale or as operator model. With more than 1.300 employees at more than 135 locations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia we serve customers in construction industry, trade, the public sector, landscaping and event. They benefit from latest technology, professional services and know-how. For more information, visit zeppelin-rental.com.
 

 

           

 

Digital logistics also pays dividends for the environment

AXIT Green Paper

18 05 Greenpaper 350The digital revolution is making supply chains greener. That’s the finding of the IT experts at AXIT, a Siemens company. The “Green Paper” published by the cloud specialist examines the effects of the digital revolution on logistical processes from various perspectives.

 

The expert assessment is based on the control of supply chains using AX4. The cloud-based IT platform integrates all the relevant parties in a logistics network – manufacturers, suppliers, service partners, etc. – to ensure smooth, cross-enterprise collaboration and end-to-end visibility of goods in transit.

“It’s possible to plan transports proactively and optimize the utilization of capacities. This leads to fewer empty trucks running, which lowers CO2 emissions,” explains Christian Wendt, Head of Marketing at AXIT. Using a platform solution that connects all logistics partners also makes it much easier to integrate environmentally friendly modes of transport such as trains and barges.

The Green Paper from AXIT provides the insights into the latest key issues of green logistics in the digital age. The various sections focus on different options that users have for deploying AX4 in the digital supply chain. Whether it’s reducing traffic at logistics hubs, making better use of transport capacities, or using less paper in the processing of orders: “Green logistics is becoming the model of success in the digital world,” says Wendt.

The AXIT Green Paper “Using the digital supply chain to achieve environmentally friendly, cost-efficient logistical processes” can be downloaded for free at www.axit.de/en/green-paper.

 

Greater precision for the supply chain

AXIT and GateHouse Logistics establish technology partnership

Gatehouse AXIT Partnerschaft 350

The AX4 logistics platform will now offer even greater precision in estimating the arrival times of commercial and industrial shipments. That’s thanks to a new technology partnership between AX4 provider AXIT and Danish company GateHouse Logistics, which runs the telematics data platform ghTrack.

 The move allows AXIT, a Siemens company, to provide digital supply chain management on an even more comprehensive scale. The telematics data supplied by GateHouse Logistics will make it possible to track and visualize the exact position of a shipment in real time on the AX4 platform.

 “The integration of telematics data lets our users know exactly where the truck carrying the shipment is located at any given moment in time,” explains Uwe Schumacher, Vice President of Business Development at AXIT. Equipped with this knowledge, logistics providers can give their customers an even more precise ETA and augment their services to include such additional data as temperature.

This enhanced precision and transparency in supply chain management comes about by integrating the cloud-based DaaS platform ghTrack from the new technology partner GateHouse Logistics into the AX4 platform. ghTrack consolidates data from more than 400 telematics systems and makes this data available across all systems.

“The demand for visibility of logistics data increases every year as the supply chain moves relentlessly into the always-connected era,” says Jesper Bennike, CEO of GateHouse Logistics. “We are very pleased with this partnership with AXIT, as it extends the outreach of our ghTrack solution and will support its industry-wide adoption.”

 AXIT views the new technology partnership as an unqualified win: “Our portfolios complement each other perfectly,” says Schumacher. “The expertise that GateHouse brings to the table will help us expand our services in the areas of supply chain execution and supply chain visibility.” This, says the AXIT VP, also benefits customers from the commercial and industrial sectors: “More precise ETA data lets them plan production processes better and manage their resources more efficiently.”

 

About GateHouse Logistics

GateHouse Logistics A/S is a completely neutral telematics data intermediator leading the way that data is securely shared across the entire supply chain and bringing with it much-needed transparency of inbound and outbound logistics. The ghTrack® platform transforms data from all diverse telematics systems into one logical data stream that can be easily integrated into any business system. Users of the company’s data aggregation services are the world’s leading transport companies, automotive, e-commerce and retail/wholesale companies and manufacturers. Partners are solution providers who build their own solution on top of the ghTrack data stream.GateHouse Logistics A/S is a completely neutral telematics data intermediator leading the way that data is securely shared across the entire supply chain and bringing with it much-needed transparency of inbound and outbound logistics. The ghTrack® platform transforms data from all diverse telematics systems into one logical data stream that can be easily integrated into any business system. Users of the company’s data aggregation services are the world’s leading transport companies, automotive, e-commerce and retail/wholesale companies and manufacturers. Partners are solution providers who build their own solution on top of the ghTrack data stream.Learn more at www.gatehouselogistics.com

 

Caption: Jacob Leonhard Marquard, Partner Implementation Specialist, GateHouse Logistics (l.) and Uwe Schumacher, Vice President Business Development, AXIT (r.)