The costs of offshore logistics are high and rising oil prices are making these costs even higher. As a result, the amount of projects is decreasing and companies suffer from new competitors, for example from China. Finally, there often is a lack of insight and control of the complete logistic process, resulting in the risk that deliveries are too big, too small or not on time.
Most offshore companies use an ERP system for their internal operations, which basically works fine for primary processes. Meanwhile, they are increasingly feeling the pressure to control their more complex business processes and to operate with limited budgets. Often, Microsoft Excel is still being used, which can be associated manual labour and loose ends. This way of working results in unclear data in confusing structures with a high probability of mistakes.
Of course, service and maintenance have to be arranged properly in order to not disturb expensive offshore processes and activities. An example: there is float inventory consisting of spare parts. Is there enough insight in that inventory administration? How is communication between the chain parties involved? How do the project logistics function IT technically speaking?
The solution to streamline your offshore logistics: connect all parties and information in the whole chain in order to have more insight in logistic processes and to be able to manage those more intelligently. Because of this, you will be able to plan and consolidate shipments in a better way than before. Costs and Co2 emission will be reduced and the predictability of your logistic processes will increase. You will be able to act faster in case of deviations and to proactively improve processes.
Flexible logistic processes and smart IT help to optimize the usage of valuable resources and to minimize down time and cost of failure. The advantages of this approach are huge, as our client Huisman can confirm: they realized 10% savings on their logistic costs. They achieved this with help of Yellowstar’s Star Flow solution, a logistic web application with which they can connect parties in the supply chain and share information.
Besides the cost saving of 10%, they have realized more insight in the flow of goods by means of real time dashboards and higher predictability in logistic operations. Star Flow is user-friendly, usable on computers and mobile devices, secure and is fast to implement.