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Towards solution-focused inbound container planning – the story of Dille & Kamille

With around 40 shops in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, Dille & Kamille is a familiar face on the High Street in many cities. In these shops, and online too, they sell a wonderful mix of sustainable products for the home, garden, and kitchen. These products are imported from many different countries, so you have to be able to rely on accurate and concise inbound container planning. Up to about a year ago, planning was based on the ERP system, and communication happened mostly via e-mail. This meant keeping track everything was a difficult and time-consuming task. Better insight and overviews were needed to keep ahead of the pace. Harold Reusink, supply chain manager at Dille & Kamille, talks about the results they achieved thank to Ritra Cargo’s TRACOS.

Approach: One size does not fit all

Which container does this relate to, and where is it coming from? That is basically what TRACOS had to provide answers to for Dille & Kamille. The Ritra Cargo ICT team got to work on this requirement.

Harold: “Larger forwarders often use a ‘one size fits all’ approach in the design of their supply chain platform. Ritra Cargo is different. The lines of communication with the ICT team are short. They structure the platform completely as required, and in a short time too”.

We linked all the shipment information to Dille & Kamille’s specific order numbers to create an overview of which items are involved and who the supplier is, for example. Customs documentation, purchase invoices, and BOLs can be uploaded to the order. In addition, options were added for indicating the desired delivery date, and scheduling the arrival of containers, among other things.

Harold: “I didn’t want to make it too large and complicated. TRACOS mostly had to provide insight into what is going well. Furthermore, personal contact about shipments with issues will always be needed. The great tjing about this is that Ritra Cargo doesn’t just look at the big picture, but also understands that a single container can be of utmost importance”.

Both the team at Ritra Cargo and the overseas agents make sure that the information in TRACOS is as accurate as possible. Is there a rush shipment or an issue? Then there is personal contact and an involved thought process that focuses on solutions.

Result: reliable shipment information is available – always and everywhere

Dille & Kamille has used Supply Chain Platform TRACOS since 2019. Which improvements has it brought them?

Before TRACOSWith TRACOSResult
Information about the location of containers is not immediately available to view for everyoneETD, ETA, ATA and delays can be viewed in a central location by everyone.Great insight into where containers are, faster response to deviations in the planning
Agents, carriers, planners, and forwarders share shipment-related documents via e-mail, information is scatteredAgents, carriers, planners, and forwarders share all shipment-related documents in the same environmentShipment-related documents cannot be immediately accessed by all parties
Not all users are aware of (the same) informationAll users can view the same information in one central location.Uniformity in information, faster responses based on available information
Personal contact about all shipmentsPersonal contact limited to shipments requiring special attentionLess time spent on problem-free shipments, focus on shipments with issues
Order data is manually copied from ERPOrder data is automatically transmitted to TRACOS via an EDI connectionFaster and less error-prone working

Since Dille & Kamille has been using TRACOS, they have needed to spend little time looking after the inbound container planning. There is concise insight into the status of shipments, and any problems are flagged in good time.

Harold: ”There have been major issues due to delays over the last two years. However, during the important seasons, our products were usually still at the right place at the right time. Thanks to insight into delays, we could intercept problems sooner”.

The planners in Waddinxveen, the colleagues in Amsterdam, and those working from home: everyone always has access to the same order information and documents. This to-ing and fro-ing with e-mails is no longer necessary.

Harold: “Working with TRACOS means less actions per person. This makes us equipped for growth. We now work with three planners, but this really would not have been enough otherwise”.

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Conclusion: faultless inbound container planning

Thanks to supply chain platform TRACOS, the flow of information between the shipment and delivery of goods is now the best it could be. Dille & Kamille’s expectations have been met completely.

Harold: “Thanks to TRACOS, we now have a complete overview and insight into our inbound container movements. The container planning runs impeccably, and without much interference. If anything does need attention, I receive help from Ritra fast. The fact I can now also see the CO2 emissions for each shipment is genuine added value to me. It aligns very well with the great value Dille & Kamille places on sustainability”.

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