CASE STUDY

Acerinox: Globalization with a single tool

About Acerinox

ACERINOX is one of the most competitive companies in the world in the manufacture and sale of stainless steel. It is a leader on two continents, present on all five of them and with factories on four continents. It also has an extensive commercial network, with presence in 56 countries, 18 service centers, 26 warehouses, and 35 commercial offices. Since its constitution, it has been carrying out a continuous program of investments, developing its own technological innovations that, in some cases, have represented a true milestone in the technology of stainless steel manufacturing. Group turnover was €5,011 million and melted production was 2.44 million tons in 2018. ACERINOX has achieved its best results in the last 10 years.

We couldn't cope with the increased volumes of cargo and transportation. The team was 100% occupied only with transport allocation and load consolidation for the Algeciras plant, and it was impossible to manage the other plants. With Transporeon we have automated some of the processes, and this allows us to take on more volume.

Manuel Morencos, Miguel Angel González, Santiago Criado,

Department of Operational and Logistics,
ACERINOX

Challenges  

  • Implement the same solution in all plants.
  • Manage increased cargo volumes from the same cargo and dispatch department for all ACERINOX plants in Spain.
  • Obtain an effective tool to control and track assigned transport processes.
  • Enable versatility – a tool that can be customized according to the specific needs of each center.

Solution

ACERINOX opted for Transporeon in order to manage increased cargo volumes at the Algeciras plant and to implement the same solution at its other plants. This decision provided the transparency required by ACERINOX standards, particularly being able to follow up transports and connect with the factories in Europe that receive its products. The company uses digital tools for Transport Execution, , Time Slot Management, Rate Management, Analytics, and more.

  • Transporeon Best Carrier allows ACERINOX to offer transport orders to its carrier pool in order to find the most suitable service provider for an urgent transport or low-volume lane.
  • Transporeon No-Touch Order ensures automatic assignment of orders, choosing the most suitable carrier based on predefined criteria.
  • Time slot management allows carriers to choose preferred loading/unloading times; it also helps to optimize equipment and human resources at the loading bays.
  • Real Time Tracking allows for a more transparent shipping process; status messages enable ACERINOX to efficiently track all shipments from pick up to delivery.

Results

  • Improved communication

ACERINOX factories receive all information in real time; they know which goods will arrive and at what time.

  • Process agility

With automated processes, the same personnel can manage higher cargo volumes.

  • Visibility & Transparency 

Clear and complete information on all transport assignment processes.

  • Resource optimization

Personnel dedicated to these tasks can optimize their time thanks to process automation and easy access to prices, reports, and more…all in the same tool.

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Transport Execution

Transporeon Best Carrier

Transporeon Best Carrier
  • Access the spot market more easily.
  • Cut transaction costs by up to 19%.
  • React quickly to market fluctuations.
  • Improve process efficiency with better integrations.
  • Cloud-based system provides real-time transparency.

Transport Execution

Transporeon No-Touch Order

Transporeon No-Touch Order
  • Automated shipment execution processes.
  • Fewer empty runs.
  • Cut process costs by up to 30%.

Dock Scheduling & Yard Management

Transporeon Time Slot Management

Transporeon Time Slot Management
  • Full transparency of delivery and pick-up times for all parties 
  • Efficient use of resources due to the even and predictable distribution of loadings and unloadings
  • Reduction of waiting times for trucks by up to 40%
  • Audit-proof and legal compliance through fully documented processes
  • Quick response and operational optimization through fast communication and real-time data

Real Time Tracking & Visibility

Transporeon Sixfold

Transporeon Sixfold
  • Reduce check calls and automate processes.
  • Increase performance and customer satisfaction.
  • Reduce wait and dwell times with more accurate ETAs.
  • Increase your on-time performance and avoid penalties  
  • Reduce CO2 emissions and empty mileage.
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