Koopman actively looks for ways of working more efficiently
Klaas Schaart, ICT Manager Nijburg Industry Group
Koopman Logistics has been the transporter for Nijburg since 19 June 2017. The goods flow is diverse; from large one-off consignments containing considerable volumes for large projects, to small consignments that need to be delivered quickly on time. February 2018 saw the first meeting between ICT manager Klaas Schaart and Koopman to discuss VSM (Value Stream Mapping). A VSM project group was formed in order to map out which logistic processes were ripe for improvement. Fast forward more than a year, and great improvements have been implemented.
VSM is a technique used to analyse and optimise the goods flow. The most important change is that both parties have insight into the goods flows right from the start. A distinction has been made into dedicated transport, full truck loads or combined truck loads, and finally-meshed distribution in a well-organised network. Other points for improvement are for example standardisation of trailers, time slots for just-in-time deliveries and regular driver routes. 'This VSM project has given us great insight into how processes can become smarter'. Many adjustments have already been made, but there is so much still to be done.
Koopman and Nijburg have a shared ambition: to further optimise the supply chain by working at kilometre reduction, CO2 reduction, efficiency in the chain and cost reduction.
Harm Koopman, Director of Koopman Cargo
"Schaart is extremely optimistic about the cooperation with Koopman. 'Communication is very fluent. And I'm referring to both the communication between systems and between the people involved. Koopman is a large company yet they remain very approachable.
What Nijburg and Koopman have in common is their market-oriented approach and a no-nonsense mentality. If there is a problem, it gets solved. We once had a day that all systems were down and we couldn't supply goods until the evening. They simply made it work.
They are open to criticism and also have the necessary expertise to suggest how we might improve matters. They truly think along
Klaas Schaart, ICT Manager Nijburg Industry Group —
Nijburg Industry Group engineers, develops, producers, supplies and assembles quality products in the climate control technology sector. Their clientèle comprises fitters, housing corporations, industrial clients and shipbuilders. The group members are Solid Air Climate Solutions, Solid Air Klimaatplafonds, Solid Air International, Velu, Nijburg Klimaattechniek and Nijburg products.