Panalpina joins Supply Chain Council to enhance optimization ser


Basel, June 3, 2013

Panalpina joins Supply Chain Council to enhance optimization services

Over recent years, the end-to-end management and optimization of supply chains
has been a steadily growing business segment for Panalpina. The company has
invested in advanced technology and experienced staff to enhance its core
freight forwarding and logistics business with optimization services that
analyze supply chains in detail to make practical changes that reduce cost and
improve efficiency.

Panalpina's latest development in the field of SCO is joining the Supply Chain
Council (SCC) as a global member. This non-profit organization helps members
make significant and rapid improvements across supply chains. More than 800
global corporations, universities, professional service and technology firms
are currently SCC members. Members of the SCC have a reputation for constantly
outperforming market benchmarks and are known for their commitment to
operational excellence.

"Our comprehension is to understand the customer needs and challenges to build
the best solutions for them based on best practice and benchmarks," says Sven
Hoemmken, Global Head of Marketing and Sales at Panalpina. "The SCO work we do
generates real results, and savings of up to 20% are relatively common. As a
member of the SCC, we will continue to develop and improve this work to build
even more efficient and cost-effective supply chains."

Alignment with SCOR® model

Since joining the SCC, Panalpina has started aligning its SCO services with
the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) model. Council members use the
SCOR model (based on common parameters of 'Plan', 'Source', 'Make', 'Deliver'
and 'Return') to rapidly map and analyze supply chain processes and initiate
process improvement initiatives. The model has been used by practitioners for
many years. It provides a unique framework to support communication among
supply chain partners and to improve the effectiveness of supply chain
management. "Aligning our optimization services with the SCOR model will make
it easier for us to communicate with our customers and find solutions, as we
are now using a common and universal language for supply chain processes going
forward," explains Peter Karel, Global Head of Supply Chain Solutions at

Putting theory into practice

In 2012 Panalpina established the Supply Chain Solutions Center at Frankfurt
Airport in Germany to centralize its global SCO expertise. Here, highly
qualified professionals use diagnostic tools and benchmarking applications to
analyze supply chains and compare customer specific performance metrics to a
wider set of industry peers. They then make recommendations to improve supply
chain configurations from end-to-end based on practical experience.

Once improvements are approved, Panalpina not only provides customers with
strategic guidance in regards to supply chain design and execution but also
puts the identified optimization possibilities into practice.


About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain
solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean
Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end
solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems,
Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how
demanding they might be. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with
some 500 offices in more than 80 countries, and it works with partner
companies in a further 80 countries. Panalpina employs around 15,000 people
worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards
- wherever and whenever.

For more details, please contact:

Corporate Media Relations Manager Global Head of Supply Chain Solutions
Sandro Hofer                      Peter Karel
Tel. +41 61 226 11 66             Tel. +49 69 698 678 232


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