Basel, June 11, 2013
Panalpina's Ocean Freight division introduces new order management system
Panalpina is introducing MyPanalpina+, an order management system based on the
latest version of the customer-facing application, LOG-NET. Customers will
benefit from its enhanced order processing capabilities, including better
freight management services and improved visibility of their supply chains.
The deployment of the new system demonstrates Panalpina's continuing
commitment to integrate its own processes into those of its customers, and the
company's focus on providing end-to-end solutions that go beyond traditional
freight forwarding. MyPanalpina+ is also part of the company's ongoing aim to
remain at the forefront of the modern IT landscape.
"Our efforts have been rewarded in our Ocean Freight division and we have seen
strong growth in our operations on a global scale," says Frank Hercksen,
Panalpina's Global Head of Ocean Freight. "We keep enhancing our services
along key trade lanes. Our focus is on supporting customers more strategically
along the entire supply chain. MyPananlpina+ will help us expand our customer
base and become an even more integral part of their complex supply chains.
This system facilitates the consolidation of cargo flows and the efficient
management of orders, vendors and carriers."
Panalpina's Ocean Freight division handled almost 1.4 million TEUs
(twenty-foot equivalent units) and generated nearly a third of the company's
gross profit in 2012. The first quarter of 2013 showed continued growth, well
ahead of the market.
Improving visibility in the supply chain
"Supply chains are becoming ever more complex and customers increasingly call
on us to help improve transparency and visibility within their supply chains,"
says Hercksen. "It is a collaborative approach demanding a high level of trust
and commitment in terms of resources and deployed technologies. You have to
invest in people, processes and software."
Rod Angwin, Panalpina's Chief Information Officer, explains: "To improve
visibility you need advanced information management. Our services for
customers entail complex information sharing and a high level of coordination
between several parties. Thus our IT systems need to be able to speak directly
with those of our customers - and with those of the suppliers, and other
third-party-logistics providers. You have to make sure that the systems are
perfectly calibrated to optimize the outcome for our customers."
Add-on tool to SAP TM
Panalpina's most important IT initiative is the full implementation of SAP TM
across the globe by 2015. The roll-out of this global IT platform for Ocean
and Air Freight has begun. SAP TM standardizes and automates core business
processes and facilitates electronic data interchange with carriers on a
The newly licensed LOG-NET, which MyPanalpina+ is based on, is a customer
facing add-on tool to SAP-TM that manages the movement of goods on a purchase
order level. The latest version (7.0) of this software, not only enhances
Panalpina's and its customers' ability to manage purchase orders, but also to
optimize inventory, integrate suppliers and drive key performance indicators
via dashboards on cloud-based and mobile devices. The application also
includes automated exception management, to alert customers to delays or
deviations, plus it can forecast expected arrival times of shipped goods.
With MyPanalpina+ Panalpina is stepping up its order and freight management
services and supporting the customers supply chain operations and improvement
programs. "Workflows can be better managed. The system makes it easier for us
to communicate and collaborate with customers and suppliers. It improves the
flow of data throughout the supply chain and increases end-to-end visibility
of inventory," says Henrik Kofod-Hansen, who works for Panalpina's Ocean
Freight division and is globally responsible for the company's product Managed
"At the end of the day it is all about adding value for our global, small and
medium-sized customers: building more efficient supply chains, reducing costs
and hassle," adds Kofod-Hansen. "Panalpina is taking over work from customers
that they typically would have done themselves in the past. We are
increasingly being integrated into our customers' supply chains and the new
system acts as a powerful collaboration platform." Panalpina plans to fully
implement MyPanalpina+ in the fourth quarter of 2013.
About LOG-NET, Inc.
LOG-NET, Inc. has over twenty years of innovation in the international supply
chain technology industry. As a pioneer and leader in cloud based end-to-end
(E2E) supply chain solutions the company delivers seamlessly optimized order
to delivery capability around the world. LOG-NET Version 7.0 solutions are
used in over seventy countries by more than ten thousand users. LOG-NET
capability includes the full spectrum of planning, execution, sustainability
and business intelligence from order creation to final delivery. LOG-NET
provides one the world's largest set of electronic gateways to enable cloud
based communities on the web or through seamless electronic integration with
ERP and legacy applications. LOG-NET users rank amongst the largest and most
sophisticated parties in international trade.
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 Managed Solutions
Sandro Hofer Henrik Kofod-Hansen
Tel. +41 61 226 11 66 Tel. +49 40 288 00 5125
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