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Make Risks and Processes in global Delivery Chains controllable: AXIT strategy paper on standardization to reduce complexity

05-23-2014 06:42 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

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Make Risks and Processes in global Delivery Chains

Frankenthal/Cologne, May 21st 2014 – Standards are essential for logistics. Containers correspond to normed dimensions. And so do pallets and other loading equipment. But how about the individual links in a logistical process chain? The more dynamics enter cross-company controlling of international supply chains the more variance is being produced. Suppliers and forwarders follow different workflows. Cost and risks in the supply chain increase.

Defining standards in controlling the process chain could remedy this. But how flexible or inflexible will logistics handling be with clearly defined performance modules? How can stability and agility in supply chain management be combined in an IT solution?

It is on this topic that Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Delfmann, director of the seminar for management and logistics at the University of Cologne, his research associate Tobias Schmitz and AXIT AG, operator of the IT logistics platform AX4, have published a strategy paper.

Headlined “Standardization by modularization” the paper on 26 pages describes an approach for reduction of complexity in logistics through IT. According to the authors the biggest challenge for companies today is to juggle the large number of stakeholders involved with logistics processes.

“Companies use many different IT systems which cannot necessarily interact with those of other supply chain partners”, Delfmann says about the existing deficits. “But today constant transparency and real-time access to delivery chain data is indispensable for safe management of delivery chains.”

Since IT solutions always need to consider customers’ individual requirements the strategy paper presents a solution approach which could harmonize the flow of information and data along delivery chains worldwide: standardization by modularization. The idea: through a cloud-based, centrally available IT platform logistics partners throughout the world can use standardized IT modules which can be flexibly (modularly) combined to task-related solutions.

How this can be done in daily practice is described by co-author AXIT in the second part of the strategy paper. “Flexible and modern tools must ensure that integration can be done as easily and fast as possible, in order to really integrate all parties involved”, explains Frauke Heistermann, member of management at AXIT AG. With AX4 the Frankenthal-based IT company operates Europe’s most-used IT platform for controlling global delivery chains. It is used by more than 100,000 participants.

The strategy paper can be requested free of charge at

About AXIT and AX4

AXIT AG is a specialist for cloud-based IT solutions for the management of cross-company logistics processes. With AX4 the company runs the industry’s leading logistics platform used by more than 100,000 users from trade and industry as well as at logistics providers to control their supply chain. Founded in 1999, the AXIT AG meanwhile employs a staff of over 130. Many well-known companies can be found among the customers, including Schenker, DHL, Geodis, Panalpina, CargoLine as well as BASF, Audi, Deutz, Ford, dm drogerie-markt, BAT and OCÉ.

True to the motto „Supply Chain Management at the Push of a Button“ more than one million shipment data is exchanged via the cloud-based logistics platform AX4 every day. Thus AX4 is the most-used logistics platform for the management of cross-company logistics processes in Europe. With flexible, consistent workflows AX4 informationally maps the physical flow of goods and has already been awarded several innovation awards.

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