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Implico to Present Pioneering Technologies at LogiMAT

Published 29 February 2012 | By Implico

From March 13-15, 2012, Neue Messe Stuttgart will be hosting LogiMAT, Europe's flagship trade show for the logistics industry. At the show, Implico will be exhibiting at Stand 142 in Hall 7, where the international consulting and software company will present its comprehensive portfolio for the logistics sector.

A range of software solutions has the entire process chain covered: from order acceptance and requirements planning through to tour optimisation and telematics, final billing and reporting. This provides customers with a single-source, end-to-end process solution that can be hosted on both SAP and non-SAP systems.

At the trade show, Implico will be focusing on the optimisation of logistics processes: for each step in these processes, the company offers high-performance solutions that can also be tailored to match almost any customer requirements.

Order taking

For order taking, Implico offers a number of options, ranging from IT-supported telephone selling and automated fax-based order acceptance through to portal solutions that give customers 24/7 access to order placement. These solutions are rounded off by options for generating orders automatically - a process that can also utilise historical datasets, for example.

Tour planning and optimisation

With Implico's intelligent tour planning solutions, customer orders and resources can be coordinated so as to ensure optimum capacity utilisation for personnel and the vehicle fleet. This not only improves performance but simultaneously minimises logistics overheads. A fully-automated tour optimisation feature is also provided, which can check manual tour planning at the touch of a button. Aided by these solutions, companies can make real savings on transport costs by reducing kilometers traveled, drive time, vehicle deployment and overtime.

Driver communication and telematics

Nor does Implico forget the person in the cab: each solution integrates the driver via onboard computer or a mobile device such as PDA, iPad or iPhone. Data transfers are used to provide drivers with all of the relevant tour details, and real-time functionality means that order changes can even be accounted for and scheduled during the tour itself. This kind of telematics system gives companies much greater flexibility in order handling, which translates to significantly greater efficiency for the vehicle fleet.

Reconciliation, invoicing and reporting

Nor is the data transfer between drivers and personnel in the office simply one-way: once orders have been completed, reconciliation is also performed in real time. Examples of the kinds of data sent in this direction include information about additional products sold, deliveries without a PO or deliveries that do not match the quantities as planned. The system also covers vehicle weighbridge processing. Real-time reconciliation brings real benefits: the absence of time-consuming paperwork means drivers finish their tours much faster. The invoicing process is also accelerated, since the invoice can be generated and sent to the customer as soon as confirmation has been logged back to the ERP system. Finally, all of this data can be utilised to generated highly detailed reports.

Each and every solution mentioned here can be implemented on both SAP and non-SAP platforms.

Integration of customs and excise regulations

Complementing the company's solutions for automating the end-to-end process from order acceptance to billing, the Implico booth will also focus on the topic of EMCS. This computerised conveyance and monitoring system for goods subject to excise duties offers the following extra features from January 1st, 2012: as well as the grouping of conveyance transactions with energy materials, another key feature of the new EMCS release is the explanation of shortfalls and excess quantities. Implico has integrated the workflows for the expanded EMCS 2.0 function set into the terminal management and terminal automation System OpenTAS, so that they run within the loading and shipping processes in place at each site - just as with the first EMCS release. From 2012, the new EMCS regulations now also apply to the conveyance of goods subject to excise duty within Germany.