Euro Consultancy Taps Baan

Swisslog to use Supply Chain Designer solution to support new logistics consultancy service

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Reading, UK — April 30, 2003 — Swisslog, a provider of integrated supply chain solutions, has selected an iBaan for Supply Chain Management (iBaan for SCM) solution from Baan to support its new consultancy service.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog offers integrated logistics solutions for optimizing production and distribution processes. Swisslog's solutions are intended to increase its customers' flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. The company employs about 3,400 staff in 23 countries worldwide and had 2002 revenues of $671 million.

Swisslog will use the iBaan Supply Chain Designer application as a part of its new service to provide customers with network design capabilities with the objective of reducing total supply chain costs for the integrator's customers in the retail, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and automotive industries.

Baan says that the introduction of Supply Chain Designer will add a core network design tool to Swisslog's offering, giving the consultancy strategic design, modeling and optimization features to help speed the planning and implementation of supply chain networks for U.K. and global customers.

"More and more of our customers ask for logistics analysis and studies," said Michael Dittrich, senior logistics consultant at Swisslog. "The selection of iBaan Supply Chain Designer can help us to meet these demands by bringing strategic and technical knowledge closer together. As a consequence, we can then better quantify network design related-decisions to optimize the supply chain concepts for each of our customers.

According to Dittrich, Swisslog is estimating that the resultant improvements in the consultancy's network study capabilities could produce saving of 5-30 percent of an organization's total supply chain costs.