IFCO Advances Digital Services for Grocery Supply
Pullach, Germany – 30th January, 2018: IFCO, the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, has a long history of providing web-based systems which allow customers to perform all transactions electronically and which provide real-time visibility of stocks and movements of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs). The company continues to invest in digitalization and is now launching two new concepts to take its digital capabilities and services to a new level:
a) a new generation of online RPC management system and
b) joint activities with IFCO’s sister company BXB Digital to deploy end-to-end digital technologies for monitoring fresh produce across the supply chain
New online RPC management system
As the first element of the next generation of electronic tools, IFCO is launching its state-of-the-art online ordering system, adding innovative features to the MyIFCOTM webclearing system and offering enhanced order management functions for improved customer convenience. The features of the new system include:
• State-of-the-art technology
The increased responsiveness, adaptive interface and mobile application compatibility contribute to an improved user experience. A reliable and stable system environment accounts for maximum security.
• Enhanced functionality
The new Upload Order function permits the simultaneous processing of multiple orders, the scheduling of return pick-ups of RPCs according to the customer’s wishes and the use of the track and trace status for all orders and returns. RPC model numbers can be assigned to “favorites” for quick selection, speeding up processes. In addition, the new calendar view shows all outstanding order planning at a glance.
• User-friendly, updated design
The functional design supports customer ordering processes, allowing to navigate in an intuitive way and with a minimum number of clicks.
The new functionalities will first become available in Germany, USA and France and be progressively rolled out to other countries during 2018.
Further system components will follow, such as mobile solutions, enhanced RPC demand planning and system integration with our customers to improve RPC demand planning and reduce stocks, amongst others. These components will allow to automate administrative tasks, optimize the planning of the RPC demand and reduce dwell times and RPC stock levels, thus helping to avoid ROC losses and eventually reduce costs.
In parallel, IFCO is planning to launch a pilot project in collaboration with a leading grocery retailer and BXB Digital, provider of data-driven supply chain visibility and logistics solutions. Alongside IFCO, BXB Digital is part of the global supply chain solutions company, Brambles Limited.
The objective of the pilot is to provide end-to-end monitoring of the fresh supply chain, via smart IFCO RPCs that are equipped with devices incorporating sensors. This technology will provide near real-time visibility of the supply chain and assist IFCO customers to improve their demand planning and to make their processes more efficient. This will lead to lower costs, improved product quality, longer shelf life and less food waste.
Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of IFCO, said: “We are convinced that our two initiatives have the potential to completely change the way of doing business in the future and that this will provide tremendous value to our customers. As the global market leader in RPC pooling, it is our vision to take the lead in improving supply chains by deploying smart transport packaging solutions. Being part of the Brambles Group and having access to the services of our sister company BXB Digital provides us with unique capabilities to make that vision happen.”
For a more detailed exchange of information on IFCO’s digital solutions and other supply chain related topics, the IFCO team looks forward to welcoming its guests from February 7 to 9 at Fruit Logistica in Berlin in hall 20, booth B-17.
For more information, please contact:
VP - Global Marketing
T: +49 89 74491-323
IFCO is the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, serving customers in 50+ countries. IFCO operates a pool of over 290 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used for over 1.4 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, bread, and other items from suppliers to grocery retailers every year. IFCO RPCs ensure a better fresh food supply chain by protecting freshness and quality and lowering costs, food waste and environmental impact compared to single-use packaging. IFCO is a Brambles Company. www.ifco.com.
BXB Digital, a Brambles company, provides data-driven supply chain visibility and logistics solutions. Launched in March 2016, the company combines physical platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that go beyond traditional boundaries to provide a more connected, intelligent and efficient supply chain. BXB Digital is led by experts in both technology and supply chain, and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with additional offices across the U.S., Europe and India. To learn more, visit www.bxbdigital.com.
Brambles Limited (ASX:BXB) is a supply-chain logistics company operating primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands. Brambles enhances performance for customers by helping them transport goods through their supply chains more efficiently, sustainably and safely. The Group's primary activity is the provision of reusable unit-load equipment such as pallets, crates and containers for shared use by multiple participants throughout the supply chain, under a model known as "pooling". Brambles primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries, counting many of the world's best-known brands among its customers. The Group also operates specialist container logistics business serving the automotive sector. Brambles operates in more than 60 countries, with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. Brambles employs approximately 14,000 people and owns approximately 590 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 850 service centres. For further information, please visit: www.brambles.com.