Complex procurement - important cost item

In the era of globalization, logistic chains are becoming more and more complex and international. This will present large challenges for the company’s transport logistics. Due to the expansion of the procurement and sales markets, the worldwide flows of goods will increase and the need for transport services is growing tremendously. This often results in temporary bottlenecks due to reduced freight capacity and transport links as well as price increases. At the same time, the customers wish more services, transparency, speed, safety and reliability. That’s why optimal transport logistics is becoming more and more a decisive factor of a company’s success. A professional approach is absolutely necessary for the procurement of transport services, offering a great opportunity at the same time. Freight costs are among the most cost-intensive external services of companies and, on average, have a share of 10 to 15 percent in total sales.

THESEN supports the clients to reduce costs and to position themselves safely for the future. Global supply chains are becoming more and more complex; new sites, products and markets will result in still increasing transport costs also in the future.

High degree of complexity will lead to a considerable savings potential

Around 80 percent of all European companies pay excessive freight costs. Historical and non- transparent transport networks that have not been optimized for years often are the reason for high inbound and outbound transport costs. High optimization potentials can be found, among others, in non-transparent rate formats and surcharges, poorly utilized transport capacities, decentralized transport decisions or high costs for express and special tours. Even in the case of a multitude of local transport services or of single sourcing, your freight cost may hide large cost-reducing potentials.

Creating optimization potentials by creating transparency

In our freight and transport logistics projects the following approach has proven to be successful with regard to reducing and avoiding costs sustainably:

  • Analyzing transport costs and shipment structures
  • Standardizing data and creating transparency
  • Evaluating and benchmarking transport costs via the THESEN Benchmark Database
  • Identifying and agreeing on potentials
  • Defining and implementing short-term actions with an immediate impact, e.g.:
    • Optimizing and pooling transport structures
    • Introducing new supply standards
    • New tendering for transport needs
    • Quality and service assurance

Optimized relation between price and performance of your logistics service providers

  • Full market transparency by classification of your individual freight agreements
  • Short-term realization of high savings potentials by help of the standardized THESEN TENDER MANAGEMENT
  • Review of your shipping structure to find weak points and variations (e.g. rate grids, ancillary freight charges etc.)
  • Improved capacity utilization and thus a better carbon footprint
  • Operational discharge of freight service purchase
  • Adjustment of the service provider portfolio
  • Producing transparency and sustainable quality
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Performance portfolio

Transport modes

Freight purchase competency for all transport modes:

Land freights| general cargo| FTL | LTL | international | national

Sea freight | LCL | FCL | Consol

Air freight


Transport tendering

Short-term realization of high savings potentials by help of the standardized and revision- proof THESEN TENDER MANAGEMENT. Optimize your costs without pre-financing and without putting a strain on your resources. We get our remuneration only after we have actually achieved savings. Tenders are strategic projects that need different approaches - depending on the transport mode.

Procurement logistics:

Savings potentials in the procurement process should not be neglected. The share of the transport costs in the purchase price of deliveries according to incoterms of group D often have a high savings potential compared to deliveries according to incoterms of group F or E.

Distribution logistics

Today’s requirements for the distribution logistics are manifold. The realization of the suitable distribution concept is more than the daily composition of tours and the delivery to the customer.

Waste management logistics

Waste management is not just a cost factor. Collecting, separating, internal transport and storage will use up personnel, require valuable storage space and can disturb and complicate operational procedures. A neutral review of this aspect may provide approaches for optimizing costs and expenses.

Transport scheduling

Scheduling tours, pooling cargoes or even new cooperation models are important levers to optimize transport costs.

Transport networks

Valuable optimization potentials when looking at structural data - a sustainable use of the right transport capacities will result in reduced overall transport costs.

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