Panalpina has brought its supply chain experts under one centrally organised entity called Supply Chain Solutions and will expand the global and regional teams in the coming months. The new entity is led by Hans Elmegaard in his role as global head of Supply Chain Solutions, reporting to Karl Weyeneth, chief commercial officer, who is a member of the company’s executive board.
“Our ambition is to become a top global player in supply chain management. The new organisational structure allows us to be even more customer-centric and better seize the many untapped opportunities that lie in the provision of end-to-end solutions across key industries,” says Weyeneth.
Elmegaard explains: “There are two fundamental ways companies look at their supply chains: Some companies regard them as a pure cost factor, other companies think of them as a strategic enabler for their business. Our end-to-end solutions are geared towards the second. Not only do we strive to build more efficient and cost-effective supply chains for our customers, but supply chains that actually support their business models. It’s about turning supply chains into a competitive advantage.”
Panalpina’s Supply Chain Solutions experts are represented on the global and regional level in their capacity as solution developers, supply chain analysts and as solution designers and engineers. The solutions they offer go beyond transportation services to additionally cover all supply chain services at origin and destination. They are customised, offer SKU level visibility and often include one or more of the following services: cargo consolidation and de-consolidation, vendor and carrier management, inventory and purchase order management as well as the optimisation of freight forwarding services and logistics set-ups. “We are dedicating significant additional resources to this offering and investing in people, IT and infrastructure,” says Weyeneth.
“The mode of transport to get the job done is secondary; it should not be the first question to ask. The question is much more: What is our customer’s business objective?” says Elmegaard. “It is about understanding our customers in depth. We need to have value-oriented dialogues that go beyond rates, transit times and volumes and build mutually beneficial partnerships.”
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