Discover how Saint Gobain Glass improves its transport performance

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For the past two years, Saint Gobain Glass has been implementing a supply chain transformation process based on two main principles: customer-centricity and innovation.

In this context, transport plays a key role, as it is present at all stages of the product life cycle. Logistical innovation is therefore a priority for Saint Gobain: the challenge is to manage the routing of the trestles to guarantee on-time delivery while reducing the associated costs.

Critical business issues

Balancing flows to ensure quality of service

As the flows are long and complex, in an open circuit, inventory imbalances quickly appear between factories. However, the availability of trestles is a prerequisite for the smooth operation of Saint Gobain Glass' internal logistics. Each of the 18 plants must have a minimum number of trestles of each type ready for use at all times: no trestle, no delivery!

With Everysens, Saint Gobain can have a reliable and up-to-date global inventory. An alert rule will notify the users concerned when trestles of a certain type run out in a factory. One of the potential gains envisaged would be a reduction in the number of unfilled or late orders, for example.

In-house ERP: a manual tool not adapted to real time

The ERP depends on manual inputs. On leaving the factory, the driver indicates the order he is leaving with. The warehouse manager has previously associated this order with a rack in the WMS. This association is therefore manual and can be bypassed by a generic code.

Another problem relates to returns to the factory with the empty easel. As these return journeys are not controlled by the ERP system, the easel is not tracked on these journeys, and its registration on arrival at the factory is not systematic, as it is done in self-service.

The internal ERP can therefore only partially trace Saint Gobain's trestles: every year, there is a 20% discrepancy in the fleet between the field and the ERP.

In order to ensure constant availability, trestles are purchased each year, even though the fleet may be sufficient to meet transport needs.  

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Our customers testify

I had a problem with the distribution of trestles between my European factories. I first tested different tracking platformsbut it wasn't enough for my use case. Everysens now allows me to have abusiness view of my data in a snapshotand to detect usage trends.

Alexandre Bousquet
Saint Gobain Glass - European Logistics Manager