Vopak North America networking Elemica for eBusiness
Nov 2, 2011 11:34 AM
Elemica, leading provider of supply chain integration and optimization services to the chemical, tire & rubber, energy, and selected manufacturing industries, welcomes Vopak North America, providing them direct connectivity into the Elemica network of chemical producers. The companies have completed a successful Terminal--Warehouse project with Methanex, the world's largest supplier of methanol, which further improved efficiencies and information flow for logistics operations between Vopak and Methanex.
"Vopak is very pleased with Elemica's Terminal--Warehouse Solution, which helps us provide higher levels of efficiency to our important global customer, Methanex. We anticipate these gains in speed and accuracy will help to further improve their service to their own customers," says Len Daly, commercial director, Vopak North America.
Mike McGuigan, chief executive officer of Elemica adds: "By integrating our Terminal--Warehouse solution and Vopak's North American network of independent storage facilities, companies like Methanex can strengthen collaboration with their terminals and warehouses, resulting in fewer shipping issues that need resolution. Terminals and warehouses are inundated with manual processes, and both the shippers and the terminal and warehouse operators see benefit with this solution."
Vopak has an extensive network of independent storage terminals for bulk liquids at locations around the world that are of strategic importance in the supply chains of its customers, Daly says. As Vopak focuses on customer service, efficiency through speed of order processing will enhance the working relationships they have with their customers.
In addition to improving the accuracy, speed and visibility to shipment, and inventory data for the manufacturer, the Terminal--Warehouse solution provides many more benefits. The seamless flow of business processes through Elemica's network results in a reduction of errors, costs and manual effort through the elimination of double entry. Traditional point-to-point electronic data interchange (EDI) projects are costly and difficult to manage.
Through the Elemica 'Connect Once, Connect-to-All' approach, terminal and warehouse operators can reduce the complexities of communicating shipment and inventory data with their customers while streamlining their own operations. Once that initial direct connection from their system into Elemica is established, it can be leveraged with other producers on the network. Utilizing Elemica's world-class QuikLink network and state-of-the-art SmartLink Terminal--Warehouse Solution enables new levels of operating efficiency, service capabilities, and profitability for suppliers and terminal and warehouse operators.
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