“Optiply helps us to avoid unnecessary stock and we experience much more peace of mind in our department. ”

Rody Hermkens, Logistiekconcurrent

Purchasing can be a challenging profession, especially when you’re dealing with a dynamic market environment and ever-changing customer requirements. Try to achieve your purchasing and inventory objectives with these challenges. Buyers often buy on gut feeling, and as a result, your stock can easily get out of balance. After all, you don’t want to keep too little stock in your warehouse, but you also don’t want too much stock. How do you efficiently achieve the right balance if you want to meet their daily needs for business customers?

Logistiekconcurrent has grabbed the bull by the horns to tackle this challenge. The solution quickly pointed to an inventory optimization software that balances inventory by using the right data. Discover how Logistiekconcurrent solved its purchasing problems by making data-driven choices and how they managed to realize a better product range for more customer satisfaction and better sales.

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Logistiekconcurrent: The total supplier of logistics consumables

How do you maintain the logistics process? And how do you point in the right direction? There is nothing more annoying than buying business supplies from multiple wholesalers. Logistiekconcurrent is the total supplier of logistics consumables and consumables. With its own online webshop, Logistiekconcurrent helps business customers such as logistics service providers, transport companies and e-fulfilment companies on a daily basis. Customers can go to their webshop to find everything that has to do with warehouse and transport, such as pallets, waybills, packaging, load securing and safety items.

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“Buying on gut feeling resulted in less grip on stock”

Getting a grip on your inventory can be a major challenge. For Logistiekconcurrent, this meant that they had to look for a solution that prevented purchasing based on gut feeling. For example, in the former purchasing process, an ERP system kept track of the minimum and maximum stock. Inventories were updated in this system without using real-time data analyses. This meant that the purchasing process was very time-consuming, and the insight into the quality of the stock was also difficult. “As a supplier, we actually want to disappoint as few customers as possible. We used to buy based on gut feeling, but you actually want a data algorithm that monitors stock quality and maintains it,” says Rody Hermkens of Logistiekconcurrent.

Purchasing agenda is ready at any time

“We start daily with Optiply where the purchasing agenda is ready so that we can immediately start ordering.” With
smart features such as the dynamic purchasing agenda, Logistiekconcurrent can easily determine which suppliers are ordered from and when. With just one push of a button, the purchase order with the correct product data and order quantity is sent to the best supplier.

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Data determines stock quality

With over 10,000 products in the webshop, it’s often difficult to maintain an overview. How do you determine if the quality of the stock is really good? With the ABC categorization feature, Logistiekconcurrent is able to prioritize the right product groups and purchase quantities: “We keep a close eye on the service levels of the product categories so that we can guarantee the quality of our stock.”

Fellow buyer Loet Huttner also sees the power of the ABC categorization: “Previously, our purchasing process was based on feeling, without actually running an analysis. With the arrival of Optiply, we started working with real ABC levels, making it easy to monitor service levels. That is really an area for improvement because you no longer have to decide on gut feeling.”

Optiply not only analyzes sales history and stock levels, but information about trends and seasons, stock outs, delivery times and supplier performance are also included in the purchasing advice. For products with multiple suppliers, Logistiekconcurrent’s buyers can immediately see from which supplier they can purchase the best products at that time.

“Optiply helps us to avoid unnecessary stock and we experience much more peace of mind in our department. We can better predict what our customer really needs. The service levels of the A category in particular have risen sharply. We see a boost in our sales and fewer customers who misunderstand.”

Rody Hermkens

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From gut feeling to data-driven choices

The Optiply software solution allows buyers to focus more on strategic purchasing. Purchasing no longer has to be done on a daily basis, leaving more room for entering into, maintaining and improving supplier collaborations. With Optiply, Logistiekconcurrent is able to improve the delivery reliability of products. Monitoring service levels per product category has also helped them a lot. This has ensured that the quality of the stock has increased:

“Optiply helps us to avoid unnecessary stock and we experience much more peace of mind in our department. We can better predict what our customer really needs. The service levels of the A category in particular have risen sharply. We see a boost in our sales and fewer customers who misunderstand.”

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That’s why more than 400 customers choose Optiply:

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More sales

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Less time spent on purchasing

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Less stock

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Start making data-driven purchasing decisions

Do you also experience challenges in the field of purchasing? Are you having trouble putting together purchase orders because you don’t have the right data? Start balancing your inventory!

Within 30 minutes, we will discuss how Optiply can help you optimize stock with a software demo.