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This news article was originally written in Spanish. It has been automatically translated for your convenience. Reasonable efforts have been made to provide an accurate translation, however, no automated translation is perfect nor is it intended to replace a human translator. The original article in Spanish can be viewed at Los costes logísticos de las empresas españolas, dos puntos por encima de la media europea
PES-Globalog publishes a guide to improve competitiveness through logistics

Spanish companies, two points above the European average logistics costs

November 23, 2010

Although logistics is becoming increasingly important in business, yet many consider this function as a centre of costs and are not quantified the benefits of its proper management.
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In anticipation of the detected need initiating actions that will result in improved productivity and competitiveness of the country through the logistics, it opted for the development of the PES-Globalog, with the support of the Spanish Government, through the Ministry of science and innovation, and the ERDF funds of the European Union.

It is a project that enters its final stage of work and whose main results and developments are gathered in a 'Guide to become more competitive through the Logistics', conceived as a catalogue of consultation aimed at any company in which logistics best practices identified at the global level are collected, and analyses the situation of the Spanish business in logistics.

This guide offers tips on how to adapt the best practices identified in the world and explain with examples the models, tools and technologies developed in the project to facilitate an efficient logistics management.

Nearly 11% of total sales of the Spanish companies are used for logistics operations. Its effective management is the key to competitiveness

Of the analysis carried out for its development include some figures as the fact that in Spain there are a few logistical costs slightly high, they sit at 10.7 per cent on total sales, higher by more than 2 points to other European countries. There is also a low rate of 78% average service levels, low levels of use of technologies that facilitate the logistics management and use of intermodality as a mode of sustainable transport in particular of the railroad, which is 2 %, while the rest are: road 82%, air maritime 4% 13%. There is also little confidence among the members of the supply chain in which each company operates.

Therefore, the analysis made and included in this guide shows that opportunities exist to improve the competitiveness in logistics and practices of supply chain in Spain, in the adoption of practical advanced logistics and supply companies chain both items of infrastructure (for example, rail and multimodal platforms installations) Spanish.

It's an ambitious project in logistics, led in Spain by Itene, involving 39 agents and companies

To achieve this, each working group of the PES-Globalog has developed technologies and methodologies of logistics management and supply chain advanced in all the priority areas identified.

Also, to encourage the use of ICT in enterprises and the incorporation of the results of the research developed, the project defines an Integral platform of technological services, whose operation is being validated through pilot cases, and aims to increase business collaboration and expand the visibility of the partners in the global nature of the chain, and not only the part of each company. This allows the companies anticipate possible incidents in their processes and making timely strategic decisions.

It's a platform of services open to any company, allowing a rapid adaptation to the needs of each one of them. Proof of this is its versatility as evidenced by the fact of having been tested in such different supply chains like; industrial, distribution/consumption and infrastructure /intermodalidad.

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Practical cases

This project has included the development of a series of real tests carried out by the technological Institute of packaging, transport and logistics (Itene) in collaboration with different companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of these technologies. One of them with the Keraben company and that it has been to implement a new model of logistics management based on RFID technology that has helped the company better control their products avoiding losses, and a second pilot project carried out in the process of transportation of a manufacturer of ice cream, the company Ice Cream Factory Comaker, until the Distributor Consum, in a move made by the company Transfrigo Canary Islands and which has been tested successfully the first real time cargo temperature control system.

Both the comprehensive platform of services and the different case studies developed in each working group are available in this guide, which can be downloaded for free at the website of the project

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