- REGAINING TRANSPORT CONTROL, AUTONOMY AND RELIABILITY
The existing transport plan used a combination of rail and road. Over the years, however, this combined solution became prohibitively expensive due to the scarcity of long-haul road capacity, the need to share a combined transport solution among multiple customers, and the difficulty of securing the supply chain.
- RETHINKING THE TRANSPORT PLAN BY LIMITING ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT
The major food brands in the European market are committed to actively participating in environmental initiatives and are asking their suppliers to improve their production and logistics parameters in order to significantly reduce their carbon emissions, a challenge that the sugar cooperative had to take up immediately.
We chose the most direct and "seamless" route through Switzerland, bringing together the most efficient rail companies from each country. We loaded containers directly onto platform wagons at the sugar mills to avoid load breaks. We optimised road transport where appropriate, i.e. the last few kilometres of the journey. We controlled the end-to-end supply chain with trains and set up buffer stocks on a dedicated platform. Finally, we delivered the products safely and autonomously to the two final customers in northern Italy in less than 24 hours.
A GREENER ROUTE IN TERMS OF CO2
By opting for a dedicated “company train” rail transport solution from the factory to the Italian platforms, the sugar cooperative has been able to contribute to the environmental efforts expected by customers and consumers alike.
With 80 fewer lorries per week, they’re making a modest but sure contribution to the fight against road congestion on the motorways and outskirts of Europe’s major cities.
it’s also through More ergonomic wagons, lower maintenance and quieter, our wagons are part of the overall optimisation of the transport plan.