Chemicals specialist centralises transport buying

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Scott Bader, the specialist chemicals manufacturer, is centralising responsibility for inbound transport and vehicle scheduling and increasing the proportion of transport activity covered by contract.

Following its own analysis, Scott Bader had identified a number of potential efficiency improvements in the purchasing and organisation of transport to and from its site at Wollaston in Northamptonshire. Davies & Robson was brought in to validate these improvements and to review the company’s outsourced transport contracts.

By eliminating administrative waste, it is anticipated that processing time should be reduced by around three per cent, while centralising responsibility for the sourcing of transport costs is expected to deliver a saving of 15 minutes per sales order.

Davies & Robson also recommended the re-tendering of the transport contracts to achieve further cost savings in the region of five per cent, along with changes to the contracts themselves to improve reporting, promote continuous improvement and provide a fair balance of risk between the company and its transport providers.

Transport requires the use of both tankers and pallet and parcel carriers and numerous loads are subject to rules surrounding the carriage of dangerous goods.

Scott Bader’s logistics manager, Solly Wilson said: “While we were in no doubt that there were synergies to be had, having these corroborated by Davies & Robson’s industry experts gave us the evidence and confidence we needed to start making changes.”

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