Rolls Royce completes first phase of inbound logistics project

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Aero engine manufacturer Rolls Royce has completed the first phase of a global inbound logistics project, which started last year when it brought in CEVA Logistics to design, implementation and management for domestic, regional and international shipment of aerospace parts.

The project covers both the civil and defence divisions. CEVA is handing some 1,200 shipments per week with an average weight of 300-500 kilos and ranging from and small parcels to out-of-gauge are moved into multiple Rolls-Royce facilities across the UK, Germany, US and Singapore.

CEVA has set up three global control towers: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Singapore and Jacksonville Florida. It is using its Matrix Supply chain management platform to change the way Rolls-Royce manages its inbound inventory.

It has transitioned more than 800 Rolls-Royce suppliers onto the Matrix system to provide Rolls-Royce with a single source for the data and visibility of its shipments.

This visibility has enabled Rolls-Royce to reduce the volume of expedited freight it requires and introduced a reduction in transit times which are measured against agreed service level requirements.

To support the further development of the project CEVA is now working in tandem with Rolls-Royce to develop new opportunities for optimising the transport modes to further eliminate supply chain costs. Domestic plant to plant shipments and a new cross-dock solution combined with Matrix mobile are also planned for Phase Two of the project.

“We are delighted with the success of this ongoing project,” said CEVA executive director Leigh Pomlett. “Using our business intelligence tools has enabled Rolls-Royce to have a new level of part visibility and at the same time interrogate their cost base to precisely match their business requirements. This rich supply of data then enables us to support the future evolution and continuous improvement of their supply chain”.

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