BOBST is transforming its supply chain

BOBST has confirmed it has created a new logistics hub for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, consolidating much of its supply chain network, to bring customers new levels of speed, reliability and efficiency in the parts ordering process.

Complexity within a supply chain can cause disruption to the successful delivery of products and parts. Bobst says it is committed to doing everything it can to provide even faster delivery times and complete reliability for everything its customers order.

For these reasons, Bobst are transforming their supply chain with the setting up of a new warehouse in Genk, Belgium, in the heart of Europe’s transport and logistics network. The new warehouse brings together the logistical capabilities of seven of its smaller parts warehouses. The new site has been built to carefully consider environmental impact, and it includes solar and wind-power generation, a water recuperation system and green areas around the plant.

The new Genk facility offers digitalization and automation, and it will give the company the ability to serve customers with speed and efficiency, 24/7. It will now be possible for Bobst to ensure next day shipment if an order is placed before 9:00pm. In addition to faster shipment times, customers will have visibility of their orders throughout the delivery process, from acknowledgement to arrival.

The transformation of Bobst’s supply chain is a considerable undertaking. In the first phase of the process, they have said they will be moving 52,000 part numbers from Switzerland to Belgium, amounting to 1,000 tons of stock. The inventory transfer will require a fleet of 160 trucks transporting parts over a period of 11 weeks.

“This change in our supply chain represents a radical transformation for Bobst,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO. “It represents a leap forward in terms of digitalization and automation. We are putting in place a more modern and agile process for delivering parts and products, and we believe this will be of great benefit to our customers, who need to secure items as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

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