Louis D'hondt

Louis D'hondt

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Can the transport sector benefit from Blockchain?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 30/10/2018

Blockchain is one of today’s hottest technological hypes. While the transport sector may well derive value from this technology, we nonetheless better think twice before we go jumping on the bandwagon. To gain a better insight into the technology’s potential, we outline below the most important success factors and the pitfalls.

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Securing motorway parking areas is cheaper than detours

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 11/10/2018

Given the cost for transport companies attached to the closure of motorway parking areas, you might just as well keep the parking areas open and invest in extra security. Let's have a look at the consequences of the detour that drivers make.

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Controlled Steps to Excellence

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/09/2018

Profit margins of 1% or operating at break-even are no exception in today's transport sector. Lowering these margins to offer lower rates is no longer an option. Change is needed and transport businesses are forced to explore new approaches for long term profitability. These improvements can range from low-hanging-fruit to reorganizations of entire businesses. When it comes to the latter, the need for change is evident but coming up with the right plan of attack is tricky. How to minimize the risks? How to get everyone aligned? How to quickly reap the benefits?

For many reasons, sometimes less obvious ones, we fancy the step-by-step approach, starting small. Let's highlight some of them.

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Multi-modal transport software generates strategic advantages

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/08/2018

Customer requirements are evolving: the ecological footprint is a vital factor and cost decreases resulting from loosening restrictions can be an eye-opener. Turning this shift of focus into an opportunity forces transporters to examine alternative ways of transport when they want to stay ahead of competition on long distance orders.

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What if you do not invest in transport planning software?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/03/2018

Today, some transporters manage to survive without the use of a route planning application. Plenty of arguments have been presented supporting the immediate use of decent software. But let's look ahead and focus on factors that will keep evolving and will become even more important. You might be successful right now but staying ahead of competition is essential for future success, keeping up with competition is not. What are the risks if you do not invest in transport planning tools?

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Optimizing E-commerce: Competitor Cooperation

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 22/02/2018

 

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How to choose between SaaS or On-Premise?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/02/2018

For companies considering the purchase of software, the choice between SaaS (software as a service) and On-Premise is often based on generalities. With On-Premise you initially have higher costs; with SaaS you do not own the software. However, the analysis is more nuanced than this.

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Transport Tendering Troubles

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 25/01/2018

For many shipping-agents, applying for a tender is almost a natural reflex. Sure, you’ll never want to let a big deal slip through your fingers, but please be careful. Without the right information, the added value of a long-term commitment is difficult to predict. If there is any added value at all…

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Optimizing e-commerce: drop-off points

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 18/01/2018

Stating that e-commerce is booming is an understatement. Unfortunately, another booming phenomenon is congestion. Lately, e-commerce is frequently mentioned as having a negative impact on traffic jams. "The shift from traditional shopping to e-commerce demands more vehicles on the road, causing traffic jams." The extent to which this is true is a difficult question. Comparing simulations is not. We all know that e-commerce will keep expanding. Is e-commerce really such a "congesting" phenomenon? If so, which steps can we take to boost e-commerce's evolution towards a lean and route-efficient system? Let's have a look at the impact of drop-off locations.

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OptiFlow - Operational and Strategic Use

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 04/01/2018

Having a retrospective look at 2017, the multi-functional use of OptiFlow catches the eye. As the tool evolved, the power of the algorithm was maintained, new features have been added, the interface has evolved and new requirements are satisfied. 

We asked long-term Conundran Bart Gadeyne to focus briefly on the operational and strategic use of OptiFlow

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