17 January 2018

Just-in-time logistics in Europe

Years of customs experience, at your finger tips

A ‘Just-in-time’ (JIT) approach to logistics is a fantastic way to increase efficiency on the manufacturing side of the supply chain, because it creates leaner processes, while also reducing inventory storage costs. JIT is a solution that means goods are only sent and receipted as they are needed and companies often opt for this strategy because it helps to increase competitiveness and improve forecasting too.

Carousel, together with its European arm LSi Logistik, implements a range of JIT solutions for its clients across a range of sectors, helping them to optimise their operations and in turn, increase competitiveness within their wider markets. We’re perfectly positioned to support businesses in this way because of our agile business model, and this is no truer than in a post-Brexit landscape.

In this blog, the latest in our series of Brexit-themed articles, we interview Hendrik Wobben, Project & Business Development Manager at LSi to examine the important role a JIT logistics solution will play post-Brexit, and how providers like Carousel and LSi can help businesses maintain competitiveness, as well as consistency and reliability.

What can we look to expect in a post-Brexit landscape?

“As mentioned there is a chance that after Brexit the UK and EU transit time for cross-border shipping could be longer due to the extra complexity in customs documentation at the border.

“The truth is, we may have borders, we may not; we just don’t know yet.

“But what we do know, is how to overcome the similar challenges posed by JIT services, when we deal with border logistics between Switzerland and Germany. Carousel and LSi have 70 years’ combined experience in this area, making us international trade and global logistics experts.”

So, Hendrik, what can you tell us about the Carousel and LSi solution?

“We run a high-speed delivery service from Germany, Austria and The Netherlands into Switzerland. It has a total of four line-haul operations: Austria and Bavaria operating from Munich, one from Eastern Germany and another from The Netherlands, all delivering into Switzerland.