Winner of the last quarter (Q4 2015): Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola’s enormous logistics network is reliant on the knowledge and expertise of a Dutch organisation: Ortec. That company’s improvements to the American soft drinks giant’s logistics systems will result in more than 500 million dollars’ worth of cost savings, according to a report in Dutch newspaper AD on 7 October 2015.

The soft drinks brand is so successful that it is sold in virtually every country in the world, which demands a huge logistics network. Ortec is helping Coca-Cola to improve its logistics systems, including by reducing the distances walked by warehouse employees and improving the loading efficiency of trucks. The Dutch company has developed software featuring an algorithm that precisely calculates how many delivery trucks are needed, how they should be loaded and the optimum driving route to minimise the mileage travelled.

According to Stefan Huntemann, Managing Director of Ortec, there are more than 10,000 Coca-Cola trucks on the road in North America alone. “Coca-Cola spends billions on transport and logistics. Our software can improve efficiency by 10 to 15 percent.” Not only that, but less mileage means considerably less pollution.