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DS Smith Drives Real-time Visibility Adoption Across North America with Transporeon and Sixfold

| December 28, 2020

The partnership gives DS Smith the ability to manage all aspects of its regional transportation networks through one central control tower platform

DS Smith, a leading paper, packaging and recycling company with North American headquarters in Atlanta, moves ahead with its implementation of the next generation of supply chain technology by extending real-time visibility to its North American operations. In partnership with Transporeon, the leading global cloud platform for smart transportation management, and the Sixfold real-time visibility platform, DS Smith will continue to drive performance, data analysis, improved customer support and tackle the challenge of empty miles in vehicle movements across the United States.

Real-time visibility is another step in supporting the company’s vision of being the leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions worldwide. The partnership will enable DS Smith to provide estimated time of arrival information and delivery updates to its customers, while also aiding in the identification of delay risks, detention management and key performance indicators that will be used to fuel ongoing performance analysis. As part of a global initiative to deliver integrated logistics as a standard, DS Smith capitalizes on the Transporeon connectivity platform as the backbone of a centralized control tower solution, integrating information from all relevant sources, including the company’s ERP system, rate data from the Transporeon sourcing platform, Sixfold shipment tracking and transport order management data from Transporeon Shipment Execution.

Aaron Clark, Interim Head of Procurement – NAPP at DS Smith, spoke about the anticipated benefits of the control tower solution in the “Logistics Process Excellence through Digitalization” educational session at CSCMP Edge 2020, saying that the ultimate goal will be the ability to respond quickly to market conditions and create additional opportunities for efficiencies in order to build a more resilient global transportation network.

“The data enables us to take everything to the next level that otherwise wouldn’t be possible—looking at our entire supply chain rather than just one site at a time,” says Clark. “We can now leverage Big Data from our Sixfold implementation to enable uniform, global visibility. Transporeon provides the data intelligence we need to be able to do that.”

Real-time visibility provided through Sixfold is just one offering in the Transporeon predictive transport assignment portfolio, created to enable truly digitized, smart and optimized supply chains across the world.

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