In my first weeks it became clear that the use of data in consultancy assignments is key. This is supported by the trend in which more organizations have good quality data available. Therefore, the effective use of data is an important part of the toolbox we use to solve the challenges of our customers. The software we use makes it possible to obtain the required insights quickly and effectively from large amounts of data. With almost every assignment, questions can be answered quickly using a data model, even in real time during a meeting with the customer. Through learning by doing and internal training, I was able to master this part of our toolbox. It is therefore cool to see what is possible in a short amount of time.
My current focus, in which I also apply data analysis, is network and distribution. Market developments or strategic decisions often change the existing network and/or its center of gravity. For example: regional growth, mergers, closure of a location or facilitating e-commerce. Thinking along with our customers about the design of their networks is often challenging. What I particularly like is the data analysis in combination with close collaboration between us and the various disciplines of the customer. In addition to logistics, you can think of the data analyst in order to collect the required data, correct interpretation and validation. Or commerce, in order to determine which requirements must be met by the designed solution. By involving several stakeholders, the relevant scenarios and sensitivities are considered, which will benefit the robustness of a solution.
Roadmap for the city
Network and distribution also include city logistics. In recent years, this has become a hot topic. Therefore, it is a world where a lot is happening. Municipalities have ambitious plans. Various shippers, customers and logistics service providers are responding by critically reviewing their current position in city logistics and taking future policy into account. As a result, several pioneers are setting up city hubs and using last-mile electric transportation. Since last year, I have been a part of this world. Partly due to an assignment from GBCU. This subject still has many uncertainties, including fragmented policy. Still, steps can be taken in order to make city logistics smarter and cleaner. It is fascinating to create a roadmap together with our clients: what can be initiated right now and what in the long term?