4PL Warehouse Management

Magura is moved by 4PL

In 4PL Central Station Deutschland GmbH (4PLCS), Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG (MAGURA) has found a strategic partner for their logistics.

By conducting tenders and developing logistics concepts, 4PLCS supports MAGURA’s strategic alignment. In this context, first of all the structure ofLogo 156 MAGURA’s in- and outbound traffic is analysed and optimized. Afterwards, gradually all transportation modes’ services are tendered, always targeting at improving internal processes and reducing freight costs. Furthermore, 4PLCS consults MAGURA’s subsidiary Bike Parts (responsible for MAGURA’s spare parts service and BOSCH’s eBike Systems) with optimizing logistic processes and designing and implementing a new service centre. The re-organization in the field of logistics aims at building sustainable and more efficient processes and reducing lead times in order to make the factor “Logistics” a competitive advantage.

With itmaguras core competence in hydraulics, MAGURA does not only stand for passion and technical innovations, but also for security and quality. 500 employees in Germany, Asia and the United States produce high-tech components for various types of bicycles, ensuring longevity, high security standards and a lot of driving pleasure. The family-run 4PL Central Station Group is the European leader in “Fourth Party Logistics” and designs tailored logistics solutions along its customers’ Supply Chains.

4PL Transport Management

4PL supports Knorr-Bremse in freight cost management

With immediate effect, 4PL Central Station Deutschland GmbH (4PLCS) supports Knorr-Bremse Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH in conducting transport tenders and developing logistic concepts. As part of the assignment, 4PLCS analyses and optimizes the structure of in- and outbound traffics for Knorr-Bremse Group’s subsidiaries in Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Budapest and gradually conducts tenders for all transportation modes’ services. The project includes both European and global routes for road transport, air freight, sea freight and CEP services. Based on a cooperative partnership with Knorr-Bremse, 4PLCS is able to guarantee comprehensive freight cost management.

According to information provided by the Knorr-Bremse Group, it is the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. Acting as a technological trendsetter, for more than 100 years the company has pioneered the development, production, marketing and servicing of state-of-the-art braking systems. The rail vehicle sector’s product portfolio also includes automatic, electro-pneumatic or electric door systems, air conditioning technology, control components, windscreen wiper systems, platform screen doors, sanding systems and driver assistance systems. Additionally, Knorr-Bremse offers driving simulators and e-learning models to provide optimal training for train crews. In the commercial vehicle systems sector the product range includes complete braking systems with driver assistance systems, as well as torsional vibration dampers and powertrain-related solutions such as the Pneumatic Booster System (PBS) and transmission control system for enhanced energy efficiency and fuel economy.

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What is 4PL?

4PL as guiding category. 4PL, the acronym for 4th Party Logistics, has been an important concept in the science of logistics since the 4PL Central Station Logoend of the nineties. At first widely ignored and limited to a few articles and contributions in specialist publications, the concept has seen an amazing development over the last years. Leading logistics scientists have raised 4PL to their guiding category.

Fourth dimension of logistics. The term 4PL describes general logistics enterprises (4th Party Logistics Provider) which master the fourth dimension in logistics – in other words: capable of making competent plans for their clients’ cross-operational and value added chains (Supply Chain Planning), of designing and controlling (Supply Chain Execution) and accompanying their clients both in tactical and operative terms (Supply Chain & Compliance Monitoring).

Highly intelligent and powerful platform. Whereas the 1PL, 2PL and 3PL providers including LLPs limit their logistics services to controlling, managing and monitoring the flow of material and information, 4PL logistics providers focus on the fundamental cross-sectional attitude of the schedule-efficient, customer and process oriented coordination of added value activities. This makes 4PL currently the most intelligent and powerful platform for management-driven logistics concepts.