Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam helps European industries develop a more efficient means of delivering international goods and merchandise.

Published on 18-Jan-2010

Validated on 13 Jul 2011

"Tracking shipments across the globe by paper is quickly proving to be impractical. By working with IBM, we’ve been able to help local industries find an easier way that grants more visibility into supply chain processes." - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Customer:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Industry:
Education

Deployment country:
Netherlands

Overview

Spanning 12 facilities and boasting roughly 19,000 students, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the premiere universities in the Netherlands. And, as such, the school is the lead university forthe Information Technology for Analysis and Intelligent Design for E-government (ITAIDE) research project.

Business need:
To avoid paying unwarranted excise taxes, manufacturers in the European Union need to document the export of various goods. Previously, this documentation was tracked and managed via a paper-based process that was highly inefficient. In fact, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, more than 30 documents were involved with transporting a single container across a border.

Solution:
The solution leverages IBM InfoSphere™ Traceability Server software, the IBM WebSphere® Portal Server platform and IBM WebSphere Application Server software to monitor the location and status of shipments.

Benefits:
• Provides greater transparency to supply chain and delivery processes, more easily identifying hidden delays and inefficiencies • Enables the organization to quickly plan new routes if international transport connections are missed, by optimizing management efforts • Streamlines shipment documentation processes, simplifying excise tax calcu­lation and assignment

Case Study

Overview

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
www.vu.nl

Industry
• Education
Products
• IBM InfoSphere™ Traceability Server
• IBM WebSphere® Application Server




Spanning 12 facilities and boasting roughly 19,000 students, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the premiere universities in the Netherlands. And, as such, the school is the lead university for the Information Technology for Analysis and Intelligent Design for E-government (ITAIDE) research project.

Challenge
To avoid paying unwarranted excise taxes, manufacturers in the European Union need to document the export of various goods. Previously, this documentation was tracked and managed via a paper-based process that was highly inefficient. In fact, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, more than 30 documents were involved with transporting a single container across a border. The university, as part of its ITAIDE project, wanted to join with the European Commission to establish a paperless documentation system that would better support industry efforts.

Solution
In 2006, the university joined with IBM to launch a pilot program (called the Beer Living Lab project) with the help of beer manufacturer Heineken, international shipping company Safmarine and customs departments in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. The program used the IBM Secure Trade Lane solution to track shipment locations across the globe and to improve supply chain visibility.

The solution leverages IBM InfoSphere™ Traceability Server software, the IBM WebSphere® Portal Server platform and IBM WebSphere Application Server software to monitor the location and status of shipments.

Benefits
• Provides greater transparency to supply chain and delivery processes, more easily identifying hidden delays and inefficiencies
• Enables the organization to quickly plan new routes if international transport connections are missed, by optimizing management efforts
• Streamlines shipment documentation processes, simplifying excise tax calculation
and assignment

“Tracking shipments across the globe by paper is quickly proving to be impractical. By working with IBM, we’ve been able to help local industries find an easier way that grants more visibility into supply chain processes.” -Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
WebSphere Application Server, InfoSphere Traceability Server

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