3M used to produce pallets for each customer at the same factory where the goods were produced.
However, with more than 60,000 products, these pallets were irregular and not able to be stacked efficiently for transportation.
Consequently, the trucks and containers were only about 35-45% loaded.
Thanks to a close collaboration between MIXMOVE, 3M and DHL, an innovative, autonomous logistics process was devised.
It allowed 3M to manage their logistics network as a dynamic, real-time operation with a focus on optimisation. The software was based on smart algorithms.
The implementation of MIXMOVE X-Dock software made sure that full trucks were now moving cargo between hubs, and customer pallets included goods from all factories.
Centralised on a single platform, 3M can now collaborate with all partners.
3M reduced unnecessary deliveries by filling loads to the maximum.
Instead of loading pallets assigned to only one customer, pallets are loaded chronologically.
Thanks to a close collaboration, 3M now uses an autonomous logistics process.