Rachael Hogg talks to Michal Peter, managing director of Yusen Logistics (Czech), and Radek Vosta, general manager, production control at TPCA about the two companies’ long-standing partnership
Has the relationship between Yusen and TPCA changed over the years?
Michal Peter (MP): We’ve worked together over ten years. After a decade of cost savings, we have had to completely change our thinking. TPCA comes in with new ideas and eliminates useless processes. We have to make logistics simple to match their processes and make everyone’s life easier. However, the relationship is the same as it was in the beginning. We’re partners, not suppliers. The scope has changed though, and we have to keep up with short notice.
Radek Vosta (RV): The European market is very competitive, our goal is to improve our efficiency which also includes cost reduction activities. Kaizen by kaizen we need to improve. Also we have to be more flexible. Yusen will work more closely with us, and we’ll work more closely with Yusen. We know how to produce cars, Yusen know how to do logistics. And it helps that we are in the same building.
How do you manage increasing complexity?
How have you improved your logistics?
RV: We have reduced the price of logistics by a third since SOP [start of operations] in 2005. We have many KPIs and measure our efficiency constantly, in terms of running full-truckload, etc. Speaking about internal logistics, we’ve eliminated most double handling [of parts].
How do you manage the inbound operation?
MP: The main mode is the 100 cubic-metre mega trailer. The trailers are moved from suppliers to the TPCA yard and switched. Around 95% of parts are collected from the region by dedicated routes every day. The routes are split among a few logistics providers: Yusen controls mostly domestic, and TPCA’s other logistics partners do the international logistics. What’s also behind that is a system of European crossdocks: domestic collections, and shipping the main routes to the production plants.
What technology developments are you looking to bring in?