Case Study: Going With the Grain — How Alpi is Using Technology to Connect a Complicated Supply Chain
Alpi, an Italy-based manufacturer of wood products, faces an array of logistics challenges typical for any international shipper, including managing ocean bookings, visibility into shipments, and coordinating teams across multiple continents. Although these challenges are common to many logistics teams, the geographic footprint of Alpi’s supply chain adds a layer of complexity to the equation. The company largely sources in western Africa, and uses ocean freight to move materials and products from there to Asia and Europe. In recent years, Alpi turned to Buyco, a Marseille, France-based technology provider catering to shippers, to help it centralize and control those key ocean freight functions, a move Alpi logistics director Gianluca Bissaro said has given the company “an overview of all our container logistics operations.” In this shipper case study, Bissaro will give a view into how Alpi identified its technology needs, how it selected a vendor and how Buyco has helped it coordinate teams and reduce operational costs.