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Case study

Supply chain stability for distributor, elephant

elephant engaged Ligentia with two primary goals in mind: greater reliability and cost predictability, as well as full visibility of POs from different origin ports in China.

As a well-known German distributor of garden products made of bamboo, wood-plastic composites and plastic, elephant moves a large volume of goods via ocean freight on a weekly basis from its suppliers in China to mainland Europe. elephant engaged Ligentia to manage its supply chain with two primary goals in mind: greater reliability and cost predictability of the shipping space required to move goods to Europe, as well as full visibility of their purchase orders (POs) from different origin ports in China.

The solution

Through our long-standing cooperation with numerous carriers, we are able to provide elephant with a long-term space agreement to meet its transportation needs.

Fully leveraging our footprint across China, Ligentia consolidates containers located in major cities including Tianjin, Dalian, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, providing a door to port service. We then coordinate elephant’s deliveries to major European seaports (Hamburg and Bremen), providing a high-quality high-reliability freight management service at competitive rates. Additionally, our technology platform, Ligentix, has been deployed to provide elephant with full visibility of all stock through the supply chain and to facilitate the management of POs and suppliers.

The impact

In addition to reducing elephant’s sea freight costs, the advanced scheduling of shipments also decreases the need for warehousing and handling fees at destination in Germany.

elephant also benefits from:

  • A real-time interactive information platform that supports the processes between elephant, their suppliers and shipping companies, maximising visibility and timeliness at each step of the supply chain
  • Reduced documentation and paper-based processes
  • Space and cost stability: a space and rate agreement that has been developed specifically for the needs of elephant’s supply chain

With annual shipments of approximately 800 TEUs, and peaks between August – March, elephant is able to meet the demands of its customers, while also being able to accurately predict their shipping costs throughout the year.

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