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On 7th-8th of October the XI Polish Logistics Managers Forum was held in Warsaw, organized by Puls Biznesu, which brought together nearly 300 participants – managers of logistics and supply chains. The problem of artificial peaks of traffic was the main topic of the conference opening.

For the first time, we presented the project Peaks cost to a wide audience. We summarized the results of a nationwide survey among logistics managers, concerning

  • impact of transport peaks on the business;
  • negative effects of this phenomenon for the entire enterprise;
  • cooperation and creation of strategies and common goals between logistics and sales departments;
  • fixation of logistics department in the company.

In the second part of the session, devoted the topic of peaks a panel discussion was held with Daniel Franke (Member of the Board of ROHLIG SUUS Logitics), Andrzej Szymanski (Managing Director of Dartom), Matthew Boruty (Managing Director of ECR Poland), Slawomir Lechowski (Acting Head of Logistics Mapei) and Arthur Olejniczak – assistant editor of the magazine "Logistyka" as the moderator.

Matausz Boruta of ECR said that in Poland the information is still a good strongly protected by Polish companies, instead of, as in other European countries, to be passed "length and breadth" of the supply chain, so that all the participants were able to optimize their operations.
Andrzej Szymanski noted that even the most sophisticated computer systems, although can give a complete picture of the situation, do not help to reduce the phenomenon, since the resources we have at our disposal to handle the peaks are still the same.
Daniel Franke pointed out that the increase of the prices of transport services exceeds inflation by several percentage points, which is the result of, among others, taking into account by the operators and the haulers the need for operating peaks in their transport rates.
The participants agreed on the fact that the Polish market in terms of artificial transport peaks is an exception in Europe. In many European countries there is also a model of settlement of the sales department for resale to the end customer ie. sell out. Such a situation is possible thanks to the fully optimized (due to the flow of information) logistics processes that are no longer an area of forming a competitive advantage, and the competition between the products is carried out on the shelf.
In the unofficial conversations, the participants acknowledged that the key for them will be to build awareness regarding logistics in their own organizations and close cooperation with the sales departments.

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