“Interconnectivity and collaboration will gain more importance as we move forward,” says Hoffmeister. “Many oil and gas downstream companies already have a sophisticated architecture in place. Their digitalization journey is well underway. Usually, however, company A leverages one system, while company B uses another. To me, the next big innovation in downstream will be the closure of this gap such that an acrossthe- board architecture of easy-to-use web services for all supply chain processes with multiple participants can be achieved. This revolutionary concept is called Supply Chain United. It has the potential to disrupt the industry.”
The Implico Group realizes Supply Chain United in cooperation with Dutch terminal IT and cloud specialist Brainum, whom the company acquired in November 2019. In its early stage, the viable solutions and services portfolio of Supply Chain United will complement and refine the existing systems. Bit by bit, it will extend. “We aim to revolutionize the way that downstream companies collaborate,” explains Hoffmeister. “The solutions and services that form the Supply Chain United will affect all areas of business. They will meet the needs of a broad group of users and provide real benefits to all partakers in the trade. And they will be quick and easy to set up.”
The first Supply Chain United service is an online check-in for trucks approaching terminals to pick up the product. In theory, this is a rather simple process. In practice, however, it includes many redundant and manual activities caused by missing integration and lack of shared service availability. The online check-in brings improvement for all parties—carriers, drivers, terminals, and authorities. Regarding its functionality and impact, it can be compared to the online registration that airlines offer their customers—which set a new industry standard swiftly and permanently.
We aim to Revolutionize the way that downstream companies collaborate
In the field of terminal management, the Implico Group has two best-in-class solutions available, namely OpenTAS and QINO. They manage the full range of processes in a liquid bulk terminal, optimizing one of the most challenging parts of the downstream supply chain: storage. They support, among others, all means of transport and provide ease through automation in all areas. The QINO line of products will soon be elevated by QINO vNext, the first fully cloud-based terminal management system for both oil and chemical storage facilities. It is currently in development and close to launch. QINO vNext will be a vital part of Supply Chain United.
To optimize fuel retail and hydrocarbons trading management, there are the solutions for fuel retailing logistics and secondary distribution SAP S/4HANA Retail Fuel Network Operations (RFNO) and SAP S/4HANA Secondary Distribution Management (SDM). These solutions offer immediate business benefits to their users. SAP acknowledged this by distinguishing two functionalities as so-called Fiori Lighthouse Scenarios: first, the tour planning tool Integrated Dispatch Management, and second, the backoffice auxiliary Service Station Overview.
Regarding the Implico Group’s vision and ambition, Hoffmeister explains that “the Implico Group firmly believes in a decentralized, interconnected and fully digitized downstream future. We aim at being a first-mover and a driving force of the redesign of the downstream supply chain. Therefore, we are especially proud and happy that the CIOReview Magazine’s evaluation panel lists Implico among the top 10 companies offering supply chain consulting and services.”