- IT solution instead of complicated paper processes
- Early staff scheduling for incoming deliveries
- Real-time monitoring at the warehouse control centre
The EIKONA Cargo Handling module makes transloading at the ELVIS hub more efficient thanks to early planning and demand-oriented personnel scheduling.
What was the challenge in handling cargo for ELVIS?
The ELVIS less than truck load network consolidates shipments from connected regions at its hub in Knüllwald, Germany. The vehicles reach the transloading terminal at fixed arrival times. Trucks from nearby locations are scheduled first, while tractor trailers from more distant depots do not arrive until the peak handling phase between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Two drivers are used on particularly long routes. Vehicles arriving at the hub are loaded with an average of around six shipments that each take up five to seven bays in the truck. According to the network's guidelines, a single shipment may be up to 6.50 meters long.
To transload the shipments, ELVIS uses two buildings that are almost identical in construction and located right next to each other. They are designed to allow trucks to drive to their handling point in fixed lanes. Previously, the warehouse manager had to assign fixed locations to the goods and could not adjust them as quantities changed. Some locationsremained empty, while others were too small to accommodate the volumes on that day. That made it impossible to schedule the forklift drivers before the trucks arrived, not to mention allocating the route staging areas for inbound and outbound lines in a way that streamlined the handling process.
Established in May 2011, the less than truck load system of ELVIS AG (European Cargo Association for International Freight Forwarders) enables partners to transport less than truck loads economically. The ELVIS network connects more than 200 partners who use the hub in Knüllwald overnight. Together, they handle an average of more than 16,000 shipments with over 90,000 bays per month.
The less than truck load system achieves an extremely low loss rate of 0.09 percent thanks to its unique loading and unloading system: The ELVIS hub does not use docks. Instead, the trucks drive completely into the buildings, which cover a total area of 20,000 square metres, where they are first unloaded and then reloaded from the side using forklifts.