Case Studies

Savi’s award-winning solutions provide operational intelligence to organizations around the world.

Service Providers
Logistics service provider

Using Savi Solutions to Improve Cross-Docking and Inventory Turns

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Using Savi Solutions to Improve Cross-Docking and Inventory Turns


What was needed:  A logistics service provider needed to improve cross-docking efficiency for their customer. Before using Savi, their customer was planning their dock schedule every twenty-four hours. When shipments were late (or early), often there were people waiting around, or there were not enough people available to unload and load at the mixing center. Late shipments also brought penalties for not delivering OTIF, “on time and in full.”

Actions taken: The logistics service provider turned to Savi solutions: Savi Visibility™ and Savi’s analytics software, Savi Insight™

Outcome: The accuracy of ETAs improved by 90%. More precise ETAs allowed them to plan their dock schedule every six hours instead of every twenty-four hours, which resulted in a more efficient use of labor—no standing around waiting for shipments to arrive. Improved cross-docking also brought a decrease in OTIF penalties and an increase in inventory turns, which made them a hero with their customer.

Government
US Army Depot

One of over fifty such sites in the world, the U.S. Army’s Sierra Army Depot covers fifty-nine square miles, and includes over 1000 buildings that enclose over 5 million square feet of storage space.

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One of over fifty such sites in the world, the U.S. Army’s Sierra Army Depot covers fifty-nine square miles, and includes over 1000 buildings that enclose over 5 million square feet of storage space. With tens of thousands of assets stored onsite an any given moment, hundreds or thousands of military assets including tanks, personnel carriers, weapons, clothing, equipment and related supplies can move in and out of the depot every week.


What was needed  ⋅  The U.S. Army’s Sierra Depot covers fifty-nine square miles, and includes over 1000 buildings that enclose over 5 million square feet of storage space. With tens of thousands of assets stored onsite an any given moment, and with hundreds or thousands of assets moving in and out of the facility every week, detailed knowledge of asset status, location and security is critical. Without real-time asset knowledge – of location, of status, and of security — it could take days or weeks to manually search through the depot to find specific equipment.

Outcome ⋅  Total asset visibility. With Savi, Sierra Depot achieves near 100% knowledge accuracy for assets stored in and across the hundreds of thousands of containers, pallets, vehicles, and shipping crates within the 59 square mile depot. Thanks to the Savi platform, Sierra Depot has been able to drive down personnel costs, improve response times, and decrease asset spoilage owing to environmental factors. With Savi, Sierra Depot has increased efficiency in virtually every part of its operation.

Government
US Air Force

The United Stated Air Force (USAF) is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world. With over 300,000 personnel on active duty, USAF physical assets include over 10,000 manned and unmanned aircraft, combat air vehicles, cruise missiles and ICBMs, based and deployed throughout the world.

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The United Stated Air Force (USAF) is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world. With over 300,000 personnel on active duty, USAF physical assets include over 10,000 manned and unmanned aircraft, combat air vehicles, cruise missiles and ICBMs, based and deployed throughout the world.


What was needed ⋅  The USAF is held accountable for a vast number of assets spread around the world including aircraft vehicles, tools, and related equipment. Determining asset location and condition at any given time is crucial to USAF operations. At one time the USAF utilized manual data capture methods to collect asset information. But as multiple GAO audits showed, the manually collected asset data was often inaccurate, untimely or missing. More recently, the USAF, like other military branches, had been asked to do more with less, leading to a reduction in the number Air Force logisticians. Faced with smaller staffs, larger workloads, an increased working pace, a history of audit shortcomings and asset management inaccuracies, the USAF aggressively sought to automate asset tracking and logistics reporting.

Actions taken  ⋅  Savi responded to the USAF need by creating a specialized version of its logistics informatics platform. Savi, created a complete, end-to-end system that collected real-time information on USAF assets, including asset location, status and other data, from DoD-compliant active and passive RFID tags. The Savi system was utilized data collected from bar-coded assets. After collecting and consolidating the asset data, the Savi platform converted the information datastream into actionable operational information. The resulting information was presented to USAF logisticians and decision-makers in the form of online or offline reports. The Savi platform was also easily integrated with existing USAF ERP and other back-office software systems for streamlined accounting and auditing.

Outcome  ⋅  With real time information at the fingertips of decision-makers, the USAF realized immediate benefits from its rollout of the Savi platform. During the pilot phase of deployment, USAF man-hours associated with locating accountable assets were reduced by 80%, over 99% of the assets were immediately located, and over $60K of accountable equipment was located off-site and returned to accountable units. With a fully automated data collection system, error-prone manual methods have been eliminated, further reducing manpower needs while improving the quality and accuracy of the asset data.

Service Providers
SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.  With more than 70,000 employees and more than 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world, they are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.  With more than 70,000 employees and more than 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world, they are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.  Savi has established a strategic exclusive alliance with SGS to provide the technology solution for their Omnis service offering. It uses the Savi Tracking as the technology “engine” to drive this solution, which will allow governments and other organizations around the world the ability to track assets and verify the real-time status of goods and materials with minute-by-minute updates if needed.


What was needed  ⋅  SGS is active in many business arenas, including inspection and verification of goods in transit within national boundaries or across borders. To gain a competitive edge in its consignment verification and logistics security business, SGS sought to develop a new integrated logistics and tracking offering that it could add to its global services portfolio. A key requirement of the ground-breaking service was real-time asset-tracking and comprehensive journey monitoring. SGS believed that real-time end-to-end consignment tracking, combined with continuous cargo integrity monitoring, would be a market-leading offering; and would give them an inside track on new business, especially where customers were deeply concerned about loss of valuable assets in transit.

Outcome  ⋅  SGS now delivers OMNIS, powered by Savi, a reliable solution to track freight movements using GPS, GPRS, and satellite technology that gives customers full in-transit visibility and real-time event management. Using Savi technology, OMINS monitors the precise location of a customer’s shipments at all times, automatically responding to unexpected or risky conditions with a wide range of alerts. In addition the Savi platform allows for the creation of robust, customizable geo-corridors, which define a “safe zone” for shipments — real-time alerts are sent to users if freight suddenly changes route, direction, or is delayed. With OMNIS, powered by Savi, SGS is beating the competition and winning new business in multiple geographies.

Shippers
Reusable Containers

This global Company employs tens of thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world. They deliver advanced chemicals to customers by truck, rail and sea, to customers using state-of-the art ISO intermodal tanks, values at more than $600K each.

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This global Company employs tens of thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world. They deliver advanced chemicals to customers by truck, rail and sea, to customers using state-of-the art ISO intermodal tanks, values at more than $600K each.


What was needed ⋅  An international provider of liquid and gaseous chemicals, maintained an inventory of over 200 reusable intermodal ISO tanks to fulfill customer orders. These containers, each valued at $600K-$700K were heavily used assets, and were often critical path items when evaluating shipping and supply chain issues. Utilization rates of these containers drive profitability. Company executives knew that to achieve the best results, they needed real-time understanding of container idle times, deviations from movement plans and container location was essential for business success.

Actions taken ⋅  Savi delivered a complete platform, designed to meet the specific tracking and reporting requirements of the Company. The solution collected and consolidated real-time tracking data for the customer’s entire inventory of reusable containers. The solution also enabled complete route management and monitoring of containers to and from customer locations. Savi presented the information to the Company via dynamic real-time mapping reports and through tight integration with legacy reporting systems, providing an enterprise-wide understanding of overall shipping and business dynamics. The platform also generates real-time alerts to inform decision-makers when containers experience any deviations from the shipment or movement plan. In addition, the Savi solution facilitates the presentation of cargo and shipment data to the Company’s clients through externally facing reporting.

Outcome ⋅  With access to actionable sensor data and reports in real time, the Company was able to achieve many business improvements, including better load balancing and container utilization; cost reductions better understanding of shipment status, reduced exposure to costly expedited shipments and demurrage fees and more accurate predictions of future container needs, reducing the need for expensive short term rentals of additional container capacity. Externally facing reports improved customer satisfaction and helped customers make better decision and use of reserve stocks while waiting for deliveries. By implementing the Savi solution, the customer achieved greater profitability.

Government
NATO

The United States Army is the largest national military force in the world. NATO is a intergovernmental military alliance between 28 member nations across North American and Europe.  NATO and Australia have developed meaningful, practical cooperation in a great number of areas, most notably in the fight against terrorism, research and technology, and non-proliferation initiatives.

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The United States Army is the largest national military force in the world. NATO is a intergovernmental military alliance between 28 member nations across North American and Europe.  NATO and Australia have developed meaningful, practical cooperation in a great number of areas, most notably in the fight against terrorism, research and technology, and non-proliferation initiatives.


What was needed ⋅  It is no surprise that the most challenging, most fluid, most dynamic supply chains support military forces wherever they are deployed. And as the nature of warfighting and peacekeeping evolved away from single-nation efforts and towards multi-national collaborations the need to have precise, real-time logistical information in the hands of military planners and logisticians has become more critical. At any moment there are literally tens of thousands of physical assets in motion across an operational theatre. Not surprisingly, the US Army, NATO and its Allies have aggressively evaluated and deployed technology to create real time reports on asset location and status to give decision-makers the information they need to successfully complete their assigned missions.

Actions taken ⋅ The US Department of Defense turned to Savi, a pioneer in active RFID technology, for a solution that would provide real-time information on asset location and status. Savi delivered a complete software and hardware solution that automated the entire process of asset tracking and reporting. The Savi platform includes active RFID technology to broadcast asset location and status to sensors deployed in depots, warehouses, and forward areas. The Savi designed software collects the real-time data from the sensors and converts it into actionable reports, including real-time maps, tabular reports and automated email alerts, to quickly put the most accurate data into the hands of the decision-makers who need it. Finally, the Savi platform is completely integrated into the Army’s back-office management and accounting software enable precise fiscal controls and auditing.

Outcome ⋅  Savi SmartChain more than meets the demanding requirements of the US Army. The system successfully provides logisticians with “total asset visibility” — real-time knowledge of the location and physical status of assets in operating theatres. The hardened active tags that Savi developed now define the standard asset tag used by the U.S. Department of Defense for all materiel. The network of Savi sensors has been expanded to create what is today the world’s largest integrated RFID-based tracking network.

The mission-certified success of  Savi SmartChain directly led to NATO’s and the Australian Defense Force’s decisions to deploy the Savi Technology platform to track their national military assets and to facilitate seamless logistics management of assets between national forces in coordinated operations. With “total asset visibility” these allied forces are able to confidently plan and execute complex missions in harsh environments.

Government
Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and U.S. allies. The F-35 introduces an array of cutting-edge technologies, including advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and armament.

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The F-35 Lightning (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and U.S. allies. The F-35 introduces an array of cutting-edge technologies, including advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and armament.


What was needed ⋅ The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 introduces an array of cutting-edge technologies, including advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and armament. Not surprisingly, the F-35 is one of the most complex aircraft ever manufactured, extending traditional manufacturing techniques with unique custom-built forms and tools. To add to the complexity, F-35s are assembled at a 680-acre, 153 building site. To keep costs down, the manufacturing teams share these expensive tool sets (often with 100 or more components). The tools are moved from building to building across the site, to the teams that needed them for their work. Previously, a manually operated tool inventory system had been used to keep track of these specialized tools. To minimize manufacturing delays, and provide greater operational efficiency, the Prime Contractor, one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, sought to provide manufacturing decision makers with accurate real-time reports on the tool location, condition and status of the unique specialized tools so that they could be more responsive to the needs of the manufacturing teams.

Actions taken ⋅  Savi SmartChain was an ideal solution for this urgent need. By collecting tool status data from active and passive tags placed directly on the tools, the Savi software was able to present decision-maker with real-time information describing tool location, condition and status. Thousands of tools were tagged and incorporated into the new tool logistics system, which collected the logistics data and converted it into real-time reports on tool locations, condition and status. On line information displays as well as email alerts detailing status or special conditions gave manufacturing decision-makers unprecedented visibility into the tool-based processes. At the same time, the Savi platform was completely integrated into the legacy enterprise software systems that the Contractor depended upon, so the back-office accounting, compliance, inventory and audit systems had complete access to this valuable data stream.

Outcome ⋅ Thanks to Savi SmartChain manufacturing efficiency increases. Idle tools were put into service more quickly, lost tools were located, and overall scheduling accuracy increased. And because Savi SmartChain automates the data collection process, manual entry errors were completely eliminated. Finally, the end-to-end integration of Savi  with legacy in-house systems reduced the human effort required to prepared externally-facing reports for government mandated accounting, compliance and audits.  Savi SmartChain was a prime contributor to the overall success of the F-35 project, countless man-hours were saved as management gained a greater visibility and understanding of the location, status and usage patterns of the specialized assembly tools.

Shippers
Coles

For more than 90 years, Coles has had a rich history in Australia. The company can trace its origins to the founders of Australia’s retail industry.  Today Coles is a leader in Australian food retailing, with more than 100,000 employees and over 11 million customer transactions a week.

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For more than 90 years, Coles has had a rich history in Australia. The company can trace its origins to the founders of Australia’s retail industry.  Today Coles is a leader in Australian food retailing, with more than 100,000 employees and over 11 million customer transactions a week. Coles is owned by Westfarmers Ltd.


What was needed ⋅ The logistical processes behind the Coles operation are staggering. For example, Coles employs more than 3.5 million reusable shipping assets to keep produce and other goods moving from supplier to warehouse to store. Some of these assets are reusable plastic containers (RPCs) owned by Coles and rented to providers, others are reusable shipping pallets, which are rented by Coles from a third party. Clearly, Coles has a lot riding on their accurate understanding of the movements and locations of these reusable assets..

Actions taken ⋅ After evaluating possible in-house solutions for asset and logistics tracking, Coles asked Savi for a technology solution that would allow them to increase tracking efficiency and reporting accuracy for the 3.5 million reusable shipping assets that circulate throughout the Coles supply chain. The Savi platform proved to be a great fit for this customer need. Savi deployed the platform and integrated with Coles existing back-office software and business processes.

Outcome ⋅  Now Coles is able to use the Savi platform to manage all of their reusable shipping assets. RPCs are tracked when they are issued and returned, and the reports from the Savi system help Coles better understand the dynamics of their RPC cycle. Data and reports from the Savi platform are passed to in-house systems to generate more accurate bills, in less time, with less effort. In addition, Coles uses the Savi platform to better control the rental expenses they incur from their use of third party shipping pallets. In summary, by using the Savi platform, Coles maximizes revenues and minimized expenses associated with reusable shipping assets. For Coles, Savi delivers results directly to the bottom line.

Technology Providers
Chemical Company

A globally recognized leader, this innovative Company delivers a portfolio of over 5,000 technology-based products and solutions, including specialty chemical, advanced materials and plastics, to customers in approximately 160 countries.

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A globally recognized leader, this innovative Company delivers a portfolio of over 5,000 technology-based products and solutions, including specialty chemical, advanced materials and plastics, to customers in approximately 160 countries.  The Company’s products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 companies across the globe.


What was needed ⋅ GPS tracking of trucks is old news. But for many industries, accurate location information about trucks isn’t nearly enough to ensure that customer commitments and environmental requirements are being met. In the chemical industry, for example, trucks operated by independent carriers frequently carry sensitive, caustic, volatile or hazardous materials that must be monitored constantly throughout their journey for safety, cargo integrity, and security. In these cases, the risk of failure is simply too great. There are financial, environmental and possible human costs at stake. One global chemical company turned to Savi to gain access to the real-time sensor data that they needed to monitor and manage their business.

Actions taken ⋅ For accurate, continuous  display of asset location information, combined with asset cargo condition, integrity and security status, Savi deployed its Mobile Tracking platform to collect and process data collected from GPS and in real time. Savi also delivered seamless integration of the asset tracking data stream with the customer’s existing enterprise software infrastructure. Savi was able to integrate GPS information from each shipment with environmental data and security/integrity monitoring and combine this information into a single map-based real-time information display. In addition, using the Savi platform, the client was able to easily implement geofencing — defining journey corridors and anticipated journey timeframes for its shipments. Now, when a shipment is off the route, or delayed, decision-makers receive real-time alerts and can quickly take action.

Outcome ⋅ Since the deployment of the Savi platform, the customer has documented improved customer service, faster identification and resolution of in-transit problems, reduced fulfillment lead time, more accurate and timely auditing of demurrage bills and elimination of human error associated with manual, ad hoc processes to capture and enter data. Because Savi provided the customer with access to real-time data, the customer has improved their bottom line, enhanced safety and maximized customer satisfaction.

Service Providers
Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter is a leader in vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for commercial and military applications, and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Today there are about 13,000 Bell Helicopter aircraft flying in more than 140 countries.

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Bell Helicopter is a leader in vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for commercial and military applications, and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Today there are about 13,000 Bell Helicopter aircraft flying in more than 140 countries.

Owner of Bell Helicopter, Textron is one of the world’s best known multi-industry companies, it is a pioneer of the diversified business model.  With total revenues of $11.3 billion, Textron is ranked 236th on the FORTUNE 500 list of largest U.S. companies.  Textron’s network of businesses includes Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Jacobson, Textron Systems and other market-leading companies.


What was needed ⋅ Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, needed to implement a solution to meet the U.S. Department of Defense mandate that all DoD suppliers must mark any products valued at greater than $5000 with a unique serial number (UID) and relevant bar code. This mandate was established to help the DoD track and monitor physical assets through the DoD supply and logistics chain. In addition to physically labeling each part or product with a unique serial number and bar code, DoD Suppliers are also required to maintain a data repository, compliant with UID registry requirements. The supplier must be able to produce UID reports on demand.

Actions taken ⋅ At a minimum, the solution had to provide an enterprise-wide, web-based distributed data collection and production component, a scalable data repository, and an effortless way to produce tags for marking the parts. After determining that an in-house implementation would be far too costly to create and maintain, Bell Helicopter turned to Savi for assistance. Savi recommended and deployed Savi Technology to generate the unique IDs and barcodes and to store the needed information in an DoD-compliant UID registry.

Bell Helicopter opted for a phased implementation, starting with UID generation and management for 10 major parts from one aircraft. To facilitate permanent part marking, the Savi team integrated Savi technology software with Bell’s laser-marking equipment so that metal plates could be automatically marked with the required UID information for each part. The Savi technology repository met or exceeded all the DFARS and Mil Standards for the collection and storage of data and the production of reports that the DoD requires. Bell Helicopter quickly expanded its implementation to completely fulfill the DoD requirements.

Outcome ⋅ At Bell Helicopter, the Savi solution completely achieved its business goals. Parent company Textron, aware of the success of Savi at Bell Helicopter, elected to implement Savi’s technology at two of its other divisions: Textron Marine & Land Systems, and AAI . Each company maintains its own secure sub-schema fully protected from outside intrusion. The companies populate the technology using secure Internet connections, where it is maintained in the repository until required by the DoD.Combined, these three large-scale DoD suppliers maintain Repository of over 42,000 UIDs.