The 2013/07/03 at 08:45
“We live in a multi-channel era. With the development of e-commerce and other associated offers, the ways people react, operational modes and packaging are all elements that are changing radically, meaning that logistical responses need to adapt.” This observation made by Alain Bussod, Manager of the Solutions and Evolution Business Unit for Europe at Savoye, a firm specialised in mechanisation and automation solutions for logistical management, explains the atypical positioning of his company.
The latter operates in all types of sectors where flexibility is a catchword. From small online sales companies to structures requiring large-scale logistical infrastructures, Savoye places a focus on tailor-made responses. “Some of our clients produce several hundreds of parcels per day. Others manage over 100,000 every day. Our offer applies to retail order-preparation operations as well as full boxes. We also offer pallet storage and automated handling solutions,” illustrates Alain Bussod.
The sectors of activity in which Savoye operates include textiles, hardware, tools, industrial supplies, the food industry, cosmetics, and office supplies. More generally, points out Alain Bussod, the company “works a great deal with players in e-commerce, which is a distribution channel in its own right with its own requirement criteria.” He goes on to say that “the fact that we are positioned on a multitude of domains constitutes an advantage compared with our rivals. Cosmetics and office supplies are amongst the sectors in which we have been active since the start of our operations. This long experience has enabled us to accurately master the cogs and specificities of these metiers today, and to extend the savoir-faire we have acquired to other domains.”
In terms of traceability, great progress has been made thanks to long-established procedures. “All elements contributing to the optimisation of logistical management are implemented and contribute to making Savoye a specialist generalist in its niche,” he adds.
Savoye, the logistical systems division of Groupe Legris Industries, is made up of three subsidiaries. One of these is a-SIS, editor and integrator of Warehouse Management Systems and Transport Management Systems. The services provided by a-SIS are used by Savoye to pilot its equipment, using Warehouse Control Systems. The organisation thus intervenes on a number of levels. The company Prodex, a specialist in dynamic storage, is another subsidiary of Savoye, as is Retrotech specialising in high-density logistical engineering, taken over by Savoye in 2011.
The close support provided by Savoye throughout a project’s implementation and development is another important asset. Savoye accompanies its clients from the early stage of logistical and supply-chain organisational planning. Thanks to its consummate understanding of the client’s sector of activity, issues and restrictions, the company elaborates and proposes customised solutions, based on an offer combining consultancy and engineering activities, from the design to the commissioning. A total of more than 1,000 clients currently benefit from Savoye’s range of solutions for managing their product flows. The commercialisation of modular plug-and-play solutions, adaptable to the size of needs, is increasingly crucial. This evolution led Savoye to launch, in October 2012, its range of entirely modular Intelis® conveyers, capable of being hooked up on site without any preliminary configuration.
The company’s diversified offers undoubtedly account for its current growth and sound health. Its yearly turnover comes to around 100 million euros. As is the case for its subsidiary a-SIS, an openness towards international markets allows Savoye to accompany clients beyond the French borders. The firm has overseas teams taking care of sales, installation and follow up in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Benelux, Italy, the United States, Russia, Scandinavian countries, as well as the Middle East and China.
“With the growing globalisation of exchanges, international accompaniment is now a key approach for fully meeting our clients’ needs,” remarks Alain Bussod. In this offer-widening context, Savoye has sought to strengthen its presence on the US continent by taking over the American company Retrotech.
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