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We are moving!

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HOW EXCITING!! Thanks to Creative Valley for 10 great years, the time has finally come.We are moving!

At the beginning of 2022, we will move to a new, larger and inspiring location from where we can execute our passion for transport as your 4PL Tower on a whole new level. We remain faithful to the beautiful centrally located Utrecht.

Stay tuned for the progress in the coming weeks. As you can see, a few colleagues have already started. Will you also follow us?

Come visit IDS at ICT & Logistiek today!

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We are ready! IDS is present today at ICT & Logistiek in Jaarbeurs Utrecht.

Come visit us while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee from our barista.ICT & Logistiek IDS

Always wanted to know how the collaboration with a truly independent 4PL Control Tower works? How to start small Where we can quickly make a profit together? Visit booth D119 for answers to all your transportation questions.

In need for more inspiration? Then visit the presentation ‘4PL Control Tower & Logistics Tech Trends’ by colleague Arno Spoek.

We are happy to help you! Don’t forget to register quickly for free via this link. We’ll see you there!

New IDS talent: Luuk

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Introducing a new talent at IDS: Luuk van Schaik.

You may have already encountered him in one of our previous posts about our participation in the Papendorpse run where we as IDS ran with a truly brilliant team for over 50 km for the Spieren voor Spieren foundation. This would not have been possible without Luuk.New talent IDS: Luuk

Before joining us, Luuk worked for an energy supplier where he focused on warehouse optimization and worked on specific projects such as reducing the spoilage percentage for a warehouse with dairy products. He has been a major contribution at IDS for a few weeks now.

“Everyday is different here and it is great that I work in a young team. That is important for a company where innovation is high on the agenda. In addition, a good relationship with my colleagues is high on my priority list.”

Luuk’s motto: “If you really want something, you can achieve it.”

“It’s fun to make analyzes and research how I can make processes and transports run as efficiently as possible. I get satisfaction from my working day and I feel like I’ve really added something. I do that here for carriers, customers and my colleagues.”

Welcome aboard Luuk!

Do you also want to become one of our new colleagues? Then keep an eye on our social media or our IDS Jobs page!

Talk: ‘4pl control tower & logistics tech trends’

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Are you responsible for your company’s supply chain and do you want to know what a 4PL Control Tower will bring you?

Why would you choose to implement this? Where is the profit? And which of all the different options from ‘do it yourself’ to 4pl control tower & logistics tech trends‘outsource’ is the best fit your organization and processes? During his presentation ‘4PL Control Tower & Logistics Tech Trends’ on November 10, Arno Spoek will give you all the details.

Visit the presentation? Then register for free!

Would you like to make an appointment to meet Arno of one of the other IDS members at ICT & Logistiek 1 on 11 November? Send an email to

Would you like to learn more about the possibilities of a Control Tower? Then take a look on our long read page.

Meet IDS at the ICT & Logistiek fair!

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Will we meet in November?

In sixteen days it’s time! IDS will be at the ICT & Logistiek fair in Jaarbeurs Utrecht on 10 and 11 November.

meet IDS at ict and logistiek

As 4PL Control Tower we, together with many carriers, make the difference for our customers every day in the register of transport. From DIY software solutions to complete unburdening.

Our ambition: to enable everyone to work to their fullest, performance up and costs down. More and more sustainable, horses more optimal, horses slimmer.

Our passion lies in realizing your ambitions. Today’s and tomorrow’s. Every day and every shipment again.

Will you join us for a cup of coffee? You will find it at stand D119.

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Would you like to make an appointment in advance with our speaker Arno Spoek? Send an email to

Success IDS at the Supply Chain Innovations fair

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What a success! Yesterday IDS was present at the Supply Chain Innovations fair of ValueChain in Antwerp. It was so much fun to have real-life conversations and exchange knowledge again. We got back to work with fresh inspiration! Keep an eye on our social media to stay up to date with our new projects.Succes IDS op de Supply Chain Innovations beurs

Do you want to meet us at the next fair? On November 10th and 11th we will be present at ICT and Logistiek in Jaarbeurs Utrecht. We will see you there!

Go team! IDS runs for Spieren voor Spieren

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IDS runs for Spieren voor Spieren.

It was a special day! A group of enthusiastic IDS’ers joined the Papendorpse Run to collect donations for the Spieren voor Spieren foundation. The foundation is committed to children with a muscle disease and focuses on fundraising. And what distances havespieren voor spieren been covered! We are actively proud of this sporting achievement and commitment to our fellow human beings.

Stronger together!

Do you want to join us in one of our next team activities? Than have a look at our job offer!

Are we going to meet (again)? Visit IDS at trade fairs

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It is possible again! We are able to meet each other. In the last quarter of 2021 we have put 2 great trade fairs on the IDS agenda.

On October 7 we will be at the Supply Chain Innovations day in Antwerp and on November 10 & 11 we will play a home match in Utrecht and we will be at the ICT & Logistiek trade fair in the Jaarbeurs. We missed being able to meet each other and to personally help with all transport questions. Sharing knowledge and inspiring each other, it’s possible again!


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October 7 – Supply Chain Innovations – Antwerp Expo – Antwerp

November 10 & 11 – ICT & Logistiek – Jaarbeurs – Utrecht


Why now?


Due to the pandemic, the trade show world has been quiet for a long time, but the innovations are not standing still. Do you want to ensure that you are quickly up-to-date? Then it is useful to visit a trade fair. You can gather a lot of information about different products, developments and trends in a short time. We would like to keep you informed.

Will you meet us for a cup of coffee? We are looking forward to it!

Do not hesitate to contact us directly at the trade fair. Contact Leon de Koning at : + 31 (0) 6 82 34 56 16, or fill in the contact form for more information.

Surprisingly fast transition to outsourcing for DSM Food Specialties

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The transition to outsourced transport management can be complex and challenging at the best of times, but even more so when communication is only possible online – such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke to DSM Food Specialties (DFS) – a leading provider of specialty enzymes, probiotics, cultures, sugar reduction and savoury taste solutions to the food and beverage industry. In August 2020, DFS began to implement the IDS Transport Management System, starting first with its distribution activities from the Poortvliet site and later from Leeuwarden too. But how can different operations, each with their own systems and processes, be integrated smoothly? And how quickly can you expect to see results? We talked to Astrid Chevalier, Senior Project Manager Supply Chain at DFS, about the outsourcing transition supported by control tower IDS.

Stronger together

With hundreds of different products and approximately 3,000 customers in 70 countries, DSM Food Specialties has to deal with countless carriers and transport contracts. Astrid Chevalier comments: “Our product portfolio is very diverse, ranging from tiny boxes of freeze-dried bacterial cultures for the cheese industry to bulk trucks carrying thousands of litres of coatings. This huge diversity means that exceptions are common in our transport activities. We were concerned that implementing a control tower could make that complex.

However, we believe that working together with the right partner actually makes you stronger as a company. IDS adds value for us with their combination of supply chain specialists and their use of specific applications to handle various tasks. Outsourcing our transport to IDS helps us to optimize the service we offer and allows our own employees to focus on doing what they’re specialized in.”

“I thought to myself: Within six weeks? I’ll believe it when I see it!”

Surprisingly fast integration 

Astrid continues: “Outsourcing the transport for our external warehouse in 2020 was completed much faster than expected. That was our first project with IDS and it made a very good impression within DFS. Based on our previous experiences of setting up an EDI with a different logistics service provider we assumed that this integration could take some time. However, IDS made the process very transparent and our IT department said that it could be done in two 3-week sprints. I thought to myself: ‘Within six weeks? I’ll believe it when I see it!’. But it turned out to be true.

As a result, we achieved a very short – in fact, almost immediate – return on investment in terms of time savings, service and customer benefits. And the whole thing got done very quickly, efficiently and right first time. That gave us confidence about the integration in Leeuwarden shortly afterwards.”

Arno Spoek, Business Development Manager at IDS, agrees: “At IDS, we were pleased with how the first integration had gone. The collaboration ran smoothly and there was lots of synergy.”

Integration in the coronavirus era

The business integration in Leeuwarden was more of a challenge, not least because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic shortly after the first project started. Astrid: “It was already ambitious to involve our new team in an outsourcing transition at all, but the coronavirus crisis intensified that. Online-only communication is easier said than done, especially when you’re still getting to know each other, the products, the manufacturing processes and the customer agreements. IDS provided stability throughout that situation. We knew everything would be fine once the orders reached IDS.”

“According to our forecasts, shipments from the Netherlands to eastern Germany took four days, but they can actually be done in just two days. That alone was already a huge gain.”

Shorter delivery times, more flexibility and better service at lower costs

“Customers want ever-better service, preferably at the lowest possible cost,” explains Astrid. “To achieve that, it’s important to have visibility of those costs and IDS gives us the necessary transparency. Today, we have a much clearer idea of precisely what our transport activities cost and where we can optimize things. Lead times are very important to our customers – and even more so in the case of frozen products due to the risk of spoilage if they start to thaw.

According to our forecasts, shipments from the Netherlands to eastern Germany took four days, but they can actually be done in just two days. That alone was already a huge gain. We were then able to agree better delivery windows with customers. IDS also provides flexible service in the case of urgent orders. Our customers are very happy about that. We now offer shorter delivery times, more flexibility and better service at lower costs.”

A single point of contact

When asked whether leaving everything to just one company isn’t too risky, Astrid replies: “We actually see advantages in working with a single partner. In the past we worked with different carriers depending on the destination. It makes a big difference now that we don’t have to contact them all individually. And we see opportunities to further expand our partnership with IDS in the future. IDS gives us insight into our flows and performance, and we can use that to optimize our distribution. Our logistics specialists can now focus much more strongly on making further improvements in our supply chain. That will lead to even more satisfied customers.”

Are you keen to find out more about how our services could support your logistics processes? Please contact Arno Spoek at IDS: or +31 (0) 88 437 4370.

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