At IDS, as a specialist in managed transportation services, our employees have unrivalled experience of managing carriers and transport contracts, and operating logistics control towers. We are a highly regarded provider of fourth-party logistics (4PL) services.

Our Logistics Control Towers are based around providing better visibility, gaining greater control and optimizing the long-term management of your supply chain processes. The combination of these three factors results in rapid cost savings for our customers. But how do we achieve those cost savings, exactly?

Smooth-running transport In addition to keeping your daily transport operations running smoothly, our advanced IT systems optimally plan your freight flows based on parameters such as geographical information, lead-time agreements and pick-up and delivery windows. This improves the efficiency of your freight flows, reducing your costs.

IDS Transport Management Platform Our state-of-the-art Transport Management Platform (TMP) manages the daily communication flows between our customers and the carrier network. Our TMP also facilitates the smooth and reliable processing of invoices, generates Tracking & Tracing information and takes care of KPI reporting. Efficient communication saves time and hence money!

Continuous improvement Our specialists monitor the entire process, at both operational and tactical level, as the basis for continuous improvement programmes including action plans to achieve even better performance – and thus greater overall efficiency.

Whether you are shipping full truck loads or part loads, whether by road, rail, air or water, and whether locally, regionally or internationally, IDS is a single point of contact for all your transport needs.

Processing

We process and check transport orders, arrange the most economical transport solution and manage the carriers. In a highly automated process our intelligent IT solutions identify optimal consolidation opportunities, freeing up more time for us to focus on the exceptions manually. The processing of orders, invoices, claims and disputes is centralized for maximum efficiency.

Reporting

Because all the data is recorded centrally in our system, we can extract reports such as delivery performance and CO2 emissions on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and/or annual basis. This information can also form the basis for carrier management.

Cost reduction

IDS reduces costs by optimizing the efficiency of your international transport flows and provides you with a monthly overview of the savings accomplished for you. Our extensive and flexible freight audit and self-billing possibilities minimize the administrative burden of invoicing.

Single point of contact

At IDS, we are your single point of contact for all transport-related matters. We maintain contact with carriers, suppliers and customers on your behalf.

Operational transport management

From our offices in Utrecht (our Logistics Control Tower) a team of passionate professionals work very closely with all parties involved (customers, carriers, logistics service providers and other partners) to manage your transportation activities. Our state-of-the-art ICT platform puts real-time status information about all your shipments at our team’s fingertips. This complete overview of your supply chain enables us to actively alert you to any unexpected situation. In the meantime, you can access all the information you need simply by logging on to your personal IDS webpage or calling your IDS contact person directly.

Invoicing control

In the supply chain a lot of money is involved. Money is not only tied up in inventories, but also concerns transport costs. And in order to reduce these costs IDS has diverse Freight Audit & Invoice Control solutions, including self-billing and an electronic freight audit tool.