Kuehne + Nagel has launched KN ESP – a digital platform allowing customers to connect collaborate and manage their physical and digital supply chains from sourcing to delivery on a global level.
The freight forwarder said the supply chain management platform offers a modular architecture to connect international supply chain customers with their vendors, buyers and sellers, Kuehne + Nagel’s physical assets and experts, and their cargo flows.
The Swiss-based company said improvements in supplier reliability and product availability will be enabled through control of the full product life cycle, from sourcing, quality control, purchase order negotiation and management, to commercial invoice release, buyer’s consolidation, transportation and delivery.
And it said with predictive analytics and artificial intelligence, KN ESP optimises orders and prioritises transportation decisions based on a set of customer’s defined business rules, cost and service options.
The platform it said is in addition to the KN technology suite for medium to large customers “providing them with the most comprehensive response to complex supply chain needs”. This includes an ongoing strategic partnership with GT Nexus.
Kuehne + Nagel International member of the managing board and responsible for seafreight, Otto Schacht said: “KN ESP unique features provide a synchronised, transparent and collaborative supply chain platform that eliminates communication frictions no matter how many systems or players are involved.
“It is part of our digital strategy to become a data-driven value chain provider. The implementation of KN ESP strengthens our position in the international supply chain business and supports our customers to achieve long-term competitive edge.”