The new intermodal warehouse recently completed by Arania in Candiolo (Turin, Italy) strengthens the quality and rapidity of service, optimising stock management, reducing transport costs, improving customer satisfaction and minimising the risks and problems that may emerge during transport. The investment in a warehouse located in the heart of the client’s country and focused on intermodal transport will not only improve efficiency, it will also open the door to new customers and markets, while contributing to the achievement of sustainability goals and reducing the impact on the environment.
It may appear that a single centralised warehouse would be easier to manage, yet there are obvious benefits when inventory is distributed across several strategic locations, as Arania is currently doing with new warehouses in Italy and Germany. The most relevant advantage lies in ensuring the flexibility demanded by large clients and improving the quality of service with rapid and efficient deliveries, using an intermodal transport system that is more sustainable.
Arania’s new warehouse in Italy, located in Candiolo, which is close to the strategic European hub of Turin and in proximity to important clients, together with the use of intermodal transport, allows up to 28-tonne shipments, including the delivery of products within 24 hours. For Arania, which is always striving to meet its clients’ needs in a fast and efficient manner, this represents an important advantage. Recently, Arania has been undertaking major investments in the renovation and digitisation of its logistics processes, as we reported last summer regarding the automation of the intermediate warehouse.
For example, the idea of implementing warehouses in Europe (first this facility in Italy and another one in Germany) comes from the GreenRoll project: an initiative to develop a strategic plan for sustainable logistics, where intermodal transport and the optimisation of resources are set to play a key role. This is an innovative programme that Arania is developing together with the MBA Deusto Business School, a strategic project aimed towards developing an innovative and sustainable logistics plan, more resilient against the contingencies of an increasingly volatile world.
This new warehouses will boost flexibility, and they mission is framed within the logistics model the company is committed to, involving the continued promotion of technology and intermodality in transport, prioritising ship and rail over road transport.
In the case of Italy, Arania has already established close ties with leading logistics providers such as Ambrogio Intermodal, one of Italy’s top intermodal transport companies, with more than 50 years of experience in both domestic and international markets, providing this new warehouse with transport capabilities that combine state-of-the-art technology with efficient and reliable services.
Rising energy and fuel prices, crisis in road transport, higher freight costs, longer transit times, environmental protection commitments… Challenges proliferate when it comes to maintaining the excellence in service that has become the major added value of a leader in steel processing such as the Arania Group, and this situation is even more acute in logistical terms.
Flexibility: The main benefit of intermodality lies in the use of different modes of transport such as rail, ship and trucking. For example, transit times can be reduced and shorter delivery times are possible. In addition, by using several modes of transportation, alternative routes can be found and vulnerability to transport problems can be minimised, such as strikes or a shortage of long-distance drivers. All in all, the combination of a new warehouse with intermodal transport allows for greater efficiency and flexibility in delivery logistics.
Environmental commitment: When using rail for long-distance freight transport, greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly reduced in comparison to road transportation. Thanks to Arania’s new intermodal warehouse, the company’s carbon footprint in Italy has been reduced by 50%.
Stock management: An intermodal warehouse close to major clients will also help Arania to maintain closer control over stock and shipping, potentially leading to improved efficiency and reduced transportation costs. Additionally, these features allow for better inventory management and a reduction in warehousing costs.
Service quality: The new intermodal warehouse in Italy is a priority for a leader in the cold-rolled steel industry. Arania aims to maintain the excellence and quality of service, and our mission consist in providing added value to our clients and partners, wherever they may be, by offering faster and more flexible delivery solutions.