IBO: harnessing the power of digital
Published on November 25, 2020
Digital technologies are key to optimizing the entire bulk supply chain. They enable more efficient, reliable and energy-efficient delivery rounds thanks, among other things, to the analysis of customer data and real-time driver assistance. For employees in the field, they are also a source of efficiency and therefore peace of mind. With this objective in mind, the "Integrated Bulk Operations" (IBO) digitization program was launched in 2017.
Offering the best daily service
Every day around the world, Air Liquide's trucks travel over 1 million kilometers to deliver liquid gases, which is the distance from the earth to the moon and back. Every day, 4,000 drivers, 250 dispatchers and 50 business leaders work hand in hand to guarantee that our customers receive the right products, on time and safely.
These people work all along Air Liquide's Bulk value chain. The activity is responsible for transporting bulk gases from our production units to the points of consumption, at customers' sites, and also to Industrial Merchant and Healthcare filling centers, which then serve our customers with gas in cylinders.
The Canadian example
Air Liquide Canada is one of the Group's most advanced entities regarding this program.
With 95% of their assets connected (connected equipment on trucks, telemetry on customer installations), the country is already operating two-thirds of its Bulk business digitally.
Key figures in Canada
90% of the 2,000 customer tanks are connected
100% of 150 trucks are connected
18 million kilometers traveled per year
Within the Bulk activity, the driver plays a major role. He is the face of Air Liquide. The customer's point of contact.
In addition to transporting and delivering goods, the driver is also in charge of loading trailers, inspecting the fleet, entering the loaded volumes, sending delivery notes to customers... The digitization of operations has really eased his daily life.
In order to carry out his mission, the driver works closely with a logistician who plans the trips. Every day he coordinates, as an orchestra conductor, the right balance between customer satisfaction and efficient trips. His job is to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the collected data, check the availability of resources and plan deliveries accordingly.
A worldwide deployment
After a successful pilot phase in 5 geographical areas - Canada, the United States, France, Germany and China - the Group is rolling out the IBO program worldwide.
This way Air Liquide further accelerate its digital transformation for an always better customer experience.