Optimising Downstream Logistics Process Automation: Theory & Practice

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Effective capture and management of data is central to the success of any organization and can help your business to create a leaner, cost-optimised supply chain. In the energy industry with its multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary and complex supply chains it takes on an even more critical importance.

The first half of the article outlines some of the theoretical market and internal operational factors that can influence the specification and selection of an appropriate IT system to govern downstream fuel distribution. A particular emphasis is placed upon the importance of effective systems integration and the availability of real-time data.

The article concludes with a pragmatic and informative case study that outlines the adoption of mobile computing technology by the French TotalGaz organization. The technology was implemented to govern its downstream gas distribution operation and resulted in tangible operational and commercial improvements.