Case VDL Nedcar: Inbound Logistics planning to obtain the optimal PearlChain


Business Challenges

  • Make multiple car models for multiple manufacturers on a single assembly line
  • Ensure a reliable stream of automotive modules or parts assemblies for the assembly line
  • Find an efficient, cost-effective alternative to the traditional “supplier park”

Critical Success factors

  • Availability of collaborative, integrated real-time planning across all internal departments and suppliers
  • Use of multi-enterprise, “control tower” planning with suppliers and distributors
  • Integration with disparate systems at Volvo, Mitsubishi, Daimler and BMW Engineering systems
  • Shared risks & reward

Achieved Results

  • 66% reduction of Working Capital
  • 50% of this reduction achieved by PearlChain: reduction of stock and introduction of Warehouse-on-Wheels
  • Net gain 8,5 million euro




  • Replacement of over 10 legacy applications to 1 single solution
  • Detailed design of new sequenced supply chain processes
  • Tight supply integration with over 150 suppliers
  • Capacity of over 300.000 vehicles per year
  • Implementation of PearlChain Solution and supporting ICT infrastructure
  • Long-term client - since 1989