Implico Group: Redesigning The Downstream Supply Chain

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Tim Hoffmeister. CEO
Oil and gas downstream have come a long way. One significant achievement which the industry made in recent years is embracing digitalization along the entire supply chain. Today, most companies in this sector are well aware of the tremendous benefits it offers. And many of them have already started to implement similar means and methods within their organizations. “It is essential to understand why this is done and what benefits it brings,” underlines Tim Hoffmeister, the CEO of Implico Group. “And the benefits are plenty. In a fast-moving and ever-changing environment, a fully digitized business grants agility, flexibility, security, and ease.” Digitalization enables companies to stay ahead of the curve, react to unforeseen events swiftly, and get the best out of their operations at any time. This is especially important in times that see an ongoing fragmentation of the supply chain on account of structural reorganizations and strategic realignments. To help oil and gas companies make the most of this, the Implico Group offers future-looking solutions and services for supply chain management, process automation, and data communications. As the Implico Group delivers these solutions, the company always has the future in its sights.

“Interconnectivity and collaboration will gain more importance as we move forward,” says Hoffmeister. “Many oil and gas downstream companies already have a sophisticated architecture in place. Their digitalization journey is well underway. Usually, however, company A leverages one system, while company B uses another. To me, the next big innovation in downstream will be the closure of this gap such that an acrossthe- board architecture of easy-to-use web services for all supply chain processes with multiple participants can be achieved. This revolutionary concept is called Supply Chain United. It has the potential to disrupt the industry.”

The Implico Group realizes Supply Chain United in cooperation with Dutch terminal IT and cloud specialist Brainum, whom the company acquired in November 2019. In its early stage, the viable solutions and services portfolio of Supply Chain United will complement and refine the existing systems. Bit by bit, it will extend. “We aim to revolutionize the way that downstream companies collaborate,” explains Hoffmeister. “The solutions and services that form the Supply Chain United will affect all areas of business. They will meet the needs of a broad group of users and provide real benefits to all partakers in the trade. And they will be quick and easy to set up.”

We aim to Revolutionize the way that downstream companies collaborate

The first Supply Chain United service is an online check-in for trucks approaching terminals to pick up the product. In theory, this is a rather simple process. In practice, however, it includes many redundant and manual activities caused by missing integration and lack of shared service availability. The online check-in brings improvement for all parties—carriers, drivers, terminals, and authorities. Regarding its functionality and impact, it can be compared to the online registration that airlines offer their customers—which set a new industry standard swiftly and permanently.

In the field of terminal management, the Implico Group has two best-in-class solutions available, namely OpenTAS and QINO. They manage the full range of processes in a liquid bulk terminal, optimizing one of the most challenging parts of the downstream supply chain: storage. They support, among others, all means of transport and provide ease through automation in all areas. The QINO line of products will soon be elevated by QINO vNext, the first fully cloud-based terminal management system for both oil and chemical storage facilities. It is currently in development and close to launch. QINO vNext will be a vital part of Supply Chain United.

To optimize fuel retail and hydrocarbons trading management, there are the solutions for fuel retailing logistics and secondary distribution SAP S/4HANA Retail Fuel Network Operations (RFNO) and SAP S/4HANA Secondary Distribution Management (SDM). These solutions offer immediate business benefits to their users. SAP acknowledged this by distinguishing two functionalities as so-called Fiori Lighthouse Scenarios: first, the tour planning tool Integrated Dispatch Management, and second, the backoffice auxiliary Service Station Overview.

Regarding the Implico Group’s vision and ambition, Hoffmeister explains that “the Implico Group firmly believes in a decentralized, interconnected and fully digitized downstream future. We aim at being a first-mover and a driving force of the redesign of the downstream supply chain. Therefore, we are especially proud and happy that the CIOReview Magazine’s evaluation panel lists Implico among the top 10 companies offering supply chain consulting and services.”

Implico Group

Hamburg, Germany

Tim Hoffmeister. CEO

The Implico Group offers future-looking solutions and services for supply chain management, process automation, and data communications. It optimizes logistics and business processes for oil and gas downstream companies. The international consulting and software company with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has subsidiaries in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The Implico Group firmly believes that employees achieve the best results when they regard their work as fun. Consequently, the company cherishes and promotes a good work-life balance and a collegial atmosphere

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