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Supply chain optimization: How to calculate your ROI

Supply chain activities are crucial for industries like automotive, aerospace (e.g., Airbus), machinery (e.g., Atlas Copco), and other manufacturing companies of (large) machinery, vehicles, and high-value components. Because they use different transport containers between production facilities, suppliers, subcontractors, or other assembly lines, their operational flows are complex. Like the domino effect, even one delay has a significant impact, delaying or even stopping the entire production line.

The production parts are usually transported in specific containers. These containers, called “Returnable Transport Packaging” or RTP, often travel in loops, returning to the point of origin to transport a new component. The cost of an RTP goes from hundreds to thousands of euros. However, its value goes beyond the container itself. 

RTPs can (and should) be seen as more than physical items with just one purpose to transfer parts from one place to another. If you shift your perspective, you will see they are a great source of information, leading you to the right answers.  

If you don’t track your RTPs, you might encounter multiple problems, such as:

  • loss of RTPs (theft or misplacement)
  • out-of-contract use
  • wrong delivery
  • unnecessary damage
  • higher maintenance costs 
  • time-based maintenance (instead of usage-based)
  • delayed or blocked operations
  • lack of compliance…


So, what can you do to avoid these concerns and expand the potential of your assets? 

One solution is to connect your RTPs to the internet and manage them in a unified and scalable cloud-based platform that provides asset visibility, automated inventory management, and analytics. 


Make better decisions

When you track and analyze the flow and conditions of your assets, a wide range of benefits occurs, ensuring a high return on investment. You can accomplish financial gains in 2 ways.

By reducing the cost associated with the management of the RTP containers, you get:

    • full visibility on RTPs, which means no RTPs lost
    • optimal allocation of RTPs
    • reduced “out-of-contract” use
    • reduced repair and replacement costs
    • accurate maintenance alerts leading to extended RTP lifetime.


And by increasing financial gains related to optimizing logistics operations and supply chain flows thanks to:

    • automated inventory counting 
    • faster recovery after mistakes
    • reduced Work-in-Progress
    • easy verification of contracts
    • automated RTP booking in the ERP system
    • optimized transportation costs
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Interesting to see how many challenges can be solved by utilizing the “hidden” power of your assets’ data. Now imagine other business opportunities you can create once you streamline your supply chain.

To better understand the value of investing in a tracking system with AI-driven data analytics software, we analyzed a business case of a fictional company that deploys 1000 tracking units. All the calculations are based on the information and feedback received from our customers.

Want to know the value you’ll get by investing in a comprehensive asset management system?

Download the detailed RoI simulated calculation or read the key takeaways in the executive summary!