Elanders is a leading company in global comprehensive solutions throughout the entire supply chain and is now established on four continents. Operations are divided into two business areas that are stable and standalone businesses in themselves. Together they form an ensemble that few companies can match.
Last updated 1/29/2019
Supply chain is managing and optimizing the flow of raw materials, components, final products, money and information from suppliers and manufacturers to end consumers through every step of production. Efficient supply chain management creates a competitive edge and is critical to the survival of all producing companies, particularly in a global economy.
Elanders offers its customers global comprehensive solutions for the entire supply chain through one contact only. Elanders handles everything from taking orders, procurement, purchasing components and warehousing to manufacturing, configuration, quality control, value-added services and delivery. The Group also handles payment flows, synchronization of purchasing and warehousing with demand and after sales services, including handling returned or outdated products destined to be recycled or resold. Elanders also offers industrial value-added services such as installations, updating, tests, reparations and certification of electronical equipment, unloading and reloading products (so-called cross-docking), packaging management (so-called empties management) and different kinds of packaging services.
Each industry has its own norms and regulations that need to be complied with when handling and transporting products, often in combination with tight timeframes. More and more stringent environmental demands heighten the complexity of the support chain which, in turn, requires more specialist knowledge. Because Elanders has developed advanced and customizable IT systems it is possible to develop individual solutions that are completely adapted to the customer. Elanders’ systems can be integrated with the customer’s business system as well as be connected to e-commerce platforms to efficiently manage orders, customer service and after sales services.
One of the major reasons why Elanders’ customers choose to outsource operations is to turn overhead costs into variable costs and to avoid tying up capital in plants, personnel and different kinds of service obligations. This enables more flexibility and cost-efficiency. Many of Elanders’ sites in Europe, Asia and the USA are multi-sites where several customers’ operations are collected under one roof in order to achieve synergies such as greater capacity utilization and efficiency. Uncertainty factors such as utilization levels, where seasonal variations and other peaks can impact capacity utilization, can be managed if customers from different industries with varying volume patterns are combined at one site. Elanders’ employees and resources are always in place and can be moved from one customer’s needs to another’s on a daily basis depending on the workload. This raises the efficiency in the facility while allowing the customer to focus on their core business.
An important part of our integrated offer consists of graphic services such as printing manuals, labels and packaging for the products and components customers produce. Elanders has been active in the traditional graphic industry for over 100 years and today offers cost-efficient and innovative solutions that fulfill customers’ needs for printed material and packaging, locally and globally.
Through a number of niched acquisitions Elanders has become one of the leading players of sophisticated packaging solutions and luxury item packaging, sometimes in limited editions that help raise the customer experience of a certain product.
Elanders has developed advanced, user-friendly and internet-based ordering platforms that streamline the process from order to delivery and enable customized just-in-time or sequence deliveries. In the last few years the Group has invested in competitive digital printing technology in order to meet customer demand for flexible printed matter production in shorter and smaller series with high quality at competitive prices. This printed product is, for example, printed using one of the Group’s five inkjet printers. Currently Elanders is one of the few companies that can offer comprehensive global solutions that include printed matter, packaging and other related services such as kitting and packing for just-in-time or sequence deliveries.
Elanders is one of the leading players in Europe in online sales of personalized photo products through a number of acquisitions. The services are marketed under three brands: fotokasten, myphotobook and d|o|m. fotokasten and myphotobook are primarily focused on consumers and with the help of d|o|m’s e-commerce solutions they are able to offer a broad range of photo products such as photobooks, calendars, gifts and home accessories.
Through d|o|m Elanders also offers so-called white label solutions allowing other companies to sell parts of Elanders’ range of photo products under their own brand. Elanders is responsible for the entire order flow, the production process and the delivery while the brand owner is responsible for marketing and sales. Two of the largest retail chains in Europe are among our white label customers.