Few industries underwent as many changes as the print industry. Ever mounting pressure of costs keep forcing print shops to make efficiency one of their top priorities. Measuring and reasoning about project budgets is a vital step in order to optimize efficiency. Competitive companies need their software to connect to the production line and provide clear, actionable business insights.
After finding all of the available industry solutions to be subpar, local printery Wolf Ingelheim asked us to go back to square one and design a completely new cloud-based manufacturing information system. We soon realizes that this could be a product that a lot of printeries would be interested in, so we built Keyline. Powered by a backend that was designed with APIs in mind from day one, Keyline makes it easy to calculate print jobs and put them in a quote. They can then be executed and reported on directly from the shop floor using iPads.
With Keyline, Wolf Ingelheim and a lot of other printeries vastly increased their efficiency in calculation. Integrations with workflow systems like Enfocus Switch, Web2Print software and accounting systems keep all stakeholders informed about what’s going on without making a big effort. Now customers are lining up to enjoy a modern MIS that can integrate with their other systems and hardware.
Mainz and Ingelheim, Germany
Germany, Swiss, Austria, Latvia, UK, more coming
Since early 2015
Ordering goods directly from manufacturers overseas is becoming more commonplace every day. Until now this involved several cumbersome steps for shipping, customs clearance and tracking. ViaChina set out to integrate the entire process from the manufacturer's premises to customers' doorsteps.
Automating this process was paramount to enabling growth at massive scale. We delivered on this through the consistent and extensive use of APIs to carriers, customs, and national parcel services. Shortly after the initial launch, over 6000 packages reach their destination through the ViaChina supply chain every day.
Logistics companies commonly face highly manual processes across their logistic chain. One of those processes is the cargo damage survey, also known as CDS. Ground personnel take photos and document damages of built-up unit load devices and parcel deliveries using a standard digital camera. This manual process represents a significant and recurring amount of work that is also prone to mistakes, typos, and accidental loss of data.
With customized versions of Blimp, our standard mobile business solution for photo documentation, we are able to support various DHL Global Forwarding locations with an effective and reliable plug and play solution. With our highly automized solution in place the operators save more than 80% of their time per documentation - regardless of whether they produce documentation for the back office or whether they want to share it directly with key customers. By early 2016, more than 40.000 pictures roll in every month to be kept safely and easily accessible.
Mid 2015 – present
Being one of Germany's biggest utility companies, RWE is facing big challenges like the German nuclear power face-out and its associated profit loss and demolition costs. Thus RWE is looking for new business and new income streams in the new economy. That is one reason why RWE created the Innovation Hub with 150+ employees working on the future of the organization.
As a software studio with a proven track record of designing, building and shipping digital products, we supplemented the Innovation Hub's business teams to build viable products. Initially taking on the role of CTO, product manager and dev team then handing over to the internal team once it was built up. We would love to talk specifics but unfortunately we can't do so yet.
Essen and Berlin, Germany
Early 2016 – present
Growing double digit rates for several years inevitably results in changes of business processes and new requirements on software infrastructure. After consideration of several cargo management systems available on the market, CHI found none of them could meet their expectations, in particular the ability to connect all their warehouses, partners and clients in one central system.
Starting from scratch, we were able to leverage the possibilities of cloud-based software, and built an API-first data hub connecting not only half a dozen depots with several hundred mobile clients, desktop terminals, big-screen dashboards and label printers but also integrating data interfaces to over 50 international clients.
Early 2014 – End of 2015