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Building a partnership with the world’s largest building materials company


The Challenge

Saint-Gobain began as a glass manufacturer in 18th century France and has since expanded into the world’s largest building materials company. With multiple business units handled by different logistics companies, obtaining the full scope of total logistics spend, as well as material sourcing and top tradelanes proved to be most difficult. Saint-Gobain needed a single source platform for collecting and analyzing the information.

The Solution

Saint-Gobain and BDP International began their partnership in 2014, where Saint-Gobain started utilizing BDP’s Smart Suite® technology to effectively capture and analyze total spend, as well as provide total visibility into the logistics process as a whole.

Saint-Gobain’s goal was to examine their logistics process at a very high level, especially from the financial aspect. With multiple business units sourcing from multiple plants shipping to 48 countries across the world, their previous process was not effective. With large amounts of money being spent yearly on costs, Saint-Gobain wanted to ensure the business was placed within the right partner’s hands.

BDP & Saint-Gobain Case Study

BDP & Saint-Gobain Case Study

“This is a huge amount of dollars we spend every year, and we want to put that in the right hands. We’ve done that by partnering with BDP.”

Elisabeth Fornés, Global Supply Chain & Compliance Manager, Saint-Gobain

BDP Smart Suite®

Thanks to BDP’s Smart Suite® technology and its comprehensive reporting, Saint-Gobain has a full scope of logistics services rendered, including a full view of compliance related reporting that provides complete visibility and high-level shipment data. In addition, Saint-Gobain is able to consolidate shipments, providing an overall cost savings. By working with the dedicated BDP team, Saint-Gobain is now able to better manage their logistics operations with the flow of information sourced from the single platform of BDP Smart®. Saint-Gobain was truly impressed with the commitment of the BDP team, acting as extensions of their team rather than a separate entity. Elisabeth Fornés, Global Supply Chain & Compliance Manager said the Saint-Gobain team could feel the palpable difference in working with BDP.

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“In my career, I’ve seen great companies serving logistics. But not to the point where you feel that comfort and trust that we get with BDP International.”

Elisabeth Fornés, Global Supply Chain & Compliance Manager, Saint-Gobain