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    Shell to Develop Downstream Software

    Seeking to drive downstream efficiencies, Shell Global Solutions International B.V. and i2 Technologies Inc., are assessing the development of a fully integrated supply-chain software package.

    Seeking to drive downstream efficiencies, Shell Global Solutions International B.V. and i2 Technologies Inc., are assessing the development of a fully integrated supply-chain software package.

    The software will cover operations ranging from crude selection to product storage at terminals and is expected to deliver significant bottom-line improvements for the company and its gasoline marketers.

    Michiel Boersma, president of Shell Global Solutions, described the project as "a key strategic driver for our business." Shell hopes to leverage its global scope and align its downstream supply-chain operations across multiple countries and ultimately improve downstream margins.

    "This solution would play a critical part in the industry migration from past 'disjoined push' production strategies to a necessary market 'pull' strategy, with production and distribution decisions being global, optimal and consumer-oriented," said Philip Crawford, president, i2 EMEA. "By enabling intelligent control through increased visibility in the hydrocarbon value chain, over more precisely where and when certain products should be produced and distributed, we would be able to provide value to the industry and ultimately its customers."

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