3PL/Transportation/Warehousing Case Studies

Universal Creates Cost Savings through Reverse Logistics

Challenge: A major engine manufacturer was spending too much money on contingent packing costs because their suppliers weren't keeping track of the containers in their inventory loop. When this customer would run out of the supplier's containers, they had to use alternatives like corrugated cardboard in order to ship the product.[more]

Solving a Returns Problem Leads to Complete U.S. Fulfillment Strategy

Challenge: An online fashion retailer's model for distributing product from Europe to end customers in the U.S. created high shipping costs that made it impossible to ship returns back to Europe. The retailer was forced to sell returned merchandise to discounters for a fraction of its value.[more]

Candy Manufacturer Improves Sales Process by Tapping into WMS

Challenge: A large 3PL supports the distribution efforts of one of the largest candy manufacturers in the world. Processing sales requests previously for samples and displays involved a text-based ordering system that required the use of a printed catalog to look up order numbers. The sales team needed a mobile option that simplified the process and integrated with the WMS.[more]

A New Supply Chain for a Changing Industry

Challenge: A top global publisher was looking to reform its supply chain to adjust to declining print volumes and increases in smaller, more customized orders.[more]

Utilizing the Returns Network to Its Fullest Potential

Challenge: A large retailer was faced with how to handle products that were coming back from stores into the reverse-logistics channel and needed an efficient and cost-effective way to process merchandise for redeployment, return-to-vendor and liquidation.[more]

Kenco Implements FDA Validated System to Deliver 50% Productivity Improvement

Challenge: A pharmaceutical customer's growing order volumes and regulatory compliance needs prompted Kenco to reevaluate the customer's technology solution.[more]

Kenco Reduces Freight Costs 49% with Postponement Packaging

Challenge: A kitchen and bath manufacturer was experiencing reduced trailer cube capacity due to the large packaging requirements of its product line. The customer wanted to increase cube capacity to reduce freight expenses.[more]

Motor Coach Manufacture Finds Reliable Service to and Across Canada

Challenge: When a motor coach breaks down, time is of the essence in having the right part on hand. But as this Kentucky-based manufacturer learned, establishing an efficient inventory distribution system can be a daunting challenge, especially in the sizeable Canadian market. Shipments were chronically late, and the company's warehouse solution proved incapable of servicing the entire country. And to make matters worse, the company's logistics provider did not seem interested in solving these problems.[more]

Purolator's E-Commerce Solution Helps Family-Owned Hunting Company Reach Canadian Consumers

Challenge: A Wisconsin-based retailer of products targeted at deer hunters launched an e-commerce site as a way to expand sales to Canada. The company's small size meant that it would depend heavily on positive word-of-mouth customer referrals to help spread the word about its high quality products. But when shipments began arriving habitually late, and costs were far higher than expected, a change in logistics operations became necessary.[more]

Re-Framing Transportation

Challenge: A leading OEM required significant flatbed capacity and more efficient scheduling for transporting frames from supplier to assembly plants.[more]

Purolator's Customized Solution Improves Transit Time, Cuts Costs

Challenge: For a company that built its reputation on flawless customer service, this Tennessee-based B2B supplier of safety equipment was disheartened by its chronically late, and frequently error-laden shipments to Canada. Mistakes seemed to be happening throughout its entire distribution chain: Incorrect SKUs, inefficient transit routes, high costs and ineffective technology systems were among the many problems.[more]

Garden Supply B2B Finds Greater Efficiency in Reaching Canadian Market

Challenge: When a large U.S. B2B supplier of gardening tools and equipment decided to expand to the Canadian market, it enlisted its U.S.-based logistics provider to service its new Canadian customers, and assumed all would proceed as planned.[more]

IBS Dynaman WMS Meets 98% KPI's For Global Food Distributor

Challenge: A sophisticated warehouse management system (WMS) was needed to go live in 7 months to meet the company's new Direct Customer Shipment concept, which changed its supply chain to include additional countries.[more]

Passing the Eye Test: Innovative Lighting Solution Resolves Sticky Situation

Challenge: Our company faced a quality issue originating during our sub-assembly of headliners for a major customer, a Fortune 100 automotive OEM. Strands of the glue used to affix wiring harnesses and other parts to headliners' C-surfaces were ending up on their A-surfaces as well and were not detected in the QA process. The problem was discovered after finished headliners were installed on vehicles. We needed to make detection easier and meet production cycle times and quality standards.[more]

Operational Changes Yield Bumper Crop of Supply Chain Improvements

Challenge: A Fortune 100 agricultural-equipment manufacturer had high labor costs and turnover rates. Other issues included: excessive material handling equipment; no inbound scheduling procedure; lack of visibility; excessive trailer pool; the absence of a tracking software. The manufacturer turned to us to resolve these issues.[more]

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