Automotive/Industrial Case Studies


Landstar Puts Heavy Machinery Manufacturer on the Right Track

Challenge: A world-wide manufacturer of heavy machinery was looking to reduce costs by moving some of its forklift product via railway service, but had been unsuccessful due to the rail industry’s reservations about transporting forklifts on trains. The customer was also looking for LTL service without incurring costly freight damage, something they had experienced with other carriers in the past due to ill-advised trans-loading.[more]

Connecting A Family Of Brands

Challenge: Client had multiple divisions/business units that operated independently with their own set of carrier rates, payment processes, shipping systems and no visibility of their freight practices/ spend across all locations.[more]

Hit the Gas! How to Double Your Strategic Sourcing Output

Challenge: A $7B Tier 1 automotive manufacturer determined that its direct materials sourcing processes were inefficient to the point that they were losing potential revenue. Instead of performing strategic sourcing activities for new product introductions, the sourcing team was spending most of its time extracting information from other systems (PLM, ERP), manipulating spreadsheets, and analyzing vast amounts of quote information from their suppliers.[more]

Simplifying the Growing Logistics Needs of a Construction Materials Manufacturer

Challenge: A large construction materials manufacturer was struggling to keep up with its growing supply chain needs. Coordination of international and domestic suppliers, vendors and shipments was beginning to overwhelm it.[more]

Universal uses multi-modes to provide hybrid solutions for its customers

Challenge: The client desired a multi-modal approach which would allow inventories to flow plant-to-plant faster than current rail mode while maintaining inventory and production levels. The challenge was a combination of truck capacity in a local marketplace as well as a "truck-rail-truck" approach due to significant levels of inventory moving to the Texas Marketplace.[more]

Industrial Distributor Revamps Distribution Center for Growth

Challenge: The client is an industrial distributor experiencing tremendous growth. The company's distribution center capacity was taxed. Furthermore, operational costs were rising because the distribution center lacked the processes and systems to support rising demand, specifically: an inefficient picking methodology was elongating order fulfillment times; pickers were walking too far in between picks due to improper slotting; and aging equipment components were causing bottlenecks.[more]

ADSI's Supply Chain Solution Helps Distributor Absorb Double-Digit Growth

Challenge: Our client, a distributor of hospitality supplies for hotels, colleges and hospitals via 11 distribution centers within North America, needed to upgrade its supply chain systems to better accommodate its double-digit growth rate.[more]

Large Distributor Employs TMS to Centralize Transportation Procedures

Challenge: A wholesale distributor of construction materials and supplies was struggling to centralize their procedures around transportation. At the time, branches had individual methods for managing materials transportation. A universal tool was needed to have better analysis on the client's freights.[more]

Automotive Parts Company Moves to Daily Store Fulfillment While Reducing Cost

Challenge: A leading automotive parts retailer, with more than 3,000 stores in the U.S., wanted to quickly develop their B2B channel while simultaneously growing their traditional retail channel. But their operations would have to adapt to meet the higher service level that B2B customers require.[more]

$4.25 million savings and accelerated manufacturing through design and sourcing

Challenge: A U.S.-based global solar photovoltaic manufacturer was aggressively expanding into new markets such Australia and the Middle East with high solar incidence. However, the company lacked resources to design to local standards and meet sourcing cost pressures from increasing competition. Limited knowledge of the new geographies restricted the company's ability to quickly enter new markets with competitively priced products.[more]

Commercial Brake Manufacturer Achieves $8 Million Reduction in Operation Costs

Challenge: Faced with rapid growth, increasing supply chain complexity and rising transportation and distribution costs, this commercial brake manufacturer wanted to increase efficiency and visibility and wring excess costs from its supply chain.[more]

Penske Logistics drives down customer costs with technology and expertise

Challenge: A leading auto parts manufacturer in North America was forecasting significant production volume increases for two facilities in Mexico. Inbound shipments to the locations included domestic Mexico and U.S. supplier pickups, border crossings and line-haul to their Mexico facilities. They needed to minimize costs without impacting service levels.[more]

Manufacturer enhances service while reducing fuel and distribution costs

Challenge: This integrated garage door systems manufacturer wrestled with excessive product damage and drivers who weren't invested in maintaining a high level of customer service. To improve their supply chain performance, this customer had to improve distribution and transportation efficiencies while minimizing product damage and enhancing the customer experience.[more]

Flatbed Collaboration Drives Innovation and Value

Challenge: This customer had decentralized its transportation sourcing, with each facility operating independently. Three of its largest business units relied on the highly fragmented flatbed marketplace to service customers. It was extremely difficult to maintain reliable capacity and predictable transportation costs, let alone identify logistics efficiencies and implement best practices.[more]

Physical Infrastructure Solutions Company Experiences Seamless Entry into Canadian Market

Challenge: An industry-leading provider of physical infrastructure solutions expanded operations to Canada. Integral to the company's success, is its developed network of "partners," that work together to align critical systems - power, communication, computing, security, and control - within a unified solution. The challenge was to replicate infrastructure for Canadian customers by ensuring a high fill rate efficiency and distribution capacity throughout Canada.[more]

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