Challenge: Wide transportation footprint; Different ERP systems across multiple platforms; Gaps in existing transportation network; Maintain core competency of steel-making/processing; Maintain quality/safety culture; Consolidating transportation metric source data
Solution: Create logistics management strategy for growing transportation needs; Integrate systems between client and PLS; Create on-site service for rail, barge, maritime management; Generate transportation metrics under consolidated reporting; Provide market updates; Dispatch truckload from PLS' Operations Center and on-site with client; Scope was expanded to include: o Tactical, strategic rail/barge management; o Management of order packaging, handling requirements; o Management of inbound goods
Results: Consolidating over $350M of annual transportation spend under management; PLS managing 200,000+ of annual shipments; PLS utilized upper/lower control limits to reduce freight costs 15-20% below market benchmarks; PLS leveraged a fuel surcharge 40% lower than market average; PLS pushed legislative permit changes in KY and IN; PLS still achieves cost reduction targets, savings millions of dollars each year
About the Solution Provider: PLS Logistics Services is a leading provider of technology-enabled, scalable, outsourced transportation management across all industries. The PLS carrier network consists of 20,000+ carriers across all modes. PLS PRO, proprietary TMS software, provides business intelligence and shipment visibility.