VF Corporation, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers, has chosen Averitt Express to provide a variety of transportation and supply chain management services, including Averitt ground transportation, inventory management, distribution, consolidation, deconsolidation, postponement and several other value-added warehousing services. As part of the program, Averitt will be managing shipments from VF's multiple subsidiaries, including such leading product brands as Lee, Vanity Fair, Vassarette, Wrangler, Timber Creek, Jansport and Nautica.
Averitt will use a "merge-in-transit" system to deliver products directly to the VF Outlet stores in the Southeast and Midwest U.S., with the long-term plan of expanding this service to VF's other retail stores in these regions. Products are sent from the domestic supplier network to consolidation centers in North Carolina, New Jersey and California, where they are cross-docked, sorted and ultimately delivered within pre-defined delivery windows to the stores.
"Following an extensive RFP process, several factors played a role in our decision to choose Averitt for this regional program, including their proven service with other national retailers, advanced visibility/EDI capabilities and a management team that is directly aligned with our program needs," says Bill Coxwell, manager of global logistics for VF.
In order to manage this business, Averitt has opened a 60,000-square-foot distribution facility in Charlotte, N.C., with room to grow and availability for multi-client use.
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