Supply Chain Excellence Pumps Up Control: Nationwide Pump Manufacturer Experiences Significant Savings With a Strategic Logistics Partnership

A nationwide pump manufacturer experienced significant growth into a multi-division enterprise with a very complex transportation network comprised of inbound, outbound and third party freight. With several modes of transportation, dozens of shipping locations, hundreds of freight carriers and thousands of shipments requiring audit and freight payment every month, the pump manufacturer was experiencing difficulty in maintaining control of daily shipment execution. At $9 million per year, freight costs were on the rise and becoming tougher to handle. Essential transportation data was increasingly difficult to gather and becoming less reliable, which in turn, confounded strategic planning. Managerial control over day-to-day transportation operations was stretched thin with most of the cost-sensitive daily decisions completely invisible to corporate management.