Tackling Runaway Supply Chain Costs and Complexities: National Sports Retailer Takes the Challenge and Automates Transportation Network

A national sporting goods retailer operating three sporting goods retailer distribution centers and shipping to 20 retail stores needed to reduce supply chain costs across their distribution network. Their distribution centers were supplied by less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) shipments from product vendors, with frequent intra-company shipments moving between distribution centers. Their retail stores were supplied primarily by parcel shipments from the servicing distribution centers. With a growing list of motor carriers and a diverse geographic footprint, the company was experiencing increased distribution complexity and rising freight costs. With an increasing annual freight spend of $1.5 million, the retailer was looking for complexity reduction and cost control.