Business Issues Addressed
Merging disparate production and shipping entities into one fluid transportation process, and effectively analyzing the results
For the past four years, our client (an international metals industry powerhouse) has been growing exponentially via acquisition. In that time span, they have either bought or acquired the assets of six other companies. In early 2006, they realized that each facility had their own unique system, and as a result of this decentralized approach, transportation costs were skyrocketing, and they didn’t have any real tools to analyze and assess their predicament. Their goal was to find a solution that a) would allow them to automate their tendering and load scheduling processes, b) centralize certain core functions like carrier management, tendering rule logic, and freight payment, c) allow the production facilities the ability to execute and monitor their individual shipment requirements, and d), increase management’s visibility and control over the entire transportation process.