In the last several weeks, NASSTRAC has hosted a number of regional meetings throughout the country – including Long Beach, Chicago, and Minneapolis. These events gave shippers an opportunity to network and to learn about current market concerns and emerging trends in transportation. Here are just a few observations made by shippers during these regional events:
In Long Beach, Alex Albertiniof Charlotte Russe, a specialty retailer of apparel and accessories, identified his three business supply chain focuses as cost containment, partnerships that will drive his company’s success, and growing intelligently by identifying the right markets. Mitch Bentzof Lewis Hyman said his biggest challenge is to achieve and execute consistently new and lean supply chain models, while continuously tweaking those models as customer requirements rapidly and dramatically change. Mike Dunnof Cambro Manufacturing, a manufacturer of hotel and foodservice products, explained his company is continuously working on true partnerships with carriers and educating them on Cambro’s business issues. Frank Quintof Restoration Hardware said he just opened the last of four DCs in his distribution network, and is focused on constantly aligning his carrier base and transportation resources with the retailer’s enterprise.
In Chicago, Michael Cole, Senior Director of Transportation for food company Kraft Foods, discussed the best practices, opportunities and challenges faced by his operations team that manages a networking supporting 700,000 shipments annually with budget responsibility of more than $1 billion spend. Joe Lombardo, Group Manager Transportation for Nestle, identified a major focus for his team to be on safety, and described collaborative efforts internally and externally with carriers for increased safety, efficiencies, and cost management. Carey Skoglund, National Logistics Manager for retailer Ace Hardware, outlined some of the transportation initiatives involving the logistics support to his company’s 4,000 domestic and international stores. Shipper panelists were particularly concerned about industry issues and advocacy issues that could increase transportation costs upwards of 15 - 17 percent.
In Minneapolis, Mike Tripp, Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics with women’s apparel retailer Christopher & Banks, described how his organization streamlines its products through one DC and has focused this past year on inbound freight strategies, carrier score-carding, and adapting to rapidly changing customer expectations.Tom Wenzinger, Director of Corporate Traffic for retailer Advance Auto Parts, described how his company just opened its ninth DC, in Indiana, which is enabling them to provide daily deliveries of hot sellers to their stores nationwide. "We’ve found that our supply chain is not "one size fits all,” he said, "and we have been working on our supply chain model of the future that factors in frequency of orders and shipments, cost structure, visibility into shipments, and communications with our providers.”
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