Case Studies

Carrier Consolidation

Higher operating efficiency by reducing the number of carriers making deliveries.

As many as ten carriers a day were trying to make pickups at a client’s three shipping docks. Adding to the problem was the fact that the pickups usually occurred within a time window of just a couple hours. The result was a lot of overtime pay and missed pickups when carriers weren’t able to wait in line.

Our Logistics Analysis team mapped out a solution that consolidated all outbound freight onto three carriers. The solution met all of the client’s service requirements while limiting the cost impact to under one percent.

Result: The client actually realized a savings once reduced overtime was taken into consideration while significantly reducing the workload and complexity for its shipping and receiving department.

A regional retailer was having the same problem with its inbound freight. In this case, more than 15 carriers were making deliveries, which hindered staff from efficiently managing inventory. Making the problem worse was a lack of visibility on inbound prepaid freight.

UTS developed a solution that consolidated inbound activity to three carriers. We rolled this solution into our carrier rankings so that it would be automatically enforced with suppliers shipping freight on an inbound collect basis. For suppliers shipping inbound prepaid, we developed a routing guide that assigned a primary carrier as well as two backups if needed.

UTS also implemented a customized solution to show inbound prepaid freight in transit, which helps with warehouse planning and inventory management.

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Load Consolidation

Inbound cost savings of 21.4%

A shipment frequency analysis done by our Logistics Analysis department found several suppliers shipping freight three times a week, sometimes more. UTS developed a comprehensive plan to consolidate this inbound freight into fewer, heavier shipments, presented it to management, and collaborated on its implementation.

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Milk Run Engineering

Cost savings of 4.4% as well as higher operational efficiency for stores.

A regional retailer was restocking its stores with LTL shipments from warehouses and key suppliers. Our Logistics Analysis realized that this model was inefficient because LTL shipments deliver at various times during the day, often when the stores were open.

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Warehouse Utilization

Cost savings and recovery of 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

A Tier 1 automotive supplier faced a supply chain dilemma. It sourced international material in bulk to keep costs down, but then stored the material in a manufacturing area that was already tight for space.

The client asked UTS for a JIT solution that would deliver smaller quantities on a more frequent basis. However, this would increase sourcing costs more than 20%.

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System Integration

"This solution has created more than $3 million in value (and counting).”

A comprehensive and intelligent order management platform helps a plastics distributor thrive in a competitive industry. Right from the start, this client was clear that a customized integration solution was crucial to the success of its supply chain management partnership with UTS.

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E-commerce Integration

Automate shipping rates and fulfillment for any e-commerce platform.

Universal Traffic Service can help you grow online by integrating supply chain management into an e-commerce platform. Customers see shipping options during the buying process and tracking information once orders ship, while you get real-time visibility and control over the supply chain elements of online order fulfillment.

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Network Engineering

Net cost reduced from 11 cents to 8 cents per pound.

Our Logistics Analysis experts achieved significant savings for an automotive parts manufacturer with locations in Ohio and Kentucky. Shipments from key suppliers are now organized into four regional milk runs. 

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