Pool Distribution: Reduce Cost, Raise Service Level

Transportation and Warehousing – Blended Service

Transportation and Warehousing - Columbian Logistics Network

Many shippers utilize partner relationships in their supply chains, relying on a network of carriers, storage facilities and technology providers to keep their business moving. Tying all of the disparate services into a cohesive network is costly challenge. Columbian Logistics Network provides a blended solution of transportation and warehousing for it’s customers. “We recently had a warehousing customer who was having a difficult time finding transportation for Midwest shipments. Vetting carriers, negotiating rates, it was draining a lot of their resources. We were able to step in and move product on our trucks, and turning on that service took a fraction of the time because of our pre-existing relationship” Notes Doug Johnson, Vice President at Columbian Logistics Network.

Regional Freight & Blended Solutions

Trucks with the Columbian Logistics name are a common sight on Michigan roads, providing pool distribution throughout the state every day, but Columbian has also operated a fleet of short haul trucks under the name ‘Sprinter Services’ since the mid 80’s. These trucks service routes from the Grand Rapids dispatch center to points within Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  “Our customers prefer working with us because we take the time to learn about their business and provide solutions that support on-time delivery and cost goals. We are more than just shipping from point A to point B” stresses Erick Haskell, General Manager of Transportation.

For customers with national freight needs, the Transportation Management group taps into a deep network of carrier partners to develop custom solutions. “We can leverage our spend to secure competitive rates for our customer, and our team has the industry experience and tools to manage transportation very efficiently” notes Paul Laidler, Director of Logistics Operations.  One specific example is shipping status report on all orders, generated for a customer daily. “It’s saved our customer’s  Service Reps a lot of time emailing and calling for each update.”

Clean Transportation: Food Safety Specialists

While the Columbian Logistics transportation customer profiles runs the gamut of industries, from automotive parts to paper and packaging, food and beverage manufacturers can find an extra level of security in Columbian’s focus on food safety and security. “Shipping can be an area of high risk with dock delays and dirty trailers. Our warehouses are SQF & AIB certified, and we operate under a HACCP plan. We apply those same principals to our trucks to ensure products are not compromised in transit.” Notes Haskell. A ‘Clean Trailer’ program implemented across the Columbian fleet provides an effective framework for drivers, and is also extended to carrier partners via the Transportation Management Group.

Capacity and Service

Utilizing one partner for warehousing and transportation can save valuable time and money for shippers.  You can learn more about our fleet and blended service at www.columbianlogistics.com/transportation or call anytime at 616-514-1904.

 

 

Presenting At WERC 2015

Columbian Logistics Network is pleased to announce that Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care, will be presenting at the  Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) 2015 National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation ‘How to Increase Yard Management Productivity via Mobile Technology’ will be co-presented with Nate Harris, President of Cypress Inland Corporation, maker of yard management software ‘Yardview’.  

“The freight yard can really become a black hole within a company’s supply chain. This presentation illustrates via case study how setting up a modern yard management program and process in conjunction with off the shelf hardware and technology can drive process improvements and cost savings.” Said Thomas.  

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 5th from 9am to 10am. Visit the WERC 2015 Conference website for more details. The presentation will be made available to all attendees after the conference. If you cannot attend the convention but would like to view the presentation, please contact amavan@columbian.us

WERC is a not-for-profit professional organization that provides tools, knowledge and networking for those in the distribution industry.

Outstanding AIB Audit at Grandville, MI Warehouse

Columbian Logistics Network is please to announce it’s Grandville distribution center has passed it’s AIB International audit with a score of 960. The AIB International is a globally recognized non-profit that provides independent audit service, consulting, and educational programs in an effort to promote food safety across the food processing and distribution industries. The audit system for food distributors is composed of 5 categories:

  1. Operational Methods and Personnel PracticesAIB-International
  2. Maintenance for Food Safety
  3. Cleaning Practices
  4. Integrated Pest Management
  5. Adequacy of the Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs

Scores are determined by the number and type of ‘observations’ recorded by the auditor. “We are really proud of this score, it’s a great reflection of our commitment to providing our customers with the highest level of food safety.” Notes Jim Gadziemski, General Manager of Warehousing. Grandville facility manager Tami Binkowski would like to recognize the contributions of Dave Cotto, Food Safety Specialist, and Alisha Nettles, 1st shift warehouseman. “Their hard work and dedication really help make the audit process go seamlessly, and they are already planning on how to raise the score for next year!”.