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MDVA

MDVA Convention

The MDVA Convention is a family friendly event. We encourage you to bring your entire family to enjoy all of our great events. Registration fees include meal tickets for: Friday Lunch and Dinner Banquet, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Click here for registration and event details.

About MDVA:
The mission of the Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association (MDVA) is to advocate for, and support the distributors and food service industries of Michigan.

The Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association (MDVA) is a non-profit, statewide business association representing two very signiicant business segments in the grocery and convenience products industry.

MDVA Distributors are the wholesale distributors of grocery and convenience products to the retail market place. With tobacco one of the many items we sell, we are licensed Michigan tobacco wholesalers, and collect the tobacco excise tax on behalf of the state. Last year alone, tobacco wholesalers collected and remitted over $1.2 billion dollars in excise taxes to the state of Michigan. Their wholesaler distributor members service retail accounts in every county of the state.

MDVA Vendors are the vending machine operators. Their vendor members operate snack food machines, as well as office coffee and food programs in facilities and accounts throughout the state.

MDVA members provide the middle link between manufacturers and the retailers of products you purchase every day. Out 100 member and associate members employ more than 2,000 individuals with an annual payroll of $150 million and nearly $3 billion in annual sales.

Sprinter Employees- Company Outing

Please join us at The West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game!

Who: All Sprinter employees and their immediate family members.
What:
2016 Company Outing
Where:
Whitecaps Stadium- Fifth Third Ball Park
When:
Sunday, July 10th at 1pm. Lunch begins at 12:30.

Lunch and game tickets will be provided! Employees are responsible for parking fee ($7 per car- cash only).

RSVP with Jilia Hagen in HR by June 20th.
616-514-1934 or jilhag@columbian.us

CDS Employees- Company Outing

Please join us at The West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game!

Who: All CDS employees and their immediate family members.
What: 2016 Company Outing Where: Whitecaps Stadium- Fifth Third Ball Park
When: Sunday, June 12th at 1pm. Lunch begins at 12:30.

Lunch and game tickets will be provided! Employees are responsible for parking fee.

Contact Jilia Hagen in HR with any questions:
616-514-1934 or jilhag@columbian.us

Carrier Management Tips

Congratulations! You have successfully executed your Request for Proposal (RFP) event and contracted all of your new carriers. You have even acquired some pricing locked in for two years. All of your plant locations have routing instructions, and your vendors are onboard with entering your inbound material shipments into your Enterprise Resource Planning’s (ERP) transportation module for automatic carrier selection and tendering.

Your freight is ready to be moved within the model you have set up. You have spent a significant amount of time on network design, planning, procurement, and contracting. Then suddenly, you realize that you did not clearly and formally define expectations for performance, measures, score-carding, communication, performance improvement, and corrective action. How will you control this beast?

First, do some reflection on your business. What value, service, or product are you selling to your clients? Is the nature of your market place and competition dynamic with compressed timelines and high volatility or is it more relaxed with a slow-boat modus operandi? This element and many other business rules will determine how you choose to measure performance and success in your supply chain. Functional areas from Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration, freight invoicing, status tracking, timely acceptance of orders and load tenders, and communication of all information related to your supply chain is fair game when considering how to manage relationships with carriers.

The key to keeping a strong and positive relationship with your carrier partners is setting realistic expectations early enough in the procurement process. Make sure to have clear expectations for measurement types and frequency, time period, intent of the program, improvement, and corrective action processes toward mutual benefit. If there is value to the partner beyond retention of your business, you will be much more successful.

Carrier Management