Givens Logistics Case Study
Established in 1957 as the Givens Trucking Company, Givens Logistics is now Chesapeake, Virginia’s largest private employer and is ranked among North America’s top one hundred 3PL (Third Party Logistics) providers by Inbound Logistics magazine. Givens Logistics offers a full spectrum of logistics services from intermodal shipping (air, rail, ship, etc.) to LTL distribution. Givens Logistics handles over 10,000 SKUs for more than 40 companies. With that many products to distribute, Givens required a comprehensive transportation management system.
Vintage Tub & Bath Case Study
Vintage Tub & Bath is the premier source for claw-foot tubs and plumbing fi xtures and they also carry pedestal sinks, pull-chain toilets, towel warmers, medicine cabinets, and a full range of reproduction bath accessories. This industry leader has served over 100,000 customers and is one of the top 500 ecommerce companies in North America. Every order ships with FREE shipping and handling – even their cast iron and acrylic claw foot bathtubs. Therefore, controlling and reducing shipping costs is paramount.
Breg, Inc. is a pioneer in the development of premium orthopedic, reconstructive and postoperative products. Breg used different shipping systems supplied by third party software providers. Each system required a different process for recording shipments None of the systems had the ability to access line item detail necessary to automatically classify tariffs and generate international export documentation. As a consequence, US Customs compliance requirements were manually processed and managed. Agile installed Agile Elite on a server at Breg’s corporate data center. Agile Elite’s central administration and enterprise architecture provides IT with the scalability, resilience, and security. Breg is now
able to enforce a simple, consistent and streamlined shipping process for all facilities.
The Sonova Group (“Sonova”) is a Swiss publicly listed company specializing in the design, development, production and global distribution of technologically advanced wireless and hearing systems under the Phonak and Unitron brands. Before encountering the Agile Network, Sonova used multiple unintegrated carrier supply systems. Afterwards, Agile designed an integrated solution and installed Agile Elite an SOA enterprise-shipping platform.
GSP Marketing Technology
GSP Marketing Technologies, Inc. (GSP) is a provider of Point-of-Purchase (POP) marketing solutions to convenience retailers, fuel marketers, and suppliers of convenience products and services. GSP processed shipments using various carrier-supplied and third party supplied systems. GSP also manually processed paper airbills and bills of lading. Their existing systems at the time were unable to process shipments for future dates. GSP distribution managers were unable to smooth out production spikes by processing during low activity periods. Agile Network, implemented Agile Elite on a single server behind a firewall in GSP’s information center in Florida.
Dayton Progress Corp. produces metal punches, special punches, punch blanks and metal stamping tools. Dayton differentiates itself by providing the shortest, most consistent product delivery in its market, reducing customer lead-time, maintenance downtime and inventory. Dayton used a third party shipping system to process domestic and international shipments. The shipping system integrated with Dayton’s JD Edwards One World ERP system to access customer ship-to information, but was unable to capture line item detail or process multiple orders within a single carton. Dayton needed these capabilities to automatically generate international documentation. Instead, shippers had to create these forms manually, resulting in inefficiency, errors, and delays in customs, adversely impacting Dayton’s ability to meet its delivery commitments. Agile Network implemented Agile Elite on a server at Dayton’s corporate data center. Agile Elite supports a real-time XML connector to the JDE system, capturing order and line-item detail for shipments out of any of their facilities
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is a global leader in the field of robotic-assisted surgery. Since its inception, the company has consistently provided surgeons and hospitals with the tools needed to improve clinical outcomes and to help patients return to active and productive lives. Intuitive used a variety of carrier and 3rd party (Clippership) systems, Web sites, and manual processes to rate, label, document, ship and track outbound shipments. None of these systems were integrated to their SAP (Systems Application & Products) system. Intuitive lacked consistent processes for automating international compliance. Export Department personnel manually prepared customs documents, a time-consuming process. Agile deployed Agile Elite on a single server, behind a firewall in Intuitive’s corporate data center, and integrated to SAP using a
Remote Function Call (RFC) connector created by Agile. This provided Intuitive’s IT personnel with a single point of control for security, data processes, and authorized user access for all shipping locations
DCI Marketing provides Fortune 500 clients with integrated marketing programs designed to strengthen retail brand image, promote customer loyalty and increase sales for America's premier companies. Their TMS vendor had been unable to establish integrated processes with DCI internal systems, forcing personnel to manually input address information and update orders with shipment costs and tracking information. Bills of Lading were hand written. Agile deployed Agile Elite (a suite of enterprise logistics management solutions) on a single server, behind a firewall in DCI’s IT center in Milwaukee. Authorized users from anywhere on the DCI corporate networks are now able to access Agile Elite solutions using a standard Internet Explorer browser. Agile used Agile Composer to adapt role-specific processes for personnel in order entry,
shipping, finance and customer service. All employees share a single view of the most up-to-date transportation activity and costs.
R&R Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of replacement parts for the commercial golf and turf industry. R&R Products’ philosophy has always been to offer top quality products at attractive prices and to have items in stock at all times for immediate delivery. R&R Products’ personnel in their purchasing and order entry departments lacked automated decision support for choosing the most cost-effective carrier service based on type of order, customer, product and destination. Instead, they used paper based routing guides and rate charts to determine service and costs. This led to rating inaccuracies, excessive inbound and outbound transportation spend, and, more importantly, missed customer delivery expectations. Agile Pacific integrated the systems to R&R Products’ IFS ERP system. The interface is designed to handle automated parcel and LTL rating requests from purchasing and order entry. The system applies complex business and logistics rules based on type of order, customer, product, time-in-transit, and destination. This ensures that R&R Products meets their customer delivery expectations at the right price.
If you have ever been to an amusement park, a baseball game, or your town’s local fair, then chances are you have enjoyed a drink out of a Berk cup or a meal from a Berk to-go container. Berk Enterprises have been providing concession supplies for over half a century now, and with over 6,000 products on the market they are a leader in their industry.