Tempe, AZ January 4, 2002 Caterpillar Logistics Services is set to use software from Schneider Logistics in a bid to help Caterpillar optimize its transportation network in North America.
Cat Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar that provides logistics services to the heavy equipment manufacturer and external clients, will use Schneider's SUMIT suite of applications to provide transportation management as well as shipment information throughout the Caterpillar supply chain.
Schneider's technology provides the software tools for Cat Logistics to optimize multiple transportation methods for inbound and outbound shipments while providing the ability to track and trace material that is in transit.
Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider Logistics will serve as the application services provider (ASP) for the transportation management technology.
"This agreement will support one of Caterpillar's Six Sigma projects for process improvement to reduce transportation costs while maintaining high service levels for Caterpillar's parts and products," said Steve Wunning, head of Cat Logistics and vice president at Caterpillar. "The initiative not only implements a centralized transportation optimization approach of truck shipments across the enterprise, but will improve transportation processes for Caterpillar facilities, suppliers and carriers.
"Cat Logistics believes the relationship with Schneider Logistics provides a significant opportunity to further enhance the integrated transportation network we require for our dealers and customers, suppliers, manufacturing and distribution operations, and external clients," Wunning concluded.
Caterpillar, headquartered in Peoria, Ill., posted 2000 sales and revenues of $20 billion.