Straightline Looks to Boost Supply Chain Efficiencies

Selects Pittsburgh Logistics Systems to manage steel shipments and improve on-time deliveries

Selects Pittsburgh Logistics Systems to manage steel shipments and improve on-time deliveries

Pittsburgh — October 9, 2003 — Straightline Source, a division of United States Steel Corporation, has selected Pittsburgh Logistics Systems (PLS) as its new transportation logistics provider.

Under the terms of a multi-year agreement, Rochester, Pa.-based PLS will manage steel shipments from Straightline's steel suppliers to its network of processors, as well as the subsequent delivery of finished goods to customers across its 34-state operating region.

Straightline creates steel supply chains for each of its contract customers through a network of more than 50 processing companies and strategic steel supply relationships, and uses information technology to manage the entire "order to delivery" process. This approach is designed to help customers reduce their total cost of steel procurement.

PLS, a Quadrivius company, provides logistics solutions and consulting services to the metals, lumber and building materials industries.

Bob Dryburgh, Straightline president, noted that assuring on-time deliveries is a critical component of his company's offering. "The majority of our customers are buying on a contractual basis and are looking to Straightline to help manage the flow of steel into their operations on a just-in-time basis," he said.

Straightline is already exceeding on-time delivery rates of 99 percent for some of its large-volume contract customers, and the year-to-date average on-time delivery rate for all contract and spot shipments is 94 percent. "We believe that by working with PLS, we can significantly improve our overall on-time delivery performance," said Dryburgh.

PLS says that it will provide Straightline with expanded visibility into real-time freight tracking information and access to a wider network of carriers. In addition to higher on-time delivery and customer satisfaction rates, Straightline is looking to this agreement for improved load aggregation and operating efficiencies.