Choice Logistics Expands Global Network, Sees Clients Follow

Mission-critical parts 3PL sees majority of client base expand services globally in 2004

Mission-critical parts 3PL sees majority of client base expand services globally in 2004

New York — November 17, 2004 — Third-party logistics services provider Choice Logistics has expanded its global network in 2004 and is seeing its clients expand their use of the 3PL's worldwide services, the company reported this week.

One of the largest independently owned and operated logistics firms in the world, Choice was originally founded in New York City as a courier company in 1964. A key player in the mission-critical service parts logistics market in America since 1994, Choice now has more than 260 strategic stocking locations (SSLs) in 38 countries with more than 160 employees at its headquarters in New York and many satellite offices around the world.

Given the history of the business and the recent growth and current reach of the Choice Network, the principals of the company are optimistic about the future. Choice continues to improve its opportunities to serve its existing client base as well as new customers seeking global, mission-critical logistics solutions.

"We firmly believe that our increased global presence and domain expertise strengthens our overall network and sets the course to becoming the preeminent strategic logistics provider for mission-critical service parts in the world," said Choice CEO Michael Katz. "Ultimately, though, we want our clients to see our global efforts as part of our ongoing commitment to providing innovative logistics solutions and improve our service offering."

Katz said this mindset continues Choice's focus on assisting clients with direct access to international markets.

Mary Young, director of worldwide logistics operations for Choice customer CNT, praised the 3PL's innovation and continued international expansion. "For example, the implementation of Choice's processes in Germany has allowed CNT to service direct and indirect support channels while reducing overall inventory investments," Young said. "Additional benefits have also been realized through the utilization of Choice's reverse logistics processes, which has allowed CNT to significantly reduce defective parts repair turn-around in Germany."

"Choice Logistics has been a preferred Hitachi Data Systems partner for several years," said Sam Mikles, director of spares operations for Hitachi Data Systems. "We started using Choice domestically, and as their network has expanded, so has our service offering to our clients and partners. Now we're partnered in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Whether we have a local overnight delivery or a critical same-day, the service is superior regardless of the country."