Swift & Company Joins Logistics Network

Beef producer signs up with Nistevo in bid to improve customer service through online visibility to in-transit orders

Beef producer signs up with Nistevo in bid to improve customer service through online visibility to in-transit orders

Minneapolis — February 6, 2004 — Swift & Company has joined the logistics network operated by solution provider Nistevo in a bid to improve its customer service through online visibility to in-transit orders and to optimize its transportation plans to better secure truck capacity during seasonal peaks.

More than 150 years old, Greeley, Colo.-based Swift & Company offers a variety of beef and pork products nationwide. The company had sales of $2.5 billion in its most recent fiscal quarter.

Nistevo operates what it calls a Collaborative Logistics Network for transportation management, a hosted software service that enables manufacturers, retailers and carriers to plan, execute and settle their inbound and outbound full and less-than-truckload transportation. The Network, says Nistevo, offers visibility and event management, contract management, execution and tours that can be deployed in as little as 65 days.

By signing a subscription agreement to the Network, Swift will be looking to improve its cross-company contract compliance, optimize load building and automate its tendering processes to drive new savings while working more closely with its core carriers, according to Nistevo.

"Swift is focused on two major corporate goals — improving our customer service while reducing operating costs," said Gary Acromite, vice president of customer supply chain for Swift. "With Nistevo's proven capabilities and their commitment to rapid and successful deployments, we expect to see measurable return-on-investment and further enhance our ability to service our customers."

"Today's transportation managers understand the importance of their role in creating customer satisfaction," said Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of Nistevo. "Customers don't buy products, they purchase delivered products. Using Nistevo's hosted TMS, Swift will manage its freight more cost effectively, offer cross-company visibility to inventory in motion and proactively manage exceptions to ensure on-time delivery whenever possible. Swift understands the value of its customers and, by using Nistevo, it can further strengthen its communications and satisfaction with each of them."

Nistevo says that its customers are using the Network to manage more than 3 million shipments annually that collectively travel more than 3 billion miles. Other Nistevo clients include Church & Dwight, The Dial Corporation, General Mills and Georgia-Pacific.