Ampad Outsources Transportation Management

Pad and paper company turns to 3PL Transplace for supply chain services covering outbound, inbound product in North America

Pad and paper company turns to 3PL Transplace for supply chain services covering outbound, inbound product in North America

Plano, TX  April 4, 2005  American Pad & Paper (Ampad) has turned to third-party logistics (3PL) provider Transplace for complete transportation management outsourcing, handing over responsibility for its transportation needs, including all outbound and inbound product in North America, as well as imported goods.

Richardson, Texas-based Ampad manufactures writing pads, filing supplies, retail envelopes and specialty papers, serving many of the largest and fastest-growing office products retailers and distributors in North America.

With more than 2,500 products manufactured, Ampad has enlisted Transplace to manage and optimize all shipments to retail locations and mass merchandisers nationwide. Under the relationship's scope, Transplace will run the overall services of transportation procurement, less-than-truckload (LTL) consolidation, automated carrier tendering, freight audits and payments, shipment status and key performance measurement reporting.

"When looking for a company that would manage our transportation services, we knew we wanted a partner that would strategically advance our competitive edge," said Barry Schoonvel, Ampad's executive vice president for operations. "Working with a consulting firm, we identified Transplace as one of the top 3PLs in the transportation industry."

Ampad will use Transplace's Dense Network Efficiency (DNE) platform to optimize transportation networks and collaborate with carrier partners with an eye toward lowering logistics costs and improving service.

Transplace said that the DNE combines the critical mass of virtually unlimited shipper freight and carrier capacity to provide optimization opportunities on a broad scale, systems connectivity that links shippers and carriers and drives supply chain visibility and collaborative value and optimization technology utilizing automated, proprietary algorithms to identify transportation synergies.

"Our DNE platform has helped companies like Ampad leverage transportation management as a competitive advantage," said Tom Sanderson, Transplace's president and chief operating officer. "In optimizing Ampad's entire transportation network, we are enabling cost savings, business process efficiencies and continuous value that builds year after year. Those benefits translate into a true strategic weapon for the company."

Key performance measures in the relationship include on-time shipment and delivery, complete and damage free shipments, freight claims and freight billing accuracy.

Additional Articles of Interest

For more information on the latest trends in the logistics space, see the article "The Analyst Corner: Fulfillment & Logistics" in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.