CSG Deploys SCM System to Offer Web-based Inventory Management

Leetsdale port facility uses solution from ADS Logistics with "shopping cart" load building and non-metals commodities functionality

Leetsdale port facility uses solution from ADS Logistics with "shopping cart" load building and non-metals commodities functionality

Homewood, IL — February 7, 2005 — CSG, an asset based provider of material handling, warehousing and transportation solutions, has implemented a supply chain management system from ADS Logistics as the engine for its Web-based communication and inventory management system at its Port of Leetsdale, Pa., intermodal facility.

CSG operates multi-modal transload and warehouse facilities with rail, barge, truck and container capabilities. The company sought an efficient, real time solution to automate the distribution and inventory management processes at its Leetsdale facility. CSG also needed to communicate this information via the Web to customers.

ADS said that its LoMaS solution provides CSG customers access to inventory management, material tracking and order fulfillment capabilities through a secure link on CSG's Web site. LoMaS provides flexibility for scheduling and receiving material, and door-to-door inventory management capabilities through visibility to product information from time of shipment through final destination material receipt, according to ADS.

Using the solution, CSG's customers know exactly what material is on-hand, and an inventory position report shows the estimated time of arrival of in-transit products. Additionally, CSG's customers are able to view and manage inventory, and they can initiate material releases using a "shopping cart" interface.

"ADS Logistics was chosen because of LoMaS' total solution, ease of use and ADS' expertise in the logistics and information technology arenas," said Jack Goisse, a vice president with CSG. "CSG customers now have access to their information 24/7, with increased accuracy and simplified, yet highly sophisticated logistics and inventory management processes for meeting their customers' needs."

According to ADS, LoMaS comprises a logistics transaction execution technology solution integrating the supply chain, providing visibility to material and connectivity between the participants of the customer's entire supply chain. LoMaS can be operated independent of, or integrated with, a customer's existing technology platform.

ADS historically has served the metals industry, but the provider modified its supply chain management application to accommodate non-metal commodities, adding "shopping cart" load building and non-metals commodities functionality for CSG, according to Gordy Gustafson, vice president with the integrated solutions division at ADS. "CSG's need to accommodate both metal and non-metal products gave us an opportunity to service our customer and take LoMaS to another level," Gustafson said.

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.