Automotive Aftermarket

Alaska

Challenge
Our client, a large retailer of consumer goods, came to us looking for a solution for shipping a high volume of fixtures and merchandise to Alaska from several vendors in the lower 48 states. Typical solutions involved shipments of Full Container Loads (FCL) and Less than Container Loads (LCL) through the port of Tacoma/Seattle via ocean vessel.

Solution
Dunavant developed a client-specific program by transporting on the CN rail line from the Midwest, through the port of Prince Rupert, and on the AquaTrain into Whittier, Alaska.  Using Dunavant’s partnership network, the right consolidator was employed to properly pack the 86’ boxcars, consolidating approximately 2.6 - 53 foot trailers by utilizing a specially designed disposable shelving unit. 

Results
While most logistics providers use the standard solutions, our client was particularly enthusiastic about Dunavant’s ability to create a process that was unique to retail, reduced damages, improved visibility inbound, and significantly reduced the cost of opening stores in a new market.

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Heavy Lifting

Challenge
A $12 billion retail consumer goods company approached us in need of a cost-effective way to ship heavy-weight products from China. In addition, they wanted a complete review of their replenishment model to improve inventory turns and reduce safety stock.

Solution
Dunavant developed a client-specific program by utilizing their load planning optimization tool combined with their fleet of triple-axle chassis strategically positioned across the United States. This strategy provided an increased load cube and weight shipment matrix from under 34,000 lbs to over 43,000 lbs.

Results
The solution dramatically improved container-shipping capacities, thus reducing shipping costs. Inventories are now ordered in an on-demand basis rather than on container constraints criteria. Dunavant provided 24/7 logistics support at each touch point across multiple users, ensuring the objectives of the project were exceeded for all stakeholders.

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