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Freight Procurement Strategy
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

Europe

$0.9M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Supported requirements gathering, documentation, core carrier development and bidding across LTL, TL and Parcel freight. Identified current and new carrier partners able to meet operational requirements and supported multi-round bidding events to establish contracted rates. Once the bidding was complete, we supported the negotiation of final agreements and implementation plans with providers.

Dedicated Fleet Implementation
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
150
Region: 

United States

$1.2M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Facilitated the implementation of optimized routes for a dedicated fleet. Working with both the shipper and fleet operator, Zero Waste uncovered and corrected obstacles keeping the fleet from hitting targeted metrics.

Intermodal Analysis - Mexico / U.S.
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

Mexico

Service

Consulting

Conducted operations assessment and cost analysis of over the road vs. intermodal transportation of volumes from Mexico to U.S. distribution and assembly facilities. Reviewed every aspect of the supply chain, including inventory levels, freight costs, order quantities, loading configurations and transit times. Collaborated with our client to establish the most cost effective logistics strategy per supplier location, commodity and part number.

Mexico/U.S. Transportation Flows
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

Mexico

Service

Consulting

Designed optimal transportation routes carrying bulky/heavy commodities from manufacturing centers in Mexico to U.S. assembly facilities. Established optimal order quantities, trailer and loading configurations and carrier partners to ensure service and cost requirements were met. Supported the design through implementation of parts flows from multiple supplier locations.

Staffing Supply Chain Engineering Roles
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

North America

Service

Staffing

Staffed positions to support analysis and implementation of supply chain strategies to optimize inventory, service and logistics costs. Roles included establishment of optimal parts flows to support assembly, setting order quantities and replenishment techniques and collaborating with stakeholders to correct issues during implementation.

Spot Quoting and Reporting
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Distribution

Region: 

North America

Service

Staffing

Staffed positions to support spot quoting, bidding and analysis in support of specialized transportation including truckload, flatbed, air and project-related cargo. Worked to gather and communicate requirements, organize quotes and recommend providers for shipments.

Core Carrier and Bid Strategy
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

North America

$5.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

As part of the formation of a centralized transportation procurement function, established a core carrier program for $80M of Less than Truckload and Truckload spend. Assessed carriers utilized by each division, identified synergy across the network, organized a standard set of rates and executed the first network wide bid event. Supported the organization through implementation and cost savings reporting.

Truckload Bid Support - Network Modeling
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

United States

Service

Consulting

Modeled a transportation network, in advance of bidding activity, to identify sets of lanes to package together into non-captive dedicated services. Lanes were identified that would increase asset and driver utilization across work weeks. The network was modeled with months of load level details and realistic operational constraints.

Truckload Bid - Requirements Gathering
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

United States

Service

Consulting

Supported a Truckload procurement event by collaborating with the procurement team to gather and document requirements for the Bid. Zero Waste created a list of stakeholders, at the local level, and interfaced directly with logistics, shipping and receiving staff throughout the client's network. The team created a detailed set of requirements, unique to the individual location level, capturing trailer pool needs, pick-up/delivery time, appointment requirements, special loading/unloading procedures, multi-drop route details, and any other unique requirements carriers needed to know to place a realistic bid. Once requirements information was gathered, Zero Waste compiled data to interface with bidding tools.

Truckload Sourcing Event
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Distribution

Region: 

US - East

$1.5M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Assessed current market conditions, rate levels and carrier relationships to create a Truckload Bid strategy for a network comprised of both Van and Flatbed lanes. Supported the client's procurement team by playing a 'behind the scenes' role, creating the bid strategy, supporting analytics, reporting and data management. Zero Waste's role supported the Sourcing Event through implementation planning and communication of results to stakeholders.

Distribution Center Location Study
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

United States

$5.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Modeled the logistics flows supporting multiple manufacturing centers to identify the optimal location of a distribution center servicing multiple facilities. Modeled transportation expenses to select the optimal location of the distribution center. Simulated the network at the order and move level to ensure both inbound and outbound hub routings were optimally designed.

Parcel Bid Analytics
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

Europe

$1.5M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Conducted rate and lane optimization analysis in support of an LTL and Parcel bid, across thousands of lanes in Europe. Simulated freight costs at the shipment level through custom designed rating engines, integrated within the bid. Each carrier’s unique rate structure was modeled and loaded into the rating engine to estimate total bottom line cost implications of each bid.

Optimizing Hub and Spoke Network
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Construction

Network

Hub & Spoke

Region: 

North America

$3.5M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Simulated a logistics network utilizing hub and spokes, nationwide, to distribute building materials to end customers. Identified the optimal number and location of hubs. Created a list of savings drivers to reduce total variable costs of delivering product end customers. Savings were estimated based on comparing the optimal network with current costs, along each savings driver.

Logistics Network Assessment
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Construction

Network

Hub & Spoke

Fleet Size: 
200
Region: 

United States

$2.3M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Assessed the logistic network of a construction materials manufacturer and distributor. Reviewed procurement, operations and planning processes to identify the drivers of excess costs. Conducted rate benchmarking of freight expense to identify the opportunity to lower variable expense. Modeled the logistics network to identify the optimal mix of dedicated assets versus purchasing freight in the contract carrier market. In addition, modeling identified the opportunity to optimized inbound freight with outbound freight

Retail Distribution - Dedicated Fleet Design
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Distribution

Fleet Size: 
50
Region: 

US - West

$0.3M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Modeled a dedicated fleet capable of delivering to 12 to 24 order to delivery requirements. Fleet operated throughout the west coast and provided daily service to the region. The modeling focused on reducing miles traveled in the network, maximizing driver hours per day and minimizing total assets deployed.

Truckload Fleet - Optimizing Unit Type
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Private Fleets

Fleet Size: 
130
Region: 

US - Midwest

$0.2M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Modeled a regional truckload operation to identify opportunities for replacing sleeper units with day-cabs. Identified the optimal number and location of domiciles, specifying the number of units at each domicile location. The project focused on driving down fixed costs and establishing a network capable of holding service levels and enabling driver home-time.

LTL Consolidations
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Hub & Spoke

Region: 

North America

$4.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Assessed densities of a distribution network to determine the opportunity for adding LTL consolidation centers. Identified target geographies with the opportunity to consolidate and ship direct LTL moves. Initiative focused on reducing transit time, lowering cost and lowering damage claims.

International Flows - Design
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

International Flows

$8.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Supported the development of a business case to add, move and eliminate consolidation and deconsolidation centers within a global distribution network. The new network was designed to improve service levels, reduce total cost and compliment supply chain strategies. Historic, current and forecast data was all used to validate the need for the optimized network.

International Order Consolidations
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

International Flows

Region: 

Asia

$3.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Simulated the consolidation of purchase orders and material releases on an international supply base and identified savings from consolidating orders to match ocean vessel schedules. Created daily, weekly and bi-weekly consolidation scenarios to drive higher weight shipments and maintain end-to-end transit times.

International Transportation Optimization
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

International Flows

Region: 

Europe

$7.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Analyzed international transportation flows to optimize surface and air transportation. Identified orders able to meet service levels on service transportation and designed a process to optimize mode selection between ocean and air.

Freight Capacity Forecasting
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

North America

Service

Consulting

Created a methodology to forecast freight volumes and costs by simulating future transportation flows from demand, orders and production schedules. The forecasting methodology enabled the logistics team to accurately predict future capacity needs, purchase transportation capacity to meet those needs and forecast freight expense.

Facility Start-Up Support
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

US - Southwest

Service

Consulting

In support of a new facility start-up, local freight management processes were designed to manage cost, track inbound material and integrate transportation and on-site logistics operations. Newly designed processes were in support of a new ERP system, which included transportation management processes.

LTL Shipping Compliance
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Distribution

Region: 

North America

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Staffing

Designed and implemented a shipping standard compliance program to facilitate the lowest cost mode, carrier and packaging of freight. The scope included hundreds of shipping locations and freight ranging from LTL to TL. Performance metrics were managed monthly with communication and corrective action to maintain compliance.

Metrics Dashboard Support
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Private Fleets

Region: 

North America

Service

Consulting

Supported a logistics and transportation company in the design and creation of a profitability metrics dashboard. The profitability metrics dashboard was created to provide real-time guidance to operations on the profit impact of operations planning decisions. Putting the metrics in the hands of operations allowed management to quickly find and resolve under-performing lanes.

Shipping/Receiving Staffing Support
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

US - Midwest

Service

Staffing

Provided a short-term staffing solution for the shipping/receiving function of a paper products distribution and manufacturing operation. The function included load planning, carrier communication, documentation and resolving operational problems.

Acquisition Assessments
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Private Fleets

Region: 

North America

Service

Consulting

Conducted strategic assessments of acquisition targets. Transportation and logistics businesses were assessed for networks and customer portfolios complimenting client's business. The scope of the assessment included customer mix, breadth of operations, network compatibility, financial health and cultural fit.

Transportation Training
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Region: 

North America

Service

Consulting

Created training materials and conducted training sessions in transportation and logistics. Created materials and gave training sessions on domestic and international transportation topics. Materials were customized to provide specific content necessary for each function of the organization.

Procurement Analytics
Capability: 

Analytics

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

Europe

Service

Staffing

Staffed the analytics function supporting a purchasing department buying multiple modes of transportation, including Truckload, Less than Truckload and Parcel. The role included bid preparation and execution, reporting and optimization of bid results, bid implementation support and rate organization.

Load Planning Staff Solution
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

US - Southeast

Service

Staffing

Supported an operations team managing transportation with a third party staffing solution for load planning roles. Managed inbound transportation into an assembly facilities in the Southeast U.S.

Sales and Marketing Strategy
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Fleet Size: 
130
Region: 

North America

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Created a sales and marketing strategy for the transportation division of an integrated logistics services company. The initiative focused on extending the companies service offering, targeting the right mix of customers and capitalizing on regional and local operations to handle time sensitive freight.

Transportation Analyst - Fleet Support
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
350
Region: 

United States

$1.0M

in savings
Service

Staffing

Created and staffed a position to secure backhaul loads onto a dedicated fleet running specialized assets throughout the U.S. The role interfaced daily with operations teams to identify available capacity and developed backhaul lanes capable of filling capacity and improving profitability. The team exceeded backhaul revenue goals in the first year of operation.

Load Planning Support
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
50
Region: 

United States

Service

Staffing

Prepared resources and staffed a load planning function focused on optimizing a set of teams running Hazmat truckloads throughout North America. Successfully routed teams across North America to meet miles per week, revenue, driver turnover and profitability goals.

Acquisition Strategy
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
150
Region: 

United States

Service

Consulting

Supported the assessment, planning and transition of a fleet to new ownership. Collaborated with both owners from early stage exploration through transition and stabilization. Supported a strategic plan to improve driver turnover, profitability and growth.

Dedicated Fleet Modeling
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
65
Region: 

US - East

$3.0M

in savings
Service

Staffing

Modeled integration of 2 retail store chains into 1 network. Created new route design to provide daily delivery service to over 900 store locations from multiple Distribution Centers. The initiative focused on improving asset utilization and customer service levels.

Dedicated Fleet Modeling
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
45
Region: 

US - Southwest

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Staffing

DEDICATED FLEET MODELING......Modeled a new network afer the closing of a regional DC, determined optimal reassignment of stores to remaining DCs, optimizing # of trucks/drivers and miles traveled.

Dedicated Fleeet Modeling
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
28
Region: 

US - Southeast

$1.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

DEDICATED FLEET MODELING......Modeled what the effect of closing a regional DC would have on the miles traveled as well as the number of trucks and drivers needed to service all the retail locations on a daily basis from the remaining DCs.

Carrier Fleet Modeling
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Private Fleets

Fleet Size: 
200

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

DEDICATED FLEET MODELING......Modeled transportation network to determine optimal domicile locations, use of day cabs vs. sleepers, and potential slip seating.

Dedicated Fleet Modeling
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Distribution

Fleet Size: 
25
Region: 

US - East

$1.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

DEDICATED FLEET MODELING......
Modeled the impact of closing multiple DCs, reassigned delivery zones, and redesigned routes accordingly.

Centralized Transportation Management
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

Europe

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

CENTRALIZED TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT......Facilitated risk assessment, business case development and implementation planning for a centralized pan-European load control operation. Plans resulted in the successful launch and implementation of the load control center, resulting in millions of Euros in freight cost savings.

Transportation Rate Management
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

Europe

$1.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Designed a standardized, pan-European rate across multiple modes of ground transportation. Rates enabled network-wide volume bidding and negotiation with carriers and optimization across multiple modes of transportation.

Acquisition Integration
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

North America

Service

Consulting

Supported the development and stabilization of a divested logistics operations into an integrated logistics company. Identified new transportation and logistics management processes necessary to merge and stabilize the new operation, post-integration. Create a road map for generating value from the integration and newly offered services to target customers.

Logistics Service Development - Business Strategy
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Logistics

Network

Distribution

Region: 

North America

Service

Consulting

Facilitated the design and launch of new services for an integrated logistics management provider. Analyzed the market to identify target market needs, competitive landscape and capabilities necessary to successfully deploy each service. Created a sales and marketing plan to focus initial sales efforts beyond organic growth within their existing customer base. The expanded service portfolio resulted in multiple newly awarded contracts.

LTL Spend Management
Capability: 

Operations

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Distribution

Region: 

US - East

$1.0M

in savings
Service

Staffing

Supported the LTL purchasing team by organizing LTL tariffs, requirements and providers. Identified cost reduction strategies and supported the implementation of each strategy. Tracked savings over time and supported communication related project implementations.

Acquisition Integration Modeling
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
50
Region: 

US - East

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Simulated the effect of merging 2 geographically similar, but separate operations, into one single consolidated distribution network. Supported the identification of redundant assets in the merged network.

Acquisition and Integration Support
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Trucking

Network

Dedicated Fleets

Fleet Size: 
100
Region: 

US - Midwest

$1.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Acted as a liaison between the buyer and seller of a transportation investment. Supported financial and strategic analysis to ensure a smooth transition. Created a strategic growth and operations plan to support new ownership.

Business Expansion - Modeled Future Network
Capability: 

Engineering

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Distribution

Fleet Size: 
100
Region: 

US - West

$2.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Customer's business was expanding rapidly into new regions and geographies. Costs were expected to stay high, without a modeled transportation network to support growth. Using a 10 year expected demand horizon, an optimal transportation network was designed to create weekly consolidated deliveries for each expected retail location. Projected logistics costs across the 10 year time-frame was used for financial planning. The work supported growth into new regions/markets and created expected freight spend for supply chain planning.

Re-Designed Fleet to Fit Changing Supply Chain
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Retail & Distribution

Network

Distribution

Fleet Size: 
350
Region: 

US - East

$10.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Critical customer requirements were changing as a result of a major overhaul of the supply chain. Delivery times and frequencies were being adjusted across the network. The team modeled the impact of changing business requirements and identified cost impact of new distribution strategies.

Transportation Network Assessment
Capability: 

Strategy

Industry: 

Manufacturing

Network

Inbound Manufacturing

Region: 

US - Midwest

$50.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Assessed current transportation management operations and procurement programs; identified and documented cost reduction strategies and created an action plan for implementation.

Optimizing Dedicated Assets
Capability: 

Modeling

Industry: 

Construction

Network

Site Deliveries

Fleet Size: 
75
Region: 

US - Midwest

$3.0M

in savings
Service

Consulting

Is my private fleet the optimal solution for my supply chain? Zero Waste identified the right mix of volume on the fleet and on one-way carriers, defined a set of strategies to drive down cost and determined the most optimal use of captive assets. A process was designed to optimize the selection of one-way Truckload and Less than Truckload services with the dedicated fleet, while meeting service levels delivering customer orders to job sites.