ST. LOUIS, MO - Logistics Management Solutions (LMS), a non-asset-based third party logistics provider, has been selected to provide transportation optimization and management services to Presence From Innovation (PFI), a St. Louis-based designer and manufacturer of merchandising equipment.
LMS will direct PFI's ground freight, which entails less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload shipments moving among North American shipping points, most of which are retail outlets. LMS will use its transportation management system, TOTAL, to build and execute optimized ship plans using PFI's raw order data. Once freight is dispatched, authorized users can access TOTAL to obtain online shipment statuses and performance reports.
"As PFI continues to grow, we find it necessary to partner with a logistics provider that offers top-notch service, reliable transportation and excellent freight tracking capabilities," says Michelle Koelker, business process specialist for PFI. "The efficacies we gain with LMS' TOTAL software package will ensure our daily shipping operations run like clockwork."
A majority of PFI freight is comprised of LTL shipments that can be consolidated into less costly truckload shipments. TOTAL's optimization engine is designed to pragmatically evaluate order data and identify opportunities for freight consolidation, aggregation, pooling and cross-docking, among other cost-cutting strategies. The engine also includes parameters to ensure freight is optimized without compromising shippers' safety and service directives.
On a daily basis, PFI's enterprise resource planning system sends shipping orders to TOTAL, which uses Microsoft's BizTalk® Server to efficiently exchange data with disparate systems. LMS staff, including an onsite planner at PFI headquarters, manages the entire process from the downloading of data to final shipment delivery. Subsequently, LMS updates TOTAL with shipment, carrier and delivery information, giving PFI online access to up-to-the-minute data.
TOTAL is a service of LMS, which means PFI can reap the benefits of transportation management technology without a large investment or system commitment.
LMS is a non-asset-based, third party logistics provider that brings millions of dollars in transportation cost savings to some of the world's best-known companies, including BASF, Monsanto and The Scotts Company. We combine Web-enabled technology with proven logistics practices to offer optimization, execution and data management services that maximize our clients' operational efficiencies. For more information, visit www.lmslogistics.com.
PFI is a multi-faceted merchandising company that designs and manufactures a full line of retail equipment, including free standing plastic and wire racks, ice coolers, shelf organizers and POP signage systems. Uncovering unique ways to stimulate sales for retail products is PFI's hallmark. PFI is dedicated to transforming great ideas into even greater examples of the finest quality merchandising equipment while maximizing visibility and visual impact of retail products. For more information, visit www.pfinnovation.com.
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