ST. LOUIS - Logistics Management Solutions (LMS), a non-asset-based third party logistics provider, has been selected to provide transportation management technology and services to Belgium-based Vesuvius, a $1.5 billon manufacturer of high performance specialty ceramics, refractory products and control systems.
LMS will manage Vesuvius' truckload, intermodal and less-than-truckload freight operations, which include 30 manufacturing, warehouse and cross-dock sites throughout North America. LMS will perform carrier management services and use its Web-native transportation management system, TOTAL, to direct the entire shipping process. Additionally, authorized Vesuvius personnel will have Internet access to vital shipping data, including delivery statuses and performance reports.
"Vesuvius chose LMS because of their proven success in managing clients' logistics in a cross-dock and warehousing environment," says Scott Lesko, logistics manager of NAFTA for Vesuvius. "We also felt their technology and process would allow us to gain visibility along our domestic supply chain while lowering costs. We feel this new relationship will be mutually beneficial."
As part of the offering, LMS transportation planners will work at the manufacturer's North American service center in Champaign, Ill. The planners will collaborate with the company's sales group, which performs customer service functions and enters product orders into Vesuvius' enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
On a bi-hourly basis, the ERP system will electronically transmit shipping orders to TOTAL, which uses Microsoft's BizTalk® Server to efficiently exchange data with disparate systems. LMS onsite staff will use TOTAL to plan, build and execute shipping plans and then update TOTAL with carrier and delivery information to give Vesuvius online access to real time data.
As an application service provider (ASP) product, TOTAL will enable Vesuvius to reap the benefits of transportation management technology without a large investment or system commitment.
Vesuvius is the world leader in the supply of advanced flow control refractory products and systems to the global steel industry and a leading supplier of specialist ceramic products to the glass and foundry industries. It is also the regional leader in the US, UK and Australia in the supply and installation of monolithic refractory linings. Vesuvius is a division of Cookson Group's plc, the leading materials science company operating on a worldwide basis in ceramics, electronics and precious metals markets.
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-native 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.
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