Distributors can improve shipping predictability and decrease costs by reevaluating how they receive product from their suppliers. This article looks at how LTL is a little-considered option but can cost half that of parcel delivery and a third of overnight air deliveries.
Beyond renegotiating existing contracts, many wholesale distribution executives don't consider changes that can be made to shipping procedures to save money and improve cash flow.
It's like this is the way we've been doing it for so long, we don't think that there is another way, says Doug Savage, president of Bearing Service Inc., Livonia, MI.
But reevaluating shipping options and processes to get product from the manufacturer to the distributor can lead ...