Network Optimization
Client Situation:
A $6B building supply company was in process of emerging from bankruptcy and wanted to continue to drive internal and external improvements with its highly regarded carrier community.
 
CSSI Role:
CSSI was engaged as part of a larger major-consulting firm project to manage a concurrent strategic sourcing effort for the company’s dry van, flat bed and tanker transportation carrier base. The total spend exceeded $300M annually on over 450,000 loads.
 
Approach:
The team leverage a leading internet based transportation RFI/RFP sourcing solution to provide rapid distribution and analysis of carrier bid data (over 200 total carriers). Custom optimization capabilities were defined and implemented by the team to enable analysis of various flatbed payload options. Combinatorial bid optimization techniques were leveraged to assess multiple rounds of carrier bids. Significant face to face negotiations were strategically driven to gain additional savings and operational improvements with the carriers.
 
Results:
Total savings exceeded 8% of spend, in a pro-carrier market. Carrier’s commented that the RFP process was well communicated and presented in a fair environment that allowed each carrier to define its optimal role for the company.

Transportation Sourcing

Reduce freight spend, improve carrier relations, increase control of your transportation shipments.
CSSI Consulting's transportation consultants have procured over $3B in freight for our clients.   Using an industry leading methodology, we leverage the latest technologies to expedite and optimize results for our clients.  If your annual transportation spend is from $10 to $200 million (or greater), contact us to see how we can save you money and improve your transportation services by undertaking a strategic transportation sourcing process. 


We have experience in the following transportation modes:
Sourcing Optimization Supply Chain Consulting Supply Chain Consultants Supply Chain Supply Chain Supply Chain Consulting firms
  Full Truckload /   LTL
- Dry Van
- Reefer
- Bulk       
- Flat Bed              
- Tanker
  Small Package
- Domestic
- International
- All service types  
- Air
- Ground
  Air Freight
- Domestic
- International 
- Priority
- Deferred
- NFO Service 
  Ocean Freight
- Full Containers
- LCL / NVOCC
  Rail
- Box / Flat Car
- Hopper / Bulk
- Intermodal
- Class I /    Regional
  3PL Operations
- Transportation
  Management
  Outsourcing 
- All modes, LLP's
- Global Coverage


How we can help you:
In today's increasingly complex economic and global trade environment companies are ever more dependent on their transportation and logistics providers for on-time, cost-effective service and visibility throughout their supply chain.  Our comprehensive, data driven sourcing approach is designed to delivering win-win results to you and your carriers.  In comparison to other firms that may just offer a technology solution with less experienced consultants to "run the numbers" CSSI's sourcing activities include:
  • Establish corporate-wide scope and objectives
  • Complete comprehensive data collection and baseline analysis
  • Define sourcing strategy and communications plan
  • Build and release RFI/RFP
  • Analyze and optimize results by leveraging advanced optimization technologies
  • Establish detailed negotiation strategies
  • Negotiate and select carriers
  • Define implementation requirements and strategies to enable targeted results  
Supply Chain Technology


Results:
Results are never the same for any two companies, but our experience across dozens of companies, and multiple industries have given us confidence in our ability to deliver results that are real and implementable.  Our expertise can help save your company millions of dollars with bottom line savings ranging from 6 to 14%, improved service delivery and sustained benefits through improved baseline shipment information.