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Transplace, Dal-Tile, Whirlpool, Convermex and Werner Co. Collectively Win Supply Chain Innovation Award at 2012 Annual CSCMP Conference

Nov 27, 2012

Collaborative, Innovative Shipping Project Receives Top Industry Award, Produces Results in Reduced Demand for Transportation Resources, Costs and Environmental Impact



DALLAS--()--Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced that the third party logistics (3PL) provider along with Dal-Tile, Whirlpool Corporation, Convermex and Werner Co. were selected as the winner of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) eighth annual Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition. The team was recognized for its collaborative efforts to consolidate low- and high-density freight onto the same vehicle to reduce demand for transportation resources, thereby reducing costs.


“It’s an honor to be recognized for innovation by such a respected industry organization,” said Transplace Mexico Country Director Ben Enriquez. “Establishing a successful collaborative cross-border shipping program with multiple shippers has resulted in significant savings for every company involved. It was a privilege to share our experience with other supply chain professionals and provide them with the insight to pursue innovation within their own supply chains. Transplace looks forward to providing visibility to this collaborative venture with other shippers and customers.”


The Supply Chain Innovation Award was established by CSCMP’s Research Strategies Committee and SupplyChainBrain to recognize a collaborative supply chain team’s outstanding innovations as demonstrated by quantifiable and sustainable cost-savings, revenue-generating, or customer-satisfaction achievements. The eight finalist teams presented their case studies in The 2012 Supply Chain Innovations of the Year educational track at CSCMP’s Annual Conference 2012 in Atlanta.


The team of Ben Enriquez, country director, Mexico, Transplace; Sonney Jones, director of transportation, Dal-Tile; Bradley Rudasill, transportation lead, Whirlpool; and Rebecca Myers, director of transportation and customs compliance, Werner Co., presented the case study “Opposites Attract – Shippers Consolidate Truckloads to Improve Capacity Utilization and Sustainability” to group of attendees and judges, and were presented with the award during the closing session on Wednesday, October 3.


“Improving weight or cubic capacity utilization is a challenge many shippers face,” Jones said. “Partnering with like-minded businesses has allowed Dal-Tile to bring its shipments much closer to absolute capacity optimization, and realize financial and environmental benefits without sacrificing service. Collaborative consolidation of Dal-Tile’s high density freight with other shipper’s low density freight onto the same vehicle has reduced the demand for transportation resources by 60 percent on applicable lanes, netting cost reductions of 10-25 percent while reducing our carbon footprint.”

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