Established in 1999, Republic Plastics manufactures premium private label foam products for the consumer retail and institutional foodservice tableware markets which compete with national brands. Republic Plastics supplies most US grocery retailers with private label tableware solutions including plates, bowls, saucers and lunch trays.
Republic Plastics has four processing facilities strategically located in the US to maximize distribution efficiencies. The company spends about $8 million per year in freight.
Business Process and Problem Definition
As a fast expanding company, Republic Plastics was quickly outgrowing its spreadsheet and fax- based transportation tracking. In addition to expanding business challenges, Republic Plastics was seeing a shift in freight transportation to a more regionalized approach. The company traditionally shipped freight in long distances of about 1,500 miles until retailers began opening more regional distribution centers, allowing product into the stores more quickly. The average shipping distance decreased to 500 miles, which adds time and complexity to the transportation planning process.
Republic Plastics wanted a transportation management system that could reduce time devoted to logistics planning and decrease transportation costs while the company continues to grow and evolve. The company values all employees and wanted the right technology to increase the efficiencies of the transportation team.
Republic Plastics created a list of goals for a transportation management system:
- Eliminate high start-up costs with SaaS platform
- Provide full management of transportation functions
- Maximize efficiency of staff
- Provide detailed metrics and reports
- Improve customer service
- Lower freight spend