Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the third-party logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., formally introduced its multiclient network of logistics services designed to meet the rising trend of customers seeking flexible, scalable and customizable warehouse offerings.
With multiclient warehouse management solutions, customers of every size can outsource any level of warehousing, distribution and transportation management operations, leveraging shared resources from a proven IT platform and a global network of strategically located facilities. Menlo says its offering helps the customer mitigate asset risk, providing a cost-effective bridge between single-warehouse solutions such as committing to a dedicated facility, utilizing public warehouse space or having to internalize the function.
Menlo says its multiclient network warehouse management solution offers customization, full warehouse management functionality and a Lean philosophy of waste elimination, continuous measurement and improvement. The company also brings extensive resources and years of expertise in transportation and inventory management to its customers.
“Menlo’s multiclient model and culture of continuous improvement create a unique offering in the logistics industry,” says Paul Tedfors, regional logistics manager for BSH Home Appliances. “We’re leveraging Menlo’s scalability, and shared resources for IT services, physical plant, labor and expertise to create a supply chain solution unique to our needs. It enhances our ability to respond quickly as our market and our customers’ needs evolve.”
The company says it undertook a pilot program to develop its multiclient platform nearly two years ago, modeled on the success of its flagship multiclient operation in Fremont, Calif. Based on that model, it is rolling out six fully operational, strategically located facilities throughout the United States, including locations in Atlanta; Dallas; Aurora, Ill.; Cranbury, N.J.; Fontana, Calif.; and Portland, Ore. Outside of the United States, Menlo offers multiclient network facilities in Mexico, Canada, Asia and Europe.
“Menlo’s proven expertise in warehouse design and management programs are easily adapted and applied to the multiclient market – plus, customers benefit from the knowledge and value-added services available from doing business with an established 3PL,” says Faith Ross, director of multiclient operations for San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “Our turnkey solution offers a cost-effective option in warehouse management that enables customers to respond quickly to surges in demand and seasonality without direct capital investment in warehouse facilities.”