Publix Super Markets selects new TMS provider

Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates recently announced that Publix Super Markets has selected the provider’s Transportation Lifecycle Management (TLM) suite to optimize its transportation management processes.

As part of the Manhattan SCOPE (Supply Chain Optimization – Planning through Execution) portfolio, TLM is an integrated solution that will enable Publix to maintain complete control of its network and confidently make the right transportation decisions across departments and external entities based on service needs, locations, carrier commitments and costs, according to Manhattan. With the addition of Publix, Manhattan now counts as customers five of the top eight supermarket chains in the United States.

In addition to enhancing its transportation procurement process, Publix says it will optimize transportation decisions in several areas, including store and warehouse replenishment, manufacturing raw materials and transferring products among facilities through both the company’s private fleet and contracted carriers.

Manhattan’s TLM solution enables private fleet dispatch, appointment scheduling and incremental bidding to compare and help manage food manufacturer freight allowances, the company says; it also provides capabilities to manage specific challenges in the produce industry, and delivers full visibility into vendor-managed deliveries. As a result, Publix will be able to manage inventory more efficiently; increase utilization of its fleet with planned and opportunistic backhauls while not violating tractor, trailer or driver rules; save fuel; and enhance customer service while lowering costs, according to Manhattan.