Evergreen Packaging – a provider of beverage packaging systems, publication and converting papers – is moving to centrally manage its North American logistics as an effort to be more efficient and cost-effective for its customers. The firm recently awarded Transportation Management Center, a division of C.H. Robinson, a three-year contract to centrally manage Evergreen Packaging’s North American logistics.
C.H. Robinson is a third-party logistics company that provides global multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions. TMC will provide a combination of proprietary Web-based TMS technology and dedicated transportation experts for Evergreen Packaging’s outbound freight networks. Evergreen Packaging will enhance control of carrier selection and rate negotiation using TMC’s Managed TMS services.
“We believe this is an area where we can see improvement,” says David Friedson, director of logistics and distribution for Evergreen Packaging. “We wanted a team that could bring our logistics practices to the next level, providing continuous improvement and creating greater efficiencies. We are especially excited to have greater visibility into our entire network, which we currently do not have. We believe TMC can use their technology and their people to help us get better.”
TMC provides visibility across Evergreen’s entire North American network and will provide reporting, including freight audit and bill pay, enabling a uniformed process across the enterprise. “TMC will also help us measure our carbon footprint as it relates to transportation,” Friedson says. “Essentially, both of our teams are working together, bringing best practices to the table that will benefit our customers, community and the environment – a true collaboration. We look forward to increasing our supply chain efficiencies through TMC’s team.”
The implementation process will take place over two phases and is expected to be fully completed by the third quarter of 2010. “Evergreen is a leader in their industry, and we look forward to collaboratively executing tangible ROI and sustained process improvements,” says Jordan Kass, director of C.H. Robinson’s TMC. “Thanks to our cloud computing model, dedicated experts and deep experience, implementation has been very successful. The key to this has been a great core team, and we have had tremendous buy-in from Evergreen. Integration has been fully supported on the client side, which is essential for a successful implementation.”