Pitt Ohio selects SuperSpin to optimize linehaul network

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Updated Apr 6, 2012

Pittsburgh-based Pitt Ohio, one of the nation’s largest less than truckload (LTL) providers, announced the selection of Manhattan Associates’ SuperSpin to optimize its linehaul network.

Pitt Ohio currently has 21 terminal locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest region, which include Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Until recently, Pitt Ohio had been using manual tools such as spreadsheets, Microsoft Access, and mileage software systems to analyze the impact of changes to its complex freight network.

“When we wanted to look at opening a new terminal, that was a very manual process,” says Darren Klaum, Business Systems Group director at Pitt Ohio.

SuperSpin automatically pulls information from Pitt Ohio’s freight bill system, on demand, to answer hypothetical ‘what if’ questions posed by analysts such as “what would be the financial impact of moving a terminal to a new location?”

Pitt Ohio plans to use SuperSpin’s advanced modeling and optimization tools to decrease empty miles and fuel consumption as well as improve asset utilization. The company could use the system to evaluate new terminals and acquisitions to expand its corporate footprint. “It will allow us to make assumptions for what to do in the future,” Klaum says.

As part of the implementation process, PITT OHIO has created a new analyst position in its linehaul division. The analyst will be using SuperSpin on a regular basis.

SuperSpin is one of several carrier optimization software modules included in the Manhattan Carrier suite. SuperSpin is designed for LTL, small package, and Less than Containerload (LCL) motor carrier freight shipments. It also helps common carriers that employ third-party services, such as rail, air, ocean, and truckload carrier services, in order to satisfy domestic and global route shipment commitments.