LeanLogistics program aims to achieve better freight rates, improved service levels for clients

by Canadian Shipper

HOLLAND, Mich. — LeanLogistics’ Carrier Procurement Services are now available as a stand-alone offering from the company. According to an AberdeenGroup Research report, companies can save an average of 8.8% on their overall freight budget with a more sophisticated procurement or payment/audit system. LeanLogistics’ Carrier Procurement Services are designed to help clients achieve better freight rates and improved service levels by benchmarking these against best-in-class averages from the LeanLogistics On-Demand TMS network of over 20,000 users, 4,000 carriers, and 2,000 suppliers, processing in excess of 70,000 shipments per week and $4 billion in annual transportation expense.

“Transportation costs continue to increase every day, so shippers need help in determining the best combination of carriers to support their customers,” said Dan Dershem, CEO and president of LeanLogistics. “We leverage a critical mass of data from our vast transportation network, along with our best practices knowledge and resources, to deliver sustained improvements in service levels and transportation spend to clients.”

As part of the Carrier Procurement Services offering, LeanLogistics will assist companies by: supporting the carrier Request for Proposal (RFP) process; identifying complimentary regional and national carriers from the LeanLogistics On-Demand TMS network to participate in carrier bid events; developing carrier profiles to include: number of trucks, trailers, terminal locations, and operating regions; documenting RFP objectives and business requirements; developing customized Web pages with the company’s graphics for carriers to download RFP documents and upload rates and accessorial tables; standardizing and documenting accessorial requirements and charges; electronically issuing rate, accessorial, and contract templates; providing data cleansing and analysis of bid results; supporting multiple rounds of bids; reviewing bid results; identifying total savings generated from bid event; and providing ongoing quarterly review of carrier routing guide compliance and savings generated, as well as targeted bid events on “bleeder” lanes.

“For companies that plan to conduct a carrier bid event this year, LeanLogistics can significantly streamline business processes and reduce expenditures,” said Jeff Potts, vice-president of business development at LeanLogistics. “LeanLogistics’ On-Demand TMS provides connectivity to all trading partners, systems functionality to manage the supply chain, and services that allow clients to continuously maximize their return-on-investment.”

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