Solowave Design, manufacturer of Big Backyard™ ready to assemble children’s play centers located in Southern Ontario, needed to meet strict delivery commitments to retailers across North America. In 2004 Richard Boyer, Solowave Design’s CEO opted for 3PL Links as their logistics provider of choice and has never looked back. “Not only did we realize a 15% reduction in freight spend in our first year, but we soon realized that we could never approach the level of expertise that 3PL Links brings to the table,” says Richard Boyer.
With a steady flow of up to 20 truckloads a day, Solowave’s inbound and outbound shipments are bulky, requiring oversized pallets. Delivery points are comprised of mainly retailer distribution centers, but also include direct to store, and in some cases, direct to home deliveries (Costco.ca offers home delivery from orders placed on its website. To learn more about Solowave Design’s Big Backyard™ product offering, visit their website here.
Additionally, 3PL Links manage inbound truckloads from North America and air and ocean shipments from Asia.Don Fleming, Operations Manager at 3PL Links also manages “shipment pooling” for Solowave Design. What this means is that 3PL Links consolidates inbound freight in Toronto to save on transportation costs all the way to Mount Forest, a rural community where Solowave Design’s manufacturing facility is located. A maximum of five less than truckloads are pooled before consolidating into a full truckload once or twice a week. Estimated costs savings for this consolidation alone are close to 30%! “Opportunities like shipment pooling are something that most companies like Solowave Design would likely not identify,” says Walter Grossi, President of 3PL Links. “But such logistics strategies are top of mind for us, and we can pass the savings on to our customers.”At 3PL Links we know there is no need to spend more than is absolutely necessary and we’ll show you how. To learn more about how we can help you meet your requirements feel free to contact us directlyhere.
Solowave Design’s Big Backyard™ product offering provided 3PL Links Inc. a unique opportunity to showcase their logistics expertise.
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