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Transportation Management

Contract management
Negotiator for all NA LTL, parcel and truckload freight movements for most Members including those that pass through CoLinx plus all other shipments to/from other locations

Dedicated fleet management
Establishment and maintenance of dedicated fleet movements for plant to warehouse and warehouse to warehouse freight movements for Members

Freight bill payment
300,000 bills per year payment rate for all US and Canadian bills for all Members including custom reporting

Freight bill audit
Matching of BOL and actual bill, including dispute resolution, and check generation as needed by Member, discovering 2-3% in overcharges annually

Pool system creation and operation
9 NA pool cities offering daily service to cities East of the Rocky Mountains, and 4 day per week service to cities West of the Rocky Mountains.

Expedited freight services
Special delivery contract pricing up to 40% off standard charges

Carrier service compliance audit
Auditing non-compliance by carriers who miss their 24 hour LTL delivery commitment

Fleet, Pool and LTL shipment consolidation
Complete integration of mixed brands on all replenishments to regional centers, shipments to pool cities, and shipments to Distributor DC’s. Consolidation of LTL from pool city to customer, if Members allow, by ship to location.

Bill of Lading generation
Generating BOL’s for Members and for CoLinx consolidated bills as the freight forwarder

Migration to lesser cost modes
Analysis of orders for migration from Air Freight to Parcel to LTL to Truckload on all orders submitted with best way routing

Internal carrier selection compliance
Reports provided on all carrier selections made outside contracts based on freight bill payment data

Cross-docking coordination
Cross docking freight from manufacturing plants through CoLinx facilities for faster delivery at a lower cost using the pool system

Data warehousing-freight bills
Freight payment historical data available to Members

Freight cost consulting
Providing freight cost analysis vs. published rates for use in individual company policy making

Order consolidation service
Bringing together products from disparate plants for consolidation into a single customer shipment

Truck and container co-loading for export
Consolidation of multi-brand, multi-order and multi-product shipments going to Canada, Mexico, and Europe

Pallet return program administration
Toll free number for customers to call for ordering a pick up of re-usable pallets

CoLinx Critical shipments program
Complete coordination of emergency shipments 7/24 which allows Members a markup on all emergency shipments

Warehouse Operations    (back to top)

Foreign trade zone
Allows multiple containers for a single processing fee, avoidance of US tariff until shipment into the US, elimination of duty drawback on shipments made to Mexico and Canada. Full reporting capability for US Customs compliance

Packaging for stock
Conversion of bulk inventory to pack quantity or individual packages with labeling suitable for US, Canada, or Mexico sale

Labeling
Special labeling for OE or promotions as well as labeling for stock

Kitting
Uniboxing of various components that make up a subassembly

WMS operations and maintenance
Operation and maintenance of paperless warehouse management system

TMS operations and maintenance
Traffic management system operation and maintenance directly fed from WMS to generate consolidated BOL’s

Cycle counting
Inventory verification methodology used within WMS

Layout consulting
CAD program available to do layout work for optimization of travel time and flow

Data warehouse reporting--operations
Cost per pick, store, ship per SKU

Slow moving inventory reporting
Reports on demand from WMS showing slow or non-moving inventory

Return goods processing
Inspection, scrap, repackaging, relabeling, written dispositions submitted electronically for Member judgment on restocking

Cross-docking
Physical hand-off of products being “direct” shipped from plants or non-CoLinx stocking locations where the pool network can deliver faster and at less cost vs. a “direct” route through LTL terminals

Receiving
Visibility of incoming inventory with ERI/ASN’s in order by next day at 8AM latest, preparation of ERI data and labeling on product received without “license tag”

Wood shipping crate refurbishment
Clean up or scrap of reusable shipping crates and return to manufacturing locations

Literature handling
Fulfillment center for sales literature

Lean event management
Cost and efficiency oriented employee involvement programs

Insert change out
Exchange of a bore size within a mounted product housing to fill an order need for an assembly not in stock

Assembly work
Change of construction for ratios, shaft outputs, or conduit box locations, also assembly of stock components per drawings to fulfill systems orders—UL and CSA certified

MHE maintenance and purchasing
Assisting members selecting MHE, making the purchase against the Members’ lease line, operating and maintaining the equipment

Export crating
Building of crates per Member specifications for export

Paperwork matching
Attachment of paperwork from Member to shipment

Tracking, tracing, and expediting
Distribution services team that acts as liaison with Member inside sales team

Emergency shipment service
7/24/365 availability of inventory

Export paperwork preparation
Producing documents for Members

Warehouse lease management
Negotiations for all CoLinx locations

Manage locations throughout NA
Crossville, Dallas, Philly, Reno, Toronto, Edmonton

ISO9000 certification maintenance
Lloyds audited certifications in Crossville, Sparks, Dallas, Bellmawr and Toronto Edmonton scheduled in 2005

Container Freight Station
The Container Freight Station status held by CoLinx is used to unload, consolidate and stage international in-bond shipments prior to domestic shipment or export. This area also holds in bound in-bond shipments prior to U.S. Customs' validation of the Transit Bond.

E-Commerce    (back to top)

Web mall operations
Mall operations and Stores for Members in the US, Canada, Mexico

System to system connections
S2S gateway between Members, Carriers, and Distributors for P&A check, order submit, order status checks, freight bills, BOL

Data loading tool
Allows easy update of all on-line databases

Data warehouse
Provides click stream reports on web use

PTadmin
Allows store administrator to control dynamic content on web storefronts, and control all data

Freight bill payment data flow
Electronic transmission of billing data and bills of lading for most Members

XML transaction infrastructure consulting
Helping Members set up and maintain XML transaction engines to communicate with CoLinx or others

Network administration
Management of the network out to and including the router at Member locations

7/24 help desk operations

 

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