CoLinx, LLC is a manufacturer-owned provider of shared e-commerce and logistics services in North America.
Four premium brand manufacturers founded the company in January 2001 to share costs associated with logistics and e-commerce and to accelerate growth. The company principals believe that the rapid delivery of both product and information are key to long-term success. In 2006, Gates Corp. acquired an equal ownership stake with the original four owners.
Since formation in 2001, the company has grown to include operations in 6 locations with over 800 full time and contract employees billing over $75 million annually in service revenue. CoLinx operates shared warehouses, a transportation network, freight bill audit and payment services, packaging center, a foreign trade zone and offers a variety of information technology services.
Services are offered to manufacturers who undergo a formal application process, pay a membership fee, and make a commitment to use CoLinx services to a substantial extent in both ecommerce and logistics. Members have access to any or all services offered by the company including warehousing, packaging, labeling, kitting, export packaging, light assembly, foreign trade zone use, freight bill payment and audit, PTplace.com™ web stores, system-to-system connections with customers, Carrier Connect™ transactions with freight carriers, transportation management, CoLinx Critical™ delivery, cross-docking, shipment consolidation, and returned goods processing. Members are allocated costs based on proprietary cost sharing methodology.
CoLinx is a different kind of company that is hard to comprehend (especially if you are a banker). The company does not operate as a profit center. All benefits accrued by the company are directly passed back to the Members in the form of reduced costs. The company does not promote itself or try to build a brand image. The company’s only mission is to “be the best choice“ for the Member manufacturers it serves and the employees of CoLinx.
The basic concepts are simple. When there are many companies shipping like products to like destinations, consolidation reduces shipping and handling costs. When there is consolidation, cost effective shipments can be made more frequently. When shipments are made more frequently customer service improves, cost per pound declines, and less inventory is needed in the supply chain. When there are many companies supporting basic ecommerce web services to the same group of distributors or carriers, a common gateway reduces technical complexity and simplifies operation and maintenance. When many companies share a warehouse, common areas and support staff are shared, shared front line distribution specialists better accommodate peaks and valleys, and investments in high fixed cost technologies such as WMS, ASRS, conveyance, timekeeping, voice directed activity, and engineered standards becomes justifiable.
CoLinx specializes in the bearing and power transmission products industry. The CoLinx transportation system is dependent on a healthy Authorized Distributor channel for Member manufacturers. CoLinx does all possible to help its Members and their Authorized Distributors serve customers. Since 2001, the company's compound annual growth rate is over 13%. Since 2007, over $20M in automation and technology investments have been made to keep the company positioned as "the best choice."