GoldLantern designs Bluetooth and iPod/MP3 devices, which it sells through distribution agreements with Fry’s Electronics, Costco, Wall-Mart, and Micro Center. Thanks to outsourcing the distribution and logistics to Suddath Logistics/Centra Worldwide, the company operates with less than 15 employees.
How do you manage logistics for hundreds of warehouses, multiple manufacturers, and numerous carriers so you can provide the best service at the lowest cost? You outsource.
A European cosmetics company outsourced its U.S. distribution when it entered the American market. But it took a couple of makeovers to get it right.
Outsourcing your warehousing, distribution and other supply chain functions is not just about reducing costs and speeding up deliveries. Some companies use this outsourcing strategy to achieve a more dramatic impact on their competitive advantages.
Learn how the choice of an outsourcing partner is crucial in transforming a company’s catch-as-catch-can or by-the-seat-of-your-pants processes to world-class operations.
Remedy Corporation is a US software developer and manufacturer of adaptable enterprise applications. The solutions are fast-track, in-depth, scalable, easy to modify; and they quickly became very popular. Soon the small company had more than 9,100 customers in 70 countries. Remedy also handled all of its distribution of the products, and therein lies the problem. As the company grew, to keep in pace with all the development that was coming out of engineering, I just had to keep adding bodies, recalls Robert Cassese, Manager of Worldwide Logistics for Remedy. Cassese says it was a lot of work. We were doing it on the flimflam. For example, I’d go up to the stock room and say take these things, and these things, and this thing, and put them in a box, and put a label on it, and we’ll ship them. And if we needed to send a user manual, installation guide, marketing materials, I’d have to go find a printer and some guy to do it. Smart money said others could do it better than we could.