Based on a continual improvement methodology and a focus on supply chain efficiencies and customer success, the parties are eager to embark on another 3-year contract
CHICAGO and BRILLION, Wis. - Ariens Company, a Wisconsin-based equipment manufacturer best known for its lawn tractors and snow throwers, has renewed its contract with Redwood Logistics (Redwood), a strategically integrated logistics provider, as its third-party logistics (3PL) partner. In the two and a half years since the beginning of the partnership between the two companies, Redwood has delivered measurable and significant costs savings to Ariens Company (Ariens) using continual improvement initiatives, integrating all facets of their supply chain to facilitate data speed, accuracy and visibility, and an overall increase in supply chain efficiency leading to a better dealer experience and lower supply chain costs.
Within the partnership, Redwood provides Ariens with operational and efficiency-based services that include multimodal transportation operations management, technology services and network design. Using a customized and expedited implementation process, Redwood integrated Arien’s supply chain using its RedwoodConnect Solution and has provided seamless operations between Ariens and their partners since beginning the partnership in May of 2015.
Redwood’s implementation of continual improvement initiatives that reduce supply chain waste year-over-year have helped Ariens achieve a significant reduction in its aggregate cost per pound rate, a reflection of the operational efficiency gains realized by the Redwood solution. Redwood’s analysis of Ariens’ consolidation, mode conversion, procurement and risk mitigation processes has allowed Ariens to exceed its planned shipment volumes without increasing costs on a per-pound or per-unit basis.
“Redwood’s continual improvement approach to supply chain efficiency has brought Ariens real, measurable cost savings and increased productivity,” said Tom Wright, vice president of supply chain, Ariens Company. “Our ability to control logistics and costs has increased dramatically and that is because the Redwood team sees our success as their success. Redwood has given us exactly what we need to maintain a competitive edge in our industry over the last two years and we look forward to continued success as the partnership continues over the next three years.”
Using Redwood’s proprietary B2B communication hub, Ariens is connected with all of its suppliers and can check and manage the company’s entire freight plan multiples times per day using Redwood’s multifaceted software-as-a-service (SaaS) transportation management system. The result is that distribution and warehousing partners, material suppliers and customers can share information easily with one another and make adjustments as needed. The system provides visibility into all key operations and arms decision-makers with real-time data and actionable intelligence.
“Our goal for Ariens was to increase shipment volume without changing the scope of services offered to their customers,” said Todd Berger, President, Redwood Logistics. “That was achieved in large part because of our institutional knowledge and experience in deploying complementary applications and Ariens’ trust in the Redwood process and team. Together, we will continue to evaluate the results of our efforts quarterly and monthly with the shared goal of continual efficiency improvement.”