SOURCE: Greatwide Logistics

Greatwide Logistics

September 14, 2010 09:00 ET

Greatwide Logistics Services Selected by Schuff Steel for Managed Transportation Services

Company's Proprietary Offering Will Provide Cost Savings, Improved Visibility

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  Greatwide Logistics Services, a national provider of third-party logistics services, today announced that it has been selected by Schuff Steel to provide its new service offering, Greatwide Managed Transportation Services™ (MTS). Greatwide recently implemented the solution at five locations in the southwestern United States. Schuff Steel, a subsidiary of Schuff International Inc., is the nation's largest structural steel fabricator and erector.

"Choosing Greatwide for this service will allow our plant managers and production planners to focus on their core competencies, without having to be responsible for the increasingly complex transportation management function," said Robb Waldrep, vice president, Schuff International. "With Greatwide, we gain the systems, carrier relationships and expertise to drive results that will improve our bottom line and the way we do business every day." 

The Schuff locations now operating with Greatwide's MTS solution are Phoenix, Gilbert, Eloy and Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Stockton, Calif.

"When we started working with Schuff Steel, we saw a tremendous opportunity to lower their transportation expenses while increasing visibility across all of their transportation activity," said John Simone, president and chief operating officer, Greatwide Logistics Services. "We were confident our MTS offering would make a real difference in the cost and efficiency of their operation, and -- now that we're operational at five facilities -- we believe we can bring those benefits to additional Schuff locations in the future."

Greatwide's MTS solution is based on four categories of competitive differentiation:

  1. Measurement -- extensive monitoring, tracking and analysis of data to inform decisions on mode choice, consolidation and deployment of carriers and hybrid carrier combinations.

  2. Capability -- annual bids and mini-bids to expedite transportation procurement processes and eliminate manual processing, improving auditing and payment capabilities.

  3. Transportation Savings -- minimization of rates through selection of least expensive mode choice based on service requirements and shipment details. Instant comparison of available options for rate savings through mode conversion, shipment consolidation, flow-through warehouses and more.

  4. Greatwide Resources -- unparalleled carrier capacity, along with proactive continuous improvement through best-in-class engineering and account management resources.

Greatwide will direct MTS activities for Schuff Steel through its 24-hour, 365-day Transportation Operations Center (TOC) in Dallas. At that location, the company manages all transportation functions, including procurement, planning, dispatch, execution and distribution, as well as back-office services such as billing, settlements and accounts receivable.

About Greatwide Logistics Services
Greatwide Logistics Services is a privately held third-party logistics provider serving the United States and Canada. Greatwide offers an integrated service platform to customers including managed transportation services, dedicated, full-service brokerage, warehouse-based logistics and irregular route truckload. Greatwide is the largest provider of dedicated refrigerated transportation in the United States. The company ranks 11th among Transport Topics' Top 50 Logistics Providers, is a Food Logistics Top 70 3PL Provider and an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Motor Carrier. For more information, visit www.greatwide.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Greatwide.

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