Navigation Links
A 3PL's Battle with Commoditisation -- Menlo's Solution

AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gunn, Menlo's Managing Director in Europe, was also at pains to explain that a focus on reduced costs in the supply chain need not be at the expense of innovation; rather that the latter can drive the former through the use of a structured, continuous improvement programme.

Menlo, the global logistics and supply chain management unit of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) offers supply chain and transportation management services as well as 3PL and 4PL logistics solutions to a large number of companies in a variety of vertical sectors across the globe. However Gunn drew on his company's experience with a leading medical technology supplier to help answer the question, "How can the 3PL industry profitably innovate and win the battle against commoditisation?"

Gunn noted that many 3PL/shipper engagements are tactical rather than strategic. "Often shippers, in the main driven by their procurement functions focussing on cost reduction, make short-term choices based on volatile market demands. In the process they lose sight of greater efficiencies that can transpire from longer-term commitments to a logistics supplier," he noted and proposes a switch in focus from cost to quality and innovative relationships.

The Menlo executive outlined a value-driven supply chain transformation concept that, in his company's case employs the Lean methodology to achieve a culture of continuous improvement that unites shipper and 3PL in a mutual optimisation exercise. This method empowers employees of both parties to make beneficial changes to the supply chain process.

In the case of the medical technology client, it was revealed that such an approach produced supply chain savings of 16% in warehouse costs over a 24-month period. In Global Forwarding Management some 56% and 10% cost reductions were achieved across two logistics scenarios, respectively. The same analysis saw KPI performances of over 99% when measuring "ship on time," receiving and inventory accuracy functions. There were corresponding innovations in warehouse design and supply chain optimisation. The latter featuring shipment consolidation, improved planning to remove redundant transport legs and more efficient mode utilisation.

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics Europe
In Europe, Menlo Worldwide Logistics maintains 17 dedicated and multi-client logistics centres located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom. This warehouse network can serve as pan-European distribution solution using one or several facilities.

Supply chain and transport management solutions as well as 3PL, warehousing and distribution services are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors including: fashion & apparel; healthcare and medical equipment; hi-tech electronic and data network equipment; automotive; defence and government services and retail e-fulfilment. The European headquarters is at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Centre in the Netherlands.

Follow Menlo on Twitter:

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.7 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics' services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities.

With nearly 20 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world. Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.6 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company.

An archive of all Menlo Worldwide Logistics' news releases and photographs is available from the ISIS Communications Press Room at

SOURCE Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Transportation Insight Among Americas Top 10 3PLs with Best Range of Transportation Services
2. West Virginia Retailers Association Highlights Success Of NPLEx In Battle Against Meth Labs
3. Moscamed Launches Urban Scale Project Using Oxitec GM Mosquitoes in Battle Against Dengue
4. Court Partially Rejects DOJ "Stay" in Decade-Long Battle for Emergency Contraception Over the Counter
5. Vancouver General Hospital Deploys TRU-D Superbug Slayer to Battle Worst Season of Flu in Recent Memory
6. A Forever Recovery Battle Creek, MI: Increasing Recreational Drug Use in Colleges Creates Risk for Addictions
7. Missouris PSE Blocking Technology Leading To Progress In Battle Against Meth
8. Kentuckys PSE Blocking Technology Leading To Progress In Battle Against Meth
9. North Dakotas Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth
10. Floridas Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth
11. Nebraska Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... EDISON, N.J. , Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on ... today announced the closing of its previously announced ... common stock and warrants to purchase up to ... a fixed combined price to the public of ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, technology-driven ... today the launch of the company,s first Health Nucleus, ... potential to transform healthcare. The inaugural Health Nucleus is ... at HLI,s headquarters facility. More Health Nucleus facilities are ... International cities. --> ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  Measurement in accountable care programs is ... incentives, but gaps in measurement can result in ... systems. A new, peer-reviewed study published in ... explores measurement gaps for high-priority conditions and ... --> --> "These gaps ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Symposium Chairman, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is pleased to ... be held March 2nd and 3rd, 2016. The annual meeting, along with the ... physicians from around the world. , Key topics at this year's event will include ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Relay (, a technology company that ... significant contract that will provide its award-winning private messaging solution to Independence Blue ... success of its Relay program, IBX Wire™, which now has over 550,000 members ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... NavaFit Inc. today announced the launch of its NavaFit ... participate in local fitness & sporting events, and stay motivated. Users can ... costs drive us to get more serious about fitness and wellness, individuals are constantly ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... Protein is ... the body, including muscle, bone, and blood. But how much protein does the average ... than it might seem, according to the October 2015 issue of Harvard Men's ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Scientists in Seattle and Vancouver compared the diagnostic value of ... mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click ... and the University of British Columbia found that certain genetic alterations were seen just ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):