Some people were born with green thumbs and some develop them over time. These days, modern lawn and garden care rely on special equipment and tools to get the job done. The same can be said about getting that equipment delivered to your local lawn care retailer; it takes efficient technology tools, careful planning, and critical thinking to deliver equipment before we can even consider which lawnmowers or pressure washers we could be taking home.
When an outdoor power equipment company approached RedStone about their supply chain, we were excited at the opportunity to get our hands dirty. Despite operational issues, high freight costs, inconsistent deliveries, and lack of visibility, we were able to solve several critical issues and optimize their supply chain.
A wholesale distribution company of commercial and consumer outdoor power equipment was looking for ways to improve their material flow, labor planning, and visibility within their supply chain. When they approached us, we identified the main issue our customer faced; an inbound move from one of their largest suppliers.
The supplier whom the customer received shipments from controlled the way the inbound shipments were handled. While this is not uncommon in the industry, our customer was suffering from high freight costs, inconsistent deliveries, and possessing no visibility to incoming freight from them. In order to reduce costs and address multiple issues, we needed to implement an entirely new process for them to regain control and visibility of inbound shipments.