How we drive value for our clients…
On your behalf, we can leverage our knowledge and vast experience in transportation to drive efficiencies and savings for your enterprise.
Our established network of proven business support specialists allows us to consult on “everything” logistics and transportation.
Our retainer relationship business model permits you to budget quarterly for our support services and still gives you the flexibility to ramp up our services for special projects and analysis.
We are perfectly situated to augment an existing transportation management infrastructure by introducing a different and fresh perspective on analysis and solutions.
We focus on the following value drivers…
Reduced cost of transportation services.
Internal visibility and analysis of carrier cost and service metrics…managing your expense.
Efficiency and effectiveness of existing shipment processing automation platforms.
Speed to market impact.
Improved IT support of customer service and reduction of customer service calls.
Delivery reliability and cost of delays/failures.
Reduction of order to delivery cycle via improved transit times.
How we can serve your business……
We will work with your executive team to design, build and expand your specialty pharmacy offerings. Our client list includes well-known pharmacy corporations, payers and other organizations that provide services to, or manage, the pharmaceutical supply chain. Our Specialty Pharmacy Support services include:
• Managing the carrier selection process, securing rate proposals from multiple carriers and establishing relationships with local and national carriers best matching your needs
• Gaining commitment for aggressive rate and surcharge discounts
• Negotiating pick-up times and rules for local communication with carriers
• Establishing service standards and expectations
Mode Optimization Analysis
Based on market demands, your competition, speed to market requirements and transportation cost management expectations, we can analyze your current and most commonly utilized transportation modes and make recommendations for transportation services that best meet your overall needs. This service is based on the analysis of existing shipment metrics/services and offers mode solutions across all carriers and service offerings.
Cross Border Distribution Solutions
Whether you are a Canadian manufacturer looking for a US distribution solution or a US company looking to expand your product offering in Canada, we can develop complete distribution solutions to include:
• Pick & Pack
• Domestic parcel distribution.
• Cross border transportation (bulk cross border movement of goods).
• Regulatory guidance.
You supply the product and we supply the process for distributing your goods across the border.
Let us help you develop and implement affordable IT solutions that reliably meet your shipment processing and data write-back requirements. We can evaluate your current automation platform (shipment processing) and make recommendations to include:
• Correct shipment metrics data capture.
• Write-backs to your enterprise software program.
• Web based or software solution.
• 3rd. party solutions provider recommendations.
• Guidelines for carrier shipment platform/software interface and support.
We can help you design smart packaging with consideration for carrier size surcharges and dimensional weight implications. We will introduce you to the packaging suppliers that can serve you best and offer you the most cost effective packaging solutions based on your needs. Finally, we can help you establish an internal claims process that will allow to manage this process with the carrier, capture your cost related to damage claims and recover more claims related dollars from your carrier.
General Rate Increase Impact Analysis
The carriers raise their rates every year because their cost of doing business is increasing. However, the effects of this annual rate increase impacts all shippers differently based on a company’s shipment metrics and where the carriers are targeting their rate increase. 4Front can help you understand the true impact of a rate increase and help you manage your exposure to this increased cost.
Carrier Pricing Strategies
Are you really benefitting from carrier driven earned discounts? Are the carriers truly capturing all your revenue for purposes of earned discount? Is the pricing bundle for Parcel and LTL locking you in to a single carrier and limiting your choice of providers? Have you negotiated surcharge discounts with your carriers? What percentage of your over transportation spend is for surcharges? Do you just accept the annual rate increases without pushing back on the carrier? Is a single carrier solution really your best carrier solution? Are you letting your carriers off the hook when it comes to more aggressive rate discounts because they spend entertainment dollars on you? Let us help you answer these questions and position your company to gain more from your transportation service provider.
RFQ and RFP Support
It’s never easy to ask your carrier for an additional discount and in some cases, additional discounts may not be warranted or available from your transportation provider. You may view transportation as a commodity or be in search for the best overall value proposition that balances cost with service and support. Either way, 4Front can help you determine if the RFQ/RFP process is in your best interest and then guide and direct you through the process.
Pricing Agreement/Tariff/Rules Review
Pricing agreements, tariffs and carrier rules are complicated. For parcel, you are signing an agreement that you probably have not reviewed in detail. For LTL, most imposed tariffs do not even require a signature and all agreements/tariffs are based on terms and conditions set forth in a current service guide or a rules tariff only available on-line. We can help you understand “the fine print” and mitigate your exposure to rules and policies that expose you to risk and added cost.
Import/Export Regulatory Compliance
Whether you are importing textiles from Asia or exporting medical devices from the US, there are government driven compliance rules and laws that can negatively impact your company if you are not following the rules. In many cases, your exposure to fines, Duties & Taxes and audit can go back many years. We can help you mitigate this risk and show you how to manage your data so that you can effortlessly respond to and support government driven adverse claims and audit requests. Let us help you grow your international foot print while mitigating your risk.
Transportation metrics can be cumbersome, difficult to understand and you need to understand this information to properly manage your transportation spend. The chances are very good that even your carrier’s representative does not understand all aspects of the metrics reports that they provide and finally, do you know what has been left out of those reports? Let us help you drill down to what is important to you and quantify your carrier’s data and value propositions.
Carrier Expectations/Relations Guidance
Properly managing your business relationship with your carriers is one of most important things you can do for yourself and your business. We can help you understand how to best manage your carrier relationships and realize the full value proposition promised by these service providers.