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  September 10th, 2014 | Written by

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ADS LOGISTICS, LLC
Started Logistics: 1978
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $102
Employees: 445
Warehouses: 5
Sq. Ft.: 0.50 million

As you’d expect of one of the industry’s top pick-and pack, point-of-sale replenishment programs, processing better than 50 million units annually, flexibility and speed is critical for ADS. The company’s software, developed in conjunction with Red Prairie, allows for quick tracking and waving capabilities that has allowed the company to maintain an incredible 99.9 accuracy rate.

INGRAM MICRO LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1979
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $734
Employees: 4,000
Warehouses: 132
Sq. Ft.: 8.2 million

The world’s largest IT distributor got even bigger recently when it purchased BrightPoint, an industry-leading telecommunications niche 3PL and distributor. That fits with Ingram’s model of being a one-stop sourcing solution for businesses worldwide—it has more than 200,000 customers—helping them to work smarter and more profitably by providing them with technology and value added services.

LEAN LOGISTICS
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When Ace Hardware was considering a new transportation management system (TMS), it considered doing it itself, until it realized the process would take years. It went to Lean, which quickly implemented its LeanTMS. The program selected the right carriers and modes and identified problem areas, thereby reducing inventory and improving lead-time dependability. Ace estimates it has saved more than $18 million since its implementation.

LEGACY SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES
Started Logistics: 1975
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $401
Employees: 2,700
Warehouses: 42
Sq. Ft.: 6 million

Legacy, which has expanded its North American distribution footprint to include more than 6 million square feet of multi-client space, specializes in providing customized supply-chain solutions using Tier 1 Technology. The company has invested heavily in distribution technology infrastructure, providing real-time inventory management, integration of purchase order systems, Key Performance Indicator development and custom reporting as well as reduction in warehousing and distribution costs.

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Started Logistics: 1996
Serves: Global
HQ: USA
Revenue: 200 million
Employees: 240

LMS’ proprietary transportation system, TOTAL, has become popular with such heavyweights as BASF and Johnson and Johnson as a way to maximize freight operations. A modular system, TOTAL offers numerous components that can operate autonomously or collectively for a complete transportation management package. And unlike other TMS products, TOTAL does not require a large investment or length implementation period.

M33 INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
Started Logistics: 1998
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $160
Employees: 75

Any discussion of M33 and technology has to mention Blackbeard, the proprietary workflow-centric model that presents users with full visibility into the lifespan of a shipment. Designed to drive out waste and create efficiencies in keeping track of activity, Blackbeard helps customers operate more cost-effectively while keeping in constant contact, and control, of their day to day transportation operation.

MALLORY ALEXANDER INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1925
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $250
Employees: 500
Warehouses: 12
Sq. Ft.: 2.40 million

A cornerstone of the company’s technological services is its web-based global chain visibility platform called MyMallorySCV, which is integrated directly with its global freight management system. It gives authorized users access to real-time information related specifically to the services Mallory provides to the user’s company, such as detailed shipment header information, critical tracking milestones and detailed container and packing information.

ODYSSEY LOGISTICS & TECHNOLOGY
Started Logistics: 2003
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $500
Employees: $650

Odyssey not only integrates the usual lead logistics provider services but the systems and tools for use by both OL&T and the client. That reduces the amount a client has to invest in tech of their own as there is no need to invest in a transportation management system. The system, tailored to each client, streamlines and speeds up implementation and integration.

TRANSGROUP WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1986
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $280
Employees: 1,100
Warehouses: 40
Sq. Ft.: 1 million

TransGroup believes in making connections, whether it’s with customers or with their own IT systems. The company’s dedicated in-house programming group, TransTech, is an advanced software system that provides logistical flexibility at no extra cost to the customer. When combined with TransLogic, which connects with TransGroup tools, all aspects of a customer’s supply chain can be interconnected.

TRANSPORTATION INSIGHT
Started Logistics: 1999
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $803
Employees: 300
Warehouses: 80
Sq. Ft.: 5 million

The company is adept at building operational models for clients based, in part, on a company’s historical data, enabling TI to construct tools that are interactive and adjustable. In this way, TI is able to provide programs that not only change and change with a company but do not need to be replaced, a considerable savings in money and time.