Boise Paper Short-term agreements with third-party distribution centers allow Boise Paper to react quickly to changes in customers or railroad access.

By Tim O’Connor

The short lead times required by today’s market and competition from overseas mean that paper maker Boise Paper must create efficiency wherever possible. That is why the company is so heavily reliant on one of the nation’s most cost-effective and consistent means of transporting products: box cars and trains.

Ariens CoAriens Co. has transitioned into a hub-and-spoke network to optimize distribution and serve its customers most efficiently.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Now in its 84th year and fourth-generation of leadership, Ariens Co. is considered a leader in durable and high-performance snow throwers and commercial-grade zero turn mowers. To ensure it continues to get its products in the hands of consumers, the company revamped its distribution model to a hub-and-spoke network. “We have to be in a true hub and spoke because we have to keep our product closer to our customers,” says James Merwin, vice president of supply chain. “The industry is getting to the point where they expect it fast and they expect the product close.”

East Coast

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution is one of the leading logistics companies for the food and beverage industry because of its commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution Corp. has become a leader in temperature-controlled logistics over the past 60 years because of its ability to offer end-to-end solutions. “More than 90 percent of the products that flow through us are imported or exported from countries in Europe, South America and Asia,” CEO Jamie Overley says. “We have the capacity to take delivery of our customers’ containers from whatever country, offload it from the ship, take it to our warehouse, repackage and deliver it anywhere in the United States.”

Weber

Weber Logistics transports and houses goods in temperature-controlled environments to maintain the integrity of products throughout the distribution cycle.

By Stephanie Crets

Weber Logistics prides itself on being the West Coast logistics leader with strengths in its focus, flexibility and scalable distribution solutions. Founded in 1924, the company serves a variety of industries, including food and beverage, confectionery, import retail goods and chemicals. Goods and materials in these industries tend to be more sensitive than others, which is why temperature-controlled transportation and warehousing capabilities are a huge component to Weber Logistics’ services.

“We’re diversified and have specialties among several industry verticals,” COO and Senior Vice President Bob Lilja says. “We have our integrated fleet of third-party logistics and truckloads that service the West for all those different industry verticals. We daily run LTL routes of time-defined services of air-conditioned and refrigerated products – throughout California and the Southwest. We’re delivering to a required delivery date from the client.”

Lilja goes on to explain that many micro-regional distributors, especially for food and beverage, pick items up and deliver them a couple of times a week on their schedules. But Weber Logistics emphasizes that it is the premier food distributor on the West Coast, delivering on the customers’ schedules with the service metrics to prove it.

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