C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with FourKites to enable supermarkets and retailers to track store deliveries in real time from orders to delivery with a Delivery Alerts tool.
FourKites uses a predictive analytics platform with a proprietary algorithm to optimize shipment arrival. The network of more than 4 million GPS/ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) incorporates data from “truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, intermodal, last-mile and parcel transportation modes.”
C&S reported lowered operating costs, improved on-time delivery performance, and a 65% reduction in internal productivity loss.
Video Spotlight: How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?
This post is based on the Supermarket News article, C&S brings retailers more supply-chain visibility, by Russell Redman, September 24, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?, by FourKites, July 18, 2017. Image source: Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images
1. Is C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Delivery Alerts tool an operational success? Explain.
Guidance: Yes – it lowers C&S’ operating costs, improves on-time performance, and increase productivity.
2. How does the Delivery Alerts tool better enable C&S to manage its supply chain?
Guidance: C&S has real-time information on its truckload, less-than truckload, ocean, rail, last-mile, and parcel transportation modes to track deliveries. The information also allows C&A to optimize shipment arrival. The tool improves supply chain visibility and efficiency for both C&S and its customers.