THE MISSING LINK IN LEAN MANUFACTURING
Companies are continually challenged to improve their overall operational services by reducing transportation spending, inventory levels, and delivery timelines. The Carter Milkrun System was designed to address those specific challenges and support our clients’ lean manufacturing efforts.
The Carter Shared Milkrun Network is a unique logistics model designed to support lean initiatives by combining freight from our international client base and thousands of suppliers into a single supply chain solution. One of the pillars of Carter’s success is our “Split-Bill” methodology, which allows our clients to fairly split the overall cost of shared milkrun routes.
HOW IT WORKS
Our milkrun clients share the cost of each shared “milkrun route” based upon the percentage of weight they ship. For example, if you ship
50% of the total weight on a milkrun route, you pay only 50% of the transportation costs.
Committed to continuous improvement, our analysts perform weekly route optimizations to ensure your shipments travel in the most efficient manner. The proficiency and determination of the Carter Logistics team allows our clients to experience substantial and continued savings and achieve their lean initiatives.
Our huge network also minimizes empty miles, further reducing your costs. As suppliers and/or manufacturing plants add weight to the network, the cost per pound decreases for all participating clients. With Carter Logistics, your supply chain leverages the strength of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers to realize savings far beyond what you could achieve on your own.
THE SHARED MILKRUN IMPACT ON LEAN MANUFACTURING
- Reduced Safety Stock (Lower Inventories)
- Small Lot/More Frequent Shipments
- Improved Transit Times with Scheduled Deliveries
- Returnable Container Management
- Level Production and Delivery Schedules
- Integrated Pull Systems
- Single Source for All Transportation Needs
- Lower Logistics Cost/Reduced Cost Per Pound
Carter’s shared milk run and cross docking capabilities make them the logistics company of choice when it comes to lean manufacturing.