With decision-making spread across multiple locations and many employees, Dayton Superior had little control over its transportation spending. Bringing discipline to its transportation management process helped the company cut costs and create a more efficient system.
If there’s one thing logistics managers don’t like, it’s feeling that their operations are not completely under control. But that’s just how senior managers at Dayton Superior Corp. undoubtedly felt a couple of years ago when they took a look at the company’s transportation practices. Unfortunately, their suspicions turned out to be correct: The manufacturer and distributor of concrete construction products had no systematic control of its freight spend.