COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth time, Averitt Express has been named a winner of the Alliance Award for working closely with a customer to help them achieve supply chain goals. Transportation publication Logistics Management and SMC3, an industry trade association, recognized Averitt, PITT OHIO, and SalonCentric for achieving goals in reducing environmental waste and improving customer order times.
The Alliance Award is given to shippers and their alliance partners that improve supply chain efficiency through innovative practices. Contenders for the award are judged on their use of each alliance partner’s unique strengths and ability to show real world results.
By switching from traditional corrugate to reusable plastic totes, SalonCentric has drastically reduced the amount of disposable waste it puts into its supply chain. To pull it off, Averitt picks up empty totes during deliveries that are then returned to a consolidation point for reuse. The program has reduced supply chain fees associated with corrugate consumption and disposal by $40,000 annually.
“As a result of our tote return program, SalonCentric has been able to keep 325 tons of corrugate out of landfills and recycling facilities across the country annually, which has really been a huge win in helping us accomplish our environmental goals,” said Eric Reddish, SalonCentric’s director of operations.
Additionally, Averitt and PITT OHIO devised a strategic distribution model of pool points and zone skipping procedures that allows SalonCentric to increase customer order windows by seven hours. The model also enables SalonCentric to save in excess of $50,000 annually in transportation costs.
“We’re very humbled to have been recognized with the Alliance Awardr,” said Wayne Spain, Averitt’s president and chief operating officer. “Working with SalonCentric has allowed us to explore new supply chain strategies that allow us to minimize our environmental footprint while also reducing costs. It’s proof that a forward-thinking partnership can lead to great results.”
To learn more about the Averitt/SalonCentric relationship, watch the video at AverittExpress.com/SalonCentric.