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Kane is Able Freight Consolidation

Consolidate LTL load to cut retail distribution costs more than 20%.

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Load Consolidation

KANE operates a load consolidation (share the ride program) in Scranton, PA.  We consolidate multiple customers freight onto trailers and deliver anywhere in the country. Customers are billed depending on the amount of space and or weight they take up in the trailer. Utilizing a combination of customer direct deliveries and hand selected pool providers allows us to save our customers more than 20% over standard LTL shipping rates.

 

In a traditional distribution environment, smaller shippers use either higher cost LTL freight, or they wait to build a truckload and risk missing retailer requested arrival dates. Load consolidation opportunities are missed.  At KANE’s shared warehouses, we combine orders from multiple suppliers destined for the same retailers. This keeps products moving, keeps inventory low, cuts shipping costs for companies that “share the ride,” and reduces carbon emissions by combining multiple LTL shipments into one, fully loaded trailer.

 

Why KANE for freight consolidation?

  • Guaranteed rates. We calculate your shipment rate based on consolidation and we assume the risk if that does not happen.

  • Guaranteed delivery. We will meet your RAD date commitments.

  • Excellent relationship with major retailers. Through frequent driver interaction, we understand how they want to receive product.

  • Expertise to manage all data transfer requirements. KANE supports all common electronic data interchange (EDI) formats. Custom EDI programming is available. 

We found many 3PLs that would consolidate freight if they saw an opportunity but only one, Kane Is Able (KANE) out of Scranton, PA, that had a formal consolidation program.

- VP of Supply Chain, Sun-Maid

Benefits of load consolidation services

FOR SUPPLIERS

  • Cut transportation costs 25%–35% for freight that shifts from LTL to TL shipments.
  • Cut warehouse costs 15% by sharing overhead, space and labor with other shippers.
  • Flex space and labor based on seasonal demand fluctuations.
  • Increase turns since multi-vendor load consolidation allows immediate fulfillment of retail orders.
  • Reduce time and administrative expense as KANE handles all carrier payments.
  • Efficiently manage distribution of slow-moving SKUs.

FOR RETAILERS

  • Minimize inventory, without stock-outs, by ordering smaller quantities more often.
  • Shorten order-to-delivery time.
  • Increase warehouse efficiency by receiving fewer, fuller loads.
  • Efficiently manage non-strategic vendor relationships.
  • Create pallet-to-store deliveries since KANE can build multi-vendor pallets and prepare them for cross dock shipment from retail DC to store.


 

Load Consolidation Spotlight

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Sun-Maid

Sun-Maid® needed to reduce its LTL costs and sought a 3PL partner on the east coast with a strong freight consolidation program.  KANE took over Northeast and Mid-Atlantic distribution of Sun-Maid’s premium-quality raisins and dried fruits, combining Sun-Maid freight with other customer’s products to create lower-cost full truckload shipments. 

 

As a result, Sun-Maid reduced its CWT for outbound freight by 62% compared with non-consolidated shipments.  

 

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TOPPS

The Topps Company is an international marketer of entertainment products, principally collectible trading cards and candy such as the Push Pop® and Bazooka® brands. Topps successfully reduced its freights costs through the use of KANE's pool distribution program, which combines the freight of multiple companies in order to ship at more economical full truckload (TL) rates. Each month, hundreds of controlled-climate TL shipments go from Topps' DC in the Eastern U.S. through a national network of pool points, which break down bulk shipments to individual orders for local delivery.  

 

As a result, Topps was able to:

  • Reduced freight costs
  • Improve lead times by 20%
  • Lower handling rates through use of shared labor pool

Reduce costs and streamline distribution

KANE’s dense concentration of consumer goods manufacturers allows us to combine your goods, at our shared warehouse campuses, with other companies shipping to the same retailers. We are then able to ship to these retailers in fewer, fuller truckload shipments – reducing your costs and streamlining the receiving process for the retailer.

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