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Northwestern Foods

Key Observations

Northwestern Foods needed assistance with its shipments.

SAV Transportation Group began by offering assistance with its collect payment shipments, progressing to a more progressive working relationship.

SAV Transportation Group provided custom-branded software and assisted Northwestern in moving its inbound vendor shipments from prepaid to collect status.

Background

For more than 25 years, Northwestern Foods has built its reputation as a company with integrity, smarts, and good taste. They were collaborating with their customers and trading partners long before collaboration even became a buzzword. They create, produce, blend, and distribute custom-branded food products and they are committed to entering new market segments as they move ahead.

Challenge

Northwestern Foods needed help with its inbound truckload shipments that came in on a “collect payment” basis. SAV Transportation Group’s assistance with a few of these shipments served as a springboard for a long-term working relationship between the two companies.

Solution: How SAV Transportation Group Helped

As the relationship unfolded, SAV supplied Northwestern foods with custom-branded transportation management software and helped them move all of their inbound vendor shipments from prepaid to collect. The Northwestern Foods logistics team sent out a letter and a routing guide asking all vendors to move their freight from prepaid to collect and worked with SAV to orient their vendors to the new program.

Results

Today, SAV handles Northwestern Foods’ full-truckload, partial truckload and less-than-truckload vendor freight. As a result, the Northwestern Foods logistics team gets increased control, 100% visibility of inbound vendor shipments, and dramatically lowered laid-in material costs across the board. The program worked so well that SAV was invited to incorporate the same solution within two of the organization’s “sister companies.”

“The program is working great! You’ve given us the time to focus on other more important activities and have helped us keep our vendor freight costs in check!”

Purchasing Manager Northwestern Foods