Accelerate Your Lean Initiatives

The Carter Shared Milk Run Network is a unique logistics model designed to support you in your lean initiatives. By combining freight from thousands of suppliers into a single supply chain solution, we give you the ability to drive waste out of your organization.
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.Inventory Reduction

Excess inventory carries high cost and eats up valuable space and labor that can be redirected to enhance production. The implementation of our supply chain solutions will allow your company to have more space on your production floor and less inventory in your facility. By allowing you to receive exactly what you need every day, your business is able to drive down the costs and inefficiencies associated with excess inventory.

.Having Every Part, Every Day

Your materials reach you as you need them. Deliveries are consistent, with all your supplies concentrated into one shipment. This will eliminate the number of trucks to be unloaded and increases your utilization of dock doors. You gain the convenience of one scheduled shipment that can go from the dock to the production line.

.Returnable Container Management

Many businesses are realizing the cost savings and improved customer satisfaction of implementing the use of returnable container management. Expendable packaging is a hidden cost which results in financial charge-backs by suppliers, damage to shipments of product and repackaging cost at your facility. Carter Logistics handles your returnable containers as part of our Shared Milk Run, providing you with the benefits of green practices in your supply chain.

.Level Scheduling

By having consistent scheduled deliveries to your facility, it will allow you to staff your dock when needed and lead to repetitive dock processes which will result in labor cost savings. Also, a dependable supply chain will reduce the number of manufacturing line changes which will translate into production efficiencies.

.Reducing Transportation Costs

Our “split-bill” methodology allows you to pay only for your shipment’s weight percentage of each trailer load. Instead of separate deliveries from each of your suppliers, you receive everything from each of your suppliers in one shipment. In addition, your returnable containers will be shipped through our Shared Milk Run which will reduce your cost of returning containers to your suppliers.

.Reducing Labor Costs

Handling high levels of inventory leads to labor inefficiencies on your dock. Gain the advantage of reducing labor costs by realizing the benefits of the end-to-end workflow
that our Shared Milk Run provides. Your supplies can be taken directly from the dock
to the production line, and your finished goods can go directly from the production line to the dock.

.Innovating Transportation

Our innovative Shared Milk Run provides a strong customized supply chain that allows you to operate more efficiently and with greater accuracy. We optimize every shipment daily allowing you to focus your time and resources on your core business.

.Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Consumers are demanding businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. By optimizing your shipments, we reduce the energy used to move freight. As an active member of SmartWay, we are proud of our commitment to optimize freight and conserve energy.

 

How It Works

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Our patent-pending process derives its name from the dairy industry practice where one tanker collects milk every day from several dairy farmers for delivery to a milk processing firm. We applied this concept to our logistics solutions, providing our customers with a sophisticated and lean supply chain. We collect inventory from thousands of suppliers for you, delivering to you every part, every day. Our disciplined system begins with a plan for every part, providing vital information on consumption and space requirements. We work with you to uncover packaging dimensions, stack-ability requirements, and overall weight of freight. Our analysts work with you to provide innovative solutions to meet your production needs while reducing your transportation spend. These same analysts provide monthly reporting to ensure that your supply chain remains lean and cost-effective consistently, even as your needs grow and change.
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The End Result

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Carter Logistics customers are able to combine their supply chain with many of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, realizing true savings and efficiencies they could never reach on their own.

Operational services are improved by the reduction of transportation spend, inventory levels, and delivery timelines.
You gain a single center for logistics tasks while retaining organizational flexibility and control.