NJ-Based Logistics IT Solution Provider Continues Growing its Profile among Retailers
February 17, 2016 – Fair Lawn, NJ – UltraShipTMS announces the latest addition to its growing roster of valued client companies –The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., a regional department store. The Milwaukee, WI and York, PA based retailer operates 268 department stores across 26 states and has a robust online/ecommerce site. The challenges of managing the inbound logistics of thousands of products from hundreds of suppliers prompted Bon-Ton’s supply chain leadership to seek and engage a comprehensive, inbound transportation management system (TMS) solution.
Bon-Ton’s implementation will include the UltraShipTMS Core platform as well as Ultra’s LoadFusion freight/route optimization tool and yard management tool, UltraYMS. This comprehensive array of logistics software tools will help improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with shipping across multiple modes of transportation.
Once fully implemented, UltraShipTMS will improve visibility into Bon-Ton’s inbound shipments as they make their way to the company’s distribution centers. The cloud-based TMS solution will provide real-time status updates on estimated delivery dates, and robust reporting designed to improve mode mix and route/lane costs. Online vendor portals will allow greater collaboration and visibility for Bon-Ton’s suppliers. The financial processing and reporting features of UltraShipTMS will drive spend visibility and auditability by improving control over month-end accounting, fuel surcharges, and assessorial charges.
Bon-Ton also engaged Ultra’s LoadFusion Optimizer to improve load optimization, and to identify optimal routing and dock scheduling, ensuring the most efficient dock door utilization. The UltraYMS will dramatically improve visibility into the company’s freight yard, unlocking efficiencies in yard processes by automating dock management, yard inventory control and jockey management. Both LoadFusion Optimizer and UltraYMS loop back through the TMS Core for precise planning with robust reporting and alerts.
UltraShipTMS President, Nicholas Carretta expressed gratification at the growing number of large retailers opting to implement his company’s solution for inbound logistics, “We’re thrilled to add Bon-Ton to our client roster; adding to the list of retailers we serve with distinction. Inbound logistics is a specialty for UltraShipTMS and word definitely seems to be spreading through the retail community regarding our ability to deliver solutions to the complex challenges retailers face.”
Bon-Ton Stores’ Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Chris Black said, “Bon-Ton is pleased to have selected UltraShipTMS as a partner in building and improving upon the positive levels of control we currently exert over transportation management processes. This platform will improve Bon-Ton’s operational efficiency, visibility and control.”