J.B. Hunt Transport Services manages empty miles and initiates auto-preplan with Manhattan Associates’ Carrier Management solution
ATLANTA, GA, October 25, 2006 -- Leading supply chain solutions provider, Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH), recently assisted J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) in upgrading its Carrier Management solution to support business growth. Originally implemented in 1992, the solution helps J.B. Hunt control empty and out-of-route miles, increase productivity and equipment utilization, and offer top service to its customers through on-time pick ups and deliveries. After the upgrade, J.B. Hunt saw a 3 percent improvement in on-time service and a 4 percent decrease in rework.
The upgrade plays an integral part in J.B. Hunt’s strategy to review processes and pinpoint effective ways to expand its planning model. Manhattan Associates and J.B. Hunt worked together to improve J B Hunt's ability to automatically preplan loads. Through the use of recommendations provided by Driver&Load®, J.B. Hunt is now able to auto-preplan nearly 8 percent of its over-the-road (OTR) units.
“Staying with Manhattan Associates as part of our business process improvements made sense," said Mark A. Drewry, senior engineering consultant at J.B. Hunt Transport Services. “The solution has been part of our workflow for a long time. It integrates well with our other systems, and our team has experience using it. In addition, we enjoy a strong relationship with Manhattan Associates’ outstanding support team.”
One of the keys to success for any optimization tool, Drewry adds, is its ability to fit easily into a business’ operations. For more than twelve years, the Driver&Load and Drop&Swap® components of Manhattan Associates’ Carrier Management solution have aided J.B. Hunt’s pricing, revenue and safety strategies and assisted driver retention by supporting J.B. Hunt’s home commitment policy for truckers.
J.B. Hunt instigated its “auto-preplan” vision utilizing Driver&Load. By matching optimal driver-to-load assignments and recommending them to the Host system to create preplans, the solution completes basic planning tasks and frees J.B. Hunt’s planning team to focus on more complex activities, such as exceptions. This has relieved two Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) of work time for the carrier. In addition, the solution can create unlimited decision variables, helping area service managers supervise their networks and control costs.
“The Carrier Management solution has helped us improve our processes, and we feel that we have been able to return the favor,” said Drewry. “We provide feedback to Manhattan Associates on what we are seeing in the industry and what functionality we might need. This input insures the solution will help us succeed down the road.”
“J.B. Hunt’s ability to execute on its vision has paid off as it continues to be a leader in engineering transportation best practices,” said Jeff Mitchell, Manhattan Associates' executive vice president, Americas. “Implementing our Carrier Management solution in the early 90s and adapting it continually over time with evolving needs, J.B. Hunt proves itself to be ten years ahead, valuing supply chain solutions as strategic business processes.”
About J.B. Hunt
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, provides safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, The Company provides capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.
J.B. Hunt’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBHT and is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. For more information about our Company, visit www.jbhunt.com.
About Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Manhattan Associates® is a leading supply chain solutions provider. The company’s supply chain planning, supply chain execution, business intelligence and business process platform capabilities enable its more than 1200 customers worldwide to enhance profitability, performance and competitive advantage. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.
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