National Retail Systems is adding transloading to the suite of logistics services it performs for Pep Boys, a large automotive aftermarket service and retail parts chain.
NRS said Tuesday it will deconsolidate ocean containers at its Pooler cross-dock facility four miles from the Port of Savannah and repack them into larger, 53-foot containers for the trip to Pep Boys' distribution center in Atlanta.
The third-party logistics provider currently handles domestic vendor consolidation and store delivery utilizing a dedicated fleet for Pep Boys on the East Coast and is now linking imports into that consolidation model to reduce transportation expense and improve backhaul utilization. NRS picks up parts and tires at vendor locations, brings them to an NRS terminal and builds full truckloads for delivery to Pep Boys distribution centers rather than vendors relying on more expensive less-than-truckload service to fill purchase orders. Subsidiary Keystone Freight Corp. provides truckload and dedicated .
NRS has major import warehouses in Los Angeles, Savannah and North Bergen, N.J., that offer port drayage, direct-to-store delivery, value-added customization and other services. The 52-acre Savannah facility has 176 truck doors and can quickly rebuild a domestic container with the contents from various 40-foot ocean containers based on the customer's requirements, helping to keep inventories at a minimum.
NRS claims that its network of truck routes for various customers enables 96 percent of backhaul transits to be filled with freight, reducing mileage and cost.
Pep Boys operates more than 750 stores in 35 states and Puerto Rico.
Savannah has become a hot spot for retailers to locate import distribution centers. NRS will act as a de facto import DC for Pep Boys so the retailer doesn't have to invest in its own facility near the port.
For more insight into why transloading continues to gain popularity among retailers, read the feature story "Tapping Transloads
" in the February issue of American Shipper
and the online companion story "Inside look at transload operations
." - Eric Kulisch