Since every supply chain is different, we customize our services to fit your specific needs. Estes’ asset and non-asset solutions include:
Disaster Preparedness and Response
Estes has been very successful in helping government agencies prepare for and respond to major disasters with relief supplies to affected areas.
A logistics center serves as a hub or nerve center for transportation and logistics activity. That hub can be either a location driven by systems, data and analysis or a physical freight-execution location. At Estes, we can provide for any of these functions.
Process Management and Engineering
Our experienced supply chain professionals can give you in-depth analyses of your production, shipping and distribution processes. We’ll then work with you to engineer a customized action plan for implementing improvements. And every process plan identifies specific strategies for continuous improvements.
Third Party Logistics Management
When your business requires transportation and logistics expertise, consider a strategic alliance with Estes. With our global partnerships in warehousing–as well as air, ground and ocean transportation–you can count on our resource network to meet your supply chain needs.
Transportation Management and Optimization
You may need a single-link or an entire turnkey solution to satisfy your transportation requirements. At Estes, we provide both. Our process-oriented approach incorporates a full spectrum of tools to evaluate your company’s operations, service requirements and transportation costs. We work with you to prepare a strategic management plan designed to deliver cost-effective service improvements that are ready to implement. We also help you monitor and manage your transportation while focusing on the essentials: continual improvements, long-term customer satisfaction and cost containment.
Consolidation and Distribution
Count on Estes to consolidate LTL shipments from your production facilities, distribution centers or vendors and then get them all to single or multiple destinations. Or, you may need us to pick up large quantities of freight at a single point, deconsolidate them into separate shipments to your end users and distribute them via LTL, air or truckload. Either way, we quickly get your goods safely into your customers’ hands with minimal handling. And while we’re at it, we help you develop solid strategies to automate processes, streamline operations and reduce costs.
In its purest form, cross-docking is the action of unloading materials from an incoming trailer and immediately loading those materials onto outbound trailers to eliminate the need for warehousing and storage. Many cross-docking operations require staging areas where inbound materials are sorted, consolidated and stored until the outbound shipment is complete and ready to ship. Cross-docking can be essential in helping to regulate the flow of goods, and, in this manner, can be designed to meet your specific delivery requirements.
With pool distribution, you can make your supply chain much more efficient. To help avoid excessive offloads, we can combine multiple LTL shipments headed for a common marketplace onto one trailer. Then, we deliver your freight to a central distribution facility for local or short-route delivery. The results are reduced handling, lower costs and shorter transit times. And with over 200 facilities throughout the U.S., we provide you with a virtual network of distribution solutions. This lets us create optimal results for you based on the absolute best efficiencies and economies of scale.
Estes also offers the special logistics and technology required to manage the process of getting your products to market–either simultaneously or staged.
Sometimes you need to put your freight in reverse. Our reverse logistics help end users dispose of used, damaged or outdated products and reusable packaging. We can retrieve these items from anywhere in the country, consolidate them and then deliver them back to your centralized receiving locations. Our centralized coordination provides you with superior tracking/tracing capabilities and metrics to maximize efficiency and contain costs.
Specialized dedicated-services technology provides comprehensive, end-to-end visibility. Our strategically located logistics centers also facilitate getting your product to market—or getting material returned to you—with minimum handling and optimal timing. And in-transit security plans as well as other extra security measures can ensure the safety of your more sensitive cargo.
Our specialized dedicated-services technology can also interface with virtually any existing freight-management application or system to provides comprehensive, end-to-end visibility. A secure, account-specific web portal allows you to access valuable information right from your desktop.
Retail Delivery/Store Replenishment
We can pick up your product from a terminal, warehouse, distribution center or another store and deliver it directly to the specific retail location when you need it there.
We pick up finished goods directly from your suppliers (at the point of origin) and deliver them right to the end consumer–completely ready to go. We can even coordinate your home deliveries by utilizing our logistics centers. Our services can also include:
We know that service quality is critical–especially when it comes to home deliveries. We also understand that any time we deliver for you, we are the face of your business. That’s why our drivers’ uniforms and our trucks can prominently display your logo as desired, and our drivers can carry specific identification.
But no matter whose logo is on the uniform, you can be assured that Estes employees maintain the highest standards of efficiency, courtesy, professionalism and quality. Our commitment to customers—both yours and ours—shows in everything we do.
Construction and other jobsite deliveries are no problem for our dedicated teams. Whether the delivery requires special equipment, route scheduling and load planning, expedited or time-sensitive scheduling or reverse logistics, Estes can customize a solution for your particular need.
Since good business-to-business delivery involves reliability, flexibility and precision, Estes delivers all three. Our cross-dock expertise and specialized technology are backed by strong customer service and the willingness to go the extra mile for you.