Foodstuffs takes charge of primary freight

Foodstuffs has established Foodstuffs Inbound Limited to manage all of the primary (suppliers to DC) freight task for the company’s three operational units (Auckland, Wellington and South Island).
The Foodstuffs organisation is New Zealand’s biggest grocery distributor and one of the country’s largest businesses.
The three Foodstuffs companies, as part of their supply chain strategic plans, have made a decision to take responsibility for all their inbound freight from their suppliers and are implementing this program over the next three years.
Over the last 12 months Foodstuffs Inbound has worked extensively with suppliers, the transport industry and the NZ Food and Grocery Council to build an effective primary freight program that concentrates on delivering a supplier to customer transport solution.
Foodstuffs Inbound Limited has teamed up with online freight logistics provider eCargo to deliver a freight management system for their primary freight program. The eCargo system will become an integral link in the Foodstuffs supply chain, specifically the management of goods from suppliers to all Foodstuffs operations New Zealand wide. This includes its distribution centres, wholesale operations and direct to member stores.
Foodstuffs recognised eCargo as being a good fit with the programmed roll out plan for primary freight. ‘We liked the fact that both companies are 100% New Zealand owned and operated businesses, with eCargo currently working within the Grocery industry in New Zealand.’ said Stephen Baker, Foodstuffs’ inbound operations manager.
eCargo will collect supplier consignment data via electronic B2B interfaces and a web-based application, forward this data to the appropriate freight company and calculate freight costs for invoicing.
Foodstuffs suppliers will have access to the eCargo application for viewing consignment status information, freight invoices and various performance reports, all in real time.
The eCargo system will enable Foodstuffs to reduce administration overhead and simplify financial processing.

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