Deconsolidate, transload and redistribute with APL Logistics for greater supply chain efficiency
By breaking down shipments into several smaller ones in destination countries – deconsolidation – and then organizing them for delivery, APL Logistics helps importers distribute their products more efficiently. Deconsolidation becomes an integral part of the process of moving cargo between international and domestic transportation modes.
Many companies use deconsolidation to optimize the flow of imports to their Distribution Centers (DCs) or to supplement their distribution network with an additional facility. Others, particularly retailers and apparel manufacturers, use deconsolidation to bypass DCs and ship direct-to-store.
One major advantage of deconsolidation is companies can postpone inland shipping decisions until goods arrive at port, offering greater flexibility in meeting changing demand. It provides the ability so sort and aggregate the contents of ocean containers to match distribution patterns with surety.
- Transportation savings – Cross-docking from ocean containers to larger 53-foot inland trailers can be particularly valuable with the lower-weight items often associated with the retail sector
- Lower inventory and increase speed to market – Opportunities for DC bypass or direct-to-store distribution trim supply chain touch points, reducing mileage, backhauls and congestion
- Minimize out of stocks – Delayed product allocation offers more consistent product availability
- Lower trucking costs – More effective use of Full Truck Load (FTL) equipment and Less than Truck Load (LTL) network optimization
- Reduced product movements – Pre-retail services such as re-packaging, labeling and ticketing eliminate the need for products to be sent to full service DCs
APL Logistics has a strong track record in deconsolidation services, using tracking systems that model key retailer systems.
We also provide vendor automation, scan-and-pack, freight management, supply chain management and full visibility.