When customers place orders, Toshiba ships the corresponding products to resellers across the nation, who receive palletized freight, conduct product tests and oversee final-mile delivery using company-owned trucks. Before discovering shared truckload, Toshiba sent most of its products to dealerships via LTL.
The company’s machines, which often consist of fragile materials like glass and optics, cost a lot to replace. To Toshiba’s dismay, LTL’s high damage rates made replacements a common occurrence.
For damaged products, Toshiba paid for additional unnecessary expenses such as:
- Return shipping.
- Repairs, when possible.
If repairs not possible*:
- Storing, then shipping the damaged product to a scrap facility.
- A scrap facility to dismantle and dispose of the damaged product.
- Entirely new product pulled from inventory.
- Shipping the replacement product after filing a freight claim.
*Full replacements were necessary 75% of the time.
In search of lower damage rates, Toshiba shipped with as many LTL carriers as possible, but with no consistent success.
Beyond damage, LTL presented Toshiba with other challenges. Trans-loading resulted in split shipments (e.g., an MFP arriving without accessories) thereby decreasing customer satisfaction. LTL also delayed shipments for Toshiba, an issue that the pandemic-induced supply chain gridlock only exacerbated. Furthermore, LTL’s shrinking linear-foot and cubic-capacity cutoffs became increasingly difficult to manage. When Toshiba surpassed the cutoffs, costs exceeded those of TL shipping (a TL fee plus a penalty fee). Inspection fees, combined with strictly enforced accessorials, caused Toshiba’s LTL freight costs to spike.
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Toshiba reached a tipping point with traditional modes and officially partnered with Flock Freight in May 2021 upon learning more about the cost-effectiveness of shared truckload shipping. On top of improved service performance, Toshiba found onboarding Flock Freight and hitting the ground running with shipments almost effortless.
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