The Robert Bosch Group’s outsourcing relationship with third-party logistics provider Standard Integrated Logistics Corporation of Columbia, SC, has netted Bosch significant cost savings, says Standard general manager Randall Waldrup. For instance, Standard’s North Charleston, SC, Appian Way location has been designated a foreign trade zone, which allows Bosch, an international manufacturer, to postpone duty until products are forwarded to customers.
According to Waldrup, the Bosch Corp. has also been active in the Minority Supplier Initiative that supports minority-owned businesses in the automotive industry, partnering with Key Logistics Solutions, a minority-owned company. “Because of that partnership,” Waldrup says, “we can now purchase inventory for Bosch and sell it back to them for resale to their customers, value-added.”
STANDARD INTEGRATED LOGISTICS CORPORATION
Headquarters: Columbia, SC
Annual sales: $130 million
Total employees: 3,000
Distribution centers: Charleston, Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis, Ontario; 57 locations in all, in 13 states
Warehouse size: Largest — 650,000 sq. ft.; smallest — 40,000 sq. ft.
North Charleston, SC, Appian Way and Pepperdam facilities
Total SKUs: 1,000
Shipments per month: 2,500
Total processing per month: 20,000
Material handling equipment: 15 Toyota 5,000-lb. forklifts