Yamaha Awards Services Supplier APL Logistics

Looking for someone to handle your warehousing, distribution or transportation services? If so, you may want to look into one of Yamaha’s supply chain service providers, APL Logistics.

APL Logistics earlier this month received Yamaha’s Truckload Carrier of the Year award, beating out a field of 37 suppliers who transport product for the powersports manufacturer.

APL Logistics began its relationship with Yamaha Motor Corp. USA in 1974 and a decade later developed a regional distribution center for the manufacturer in Atlanta. Today the firm supports Yamaha with warehousing, distribution and transportation services, primarily in the southeastern U.S.

In presenting the award, Yamaha said APL Logistics rated “far above industry standards” in key transportation measures including service time to destination, service failures and claims. The logistics services company manages more than 1,000 truck shipments a month for Yamaha with an on-time record of better than 98 percent.

Beyond service excellence, Yamaha also singled out APL Logistics for improving the manufacturer’s supply chain efficiency. The companies worked together to increase Yamaha’s use of full-truck load shipments – as opposed to less-than-truck load shipments -- from 40 percent to 65 percent in 2008. That enabled Yamaha to consolidate multiple product lines in fewer shipments, thereby reducing costs.

“This honor tells us that we’re still going strong with Yamaha,” says Peter Knapp, head of Contract Logistics Services for APL Logistics. “Receiving awards is nice, but what’s gratifying is the knowledge that a key customer is pleased with the service we provide them.”

APL Logistics operates through more than 300 offices serving over 55 countries.

- Submitted by Guido Ebert