Case Studies   
 
Railing vs. Over the Road Transport
Over the last decade, the railroad industry has spent billions of dollars to improve…

Over the last decade, the railroad industry has spent billions of dollars to improve their infrastructure, as a result, transit times and service has improved. In 2017, Audit Logistics plans to route more FF&E via rail to reduce costs to clients, decrease CO2 emissions, and reduce fuel consumption.   

One example is from a recent full service hotel project in Chicago. When the case goods arrived from Asia into the port of Long Beach, Audit Logistics was required to take possession of the goods on behalf of the client.  Once the containers were released from port, Audit Logistics made arrangements to load the FF&E onto 53’ trailers for transport. 

Normally these trailers would be attached to tractors and transported to the destination in approximately four days.  Audit Logistics verified that goods were not needed on site immediately based on the installation schedule, so instead of arranging to transport over the road, we routed the trailers to travel via train to the Chicago area. 

This change in mode of transportation added about three or four days to the transit time, however it resulted in cost savings for the client. In total, seventeen trailers were transported via rail instead of truck. The total savings to the client was approximately $1200 per trailer, or a total of $20,400, not to mention the reduction in the carbon footprint.

For more information on the benefits of shipping via rail, please visit the rail section on our website: www.auditlogistics.com.

 

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Transport of Blanket-wrap Casegoods vs. Cartoned Goods
Traditionally, when shipping FF&E, the manufacturer is required to carton goods…

Traditionally, when shipping FF&E, the manufacturer is required to carton goods so they can be transported, warehoused, and ultimately delivered to the hotel with no damage to product. There are also instances when a hotel project may not be utilizing a warehouse to store FF&E locally, or they may have the ability to accept some items directly at the hotel. In these cases, cartons may not be necessary.

Recently, Audit Logistics was working on a hotel project in the Indianapolis area in which casegoods were produced from a manufacturer in Pennsylvania.  Although a local warehouse was being utilized for FF&E, the hotel had the ability to accept some deliveries directly to the jobsite.  Since the casegoods vendor was located only about 600 miles from the property, Audit Logistics and the vendor worked together with the general contractor and the client to have the casegoods delivered directly to the hotel. 

In addition to routing the casegoods directly to the hotel, Audit Logistics also worked with the manufacturer to provide moving vans for loading the pieces.  On the moving vans, the goods were able to be wrapped with reusable furniture pads and blankets for protection during transport. 

The Owner benefited in many ways from this change:

• Casegoods did not have to be handled by the warehouse locally, which reduced the risk of damage since the FF&E went directly from the manufacturer to the jobsite.

• Reusable blankets and pads were used to protect the furniture instead of cardboard cartons, saving cardboard waste.

• Shipping the casegoods without cartons allowed for more room in the trailers for loading. Instead of the order using 12 trucks to ship cartons, the casegoods were able to be shipped blanket wrapped in 9 trucks. Using fewer trucks saved the Owner approximately $3000.

For more examples of how Audit Logistics works to reduce costs and provide more sustainability-friendly options, please check out our website at:  www.auditlogistics.com
 

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Change in Port of Entry
During the renovation of a full service hotel located near Miami, Florida, Audit…

During the renovation of a full service hotel located near Miami, Florida, Audit Logistics was able to work with the purchasing agent and manufacturer to change the port of entry on an order of casegoods produced in Asia. 

Originally, the order was due to arrive into the United States via the port of Long Beach, a common port of entry for FF&E imported from Asia.  Audit Logistics worked with the purchasing agent to determine when goods were needed on site, re-routed the containers to travel through the Panama Canal, and arrive at the port in Miami.  This added about 2 weeks lead time to the arrival of goods, but the installation schedule allowed this extra time. 

Once goods arrived in Miami, Audit Logistics shuttled the containers from the Miami port to the local warehouse.  Casegoods avoided trans-loading onto over the road trucks (a typical practice necessary when merchandise arrives in Long Beach) but instead was offloaded directly into the warehouse.  This reduced the likelihood of damage because goods were not handled twice.

In addition to the benefit of avoiding double handling, the client saved transportation costs by the product not having to travel from California to southern Florida – a savings of over 120k.  

From a sustainability standpoint, not having the FF&E travel via truck saved a significant amount of diesel fuel and reduced CO2 emissions. 

In the end, it was a win for the environment and was a win for the hotel owner – both from a risk mitigation standpoint with damages and saving over 100k in costs.

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Project: Sheraton Tribeca
The Sheraton Tribeca opened in the fall of 2010 in the heart of New York City. This…

The Sheraton Tribeca opened in the fall of 2010 in the heart of New York City. This was a very difficult location for  deliveries due to the small delivery window and lack of a loading dock. During the FF&E installation of this project, one of Audit Logistics’ responsibilities was to move 34,114 linear yards of vinyl wall-covering from vendors in Illinois directly to the jobsite in New York City. This just-in-time shipment consisted of 50 skids and weighed nearly 52,000 pounds. Each roll of vinyl weighed approximately 60 pounds and had to be unloaded by hand.


Through our network of warehouses and agents, Audit Logistics received this shipment in New Jersey and delivered the vinyl to the jobsite in six straight trucks. The trucks had to be unloaded in 30 minutes, and it was done precisely with our coordination and the help from the installers at the jobsite.

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Exceeding Client Needs
Audit Logistics, LLC constantly strives to exceed our clients’ expectations.…

Audit Logistics, LLC constantly strives to exceed our clients’ expectations. One example is through our online inventory management system. Audit Logistics Online Tracking, or ALOT©, is a feature-rich, custom software developed and continuously improved based on our clients’ individual needs.


Recently, one of our clients asked us to develop a solution for their FF&E installation team to utilize ALOT© to place product delivery orders more efficiently according to their specific situation. This would require a major upgrade, but Audit Logistics was up to the challenge! We immediately began working on developing a solution that not only met their needs but integrated well within our system for faster implementation. The deadline was tight.


From planning to production, we were able to implement the upgrade in less than 30 days - well within our deadline. The results not only met our client’s needs but exceeded them by combining the new features with several other elements of ALOT©,creating an efficient and user-friendly workflow.  Needless to say, they were very pleased, as were many of our other clients who were able to incorporate the new features to improve their processes.


This type of commitment and flexibility is part of our culture at Audit Logistics.  Going beyond what’s expected in all aspects of providing superior service is part of our daily work.

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