Electronics manufacturer Voxx International through its Sea-Truck program has successfully eliminated virtually all air freight and millions in cost from its supply chain.
It has adapted a combination of ocean freight and trucking via team drivers who race across the country almost nonstop from the Port of Seattle to distribution centers in Indianapolis and Norfolk, Va., carrying DVD players, speakers and other high-end electronics.
Some 400 to 500 of Voxx's containers each year arriving from Shanghai; Hong Kong; Shenzhen, China; Taiwan; and Vietnam receive priority offloading from the vessel and are transloaded into waiting trucks arranged by its truck broker. A fourth morning delivery in Norfolk results in a 16 to 17 day total transit time from Asia.
Veteran logistics director Pat Moffett, who will celebrate his 50th year in the industry in 2014, describes this innovative process along with colleagues and the key transportation vendors who support him.