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Ports of indiana 21 st century logistics symposium thomson inc david blackburn 16 september 2003

Ports of Indiana – 21st Century Logistics SymposiumThomson, IncDavid Blackburn16 September, 2003


Thomson consumer products logistics
Thomson – Consumer Products Logistics

  • Responsible for managing transportation and warehousing in a cost effective manner, while meeting retail partners supply chain requirements

  • Broad Product portfolio: Television, Video, Audio, Telephones, Digital Set-Top Boxes, Accessories

  • Three regional Distribution Centers

    • Los Angeles – West Coast

    • Indianapolis – Midwest – East Coast

    • El Paso – Manufactured Product


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Thomson – Consumer Products Logistics

  • High level of activity

    • 250K outbound shipments per year, approximately 600 Million pounds

    • 12K FCL Ocean shipments

    • Distribution Centers comprise 2.8M square feet of warehousing

  • Manage logistics with key 3PL partners


Thomson indianapolis dc
Thomson – Indianapolis DC

  • House multiple warehousing functions in 1.4 million square feet: Consumer Products Bulk, Accessories Pick-Pack, Display Storage, After Sales Spare Parts storage and fulfillment

  • Consumer Products

    • 35K outbound shipments, approximately 150 Million pounds

      • LTL – 75% of orders, 20% of the weight

      • OTR – 15% of orders, 60% of the weight

      • IMD – 10% of orders, 20% of the weight

    • Primarily to customer DC’s


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Thomson – Indianapolis DC

  • Accessories Pick-Pack

    • 85K shipments small parcel

    • Ramping to 50M unit capacity

  • Inbound shipments primarily IMD, or Ocean IPI


Thomson challenges
Thomson - Challenges

  • Retail partner requirements more demanding

    • Various compliance programs

    • Shorter order to delivery cycle times

    • Lower inventory, no margin for error

  • Productivity, and Cost variability

    • Consolidated loads

    • Cube utilization

    • Mode Mix

    • Carrier performance

    • 3PL execution


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Thomson - Challenges

  • Integrate Logistics into suite of services to build for the future


Thomson indiana
Thomson – Indiana

  • IMD service to Indianapolis

    • Lack of major Hub creates issues for cost and execution

    • Dray cost from Chicago is significant

    • Coordination of Dray, and equipment has negative impact on service

  • All water East Coast imports is a threat

    • Cost is competitive with West Coast/Trans Con IMD import

    • Transit time improvements

    • East Coast DC has shorter lead times


Ports of indiana 21 st century logistics symposium thomson inc david blackburn 16 september 20031

Ports of Indiana – 21st Century Logistics SymposiumThomson, IncDavid Blackburn16 September, 2003


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