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Advance Auto Parts Direct Import Program. Lisa Saunders Vice President Transportation. May 28,2008. About Advance Auto Parts.

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Advance Auto Parts

Direct Import Program

Lisa Saunders

Vice President Transportation

May 28,2008

about advance auto parts
About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts is a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries and maintenance items in the United States. Advance serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. The Company operates 3,291 stores in 40 states Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

advance s direct import program
Advance’s Direct Import Program
  • Advance has been direct importing for 3 years
    • Accessories, batteries, maintenance
  • The Federal Government holds the importer of record of hard parts accountable as the “manufacturer”
  • The Federal Government holds the “manufacturer” responsible for defects, call backs and product liability on imported hard parts
advance s supply chain network
Advance’s Supply Chain Network
  • Advance Auto has 8 Distribution Centers

Roanoke, VA Kutztown, PA

Gastonia, NC Salina, KS

Thomson, GA Delaware, OH

Lakeland, FL Hazlehurst, MS

Deconsolidation Center – Savannah, GA

  • DHL
    • Developed an SOP
      • Evergreen document that is updated frequently
      • Defines carrier routing by port and destination
    • Conducted vendor workshops at origin to review SOP and booking procedures
    • Log-Net is the supply chain visibility tool
    • CFS
    • Container stuffing software program to improve container utilization
ocean contracts
Ocean Contracts
  • Advance negotiates ocean contracts to coincide with our Financial year
  • Anything is negotiable
    • Rates
    • Bunker
    • Peak Season Surcharge
  • Book CY-CY or CY-Ramp
customs house brokerage
Customs House Brokerage
  • Expeditors International
    • Remote entry from the Norfolk, VA office
    • EI has offices at all ports to assist with Customs issues, if necessary
    • 10+2 – Importer Security Filing
      • Will transmit data on EDI 850
    • C-TPat – Working with Tradewin to accomplish
  • Seven R Transportation
    • One stop shop for dray carriers at all ports or ramps
    • Seven R manages equipment based on information in Log-Net
    • Seven R developed relationships with Advance’s Receiving Departments
    • Seven R has a great working relationship with Expeditors
    • Seven R monitors Per Diem and Demurrage to help Advance Auto save $$