ATLANTA – Pork and poultry producer Prestage Foods announced its partnership with Cloud Logistics by E2open to handle its transportation management systems (TMS).
Cloud Logistics combines mobile and social technology to select carriers, automate load tendering, streamline communications, track shipments, handle payments and invoice auditing, and provide detailed reporting.
“We are opening a new $340 million pork processing facility and need a transportation management system to help us manage the logistics operations,” said Crystal Hill, director of supply chain and logistics at Prestage Foods. “We’re opening our new facility in less than a month, so we needed a TMS that we could deploy quickly. The system had to be easy to use so our carriers and our poultry logistics team could adopt it without much training. We work with dozens of carriers and add more all the time so having a TMS that carriers love to use is a key differentiator for Cloud Logistics.”
The pork processing facility referenced by Hill is being built in Eagle Grove, Iowa and should be completed soon.
Hill also mentioned that Prestage will start with a few truckloads per day in the system and grow to 50 a day within the first year. She expects that to double to over 100 trucks a day when a second shift is added.
The company also hopes to increase daily shipments from its new location by approximately 1,000 percent in its first nine months, and then doubling that volume again in the next year.
“We are proud to have been selected by Prestage Foods as they embark on a new wave of corporate growth,” Mark Nix, senior vice president, transportation management and founder of Cloud Logistics. We are dedicated to ensuring the highest level of satisfaction for our TMS customers and look forward to partnering with Prestage Foods as we grow together in the future.”
Prestage produces more than 1.4 billion lbs. of meat every year according to its website. It employs over 2,000 people and is affiliated with more than 450 farms in Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Oklahoma.