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“Working with Alpine to accomplish this 3PL selection and onboarding project exceeded our expectations. Our very aggressive goal was to select and onboard a 3PL before May.” said Stuart Gallup, Vice President for Mark Andy.

Stuart Gallup,

VP of Mike Andy Print Products

Mark Andy – Selecting and On-Boarding 3PL for Next-Day Service

About Mark Andy
Mark Andy is a pioneer of the graphic arts and printing industry and is the world’s leading manufacturer of narrow- and mid-web printing and finishing equipment. Through their division, Mark Andy Print Products, they supply all their offset and flexographic customers with parts and a complete line of pressroom supplies.

Challenge:
Mark Andy wanted to provide their customers with next day service. With their main facility located in Des Plaines, IL, they knew they were going to need to partner with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) to provide additional locations to support their national customer base. The company was unaware of how many locations were needed and what level of inventory was required at each facility. Additionally, the company wanted assistance with soliciting, selecting and on-boarding a new 3PL. The manufacturing company turned to Alpine to perform these services to ensure a network that could provide a 98% next day service for their customers.

Solution:
Mark Andy and Alpine conducted a Network Analysis to understand where Mark Andy customers were located and to determine the ideal number of facilities and inventory levels required to provide their network with a 98% next day service window.

With the information from the Network Analysis, Alpine then developed a 3PL RFP, which was used to solicit, negotiate, and select a 3PL. Alpine supported the on-boarding of the 3PL with regards to Space, Equipment, Labor, and Systems across all five locations. Alpine conducted the first 90 day QBR to ensure the partnership was heading in the right direction and on track with the metrics of success.

Benefits/Results:
Mark Andy had a tight deadline for the project and Alpine created a fast timeline, accordingly. The Network Analysis was completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the RFP process was completed in less than 60 days. All five of the new 3PL facilities were on board and running by April 1.

“Working with Alpine to accomplish this 3PL selection and onboarding project exceeded our expectations. Our very aggressive goal was to select and onboard a 3PL before May,” said Stuart Gallup, Vice President for Mark Andy.

“Alpine thought of everything that was needed to be addressed and walked us through every step of the process, Gallup continued. “They worked with Mark Andy’s best interest in mind and ensured our 3PL partner was able to meet our needs.