AmeriCold Logistics, LLC selects Tom Zosel Associates' Productivity Improvement Solution

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The leading operator of temperature-controlled warehouses aims to achieve double-digit productivity improvements.

– Tom Zosel Associates (TZA), specialists in providing productivity improvement solutions for distribution and logistics, has been selected by AmeriCold Logistics LLC, the leading operator of temperature-controlled warehouses in the US, to deploy TZA’s Productivity Improvement Programs, which provides a proven path to substantially reduced fulfillment costs with simultaneous improvements in throughput and customer service.

AmeriCold will implement TZA’s Labor Tracking solutions in their multiple distribution centers beginning in 2005. These solutions will enable AmeriCold to have complete control over all productivity-related processes involving distribution center personnel. The program will include developing fair and accurate engineered labor standards and promoting a change management culture based on sustained measurement of individual performance against the pre-established performance standards. Additionally, TZA’s Productivity Improvement solution will enhance AmeriCold's ability to effectively communicate expectations and gain better overall visibility into productivity constraints.

“We believe TZA’s Labor Tracking program will position AmeriCold to provide an even higher level of service to our many fine customers”, said Jim Toopes, AmeriCold’s Executive Vice President - Operations. “In addition, the progressive tool will enable us to effectively and fairly improve and measure productivity improvements in our facilities” continued Toopes.

AmeriCold Logistics LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, is the leading third-party provider of supply chain solutions in the consumer packaged goods industry, handling over 60 billion pounds of product annually for over 3,500 customers, ranging from the largest consumer packaged goods companies to smaller food processors The company offers over 500 million cubic feet of refrigerated capacity and over 100 facilities across the US, which ship more than 10.1 million cases of product daily.

"TZA has a long history of serving clients in the food service sector. Our Productivity Improvement solution will provide AmeriCold with the tools to realize considerable savings today and tomorrow. Our clients are typically able to attain 15 to 25% improvements in labor costs and experience payback in several months." said Rob Wieland, TZA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

About Tom Zosel Associates, LTD.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Tom Zosel Associates (TZA) is a best practices logistics consulting company. Core competencies include strategic planning, material handling engineering, productivity improvement programs, transportation system design and logistics software solutions. TZA’s critical advantage is its hands-on operational expertise, which allows it to create and implement innovative solutions for even the most complex distribution challenges.

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