Packaging, inventory management, order fulfillment, and logistics services power the Automotive Industry.
In large part due to the current American political environment, there’s been a renewed focus on American manufacturing jobs. Trucking, logistics, and warehousing companies (like BR Williams) have been brought to the forefront of business conversations.
In the case of BR Williams, increased commerce near our Mobile and Piedmont, Alabama locations have generated new opportunities to work with national manufacturers looking to improve processes and increase efficiencies, especially in the automotive industry.
Automotive manufacturers are now using our Piedmont, AL location’s inventory management and warehouse fulfillment services to redesign workflows to avoid pricey in-house solutions that are difficult to manage due to lack of space, cost of labor, staffing, fleet size, and government regulations.
The American Southeast has quickly become the new Detroit, as major automotive companies have invested in sizable factories and built a supporting cast of tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers.
Volkswagen, Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, and others operate plants in the South, generating the need for professionally handled and managed product that can be not only pricey but fragile.
BR Williams’ distribution facility in Piedmont is working with both tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers to provide large automotive companies the customized services (including packaging, handling, inventory management, warehousing, trucking, and logistics) that are quietly powering automotive supply chains across Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.
Rather than trying to manage fluctuating inventories in-house, tier 1 and tier 2 automotive suppliers work directly with us to manage the sequencing, kitting, sorting, warehousing, overflow, and tracking/reporting services required with our modern packaging solutions.
Processes are designed to support the complex and fast moving cycle times inherent with serving the automotive industry.
We even store and transport dry bulk plastic/polymer resin and other dry bulk chemicals.
Implications of Storage Assumptions
Automotive businesses relocating to the South/Southeast have experienced challenges anticipating the storage needs required to support demand. A secret to expanding and contracting resources for fluctuating demand is to work with outsourced distribution companies like BR Williams that can help make investing in “in-house” additional space and staff unnecessary and completely avoidable.
The investment in owned storage space is impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to:
- Inventory turn rate
- Honeycombing factor (% of storage lost to partially filled pallets)
- Direct space
- Indirect space
Additionally, when a manufacturer manages warehousing in-house, they must pay for 100% of the space they use as direct space, plus a portion of the indirect space costs, to arrive at their cost per square foot.
It is often cost-prohibitive to invest in dedicated, owned storage facilities and to staff them for a variety of fluctuations in demand.
Savvy manufacturers and suppliers have learned that partnering with BR Williams for warehouse fulfillment allows them to pay for only the space and services they NEED.
Automation Needs in the Automotive Industry
When dealing with an industry as big as the automotive industry, automated product management and warehouse fulfillment can make all the difference in the world.
Understanding the most efficient way to stock work in process (WIP) and maintaining real-time access to key milestones in the delivery cycle time (unloaded, assembled, packaged, and ready to ship) helps the process move more quickly and reduces waste.
If Your Automotive Company is Looking for Logistics Solutions
For projects big and small, if you are a tier 1 or tier 2 automotive supplier or an automotive OEM looking for strategic logistic solutions, we can help. See our automotive logistics page or contact us today.
With humble beginnings back in 1958, BR Williams has grown into an award-winning supply chain management company servicing all 48 contiguous states and Canada. With facilities in Mobile AL; Piedmont, AL; Tallahassee, FL; Anniston, AL (two facilities); Eastaboga, AL; and Oxford, AL, B.R. Williams’ distribution network supports over 50 customers and another 2,550 in the Trucking and Logistics divisions. Industries served include the following: automotive, defense, home improvement, education, food raw materials, textiles, chemical, industrial packaging, metals (finished goods), highway safety and more.