Temple-Inland Inc. Improves Logistics Visibility With Transportation Management System
Temple-Inland is a US$3.6 billion manufacturing company focused on corrugated packaging and building products. It owns a fully integrated corrugated packaging operation consisting of 7 mills and 62 converting facilities. The company wanted to replace a mainframe application with a single transportation management system (TMS) for multiple divisions and manufacturing facilities, accommodating both truck and rail. Moreover, the challenge was to increase visibility across business units on transportation cost drivers despite a decentralized transportation structure and standardize key transportation processes and improved yield on freight spend. The solution of improved transportation spending visibility was found with Oracle Freight Payment, Billing, and Claims which aided in identifying shipping cost options including mode and carrier selection. Oracle Transportation Management was implemented to provide a common platform for managing all shipments including truckload and rail. Integrated order management was established which allowed sales and customer service representatives to have access to contracted rates at time of sales quotation and order entry, preserve product margins for prepay and add shipping charges on an invoice. This increased routing compliance at manufacturing sites with more effective monitoring, assistance, and control over load execution and carrier selection and enabled better shipment history and standards for rate records aiding in strategic sourcing decisions and facilitating carrier partnerships.