Driving Growth Without Boundaries – Inbound Logistics




Tags: Warehousing, Distribution, Partnership

When Advanced Drainage Systems needed to expand its distribution footprint amid a building boom, DHL Supply Chain helped the company scale its supply chain and position itself for future growth.

The Challenge

Some of the economic effects of the pandemic can be seen across our cities and in our homes. The pandemic has sparked a surge in growth that has seen homeowners investing in DIY renovations and repairs, the largest uptick in building permits in 15 years, and municipalities investing in infrastructure.

That growth meant Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), a leading provider of water management solutions products used in the storm water and on-site septic wastewater industries, needed to expand its distribution footprint to meet demand.

The Solution

To enhance its production capabilities and meet customer needs, ADS needed to invest in new facilities, consolidate its growing e-commerce operations, and increase capacity. ADS turned to its 3PL partner, DHL Supply Chain, to bring end-to-end supply chain expertise and best-in-class transport and logistics services to the ADS network.

DHL Supply Chain used its holistic knowledge of the supply chain to expand its existing partnership with ADS. To support the ADS retail business, DHL began managing a new 131,000-square-foot facility in South Carolina. DHL’s 28-truck dedicated fleet enabled customized delivery to more than 700 DIY retail locations across the Southeast. In addition to bolstering ADS’s retail business, DHL Supply Chain freed up capacity for ADS to better support its commercial trade business.

An additional warehouse operation in Ohio has consolidated ADS’s growing e-commerce fulfillment operations and provided additional capacity for finished goods distribution throughout their network of 63 manufacturing plants and 33 distribution centers.

The partnership with DHL Supply Chain has also advanced ADS’s sustainability journey. The advanced tools and digitalization efforts will reduce the carbon footprint of ADS deliveries by optimizing trailer space and implementing dynamic routing and round-trip matching to reduce transportation miles. In addition, ADS converted to an all-electric forklift fleet, to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint.

Through the efforts with DHL Supply Chain, ADS has been able to better serve its customers amid the building boom and better position itself for future growth.

To learn more: www.DHL.com/AllBusinessNoBoundaries


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