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manufacturing & energy leggett & platt

Carpet cushions are just one part
of Leggett & Platt's diverse array
of products, which can be found
in homes, offices and vehicles.

their goods timely to service
their customers.

Streamlined process
To understand the magnitude of
Breckwoldt's job it is important to
know what he has accomplished
already. He came aboard Leggett
& Platt in 2005 after being in the
freight forwarding and automotive
industry for over 15 years.
At the time, Leggett & Platt
had never centralized its logistics
teams. For example, for less-thantruckload shipments, the company
was using 40 carriers for 3,500
shipments a week with no visibility
into the whereabouts of cargo.
Within two years, Breckwoldt and
the team slashed the number of
carriers to nine and all shipments
were centrally controlled, including auditing and payments.
Although that helped operations
domestically, the ocean carrier
services needed to be centralized
as well, as international shipments
were executed by each branch's
local freight forwarder. In addition
to the Chicago logistics office,
a staff was deployed to China,
to manage the origin process.
Further, a global, corporate-wide
transportation management system (TMS) was implemented and
electronic communication with
carriers was strengthened.
Fast-forward 12 years and the
logistics team is a well-oiled machine. In addition to a core group
of LTL carriers, the company also
has its own fleet of 420 tractors
and 1,400 trailers with 100 tractors
and 225 trailers in the for-hire
Leggett & Platt transportation
fleet. These assets help ensure that
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tories receive their goods timely to
service their customers.
Jeff Jinks, staff vice president of
domestic logistics for Leggett &
Platt, oversees the fleet and is leading a company-wide upgrade of its
fleet in 2018. "Going forward, we
are looking at replacing our tractors with new technology," Jinks
says. "We are looking at adding
collision-avoidance technology, as
well as other technology to keep
the public and drivers safe."
In addition to managing the
fleet, Jinks is responsible for managing the 2,500+ truckload carriers
that Leggett & Platt uses that hauls
over 1,000 loads per week. The
logistics team also ensures that
carriers are in compliance with
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration guidelines as well.
Breckwoldt and his interna-

tional team provide real-time
visibility where cargo shipments
are at all times. It currently has
contracts with 10 ocean carriers,
overseeing shipments to over
100 countries and Leggett &
Platt branches in 19 countries as
well. Additional logistics offices
are located in Hong Kong and
Belgium. Wayne Kaminski, staff
vice president of international
logistics, says this is crucial. "We
have global platforms that we use
for visibility status," Kaminski explains. "When one of our facilities
needs to know where a shipment
is, the transit time or what their
costs are, we have that capability."
The global platform tool is vital,
considering Breckwoldt's team
manages upwards of 50,000 containers (TEUs) annually.
To maintain that capability,



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