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leggett & platt manufacturing & energy

the logistics group has its own IT
team. That team works in conjunction with the software Leggett &
Platt uses, such as McLeod and Oracle for its TMS systems. The TMS
system also manages domestic intermodal shipments, which Jinks
estimates to be 5,000 containers a
year. All domestic carrier invoices
are audited and paid centrally in
the U.S. and all international carrier invoices are audited and paid
centrally in Hong Kong.

Entrepreneurial Spirit
Though Leggett & Platt may be a
vast manufacturing entity, its individual units are given the freedom
to address problems with often

unique solutions. "Nowhere is that
more evident than with the logistics
group," Breckwoldt notes. "Our
main focus is to always service our
branches and customers in our very
diverse manufacturing environment. Instead of focusing on price
alone, we also focus on service and
visibility. It's a balancing act."
Breckwoldt was given the
freedom to address carrier issues,
but since then the unit has evolved
into something more than that.
In 2007, to replace lost volume
when a division was sold, Breckwoldt started an association where
shippers outside of Leggett & Platt
can participate without a membership fee or minimum volume

requirement. Instead, they pay a
flat fee per container only after
that container is shipped.
In addition, Leggett & Platt's
logistics division has grown to
become a thriving third-party
logistics (3PL) business called Leggett & Platt Global Supply Chain.
Its formation was similar to other
corporate logistics groups that
have started their own 3PLs.
Breckwoldt credits a senior management team that is
open-minded about trying new
ventures, and a strong corporate
environment. "If you have good
ideas, the company is listening,"
Breckwoldt explains. "They will let
you succeed."

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