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Save-A-Lot
A Quick Look
Founded: 1977
Corporate Headquarters:
St. Louis, Missouri
Annual Sales: $4 billion plus
Products: Grocery
Customers: Corporate-owned and
licensee grocery stores
Areas served: 35 states, the Caribbean
and Central America
Logistics operation: 100-plus
employees, 16 distribution centers, 105
company-owned private fleet tractors
plus outsourced dedicated fleets
Save-A-Lot is a hard discount grocery
business, providing an edited selection
of core items plus meat and produce
offerings at almost 1,400 stores
concentrated in the Midwest, the East
Coast and Colorado.
The products purchased from
Save-A-Lot's approximately 1,000
vendors all funnel through one of the
company's 16 warehouse locations,
usually located within a 300- to
350-mile radius of each other. The
company outsources its store deliveries
from 13 warehouses to different
dedicated fleet providers. It uses its
own fleet to service the other three,
which are legacy operations located in
Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.
"For the private fleet, we lease the
equipment directly and have our own
fleet of drivers, our own dispatch
staff and our own transportation

office," said John Wilson, director
of transportation.

improved service levels for better
product availability.

"Our recent installation of routing
software has greatly improved our
fleet efficiency and it is just the
beginning of new analytics we will
have accessible. The staff members
are continuing to learn from the
routing software they use, making
improvements to delivery schedules
based on the information it provides."

Another important addition to
Save-A-Lot's software technology will
be an online appointment scheduling
system. "At this time, our inbound
appointments are all done manually
through email or phone on the inbound
side. We are installing third-party
software that will allow all of our
inbound vendors, trucking companies
and our own staff to schedule online
24/7. That will give us improved
analytics on service level measurements
and much better data visibility on that
piece of business," Wilson added.

The logistics team is now taking
on the challenge of moving more
inbound freight with some significant
system improvements to allow for
more visibility. Doing more of the
inbound for both truckload and LTL
will allow the company to continue to
increase its backhaul revenue, which
has grown 100 percent over the last
few years.

Save-A-Lot's private fleet has been
compliant with the upcoming electronic
logging requirements for the past five
years, and the company has installed
in-dash cameras on all of its tractors.

"Five years ago we managed
20 percent of our inbound business;
we are at about 45 percent right now,
and we feel that we can get that up to
85 percent of the overall inbound,"
said Rick Trautwein, inbound
freight manager.

"This is very much of a protection for
our drivers from a liability standpoint,"
said Wilson. There have already been
some accidents where having that video
proof has provided the company with
a much stronger legal position, saving
them both time and money.

For the last 18 months, the logistics
team has been working with its own
procurement group and with its
vendors to come up with creative
ideas for managing the inbound
business. "What we've been able
to save on inbound freight delivery
costs by doing it ourselves rather
than always taking the vendor
delivered cost has been significant as
far as lowering our costs of goods,"
said Wilson. It has also enabled

The enhancements to its logistics
systems will help Save-A-Lot manage
the company's expected growth.
"We were just sold in December to a
private equity company from Canada
called Onex, and we are looking forward
to our partnership with them. They
have talked to us about a lot of good
growth opportunities and we are very
optimistic that we are heading in the
right direction," Wilson said. ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017

President’s Letter
Filling the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Expanded Panama Canal = Expanded Options
Capacity Concerns
FAST Act Impact
Cooperative Effort Provides Safe Havens for Drivers
Elaine Chao Returns to Washington as Secretary of Transportation
Industry Forecast
Regulatory Update
Is Your RFP Built to Source the Right ELD Solution?
Top 10
FSA Annual Conference
Retail Trends
As the World Returns
Stop Managing, Start Coaching
A B.O.L.D. Approach to Succeeding in an Unpredictable Business World
People Problems Prevented
Batory Food
Bongards Creameries
Operation Blessing
Ruiz Food Products, Inc.
Save-A-Lot
Scotlynn
Sun-Maid
FSA Members
In the News…
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - intro
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover1
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - President’s Letter
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 12
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 13
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Filling the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 15
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Expanded Panama Canal = Expanded Options
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 31
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Capacity Concerns
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 33
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 41
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - FAST Act Impact
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 43
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 44
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 45
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 46
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Cooperative Effort Provides Safe Havens for Drivers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 48
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 49
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 50
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Elaine Chao Returns to Washington as Secretary of Transportation
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 52
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 53
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 54
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 56
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 57
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Regulatory Update
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 59
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 60
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 61
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 62
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Is Your RFP Built to Source the Right ELD Solution?
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 64
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 66
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Top 10
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 68
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - FSA Annual Conference
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 70
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 71
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 72
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 73
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 75
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 76
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 77
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - As the World Returns
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 79
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 81
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 82
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Stop Managing, Start Coaching
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 84
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 85
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - A B.O.L.D. Approach to Succeeding in an Unpredictable Business World
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 87
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - People Problems Prevented
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 89
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 90
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 91
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 92
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Batory Food
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 94
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Bongards Creameries
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 96
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Operation Blessing
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 98
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Ruiz Food Products, Inc.
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 100
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Save-A-Lot
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 102
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Scotlynn
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Sun-Maid
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - FSA Members
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 106
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - In the News…
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 110
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