Brad Heinz, Sr. Product Director - Transportation Solutions
Following large-scale disruptions to businesses during the pandemic, the emphasis on supply chain management, and the need for digital transformation with internal systems to enable an adaptive, nimble order execution process, has become the focal point for every company. Business leaders have realized the criticality for a resilient, functional, robust, and highly adaptive supply chain infrastructure is key to strengthening their operations. Failure to promptly address critical supply chain issues and enabling innovation with systems, adds immense pressure to supply chain operations, causing extreme shortages in raw materials and products that adversely affect a company’s total revenue. Ascension Logistics, with decades of experience in Supply Chain Planning and Execution solutions, is addressing these challenges.
Ascension Logistics offers deep expertise with Warehouse (WMS) and Transportation Management Solutions (TMS), best in class implementation services, and customized products to help customers yield maximum value from their supply chain. Apart from WMS services, Ascension Logistics also provides Workforce Management Solutions to monitor and manage an individual’s performance of warehouse activities in real-time, streamline workflows to boost productivity, and create an uber-like workforce of parttime and seasonal workers for shifts on demand. In the transportation space, the company offers deployment services for TMS systems, carrier bid procurement solutions to obtain the best carrier cost, and 4PL services to support operational areas plagued by labor shortage and attrition. Also included is Tariff (rates) Management, Data Analytics and Visibility Enablement.
“While Ascension Logistics has been servicing clients for years, the new innovations being developed with microservice and customizing AI strategies to streamline decision making, are quickly gaining momentum. We continuously evolve to support todays’ business requirements. We have the buzz and energy of a startup,” says Brad Heinz, Sr. Product Director-Transportation Solutions at Ascension Logistics. As a supply chain industry veteran, Heinz brings over 35 years of experience in transportation, logistics, supply chain optimization solutions, consulting, and has worked with some of the most recognized brands in the world.
At the beginning of the pandemic, shipping companies made painful adjustments and adopted cost-cutting measures to keep their businesses afloat, due to upstream volume reduction. “As capacity became scarce and the wake of a pandemic driven boom in E-Commerce took shape, carriers started accepting loads from the highest bidder. Along with increased fuel prices and existing driver shortages, shippers were forced to pay 2-3 times more for transportation,” Heinz comments. To obtain the best possible rates, shippers now realize the need for better transportation solutions to digitally enable proactive shipment planning.
Our niche is Supply Chain Execution Systems & Technology. Delivering value in WMS, TMS, and Order Visibility is what motivates me to hit the ground running every day. Unlocking life changing Supply Chain improvements is what I live for!
Ascension Logistics’ Transportation Procurement and Bid Optimization services enable shippers to navigate the bidding process in a structured manner to arrive at the best service and rate combination. This also allows carriers to overlay the bid lanes with their own network to identify synergies. Ascension Logistics’ transportation bid optimization solution proved instrumental in helping a major 3PL company save valuable time and millions in cost. The client, who had been using spreadsheets and emails to communicate with their carrier base, leveraged Ascension Logistics’ bidding solution and methodology to streamline the bidding process, and shorten the engagement time.
Ascension Logistics also integrates TMS and WMS systems to support more cohesive decision making. “We deliver solutions for new implementations, upgrades, and WMS/ TMS health assessments, to evaluate optimization opportunities with a client’s current solution. We also offer enablement services to help fill skill-set gaps and introduce new users to the existing solutions,” notes Heinz.
While smaller shippers move toward digitizing their workflows and expanding their operations, Ascension Logistics is witnessing a rise in demand for solution managed services and hosted environments. Managing transportation and warehouse solutions require deep domain knowledge of TMS and WMS solutions, along with years of skill-based experience, which most companies lack due to attrition and pandemic forced reductions. Customers engaging with Ascension Logistics have realized that total cost is significantly less expensive than utilizing their in-house staff. “We are highly adaptable and are continuously growing. We focus on lowering total cost of ownership and accelerating time to value for our clients,” says Heinz. In addition, the company also offers order fulfillment solutions powered by robotics and automation to help address rising labor wages, shortages, and the demand for quicker delivery.
At Ascension Logistics, a typical client engagement starts with an evaluation of technology needs, understanding pain points, and critical success factors to transform their supply chain. The next step involves working with the client to curate the right solutions tailored to their specific needs and desired objectives for value benefits.
Over the years, Ascension Logistics’ deep knowledge and experience have been crucial in helping hundreds of Tier 1 clients meet their supply chain objectives. As economies reopen from the pandemic, more companies are working with Ascension Logistics to enable their supply chains of the future.