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Cold foods shipper deploys new TMS technology

Feb. 26, 2024
Kilcoy turns to the Nexterus transportation management system to better manage its refrigerated freight and network of temperature-controlled carriers.

Kilcoy Global Foods, which provides food products for independent restaurants and national chains, recently deployed Nexterus’ transportation management system (TMS) to help manage its refrigerated freight.

“When our current TMS was sunsetting, we looked for a new TMS and ran into Nexterus,” Rebecca Hoban, Kilcoy freight coordinator, said in a news release. “The Nexterus TMS provides us with flat-rate pricing instead of spot quotes to make our pricing more consistent. Plus, we get detailed daily and weekly shipment and invoice-detail reports to manage our freight spend better. Nexterus customized our invoice report to give us specific criteria that our accounting team needed.

“Working with Nexterus has freed up much time with rating our shipments and reporting actual freight spend to focus more on caring for our customers.”

Kilcoy Global Foods is headquartered in Birtinya, Queensland, Australia. Its North American headquarters is in Mundelein, Illinois. In the U.S., Kilcoy supplies Walmart, Trader Joe’s, TGI Fridays, and Costco.

Nexterus, based in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, manages Kilcoy’s reefer freight with the Nexterus TMS, which provides the food manufacturer with standard rates and serves as a liaison between Kilcoy and its carriers. Nexterus combines shipments to minimize freight costs going to the same locations on the same dates, the company said.

“Nexterus added Kilcoy’s reefer carriers to our TMS and also sourced additional reefer carriers,” said Chris Schramm, Nexterus director of sales and accounts. “Our operations and customer service team handled this work. The Kilcoy and Nexterus IT teams are working together to integrate Kilcoy’s ERP [enterprise resource planning] system with the Nexterus TMS to transfer order information from the ERP to the TMS.

“This true partnership of efforts will help Kilcoy improve their freight operations.”

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