With a GDP of $1.6 trillion, it stands to reason that huge amounts of goods move into, out of and around the state of Texas. For the 14th straight year, Texas has led the nation in exports, to the tune of $251 billion in goods in 2015 — $102.5 billion of that went to Mexico.
It’s a good thing Texas has the logistics chops to keep pace with the volume of in-state and out-of-state commerce that make it a leading global economy in its own right. Its south-central location mid-way across the continental US and 624-mile Gulf of Mexico coast are natural logistics advantages.
What does this logistics smorgasbord mean to enterprises in the business of moving products from point to point? It means they have a wealth of locations from which to choose — and from which to realize substantial supply chain efficiencies.
In February 2016, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) opened its new, 275,000-sq.-ft. parts distribution center in Dallas with high hopes for its contribution to improving customer service and for its role in DTNA’s broader supply chain. Heavy-duty truck manufacturer DTNA makes commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Thomas Built Buses and other brands.
“We are excited about this new parts distribution center, which is more than just a building,” says Jay Johnson, DTNA’s general manager of supply chain, at the opening. “It’s part of our strategy to get closer to our customers.”
The new facility, according to the company, is a critical, strategic component that will allow customers to receive stock and mission critical parts in record time — its goal is to set the benchmark for parts availability, and it’s already happening.
“The new Dallas parts distribution center and supporting supply chain initiatives have dramatically improved our ability to service our customers,” says Dan Stevens, chief operations officer and partner of Lonestar Truck Group. “The speed with which we receive parts has improved front-counter customer satisfaction due to improved fill rates. Technician morale and efficiency has improved as well.”
Adds Rich Shearing, president of Premier Truck Group: “With the addition of the Dallas PDC, our lead time on parts has been reduced by two days. This reduction will help us improve customer uptime as we continue to increase our dealership throughput.”