Transportation Consultants, Inc. (TCI), founded in 1981, is a consulting firm specializing in the areas of fleet management consulting, transportation, fleet logistics/distribution, information systems, and logistics management. As a result of our work, our clients have saved substantial sums on their fleet operations, distribution networks, and routing delivery systems. TCI provides lasting solutions to our clients’ toughest logistics challenges and then manages these changes.
TCI integrates the areas of finance, human resources, and management information systems with the distribution process. We advise our clients on cost-saving strategies and then assist in the implementation of the programs that we recommend.
Since our inception, we have realized that even the largest companies seldom have the expertise in all aspects of distribution and transportation. Our mission is to fill this void for our clients by examining each and every aspect of the transportation puzzle. From purchasing to maintenance to distribution to finance, every element of the process is scrutinized then polished while we remain diligently cognizant of our clients’ existing operational and servicing requirements.
Phase I (Discovery): TCI reviews the fleet operation and identifies and quantifies specific areas of cost improvements, for example: For in-house maintenance operations, TCI will point out ways to achieve lower maintenance costs and improve customer services; determine mechanics’ qualifications and productivity; determine if the proper mix and levels of inventory are being held; and for those companies that outsource, TCI reviews contract terms, customer service, and pricing, among many other areas. Upon completion of Phase I, TCI offers its recommendations and presents an estimate of any potential savings and will advise if our continued involvement is warranted.
Phase II (Implementation) is dependent on the findings in Phase I and whereby TCI manages the approved changes. Although not typical, sometimes companies prefer to implement TCI’s recommendations on their own. During this phase, for example and where applicable, TCI will implement steps to improve shop procedures; pre-trip & post-trip training; safety/DOT compliance review & training; identify backhaul opportunities; manage the outsourcing process from RFP to analysis to negotiating final terms; and assisting in proper specifications and pricing for new equipment.
Many companies have personnel who are fully capable of performing some of these tasks quite effectively. Rare is the company, however, that employs people with top-notch expertise in all of the following areas:
Our success is due in great measure to the wide and varied qualifications of our associates, who, collectively, have amassed broad operational experience.
Our associates are all seasoned professionals with a vast array of management experience. TCI is a quantum leap ahead of other consulting firms in its professional ability to not only make the recommendations but to implement them as well.