Consultant urges manufacturers to look for savings in shipping

By Kay Nolan,  April 22, 2010

Kay Nolan is a contributing writer for This article ran in the April 22, 2010 issue.

As companies struggle through tough economic times, most could save considerable money in shipping costs for both the products they sell and the purchases they make, a transportation consultant told Wisconsin manufacturers this week.

“Most companies overspend by 20 percent due to poor transportation decisions,” said Geoff Comrie, founder and CEO of Raleigh, N.C.-based Transite Technology. “It’s probably the biggest area people bleed dollars in a manufacturing environment. “

If, as Comrie says, the hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential savings is “incredibly low-hanging fruit” why don’t more companies grab it?