WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Costa Farms, one of the largest growers of ornamental plants, has selected the Cloud Logistics transportation management system (TMS) to help manage their complex distribution network, reduce freight costs, and provide unprecedented visibility to inventory and shipments.
“Given the unique nature of our business – marked by extraordinarily high seasonality, our geographic constraints, and the vast array of specialized carriers we use – managing freight for Costa Farms is particularly complex,” said Ryan McFarland, Transportation and Logistics Director for Costa Farms. “As part of our effort to replace both homegrown and legacy systems, we underwent an extensive search, looking at a wide variety of solutions available today. There was little doubt that Cloud Logistics was the right solution for us. Their combination of innovation, functionality, and usability helped them stand out in a crowded marketplace.”
Costa Farms will use the Cloud Logistics TMS to optimize carrier selection, which is particularly important in their highly seasonal business. During peak season, marrying the right loads with the right carriers will drive substantial savings. During low season, performing that same function while adhering to contractual carrier commitments is essential to maintaining strong carrier relations. The Cloud Logistics solution will also integrate with real-time location monitoring, provided by LocusTraxx, giving transportation planners insight to shipment progress and a dynamically recalculated estimated time of arrival (ETA).
Mark Nix, CEO of Cloud Logistics, added, “From our first visit with the Costa Farms team, we knew that this was lining up to be a really special project. The opportunity to work together to tackle the Costa Farms network this summer is incredibly exciting. We’re honored to be partnering with them and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.”
About Costa Farms
Costa Farms is one of the nation’s largest growers of ornamental plants. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 4,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and in North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and the Far East. More information about Costa Farms can be found at www.costafarms.com.
About Cloud Logistics
Cloud Logistics provides the newest generation of transportation logistics solutions for the global supply chain market. Our solutions make the complexities of order collaboration, communication and international transportation management simple and beneficial for companies of any size. The offering includes a patent-pending configurable workflow architecture, a unique user experience, customizable alerts, dynamic dashboard widgets, and ad-hoc reporting all delivered in a cloud-based network. Social technology for business allows each person involved with an order or shipment the ability to attach documents, claims photos, and Proof Of Delivery (POD) signatures within a private secure community. More information about Cloud Logistics can be found at www.gocloudlogistics.com.