Kane is Able is able to offer logistics, warehousing, packaging, and freight transportation services to customers in the Northeast US. Through Kane Warehousing and Trucking, the company maintains some 8.5 million sq. ft. of dry and temperature-controlled storage facilities in more than 15 distribution locations; it also hauls dry and temperature-controlled freight in both less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload quantities. (LTL carriers consolidate freight from multiple shippers into a single truckload.) It also operates a fleet of about 925 trailers and a truckload fleet of 200. Edward J. Kane founded the company in 1930; the Kane family still owns and runs it.
Company chairman Eugene (Gene) Kane took over from his father in 1955 and established Kane Warehousing the next year. Gene was serving as chairman of the company when he passed away in fall 2010 at 80 years of age. A third generation of Kanes -- grandchildren of the founder -- now populates the company's executive suite.
But Kane has not let fealty to family tradition choke out innovation. The company uses collaborative distribution that involves a cooperative effort among manufacturers, retailers, and logistics providers. Before collaborative distribution became an accepted practice, a retailer had to send an electronic order to a manufacturer who contacted the LTL carrier to pick up the order and deliver it to the retailer, which made for a longer transport time. With collaborative distribution, 3PLs consolidate products from multiple manufacturers in their warehouses so that full truckloads of retailers' products can be sent in a more direct transport route. Another scenario may include competitors sharing the same truckload bound for distribution to their respective retail establishments. The shared distribution can yield savings of as much as 35%.
The company also uses electronic innovation including Logimax/RF (radio frequency) for its warehouse management system; the system manages inventory by SKU and lot number. Its distribution facilities, outpacing rivals, are equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID ) management systems to track freight movement.
Major Kane customers have included Hershey's, Kraft, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart. – less
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