What's NewWith the launch of the new decade, it seemed timely to provide an update on Norbridge. Herewith, some recent highlights of our work, a note on new capabilities we've developed, and a selection of recent articles, speeches and conference presentations. We also are pleased to announce an exciting career move for Dean Wise. Best wishes to you and your business in 2010.
Research and Project Work
Biomass Benchmarking Survey.
Norbridge completed a study of trends and challenges in the market for solid biomass in power generation. Study participants included 16 major utilities and power generators as well as 17 state agencies. We specifically focused on the following areas:
Cost-to-Serve Based Pricing.
For a leading North American food manufacturer, Norbridge recently
developed logistics cost-based pricing for nationwide product distribution. This
entailed detailed analysis of the cost to deliver orders of various sizes,
to different regions and for a range of products. We used a Routing
Tool that Norbridge created in 2008 for the client. The new pricing
structure Norbridge helped develop better reflects true logistics costs
and provides the right incentives for customers to place larger, more
Car and Delivery Vehicle Sourcing.
Norbridge recently completed an engagement in Europe for a large
US-based medical equipment supplier. Cars for sales staff and management
were sourced in 13 European countries. Delivery vehicles of various
sizes were sourced as well. We carefully assessed possible improvement
levers, conducted an RFP process with manufacturers and leasing companies,
and analyzed the gains from a range of cost-saving measures. Results
were cost savings in the 15% to 20% range.
Strategic Plan for a Major East Coast Port. During 2009, one of the most productive and financially self-sufficient port authorities in North America faced an increasing number of opportunities and challenges in its core marine terminal businesses. Norbridge and the client developed and implemented a strategic plan to address key issues:
Expanded Practice — Litigation Support. Norbridge recently formalized its litigation support practice, having worked on multiple engagements with law firms on disputes related to transportation and logistics where the law firm clients included accounting firms, insurance companies, and shippers/receivers. The types of cases we have participated in have included bankruptcy, professional liability, fraud/white collar crime, insurance claims, oil pollution, and commercial disputes. Norbridge provides assistance through:
Norbridge Partner takes Senior position at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Norbridge is pleased to announce that Dean Wise, a Partner here since 1995, has accepted an exciting position at the BNSF Railway Company. Dean will be vice president, Network Strategy, starting February 1, 2010, and will report directly to Matt Rose, BNSF's Chairman, President, and CEO. Dean will also serve as a member of the Executive Team. He will be responsible for BNSF Railway Company's Haulage Management, Interline Management, Network Strategy Development, Public-Private Partnerships and Short Line Business Development functions.
Norbridge maintains an active rail consulting practice, with a range
of ongoing projects and a strong vision for the future of the industry.
For a flavor of our current thinking, see our summary piece in January's
American Shipper. Click
here to download the full magazine to see the one-page summary (10
MB), or download the full 23-page report, "Back on Track — Better
days ahead for rail, intermodal," (1 MB) from the Trade
Forecast section of the American Shipper site.
Authors and Speakers