Zep Inc. Selects Transplace for Transportation Management Solution

Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced that Zep Inc. has selected Transplace as its third party logistics (3PL) provider to efficiently manage all domestic and international transportation activities. Transplace will employ its software-as-a-service (SaaS) Transportation Management System (TMS) to increase visibility across all business units and improve operational efficiency.

“We were looking for a best-in-class TMS vendor like Transplace to enable enhanced collaboration across all business units, gain a more complete view of our supply chain activities and drive cost savings,” said Jeff Fleck, chief supply chain officer, Zep, Inc. “Transplace has the breadth of knowledge, technology and expertise in the chemical and commercial spaces that will help us achieve our near and long-term goals.”

Since 1937, Zep Inc. has been a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of high-efficacy maintenance and cleaning solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional and consumer end-markets, with operations across North America, Western Europe and China. The company previously operated under a decentralized model, making communication across its supply chain a challenge. Zep Inc. engaged Transplace to integrate multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems into a centralized model aimed at improving efficiency and optimizing operations. “Zep Inc. was looking to increase its visibility across its supply chain and selected Transplace due to our engineering expertise, leadership in TMS and technology solutions,” said Vincent Chiodo, senior vice president, Transplace. “Transplace worked directly with Zep Inc. to complete a network engineering analysis and capture business intelligence data to help them further collaborate, gain insight and achieve cost savings through mode optimization, while enhancing its already high level of service to its customers.”

About Zep Inc.
Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2013 net sales of approximately $690 million, is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. The company is focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation (“MRO”) market, which together now comprise approximately 60% of its revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. Zep markets these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional®, Enforcer®, National Chemical™, Selig™, Misty®, Next Dimension™, Petro®, i-Chem®, TimeMist®, TimeWick™, MicrobeMax®, Country Vet®, Konk®, Original Bike Spirits®, Blue Coral®, Black Magic®, Rain-X®, Niagara National™, FC Forward Chemicals®, Rexodan®, Mykal™, and a number of private label brands. Some of Zep Inc.’s brands have been in existence since 1896. Founded in 1937, Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the company’s website at www.zepinc.com.

About Transplace
Transplace is a non-asset, North America-based third party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers, retailers, chemical and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. The company’s services and capabilities include Transportation Management Services, Intermodal, Brokerage and SaaS transportation management (TMS) solutions supplemented by supply chain network planning and design, transportation procurement and consulting services. The company is recognized among the elite global 3PLs for its proven ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world.

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