TNT forges warehouse connection Alliance brings scores of structures without big outlay

More jobs for executives

'In this day and age, you can't afford trucks and buildings'

July 08, 1996|By Suzanne Wooton | Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF

TNT Logistics Inc., the Linthicum-based subsidiary of an Australian trucking and airline conglomerate, will announce today that it has formed an alliance with a Kansas company that owns and operates 129 warehouses throughout the United States and Mexico.

TNT Logistics, which moved its headquarters to Maryland from Tampa, Fla., in late 1994, sets up transportation systems for companies, among other things contracting for trucking and warehouse services.

The alliance with Integrated Regional Operators Network (IRON) gives TNT the ability to provide warehouse services to its customers without the huge capital investment of acquiring its own facilities.

"Our focus is to move products and information but in this day and age, you can't afford to spend money on trucks and buildings," said Mark Skoda, TNT's vice president and general manager.

"This gives our clients greater flexibility."

IRON comprises 30 regional companies with 129 warehouses, totaling more than 26 million square feet of distribution space.

The 2-year-old company, located in Lenexa, Kan., uses a common inventory management system and connective software, with all its facilities electronically linked.

TNT moved to Linthicum partly to be close to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The Linthicum operation employs 47 people, largely consultants who travel extensively to arrange transportation logistics for manufacturers and other companies.

Skoda said the company currently has openings for seven executives and that the alliance with IRON will mean an additional five executive positions.

"We will be creating a whole new business development around this issue," he said.

TNT Logistics has contracts with 120 leading companies, including Ford, Du Pont, Coca-Cola and Sears. According to Skoda, the partnership with IRON already has resulted in new clients.

TNT Logistics is a subsidiary of TNT Worldwide Transportation Group, a $6 billion Australia-based logistics and transport services company that operates as an express freight courier with railroad and airline services.

Pub Date: 7/08/96

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