The Custom Companies, Inc
For more than 30 years, Perry Mandera has led The Custom Companies, Inc., a transportation and logistics service provider based in North Lake, Illinois, as president and owner. Under the leadership of Perry Mandera, The Custom Companies uses a range of technologies to serve it clients. Below are three of these technologies:
1. Cheetah Dispatch. A dynamic and comprehensive software, Cheetah Dispatch allows The Custom Companies drivers to access a variety of information, including automatic pickup times and proof of delivery documents. This is provided through each driver’s satellite-tracked tablet and helps the company offer real-time visibility of deliveries and reduce unnecessary paperwork.
2. Warehouse Management System (WMS). Used in coordination with The Custom Companies’ pick and pack and fulfillment service, the WMS allows customers to track their inventory with ease. Thanks to the electronic inventories maintained by the WMS, customers can see their products from the point they are received by The Custom Companies until they are delivered.
3. Dock Management System (DMS). This technology sets the industry standard for dock management systems. The propriety DMS is completely paperless and relies on unique bar codes that are attributed to each shipment. This allows The Custom Companies to move freight quickly and minimize delays and errors.
The Custom Companies, Inc
Perry Mandera, a successful executive with more than four decades of experience in the transportation industry, handles sales operations and business development at The Custom Companies, Inc. To ensure his customers receive high-quality services with ease, Perry Mandera and his company offer several online features, such as an electronic bill of lading.
Also known as a BoL or B/L, a bill of lading is an important part of the shipping chain. Most BoL documents serve three main purposes: evidence of a contract of carriage, a receipt of goods, and a document title to the goods.
Since BoLs are a contract of carriage, they are legally significant. They can be used in various litigation concerns regarding shipping, and they ensure carriers process cargo in accordance with a seller’s parameters. When a BoL is filled out incorrectly, carriers may be open to criminal prosecution.
As a receipt of goods, BoLs prove to sellers that a carrier has received the cargo being shipped. The document also proves that the cargo was received in good condition. This can be important if buyers receive damaged products, because sellers can determine whether the issue was with the manufacturing or the carrier.
Finally, BoLs grant holders the title to the goods transported. With an accurate BoL, holders are allowed to transfer the rights to claim and transport the cargo to another party. In some cases, this power may be helpful in negotiations. Carriers can retain the BoL until they have been paid in full for their services, or they may transfer rights to a third party during transit to ensure smooth delivery.
With more than three decades of experience in the transportation industry, Perry Mandera is the founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., in Northlake, Illinois. Perry Mandera, a board member for the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA), was named one of the top 100 American transportation executives of the millennium.
The Illinois Trucking Association has long been politically active in lobbying for bills that benefit the transportation industry. For instance, the ITA recently announced its support of Illinois Senate Bill 662, which would repeal the Commercial Distribution Fee. The fee is essentially a 14.35 percent sales tax on truck license plates.
The license plate sales tax affects commercial vehicles from 8,001 to 80,000 pounds. The ITA estimates that the tax costs the commercial transportation industry an additional $50 million per year. In addition to the added cost, the irganizationn supports repeal of the tax because the revenue funnels into the state’s general fund and is not earmarked for transportation-related issues such as roads or even the state police.