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
A longtime Chicago entrepreneur, Perry Mandera has served as president of The Custom Companies, Inc., for more than three decades. Over that time period, Perry Mandera has built his company into a leading provider of transportation and logistics services.
There are many qualities that separate The Custom Companies, Inc., from the competition. For starters, the company offers transit services that consistently rank among the fastest in its region and nationwide. It is able to do this by having control over the entirety of the logistics chain, controlling its own direct line services, and minimizing the amount of time a shipment is handled, which in turn lowers the number of potential situations that can hold up a shipment between its origin and destination, making the overall trip faster.
In addition to its domestic services, The Custom Companies, Inc., also offers service to Canada, transporting items every week. The company is qualified to handle all the paperwork involved in these transactions, including providing a Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) documentation.
The Custom Companies
As president of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera leads a trusted provider of transportation services throughout North America, as well as Hawaii and Puerto Rico. A recent company newsletter focused on Perry Mandera’s success in growing the company over the past three decades.
Established in 1986, The Custom Companies began as a two-door Elk Grove Village operation and grew sustainably through its focus on quality service that fully delivered on client expectations. Organic growth has been supplemented with strategic acquisitions, beginning with CDN logistics, an over-the-road carrier, in the late 1990s. In 2001, the firm added Custom Global Logistics’ air freight services to its family and in 2012 it acquired ATS and Circle W, which added refrigerated and flatbed transportation capacities. In 2015, Tri Air Transportation was added to the corporate footprint.
Today The Custom Companies maintains a nearly 500,000-square-foot facility in Northlake, Illinois, that has 400 dock doors. In addition, it has a 250,000-square-foot facility in Santa Fe Springs, California, that ensures highly responsive service across the West Coast. Mr. Mandera describes his future vision for the company as strategic expansion that conforms to economic and industry trends.
The founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. A member of the Board for the Illinois Transportation Association, he was named one of the top 100 American transportation executives of the millennium. Since founding The Custom Companies in 1986, Perry Mandera has grown the company to annual sales that exceed $200 million.
Focused on providing the safest, most reliable transportation services available, The Custom Companies serves all points of North America, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, via truck. Additionally, it can reach any point on the globe through its expedited, trade show, and special handling division, Custom Global Logistics, and its direct mail distribution division, Choice Direct Logistics.
Thanks to its expansive and ever-evolving technologies, The Custom Companies stays on the forefront of the global transportation industry. For instance, its Cheetah Dispatch software allows real-time, GPS-enabled tracking from every driver’s satellite-enabled tablet. In conjunction with the company’s dock and warehouse management systems, clients can track their inventory from storage to shipment to delivery with a unique barcode in a paperless environment. Clients may also receive detailed analytics daily, weekly, monthly, or on demand via The Custom Companies’ web portal.