Whirlpool Case Study

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CASE STUDY

Whirlpool Corporation
Evolution of a supply chain
Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales over $19 billion, more than 80,000 employees and more than 60 manufacturing and technology research centers globally. Consumers around the world enjoy Whirlpool’s innovative products marketed under Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht and other major brand names. With this varied inventory, plus a large direct sales force in more than 170 countries and an unpredictable sales cycle, effective supply chain management is critical for continued growth. Whirlpool has not always considered logistics a competitive advantage. However,
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This decision crystallized the need to hire a LLP. As Whirlpool searched for the right LLP, Penske Logistics continually surfaced as the leader in technology and engineering. Plus, after years of working together, Penske’s capabilities were already embedded in Whirlpool’s processes and structure. The main concern facing Whirlpool in its decision to appoint Penske as its LLP was that Penske would have to remain objective when reviewing 3PLs. Essentially, Whirlpool was concerned about whether Penske could objectively award or remove business from a 3PL based exclusively on the business requirements and not show any favoritism to Penske 3PL. Penske actually assumed the unofficial role of LLP when the need arose. Penske filled the gaps to re-engineer the Whirlpool network to accommodate the new multiple 3PL structure. By demonstrating its capability ahead of officially being awarded the contract, Penske built the trust of Whirlpool senior management and made the transition easier.

management, business process improvements, policies and procedures and customer service of all distribution centers and cross-docks Transportation Network Services – focused on shipment load planning and optimization, mode selection, shipment tendering and monitoring, carrier performance, carrier freight payment,
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