Tim Vande Merkt

Work History

Work History
Feb 2009 - Present

Logistics Operations Consultant

Independent

Provide strategic and tactical logistics consulting to wholesale and retail distribution companies.

·Decreased distribution and logistics costs 12.5% for a $40M Canadian wholesale apparel company, by improving order-picking methodology, parcel logistics rates, and international inbound logistics rates.

·Benchmarked current 3rd party logistics provider services and pricing for a $550M wholesale small appliance company; subsequently built a 5-year distribution network plan for their U.S. distribution platform, with a projected network cost savings of >$15M.

·Identified opportunities to reduce operations costs 6.4% for a $350M wholesale appliance distributor through freight pricing/payment auditing and distribution and fulfillment process improvements.

Apr 2006 - Feb 2009

Vice President, Global Logistics

Scholastic Inc.

Responsible for all global transportation operations, strategy, and systems. Staff of 20, operating budget of $2.1M, logistics spend of over $185M.

  • Saved over $16.9M in logistics costs in past two years.
  • Negotiated new rates and contracts with UPS and DHL in 2008 resulting in $2.6M in annual savings and an additional $1.4M in cost avoidance.
  • Negotiated new pricing with YRC Logistics resulting in a $1.0M annual expense reduction.
  • Negotiated new parcel logistics carrier service and pricing with ParcelNet for our U.K.-based businesses, resulting in a $.5M annual expense savings.
  • Achieved C-TPAT certification, insuring security and uninhibited flow of Scholastic’s inbound international supply chain movements.
Jun 2005 - Mar 2006

Vice President, Logistics

Responsible for all distribution and transportation operations, strategy, and systems.

  • Rationalized distribution network and made changes which resulted in a 15% annual cost savings, streamlining the supply chain, reducing internal customer order cycle time, and leveraging in-house manufacturing capacity.
  • Developed and implemented a Performance Management process to improve operating performance and provide foundation for a performance improvement culture. Results:
  • On-time, same-day shipping performance improved from 79.8% to over 95.0%
  •       Productivity improved 15%, including temp labor.
Mar 2000 - May 2005

Vice President, Distribution

Broder Bros./Alpha Shirt Company

Responsible for operating up to 17 distribution centers, up to more than 2.5M ft2, 1100 employees, shipping 250 million units annually, and all transportation operations, strategy, and systems.

  • Re-engineered distribution process into one-step process for the Broder network, resulting in $4.1M savings in operating expenses, quicker replenishment of final DC inventory, and reduced network inventory by over $20M.
  • Negotiated a new contract with UPS to better reflect the combined company’s volumes, resulting in savings of $2.4M.
  • Developed and implemented plan to close 4 distribution centers, reducing fixed expenses by $5.5M.
Feb 1997 - Feb 2000

Director, Logistics & Transportation

Saks Fifth Avenue

Responsible for all logistics processing activities for the full-line and outlet store divisions at the company’s main distribution center, and for all company transportation operations/activities, with a budget >$30 million.

    ·Created and implemented first “one-way” contract carrier delivery routes, resulting in

           annual savings of $500,000.

    ·Introduced procedures to better use shared resources, resulting in 12% improvement in 

          operational productivity.

Feb 1995 - Feb 1997

Retail Distribution Center Manager

Office Depot

Responsible for all distribution activities at a 124,000 sq. ft. retail flow-thru distribution facility including inventory control, loss prevention and transportation.

Aug 1994 - Feb 1995

Senior Consultant, Logistics Strategy Practice

Provided logistics advice to a major oil drilling industry supplier.

Jan 1982 - Jul 1994

Various Distribution & Logistics Operations Leadership Roles

Ace Hardware Corporation

I handled a variety of strategic transportation, logistics, and distribution management assignments, including: Distribution Center Manager (2 different facilities of 463,000 sq.ft. & 278,000 sq.ft.), General Traffic Manager (3 years), and Freight Consolidation Manager (new function/operation – 2 years), amongst others.

Education

Education
Aug 1980 - Dec 1981

Bachelor of Business

Western Illinois University
Aug 1977 - May 1980

NA

Iowa State University

Summary

More than 28 years of experience as a senior distribution & logistics operations leadership executive with an impressive record of service and cost performance improvement in a wide range of environments. My background includes the highly successful leadership of large, multiple, distribution center networks (up to 20 locations and >1,100 employees), and complex, company-wide transportation operations (5 different companies; all modes, including significant private fleets; domestic and international; annual spends of up to $185 million). While physical logistics operations are my expertise, my business experience and acumen in I.T., Purchasing, Customer Service, Finance, and Human Resources are all very strong as well. I have implemented new automation and technology, worked closely with sales teams on major launches/introductions and on business development and retention initiatives, and done extensive work in developing teams (management teams as well as teams to support continuous improvement and best practices initiatives). I am highly analytical and Performance Management driven in style and approach, while also being a strong strategic planner and a highly successful, seasoned negotiator. My background includes retail, wholesale, hard goods, soft goods, and publishing/media, all in which I have had broad and sustained success, reflecting not only my compelling value proposition, but my adaptability. 

Interest

Interested in pursuing appropriate full-time/regular opportunities as well as freelance consulting work.