Jericho, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) -- Automotive aftermarket manufacturers find themselves in a precarious position as a result of the downturn in the nation's economy. On the one hand, the market for aftermarket products is strong, as many consumers are opting to forego new car purchases in favor of maintaining existing vehicles. But, the costs of moving those car and truck parts through the supply chain have increased dramatically in recent months. As a result, many automotive aftermarket manufacturers are looking to an experienced logistics provider, Purolator USA, for cost-savings solutions and insight into the unique needs of the industry.

Purolator USA offers comprehensive logistics services for shipments traveling across the border into Canada as well as for shipments traveling within the United States. Purolator is noted for its extensive distribution networks within each country, its cross border and regulatory expertise, and for its high level of customer service. "Purolator's core strengths can really help automotive aftermarket manufacturers during the current economic downturn," says Purolator USA Director of Transportation Solutions, Michael Locke.

Each Purolator USA customer works with a service professional to understand the unique needs of the customer's supply chain. A client relations representative, who understands each of the customers' needs, ensures the individualized logistics plan is maintained. This is particularly important in the automotive aftermarket industry, where time is of the essence in getting an auto or truck part delivered to a waiting customer.

"Our logistics specialists are able to help customers evaluate their shipping needs and priorities, and put together cost efficient logistics solutions that ensure timely delivery," says Locke. "We have many tools to offer our customers that help us control costs while ensuring a smooth and timely logistics process."

Purolator USA often evaluates shipment linehaul, which results in lower transit costs. For goods crossing the border, consolidating shipments can mean minimal delays and reduced import fees, since consolidated goods cross the border as single shipment, rather than as a group of individual packages.

Purolator also offers aftermarket manufacturers access to its deep distribution networks throughout both the U.S. and Canada. "Goods travel on a Purolator truck with minimal stopovers or transfers, and customers in even the most remote regions of the two countries can be accessed," says Locke. "And," he adds, "Many aftermarketers are realizing that it makes sense to send return shipments back with Purolator. This way, we're able to maximize efficiencies and better manage costs."

This increased attention to customers' bottom lines comes at a time when transportation logistics are at a high. A recent study by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals found that American businesses spent $1.4 trillion on logistics last year. While fuel prices have come down, logistics prices overall remain high due to decreased volume and higher operating costs.

"While there is no magic solution, we can make sure customers are operating as wisely and efficiently as possible," Locke said.

Purolator USA is the small-package and freight forwarding subsidiary of Canada's leading overnight courier company. In the United States, Purolator USA has doubled the size of its office network during the past 18 months, with branches now operating in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Buffalo, New York/Metro and Newburgh, NY.

For more information about Purolator USA, please visit www.purolatorusa.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kimberly Caiaccio
Purolator USA
(516) 681-3749 ext. 2170

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