Leading Logistics Provider Will Deliver Cost Savings, Improved Visibility on Inbound Shipments from China to Musical Instrument Manufacturer

February 14, 2012  (Dallas, TX) – Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management and logistics technology announced today that Hohner Inc., an international distributor of musical instruments, has selected the award-winning third party logistics (3PL) provider to manage inbound United States shipments from China. Transplace will employ its award-winning, web-based technology to achieve greater visibility, reduce transportation costs and improve overall operational efficiency.

Based in Glen Allen, Va., Hohner Inc. distributes musical instruments, including harmonicas, accordions, recorders, melodicas, guitars, ukuleles, drums and drum accessories.

“Hohner is committed to providing the highest quality instruments and service to our customers,” said Barbara Koch, logistics manager at Hohner. “With its international experience and capabilities, Transplace is the right strategic partner to help Hohner achieve greater visibility and control of our supply chain, in order to better serve our customers and attain our business goals.”

The instrument manufacturer will leverage Transplace’s award-winning technology and Lean Six Sigma-based processes to deliver visibility into shipments of inbound ocean containers from Asia to Hohner’s facilities throughout the United States. The end result will be improved inventory management and streamlined supply chain operations.

“Leveraging Transplace’s international experience and strong relationships in Asia, we can help ensure 360-degree visibility of all shipments, on-time deliveries and cost savings,” said Sheila Hewitt, vice president of international, Transplace. “We are committed to working closely with Hohner to understand its business needs and help the manufacturer ensure operational success across its global supply chain.”

About Hohner Inc.
Hohner has distributed musical instruments since the late 1800‘s and is one of the world’s oldest musical instrument companies. Its U.S. brands include: Hohner Harmonicas, Accordions, Melodicas, Recorders, Fretted Instruments, and Hohner Kids Musical Toys; Sonor Drums, Sonor Orff; Lanikai Ukuleles, and Kohala Ukuleles. Hohner, Inc. is located in Glen Allen, Virginia. For Hohner’s U.S. dealer listings, please click here
About Transplace
Transplace is a non-asset, North American based third party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers, retailers and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. From complete logistics management outsourcing to intelligent transportation management systems (TMS) and supply chain network planning and design to high-quality brokerage services, Transplace has proven the ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to customers. The company is recognized among the elite global 3PLs by a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world. To learn more about how Transplace, please visit www.transplace.com.

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