Century has been in the consolidation and supply chain management business for over 35 years.
Century's growth is only possible through the partnerships and dedication of both our team and our customers in working together to achieve measurable supply chain improvements.
Our reputation in the market has been built on our ability and willingness to customize both visibility systems and operational services.
As a part of the "K" Line Group, Century has the resources, infrastructure, talent, and logistics know-how around the world to achieve your supply chain goals.
Century, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores®, and Acuitive Solutions LLC formed a partnership in early 2007. The objective of the collaboration was to run all Jo-Ann freight bills through a pre-audit process to verify the charges prior to remittance. Acuitive maintains Jo-Ann’s contracted rates and terms in its system. The auditing process initiates with Century feeding ASN/856 transactions from VMS® to Acuitive. Acuitive then receives corresponding freight invoices via EDI 310 feeds from the Jo-Ann carriers. Invoice anomalies are identified systematically and flagged for non-payment pending follow up with the carrier. Validated freight charges flow from Acuitive to VMS®. Jo-Ann’s Accounts Payable team then runs a VMS® report summarizing validated carrier charges in order to process payment. The average invoice approval time is 7-8 days before shipment ETA. Driven by a high level of collaboration and clear business objectives, this program has achieved significant results:
100% audit of Jo-Ann freight invoices prior to remittance, no more short/over payments
99% of all invoice issues are resolved without Jo-Ann involvement
Significant time and cost savings for Jo-Ann stakeholders and their carriers
Carriers became highly motivated to self-correct in order to speed payment processing
Improved data integrity
Elimination of shipment refusals due to payment issues
Greater shipping and delivery certainty
This program earned Century, Jo-Ann, and Acuitive the 2011 Supply Chain Distinction Award for “Best Collaborative Practice”.
In Southeast Asia, where it's humid year round, we set up a program to check moisture content on the wooden floor of every single container before it is used to load Customer B’s furniture.