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Crowley Integrates DFTS Management into Government Solutions Group to Unify Supply Chain Services for Warfighter Readiness

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced today that it is combining its Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract management group with its other government services under its Crowley Solutions business unit. The change will allow transportation management services under the $2.3 billion federal contract to be leveraged along with the company’s other government capabilities and offerings to create greater value through economies of scale and management efficiency.

“Unifying the DFTS group within our existing solutions group will allow us to maximize our services and be a singular resource for the U.S. government,” said Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Solutions. “The application of our longtime commercial expertise with the successful ongoing operation of the DFTS contract offers benefits for other government agencies seeking transportation management efficiencies in their supply chains.”

Under the new structure, Shiju Zacharia has been promoted to vice president, government supply chain, and will continue to lead the DFTS efforts in addition to the federal Universal Service Contract (USC) management and expeditionary logistics efforts.

“By leveraging technology and our capabilities, we’re providing economies of scale to government customers,” said Zacharia. “Our understanding of their supply chain needs allows us to optimize modes and methods. We focus beyond a single delivery to align efficiency, capacity and speed to support warfighter readiness.”

Chris Goss, director, expeditionary logistics; Wally Gonzalez, director, strategic accounts; Dave Touzinsky, director, customer accounts; Patrick Wallace, director, strategic sourcing and operations; and Smijith Kunhiraman, manager, government technology, will report to Zacharia.

“Automation and procurement are key to scaling our operations. Crowley continues to design and refine the government supply chain network, leveraging data analytics and 3Gtms continuous pool optimization to reduce DoD transportation costs,” said Zacharia.

Crowley utilizes the 3Gtms technology platform to provide industry-leading transportation management services that synchronize load planning and optimization through rate management, integration, execution and payment, while providing additional levels of transparency to the customer through measurement and reporting.

These same transportation management capabilities and dedicated vendor network are also being deployed within Crowley Logistics to benefit commercial customers with efficient, scalable services that are bringing increased velocity to their supply chains and reductions in their landed costs.

Shiju Zacharia is vice president, government supply chain, for Crowley Maritime, overseeing the DFTS and other government solutions programs.

As part of the DFTS program, Crowley has successfully rolled out 38 locations and has achieved 37 percent small business participation, exceeding federal contract requirements, while meeting on-time and response performance needs handling more than 1,500 moves daily.

Under the DFTS contract, Crowley moves various types of cargo from thousands of material suppliers through 29 Defense Logistics Association (DLA) sites and nine Defense Contract Management Association (DCMA) sites around the continental U.S. The program encompasses all forms of transportation, including less-than-truckload (LTL); full truckload (FTL); expedited; time-definite and refrigerated services; rail; specialized equipment, and customs clearance service for freight of all kinds (FAK). Delivery locations include vendor facilities, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) distribution centers, and U.S. military installations.

USC is a global ocean transportation contract for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The expeditionary logistics group supports execution of domestic and international contracts for the U.S. government.

Crowley’s solutions group also provides government ship management services, including management of Military Sealift Command and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) vessels; project engineering and naval architecture services, and specialty marine towing services.