Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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10 Compact Equipment JULY/AUGUST 2018 THE RLC To start off my summer, I headed down to Kentucky to hang with some industry friends from Perkins Engines. The U.K.-based engine manufacturer, owned by Caterpillar, has invested heavily in the American marketplace of late. A big part of that investment comes in the form of its Perkins North America Regional Lo- gistics Centre (RLC), located in Eliza- bethtown, Ky. The RLC is housed in a shared facility that's a partnership with the United Parcel Service (you probably know them as UPS). "The [Elizabethtown] facility totals 400,000 sq ft, and Perkins specifically operates in a little over 37,000 sq ft of that," explained Ryan Forbis, dis- tribution operations manager at UPS, right before giving us a tour of the complex. "Actually, it's more than that because that's only considered in ground square footage. When we get out there, you'll see a three-tier mez- zanine and each level is about 15,000 sq ft, so Perkins actually has closer to about 60,000 sq ft." Perkins has basically outsourced its aftermarket parts delivery logistics to UPS. This RLC gives U.S. Perkins cus- tomers and North American distribu- tors the rapid and reliable ground or air shipping options they require: choice of ground shipping or next-day and two-day air. One hundred per- cent of the United States can receive parcels next day via air shipping and 99 percent within four days' drive. It gives machine professionals the flex- ibility and pace they require. "We want velocity," said Morgan. "That's partly why we chose UPS. They have experience with e-commerce, and they can manage the level of ve- locity that we want now and have the capacity to grow as we grow. Not just through Elizabethtown but obviously through places like Worldport because with the deadlines we can offer 8 p.m. Eastern time cutoff to support the East to West Coast working day. That gives us a bit of an advantage in terms of getting orders out the same day from the Elizabethtown facility into World- port, onto a plane and then to any- where they need to go." The Elizabethtown Perkins facil- ity is around 50 miles away from the UPS Louisville courier hub called Worldport, which I also got the op- portunity to visit. The place is wild. Worldport is basically an enormous airport and the biggest sorting center you will ever visit. It's equivalent in size to 90 football fields and bigger than the Mall of America. It process- es an average of 1.6 million packages a day using 155 miles of conveyors. Hopefully the photography will give you an idea of its breadth because its size and complexity are hard to cap- ture in words. ONLINE ORDERING EXPEDITED WITH FEEDBACK Last year, Perkins announced the launch of its new online platform called and a mo- bile app called the Perkins My Engine App in the United States. Targeted at rental businesses, repair and engi- neering shops and just general ma- chine owners, the online shop allows U.S. customers of Perkins engines to Worldport has 155 miles of conveyors. UPS's enormous Worldport facility in Louisville.

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