In 2004, P&S Logistics started a flatbed trucking business with 20 owner-operators and 35 trailers. Today, after 13 years in business and a 2012 merger with Grayson Mitchell, the company operates a fleet of 1,000 trucks in over 14 locations across the United States.
"When I started in the Spring of 2013, we had six individual companies as part of the P&S brand. Now there are more than 20,” said Dwight Lloyd, Financial Controller at P&S Logistics. “We couldn’t have achieved that kind of growth without Host Analytics."
Frozen out of insights, waiting for a jumpstart
But in the Winter of 2013,
An aggressive acquisition strategy by Foundation Building Materials (FBM) came with a cost: the company found itself saddled with siloed applications running in a fragmented IT environment that provided little visibility. Productivity suffered as the FP&A team had to manually access, import and export data across hundreds of Excel spreadsheets to measure and match daily sales to inventory at more than 200 branches.
Too much time spent, too few insights
Given the breadth and diversity of their operations, FBM's reporting requirements accedlerated, and Excel became a bottleneck obstructing
Celebrating its 40th year in business, Augusta Sportswear today sells more than 800 styles of activewear for teams, coaches, and athletes of all ages. Selling through a massive distribution network, such as this, leaves a lot for the Augusta Sportwear finance team to track in order to accurately measure performance. Until Host Analytics, Excel was the only tool they had.
"We were using an old system that was very manual and prone to errors,” said Mark Brown, Augusta Sportswear Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. “We wasted a lot of time on activities that didn’t add value.”
Swissport is the world's largest provider of ground and cargo handling services in the aviation industry, moving more than 4 million tons of cargo a year in 48 countries. But as Kim Lanham, the director of FP&A for Swissport North America, found out, the U.S.-based operation had room for improvement in how it moved and managed financial data.
“I started at Swissport in February of 2015 and when I got there they said, ‘You are going to be consolidating 2,000 spreadsheets come budget season that summer,’” Lanham told me at our Host Analytics World conference last May. “And I said, ‘Oh no, no,
Generating renewable energy from wind and solar plants is a volatile and complex business. Price fluctuations, changing demand, and competition from non-renewable energy providers are just a few of the factors that confront companies such as U.S.-based Acciona Energy, a subsidiary of the global Acciona headquartered in Spain.
Since going live in 2010 with Host Analytics for budgeting, planning, reporting and consolidation, Acciona Energy has gained vital insights into its business that has helped the company reduce costs, improve profitability, and make smarter investments.
A $200 million annual operating budget feeds over 1,000 stations around the country with NPR programming, which draws 36.6 million weekly listeners to programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Data-driven insights keep the mix lively and spending in check.
“NPR is responsible for the programs that we put on; our member partners pay us dues that cover their fees. It's kind of like an a la carte program where they sign up for Morning