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Sip, Sip, Hooray! Agforce and Fastbreak Collaborate on Warehouse Expansion

Agforce has doubled down on its longstanding partnership with Fastbreak Consolidators, Inc, the leader in Northern California wine consolidation, to increase warehouse space by 10,000 square feet. This extra space, plus investments in additional drivers and tracking technology, means we can pass our unique experience and understanding along to more customers who need us. 

Fastbreak Warehouse

“This is the first foray into warehouse space for Agforce,” says Andy Tuley, Vice President of Business Development. “It not only signals the growth and evolution of our business, but the lockstep relationship we have with Fastbreak. No other consolidators in the industry have honed in on their expertise like Fastbreak, and they’ve done it intentionally so that makes it easy for us to treat our customers right.”

Distributors across the United States rely on the Fastbreak and Agforce partnership for quick, efficient wine deliveries no matter the situation. “Let’s say your sales rep has a wine vendor coming next week that nobody told you about. Or someone scheduled a wine dinner for next week, and you don’t have the product. You can call us in a panic at 3 p.m. on a Friday, and we’ll make it happen,” says Chris Stranckmeyer, Manager Business Development Wine & Spirits. “We’re not even going to argue. We’re going to get off the phone as quickly as possible so we can send a driver to get the product you need and get it to you on time. We get it, and that’s why we get it done.” 

The Agforce and Fastbreak partnership eliminates partially-filled truckloads, maximizes the use of all capacity and includes access to proprietary technology that provides visibility into all aspects of an order. In short, it’s airtight. 

“Together, Fastbreak and Agforce are able to show customers exactly who is taking care of their product, its status and its estimated delivery time, from our warehouse door to the customer’s door,” says Kathy Edwards, Fastbreak Office Manager.

Fastbreak Warehouse

“We pass the baton back and forth so quickly that our customers don’t even notice it happening,” says Tuley. “All they notice is that we can meet their needs – no matter how crazy, last-minute or specific, in a way no other 3PL can.”

Both companies are committed to customer service, customer retention, growth and laser-focus on what we do best. As the wine consolidation industry grows and shifts, Fastbreak remains the leader, even amid other companies’ mergers and acquisitions. And it appreciates Agforce’s contribution to its growth, viewing us as an extension of its company that it can trust to treat customers in the same way it would. 

“Fastbreak has been committed to its core values for more than 30 years. While others change, try to diversify, or get bought out, we continue to stay true to ourselves and what we do. We’ve found a true partner in Agforce – they support and complement our firm foundation,” says Edwards.

We’re so confident in our continued growth that increasing our warehouse capacity by 25% was a no-brainer.

“In 2018, Fastbreak and Agforce consolidated more than 3.5 million cases of wine, a number that will only increase this year and into the future,” says Brett Eckinger, Director of Sales at Agforce. “We are thrilled at the additional volume our new warehouse space will allow us, and the additional value we will be able to offer our customers based on this investment. We are proud to celebrate our continued growth as a Fastbreak partner.” 

A toast to Fastbreak, Agforce and our customers!

Want in on the amazing agility Agforce and Fastbreak provide? Give us a call at 877.367.2324 or email us at inquiry@agforcets.com.

Holiday Logistics – Behind the Scenes


It’s September, which means holiday merchandising is right around the corner. Along with it – third-quarter reviews that sometimes drive last-minute strategy tweaks. In a heartbeat, months of holiday planning can be upended.

Hail Marys aren’t uncommon in this industry, although the act of getting product to shelf can at times seem nothing short of miraculous. We wanted to lift the curtain a bit and share our approach to getting the job done in what can be the most stressful shipping season of the year.

Communication

We can’t prepare if we aren’t asking our clients questions and listening to the answers. The same goes for our carriers and our warehouses. VP of Business Development at Agforce Transport Services Andy Tuley puts it this way: “We want to minimize stress on our clients. That means going behind the scenes for them, talking to truckers early, setting appointments in advance. We want to be as easy as possible for people to work with.”

Technology

Next to our people, technology is the most important investment we can make. Technology helps make our work more transparent and efficient. Managing Director of Agforce Transport Services Michael Preisinger says, “It’s absolutely crucial. We’re committed to offering our customers and our carriers the best there is, so we’re constantly evaluating what’s available in the marketplace.”

Perspective

Whether it’s fourth quarter or first quarter, we try to learn something new every day. “We’re always looking for ways we can add value behind the scenes, whether that’s buying pizza for the warehouses that stay late or tracking shipments early on a Saturday morning,” says Tuley. “No two situations are ever the same, and we come to work every day on our toes. It’s not a glamorous business, but it’s a lot of fun,” Preisinger added.

 

We’d love to hear about your needs and find ways to help you get where you’re going. Give us a call at 844-713-6723 or email us at inquiry@agforcets.com.

 

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