When Patrick Kirbow joined Star Pipe Products more than 15 years ago, he wanted to standardize operations across the company’s now 14 U.S. regional distribution centers.
Kirbow, vice president of operations at the global manufacturer and supplier of a broad array of iron products, had a simple goal: Run each facility the same way.
It’s been a big project. One of the earlier tasks involved implementing an inherited and inefficient less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation management system (TMS) that required too much manual data input.
“As tariffs got more complicated, we had to do even more data entry. I needed an LTL rate-shopping solution,” Kirbow says.
That need led him to Banyan Technology, a SaaS-based logistics data connectivity platform innovator that founder Lance Healy described to Kirbow as a “high-speed, low-drag organization.”
Banyan’s development team went to work creating a custom application programming interface – API – that connects Star Pipe’s TMS to its warehouse management system (WMS). It programmatically tenders freight to the best value LTL carrier with the fastest transit time.