Case Study –
Reducing Landed Cost Of Global Exports

Reducing landed cost by 3-5% for one of the largest regional warehouse club chains.


One of the largest operators of membership warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean needed to reduce the landed cost for multiple items exported from the USA and China, shipping to 24 stores in 14 countries.


  • Analyzed the extended supply chain and applied a multi-strategy approach to accurately assess each product’s landed cost profitability margin.
  • Calculated each item’s cost per cube to ensure shipping cost did not exceed 10% of cost of goods sold (COGS).
  • Researched correct tariff classification per product, by country, for current export/import duties and attributed costs appropriately.
  • Determined carrier rates and time in transit of various container and less than container load (LCL) trade routes to determine optimal allocation.
  • Products were then divided between mixed containers and LCL shipments, based on shipping cost, time in transit and sales demand.


Ascertained the best method of shipping goods through comprehensive analysis at the item level, reducing landed cost on average by 3-5% for every shipment.

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