USA Cycling Manages Assets using Software-as-a-Service Warehouse Management System

Fifteen months ago USA Cycling decided to trade in its manual inventory management system and roll into an on-demand WMS. Today, this fluid organization is now tracking the movement of all of its equipment, clothing, and nutritional goods around the world.

<p>Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross.</p>

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross.

in the News

Pacific Basin conflict and its impact on high tech manufacturing
The New York Shipping Exchange steps up its game to serve “digitized” logistics
2018 MHI Innovation Award finalists announced
The Overlooked Competitive Advantage: Connected Teams
Reusable Packaging Association announces 2018 board and committee chairs
More News
By ·

Keeping track of bikes, wheels, clothing, and equipment as the items travel across the globe is no easy task. Just ask Gregory Cross, director of logistics and operations for USA Cycling in Colorado Springs. Up until last year, Cross and his team used a manual system to manage those and other race-related items as they traveled between the organization’s headquarters and its locations in Chula Vista, Calif., Belgium, and Italy.

“From our headquarters in Colorado Springs, we were always trying to figure out how much clothing we needed to have in Belgium and Italy and where to pull those items from,” says Cross. “We also loan out a lot of stuff to riders—bikes and wheels—and keeping track of those items as they traveled around the globe was an ongoing challenge for us.”

USA Cycling’s manual system was inefficient at best. “It wasn’t unusual for us to get a call from a rider in Europe, asking us what we wanted him to do with a set of racing wheels that he’d had for a few months because we’d lost track of them,” recalls Cross, whose department is charged with distributing the cycling gear to the group’s 66,000 members who participate in 2,600 racing events annually.

“We were basically trading spreadsheets around with one another,” says Cross, who moved into his current position in January 2009. “My first big assignment was a general ‘house cleaning’ of the inventory and the implementation of a system for tracking all of this equipment, clothing, and nutritional goods across our many users.”

On your mark…
Organized in 1920 as the Amateur Bicycle League of America, USA Cycling also licenses coaches, officials, and mechanics; has over 2,200 affiliated clubs and teams; and is represented nationwide by 34 local associations. And up until mid-2009, the logistics team used spreadsheets to record the distribution and return of the items and then shared the information with other employees via e-mail.

In early-2009, USA Cycling, the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the U.S. (including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross), made a conscious decision to bring its inventory management system into the new millennium.

Cross kicked off the vendor selection process by holding several brainstorming sessions with key management members and employees, all of whom surveyed the various WMS and point-of-sale systems available on the market.

“We even considered some custom options that we could program ourselves,” recalls Cross. Members of the organization’s “athletic” department (versus its organizational side) also played an integral role in the selection process. “We talked to quite a few of the coaches and found out what they wanted and needed,” says Cross. “We also worked closely with our director of athletics to brainstorm ideas and figure out how we wanted this system to behave and operate.”

In the end, the organization decided on RedPrairie’s on-demand warehouse management system. Cross says that the customization offered by the system, along with its ease of use, sold him on the solution. “We wanted a web-based system that didn’t require terminal systems or need to be hardwired to a database,” he says. “They laid everything out in a way that really worked for us.”

click here to read the full magazine article
Brought to you by:

4SIGHT Supply Chain Group Corporation
click here to download PDF

For more on Warehouse Management Systems visit our Critical Topics page


Be sure to attend our Webcast:

2010 Warehouse/DC Benchmark Study
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m. ET

Join Group Editorial Director Michael Levans and the research team of Derek Sorensen and Norm Saenz from TranSystems as they put context behind this annual survey designed to give the market the most up-to-date snapshot of current activities and trends in warehouse and DC management.

2010 Warehouse/DC Benchmark Study

sponsored by:



About the Author

Bridget McCrea, Editor
Bridget McCrea is a Contributing Editor for Logistics Management based in Clearwater, Fla. She has covered the transportation and supply chain space since 1996 and has covered all aspects of the industry for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. She can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter @BridgetMcCrea

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Face security threats head-on. Protect data beyond perimeter.
Traditional Data Loss Protection (DLP) solutions present a number of serious shortcomings and challenges for companies deploying them, creating a clear gap in the market.
Download Today!
From the January 2018 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
Industry experts agree that costs across all sectors worldwide will continue to rise in 2018, and the most successful shippers will be those that are able to mitigate their impact on profitability. And, the right technology will play an increasingly vital role in driving efficiencies across the global logistics network.
The Future of Retail Distribution
Navigating the Reverse Supply Chain for Connected Devices
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Securing IoT data across the connected supply chain
Learn why a holistic approach to IAM is the most effective way to govern access to your systems and information requested by your partners, vendors, customers, and connected devices.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
State of Global Logistics: Delivering above and beyond
Industry experts agree that costs across all sectors worldwide will continue to rise in 2018, and...
2018 Rate Outlook: Economic Expansion, Pushing Rates Skyward
Trade and transport analysts see rates rising across all modes in accordance with continued...

Building the NextGen Supply Chain: Keeping pace with the digital economy
Peerless Media’s 2017 Virtual Summit shows how creating a data-rich ecosystem can eliminate...
2017 NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year: Mallinckrodt; Mastering and managing complexity
An inside look at how a large pharmaceutical firm transformed its vendor and supplier relationships...