The First Destination Transportation and Packaging Initiative (FDTPI) supports the 2010-2017 Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Strategic Plan to leverage industry capabilities, and realize process excellence by balancing efficiency and effectiveness. FDTPI is an enterprise-wide initiative to reduce acquisition costs for eligible procurements and gain other efficiencies by leveraging the government’s negotiating clout and inherent economies of scale within targeted supply chains. Currently, FDTPI targets primarily Class IX material as well as some Class IV and VII materials. Aviation, Construction and Equipment, Industrial Hardware, Land and Maritime are the supply chains participating in FDTPI at the present time.
The FDTPI project transforms the way DLA and other government agencies handles new acquisition shipping and packaging. First destination shipments from suppliers to DLA currently include transportation and military standard (MIL-STD) packaging costs when submitting their bids. This can skew the product cost on DLA procurement by bundling these costs into the unit pricing. Moving forward, FDTPI will unbundle first-destination freight (FDT) and packaging (FDP) costs from the acquisition price of new-procurement materiel and utilize government personnel or contracted services to provide freight and/or MIL-STD packaging more efficiently than is possible by many DLA suppliers.
For suppliers entering new bids, they will now be required toLog into and subscribe to the new Vendor Shipment Module (VSM). VSM is the platform by which suppliers notify the transportation team that the shipment is ready for pick up. Regardless of package size or weight, the team will then assess the shipment information and arrange for pick up of the package or freight with the carrier of their choice. At that time, VSM will allow you to access your own contract information in order to print a commercial bill of lading, military shipping labels, packing slip, address labels and small parcel carrier labels. For VSM registration and instruction, please click on the link below. An ImageTek Labels help desk is available and can be reached by email or by phone Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00 Eastern Time at 866-403-5223
FDTPI is one of DLA’s “Big Ideas” designed to generate substantial savings over the five-year Fiscal Year Defense Plan.
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