Custom Companies’ Techniques and its owner Perry Mandela

As a transport and logistics provider for more than 30 years, Perry Mandela’s Custom Companies has used three important technologies to serve their clients.

Cheetah Dispatch is a software that lets the drivers of Custom Companies access information like pickup times and proof of delivery documents. This is given through the driver’s tablet and helps the drivers have real-time proof of deliveries without having to rely on paperwork.

Warehouse Management Systems is used alongside Custom Companies’ fulfillment service and helps customers track their shipments easily, with the use of electronic inventories.

Dock Management System uses unique codes with shipments and allows Custom Companies to go paperless while moving freight with minimal error.


About Owner and Founder Perry Mandera

After graduating high school, Perry Mandela decided to join the Marine Corps Reserve. He became a truck driver during his tour. After an honorable discharge, he continued to work for different transportation companies as a driver. He founded then eventually sold his own transportation business.

In addition to being a driver and a business owner, Mandela has been elected as the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago, where he served for four years. He had been the youngest person to be elected to that role.

In 1986, he founded Custom Companies, which earns annual sales of over $200 million. The company has its headquarters in Northlake, Illinois and has locations nationwide. Being a full-service transportation provider, they offer domestic and international air freight forwarding, LTL and truckload, local contract cartage and other logistics-related services, and maintain a custom bonded warehouse and distribution center.

Under Perry Mandela’s belt, he holds several accomplishments, including having his work recognized by the Illinois Transportation Association in 2000 as one of the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millenium.” Perry Mandela also is a member of the board of the ITA.

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