Author Archive for Ben Cubitt

ELD Survey: The Data, the Facts and How ELDs Affect Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, created to improve safety within the transportation industry, is currently the hot topic on everyone’s mind. ELDs synchronize with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record driving time for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) logging, which translates to greater safety on the road. Carriers and drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline – […]

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Advanced Bid Design – Robust Lane and Carrier Classification

By Ben Cubitt, Senior Vice President of Consulting and Engineering and Cindy Bosecker, Director of Procurement, Transplace There are three critical phases or elements of a truckload bid event – the upfront development of bid strategy, the execution of the bid, and the use of scenario management tools to drive final bid assignments. While all three phases are critical to a successful bid, many shippers can find significant opportunity by using advanced robust lane and […]

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Guest Commentary: Driving Data Integrity in the Supply Chain

Collecting and analyzing data is critical for organizations to make strategic, data-driven decisions that positively impact the supply chain. But simply collecting data can lead companies to make incorrect decisions based on inaccurate data. As a result, data collection and integrity are critical to a company’s success – both financially and environmentally. In a recent panel at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) 2013 Annual Global Conference, I joined representatives from Kimberly-Clark Corporation, […]

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Guest Commentary: SmartWay Certified Carrier – So What?

Launched in 2004, SmartWay® is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. For years shippers have worked to recognize and reward “SmartWay Carriers” with more business and bid awards. Some shippers have mandated that any carrier participating in their bid be SmartWay certified or become certified within a specified time period after the bid is completed. But many shippers are also uncertain exactly what it means […]

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Guest Commentary: Delivering on the Unfulfilled Promise of Collaborative Transportation Management

Adrian Gonzalez posed some thought-provoking questions in his recent article “Unraveling the True Meaning of Supply Chain Collaboration.” No one can argue his point that the term “collaboration” is overused in supply chain management, but in the past 12-18 months I have seen this buzzword actually live up to its hype. There has been a major shift in the mentality of shippers and the way they are approaching the idea collaboration. What was once used […]

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