Author Archive for Doug Surrett

Supply Chain as a Competitive Asset

As technology evolves and demand increases, supply chain managers are facing new challenges particularly as they attempt to compete on a global level. Traditional supply chain operations utilizing an optimization engine based on a single network can no longer provide the service that businesses and consumers require. Complacent companies struggling to meet customer demands with the systems of yesterday will be left behind as forward-thinking companies grab market share. What can supply chain leaders do […]

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From parcel to rail: using a single TMS to ride the wave of e-commerce

Eight percent of retail sales in the United States are made online today and e-commerce will grow by more than 10 percent a year reaching $370 billion in 2017, according to analyst research. Manufacturers and retailers need more than websites to ride this tidal wave. Sales are short lived without the capacity to fulfill orders in an efficient and timely manner. Parcel-centric transportation management software (TMS) has traditionally been a solution for business to consumer […]

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The Power of Information in International Logistics

Just how critical is a company’s ability to properly collect and correctly analyze information in an ever-expanding global logistics market? Given the myriad of unique regulations and countless other considerations involved in moving goods from Country A to Country B, the depth and quality of your information makes the difference between profitability and the kind of failure that can ruin a company. The efficient processing of data and the execution of strategy based on the […]

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Managing Ocean and Air Freight in a TMS

The definition of transportation management systems (TMS) continues to evolve. In the early days of TMS solutions, the primary goal was to manage truck-based freight. Over time, point solutions were developed to support particular modes for particular industries such as ocean and air freight. At the same time, traditional TMS providers began to incorporate basic multi-modal capabilities into “truck-centric” solutions. Migrating from a truck-centric solution to a truly multi-modal solution is no small task and […]

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Guest Commentary: Technology Best Practices for Managing US Exports

Every four years, citizens of the United States are bombarded with political ads, opinion pieces, talking heads and automated telephone surveys. Even those of us who enjoy politics to some degree are worn out by the length and negativity of presidential campaigns. One topic that routinely gets a great deal of coverage during the political season is the United States’ trade imbalance with other nations, particularly China. While it is true that the United States […]

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