Archive for Guest Commentary

Why You Need Technology to Optimize Your Parcel Spend in a Constantly Changing World

Traditional parcel delivery business models have always revolved around the pricing and service level capabilities offered by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), DHL, FedEx, Purolator, or UPS–not necessarily around the changing needs of the shippers who purchase and use these services to meet their customer demands. As a shipper, you literally have to keep your eye on the pricing ball: Most of these large parcel providers are asset-based, have shareholders to report to and government […]

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Are We at a Tipping Point for Logistics Technology Value?

I’m beginning to wonder if we have hit an inflection point where investment in logistics technology will broadly create business performance gaps. We recently partnered with several organizations to look at business strategies, tactics and logistics technology. The message was clear – investing in technology was the number one strategy. However, success doesn’t necessarily look so certain as there was clearly a difference in spending between the “haves” and “have nots”. Will we see a […]

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Lost in Deployment Model Jargon?

The logistics world is full of jargon and sometimes we only have a vague understanding of what certain terms mean, especially when it comes to software. Some of the most confusing ones pop up in conversations about transportation management system (TMS) deployment model options: SaaS, private cloud, or on-premise are common ones. These terms are understandably confusing to the “normal” person who doesn’t live and breathe software every day. The best model for your organization […]

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3PL Market Witnesses Slight Recovery in Q4 2016

The third-party logistics (3PL) market – encompassing non-asset-based transportation, warehousing, and integrated supply chain services – experienced a year-over-year growth of 2.8 percent in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016.  This growth was primarily driven by acquisitions.  Organic growth (without the effect of acquisitions) of 3PL market grew by 0.7 percent in Q4 16 but declined by 5.3 percent in the FY16. Categories of 3PLs The scope of coverage includes the following non-asset-based transportation […]

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#1 Way to Save on Global Forwarding

Want a quick “win” in global forwarding costs? Look at ocean cargo consolidation (less than container load, or LCL). It enables you to take the best advantage of space. But you’ll need to work with a forwarder that has specific LCL capabilities to get the greatest possible savings. The third party logistics (3PL) provider you choose with LCL capabilities will combine complementary freight from multiple shippers into a single container. The idea is to use […]

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3 Ways to Plug Supply Chain Revenue Leaks

Do any of these situations sound familiar? The salesperson that expedites an order to overnight airfreight because a customer calls to see why it hasn’t arrived yet. The supplier that isn’t being held accountable for its inability to fulfill an order on time. The carrier that consistently fails to meet shipment delivery expectations. What do all three have in common? Each one is adding costs to their companies’ supply chains and eating up profits in […]

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Is Your Yard Ready to Join the Digital Revolution?

With the millions of trailers nationwide sitting idle and unhooked 80% of the time, it’s time to take your yard out of the dark ages and into the digital world. When it comes to the warehouse or DC yard, traditional supply chain management software tools like Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) have failed the very shippers that rely on them. And while some “add-on” Yard Management Systems (YMS) […]

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Supply Chain 2017: Important Transportation Trends and Challenges

There’s never a dull moment in the supply chain. That statement seems especially true thus far in 2017. We’re just over two months into the new year and there is already a myriad of questions about the market, the business landscape and how companies will be affected going forward. With issues such as changes to global trade deals, regulations and fluctuating capacity, we are quite certain that there will be an impact on the supply […]

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A Modern Approach to Supply Chain: The Global Trade Network

Supply chain executives have some tough decisions to make in the year ahead as they face increased pressure to deliver product faster than ever before. The “Amazon effect” has disrupted customer expectations about the speed and visibility of goods in transit. Trying to increase velocity is a challenge when supply chains are fragmented and departments are using a variety of technologies for their own individual operations. A more modern approach to supply chain moves away […]

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Recalibrating the Value of Transportation Procurement (RFP) Solutions

Towards the end of a recent presentation at a prospective customer, the Chief Procurement Officer, asked me his “Million Dollar” question: “So what type of money can we expect to save each year, by using your transportation RFP software?” It was a very natural question, and one which is asked often by customers considering any software solution. I offered him the following honest, but unexpected response: “The biggest factor in the cost of the transportation […]

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