Archive for Transportation Management Systems

Buffett Bets Against Autonomous Trucks

Warren Buffett made a multibillion dollar bet against the viability of autonomous trucks anytime soon. This was a good bet. The technological hurdles in getting to fully autonomous trucks remain substantial.

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Are You Ready for Some Football (and Freight Spend Management)?

As football season is now upon us, I can’t help but notice the critical role that coaching plays in the on-field success of a team. A truly immense amount of thought and effort by a dedicated and sleep-deprived coaching staff fuels the performance of the players on a weekly basis. Having come to appreciate this, I also can’t help but notice how similar the role of technology in the success of a logistics organization’s freight […]

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Logistics Solutions Are Becoming Marketplaces

Logistics solutions have long had logic for both improving a shipper’s transportation capabilities and for doing commerce. While these solutions supported commercial transactions related to shipping, these are not true marketplaces. That is changing.

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AGCO Drives an 18 Percent Reduction in Freight Costs while Maintaining Service Levels!

AGCO is acclaimed for their approach to supply chain management. Part of their supply chain transformation led to a reduction in freight costs an unheard of 18% while maintaining service levels!

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TMS Success: Strategies for Buyers and Suppliers

In May, I provided an overview of one of the biggest trends (cloud) driving TMS market growth, as well as some regional, industry, and complementary market trends. I want to revisit some of that TMS research, and highlight another megatrend as well as a few strategies for both TMS buyers and suppliers. One of the other megatrends that is driving the market is the proven ROI tied to TMS. A TMS saves companies money by […]

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America’s Infrastructure Remains a Topic of Spirited Debate: How Can TMS Help Users of the Nation’s Highways Avoid Potholes?

Infrastructure is a topic most of us don’t think about. We just expect it to work in the same way we expect the lights to come on when we flip a switch. However, there has been increasing concern by trucking companies, shippers, and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the infrastructure we all count on – safe roads, bridges, waterways–  is showing its age and in need of repair. That is not surprising when […]

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Collaborating Across Supply Chains Is Here. I’ll Show You How.

We’re all operating in a social world and communicating through software. It’s what we do. So where the old days of logistics management were focused on getting cheaper carrier rates, companies operating in today’s freight environment must focus on collaboration—both with carriers and with one another. So how can a company go about gaining new efficiencies by collaborating across supply chains without disrupting current logistics processes? The Answer Lies in the Cloud Cloud-based transportation software […]

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Getting Paid: Why AR Matters in your TMS

Figuring out the right TMS for your business typically boils down to your vendor’s data structure, which affects every facet of the software. One way to know whether the TMS will work for your needs is to look at its accounts receivable capabilities (AR). This is where the data structure really comes to light. What’s so important about AR? Think of an AR record as a sell-side load. While a load is essentially an intermediate […]

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High Touch, Blended Transportation Management Solutions Can Reduce Freight Costs

Blended solutions are emerging – part transportation management system, part managed services. This case study explore the benefits one shipper got from this solution.

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Cloud: The Driving Force for TMS and Other Industry Trends

ARC Advisory Group conducts an annual analysis of the global transportation management systems (TMS) market. The research process includes the analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous TMS software companies. The process concludes with the publication of ARC’s TMS Global Market Research Study, which analyzes the market shares across numerous categories of the leading TMS suppliers. Aside from the market share analysis, the study looks at the trends that are […]

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