Archive for Transportation Management Systems

Fleet Management Strategies of Top Performers

Fleets are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they can be a competitive differentiator for companies that compete on delivery service. On the other hand, they can be expensive to operate. So, what makes for a successful fleet operator? In our Fleet Management Strategies of Top Performers, Descartes recently surveyed 130 companies with fleets across the globe to determine how leaders think differently. Some of the results are simple but surprising, and the charts tell […]

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TMS Implementation Drives Long-Term ROI

Selecting a transportation management system (TMS) is no easy feat. In other articles, my colleagues have discussed key considerations when choosing a TMS, such as why RFPs aren’t generally helpful and the difference between deployment options. After the work of selecting a TMS comes the no less rigorous step: implementation. During a TMS implementation, there are some phases during which an organization can set itself up for an improved ROI down the road. Initial steps […]

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Free TMS Set to Disrupt the Market

The global transportation management systems (TMS) market is an area that is poised for growth. As I’ve written about in the past, one of the major trends that is driving TMS adoption is the strong, proven ROI associated with an implementation. ARC survey on the ROI of TMS found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 8 percent with the use of a TMS application, which is a 2 percent improvement from the last time […]

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The Real Value of Logistics Solutions May Not Be in Logistics

Most logistics technology projects have their return-on-investment (ROI) center around the benefit they provide to the logistics organization. That is far from the complete picture.

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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 Logistics 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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Top 10 Things to Consider When Evaluating Enterprise Shipping Technology

The hyper-competitive world of eCommerce has come down to this:  it’s my supply chain against your supply chain.   If I can ship better, cheaper, and faster than you, I win.   For that to happen, I need to provide my customers with more choices and better visibility when they need it.  And, of course, easy and free returns.   In the meantime, Amazon continues to raise the bar. For eCommerce businesses (who isn’t one these days?) to […]

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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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