Archive for Transportation Management Systems

MercuryGate Velocity: Innovate Today, Own Tomorrow

I spent the last three days in Las Vegas attending the MercuryGate Velocity user conference. This was my third time attending a MercuryGate conference and with over 450 attendees, this was the largest one yet. The theme of the conference this year was Innovate Today, Own Tomorrow. This was an extremely fitting theme for both the company and the changing nature of transportation today. MercuryGate CEO Joe Juliano kicked off the conference by talking about […]

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Modern Business Intelligence for E-commerce Shipping

Organizations must properly execute their e-commerce shipping strategy to survive in today’s market. Business Intelligence is critical to proper execution, providing opportunities to significantly shift, reduce, and manage global transportation costs without sacrificing service.

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A Digital Logistics Platform

The term “digital” has become all the rage. Parcel software, particularly the Public Cloud solutions, has been digital for decades. Parcel software provides label compliance, enables intelligent procurement, provides analytics and visibility to improve the shipping process, and allows for bills to be audited to insure the shipper has not been overcharged.

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Open Up a Whole New World of Competitive Differentiation with Transportation Optimization

Transportation optimization tools enable efficient load and route plans in today’s high pressure omnichannel and ecommerce distribution environment. The best optimization tools allow companies to look at freight movements holistically, analyzing shipments, rates, and constraints, and ultimately improve decision making. In environments such as the recent capacity crunch, load optimization across all modes can help transportation managers fully load their trucks, which means fewer loads that need coverage and fewer drivers. Those who have already implemented a transportation management system (TMS) have at least one advantage

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TMS Visibility? INCONCEIVABLE!

Transportation management systems (TMS) have been around for a good 25-30 years, but they’ve struggled with visibility for most of that lifetime. Sure, the TMS industry has long talked about the visibility of their systems. But it’s only been in the last two or three years that we’ve seen measurable leaps forward in visibility capabilities. Like the Princess Bride scene where one character questions another’s constant use of the word “inconceivable,” the term “visibility” is […]

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Look Upstream to Mitigate Transportation Spend

Transportation budget performance hangovers from 2018 have motivated logistics leaders to expand transportation cost-saving opportunities further upstream in the supply chain. Trailer utilization, lead time, and detention costs are three avenues to mitigate additional cost

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The State of Parcel TMS Technology

There was a time when even the largest shippers employed clerks to look up rates on wall charts and handwrite ship-to addresses into logs. Then came manifest systems that printed reports and labels, and after that, multi-carrier shipping systems.  Those days are long gone, as eCommerce has caused an explosion in parcel volumes worldwide and an expansion of carrier services to meet the delivery demands of consumers.  Parcel shipping technology has evolved in lockstep with […]

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Transportation Management and the Promise of Machine Learning

Transportation Management solutions have a proven ROI. But the additon of Machine Learning opens up some exiciting possibilities. ARC is excited about the promise of machine learning to allow a TMS to better handle competing objectives and discover nonobvious impacts on performance.

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Adapt to the New Normal with Shipment Visibility

With the advent of electronic logging devices and supporting technology, shippers can take advantage of unprecedented shipment visibility into their supply chain. Connected to most commercial trucks, ELDs are generating a flood of data that gives shippers who are also using a robust, modern TMS solution a new level of strategic insight into their supply chain. An ELD-equipped truck generates 100 to 150 data points per load, a far cry from a phone call a […]

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A Senior Leader’s Take on TMS Implementations

One of the major trends driving TMS implementations is the technology’s proven ROI. Primarily, a TMS can save companies money by lowering their freight spend. An ARC survey on the ROI of TMS found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 8 percent with the use of a TMS application, a 2 percent improvement from the last time ARC surveyed TMS users. Of these savings, 60 percent of users indicated that less than 10 percent […]

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