Archive for Transportation Management Systems

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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Shippers Look to Unify Transportation Systems to Manage Soaring Parcel Volume

The approaching holiday season is shining a bright light on transportation operations of retail companies both large and small. The rise of ecommerce has created loftier expectations of modern consumers for faster, on-time, perfect deliveries. Managing the deluge of parcel shipments is a serious challenge and many retailers and their suppliers are already straining to keep up. Global parcel volume in 2017 grew to 74.4 billion parcels, a 17 percent increase over 2016, according to […]

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Here’s Why You Can Stop Dreading TMS Integrations

Managing logistics can’t happen in a vacuum; you need visibility and awareness of internal and external partners, systems and resources. The problem is that integration and visibility are a big hurdle for most transportation management systems (TMS). According to the Transportation Planning and Execution Benchmark Study by American Shipper, for example, 61 percent of respondents said the biggest challenge of their TMS was system connectivity. Rethinking Integrations and TMS Building tight integrations between your TMS, […]

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Asset Light 3PLs Need a Federated TMS Platform

It’s no secret that global eCommerce demand is impacting carrier capacity and driving transportation costs higher and higher.  This is adding complexity to supply chain processes.  More than ever, shippers are turning to outside experts to help find carrier capacity while controlling costs and automating processes.  As a result, 3PLs saw tremendous growth in the last year, according to consultancy Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Even freight forwarders like Maersk have announced their intention to move […]

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The On-Demand Supply Chain Market

The on-demand supply chain market is experiencing significant interest and growth right now. Within the on-demand supply chain, I am specifically talking about the transportation and warehousing segments, where investment money is pouring in to digital freight matching apps, crowdsourced last miles deliveries, and on-demand warehousing. While these businesses are still in the early stages of development and growth, there is considerable interest as well as questions about the viability of long term success. On-Demand […]

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More than a TMS: Optimizing with Visibility-Driven Workflows

When we think about visibility and tracking in our daily lives, our consumer mindset probably turns on and we think of online ordering. We’re concerned with questions like, “Where’s my stuff?” or “What time can I expect my order to be delivered?” In a B2C environment, visibility is about tracking. But in B2B, it’s so much more.  Visibility covers the technology and tools you use for supply chain management. It’s about amassing data from all […]

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