Archive for Transportation

The Managed Transportation Services Outlook

I recently wrapped up my Managed Transportation Services market study which looks at the total size of the market, the forecasted growth through 2023, and the leading suppliers across a number of categories including industry, region, and customer size. In an MTS arrangement, a shipper contracts with a third party to plan and execute their moves for them.  In other words, instead of having internal planners plan and execute moves, those planners are employed by […]

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Shippers Claim Class One Railroads Fines are Unfair, Illogical, and Arbitrary

Railroad customers objected to escalating fines across the country’s seven Class I carriers and referred to monopolistic, unfair, illogical, and arbitrary actions by most of the railroads.

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Ocean Spray Improves On-Time Delivery with Managed Transportation Services

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Keli Sanford, Logistics Manager at Ocean Spray. In that role, Keli is responsible for inbound raw materials going into the plant and finished goods leaving the plant, as well as overseeing Canadian warehousing and transportation. In her years at Ocean Spray, Keli has had a lot of first-hand experience with their business relationship with CH Robinson. Ocean Spray has a two-fold relationship with CH Robinson. First, the company […]

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How To Maximize the Value of Your Managed Transportation Services Partnership

Managed Transportation Services (MTS) are being increasingly embraced by shippers, and with good reason: studies have shown that shippers can reduce costs, create visibility and drive efficiencies when they partner with an MTS solutions provider. A 2016 study by ARC Advisory Group indicated that 32 percent of respondents reported savings of 12 percent or more, a dramatic increase over the prior study in which only 9 percent of respondents reported a savings of 12 percent or […]

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Managed Transportation Growth Drivers

A while back, I wrote about the managed transportation services (MTS) market. According to ARC’s definition, in an MTS arrangement, a shipper contracts with a third party to plan and execute their moves for them. In other words, instead of having internal planners plan and execute moves, those planners are employed by the MTS supplier, but work on the shipper’s behalf. The market study I am wrapping up is restricted to revenues generated from control […]

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Iconex Uses 3PL to Drive Business Benefits

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Kim Harper-Gage, Senior Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain at Iconex. Iconex is the world’s largest maker of paper receipt rolls for the retail, banking, and restaurant industry. Additionally, the company makes custom labels for various industries such as logistics and retail. Iconex is a global company with operations in North America, Chile, and Europe. The basis of my conversation with Harper-Gage was about their relationship with managed […]

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Asset Management Considerations for Carriers

The asset management needs for carriers can be both varied and complex.  And these needs can differ depending on the type of carrier.  Local and regional delivery companies’ requirements can be very different from that of over-the-road equipment.  This often means that trucks, tractors, trailers, vans, and other equipment must be spec’d and maintained differently, depending on application, which poses unique challenges for enterprise asset management (EAM) and other asset management systems. For example, regional […]

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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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5 Truckload Shipping Trends For 2019

Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. To understand whether demand for truckload capacity will be up or down in the coming year, it’s critical to watch the economy. With slower economic growth forecasted for 2019, we could expect a more historically normal level of truckload market balance than we had last year. In addition to economic growth, there are a variety of factors that will influence […]

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Canadian National Goes Green

Canadian National is committed to sustainability and outperforms their peers in this area. Canadian National is using fewer railcars and locomotives to ship more freight. Achieving these gains have been aided by some interesting supply chain technologies. This is also good for the bottom line.

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