Archive for Transportation

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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Less-than-truckload Carriers Struggle to Effectively Price their Shipments

Effectively pricing shipments in the less-than-truckload industry is fiendishly difficult. Leading LTL carriers talk about their approach to this issue.

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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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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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The 3 Things that Matter in Delivery Productivity

For all who are familiar with the saying “There are 3 things that matter in realty: location, location, location”, there are also 3 “Ls” for delivery productivity: less, less and less. Time is the enemy of delivery productivity and the less loading, less unloading and less driving time spent, the more deliveries can be made. While much emphasis has been spent on minimizing drive times—and more will be covered here—there are tremendous opportunities to minimize […]

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The Road To Autonomous Truck Viability Begins To Clear

When it comes to driving autonomous trucks on the interstate, there are several issues that need to be solved. A startup called Wavesense has solved one key problem. The CEO of Wavesense talks with ARC about the other issues that need to be solved.

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Managing Today’s Truck Fleets with VMRS Codes

With today’s truck fleets expected to be more efficient, durable, and reliable than ever, the underlying fleet systems to monitor and manage this equipment must also be up to the task.  In addition to capturing equipment specifications and performance data, these systems must offer relevant and actionable information to users throughout the organization.

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A Trucking Firm Installs Cameras To Promote Safety And The Drivers Embrace The Technology? Preposterous!

Drivers have choices. So, it came as a great surprise to me when an executive at Netradyne said that his company’s camera and AI-based analytics system, used to improve driver safety, that is appreciated by truck drivers! In my experience, drivers don’t like Big Brother. I was skeptical. But the story checks out.

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IoT Enhances In-Transit Shipment Visibility

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become commonplace in almost every home and office. We use it to turn on the lights, connect our devices to satellites broadcasting streaming media, or place orders for grocery delivery. But the IoT has also quickly become an integral part of supply chains. It provides us with the advantage of using systems already in place, such as our smartphones or supply chain execution platforms, to expand our capabilities for […]

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Best Practices to Improve Your Truckload Service and Price

While shippers face the difficult market conditions of tight capacity and increased consumer demands, they are also being challenged to find transportation cost savings and improve customer satisfaction. As shippers compete for capacity, many are asking what they could be doing to secure the best truckload performance and rates. Why do some shippers receive better service, and which best practices can others learn from them? These are questions we posed to MIT graduate students for […]

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