Archive for 3Gtms

Getting Creative with your TMS: Two of the Latest Capabilities

To a lot of people, the word “creativity” doesn’t come to mind when they hear about transportation or logistics. Maybe some of us in the industry don’t even think of ourselves as the “creative type.” If that’s the case, I think we sell ourselves short. Every day, logistics planners have to be immensely creative in how they move freight with a seemingly endless number of changing constraints. To be creative, however, you need technology that […]

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Why Experience is Necessary When Building a Great TMS

My previous two posts focused on the importance of constraints in TMS algorithms and the issues around executing the routing algorithm’s recommendations in a dynamic, real-world environment. These are two very challenging issues that a TMS must be able to address. Customer’s requirements are complex and unless you have spent years in the transportation industry and have built a TMS before, it is very difficult to anticipate these needs in the original design. But, if […]

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Guest Commentary: The Tougher Challenge for a TMS is Execution

As a follow-up to my previous commentary, which focused on setting the playing field for transportation routing algorithms and the fact that these are not really “optimizations” but heuristic algorithms, as well as the fact that modeling the constraints is at least as important as getting a lower cost, I want to now shift the focus to the tougher challenge for a transportation management system (TMS) – execution of the recommendations. The tougher challenge that […]

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Continuous Moves (Part 2)

Last week, I discussed continuous moves in networks where they could be planned with a high degree of certainty. But there is another form of continuous moves — a more ad hoc, opportunistic type of move — that can be very difficult to operationalize. There are several reasons for this. First, when a carrier commits to a lane rate, the rate is based on the carrier balancing its network. A shipper is often getting an […]

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Guest Commentary: Time for a New Class of Freight Rating

“I want to know the real, total cost of my shipments before I make them.” Over the years, we have talked to a lot of shippers and logistics companies who are in the “rating gap.” These shippers don’t need a full TMS, which includes sophisticated planning and execution, but clearly require a highly-functional contract management system or service to determine their expected real total freight cost. What is the Gap? Here is a diagram of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 3-7, 2013)

Welcome to June. We’re quickly approaching the midpoint of the year, which means it’s time to start planning for 2014 — at least that’s what I heard at my sister’s surprise birthday party last weekend, where some of her co-workers in finance were talking about getting started with 2014 budgets. Just like political campaigns, the budget planning process never ends. In this week’s news… UPS Freight Announces 2013 Rate Adjustment 3Gtms and Tompkins International Partner […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 18-22, 2013)

#TwitterTurnedSevenYesterday #MostSupplyChainExecsStillDontGetIt In other news… FedEx Corp. Reports Third Quarter Earnings Oracle Reports Q3 GAAP EPS Up 6% to 52 Cents Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Acquires Open Mile, Inc. Intelligrated acquires Datria Postmaster Launches a Simple, Intelligent API to Help SMBs Optimize and Save on Small Parcel Shipments Transplace Mexico Achieves C-TPAT Certification U.S., Canada launch truck cargo pre-inspection program (Logistics Management) Ryder Exceeds Veteran Recruiting Goal with More Than 1,000 Hires ATA Truck Tonnage […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2013)

I spent several nights this week in Little League baseball tryouts and meetings, culminating in the Majors draft last night. And this morning I woke up to snow, at least a foot of it, with more falling. Welcome to baseball in New England, where you pray the snow melts by opening day (at least in the infield), and the players wear jackets on the field and warm their hands and sip hot chocolate on the […]

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