Archive for backhauls

Continuous Moves (Part 1)

I’m working on developing a supplier selection tool for Transportation Management Systems (TMS), and one form of optimization a TMS can support is “continuous moves.”  I wanted to learn more about continuous moves and so I called several of our Logistics Viewpoints sponsors to discuss this topic. First of all, what is a continuous move? Continuous moves involve a shipper stringing loads together for their carrier, so that the carrier can better utilize a particular […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2013

Predicting the future has never been easy. Back in 1943, Tom Watson, the president of IBM at the time, said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1995, Robert Metcalfe, the founder of 3Com and the co-inventor of Ethernet, made this astonishing prediction: “Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go […]

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VICS Empty Miles: A Retailer’s Experience

VICS, the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association, has a program called “Empty Miles.” It is an online backhaul solution that enables a collaborative business process for identifying transportation efficiency opportunities between trading partners. When I attended the annual JDA user conference a few weeks ago, one of JDA’s retail customers endorsed this program.  Empty Miles matches a shipper’s trailers that are returning empty with another pre-qualified shipper’s potential loads that can be collected and delivered […]

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