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Kraft Foods Implements Transportation Business Intelligence Solution

Last August, my colleague Clint Reiser attended the Oracle Transportation Management Special Interest Group (OTM SIG) in Philadelphia, an independently run conference that drew almost 400 attendees, predominantly Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) users. Clint wrote an ARCview report about this trip that contained three short case studies, including an interesting overview of Kraft Foods’ implementation of OTM’s transportation-specific business intelligence (BI) tool. Here is what Clint wrote: Mark Kissell of Kraft Foods and Brian Fish […]

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4 Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating 3PL Partners

I often get emails from logistics executives looking for help and advice on selecting a 3PL partner. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I received an email from someone asking if I had updated a framework I had developed several years ago to help companies evaluate 3PLs. The answer was no, but this person’s email got the wheels in my head turning: What are the most important factors to consider when evaluating and selecting […]

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Analytics is Integral to Optimization in JDA’s Transportation Management System

JDA’s transportation management system (TMS) product management team recently visited ARC to brief us on their product roadmap (JDA is an ARC client and Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). I also got a chance to see a product demo that highlighted those enhancements. Because I’m conducting research on supply chain analytics, the visit also gave me a chance to discuss the analytic capabilities of JDA’s TMS in more detail. I was intrigued by: How advances in TMS […]

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Guest Commentary: Embedded Analytics Makes Routine Decision-Making Automatic

Most Transportation Management Systems (TMS) give you Business Intelligence (BI) in the form of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on your trading partners and your own operation. But the imperative falls on you to determine the value of good performance and implement a resulting decision or reward structure. Instead, why not embed the BI that you already collect into the operational processes of your TMS and employ it directly as decisions are required? The Traditional BI […]

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Defining a Cutting-Edge Transportation BI Module

What makes for a good Business Intelligence (BI) module for a Transportation Management System (TMS)? There are different types of TMS solutions. Today I will focus on the most common type: solutions for shippers who work with third-party carriers to move their goods. There are six things to look for in a transportation BI module: Role-based thinking: Roles include transportation planners, managers tasked with making sure carriers are paid accurately, executives that monitor adherence to […]

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