Archive for Chainalytics

Solving Truck Fleet Deployment Challenges

I’m kind of happy to say that the blog I wrote in 2009 outlining when and why companies should choose to deploy private and dedicated fleets remains largely accurate today. An additional six years of economic, supply chain, and logistical changes have effected how all companies and us at Chainalytics evaluate fleet deployment practices.  However, I still see some companies missing the mark in choosing a sub-set of lanes and activities when deciding how their […]

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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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The Science Behind the Benchmarking of Lane Rates

Gathering benchmark data to drive better procurement is a very valuable exercise. In the realm of transportation, this means getting benchmark data on what companies are paying to move freight on particular lanes. However, for a benchmark to be valid, you need a sufficiently large sample size, which is not a  problem if you are moving freight from New York City to Chicago, but what if you have regular flatbed shipments between Helena, Montana and […]

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Private vs. Dedicated Fleets

I recently had a discussion with Gary Petty, President of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC), and Gary Girotti, Vice President of Chainalytics’ transportation practice, about private and dedicated fleets. Why do companies have a private fleet?  According to a survey by NPTC, eighty nine percent of the respondents cited “to achieve better customer service to key customers” as the primary reason.  Cost reduction and improved flexibility was cited by 16 percent of the respondents, […]

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The Reset Economy

“This economic crisis doesn’t represent a cycle.  It represents a reset,” according to Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric.  “It’s an emotional, social, economic reset,” which will lead to greater government involvement in the economy and business affairs. For Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, the problem with the economy is that it grew for 25 years on unrealistically cheap debt and that era is now over.  “I think that expansion was built on […]

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