Archive for Chris Timmer

Guest Commentary: Topco Associates: Executing Transportation Management with Sophistication

Many industries have complex supply chains, but the food and beverage industry has some of the most unique issues. A great example of sophisticated transportation execution is Topco Associates, one of the largest retail grocery cooperatives in the United States. Topco provides sourcing, innovation, packaging, label management, quality assurance and nutritional assistance through store brand and private label services. The true competitive advantage Topco provides to members is based on the sourcing and aggregation of […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Sourcing Doesn’t Have to Be a Painful Process

As the economic recovery continues, several things are certain: fuel costs will eventually rise, truck capacity will tighten, trucking fleets will decline, driver availability will be constrained and pricing control will begin to shift away from shippers. With base rate increases and fuel surcharge fluctuations on the horizon, best-in-class companies understand the need to become carrier friendly and establish strong carrier relationships to mitigate these future challenges. Since the majority of transportation expenditures are typically […]

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Guest Commentary: Dannon Saves Time and Money by Gaining Visibility into Transportation Process

As part of a webinar series on software-as-a-service (SaaS) TMS, the Director of Transportation at one of our clients, The Dannon Company, provided an overview of the benefits the company achieved by gaining greater visibility and control of its transportation process. Here are some of the highlights of what he presented. Dannon, which is headquartered in White Plains, New York, is one of the top manufacturers and distributors of fresh yogurt in the United States. […]

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Guest Commentary: American Hotel Register Makes Every Load and Mile Count

As a frequent guest in hotels across the country, I have many more idiosyncrasies about things like linens, shampoos, coffee and ice buckets than the normal traveler. By no means do I express the eccentric behavior of Mr. Bean, rather I’m more curious about where these items came from and how many trucks it took to get them here. Typically, hotels use suppliers to fill rooms with everything from teeny tiny soaps to bed frames […]

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