Archive for connectivity

4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Managing transportation —  the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations — is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third […]

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Guest Commentary: 6 Impacts of Social and Mobile on Supply Chain Management

You wake up in the morning and grab your smartphone. You notice you have 5 notifications from your network about important events pending. You quickly scan your news feed to see what conversations and key updates you missed during the night. A key topic catches your eye and you jump into a discussion with a group of people around the world. You accept an invitation from a pending request to connect. You see that a […]

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Best of Breeds are Dead. Long Live Best of Breeds!

Last week, RedPrairie and JDA Software, two leading providers of supply chain and logistics software, announced that they are merging together (see our commentary here). Both companies had grown through the years by acquiring best of breed vendors, and now that they have reached a certain size, they are joining forces to offer customers “a full spectrum of solutions for planning and execution across the entire value chain.” In a call with analysts last week […]

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Guest Commentary: 5 Essential Technology Questions to Ask Any Logistics Service Provider

You probably have a list of standard technology questions you ask potential logistics service providers. When you’re evaluating the technology of various LSPs, you can separate fact from fiction by asking a few simple questions. When pursuing a solution that obviously incorporates technology services it’s natural to investigate the provider’s technology. What surprises many companies is the importance of a provider’s technology even when the solution appears to not be technology-based. It’s an increasingly complex […]

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Guest Commentary: Enabling the “Long Tail” of Trading Partners – Four Things to Consider

Whether you are an importer or forwarder acting on their behalf, we are all familiar with the “80/20” rule and how it applies to trading partner integration strategies. We focus on fully integrating the 20% of the trading partners that make up 80% of the volume for purchase orders, transportation, customs filing and shipment tracking. However, the remaining 80% of the trading partners who are poorly integrated (if at all) make up 80% of the […]

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What’s New in Supply Chain Risk Management Software?

Supply chain risk management solutions must encompass process, content, and connectivity. Even before the economic downturn, large enterprise software vendors like SAP and Oracle had begun to introduce Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions in response to a growing customer requirement: the ability to respond to risks more efficiently. Initially, these solutions were largely process based—i.e., they created process flows for dealing with specific compliance requirements. Companies would define tasks that needed to be completed […]

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SaaS 2.0: How the Logistics Industry is Driving an Evolution in Software-as-a-Service

The software-as-a-service (SaaS) model has been widely embraced thanks to the numerous advantages that on-demand solutions deliver to multiple industries. Logistics-intensive organizations, however, were among the first to turn to SaaS to reduce costs, increase operational performance and improve customer satisfaction. As the need for connectivity, collaboration and compliance grows, many members of the global supply chain now realize that SaaS in the logistics market can offer far more than “rented” application software when connected […]

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