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Ariba: At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks

Last week at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference, I led a discussion session titled “At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks” with about fifty senior executives in supply chain and procurement. I made the case that we are currently seeing the rise of supply chain operating networks, the business equivalents of Facebook and LinkedIn, which are enabling communities of trading partners to communicate, collaborate, and execute business processes in more efficient, scalable, and innovative […]

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Guest Commentary: Keystone Foods Improves Supply Chain Visibility with SaaS TMS

Keystone Foods is a multi-national, multi-protein processor for the world’s leading brands, providing fresh and frozen protein products to customers worldwide. Keystone processes poultry, beef, fish and pork and is dedicated to food safety as well as quality. The company runs 50 facilities that serve about 6,400 restaurants around the world. The Keystone Food Logistics Services Group is part of the Keystone U.S. distribution business, which has four distribution centers servicing the quick serve restaurant […]

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Guest Commentary: Managed Procurement Services Allow Companies to Optimize Transportation Investments

From weight loss goals to cleaning out the garage, resolutions are around every corner as we kick off 2013. While you work on improving your lifestyle, why not do the same for your transportation sourcing? Transportation sourcing is a significant challenge for many companies. Typically, the procurement process to identify potential new carriers and award business requires a major investment of resources. The transportation team must develop a request for proposal (RFP), follow up on […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2012)

I didn’t win the $585 million PowerBall jackpot this week, which is not surprising, because when it comes to lotteries, taking shortcuts through town when I’m late, and picking the fastest checkout lines, I’m like Hemingway’s old man: “salao, which is the worst form of unlucky.” On to the news, which is dominated this week by transportation management technology. LeanLogistics Announces On-Demand TMS SuiteApp for Netsuite’s Suitecloud Computing Platform C.H. Robinson Introduces Navisphere® Technology Platform […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 12-16, 2012)

Get your Twinkies and Wonder Bread while they last. Hostess Brands is going out of business. In more important news… Descartes Acquires Exentra Descartes Community Cloud-Based Service Unveiled at Descartes’ Global User & Partner Conference LeanLogistics Releases On-Demand TMS® v.12.3.0 E2open Announces Availability of Next-Generation E2 Cloud Connectivity UPS Introduces New Cloud-Based Technology Platform to Improve International Supply Chain Management Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 Million Miles Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from […]

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Guest Commentary: How Companies Can Leverage Technology to Manage Transportation Scheduling

Scheduling and managing freight has never been more complex or costly than it is today. A shortage of drivers, high fuel costs and limited reinvestment in equipment have significantly reduced carrier and capacity options. When combined with customer demands for quicker response, smaller deliveries and shorter allocation windows, the situation becomes even more difficult to manage. Many companies are still managing these complexities using manual processes and spreadsheets. Even companies with programs and SOPs find […]

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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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Guest Commentary: Bridging the Global Logistics Gap with Transportation Technology

Global shippers today face the challenge of orchestrating end-to-end logistics processes while managing the interplay with other third parties, such as customers, suppliers, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and government agencies. Doing so effectively is difficult, regardless of whether the shipper is importing or exporting freight. Part of the challenge is dealing with international laws, global regulations and multiple languages, currencies, and units of measure; supply chain security and compliance programs, such as the […]

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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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