Archive for managed transportation services

Managed Transportation Services Driven by ROI

I’m kicking off a new study on Managed Transportation Services (MTS). In an MTS arrangement, a shipper contracts with a third party to plan and execute their moves for them. In other words, instead of having internal planners plan and execute moves, those planners are employed by the MTS supplier, but work on the shipper’s behalf. Managed transportation arrangements are based upon different operating models. In some cases, the 3PL also acts as a broker […]

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Why Do Truckers and Brokers Want to Be 3PLs?

A growing number of trucking companies and freight brokers, especially small and mid-sized ones, are looking to move up the value curve and become more than just providers of trucks or capacity for shippers. They want to become 3PLs — that is, provide shippers with managed transportation services. Why? That was the first question I asked the transportation providers who attended my presentation at the TMW Systems Transforum User Conference a couple of weeks ago. […]

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Guest Commentary: Portrait of a Next-Generation Transportation Management Solution

Freight payment, freight audit, sourcing and order management — these are just a few of the standard tactical components that customers require to execute basic transportation management solutions. But with a tough business climate expected to be challenging far into the future, a competitive transportation management solution must go beyond the basics. Fuel costs are rising, legislative and regulatory impacts continue, rates are increasing and the driver shortage is reaching crisis levels. It’s imperative that […]

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