Archive for TMS

What Fleet Routing Solution is Right for My Company?

The idea that a supply chain solution should not be a “black box” solution – a solution that forces planners to blindly trust the output of the optimization engine – has been around for close to twenty years. In transportation, the need for this has been glaringly obvious because of all the parameters that can go into a “solve.”

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Creating a More Stable Environment for Navigating Demand and Rate Changes Using Transportation Optimization

A sophisticated transportation management system (TMS) can help companies overcome the challenges of modern shipping. Transportation modeling technology can help shippers evaluate the effects of uncertainty and variability in their networks. In this way, they can effectively manage logistics across an entire, dispersed ecosystem. Modeling helps users to understand and prepare for the impact of any potential changes before they are operationalized. These changes can range from expanding networks to carrier flux or even to growing businesses, all of which require adjustments to logistics.

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Getting (Even) More from Your Transportation Management Solution

Getting benefits from a modern transportation management solution that has just gone live is just the first wave of value available. There’s a lot more that can be gained when companies recognize that transportation management solutions are more than execution systems. With the ability to model alternate scenarios, logistics organizations can more accurately model the benefits and challenges of proposed changes to transportation strategies and processes, and continue to enhance the business value they receive […]

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8 Things Keeping Supply Chain Professionals up at Night

As 2017 fast approaches, shippers are hard at work forecasting what the new year may bring. Unfortunately, with this planning comes a host of trends and challenges that leave supply chain professionals feeling uneasy. Pressure to reduce transportation costs, adapt to changing customer demands and a constantly changing, uncertain market are constantly on the minds of shippers, but here are a few trends and challenges that are keeping supply chain professionals up at night. The […]

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How to Meet Customer Expectation of Same Day Shipping

The consumerization of the supply chain has changed customer expectations. Customers want to receive the package as quickly as possible—maybe even the same day the order was placed. While same day shipping is great for maintaining positive customer experience, it does place quite a strain on resources for the shipper and the supply chain manager. Is same day shipping even a possibility in your supply chain? Do you have the right technology to accomplish this […]

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Omni-Channel’s Ripple Effect on Transportation

When Transportation Optimization and New Shopping Behaviors Collide One needs to go back to the early 2000s to see green shoots of modern omni-channel retail. While web-based e-commerce began in the late 90s, consumer and retailer appetites didn’t get whetted for omni-channel experiences until the early part of the last decade. Indeed, by 2002, Best Buy was saying more than half of its customers were checking its website before coming to the store. It was […]

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Share Everything: Why Multi-Tenant Technology Wins

It was 30 years ago that Robert Fulghum first published his collection of essays “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”  In the title essay, he provided a list of how to live, what to do, and how to be.  First and foremost on his list was “share everything.”  Software infrastructure was almost undoubtedly not what Robert had on his mind as he wrote his Credo many years ago, but the adage […]

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JDA’s Roadmap for Supply Chain Visibility

On Friday JDA Software announced that it received $570 million in additional equity funding. This made me think about their product roadmap. In particular, would this change their roadmap for supply chain visibility? I hope if anything it enhances it. Supply chain visibility has become hot, as multinationals again begin to explore supply chain control towers. For JDA, not unexpectedly, much of the initial roadmap for visibility has been focused on their transportation management system (TMS) solution because ensuring on time shipments […]

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The Myths and Realities of Implementing a TMS

As a company grows and expands its geographic footprint by procuring and selling goods around the globe, its supply chain naturally becomes more complex. As a result, a savvy supply chain manager will often look to deploy a transportation management system [TMS] to plan and run the company’s transport operations. Unfortunately there are some lingering myths about implementing a TMS that have kept many businesses from transitioning away from outdated legacy systems. Here are the […]

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On the journey to global e-commerce success, companies should expect the unexpected

In markets with unpredictable logistics questions, automation can help businesses find the answer Companies are leaping head first into new markets, looking to cash in on the lucrative omni-channel opportunities unlocked by the global expansion of e-commerce. Yet as they race to add customers, build sales and boost revenues abroad, many companies are putting potential profits in jeopardy by entering new markets without a solid plan for managing their global shipping and logistics operations. As […]

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