Archive for TMW Systems

Exploiting Unconventional Oil Fields Requires Overcoming Tough Logistics Challenges

Unconventional oil and gas production is a huge factor in the US.  “Unconventionals” – which include shale gas, shale oil, and tight gas sands – accounted for over 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas production in 2011, more than 26 percent of the total US gas production. Key Shale and Tight Sand Regions (Source:  U.S. Energy Information Administration) There is no shortage of unconventional oil and gas resources in the US.  However, actually getting […]

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Guest Commentary: 5 Problem Signs in Service and Distribution Fleets

A fleet operation is inefficient whenever vehicle capacity goes unused, when vehicles put on more miles than necessary to accomplish the work at hand and when drivers sit at the wheel instead of serving customer needs because of inefficient scheduling. Here are five warning signs of fleet inefficiency that can also point to cost savings and improvement opportunities. 1. Partially-empty vehicles Go out on your docks tomorrow morning and take a good look inside the […]

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Guest Commentary: Making the Case for Routing and Scheduling Software

For shippers and distributors that operate private fleets, routing and scheduling technology can significantly improve operational cost control and asset productivity. Routing and scheduling solutions offer the promise of route ‘optimization’ — an automated way to build that ideal mix of orders, stop sequencing and scheduling together with the shortest, most cost-efficient driving route to execute it, that will both maximize productivity for your fleet assets and maintain or improve service performance for your customers. […]

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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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If Operational Excellence is a Given, Then What Else Matters for 3PLs?

If operational excellence is not enough for third party logistics providers (3PLs) to differentiate themselves in the market, then what else matters? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately, as I prepare to participate in two 3PL-related sessions this month: “Delivering Customer Value Beyond Operational Excellence,” a panel discussion I am moderating with leading logistics service providers at the MercuryGate User Conference on September 10th. “The Path to Becoming a Successful 3PL,” a […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 27-31, 2012)

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana, Mississippi, and elsewhere who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. And a big thanks to the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and other relief groups who have mobilized to help. In other news this week… Trimble to Acquire North American Trucking Industry Enterprise Software Leader TMW Systems Infor Delivers Infor VISUAL for Multi-Site Organizations Oracle Upgrades Analytics in Oracle Retail Data Model Largest ILA […]

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