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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: 7 Building Blocks to Prepare for Implementing a Global TMS

Your supply chain is global, yet you lack global visibility, process, and expertise to effectively manage it. This challenge is not uncommon among shippers around the world. With projected increases in global trade volumes, the pull of developing economy growth engines, and rising middle class consumer spending, the need for global TMS technology and expertise is growing. The global arena is a demanding environment for freight managers, and shippers must be equipped to deal with […]

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Next Generation Transportation Management Solutions

I believe that the next generation of transportation management solutions will leverage GPS and telematics technologies in much more robust ways than we are seeing today. For example, I was recently briefed by Esri, which provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a platform/toolkit called ArcGIS that allows users to combine geographic data, including real-time and historical GPS data, with applications based upon relational databases. I feel more certain now that companies can do more interesting […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2013)

No time to waste this morning, as I have a lunch date planned with my soon to be five year old daughter. Here’s the news that caught my attention this week: GT Nexus and TradeCard to Merge Oracle Unveils New Releases of Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management Oracle Announces New Release of Oracle Retail Category Management Menlo Worldwide Logistics Expands Operations in Singapore Freight Shipments Rose 1.7% in November from October Cass […]

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Guest Commentary: Avoiding the Skunk in Build vs. Buy Decision

Before I sat down to write this article, I decided to go for a run. I set my course along the lakefront not far from my house. About 200 yards from my front door, I encountered a skunk. I quickly evaluated my options and changed course to avoid getting sprayed with skunk musk. I‘m sure you’re wondering what this has to do with the buy vs. build decision. Well, it got me thinking about an […]

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Guest Commentary: Modern Transportation Management Systems Make LTL Neutral Rate Bases Obsolete

Long ago, a LTL (less-than truckload) neutral rate base (NRB) was promoted as way for shippers to more easily compare shipping costs between carriers because carrier contracts and the actual rating process were both complex. A NRB was seen as a compromise based on simplicity, but neither the business interests of the shipper or carrier were optimized. I believe, however, that neutral rate bases have outlived their purpose. Today, modern transportation management systems (TMS), with […]

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Guest Commentary: Technology Best Practices for Managing US Exports

Every four years, citizens of the United States are bombarded with political ads, opinion pieces, talking heads and automated telephone surveys. Even those of us who enjoy politics to some degree are worn out by the length and negativity of presidential campaigns. One topic that routinely gets a great deal of coverage during the political season is the United States’ trade imbalance with other nations, particularly China. While it is true that the United States […]

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Yard Management Solutions Impose Control on an Inherently Chaotic Process

As Chris Jones from Descartes said in a Logistics Viewpoints column, the Forrest Gump quote — “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get” — applies to the challenge of managing a yard, particularly inbound dock operations. A yard management system (YMS) controls the yard attached to a warehouse or distribution center (DC). YMS functionality includes dock door scheduling, check in and check out, location of trailers in the […]

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Guest Commentary: More than Features and Functions – The Importance of Implementation in Selecting a Shipping Software Solution

If you are a global enterprise, then delivering your products to customers in a cost-effective manner, on-time and in adherence with local and international regulations is a critical success factor. And to operate at prime efficiency, you must incorporate shipment execution, logistics, global trade, global multi-carrier integration, trade compliance and shipment tracking as part of your business processes. A key enabler to meeting your customers’ expectations is having an effective global shipping solution. Your solution […]

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Guest Commentary: 4 Essentials of Total Transportation Cost (One Piece of Total Landed Cost)

As I noted in a recent blog posting, it’s not easy to accurately calculate total landed costs (TLC). But it’s the best way to understand your business at the subatomic level, find process gaps, and optimize your supply chain in every way. Here are the 4 things you must have to calculate total transportation costs—one piece of TLC—and what you can do with the results. Executive buy-in. Where do costs lie, and what internal profit […]

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