Archive for Transportation Management Systems – Page 2

Supplier Relationship Management Functionality Comes to TMS

I was invited to the MercuryGate user conference this year. MercuryGate is a SaaS provider of transportation management systems (and a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). What most struck me was an application the company calls Carma (Carrier Management). Carma has been out for a few years, but I had never done a deep dive on it. This, I believe, is differentiated functionality; I’m not aware of any other transportation management system (TMS) with similar functionality. TMS […]

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Guest Commentary: Benefiting From the Big Market Shift in Supply Chain Execution

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the supply chain execution (SCE) software marketplace. Or to borrow from a popular, but old automotive advertising campaign, “This is not your father’s” SCE software market. During the 90’s, we saw the rise of the regionalized, niche application software companies, also known as “best of breed” software vendors. These niche, specialized software vendors saw a need and invested in developing robust functionality to support […]

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Continuous Moves (Part 1)

I’m working on developing a supplier selection tool for Transportation Management Systems (TMS), and one form of optimization a TMS can support is “continuous moves.”  I wanted to learn more about continuous moves and so I called several of our Logistics Viewpoints sponsors to discuss this topic. First of all, what is a continuous move? Continuous moves involve a shipper stringing loads together for their carrier, so that the carrier can better utilize a particular […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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Takeaways from Shipper-Carrier Roundtable at Momentum 2013

What happens when you bring together a large group of shippers and carriers and put them in a conference room? At the Manhattan Associates Momentum 2013 conference last month, the answer was a great conversation about transportation trends, challenges, and opportunities. I had the privilege of moderating this year’s Shipper-Carrier Roundtable, which included the following executives from the industry: Joshua Dolan, Senior Director, Transportation at Dick’s Sporting Goods Arne Gonzales, Director, Supply Chain at C&S […]

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Guest Commentary: Global Logistics and the Transportation Management Center: The Next Phase in Network Agility

In my previous guest commentary on the evolution of transportation management, Driving Value from a Transportation Management Center: Think Global, Act Local,  I discussed how transportation best practices were evolving from more rigid, centralized control towers to more flexible and collaborative Transportation Management Centers (TMC). The TMC merges technology, organization and processes to establish a set of services leveraging the scale and efficiency of consolidated network planning, procurement and unified metrics with the agility of […]

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Guest Commentary: Logistics Management Challenges for SMBs

With Memorial Day only a few weeks away, and summer fast approaching, many companies will begin finalizing plans for enhancements or changes to their supply chain to better prepare for the holiday season. The current supply chain challenges aren’t limited to large enterprise organizations – small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are also feeling the pressure to ensure they can manage inventory and ship product in a way that meets customer expectations and satisfaction, while keeping […]

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Guest Commentary: Algorithms, Optimization and Constraints

I think it’s time we stopped using the word “optimization” in our transportation management conversations. I believe this because when we talk about optimization, we usually apply the term toward solving rating and routing problems. For example, “We have many separate orders going out on the same day, to many different locations. Let’s run it through the Optimizer to find the best solution and create shipments in the way that saves the most money and […]

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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: Transportation Management Wasn’t Always This Easy

Today’s logistics departments have a lot of options for systems that help them plan and execute the shipments that drive their businesses. It wasn’t always this easy though. A brief look in the rearview mirror will help us appreciate how we got here and the direction we’re heading. Every time I plug my $20, 16GB USB memory stick into my computer I recall my days marketing 856MB disk drives for $26,000. If you remember those […]

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