Archive for Transportation Management Systems – Page 3

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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This Week in Logistics News (February 25 – March 1, 2013)

The appliance repair guy showed up this morning to confirm what I already suspected: my refrigerator is on life support and will soon die. My five year old daughter burst out crying, not because buying a new fridge is certainly not in the budget right now (which is the reason I almost burst out crying), but because “I love that fridge!” and doesn’t want us to get a new one. She roamed the house crying […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2012)

I didn’t win the $585 million PowerBall jackpot this week, which is not surprising, because when it comes to lotteries, taking shortcuts through town when I’m late, and picking the fastest checkout lines, I’m like Hemingway’s old man: “salao, which is the worst form of unlucky.” On to the news, which is dominated this week by transportation management technology. LeanLogistics Announces On-Demand TMS SuiteApp for Netsuite’s Suitecloud Computing Platform C.H. Robinson Introduces Navisphere® Technology Platform […]

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Guest Commentary: Mobile Technology and Freight Transportation

It’s no secret that anything “mobile” is all the rage today. However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. In fact, the introduction of Qualcomm’s OmniTracs™ in 1988 and UPS’ roll-out of the DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) four years later are prime examples of pioneering companies investing in mobile technology as a means to drive efficiencies and create competitive advantage. Author Malcolm Gladwell defined a “tipping point” as “the moment of critical […]

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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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Maps: The New “Killer App” in Supply Chain Software?

The iPhone 5 was released last month, and although Apple made some notable enhancements to the phone’s design and sold 5 million units the first weekend, most of the buzz has been about one thing: how inferior Apple Maps is compared to Google Maps, which prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue an apology and recommend using mapping solutions from competitors while they work on the problem. Who knew we loved our maps so much? […]

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Takeaways from MercuryGate 2012 User Conference

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the MercuryGate 2012 User Conference in New Orleans (MercuryGate is a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). There were more 40 presentations throughout the three days, with the first half of the event focused on logistics service providers and the other half on shippers. Many of the company’s 200+ customers were in attendance. While MercuryGate has historically had a strong presence in the 3PL market, its shipper customer base continues […]

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Guest Commentary: Why Do Only 1/3 of Companies in North America Have a TMS?

Independent research groups report that a transportation management system (TMS) can save a company anywhere from 3-20% of transportation spend as compared to manual management. It is easy to see why many companies that currently do not have a TMS are now searching for one for their business. But why have so many companies waited so long? I believe there are eight reasons why many companies delay their decision to integrate a TMS into their […]

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Guest Commentary: You Know It’s Time to Buy a New TMS When…

The Transportation Management Systems (TMS) market is going strong, as confirmed by ARC Advisory Group’s annual market study and a recent survey by EyeForTransport that showed TMS is the top category for future IT investments at 53%—ahead of CRM, WMS and other software applications. Why are so many companies looking to buy a new TMS? I believe there are several high-level reasons: Effective inbound and outbound transportation management is becoming a priority for supply chain […]

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Celestica Prioritizes Total Cost of Ownership in TMS Selection

In May, MercuryGate issued a press release announcing that it had been awarded a “2011 Total Cost of Ownership Supplier Award” from Celestica. MercuryGate (an ARC client and Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) was in competition with over 20 other software vendors for this award (MercuryGate also won the 2010 award). I recently spoke with Ryan Bloor, Celestica’s Global Logistics Director, about this award. We also discussed the types of transportation moves supported by MercuryGate’s TMS, and […]

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