Archive for transportation optimization

Open Up a Whole New World of Competitive Differentiation with Transportation Optimization

Transportation optimization tools enable efficient load and route plans in today’s high pressure omnichannel and ecommerce distribution environment. The best optimization tools allow companies to look at freight movements holistically, analyzing shipments, rates, and constraints, and ultimately improve decision making. In environments such as the recent capacity crunch, load optimization across all modes can help transportation managers fully load their trucks, which means fewer loads that need coverage and fewer drivers. Those who have already implemented a transportation management system (TMS) have at least one advantage

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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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Omni-channel Last Mile Logistics

The top two guys at FreshStart Logistics, Allen and Bill Ho, came to visit me. Their company sells an optimization engine for TMS. I have a geeky fascination with optimization. I’m don’t have a Ph.D in Operations Research, but I’ve seen the way a number of TMS solutions approach optimization. There were several things I liked about FreshStart’s real-time engine, including the way it can use GPS and traffic data for dynamic routing. But the […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Optimization Requires a Holistic View That Maximizes Service Across All Orders While Minimizing Costs

Retailers, manufacturers and other shippers often operate global transportation networks composed of their own assets as well as third-party carriers, in an environment characterized by order volatility, fluctuating consumer confidence, increased competition and cost containment pressures. Too often, shippers attempt to address these competing challenges through simplification. Orders are pre-assumed to be served by a specific mode based on characteristics, fleets operate around a predefined geography, and modes such as rail or intermodal are relegated […]

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