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How to Use a TMS to Manage Inbound Transportation (And Gain Visibility)

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Inbound freight management is multifaceted and can eat up more than 40% of the average organization’s annual freight budget, according to Aberdeen Group.

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3 Ways Supply Chain Cost Analyses Help Your Business

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Are you overpaying for inbound shipments? Should you switch from LTL to truckload shipments? Are your supply chain and dock loading processes proficient? Understanding costs in the supply chain is just as important as reducing them.

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Unexpected Support to Robotics in the Supply Chain

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Logistics technology is increasingly valuable. Warehouses, trailers and operators use technology to improve productivity, efficiency and service.

How IoT Will Completely Change Supply Chain

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You might not realize it, but we live in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution , where the internet integrates with physical objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly becoming the reality; millions of smart devices connect to the internet and communicate with one another seamlessly.

What is a Good Level of Forecast Accuracy?

Download a complimentary copy of this RELEX eBook and learn why this common question might not be the right one to ask.

Why is Logistics Management Important?

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Disruption from Your Supply Chain: Product Recalls

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A product recall is the process of retrieving and replacing defective or unsafe consumer goods. When a company issues a recall, the company or manufacturer absorbs the cost of replacing and fixing those defective or unsafe products.

The 3 Most Popular Uses of TMS Technology

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Supply chains are increasingly complex, and companies who leverage technology find competitive rates, enhanced operations, greater flexibility, and cost reductions. Logistics providers continue to work in order to provide added value to their client’s supply chain processes.

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FAST Act will not be Fast Enough for U.S. Infrastructure

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For decades, U.S. infrastructure has been supported by last-second, short-term funding that’s been far from adequate.

Tech -Driven Supply Chains: How Innovations Are Transforming the Trucking Industry

Trucking may be notoriously conservative and slow to change, but all signs point to a major technological shift. This report explores this transformation, with an eye on what's coming down the pike in the near and long term.

PLS’ 11 Most Popular Blog Posts from 2016

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(#11 Most Read Blog in 2016) Seasonal Freight Surge and Consumer Forecast -Fuel prices, weather, capacity, and e-commerce are a few factors that determine truckload demand during the holiday season.

Market Update: Seasonal Freight Surge and Consumer Forecast

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Adobe Digital Intelligence says that 31% of consumers start shopping before November 1, and 27% will start before Thanksgiving, so the supply chain plans for the holiday season for months and months in advance.

August Transportation News Round Up

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We’ve kept track of the many news stories and topics affecting transportation, supply chain and logistics this month. Here is quick summary of some of the trendiest topics out there: Logistics Transportation 3PL Supply Chain News

Trending Transportation News: March 2016

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Here’s an overview of 6 popular transportation and supply chain news stories from March: Capacity News Inbound Freight

Tips to Avoid Failure in Inbound Vendor Management

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Inbound transportation management is complex and requires a lot of attention. It often leaves shippers at a loss for proper strategy and tools. Inbound supply chain processes usually suffer because of a lack of control and poor visibility, compared to outbound transportation initiatives. According to an Aberdeen survey, 90% of shippers say they are not prepared to manage inbound freight.

The Value of Supply Chain Planning in Process Manufacturing

Supply Chain Planning (SCP) is enormously important to those process manufacturers that aspire to differentiated performance -- not just large enterprise businesses but companies of all sizes.

The 3 Main Obstacles Manufacturers Face with Inbound Freight Management

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Industrial manufacturers are being hit hard by the current economic conditions. Overall demand for manufacturing is down, profit margins are shrinking and manufacturers are looking for any way to reduce operating costs.

Everything You Need to Know: Spot Market Freight

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Have you ever wondered about how the product you buy from a store ended up there? The complexities of a supply chain and the steps for moving freight to its end location are often overlooked. But, for manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers, logistics is a top priority to business operations.

September Transportation News Recap

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Here is a quick summary of some of the most talked about transportation, supply chain and logistics topics from September 2015: Diesel Prices Fluctuating. The US average retail diesel price dropped 4.7 cents a gallon in early September - this was the 14 th straight week of declines.

Case Study: TMS Reporting Saves 20% for Steel Manufacturer

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A national, high-quality steel manufacturer was experiencing difficulty within its supply chain because of a limited scope and sole focus on outbound management. The company wanted to remain focused on their core competencies, but its transportation needs were taking up too much time and effort.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Resilience

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Supply chains are diverse and complex – so are the potential risks that could disrupt them. A good supply chain management strategy invests in resilience. Resilience refers to the time it takes supply chains to predict and avoid risk, as well as respond and recover from costly disruptions.

How to Prepare Transportation for Holiday Returns

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The holiday season is upon us, and retailers must be prepared to avoid seasonal challenges. One major obstacle facing retailers: the rising number of e-commerce returns. Return rates have amplified as the percentage of internet sales continues to develop.

New Research: Assessing Inbound Freight Management

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Transportation is coming to the forefront of shippers’ cost reduction, efficiency and operational strategies due to its oversized contribution to supply chain costs. Inbound transportation is particularly inefficient and costly, eating up 3.6% to 5.2% of a company’s total annual sales.

How to Improve Loading Dock Processes

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The loading dock is the access point for shipping and receiving. Well-designed loading dock procedures minimize delays, reduce damage to cargo and optimize productivity. Here are 3 quick ways to improve loading dock processes: Enhance Dock Safety.

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CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

5 Third Party Logistics Trends in 2015

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New technologies and new demands made 2015 a year of change for 3PLs. Challenges like the driver shortage and demanding consumer expectations require shippers to provide superior service. 3PLs have adapted to the new normal so that shippers can overcome these challenges. Here’s an overview of the top trends we saw from 3PLs in 2015: Implementing New Services. In 2015, 3PLs helped shippers prepare for the demands of an omni-channel supply chain.

July Transportation News Round Up

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We’ve been keeping track of the various news stories affecting the transportation, supply chain and logistics industries. Here is a quick look at some of the most talked about topics: Transportation Regulations News Technology

Peak Season: Not What it Used to Be

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Many experts in the transportation industry expect this year’s peak season to be suppressed. While there will likely be an increased amount of shipping activity and e-commerce demand, it will not be like years past. Freight Supply Chain Inventory News

Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Reliability

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Supply chain reliability refers to the degree to which a supply chain yields consistent performance. Increasing reliability, reducing inventory and preparing for demand are top priorities for supply chain professionals.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Lessons Learned from Supply Chain Disruption

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Supply chain disruptions span from day-to-day risks like malfunctioning equipment to high-impact threats like natural disasters. Supply Chain Managed Transportation Case Study

Automakers Succeed with Lean and Resilient Supply Chains

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The automotive industry has a lot of moving parts and experiences ebb and flow as demand and economic conditions shift. Most US automakers outperformed December expectations, selling 17.55 million new vehicles, ending 2016 on a high note. In 2015, US markets set a sales record of just under 17.5

Do’s and Don’ts of Palletizing

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Palletizing may seem like a simple task of stacking boxes in the right order, yet doing this without the proper skills and knowledge may cause freight damage. Improper palletizing can lead to 50% of boxes’ compression strength loss. We’ve created a useful palletizing guide to help you with shipment consolidation. LTL Supply Chain Optimization Shipping

New Technology is Providing New Forms of Supply Chain Visibility

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The Global System for Mobile Communications Association predicts that there will be nearly 50 billion connected devices by 2025. This is almost ten times the predicted human population at that point.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Why Supply Chain Visibility Isn’t Enough

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Visibility is a buzzword in the logistics environment; it represents the real-time status of supply chain processes. Nancy Marino, from Columbus Consulting, believes that today's businesses need to go beyond visibility to full transparency. In her interview to SupplyChainBrain , she claims that consumers want to know where their order is at every point in the supply chain and that requires more than supply chain visibility.

5 Direct Impacts the IoT will have on Transportation

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to disrupt transportation – reducing delays, predicting shortages of inbound materials and changing orders mid-production based on real-time demand data. Transportation Supply Chain Technology

Drayage: Truck Turn Time

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The drayage business is facing a crisis in ports from California to New Jersey. Congestion at coastal ports is adding millions to shipping costs while reducing productivity of drayage companies and threatening commerce’s explosion.

Capabilities and Benefits of Shipment Tracking

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Shipment tracking technology enables shippers to be in control of their transportation and locate freight at any point in its journey. Track and trace features are available on a transportation management system (TMS).

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.