Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Transportation Management Systems transportation sourcingThe logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage.

Procurement Leading Pharmaceutical Companies Through the Pandemic

Jaggaer

From early on in the Covid-19 pandemic , and for pretty obvious reasons , procurement in healthcare and pharmaceuticals has been in the spotlight like never before. View our recent webinar and learn how Italian pharmaceutical company Angelini navigated through supply chain disruption.

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Strategies, Tips, and Pitfalls of Modern Transportation Procurement

Logistics Viewpoints

The biggest constant in transportation today is changing. It is forcing companies to rethink how they plan, optimize, execute, and collaborate with trading partners. The post Strategies, Tips, and Pitfalls of Modern Transportation Procurement appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Procurement Transportation Management Systems TMS transportation procurement

Why Supply Chain Managers & Procurement Should Collaborate

Cerasis

The roles of logistics and procurement in an efficient supply chain cannot be overstated. According to Paul Myerson , reports Industry Week, up 70 percent of a company’s costs come from procurement and logistics operations. Meanwhile, this large volume of expenses is directly related to 80 percent or a company’s working capital via inventory and accounts payable. So, why do supply chain managers not take advantage of this data with respect to procurement?

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Digital Procurement Improves Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Digital Procurement article and permission to publish here provided by Katherine Barrios of xeneta.com. The Hackett Group has recently released their analysis of their procurement benchmarking database. It demonstrates the advantages of working with a digital procurement strategy.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

10 Key Logistics & Procurement Supply Chain Practices to Know and Master to Reduce Spend.

Cerasis

If raw materials are unavailable, all subsequent processes are affected, which may result in increased costs to consumers and the respective companies as well. However, following these 10 practices can help you learn how to reduce spend in the procurement supply chain. Internal tools have a way of making the company appear better than it truly is. Cloud-based systems offer many benefits throughout the procurement supply chain, reports Procurious HQ.

Revisiting Transportation Forecasting

Talking Logistics

Many companies have collaborative planning and forecasting processes with suppliers and manufacturing partners, but very few companies translate demand and production forecasts into transportation capacity requirements. In this episode, Adrian discusses the key challenges and opportunities associated with transportation forecasting. Watch as Adrian discusses: Two key reasons why transportation forecasting has been a challenge to implement.

How Freight & Transportation Data Can Trim Your Transportation Spend

Cerasis

When you want to drive down your logistics and transportation spend, the very first thing that you need is freight and transportation data. Luckily, this isn’t the case for transportation data. With the services of a trusted 3PL and a good transportation management system (TMS), you can glean an abundance of data around activities and practices related to your transportation department. Accurate freight and transportation data is particularly important.

How More Effective Inbound Logistics Management Improves Procurement in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

Making changes that promote effective inbound logistics management can have a significant impact on your organization’s procurement department and team members. Unfortunately, many in the industry still uses the terms procurement and inbound logistics interchangeably, but procurement involves much more than merely managing the logistics of moving products from vendors and suppliers to your building.read More.

These 7 Industrial Procurement Trends will Impact Supply Chain & Logistics in 2018

Cerasis

Procurement must never be an afterthought in any enterprise. The answers to these questions lie in understanding a few of the top industrial procurement trends to expect in 2018. Companies Will Seek New Ways to Use Technology in Procurement. As with many other topics affecting industry trends in the transportation, trucking and manufacturing industries, companies are looking for ways to increase the use of technology in procurement, explains Melissa Deleen of LinkedIn.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

In order to implement this visibility, it is crucial that companies take into consideration many elements. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle.

Reimagining How You Purchase Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Companies want and expect innovation from their 3PLs, and as one of the world’s largest logistics platforms we’re focused on continuing to deliver new and innovative technology built by and for supply chain experts.

Procurement and Suppliers on the Same Page: How to Craft an Effective Terms & Conditions Sales Document

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is the second part of Chuck Intrieri's series on how procurement and suppliers can avoid issues with their contracts. Procurement and suppliers often assume that small print is highly complicated legal jargon that is both boring and largely irrelevant. It Would Benefit Both Procurement and Suppliers To Write in a Clear, Friendly, and Organized Manner. Given the size and range of the company, this is an extremely small number. Procurement

A Portfolio Management Approach to Transportation Optimization

Talking Logistics

The quest for transportation cost savings and service improvement is never ending, but many companies still take a fragmented approach to analyzing and optimizing their transportation operations — whether it’s looking at their inbound, outbound, and inter-facility moves separately, or taking a fragmented, mode-by-mode approach to procurement. What are the main challenges involved and how can companies overcome them?

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

If you are buying widgets, there are many ways to make your purchase, from going to a retail location, ordering online or using a standard procurement software tool that allows you to order lots of widgets and receive them over a specified period of time. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

Procurement Report Card: Most Executives Think Procurement Isn’t Strategic Enough!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. Check out What Exactly Is Procurement? As we’ve chronicled on the Argentus Blog, it’s no secret that the world of Procurement is changing and fast. Procurement, you’ve come a long way, baby!

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

Imbalanced Investments: Transportation Spending vs. Procurement Technology (Part 1)

Supply Chain Network

According to the latest American Shipper benchmark survey, transportation spending increased in 2012 – according to 75 percent of respondents – remaining unscathed by budget cuts. Shockingly, though, companies are failing to invest in the necessary procurement tools to manage spend and optimize their transportation networks. Without a way to optimize and automate logistics, a company’s hard-earned cash won’t go nearly as far.

How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity

Cerasis

These rates will have natural implications for smaller shippers seeking to lower overall transportation and freight spend, and paired with a “blurred lines between peak shipping and shopping seasons,” shippers will experience increasing trouble when trying to procure full truckload capacity. The Solution: Shippers Must Use Out-of-the-LTL-Box Strategies Shippers must take a more strategic approach to truckload procurement, explains CH Robinson via Supply Chain 24/7.

Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. Procurement

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

Cerasis

Many different terms, such as less-than-truckload (LTL), procurement and transportation management, describe supply chain management processes. For example, transportation management often focuses on the journey of products after manufacturing. Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. What Is Procurement Management?

Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste

Talking Logistics

This rapid growth followed by market decline has led oil and gas companies to finally face reality — i.e., that they need to move up the supply chain maturity curve to enable profitable growth moving forward. Energy companies, therefore, are placing growing emphasis on finding and eliminating waste in their supply chains. One area where significant waste exists is transportation management. “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”.

The Transportation Management System Barbell

Talking Logistics

One of my supply chain and logistics predictions for this year was that the transportation management system (TMS) market will become more barbell-shaped ( mirroring what is happening in the third-party logistics industry ). “We’re In late February, LeanLogistics introduced LeanGlobal , a new TMS module that facilitates ocean freight transportation (see my comments at the time), and last week the company announced LeanFleet , a tool designed to streamline fleet planning and execution.

A Transportation Network is Your Pit Crew

Talking Logistics

You’ve developed a well thought out transportation plan that supports your supply chain. You’ve conducted a transportation procurement event and have agreements in place with carrier partners to provide the type of capacity you need, where and when you need it. You’ve communicated the final transportation plan and carrier strategy to your internal and external constituents, and have made essential business process changes to ensure successful execution.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. And, what are some of the key factors retailers need to consider when developing their transportation plans?

Want better supplier adoption of your procurement portal? Start by asking your own sales staff.

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In my conversations with mid-market companies looking to implement supply chain improvements, supplier adoption routinely ranks near the top of concerns. A good portion of the value provided by automating procurement and payables processes comes from the labor and cost savings generated from fewer errors and less manual work. The procurement portal has to have enough transactional volume running thru it. Step 1: Talk to your own company’s sales staff.

10 Tips Shippers Can Use to Reduce Costs in LTL Procurement with Better Request for Pricing Bidding

Cerasis

As a third-party logistics company focused on over the road transportation management, and having an LTL rating engine and web-based TMS for nearly 20 years (web-based even before Google!), at Cerasis, we know a thing or two about the nuances of LTL procurement. LTL procurement is something we do very well. So we thought we would impart upon all the shippers out there some tips on how to reduce overall costs for effective LTL Procurement.

Indirect Procurement – It’s Time to Rise and Shine!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Indirect goods and services can be one of the largest areas of expenditure in any company. And the operational impact that the provision of Indirect goods and services can have on a company can be significant, either positively or negatively. The Importance of Indirect Procurement!

Differences Matter in EU and U.S. Transportation Procurement

TMC

As companies expand globally through mergers or organic growth, many are faced with the decision whether to combine logistics teams and apply a universal truckload procurement strategy across multiple regions. To obtain the most effective results, best practice requires adaptations to truckload procurement strategies. In this post, I’ll shed some light on the chief differences between Europe’s truckload procurement practices and those in the United States—and why it matters.

Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Those companies who successfully adapt their businesses, and their supply chains, to be more flexible and resilient will find the most success in the long term—even in the face of closures or restrictions. Understanding today’s transportation market. Changing transportation strategies.

Third Party Logistics Company

LeanCor

When dealing with the inherent complexities of supply chain logistics, many companies come to a point when they may wish to use a third party logistics company to manage their supply chain. Using a third party logistics company to manage the supply chain frees up your company’s resources and allows your business to focus on its own core competencies. However, cost-cutting should not be the sole reason for choosing a third party logistics company.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Going to Market with Your Transportation RFP

Talking Logistics

This time of year, many shippers are reviewing and updating their transportation plan for the back half of the year and many will be considering issuing RFPs for new or changed capacity needs. I am often asked what shippers should consider (beyond the obvious of reducing cost) when deciding whether to go to market with a transportation RFP and what the associated best practices are. Procurement Strategy (Annual RFP, Targeted RFP, etc.).