How TMS Analytics Can Lead to Actionable Insights & Continuous Improvement

Cerasis

“What can you do to improve your company?”. That is a loaded question, loaded with innuendo, desire, financial concerns, questions about the state of the road and weather and much more, but the ways you improve your company are becoming easier to see. Modern, cloud-based analytics systems within transportation management systems ( TMSs ) have redefined how you strive for continuous improvement. Analytics may also be used to drive improvement in your equipment.

Creating Continuous Improvement Within Transportation

Kuebix

Continuous improvement programs are important for reducing waste within your transportation processes – and overall business environment. With rising freight rates, lack of capacity, and the driver shortage, transportation operations must create strategies to eliminate waste, while lowering costs and boosting efficiencies. Continuous improvement is defined as “a method for identifying opportunities for streamlining work […].

Overcoming Complacency: How to Drive Even More Supply Chain Metric Success

Talking Logistics

Posted figures and targets can be motivating, but if progress continually shows as an “all green,” there is little to inspire or motivate teams to give more discretionary effort or be more engaged in the bigger picture. Going “red,” defined as not meeting stated goals, should not be treated as an abject failure if continuous improvement is anywhere in your business plan. A sense of complacency can lurk behind benchmarks.

5 Easy-to-Use Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

Talking Logistics

How much are you spending to move 100 pounds of freight? What is happening in the industry in key areas such as average freight rates per mile and transportation spend? Continuous checks on compliance. Gaurav leads a team of consultants and engineers to proactively help clients to enhance their supply chain performance through innovative solutions including process improvements and technology development. Is the current performance of your supply chain network optimal?

Shipping Less-Than-Truckload Freight in E-Commerce: Shipping Online Is More Than Just Parcel Shipments

Cerasis

According to Logistics Management, more parcel carriers are moving heavier parcel shipments to less-than-truckload freight in e-commerce because they’re overwhelmed. Why Are Shippers Looking to Less-Than-Truckload Freight in E-Commerce? Measure Performance, and Continuously Improve.

Amazon’s Freight (Train) Is Coming

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This article is from Steve Bettwy , Vice President – Quality and Business Continuity, Operational Excellence, and Continuous Improvement at Direct Supply. The post Amazon’s Freight (Train) Is Coming appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

What You Need to Know About Full Truckload Freight Allocation

Cerasis

Poor visibility in freight allocation is a leading reason shippers experience difficulty in managing freight, and this problem is evidence of a disconnect between the person managing freight and company stakeholders. Goodwill notes shipment data granularity and analysis are linked with better freight allocation , which means making use of the full spectrum of available shipping options, including full truckloads. Yesteryear, freight allocation was simpler.

5 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts of 2015…So Far

Cerasis

As we round out the 5 categories, we come to the place of our expertise: Freight and Transportation Management. As a third party logistics provider squarely focused on freight and transportation management, we also understand that if we only talk about those two categories, we are not thinking well rounded enough. We are continually touting the use of technology and best practices in order to move shippers' businesses forward. 5 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts of 2015.So

Building a Bridge to Continuous Improvement

Inbound Logistics

Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise

Full Truckload Technology: The Various Technology Involved in Full Truckload Freight Shipping Management

Cerasis

In full truckload freight management, technology will make or break plans for keeping freight spend in check. Demand for record-breaking speed of delivery and free shipping are only making the case for greater use of technology in full truckload freight shipping management, and shippers need to understand why. Amazon continues to push its own fleet forward, and the Big Box giants are willing to pay premium prices to get freight to market.

50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight

Cerasis

Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. 8 Most Common Reasons Why You May Receive a Freight Claim Declination Letter. Happy New Year!

Building a Bridge to Continuous Improvement

Inbound Logistics

Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise

[e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs

Cerasis

Business practices have become synonymous with the application and collection of data for continuous improvement. Take a look at how a business can use technology, metrics, and services to improve transportation processes, which range from supplier shipping to route optimization. However, most of today’s data goes unused and represents a lost opportunity to the company. Unfortunately, data lacks value if not properly cleansed, transformed, and applied.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

The Logistics of Logistics

First, the routine, day to day shipping is improved through good written and verbal communication. Secondly, a lot of improvements are discovered through conversations between shipper and logistics pro. Great shippers know that measuring performance is only the first step; driving improved performance is the ultimate goal. Processes also enable cross training and continuous improvement. Continuous improvement. Highly Effective Shippers.

Logistics Process Mapping Basics

The Logistics of Logistics

Logistics process mapping is a great way for improving the logistics process and performance. The goal of logistics process mapping is to reduce costs, while improving service quality and customer satisfaction. Unlike, lean, six sigma, lean six sigma and other operational improvement methodologies, process mapping requires very little training so organizations can see results very quickly. Typical improvements are reduced cost, improved service quality and happier clients.

[PODCAST] Tips for Shippers to Reduce Missed Pickups & In-Transit Freight Problems

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s Podcast episode Cerasis welcomes our very own Freight Desk Manager, Chris Longner. The Cerasis Freight Desk takes care of all of shipper customers’ inbound and outbound routing services. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” We’ll publish every Tuesday right on the Cerasis blog and Freight Institute.

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Dayton Freight Lines Announced as 2014 Cerasis Carrier Partner of the Year

Cerasis

Cerasis Hosted Executives and Staff of Dayton Freight Lines Inc. a North American third party logistics company with a focus on North American over the road transportation management, announces they have presented long time carrier partner, Dayton Freight Lines Inc.

Beyond the Basics: Exploring the Value Levers of Freight Audit

Talking Logistics

Freight Audit may not be the sexiest aspect of transportation management, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t play a critical role in helping companies effectively manage and control their transportation spend, as well as provide valuable insight to drive continuous improvement. The first step is understanding the value levers of freight audit and how to leverage them effectively to realize those benefits. What are the main challenges involved with freight audit today?

Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030

Arkieva

Sustainable Freight Action Plan for California is estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030. Targets for 2030 Include: Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030. Foster future economic growth within the freight and goods movement industry.

Cerasis Pounds Deductible of Freight Insurance to Zero

Cerasis

Due to increased accountability across all departments, particularly Information Technology (IT), Cerasis has created an opportunistic environment for vendors and shippers alike, in line with the company’s Continuous Improvement Core Value. The new type of cargo insurance will continue to maintain the previous standards of freight insurance needed by Cerasis-affiliated shippers, including “Acts of God,” terrorism, strikes, riots, civil risks and compliance complaints.

Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

For the freight world holiday shipping or for shippers in any peak season (such as those who ship plants for the spring time) it gets chaotic, everyone is trying to clear docs, empty warehouses, and get their books in order. Central Freight Holiday Shipping Rates. UPS Freight®.

This Week in Logistics News (August 8-12, 2016)

Talking Logistics

enVista Releases New Analytics Dashboards for Freight Audit and Payment Solution. June 2016 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). How are companies leveraging the insight they’re gaining from these tools to drive continuous improvement and realize business benefits?

Shippers Access Newly Released Enterprise Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping Solution in Transportation Management System With New Partnership

Cerasis

Shippers may then choose to move freight with either option depending on what is best for the shipper at that time. The TMS allows the shipper to then book the freight no matter what mode, ensuring that transportation management goals are met. In addition to offering all over-the-road modes with the addition of enterprise ground parcel management, Transtream provides access to intercontinental and international air freight services in the Cerasis Rater.

Last Mile Delivery Explained! (Infographic)

Supply Chain Game Changer

This has been driven by the continuously evolving market and demand for convenient customer experience across industries such as e-commerce, food, retail and many more. The continuous improvements on e-commerce websites have made the fulfillment of orders needing less human involvement.

How Cummins Power Generation Used Lean Six Sigma to Achieve Significant Transportation Savings

Talking Logistics

Now more than ever, companies – regardless of industry – are looking for ways to improve customer service while also cutting costs and growing the top line. This often requires a major shift in thinking – from the top down – and for many, implementing a formal process improvement methodology such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Cummins recognized the need for a methodology that would allow them to identify improvement opportunities, make necessary improvements, and control processes.

Transform Your Freight Brokerage: How to Retain and Empower Your Carrier Sales Reps

Parade

Like any competitive business, growing and managing a freight brokerage is full of operational challenges such as; attracting and retaining carrier sales reps, increasing operational efficiency, improving profitability, and strengthening relationships with customers and carriers.

Our Top 10 Blog Posts … So Far!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The number of categories has continued to grow. A Lean improvement program is critical for driving continuous improvement in your organization. Freight and Logistics – Do you have Hidden Freight Costs? Do you have hidden Freight costs?

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Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

For the freight world holiday shipping or for shippers in any peak season (such as those who ship plants for the spring time) it gets chaotic, everyone is trying to clear docs, empty warehouses, and get their books in order. Central Freight Holiday Shipping Rates. UPS Freight®.

This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Freight Shipments Rose 0.4% New Customer-Centric Solution from SAP to Help Retailers Improve Operations, Consumer Experience and Brand Perception. UPS Expands Expedited Ocean Freight Service To Mexico. There’s lots going on today, so let’s go straight to the news.

Abreu Carga Chooses BluJay Solutions as its Core Technology Platform for Transportation and Warehouse Management in the Cloud

BluJay Solutions

Abreu Carga is the market-leading air freight services provider in Portugal, offering transportation and logistics services for customers by air, ocean, and road – along with warehousing operations. With BluJay’s SaaS solution, we have a single TMS and WMS to manage and improve our core business processes across all branches and geographies, with an integrated mobility platform that adds real-time efficiency.”. Press Releases freight forwarding Transport Management

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL

Cerasis

The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. One of the goals of the SLA/KPI should be Continuous Improvement or Kaizen (LEAN initiative). Jobs and processes should be improved daily by brainstorming, Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and Value Engineering by both parties, as cross-functional teams. As the two partners implement Continuous Improvement or Kaizen cost reduction will follow.

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There’s a Less Frustrating Way to Negotiate Freight Contracts

Logistics Bureau

When you negotiate freight contracts though, there’s a lot more to consider (and haggle over) than the price per unit/tonne/pallet that you wish to transport. Of course price matters when you negotiate freight contracts. You Need Intelligence to Negotiate Freight Contracts.

[PODCAST] Why Logistics Execs Who Glean Insights from Transportation Management Data Collaborate More & Reduce Shipping Costs

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” We’ll publish every Tuesday right on the Cerasis blog and Freight Institute. We hope you enjoy this very first episode of The Freight project podcast! The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs.

Inspirational Supply Chain Quotes

Supply Chain Game Changer

If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.” ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company. It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016. So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, dropped 0.4 percent in December from November , with December 2015 freight shipments down 2.0

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

Talking Logistics

To thrive in today’s dynamic supply chain environment, it’s critical to continue challenging the status quo and to proactively find ways to drive innovation and optimization. Commitment to Continuous Improvement, Not Just Short-term Savings.

The Seven S’s of Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Network

The application of social networking based technologies in the supply chain will be at a number of different levels including employee engagement, innovation, continuous improvement and a number of others in operations and supply chain planning/forecasting.