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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.

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 Based on recent announcements by LeanLogistics and MercuryGate (which are both Talking Logistics sponsors), it looks like the broader, more integrated, and feature-rich end of the TMS barbell is getting larger.

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Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

If you’re not able to clearly see, examine, impact and manage every aspect of your supply chain and inventory processes – order status, shipments, in-transit goods, trade documents, costs, exceptions and more – you might as well be operating with blinders on. Gaining end-to-end visibility across your transportation processes delivers: $32.00 in Labor Savings Per Shipment: Automated booking improves productivity and quality of logistics team’s activities.

How Collaborative Transportation Management Provides Access to More Freight Capacity

Turvo

Fortunately, shippers, carriers, brokers, and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that take the time to consider how collaborative transportation management can benefit operations have an opportunity to increase efficiency and available transportation capacity.

Top Transportation Management and Transportation Articles of 2015

Cerasis

We continue our series on the most read articles from the Cerasis blog for 2015 today by featuring any of the blogs in the transportation management or transportation categories. . We've already listed the top 10 manufacturing articles, the top 10 supply chain articles, and yesterday, the top 10 logistics articles. We will then conclude the 5 main categories by featuring the top 10 freight articles of 2015. As you grow, so should freight costs.

Want a Better Supply Chain? Here Are 4 Reasons to Outsource Your Transportation Management

Talking Logistics

Now more so than ever, corporations understand the tremendous impact logistics and transportation can have on their overall business performance and are taking meaningful strides to optimize their supply chain operations. While some organizations have the human capital, industry depth and expertise, and IT infrastructure to manage their transportation on an insourced basis, a majority do not. is what third party logistics is all about.

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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3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

When we hear “transportation management system” at LeanCor, we don’t just think of software. Lean thinking can help organizations develop and maintain a fast, stable, efficient transportation management system. When shippers apply lean thinking to people, process, and technology in transportation, the results are significant. Are these practices part of your organization’s transportation management system?

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The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

However, if your role is managing the movement of widgets from point A to point B, or multiple points, the freight procurement task before you can be labor intensive and time consuming — unless you use a technology solution specifically designed for transportation sourcing. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight is unique. That is why you need a powerful transportation sourcing solution.

4 Challenges in Global Transportation Management

3rdwave

There are 4 fundamental areas where global transportation is challenged. Three of these challenges are variants on traditional transportation challenges and the last is relatively new but growing in importance. Transportation Cost Management. However, where transportation management traditionally focused on the basics of moving “boxes” or “packages”, today it is much more strategic. Transportation Cost Management. Freight Management.

Aramex Selects BluJay’s Transportation Management Platform for Streamlined Solution from Parcel Scan to Line Haul

BluJay Solutions

BluJay’s tech is key to digital transformation and customer success for global provider of logistics and transportation solutions. Aramex is a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions, headquartered in Dubai and operating in 65 countries.

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.

7 Freight Costs Considerations That Will Have Shippers Rethinking In-House Transportation Management

Cerasis

Freight costs are eminently controllable, however, efficiently managing this major budget item requires expertise. In the complex world of modern transportation, companies lacking the experience to professionally handle the intricacies of transportation management are sure to find controlling shipping costs an extreme challenge. Here are just some of the typical issues that businesses encounter in undertaking self-management of freight transportation management.

How Transportation Management Technology & Regulations Impacted the Logistics Industry

Cerasis

Transportation management technology evolved throughout 2016. The IoT Became a Core Concept in Transportation Management Technology. Increasing urban mobility and accessibility of shipment routes are driving forces of IoT use in transportation management technology. Radio frequency identification, GPS , acoustic sensors, near-field communications and more are combining to give transporters more information than ever about the status of a given shipment.

5 Best Practices for Transportation Managers Considering Logistics IT Solutions

Supply Chain Collaborator

191 qualified global logistics practitioners were surveyed in 2015 by American Shipper magazine for their seventh annual benchmark study of transportation management. The report examines the trends impacting how shippers and logistics service providers manage freight transportation processes and the technologies used in support of these processes.

This Week in Logistics News (October 5-9, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Having spent much of this week on the road, I am still in catch-up mode with emails and phone calls, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention: Elemica Introduces New Sourcing Optimization Solution. MercuryGate Offers Leading TMS Solution to Freight Forwarders. APICS Announces New Certification Program Designed for Logistics, Transportation and Distribution Professionals.

Improving Global Freight Process Management

Talking Logistics

Many companies operating in the United States have achieved an inclusive look into their transportation spend, but unfortunately many companies that do business on a global level have struggled to achieve full freight process management. Tracking global commerce activity across the entire transportation lifecycle – beginning with planning, including execution, and through settlement—is key for businesses to thrive on a global level.

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6 Transportation Management Trends for 2016

Cerasis

2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry , and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to best combat each of these problems through the application of transportation management technologies.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target. more near-shoring and larger, less frequent shipments to minimize transportation costs). How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment? The Case for Competing on Logistics Talent.

What 2017 Reveals for Transportation Management Software in 2018

GTG Technology Group

Top Trends in Transportation Management Software Development. As 2018 approaches, leading companies will pioneer new trends in supply chain management. Those that do will transform into innovative companies that offer customers the best in transportation service. Less than a decade ago, most transportation companies expected to be able to continue operating the way they always had. Automated fleet management showed every step of the supply chain in real-time.

5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Talking Logistics

Assuming current trends hold, and NAFTA remains largely intact, here are five things to consider when managing cross-border logistics between the United States and Mexico: 1. Understand the 3-Legged Freight Movements at the Border. Companies carrying freight across the U.S.-Mexico At a minimum, companies will need to be familiar with these most common documents: Bill of Lading (BOL) – A bill of lading is an essential document for any freight shipment.

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5 ugly hidden costs of implementing Transportation Management System

Abivin

Transportation Management System (TMS) is one of 5 best software every logistics manager needs. Source 1. In process of TMS integration into your supply chain management system, you and your staff have training from getting used to to proficiency. In addition to operation optimization, a TMS helps companies monitor freight efficiently, guide drivers, schedule deliveries and improve services, which provides you 4 valuable benefits.

[PODCAST] Why Shippers Looking for Capacity & High Service Levels Need the Right Carrier Mix & Logistics Fundamentals Focus

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode we welcome Andrew Lynch, Co-Founder & President of Zipline Logistics, an award-winning logistics service provider that specializes exclusively in the transportation of retail consumer goods and food and beverage products. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” We’ll publish every Tuesday right on the Cerasis blog and Freight Institute.

What’s the Difference Between Freight Management and Logistics Management?

Supply Chain Game Changer

What’s the Difference Between Logistics and Distribution? In business it is not uncommon to hear the words “Logistics Management” and “Freight Management” thrown around interchangeably. “Logistics” and “Freight” both conjure up imagery associated with the movement and transportation of goods whether by truck, car, rail, ocean liner or any other form of transportation.

6 Benefits of Transportation Consolidation Programs & How They Reduce Freight Spend

Cerasis

For manufacturers and shippers, freight spend represents one of the largest costs to the respective company. To combat freight spend, supply chain entities have devoted huge investments and deployed developmental teams to find ways to improve efficiency, manage all parts of the manufacturing and shipping process, and eliminate all sources of delays. However, freight rates are continuing to increase , yet the end users continue to demand lower shipping rates.

Top 5 features to look for in a Transportation Management System (TMS)

Abivin

Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. One of such software is transportation management system (TMS) which is a subset of supply chain management regarding transportation operations (Mei & Eliot, 2017). TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

Modern Transportation Management Software Demands Carrier Connectivity

GTG Technology Group

Anyone in the shipping and transportation industry recognizes the importance of carriers. With increasingly complicated logistical and resource issues arising, Transportation Management Software (TMS) must remain at the forefront of technology to stay afloat. Increased connectivity over a large network gives shippers access to the most bids on freight. The system also allows for predictive analytics, which can improve future logistics. Sources: [link].

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)

3rdwave

In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. From optimizing freight movements and controlling freight costs, to supply chain SKU transparency and optimal inventory management, the value proposition for global transportation management is substantial and significant. Global TMS – a key element in managing global supply chain complexity.

6 Reasons Why You Need A Transportation Management Firm

Aborn and Co.

Land and ocean carrier consolidation, warehouse automation, shifting sourcing structures, and digital supply chain transformation all have a tremendous impact on the current state of the logistics industry. Here are 6 reasons why you need a transportation management firm: Technology.

Is Amazon In-Sourcing or Creating a New Service? You Already Know

Cerasis

The post Is Amazon In-Sourcing or Creating a New Service? You Already Know appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. E-Commerce Logistics Freight Logistics amazon in-sourcingAmazon didn’t get to where it is today (hit a market cap of $1 trillion in Sept. 2018) by resting on its laurels. At the time I wrote this, Amazon’s market cap is $777.8 billion.

6 Costly Transportation Management Software Mistakes Technology Can Correct

GTG Technology Group

There is no denying that logistical operations within supply chains are exceedingly complicated. It has grown nearly impossible to maintain a business while managing each factor manually. The result has been a push toward high-tech Transportation Management Software (TMS) and cloud-based IT. Human error accounts for a large amount of loss in transportation. Failing to Trace Freight. Transparency is a key element of efficient freight management.

Five Benefits of Upgrading Your Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Delaying Upgrades Is Holding Back Your Transportation Company. Waste would be a thing of the past, inventory and financial management systems would work to perfection, and revenues would flow in. That future is within your grasp if you keep your transportation management software upgraded to take advantage of innovations. Learn how updated transportation management systems (TMS) make your company goals attainable. Sources: [link].

Two Important Questions About the Future of Freight Moves

Talking Logistics

Freight tons moving on the nation’s transportation network will grow 40 percent in the next three decades while the value of the freight will almost double, increasing by 92 percent, according to the latest projections by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Simply put, I believe the way freight will actually move in 2045 will be different than how it moves today.

Talking Logistics: PINC and project44 Partnership Commentary

PINC

PINC and project44 announced a partnership this week that “aims to empower industry-leading shippers and carriers with end to end real-time shipment visibility and yard management automation capabilities for an enhanced supply chain experience.” By Adrian Gonzalez.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain. According to the CSCMP's "State of Logistics" Report from 2015, logistics costs now make up over 8% of the GDP. Any percentage less for your business with logistics costs as a percent of your revenue, goes straight to the bottom line. . Logistics Cost Reduction by Focusing on Safety.