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.

Freight Visibility and Control: Introducing the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX)

Freightos

Freight Visibility and Control: Introducing the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX). Today, the go-to metric for that question is typically Standard & Poor’s 500, the Nikkei, or the Dow Jones Industrial Average (a shockingly poor indicator , if you look closer). A New Freight Index.

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

Cerasis

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. BONUS : Download the Guide To LTL Freight Mangement White Paper. 10 LTL Procurement Cost Cutting Tips. Routing guides optimize freight lanes and remove excess shipping costs. Logistics LTL ltl procurement

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Interview for Metrics That Matter. My kitchen table is piled high with interviews for the upcoming book, Metrics That Matter. He is responsible for manufacturing, procurement, supply chain planning, logistics, quality, social responsibility and final product engineering.

Moving Up The Corporate Ladder, Does Your Freight Spend Have A Seat At The Table?

4WL Consulting

There’s been a shift from executing daily freight transactions to integrating top-level corporate planning and procurement strategies. Both Large and Mid-sized shipping companies rely on procurement personnel.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through. Chris Sawchuck from the Hackett Group interviewed three heads of procurement from three large companies, and asked an important question. Does procurement add to top line revenue.

Gartner’s 2018 Top 25 Supply Chains List! Is it Still Relevant?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Gartner Survey Metric Notes: 1. SCM #SupplyChain #Logistics #Distribution #Technology #Leadership #Procurement #Purchasing #Freight. Supply Chain Management Distribution Freight Leadership Logistics Procurement Purchasing SCM supplychain TechnologySubscribe Here!

Top 10 Tips for Career Success!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Business policies, ways of doing things, and metrics are all a result of human decisions. Freight and Logistics Human Resources Procurement Supply Chain Management Career LeadershipSubscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

Supply Chain Personified! The Link Between Your Company Silos!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The responsibilities, metrics, skills, strategies and mandates for each function can cause people to put their functional focus ahead of the greater company objectives. Procurement #SCM #SupplyChain #HumanResources #Business #Leadership. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Blockchain’s Coming to the Supply Chain - Eventually

Supply Chain Brain

Show notes: A previous podcast episode about blockchain in the freight industry. Sourcing/Procurement/SRM All Technology EDI Communication (XML/EDI) Global Trade Management SC Planning & Optimization Supply Chain Visibility Quality & Metrics Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt. When it comes to the deployment of blockchain in the supply chain, or anywhere else for that matter, these are still early days.

6 Trends to Make Supply Chain Managers the Heroes of Their Company!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Supply chain managers refocus their efforts to increase adherence to perfect order metrics and leverage marketing capabilities and capacities to their fullest potential. Logistics #Freight #SCM #SupplyChain #Business #Leadership #HumanResources. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Supply Chain Detective™! In Search of Broken Supply Chain Clues!

Supply Chain Game Changer

You know the people, the processes and the metrics. Most companies have a Procurement function, Distribution, Logistics, Planning, Inventory Management, Product Data Management, and Operations. Poor metric performance (eg. Too many metrics, no targets, and no focus.

7 Essential Attributes of Strategic Supplier Partnerships!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Whether the phrase refers to sourcing, procurement, relationships, or other matters, its use is prevalent. The baseline metrics for performance of a partner are the same operational parameters used for other suppliers. Leadership #Business #SCM #SupplyChain #Procurement #Purchasing.

Free Donuts or Freight Cost Savings?

Supply Chain Collaborator

Everyone likes free stuff; especially freight carriers who haul for organizations without TMS and the rules-based tendering such software delivers. The post Free Donuts or Freight Cost Savings? November 5 was one of several annually-observed “Free Donut Days”.

Top 5 Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

Cerasis

If your vendors do not understand your organization’s policies and procedures regarding inbound freight , how can they adhere to your needs? This means that a near-majority of companies are faced with the pitfalls of internal, low-guidance systems for managing both inbound and outbound freight. Approximately 54 percent of companies actively run metrics on inbound freight, but these metrics may be lacking. In other words, the term, “metrics,” can be deceiving.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

Today, is day two of our annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 5 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation Management , Freight. Omnichannel Supply Chain Metrics: What Should Supply Chain Leaders Measure?

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

While forecast accuracy, if used well, can reduce safety stock, what I find in the study of the global multi-national is the rise of cycle stock due to increased item complexity, and the increase of in transit inventories due to longer freight lanes and longer cycles in ocean transportation.

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. As we head towards what many experts are citing as a 2017 carrier capacity crisis and growing demands from consumers to keep them happy call for shorter delivery cycles, the traditional strategy of procurement cost saving and shipment consolidation opportunities have to be supplemented through innovative solutions, to deliver the best bang for the buck.

The Financial Dimension of Supply Chain Visibility [Episode Highlights]

Talking Logistics

If you think about it in terms of Total Cost Management/Spend Management, when you start to talk about things like contract negotiation, having better insight into your spend, and understanding the metrics around it, all of which obviously provides valuable insights and helps you with those negotiations. This is where financial visibility – especially from an accounting or procurement perspective – plays into the organization.

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

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement. A large part of procurement is finalizing the contract and then the follow through of the determined deliverables in that agreement. The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. All KPIS have metrics to measure.

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Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

However, though, with the expectations of an easy return experience from the B2C side of business, the industrial (read bigger freight shipments than small package) side and B2B side of business are now expected to have an efficient, focused, an costly reverse logistics program.

Leonardo da Vinci and Supply Chain Management

Enterra Insights

They need a general understanding of everything from procurement of raw materials to customer service. We have established business metrics and we love to quantify our business strategies. How can resources be procured at the best price? What are the best ways to move freight? The world is becoming so specialized it’s difficult to find generalists in almost any field of endeavor.

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I am MAD!

Supply Chain Shaman

For one customer that I was working with, it was E2open for hi-tech procurement, GT Nexus for ocean freight, CH Robinson for over- the-road transportation, SupplyOn and Exostar for communication with A&D customers, and Elemica for communication with rubber and plastic suppliers.

Five Causes of Analysis Paralysis You Can Avoid

TMC

Either way, a surfeit of data can gum up the decision-making process and make it more difficult to pinpoint the root causes of problems that are undermining the efficiency of your freight network. It’s easy to get bogged down in streams of data generated by inappropriate metrics.

The 6 Trends Third Party Logistics Service Providers Will Drive to Empower Shipper Success in 2017

Cerasis

Take a moment to think about how these remaining six trends will impact the shipping and freight industry as a new administration takes control. Thus, management teams must have access to immediate freight and shipping rates and information, allowing better consolidation and optimization of incoming and outgoing shipments. Hyper-Local Demand Will Drive Last-Mile Freight Delivery and Optimization.

Five Causes of Analysis Paralysis You Can Avoid

TMC

Either way, a surfeit of data can gum up the decision-making process and make it more difficult to pinpoint the root causes of problems that are undermining the efficiency of your freight network. It’s easy to get bogged down in streams of data generated by inappropriate metrics.

Best Practices to Improve Your Truckload Service and Price

TMC

To determine whether a shipper fell into a Leader or Laggard category, researchers measured three commonly-used performance metrics: on time pickup, on time delivery, and first tender acceptance.

Best Practices to Improve Your Truckload Service and Price

TMC

To determine whether a shipper fell into a Leader or Laggard category, researchers measured three commonly-used performance metrics: on time pickup, on time delivery, and first tender acceptance.

How to Capture Full Divestiture Value with a 3PL

Talking Logistics

This assessment identifies the most important capabilities for which the newly divested company needs to account, which may include functions such as Procurement, Purchasing, Accounting and Supply Chain Operations itself. Made between a buyer and seller, a TSA sees that the ‘mother-ship’ provides support to the divested company over a defined period of time, with services such as accounting, IT, procurement and human resources, among others.

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The Transportation Management System Barbell

Talking Logistics

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.

5 ways TMS transforms Logistics Managers' jobs

Abivin

You can also keep records for customer reference, invoice auditing purposes, potential shipment claims, damage claims, and freight rate auditing and negotiation. You are also equipped with a way to manage costs and handle internal metrics.

Low Tech Can Still Deliver High Returns

TMC

A key part of our daily discussions is customer KPI metrics. Team members who are responsible for specific KPIs are expected to keep the group updated on the performance of the metrics they manage on behalf of customers and flag challenges that need to be addressed.

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Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

WorldShipping.org cites data from The Network for Transit and the Environment that shows that measured by grams/kg/km air freight as the largest carbon footprint impact and steamships as the lowest. According to the American Trucking Association, in the USA trucks move 11 billion tons of freight each year; deliver 100 percent of all consumer products and 70 percent of all freight tonnage; and deliver to the 80 percent of U.S.

Spot Tendering: Are You Prepared for Capacity Shortfalls in Your Transportation Operation?

Supply Chain Nation

JDA’s TMS also audits tender compliance from carriers based on metrics, such as carrier acceptance rates. The solution can observe primary tendered carrier auditing, such that carriers that were rightfully offered freight given their capacity commitment, then reject the load, are tracked for contract compliance.

The Top 10 Logistics Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

Today is day three of our annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 5 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , Freight. As each year comes to a close, we all look back on the year that was in reflection.