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3 Initiatives Driving Sustainable Transportation and Logistics Management

Supply Chain Nation

Recent studies have shown that transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Department of Energy calculated that CO2 emissions from transportation surpassed two billion metric tons ; it’s hard to imagine what that number looks like today. The realities of today’s complex global marketplace make fulfilling sustainability objectives anything but simple as companies navigate fulfillment, transportation and logistics challenges.

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. Creating more sustainable logistics is even more important for the trucking industry. While trucks have a smaller carbon footprint/kg/km than air freight, the enormous volume of truck freight explains why reducing the carbon footprint is a priority goal.

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7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

Transportation has followed the same evolutionary pattern, moving upstream from day-to-day freight transactions to an integral component of top-level corporate planning and procurement strategy. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging. Smaller companies have lean shipping departments and are often focused on moving product with little time and energy remaining to negotiate contracts and analyze freight spend.

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.

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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Sustainable Logistics Practices Can Serve as a Differentiator for CPG Brands

Zipline Logistics

Sustainability is an often-discussed concept that can be a reliable source of differentiation for CPG manufacturers. And sustainability has become a standout issue for many US consumers. But sustainable logistics practices can have a profound effect on your brand.

Cloud-Based TMS Helps Develop Sustainable Relationships in Transportation Logistics

Supply Chain Collaborator

The June issue of American Shipper magazine published an article by Cook on developing sustainable relationships which this blogger found to be compelling because most of the advice his piece provides can be realized via the use of good, cloud-based TMS software. Look for TMS solutions that offer integrated online portals for all users to access order, shipment status and other critical information providing a centralized repository for real-time views into inbound and outbound freight.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

meaningful and accurate performance metrics. In the interest of both, businesses are increasingly tying reverse logistical operations to transportation management as a natural fit. In such cases, it’s advisable to look to experts in freight management, logistics, and reverse logistics systems implementation to optimize customer service and maximize potential profit. energy expenditures, performance of sustainability initiatives.

Achieving Sustained Transportation Savings: Practical Advice for C-Level Executives

Talking Logistics

The quest to identify and achieve transportation cost savings is an ongoing one for transportation and logistics executives. It’s also a focus area for CEOs and CFOs because of transportation’s impact on the bottom line. What is the main roadblock to achieving sustained transportation savings? I can give you countless examples of how this impacts transportation costs.”.

Why Logistics and Transportation Should Digitize

3rdwave

Logistics is a highly procedural function with clearly defined responsibilities and performance metrics. While the Logistics transactional activities – such as freight quotation management, freight contract management, shipment execution and transportation tracking – are important, in and of themselves, these individual activities fail to deliver to their potential if they are not orchestrated, synchronized and communicated. What is Digitization?

What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

Cerasis

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. There are many benefits that accompany the use of transport and logistics providers and their TMS systems.

The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

We trudge on with our top posts from our main blog categories by page view for all of 2014 from the Cerasis blog by featuring another area Cerasis is an expert in: Transportation. In fact, transportation management is our specialty as we’ve been providing our shipper customers with a web-based transportation management system and managed transportation services since 1998. Top 16 Most Popular Transportation Blog Posts of 2014.

Easier than reducing carbon footprint – 5 Steps to make a dent in the Huge and Hidden Cost of CPG Sustainability

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.

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 Last Friday, the U.S.

Why Logistics and Transportation Should Digitize

3rdwave

Logistics is a highly procedural function with clearly defined responsibilities and performance metrics. While the Logistics transactional activities – such as freight quotation management, freight contract management, shipment execution and transportation tracking – are important, in and of themselves, these individual activities fail to deliver to their potential if they are not orchestrated, synchronized and communicated. What is Digitization?

IMO 2020 is Here. Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Game Changer

This regulation will see the largest reduction in the Sulphur content of the transportation fuel under taken at any time in the history. This regulation will be implemented from 1st January 2020 and it is a major step towards Sustainability. Under this regime, the primary responsible party in the freight market will be the vessel owner or operator. This has been done to curb pollution and make the industry greener and world more sustainable. Subscribe Here!

TMS Systems: The 3 Core Areas & 9 Main Features to Expect Upon Evaluation

Cerasis

Efficient management of transportation plays a major role in determining the success rate of an organization’s distribution system. Transportation incurs massive cost to the company thereby making the company strive hard towards achieving maximum returns on investment. Often, the deployment of transportation management software systems or TMS systems is a great aid in reducing overall hard and soft transportation costs.

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Getting the Full Value Add from 3PL Services by Avoiding Commoditization or Transactionalism

Cerasis

Since its inception, the 3PL industry has offered its services as single commodities or transactions rather than developing a holistic methodology that optimizes its services through aggregated capabilities such as freight rate negotiation and economies of scale. Cerasis provides the skills necessary to evaluate the present transportation supply chain, identify any inefficiencies, and suggest a program that will reduce costs and mitigate potential disruptions.

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[PODCAST] Shippers Who Excel at Recruiting Talent Improve Innovation, Culture, & Service

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s The Freight Project Podcast episode Cerasis welcomes Teresa Obinger, the Cerasis Human Resources Manager. Teresa spends a bulk of her time recruiting the top talent in the transportation technology & solutions world, and as you’ll hear, a whole lot more. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.”

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. The Sustainable Freight Action plan released by California governor Jerry Brown outlines a long-term 2050 vision and guiding principles for California’s future freight transportation system. Targets for 2030 Include: Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030. California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

7 Important Tips to Optimize Your Freight Management

AFFLINK

Your business is often only as strong as its freight management. Better freight management can make it possible for you to save money, improve your day-to-day operations, and increase your reputation with those you ship to. Meanwhile, poor freight management cuts dramatically into your bottom line and can vastly reduce your effectiveness. Here are a few important tips on how to improve your freight management. Establish metrics.

The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most definitions of disintermediation characterize it as the elimination of intermediaries, or “ cutting out the middleman “ Further consider that the “Wastes” associated with Lean thinking and principles include transportation, inventory, over production and motion amongst others. A truly efficient and effective Supply Chain must include a strategy, plans, business processes, and performance metrics that incorporate disintermediation and the elimination of waste!

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web Tools. Con-way Freight announced this week that it has enhanced its Mexico service offering with the introduction of real-time, door-to-door online tracking, a 24-hour Customer Resource Center and new web tools for tendering and managing shipments moving to and from Mexico.

Multi Carrier Shipping: 8 Ways to Avoid the Shortsightedness Of Chasing The Least Cost Carrier

Cerasis

When you are looking to choose a carrier when it is time to ship your freight, it might seem obvious to go with the carrier that provides you with the lowest “sticker price.” After all, the fees paid to carriers, which are most of your transportation costs, can comprise up to more than 5% of your cost of total sales. For reference, if your sales are $5 Million, the transportation costs of your business are $250,000.

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

Supply Chain Game Changer

Sustainable Practices Will Be a Leading Focus of Supply Chain Executives. Supply chain executives will also increase focus on sustainable practices, reducing waste and improving efficiency throughout the entire supply chain. Furthermore, pressure on carriers and the transportation industry will result in greater use of elastic logistics methodologies, so supply chain managers must be willing to change and adapt. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

Whether in your personal lives or your professional lives everyone has either a positive, a neutral, or negative impact on the sustainability of the planet that we share. As such we have the direct or indirect ability to take actions which can promote environmental sustainability, reduce carbon footprint impacts, and drive the creation of the Green Supply Chain. Promote clean, sustainable resource utilization. are generated by transportation. Subscribe Here!

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

Supply Chain Game Changer

Sustainable Practices Will Be a Leading Focus of Supply Chain Executives. Supply chain executives will also increase focus on sustainable practices, reducing waste and improving efficiency throughout the entire supply chain. Furthermore, pressure on carriers and the transportation industry will result in greater use of elastic logistics methodologies, so supply chain managers must be willing to change and adapt. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

DAT Freight Barometers: Contract rates will rise more slowly in 2019

DAT Solutions

The DAT Freight Barometers, and this proprietary method of weighing the balance between demand and capacity, predict both the direction and magnitude of changes in spot pricing. The DAT Van Freight Barometer is a reliable predictor of spot market rate trends, as illustrated in this graph of the Barometer with spot van line haul rates from 2010 through October 2018. The metric for flatbeds came in at 59.1 Spot market rate trends follow the DAT Flatbed Freight Barometer.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Current Initiatives such as Coca Cola’s “World Without Waste” and Unilever’s “Sustainable Living Plans” are first steps toward a circular economy. Develop methodologies to measure risk for each supply chain node, warehouse, factory, supplier, geography, or transportation node.

A Better Solution for SMB Shippers with Ryan Collier

The Logistics of Logistics

Ryan Collier is a Principal Designer at Convoy focused on understanding the problem space and designing solutions to meet the needs of transportation professionals. Convoy is the nation’s most efficient digital freight network. A Better Solution for SMB Shippers with Ryan Collier.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

Some logistics involves transportation or warehouses or both. To that end, every warehouse manager’s role is to manage the physical environment, loadshifting equipment and people, to decrease the chances of collision and accidents, and often, to help the flow of freight via outbound and inbound freight management; an entire process known as warehouse traffic management.

5 Crucial Software Every 3PL Company Needs To Have

Abivin

For instance, platforms such as Uber Carriage and Cargomatic enable real-time, cost-effective, on-demand transport arrangements to the other business logistics services, which brings great competitiveness to this industry. This article will present five software that every transporter and 3PL company should employ to stay competitive, cost-effective and ensure on-time delivery. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

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Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction

Cerasis

Let's talk about the outputs, or desired metrics worth measuring, in each category of what a logistics company might provide. Cerasis is squarely focused on transportation management through technology and managed services , however, there are logistics companies who offer fulfillment, warehousing, freight forwarding, and more. Implementing and sustaining LEAN initiatives : 5S, Kaizen, Kanban and LEAN Six Sigma to bring value to the customer and go beyond their expectations.

Seven Strategic Components for a Proactive Process Chemical Supply Chain

Logility

Multi-mode freight optimization is another value-added tool that should be investigated by process chemical manufacturers. Let’s face it one of the biggest supply chain expenses for any process manufacturer is transportation of ingredients to plants and transportation of finished products to customers. It is not unusual to reduce transportation costs by as much as 30%. Aligning and integrating key performance metrics across the extended supply chain is difficult.

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

Talking Logistics

Transportation optimization is more than moving freight for the lowest cost or a short-term boost in performance; it’s also about continuous improvement delivered through smart, data-driven planning and efficient execution. While there’s no magic formula for creating and sustaining a successful relationship between a shipper and 3PL, there are steps that each can take to put themselves in the best position to promote a long-term, mutually-beneficial relationship.