Omnichannel Retail Strategy: Not just a Buzzword, But a Business Model | TALKING FREIGHT VIDEO

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[link] An omnichannel retail strategy is the new norm in today’s supply chains. The post Omnichannel Retail Strategy: Not just a Buzzword, But a Business Model | TALKING FREIGHT VIDEO appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

The Transportation Execution and Visibility Heats Up

Logistics Viewpoints

I recently completed my latest study on the transportation execution and visibility solutions market. Transportation execution allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system.

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Chainalytics Wins Award for Delivering Sustainability-Minded Freight Procurement Strategy

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The award recognizes the company’s innovative transportation procurement work for one of the world’s leading coffee manufacturers and retailers.

The Transportation Execution and Visibility Market Heats Up

Logistics Viewpoints

I recently completed my latest study on the transportation execution and visibility solutions market. Transportation execution allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system.

Effective Freight Management 2020: What Do Shipper’s Need to Compete?

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Effective freight management 2020 initiatives will help supply chains stay relevant and competitive with Amazon and the big box retailers. As the world watches the coronavirus’ epidemic spread, the time for rethinking existing freight management 2020 strategies has arrived. The post Effective Freight Management 2020: What Do Shipper’s Need to Compete? appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Freight Trends Freight Management 2020

The Rebirth of Transportation Marketplaces (UberCARGO, Cargomatic, and Freight Friend)

Talking Logistics

Back in the dotcom days, more than 15 years ago, numerous startups launched transportation marketplaces in a bid to revolutionize the way shippers and carriers worked together. These marketplaces (aka “exchanges”) didn’t work for many reasons, but the prime one was that these startups didn’t really understand the transportation market. But transportation is not a commodity. Will history repeat itself or will transportation marketplaces transform the industry as we know it?

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.

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

Cerasis

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. Any supply chain’s success is closely linked to the appropriate use of transportation.

The Importance of LTL Freight Management in your Supply Chain

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consumers now have higher expectations regarding their purchase experience—convenient pickup and delivery options; an increased demand for accurate, real-time visibility to their order; and easy to use, low cost transportation purchasing options are critical.

What Are the Challenges in Full Truckload Freight Management?

Cerasis

Small and mid-sized shippers face many challenges in full truckload freight management. Different carriers charge different rates, which reflect the relative trucking activity of a destination, and freight management requires navigating a complex system of drivers, trucks, and trailer types, while trying to get the best deal possible. Fortunately, shippers who take the time to understanding such contributing factors and best practices can proactively manage full truckload freight.

[e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management

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How Big Is the Problem Of Inbound Freight Management? Inbound freight management is receiving a lot of attention as businesses continue to look for ways to manage shipping costs. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group, a research firm in Boston. A more efficient inbound freight program can minimize delays, save money and even reduce confusion.

The 7 Best Events For Freight Shipping in 2015

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Are you up-to-date with the latest events in freight shipping and logistics? As you know, the atmosphere for freight brokers is only getting more competitive. Staying current in the world of shipping and freight also takes strong networking and communication. Conferences and expos are a chance for you to hear from the industry’s top players, and most importantly, build relationships with other freight shipping professionals. Freight freight shipping

Why Chasing Rates Doesn’t Work for CPG Retail Shippers

Zipline Logistics

When shopping for freight rates, some retail shippers look at a number of options from various carriers for a given lane, sometimes opting for the cheapest provider. However, this is not always the case with orders going to retail destinations that have high service requirements.

8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017

Cerasis

The freight industry of today is evolving rapidly. It is no longer bound by the traditional constraints of the economy, and Amazon is gearing up to begin expanding to be the best of the global freight shipping providers. As a result, your company needs to think about these freight shipping trends and how you can prepare to respond to them as soon as possible. 8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017. Hours of Service Will Become Core to Freight Operations.

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. As explained by Dan Goodwill via Canadian Shipper, the problem goes much further than that, including lacking compliance management, subpar, if any, use of transportation management systems (TMS, and failure to utilize granular shipment activity data.

What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

What Is Retail Consolidation & Is It Right for You? Handling ever-changing consumer and retailer demands can be overwhelming—especially if you’re working with multiple retailers across the country or the world. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight, a retail consolidation program might be the answer you need. What is a retail consolidation program? How a strategic retail consolidation program works.

Everything You Need to Know: Spot Market Freight

PLS Logistics

The complexities of a supply chain and the steps for moving freight to its end location are often overlooked. But, for manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers, logistics is a top priority to business operations. Accurately planning for efficient transportation routes and potential delays comes with many challenges, which is why many shippers turn to a freight broker to ship goods. Freight Shippers Shipping Retail

LTL Capacity Best Practices in Times of Tight Freight Capacity

Cerasis

LTL capacity is quickly becoming harder to find, and full truckload carriers have already started to turn away freight. Meanwhile, LTL carriers struggle to meet on-demand needs, so shippers need to know a few LTL capacity best practices to ensure their freight can be moved on time and without added costs. Also, up to 75 percent of major LTL carriers, forming 90 percent of the LTL market , are turning down freight due to lacking capacity. Capacity Crunch Freight LTL

Amazon’s Freight (Train) Is Coming

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Bibliophiles everywhere can still hardly say “Amazon” without snarling, and Amazon’s effect on retail, grocery delivery, and even cloud computing is nothing short of transformative. Walmart and Kroger are the biggest retailers in the US, but when it comes to e-commerce, nobody comes close to Amazon. The post Amazon’s Freight (Train) Is Coming appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

The $4,000 Transportation Question

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is part of a new series we’re launching called “Practitioner Perspectives” — commentaries written by supply chain and logistics practitioners from manufacturing and retail companies who want to share their insights and advice on industry trends and topics. The $4,000 Transportation Question. Which brings me to the title of this post, the $4,000 transportation question. Transportation Management transportation

Why Mastering E-Commerce Shipping Strategies Will Help Retailers Avoid the “Retail Apocalypse”

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The retail apocalypse has received plenty of attention over the past three years. Brick-and-mortar stores that understand the invaluable role of e-commerce in relation to omnichannel supply chain success can help retailers avoid the retail apocalypse. In a sense, the retail apocalypse, which some believe is all hype and not fact, is about comparing apples to oranges. An Effective E-Commerce Shipping Strategy Mitigates Losses From the “Retail Apocalypse.”

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Current State of the Logistics and Freight Economy

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From cloud-based systems to transportation management, the state of the logistics industry is evolving to expand an increasing number of services. Although an initial view of the logistics and freight industry seems stale, it represents how the flow of goods and services are sprouting and delivering more with fewer resources. However, each customer or retailer may not be able to justify the costs of purchasing a FT of a shipment, which would leave the original seller with a loss.

Trucking Market Q1 Update and 2021 Freight Outlook

Zipline Logistics

It was a tale of two freight markets during the past year due to the global pandemic that reshuffled consumption and commerce. We saw historic freight lows in the winter and early spring, followed by landmark highs in the summer and the remainder of the year.

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. This creates a wonderful opportunity for shippers to eliminate the middleman costs by considering the use of less-than-truckload freight options for e-commerce. Simultaneously, customers are growing to expect the same Amazonian delivery schedules from their favored retailers.

How to Prepare Transportation for Holiday Returns

PLS Logistics

The holiday season is upon us, and retailers must be prepared to avoid seasonal challenges. One major obstacle facing retailers: the rising number of e-commerce returns. The predicted rate of returns of total retail sales for the 2015 holiday season is 8.1%. Establishing an effective reverse logistics process allows retailers to minimize processing costs and increase the recovery value of returned goods. Freight Inventory Customer Experience Omni-Channel

Retail Compliance Programs: How to Exceed Retailer Expectations

CH Robinson Logistics

The retail industry is evolving and adapting to new consumer demands which is shifting the supply chain landscape. Retailers expect more supply chain visibility, shorter delivery times, and real-time connectivity from shippers and carriers. Compliance programs vary by retailer but the intent is consistent across the industry—have the right product in the right location at the right time while removing waste. Transportation spend. 5 ways to exceed retailer expectations.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Companies across all industries are dealing with rising transportation costs and a key question many CEOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives are asking is, “What can we do to better manage and control our freight spend in today’s market?” Rising Freight Spend . It is rare today to read the Wall Street Journal or listen to an earnings call without hearing about the impact of rising transportation costs.

The 11 Transportation Service Offerings

The Logistics of Logistics

There are 11 transportation service offerings. The article listed 11 different types of transportation services and I decided to write an overview of those 11 transportation service offerings described in the article. Transportation Service Offering 1 – Small Package. Transportation Service Offering 2 – Air Cargo. Air transportation is used to transport air cargo by plane. Air transport ais a vital part of international commerce.

3PL Basics: The 11 Transportation Services with Jeremy Thone

The Logistics of Logistics

3PL Basics: The 11 Transportation Services with Jeremy Thone. Joe Lynch and Jeremy Thone discuss the 3PL basics: the 11 transportation services provided by 3rd party logistics providers. BrokerWare is a transportation management system (TMS) for Non-Asset Based Freight Brokers.

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Understanding How Parcel Cost Control Reduces Total Transportation Costs

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As explained by Tompkins Inc, retail business models are shifting away from the traditional business-to-business model to direct-to-consumer models. As a result, average shipment size has dwindled, driving increases in parcel freight spend. Knocking accessorial charges out of the equation lowers total transportation costs. This may include warehousing, packaging products, freight scheduling, invoice auditing, and data-based insights through Big Data analytics.

Begin Prepping for Peak Season to Offset Freight Disruption

Zipline Logistics

Peak season is in full swing, in what was an already challenging year for the world of freight. The period is marked by tighter than typical capacity and higher rates as freight volume increases. Moreover, it is more likely that retailers’ will be additionally busy during peak season.

Mobile Technology in Transportation Management & The Future Impact on the Supply Chain

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However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. For mobile technology and transport, the theoretical tipping point is in our rearview mirror. Price points for hardware and communications have fallen, and the reliability and capabilities of mobile technologies for transportation have vastly improved. Mobile Technology in Transportation Management Impacts all Points Along the Supply Chain. The Summary of Mobile Technology in Transportation Management.

Elasticity in Transportation Planning Key for Retailers

Supply Chain Collaborator

An article in this week’s Transport Topics detailed the operational challenges facing intermodal shippers in the face of growing economic activity. The double whammy of increasing freight volume and an ongoing, acute driver shortage has driven a boom in the utilization of intermodal truck to train shipping. Here’s some insight into how the struggle is effecting all shippers; but particularly those reliant on imports such as retailers.

Editor’s Pick: Is it Time to Tackle Inbound Freight?

Talking Logistics

In speaking with customers over the last few months, we have seen a significant increase in transportation teams taking more control of their inbound freight. Historically, most of the return on investment (ROI) for transportation management systems (TMS) was focused on outbound transportation by optimizing across less than truckload (LTL)/truckload (TL) and cutting freight costs while creating increased visibility and customer service.

Navigating Ongoing International Transportation Capacity Challenges

Talking Logistics

International transportation is dealing with ongoing challenges of tighter capacity. From import space and export space tightening up and a hot drayage market causing capacity constraints to volatile air freight rates – international transportation has had its share of challenges the last 10-12 months. Driving this was strong imports – especially for retailers. Soaring Air Freight Rates. This has driven quite the demand for air freight.