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

How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity


These rates will have natural implications for smaller shippers seeking to lower overall transportation and freight spend, and paired with a “blurred lines between peak shipping and shopping seasons,” shippers will experience increasing trouble when trying to procure full truckload capacity. The Solution: Shippers Must Use Out-of-the-LTL-Box Strategies Shippers must take a more strategic approach to truckload procurement, explains CH Robinson via Supply Chain 24/7.

The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean


From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. Procurement’s Role Did Become More Important. The start of any product or service is procurement, explains Jonathan Webb of Forbes Magazine , which refers to the obtaining of raw materials needed to create a product. Unfortunately, there continue to be major costs associated with procurement.

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Natural Gas is Cheaper and More Sustainable for Transportation….Just Ask Truckers!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Today’s story in the Wall Street Journal discusses how more operators of the largest truck fleets in the US are in the process of converting their fleets over to natural gas powered trucks. Corporate Social Responsibility Oil and Gas Procurement Supply Chain Innovation Sustainability Transportation Planning

Procuring Logistics Services is Not the Same as Buying Paper Clips

Talking Logistics

In a Forbes blog post last week, Kate Vitasek highlighted an issue that continues to negatively affect 3PL-customer relationships: Procurement organizations looking to shift more and more risk on third-party logistics providers — while, of course, also demanding lower costs. In other words, this company was turning over several hundred million dollars of transportation management responsibility to the lowest bidder.

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

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The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, dropped 0.4 As reported in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month, “ freight truck orders plummeted 48% in January ,” according to data from ACT Research. How should shippers and carriers respond to the ebbs and flows of the transportation market? Leading Practices in Transportation Procurement.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

This Week in Logistics News (February 19-23, 2018)

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States eye bills to suspend ELD enforcement, ask Congress for mandate repeal (Commercial Carrier Journal). Transplace Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance. Procuring logistics services is not the same as buying paper clips, yet that’s how many procurement organizations approach it.

This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2018)

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As reported by the Wall Street Journal : On-demand rentable trailers could cut the time carriers spend at a shipping site by 25%, said Ties Soeters, Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of logistics procurement in North America.

For What It’s Worth: My Take on Last Week’s Supply Chain & Logistics News (May 30, 2018)

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As reported by Khadeeja Safdar and Laura Stevens in the Wall Street Journal last week, Amazon has started to “ban shoppers from the site for infractions such as returning too many items.” The good news is that that there is a lot of work going on in this area, such as the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) , which already has several hundred companies in the transportation and logistics industry participating.

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5 Best Logistics Books for Beginners

Supply Chain Opz

Delivering Customer Value through Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Many people don't know that procurement is a part of integrated logistics. In logistics management literature, procurement is also called "Inbound Logistics" or management of incoming materials. This logistics book will show you have to plan and execute procurement strategy in a step-by-step manner. When it comes to transportation, people often think about trucking or land transportation.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

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MercuryGate Launches Global, Omni-modal Freight Procurement Solution. Marten Transport Ltd. Shippers are under enormous pressure to cut transportation costs and seem not to be satisfied with the massive fuel surcharge reductions racked up over the past year and a half.”.

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How to Differentiate a Global TMS


What does a global transportation management system (TMS) look like? As a wider range of shippers globalize their logistics networks, TMS solutions capable of managing international freight transportation have become a key part of supply chain management strategies.

How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management


Key factors influencing inventory levels, supplier quality, demand forecasting, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, production planning, transportation management and more are becoming known for the first time. Journal Of Business Logistics , 37 (1), 6-17.

3 ways supplier diversity in supply chain can positively impact your business

DELMIA Quintiq

An article from The Wall Street Journal mentioned a research by the Hackett Group that showed actual financial benefits in business relationships with diverse suppliers. More than just charity.

I Will Be Wrong Again: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2017

Talking Logistics

If they actually follow through on their promise and oil prices continue to rise next year, how will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in response? Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources


So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. Transport Intelligence, the well-respected U.K. Journal of Commerce (U.S) Transport Topics.

What Is Full Truckload Shipping & How It Differs From Other Over-The-Road Modes?


In the modern era, it can be difficult for shippers to identify the best way to achieve cost savings, reduce risk and ensure optimal use of time in the procurement of transportation. At Cerasis, as specialist in over-the-road transportation management , we urge our shipper customers to know all they can about all modes of shipping so that thru knowledge, shippers are able to gain control and think strategically, yielding optimal outcomes. How to procure a full truckload.

2016 Supply Chain Trends: 7 of 12 Trends that Will Drive Supply Chain Management in 2016


We kick off today a month-long focus on trends in the following categories: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management. 2016 Supply Chain Trend #6: Procurement’s New (read Bigger) Role in the Supply Chain.

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Top Logistics & Supply Chain Blogs We Followed in 2018 & Suggest You Follow in 2019


The blog spends a lot of time focusing on the use of transportation management systems and how they can increase efficiency in your supply chain. Its topics include upcoming supply chain conferences, warehouse technology innovation, logistics insights, and transportation cost control. The blog reports on recent changes to policies, best practices in supply chain management, whitepapers detailing procurement through reverse logistics and much more.

This Week in Logistics News (October 24-28, 2016)

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In 2012, for example, he was elected as a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), where he served as chair of the Sections and Societies Subcommittee and as president of the Transportation Science and Logistics Section.

How Many Truck Drivers Are There?

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He points to companies such as Hershey’s, Clorox, and Sysco that have all warned about rising transportation costs in their earnings calls. This coincides with a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this month ( Rising Freight Costs Are Weighing on Companies’ Profits ) that provided similar examples, including “cardboard maker Packaging Corp. Leading Practices in Transportation Procurement. A Portfolio Management Approach to Transportation Optimization.

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Multichannel Fulfillment & Shipping: Considerations for Wholesale Distributors & OEMs in the Transition From Single Channel Shipping


Unfortunately, manufacturers and OEMs may lack the infrastructure necessary to facilitate such changes, and resellers face challenges in optimizing procurement for the world of e-commerce. According to Michael Hu of Ivey Business Journal , following such best practices will help to achieve strategic value in multichannel fulfillment and shipping.

Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: As Ecommerce Businesses Boom, Distribution Center Availability Becomes Scarce


A new survey of 257 carriers and about 50 brokers by DAT Solutions, which provides load board and other information services to the transport sector, finds detention times remain a sticky point for drivers and carriers. Source: Journal of Supply Chain Management.

Career advice for supply chain professionals


The strategic thinking and problem solving skills needed to handle this complexity are facing serious shortage as highlighted by a 2015 Wall Street Journal article. You can also learn by being a voracious reader of trade journals and many high quality websites where you can find SCM articles.

Supply Chain Risk and My Online Order

Talking Logistics

According to the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management , supply chain risk management (SCRM) is “the implementation of strategies to manage both everyday and exceptional risks along the supply chain based on continuous risk assessment with the objective of reducing vulnerability and ensuring continuity.”. The other day I ordered some new cologne from a website I had used only once before.

5 Features that Differentiate a Global TMS


What does a global transportation management system (TMS) look like? As a wider range of shippers globalize their logistics networks, TMS solutions capable of managing international freight transportation have become a key part of supply chain management strategies.

5 Features that Differentiate a Global TMS


What does a global transportation management system (TMS) look like? As a wider range of shippers globalize their logistics networks, TMS solutions capable of managing international freight transportation have become a key part of supply chain management strategies.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

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CombineNet and Transplace Extend Partnership in Delivering Advanced Transportation Procurement Solution to North America. EU Energy Chief Sees Hurdles to Carbon Overhaul ( Wall Street Journal ).

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This Week in Logistics News (March 23-27, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Within that framework, we provide specialized, transportation and transportation management, crossdocking, packaging design and management, and lean consulting services. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Welcome to the Supply Chain where the Risks Never Stop Coming

Enterra Insights

Bindiya Vakil ( @BindiyaVakil ), Resilinc CEO, notes, “Supply chain, sourcing and procurement professionals are on the front lines of managing global trade risks for their companies. The American Journal of Transportation reports supply chain risk management company Resilience360 also published a list of the Top 10 Supply Chain Risks for 2019.[3] In professional football, a quarterback can “take a knee” while holding the ball to end a play and down the ball.

Trade War: Can Tensions Between the U.S. and China Lead to Changes in the Global Supply Chain?

BluJay Solutions

As outlined in the recent May/June issue of Insight, The Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai , “Redeploying one’s supply chain away from China is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution.”

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5 Tips in Making the Move to a Global TMS


Transportation management system (TMS) technology has advanced rapidly over recent years, but there is one element of the technology’s evolution that still lags behind: its global reach. The challenge is highlighted in a report published by the trade journal American Shipper.[i].

Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

I find most companies are good at pockets of planning–demand planning, supply planning, transportation planning, material planning or plant scheduling, but the flows are not connected. Few implementations of planning connect to procurement and transportation.

It’s All About the Logistics

Enterra Insights

He was hired as a purchasing agent and was directed to obtain some procurement training at a local certificate mill.[1] ” He continues: “This would include the number of site locations, transportation and alternative modes, warehouse design, route optimization, and business processes. He explains, “The use of 5G and IoT will speed up transportation of goods by rail, road and motorway.”

Intelleflex Announces Cellular, GPS-equipped RFID Reader & Cloud-based ZEST™ Data Services Platform

Supply Chain Network

The CMR-6100 and ZEST Data Services offering, which is being unveiled today at RFID Journal LIVE!, In the majority of today’s cold-chain operations, data from condition monitoring is either nonexistent or requires hours or days to procure – making it inactionable.

SCM is smoking hot!….Why students should consider NC State for a supply chain major.


An article published in the Wall Street Journal identifies what I have been saying for years now… Supply chain talent is a hot commodity! We need to be up to the challenge of creating the “impossibly talented” procurement professionals of the future. One of the key differentiators identified in the WSJ article is the need to think about procurement, operations, and logistics in an integrated fashion.

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