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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. And, what are some of the key factors retailers need to consider when developing their transportation plans?

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

If you are buying widgets, there are many ways to make your purchase, from going to a retail location, ordering online or using a standard procurement software tool that allows you to order lots of widgets and receive them over a specified period of time. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

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Chainalytics Delivers Award-Winning Global Logistics Procurement Program

CHAINalytics

Atlanta, GA (June 25, 2019) — Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has included a global logistics procurement program created and implemented by Chainalytics in the 2019 SCDE 100, an annual list of great supply chain projects.

Is Single Sourcing, or Sole Sourcing, Dead?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Lockdowns have resulted in the temporary closure of Manufacturing and Distribution facilities and discontinuation of Logistics and transportation modes. In many cases the use of single sourcing, or sole sourcing, Procurement strategies has limited the ability for Supply Chains to access alternate sources of supply and more rapidly support higher than normal demand levels. What is Single Sourcing or Sole Sourcing? Subscribe Here!

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

The logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage. Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures. There is a need, a growing need to drive better performance and outcomes from sourcing events. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Transportation Management Systems transportation sourcing

Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

Cerasis

Many different terms, such as less-than-truckload (LTL), procurement and transportation management, describe supply chain management processes. For example, transportation management often focuses on the journey of products after manufacturing. Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. What Is Procurement Management?

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.

COVID-19: Implications on inventory planning, sourcing and procurement

EFT

Paiva also emphasises the importance of being robust from a supplier but also a transportation perspective. “We We need to look at alternative sources of procurement, of production, alternative factories, alternative countries. Even the transport network is changing. As demand rides a rollercoaster in the last few months, huge adjustments have been asked from businesses in every corner of the world and sector.

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

Cerasis

Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. 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? This requires a new broad look at the business of transportation supply chain, including supply chain management, logistics, & procurement.

Procurement Leading Pharmaceutical Companies Through the Pandemic

Jaggaer

From early on in the Covid-19 pandemic , and for pretty obvious reasons , procurement in healthcare and pharmaceuticals has been in the spotlight like never before. Sourcing of alternate suppliers 57% Managing supplier risk (e.g.

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.

Indirect Procurement – It’s Time to Rise and Shine!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Yet the lack of attention and focus that Indirect Procurement is often given is inconsistent with the true importance of this area. Indirect Procurement takes a back seat to Direct Procurement unfortunately. But it is time for Indirect Procurement to stand up and be counted!

Imbalanced Investments: Transportation Spending vs. Procurement Technology (Part 1)

Supply Chain Network

According to the latest American Shipper benchmark survey, transportation spending increased in 2012 – according to 75 percent of respondents – remaining unscathed by budget cuts. Shockingly, though, companies are failing to invest in the necessary procurement tools to manage spend and optimize their transportation networks. Without a way to optimize and automate logistics, a company’s hard-earned cash won’t go nearly as far. ‘Keep on trucking’ has a new meaning.

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.

Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. Procurement

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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Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Understanding today’s transportation market. Transportation capacity, namely truckload, is highly fragmented. Finding the sourcing, shipping, and delivery options you want, especially in times of disruption, starts with providers that can support your supply and demand requirements.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Going to Market with Your Transportation RFP

Talking Logistics

This time of year, many shippers are reviewing and updating their transportation plan for the back half of the year and many will be considering issuing RFPs for new or changed capacity needs. I am often asked what shippers should consider (beyond the obvious of reducing cost) when deciding whether to go to market with a transportation RFP and what the associated best practices are. Procurement Strategy (Annual RFP, Targeted RFP, etc.).

3 Requirements for Meaningful & Useful Data in Transportation & Business

Cerasis

As data in transportation becomes more abundant and readily available, the question of “ What data is available ?” It is important to know who is providing the source data used to develop your KPIs. If you are using components of source data outside of either you or your provider’s control, what are the means of auditing its accuracy? In order to be truly accurate long term, the source data should be available for you or your provider to directly scrutinize.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

Calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s comprehensive logistics framework is tremendously complex. Creating more sustainable logistics is even more important for the trucking industry. Sustainable Logistics | Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics. Robinson and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. From shareholders to consumers, sustainable logistics has created broad value. Logistics

Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Supply Chain Applications?

Logistics Viewpoints

Logistics Technologies Mobile Technologies Procurement/Sourcing RFID & AIDC Supply Chain Visibility Track and Trace Transportation Management Systems Bitcoin blockchain IBM tenderingBuilding unbreachable supply chain applications is virtually impossible. So it was with great interest that I listened to how blockchain technology could be used to create robust tendering and visibility that can be wholly trusted.

5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

Talking Logistics

Two major shifts are changing the face of global transportation management as we know it: Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, relying on partners and data beyond the four walls of the enterprise; The very definition of global transportation management is broadening and expanding well beyond the traditional TMS scope. As a result, several areas of focus will move to the forefront of logistics strategy. Transport optimization typically reduces spend by 5-15%.

E2open Acquires Transportation Management Systems Provider Cloud Logistics

E2open

Cloud Logistics Brings Same-Day, Rapid-Deployment Transportation and Logistics Management to E2open’s Industry Leading Business Network. AUSTIN, TX – October 1, 2018 – E2open , the one place in the cloud to run your supply chain, today announced the acquisition of Cloud Logistics, a leading innovator of transportation management systems (TMS) for the global supply chain market. Cloud Logistics has been recognized by Gartner, Inc. MONDAY 01 OCTOBER 2018.

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.

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

Cerasis

From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. Consequently, all processes, including inventory management, logistics, data analytics and ongoing performance management, as reiterated by the staff of Supply Chain 24/7, improvement, can be optimized, creating a more efficient, direct and intelligent supply chain network. Procurement’s Role Did Become More Important.

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Moving Beyond Madness to Methods in Supply Chain Decision Making

Logistics Viewpoints

We’re here to report that the anchoring effect is alive and well in almost every transportation procurement decision. Guest Commentary Procurement/Sourcing Statistics data-driven market intelligence logistics procurementData models provide insights, but humans make decisions, and those decisions are not always rational.

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. What is Logistics Management?

The Data Behind Amazon’s Logistics and Fulfillment Play

Freightos

In other words, last month’s announcement was a stay of execution, not a reprieve, and it’s only a matter of time before Amazon reveal plans for a comprehensive logistics network. Fulfillment and global logistics is increasingly a goal in and of itself. Amazon’s logistics hiring plans.

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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.

Freight Procurement Solutions Are Transforming Supply Chains

Jaggaer

Why You Should Consider Freight Procurement Sourcing Solution. Procuring raw materials or finished goods is one thing, but the processing of moving those goods from one place to another brings its own set of challenges. Whether you’re in charge of ordering the “things” or managing how and where those things get from A to B, both sides of the procurement equation stand to benefit from freight procurement automation.

5 Best Logistics Books for Beginners

Supply Chain Opz

Are you a beginner and you want to learn about each logistics function? We will show you 5 logistics books that will help you learn faster than any other books. Why is Logistics a Good Career? In the United States, the median wages for a Logistics Manager is around $90,000 annually. So, the career in logistics management can be very lucrative if you have a career plan and keep on developing yourself. However, there is so much more about modern transportation.

Creating Carrier Partnerships is Key to Procurement Success

Logistics Viewpoints

It’s been a busy year for procurement events. Guest Commentary Logistics Outsourcing Logistics Service Providers Procurement Procurement/Sourcing Transportation carriers transportation procurementA lot of shippers are realigning their rates and commitments with their carriers in what has been a “soft” market. This has proved cost effective with shippers reducing their rates between 5 and 15 percent.

This Week in Logistics News (July 20-24, 2015)

Talking Logistics

There was a lot of supply chain and logistics news this week, so let’s go straight to it. UPS Said to Be in Talks to Buy Coyote Logistics for $1.8 Bloomberg broke the news this week that UPS is reportedly in talks to buy Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion, which if it happens, would be another large deal in the third-party logistics (3PL) industry since December (see, for example, FedEx acquisition of GENCO and XPO Logistics acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle ).

Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain & Logistics: Looking to Examples Across Industries for Better Understanding

Cerasis

Even JP Morgan, Microsoft, and Google, reports Jonathan Chester of Forbes , are working to increase blockchain development and innovation, and supply chain leaders need to understand how the use of blockchain in supply chain and logistics will bring about lasting change and improvements in efficiency. Blockchain is entering a phase of development that will affect every aspect of supply chain and logistics management, ranging from procurement to forward logistics and beyond.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Procurement Trends: Carving a Bigger Role in Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Cerasis

As time passed, procurement gradually gained a larger role in the scope of manufacturing and order fulfillment. By the mid-1950s , procurement had become a commonplace aspect of minor business, and procurement was almost comparable to secretarial work. However, modern technologies are dramatically changing procurement trends and how procurement professionals operate and their role in the company. As a result, procurement seemed to have a technical speed limit.