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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?

Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Freight sourcing team article and permission to publish here provided by Katharine Barrios at xeneta.com. Freight sourcing and procurement is a critical component of the whole supply chain and is crucial to the success of the business. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in freight sourcing and procurement, you need a strong team to handle the requirements. These are the must-haves for any effective freight sourcing team. Freight Shipping Intelligence.

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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.

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

GlobalTranz

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.

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. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

From Exports to Delivery: Simplifying PPE Shipping

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Over the past several months, China has been the main source for PPE. For a closer look at how China’s regulations impact PPE shipping, check out our recent PPE exporting video featuring our director of product development, Vincent Wong. FCL and LCL expedited ocean shipping.

The 10 Procurement Metrics that Matter in 2021

Unleashed

What is procurement? In simple terms business procurement is the process of locating and acquiring goods and services from external sources for the business to use. Contemporary business procurement has evolved and is now largely value-driven.

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. Volatile fuel costs, carrier rates and shipping restrictions make it harder than ever before, and demand deeper visibility into spending from companies.

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

GlobalTranz

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

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

GlobalTranz

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?

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. Transport optimization typically reduces spend by 5-15%. This ensures goods are shipped right the first time.

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.

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.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small. When quick shipping is a must, having the ability to respond to a high volume of orders from many locations requires a denser infrastructure than most retailers have.

‘New Normal’ Consequences: Soaring Container Shipping Rates

BlueYonder

Chart Source: Freightwaves). A good logistics procurement solution can help customers navigate through these challenges by balancing contracted capacity versus SPOT/digital freight brokerage.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small. When quick shipping is a must, having the ability to respond to a high volume of orders from many locations requires a denser infrastructure than most retailers have.

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

Requis

Sourcing has probably been the biggest thing over the last decade or two, coupled with that reduction in local manufacturing of course. Sourcing is now predominantly overseas: China is one of the big sourcing countries of course, along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Why do transportation budgets fail? It’s a thorny topic, even for transportation professionals trying to trace an increase back to its source. Imagine what it’s like for senior executives who have no background in transportation as they try to understand it. At a CSCMP conference session, participants offered case after case of how business decisions—both unintentional and intentional—can wreak havoc on transportation spend.

Looking For a Job? Here’s The Top 10 Transportation Jobs

GlobalTranz

Editor's Note: Today's blog comes from our friend Michael Stoddard who shares the top 10 transportation jobs in the industry. If you happen to find yourself searching for careers in logistics, transportation and supply chains, you'll be happy to know that there's no shortage of positions. Getting into transportation is a different topic entirely, one that demands a separate, more intricate look. Transportation Manager. Transportation Director. Transportation

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.”

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

GlobalTranz

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.

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.

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

To prepare, stratify your suppliers into strategic, single source and high volume flows. Attempt to find alternate sources from geographical areas that are not projected in the path of Florence. It is now closed at the start of a busy shipping season as companies prepare for holiday inventory builds. While ships on the water are moving to other ports, this will put a strain on the US port system that is struggling with capacity issues.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations. You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” And considering that our international tariff laws have been more dynamic in the past three years, shipping U.S.

Global TMS: An Always-Evolving Roadmap

Talking Logistics

This complexity is certainly evident in global logistics and ocean shipping, where shippers encounter many barriers to enabling a streamlined process, including: Inefficient Processes : A lot of shippers resort to manual processes to procure capacity and communicate shipment details with the many parties involved in ocean movements. Anthony has 16+ years of transportation and software experience.

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Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. Multimodal 2015. Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Venue: NEC Birmingham. Organiser: Clarion Events.

How Blockchain Could Create the 'Autonomous Container'

Supply Chain Brain

There’s nothing new, for example, about a carrier’s ability to monitor the interior temperature and humidity of a shipping container while in transit. Ettl says that drawback can be addressed through the use of Hyperledger , an open-sourced collaborative effort to develop blockchain technologies across industries. One can imagine a world in which blockchain becomes an indispensable part of tracking and monitoring all types of containers, via multiple modes of transportation.

Freight Consolidation for Full Truckload: The Hidden Gem of Full Truckload Shipping

GlobalTranz

Full truckload shipping is generally less expensive than other over the road transportation modes. Instead of throwing in the towel, shippers can leverage full truckload shipping to ship LTL shipments in the back of a full-size van or trailer. Unfortunately, the surrounding LTL shipping has resulted in an unusual problem; shippers are turning to LTL-exclusive shipments, which can significantly drive up freight spend.

Focusing on Efficiency: Setting Foodservice Up for Success in Changing Market Conditions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

While knowing where food is sourced, how it’s transported, and other supply chain questions may not feel like it has much to do with efficiency, you might be surprised. Maybe the need for multiple SKUs is affecting how you ship.

COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient

Logistics Bureau

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be.

Volatile markets here to stay: How shippers can mitigate further impact

The Supply Chain Journal

For the past year, transportation costs for shippers have spiked, as spot market rates are well above $3 per mile, causing contract rates to rise as well. News Trucking Frank McGuigan Intelligent Spot Spot freight Transplace Transplace Network Services Transportation management system

Supplier Diversity in Logistics!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A more diverse world has taken shape, and the transportation and supply chain industry is no stranger to this shift. As well as opening the door for more people to be included in the market, this also broadens the network and has more transportation options. Subscribe Here!

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson experts act as an extension of your team when it comes to contract management, transportation, warehouse services, consolidation, last mile delivery and fresh produce sourcing—allowing you to optimize your entire supply chain holistically.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

GlobalTranz

Instead of having to deal with an ineffective point-to-point communication system like EDI and the complexity of reconciling multiple data sources with multiple permission models, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provides a singular mechanism to securely integrate, harmonize, and synchronize data for all participants. Source ] Blockchain can help mitigate these losses and their associated disputes. Blockchain Omnichannel Supply Chain Transportation Management

FreightWaves Classics: The importance of logistics in the Korean War

The Supply Chain Journal

More complete information is available from many sources. Navy’s Seventh Fleet dispatched a task force led by the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge; the British Far East Fleet also dispatched several ships. The units operated on men that were too critically injured to be transported.