The Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping

Talking Logistics

If you rely on multi-stop truckload shipping as part of your strategy, you owe it to yourself to learn how to work more effectively with your carriers—which can also improve acceptance levels for these loads and help you better control supply chain costs.

10 Key Logistics & Procurement Supply Chain Practices to Know and Master to Reduce Spend.

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However, following these 10 practices can help you learn how to reduce spend in the procurement supply chain. As a result, an external benchmarking tool , explains Olga Rissin of CHAINalytics , offers the benefits of reducing internal spend and accessing outside data, which further drives competitive advantage and lower spend in managing the procurement supply chain. This does not mean shipping a product immediately.

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.

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

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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.

How Freight & Transportation Data Can Trim Your Transportation Spend

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When you want to drive down your logistics and transportation spend, the very first thing that you need is freight and transportation data. Luckily, this isn’t the case for transportation data. Accurate freight and transportation data is particularly important.

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.

Want better supplier adoption of your procurement portal? Start by asking your own sales staff.

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A good portion of the value provided by automating procurement and payables processes comes from the labor and cost savings generated from fewer errors and less manual work. The procurement portal has to have enough transactional volume running thru it.

How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity

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The use of full truckload shipping is rising in popularity, resulting from its lower cost as compared to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. 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.

Differences Matter in EU and U.S. Transportation Procurement

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As companies expand globally through mergers or organic growth, many are faced with the decision whether to combine logistics teams and apply a universal truckload procurement strategy across multiple regions. Truckload Procurement. Truckload Procurement.

Procurement and Suppliers on the Same Page: How to Craft an Effective Terms & Conditions Sales Document

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Editor's Note: Today's blog is the second part of Chuck Intrieri's series on how procurement and suppliers can avoid issues with their contracts. Procurement and suppliers often assume that small print is highly complicated legal jargon that is both boring and largely irrelevant. It Would Benefit Both Procurement and Suppliers To Write in a Clear, Friendly, and Organized Manner. Procurement

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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

What Is the Impact of Big Data in the Transportation & Supply Chain Industries?

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This graphic shows the true scope of impact of big data in the Transportation, SupplyChain & Logistics industries. . Better Shipping Options. . Meanwhile, Amazon is continuing to offer shipping that is free, and this fact is destroying shipping models around the country.

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.

5 Top Transportation Management Trends to Expect in 2018

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Transportation management will evolve dramatically in 2018. In addition, the continued rise of freight trucking rates, as explained by James Jaillet of Overdrive Online , will demand newer, faster and more efficient transportation management systems (TMS). Fortunately, shippers can prepare for increasing prices by understanding these 5 top transportation management trends. The Freight & Transportation Management Trends to Know in 2018.

E-Commerce Shipping: Why Shippers Are Mastering E-Commerce to Go Omnichannel

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Unfortunately, shippers may overlook the biggest obstacle to omnichannel, developing effective e-commerce shipping practices. According to Stacey Rudolph of Business2Community, e-commerce shipping is complicated with an average return rate of 30 percent.

10 Tips Shippers Can Use to Reduce Costs in LTL Procurement with Better Request for Pricing Bidding

Cerasis

As a third-party logistics company focused on over the road transportation management, and having an LTL rating engine and web-based TMS for nearly 20 years (web-based even before Google!), at Cerasis, we know a thing or two about the nuances of LTL procurement. LTL procurement is something we do very well. So we thought we would impart upon all the shippers out there some tips on how to reduce overall costs for effective LTL Procurement. Logistics LTL ltl procuremen

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates. Do month-end or quarter-end surges still affect your transportation costs? Our research at Iowa State University shows that transportation costs don’t actually rise during end-of-month surges.

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

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E-commerce has presented wholesale distributors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a crown opportunity for growth, but it comes at the cost of transitioning from single-channel shipping. Over the last year, average e-commerce sales have increased more than 15 percent, revealing the increasing demand for multichannel fulfillment and shipping. Adapting supply chain systems to succeed in multichannel fulfillment and shipping, also requires additional setup time.

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?

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

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Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation. Let’s back up a bit before we specifically address EDI in transportation. EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents.

Transportation, Planning, and Omni-Channel Fulfillment

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But when PwC asked CEOs in a recent survey ( Global Retail and Consumer Goods CEO Survey: The Omni-Channel Fulfillment Imperative ) what areas most needed their additional attention to achieve omni-channel fulfillment, 88 percent said it is their transportation and logistics operations.

What Transportation Professionals Need to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border Situation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Work with your account managers and transportation service providers to review time critical and urgent freight shipments. Access a broad network of transportation modes to mitigate against the risk of closures by leveraging air and rail services to make sure your freight keeps moving.

Capacity Crunch Strategies: How Does a 3PL Aid a Shipper in a Shipping Capacity Crunch?

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A shipping capacity crunch is a necessary evil. Unfortunately, a shipping capacity crunch tends to occur during already stressed periods, like winter, after tropical storms and during peak shopping seasons. Part of the problem with a shipping capacity crunch is lackluster networking.

Report Points to Increase of Shippers Outsourcing Transportation Management Due to These 4 Core Benefits

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This is especially true when outsourcing transportation management, as transportation can include a large part of your overall supply chain and business costs. Consider the many shippers who have outsourced transportation management and other logistics functions to third-party logistics (3PL) providers the past few years. The slowest demand for 3pl services will be in outsourcing transportation management, Armstrong stated.

The Top 5 Transportation Management Blogs of 2016 …So Far

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Today's post will cover the top 5 Transportation Management blogs from 2016 so far. Top Transportation Management Blogs from the First Half of 2016 So Far. The transportation management blogs category most top viewed blog posts from the first half of 2016 included several elements of the transportation management. From transportation management trends to creating a competitive logistical edge. The Top 10 Most Common LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers.

Key Points for You to Consider in the TMS Procurement Process

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There are many reasons a company might be in the market for a transportation management system (TMS). Often at the top of the list is the need for streamlined shipping processes and visibility to all transportation activities in one technology platform.

Full Truckload Technology: The Various Technology Involved in Full Truckload Freight Shipping Management

Cerasis

Statistics on the industry-wide use of a transportation management system (TMS), like the Cerasis Rater, are lacking. Demand for record-breaking speed of delivery and free shipping are only making the case for greater use of technology in full truckload freight shipping management, and shippers need to understand why. Access our complete Full Truckload Shipping White Paper Series.

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.

Freight Procurement Solutions Are Transforming Supply Chains

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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.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

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Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small.

The Million Dollar Transportation Strategy Question – When Do You Need A Multi-Carrier Parcel Solution?

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Every retailer and distributor who ships goods in any quantity is faced with a ‘million dollar’ question. When reviewing their transportation strategy and calculating shipping budgets, they are forced to ask,“Do we want to or can we afford to be held hostage by our carrier?”.

How to Be a Preferred Shipping Customer: Strategies for the Coming Capacity Shortage

Talking Logistics

One challenge to this approach, however, is that many shippers focus exclusively on price when making their transportation decisions. Customers with a strict ‘procurement mindset’ overlook important factors like consistency, overall experience or past performance. So even as our business has grown, I’ve never had to dial-for-diesel, begging someone to take my load,” says Dave Kodadek, Director of Transportation. Business has been improving for the U.S. trucking industry.

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Supply Chain Shaman

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. Work closely with transportation carriers.