Improving on Strategic Sourcing

Logistics Viewpoints

These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity. To get more out of the market, we need to change the approach, as it is no longer enough to simply conduct a “bid” for transportation […].

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?

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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.

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. What is Single Sourcing or Sole Sourcing? For clarity let’s define what these sourcing terms mean. Subscribe Here!

Spend Matters Awards Chainalytics For Transportation Procurement Innovation

CHAINalytics

Our inclusion in this year’s list is another testament to the … The post Spend Matters Awards Chainalytics For Transportation Procurement Innovation appeared first on Chainalytics. Press Release Transportation Award Chainalytics freight sourcing ocean procurement sourcing optimization Transportation Procurement transportation sourcing Truckload procurement

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

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

Creating a Sourcing and Procurement Process Plan

Arkieva

What are the key elements of a sourcing and procurement process plan? Strategic sourcing is a fact based and systematic approach that organizations use to optimize the management of their supply chain. Creating a sourcing and procurement plan.

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.

How COVID-19 Has Affected U.S. Trucking Rates—Will it Last?

CHAINalytics

But what about freight transportation rates? Blog Feature Supply Chain Consulting Transportation COVID-19 covid19 Freight Market intelligence Freight Rates Transportation Procurement transportation sourcing truckload freight Truckload procurement

Sourcing – What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruption

Gravity Supply Chain

Sourcing: Mitigate risk during periods of supply chain disruption, such as those caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, by using digital technology. . The post Sourcing – What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruption appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain.

White Paper: Strategic Sourcing in the Aviation Industry – How to Increase and Accelerate Savings

Bristlecone

In aviation, strategic sourcing can reduce the cost and fix the nuts and bolts of existing processes with the help of a well-performing sourcing team. Actions that Improve Aviation Industry Procurement Performance . Low-Cost Country Sourcing.

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.

Understanding Your Sourcing Footprint is the Key to Procurement Analytics

Supply Chain View from the Field

Direct conversations through on-site engagement with different lines of business is the most direct and effective means of understanding how sourcing processes are occurring today, as well as understanding how the sourcing need evolves and is expressed to suppliers. Supplier registration processes need to be designed around sourcing engagement processes, which track the supplier life cycle. Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics

The Lasting Impact of COVID-19 on Relationships Between Shippers and Carriers [Podcast]

CHAINalytics

On this week’s Freightvine, host Chris Caplice speaks with Ron Lazo, Vice President at transportation management software developer Manhattan Associates, on aspects of the COVID-19 era that are likely to stay with us and how they’ll define the “new normal.”

Lessons in Transportation Sourcing Optimization Presented by Chainalytics & Coupa

CHAINalytics

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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.

The Benefits of “Off-Cycle” Transportation Sourcing Events

CHAINalytics

A large percentage of North American companies hold their annual transportation sourcing event during the first quarter or last quarter of each year. One of the primary factors driving this decision is the need to have solid insight into transportation costs to feed into the budget cycle for the next fiscal year. However, there is … The post The Benefits of “Off-Cycle” Transportation Sourcing Events appeared first on Chainalytics.

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

Transportation Procurement: Effectively manage freight costs in a dynamic market

CHAINalytics

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Transport Procurement: Effectively manage freight costs in a dynamic market

CHAINalytics

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Be more Strategic about Your Supply Chain Sourcing

CH Robinson Transportfolio

A strategic approach to sourcing what you need to keep your business moving can help avoid disruptions and stay competitive in today’s competitive market. So just how strategic are you when it comes to sourcing transportation capacity?

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.

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. In my next post, I’ll hit on the top strategies to improve the procurement process and uncover hidden savings in your logistics network.

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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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?

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!

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.

Overcoming Ocean Freight Procurement Hurdles in 2019

CHAINalytics

Many organizations are consistently missing the mark with their transportation spend due to contract rate increases and fluctuating spot rates on ocean freight lanes.

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%. The connecting element is the availability of transport details and accurate data.

Advanced Strategies for Successful Ocean Freight Procurement

CHAINalytics

When it comes to ocean freight transport, shippers have benefited from almost a decade long “down-cycle” as far as rates are concerned. Blog Feature Transportation best practices bid strategies Ocean Freight ocean procurement sourcing strategies transport procurement

Transportation Procurement is Not a Standalone Event: The Importance of Taking a Continuous Process Approach

Talking Logistics

Viewing transportation procurement as a standalone engagement is a mistake; it’s actually part of a continuous business process that cycles from opportunity assessment through daily execution and performance management. What are some factors that would trigger a sourcing event or help define its scope and objective? How do you kick-off a sourcing engagement? How do you take the output of a strategic sourcing engagement and successfully execute it?

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.

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. The move to agile supply chain management inherently required more data sources than traditional supply chains, reports GT Nexus. Procurement’s Role Did Become More Important. The 2016 state of supply chain prediction called for enhanced procurement capabilities, focusing on establishing new supplier-vendor relationships.

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