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6 Best Practices Used by Winning Procurement Teams

Winning Procurement Teams

One of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time was John Wooden. In a 12-year period he coached UCLA men’s basketball team to 10 national championships. Such a level of success took a great deal of hard work, and this is reflected in one of my favorite John Wooden quotes: “If you don’t have time to do something right, when will you have time to do it over?”

Just like in basketball, following best practices in procurement and doing things right can help your organization create a routing guide that succeeds in a tight market. Many shippers are achieving this success by adhering to the following best practices in truckload procurement. Read More…

Food for Thought: How an Industry Vertical Expands Your Menu of Logistics Options

Food-Bev Vertical

This final post in our three-part series about the critical role of vertical expertise in elevating supply chain efficiency looks at the opportunities for improvement in a major industry vertical: Food and Beverage/Consumer Packaged Goods (F&B/CPG).

In our previous post, Helping Manufacturers to Make the Right Transportation Choices by Andrew Bremer, we described how the rigors of just in time operations define the manufacturing vertical. One of the main characteristics that shapes the F&B/CPG industry is a heavy focus on track and trace and on-time service metrics. Read More…

Helping Manufacturers to Make the Right Transportation Choices

Manufacturing Vertical Post

As we explained in our previous post (Managing Your Supply Chain With a Vertical Twist by Greg Gader), managing increasingly complex, specialized logistics operations requires a high level of expertise in industry vertical supply chains.

In this post, we take a look at freight transportation issues in one vertical: manufacturing. Read More…

Managing Your Supply Chain With a Vertical Twist

Runner

When a runner wants to take his or her performance to the next level, a logical course of action is to consult a running coach. In much the same way, a shipper in a specific industry that wants to improve supply chain performance needs relevant expertise within that vertical.

That’s why enlightened logistics service providers are turning vertically in the hunt for ways to help their shipper customers raise the performance bar. Read More…

Guest Post: Collaboration the Key to Unblocking Megacity Streets?

Mega-Cities

Picture a truck delivering product in a traffic-choked megacity and physical obstacles such as a maze of one-way streets come to mind. But hindrances like these are manifestations of a more fundamental problem: constantly changing traffic regulations.

How do companies overcome regulatory speed bumps in sprawling urban areas where government is highly fragmented and the movement of passenger vehicles often takes precedence over freight flows? Read More…

- Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
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