Supply Chain Expertise and Technology Blog by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson

Services as Substance: Why TMS Alone Will Not Drive the Sustained Savings Shippers Seek

Balanced TMS

The 3-Hour Diet, the Fat Flush Plan, Cabbage Soup Diet, Grapefruit Diet . . . With the dozens of diet plans out there, how does a person who wants to lose weight know where to start? Should you sign up for the plan making the boldest promises? Is it better to hitch your wagon to the latest fad?

I was recently perusing Transportation Management System (TMS) providers’ websites, and I was surprised by the bold claims that some were making. Putting myself in the shoes of a supply chain executive, I felt like someone trying to sift through the weight loss promises being peddled by today’s countless quick-fix diets. Read More…

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Insights for Procuring a TMS in a Large Company

Procurement Insights

Investing in a transportation management system (TMS) can be more complicated for large organizations that have to reconcile the needs of multiple business units in different geographies. The business models and associated markets can vary widely as well, for example if the company has grown through acquisitions.

Enterprises that devote enough forethought and planning to the decision can resolve these differences and turn the process into a rich learning experience. Read More…

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…