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

Archives for July 2010

Are You on Speaking Terms with S&OP?

Sales and operations planning and transportation

As a transportation manager, what do you typically contribute to Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) group discussions? If you don’t have a seat at this particular table (the more likely case) what would you like to say at these meetings?

In general terms, the function of S&OP groups is to set manufacturing volumes to meet the company’s sales targets and overall business goals. Representatives from finance, manufacturing, marketing, sales and supply chain thrash out consensus demand forecasts and try to match these with supply as closely as possible. Read More…

Building a Pipeline for Talent

Recruiting supply chain talent

How to recruit and retain supply chain talent might not seem like a pressing problem in a sputtering economy that is struggling to create enough jobs, but enlightened companies are thinking about these issues for good reason. First, enterprises were fretting about shortages of supply chain talent before the economic crisis hit, and these issues are once again on their radar screens. Second, the global economic crisis put a damper on the jobs market, and this has created pent-up demand for new career challenges as businesses make the transition from survival to growth. Read More…

Stars Come Out to Turn Cancer Event Into a Winner

Kicks for a Cure event

It was a star-studded day on and off the field at Chicago’s Grant Park this month as celebrities and TMC’s star business partners, volunteers and donors, turned out to join the fight against cancer.

The occasion was Kicks for a Cure, the event created by TMC some six years ago to raise money for cancer charities, which has grown into the world’s largest charitable kickball tournament that this year attracted more than 800 people and generated over $110,000 for the cause. Read More…

Blue Sky Opportunities for TMS

Transportation management systems and cloud computing

Transportation management is bringing cloud computing down to earth by deploying the technology to give users the kind of flexibility that was not possible in pre-cloud days. And we are only at the beginning of the cloud era in freight transportation, so get ready for the arrival of some head-turning applications over the next few years. Read More…