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Does Your TMS Measure Up?

Value of a transportation management system

What makes a good transportation management system (TMS)? One could argue that since the value of a TMS depends on the objectives of each organization, and the complexities of their supply chains, there is no single answer to this question. Even so, there are some basic requirements that help to make a TMS worth the investment in the technology.  Read More…

- Director of Consulting Services, C.H. Robinson
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Savings Tricks You Might Have Missed

Meeting savings goals

In cost-conscious times like these freight professionals often turn to familiar sources of savings such as network design and carrier negotiations to trim the organization’s transportation budget. But there are other, less obvious, ways to meet savings goals.

Tender lead time, tender and pick up day of the week, and carrier size preference are all examples of cost-cutting levers that are easy to overlook. A lack of research into these mechanisms over the years has helped to keep them in the background.  Read More…

Losing Too Much Sleep Over Volatility?

Managing fuel cost fluctuations

It is accepted wisdom that change is the only constant, yet companies spend an inordinate amount of time trying to manage the market’s ups and downs. How important is controlling volatility to overall performance?

Consulting firm McKinsey looked at this question and found that in terms of investor returns volatility is not as important as is often assumed. In fact, efforts to iron out the peaks and troughs in earnings can actually hurt a company, according to the firm. Read More…

Truckload’s Distinguishing Features

Procuring truckload transportation

Is procuring truckload transportation any different from the procurement activities of other corporate functions or industries?

The answer is yes. Which begs the second question: why does it matter? There are at least two reasons why it is beneficial to be aware of these differences. First, understanding the nature of buying truckload transportation helps you to make more informed purchasing decisions. Second, the knowledge can be used to educate the procurement profession about the unique demands of the truckload industry. Read More…

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