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Archives for May 2011

Fuel Efficiency and the Green Bonus

Sustainability and cutting gas consumption

The skyrocketing cost of fuel is reason enough to take as many miles out of distribution networks as possible without compromising service levels. But aside from helping to control diesel consumption costs, these efforts yield an environmental payback that transportation practitioners should not overlook.

Shippers and service providers are looking to cut fuel consumption in a number of ways. Here are some examples.  Read More…

Ten Ways to Avert Procurement Myopia

Strategic truckload procurement

As we have argued a number times in past posts (see Avoiding the Two-Year Carrier Pitfall, by Kevin McCarthy, September 2nd, 2010, for example), taking a strategic approach to truckload procurement reaps competitive dividends for both shippers and service providers. We make no apologies for emphasizing the arguments again, particularly at a time when market capacity is tightening and it becomes increasingly difficult to resist the temptation to slip into knee-jerk buying practices.  Read More…

Developing an Analytical Playbook for Your TMS

Transportation management tools

In my last post (Turning Tacticians into Strategists, April 28, 2011) I explored the fallacy that TMS technology alone can transform tactical personnel into skilled transportation analysts. In this post I offer guidance on the TMS tools that trained individuals should use to develop network management strategies that deliver competitive advantage.  Read More…

Chicago Bears’ Greg Olsen and C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Team Up to Kick Cancer – Again

Kicks For a Cure event

Let’s go back a year. Imagine me telling you that on a sunny Saturday in Chicago we’d invited Chicago Bears’ players Greg Olsen, Matt Forte, and Brian Urlacher to play kickball with us? Oh, and what if I threw in that Vince Vaughn would be coaching and Kevin James would be running the bases with very serious intentions of running you over?  Read More…

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