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Archives for August 2012

Latin America Embraces TMS

Latin America

ARC Advisory Group’s annual market study on the TMS market revealed a surprising fact about how Latin American companies are embracing TMS technology. The study—the Transportation Management Systems Worldwide Outlook—covers many subjects. It includes data on the size of the market and our forecast for the growth of the market across various segments, including regions.   Read More…

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The Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds

One of the most powerful features of a globe-spanning transportation management system (TMS) is the ability to customize solutions to local market conditions. But the opposite is also true; a global TMS is a highly effective vehicle for implementing the same best practices across regions.

Users of the technology can have it both ways because managing cargo flows internationally requires tailored as well as standard logistics solutions.  Read More…

The Insane (China) Supply Chain

China

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”  The quote can be re-phrased as follows to describe managing supply chains in China: “Insanity is managing your supply chain the same way in every region, over and over again, but expecting the same results.”

As we manage through these challenging economic times, companies that never (truly) focused on emerging markets for growth are now looking to China. Even those companies that are well established in China are reinforcing their presence in the country.   Read More…

A Winning Supply Chain

WinningSupplyChain

There’s a lot of distance between the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the United Kingdom and TMC’s Kicks for Cure kickball tournament in Grant Park, Chicago, but the two events owe their success to the same kind of supply chain.

Sports event supply chains take a long time to build and have to hit peak performance during the tournament. As soon as the competition comes to an end, the supply chain goes into reverse at top speed because the whole show must be dismantled quickly without leaving a trace.  Read More…

What is the Shelf Life of a Freight Rate?

stale rates

Lots of things deteriorate with time, the freshness of food, athletic performance, and human memory, for example. And according to research sponsored by C. H. Robinson and carried out by the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Iowa State University, another item can be added to the list: truck load (TL) freight rates.

The research, described in a recently published white paper[i], looked at rate information on contract TL loads hauled 250 miles or more and tendered during the years 2008 to 2010. The data cover about 700,000 records in all. Every move was processed by the same transportation management system to ensure an apples-to-apples comparison in the analysis. Read More…

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