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Video: Use TMS Technology to Drive Cost Savings

Transportation Management System

Editor’s Note: On September 10 2013, Ryan Pettit contributed a blog post for Transportfolio®. We’re sharing his original post here because supply chain technology is always a relevant topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Video: Use TMS Technology to Drive Cost Savings.

If you’ve read some of my other posts on Transportfolio® or Connect, you’re probably familiar with my position on the importance of technology to your supply chain. Simply put, technology can equal cost reduction, if you have a collaborative relationship with your provider to help you use it. Today I’ll be specific and share how a single global technology platform like Navisphere® (that’s ours) helps thousands of customers improve their supply chain. Read More…

How Can Cross-Border Shippers Balance Cost and Service? Automate and Collaborate

Balance Cost and Service

Striking the right balance between cost and service is an enduring supply chain challenge. But this balancing act has become trickier over recent years as the volume of cross-border movements has increased.

How do today’s supply chain practitioners keep costs down and service levels up in the global marketplace?

A recent Analyst Insight from research firm Aberdeen Group[i] provides some pointers for freight transportation managers. There are many moving parts to consider, but the analysis underscores two key areas: collaboration and automation. Read More…

Large or Small, Shippers Can’t Afford to Overlook These Truckload Buying Practices

Truckload procurement

Freight network size matters when deciding on the best method for procuring truckload transportation. However, certain procurement principles need to be factored into your buying strategy regardless of how much freight you plan to move.

In general, small networks that employ a limited number of transportation service providers (TSPs) can meet their truckload needs with relatively simple, spreadsheet-based procurement exercises (TSPs include carriers and intermediaries such as third-party logistics providers and transportation brokers). Read More…

Do you have the right TMS technology to measure new regulations and laws?

Transportation management systems and HOS

Now that we are over a month into the new Hours of Service (HOS) provisions, you may be asking yourself the same burning question that I am:  How can technology help measure the impact of the new laws?

There is no simple answer to this question because of the many influencing factors in the marketplace. If you’re a shipper that experienced some capacity tightness in the beginning of July, can you determine if that tightness was truly due to the HOS changes or was it the usual cyclical spike in demand that is caused by the produce season? Perhaps the Fourth of July holiday weekend played a role because many truck drivers plan vacations and family time that take them off the roads. It’s possible you did not see any effects within your network, and carriers’ commitments during this period were unchanged. Read More…

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