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Archives for March 2017

Bundling Lanes Can Improve Truckload Rates and Service

Logistics Best PracticesEven in a down business year (e.g., 2008-2009) where transactional truckload shipments dropped by almost 80%, spot rates still cost more than contract rates. In your experience as a shipper, you may already have a general sense that combining and redefining some lanes—particularly low volume lanes—could help you find additional transportation cost savings. Read More…

Improving Logistics Efficiency: How Cities Can Join Forces to Combat Traffic Congestion

Urban LogisticsMany big cities around the world have implemented environmentally sustainable programs to reduce the traffic snarls that add costs to urban supply chains. Can the expertise they have gained in introducing these solutions be transferred to other traffic-choked cities? Read More…

- Associate Research Professor and Transport Research Group Manager, Zaragoza Logistics Center
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Weather-Proof Your Supply Chain with a TMS

winterweather_300x200This week, Winter Storm Stella pummeled the Northeast United States with three to five feet of snow in some areas, and delivered a sharp reminder of the ways weather hazards can impact supply chains.

What can shippers do to mitigate weather-related disruptions during the winter season? Read More…

The New Silk Road: Have You Evaluated Your Freight Options?

New Silk RoadVarious macro forces are redrawing the global trade map, and one of them is China’s revival of the ancient Silk Road trade route.

For shippers large and small, the multi-billion-dollar infrastructural project could bring huge opportunities for improving the efficiency of global supply chains—providing they do their homework first. Here’s an overview of the global trade possibilities and potential for the “new Silk Road.”

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- Director of Asia-Pacific, and Director of EMEA at TMC

5 Steps for a Successful Global TMS Implementation

TMS implementationHow can global shippers most efficiently distribute products to an extremely diverse, multinational customer base? Delivering exceptional service levels, regardless of where products are sourced and manufactured, or how buyers choose to purchase products is a constant challenge. To accomplish it, many turn to global logistics solutions that blend transportation management system (TMS) technology with supply chain expertise.

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