Chris Brady

Supply Chain Expertise and Technology Blog by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson

About the Author

Chris Brady — Director, Americas

Chris serves as the director of Americas for TMC. As a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Chris co-authored our approach to operational excellence and also enjoys spending time teaching and developing our talent. His approach to operational excellence has helped customers improve their supply chains globally. As an active member in both the Association of Operations Management Professionals and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Chris is also a Certified Supply Chain Professional, and a graduate of Miami University. Out of the office, Chris is an avid traveler and enjoys Crossfit® and spending time with his wife and son.

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…

Four Critical Steps to Improve On Time Delivery Performance [Infographic]

How to correct missed delivery times

What is the most common cause of on time delivery failures? Transportation-related snafus often get the blame, yet in many cases there is relatively little data on the root causes of missed delivery deadlines. Digging deeper into the issue will help reveal the true cause – and assist in developing the correct solution.

It is everyone’s interest to fix these problems (shippers, carriers, customers). Sub-par performances in this area add cost, lower service levels, and generate unnecessary friction between trading partners. Read More…

An Industry Formula for TMS

tms

It’s important to tailor transportation management systems (TMS) to individual corporate users. But the technology can also be customized to specific industries, particularly in cases such as the chemical sector where there are many special needs.

According to the American Chemistry Council, the chemical business is a $ 720 billion industry that is one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy. More than 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by chemistry. Read More…

Four Ways to Build Successful Onsite Relationships

onsite relationships

Outsourcing arrangements come in many shapes and sizes, and one that has gained ground over recent years is where the service provider’s team is physically based in the client firm’s offices. As well as offering the traditional benefits of outsourcing, onsite teams promote a close affiliation between the two organizations. But the participants must lay the groundwork first if both parties are to derive maximum value from these relationships. Read More…

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…