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.

Savings Tricks You Might Have Missed

Meeting savings goals

In cost-conscious times like these freight professionals often turn to familiar sources of savings such as network design and carrier negotiations to trim the organization’s transportation budget. But there are other, less obvious, ways to meet savings goals.

Tender lead time, tender and pick up day of the week, and carrier size preference are all examples of cost-cutting levers that are easy to overlook. A lack of research into these mechanisms over the years has helped to keep them in the background.  Read More…

Savings By The Bundle

Transportation costs and savings

If you have ever wondered whether aggregating low volume lanes is a way to lower full truckload costs then conjecture no longer; research shows that such a strategy can achieve savings of up to 15 percent over spot market rates.

The research project was sponsored by C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and carried out by Julia M. Collins and R. Ryan Quinlan, graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Master of Engineering in Logistics program. Using two years of event data for roughly 500,000 valid, historic truckload transactions supplied by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc, the researchers analyzed the impact of lane aggregation on rates. Read More…

Are You on Speaking Terms with S&OP?

Sales and operations planning and transportation

As a transportation manager, what do you typically contribute to Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) group discussions? If you don’t have a seat at this particular table (the more likely case) what would you like to say at these meetings?

In general terms, the function of S&OP groups is to set manufacturing volumes to meet the company’s sales targets and overall business goals. Representatives from finance, manufacturing, marketing, sales and supply chain thrash out consensus demand forecasts and try to match these with supply as closely as possible. Read More…

Measures of Success That Can Win the Performance Game

baselines and benchmarks

What is the difference between a baseline and a benchmark? The answer might seem obvious, but the distinction can get blurred or even lost in the frenetic pursuit of profit and loss goals. When this happens, the consequences go way beyond mere word play. Misconstruing these terms confuses the targeting and measurement of key performance indicators and that leads to poor decisions, sub-par networks, and ultimately disappointing P&L statements. Read More…

Make the Move to Inbound

TMS technology and inbound freight

Implementing a transportation management system (TMS) has become a well-used route to cutting the cost and improving the performance of outbound freight, so why do many shippers still shun the technology when managing inbound movements? TMS applications that have become routine for outbound managers can be applied just as effectively on the inbound side of freight operations. Read More…