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Procurement

Key Points for You to Consider in the TMS Procurement Process

There are many reasons a company might be in the market for a transportation management system (TMS). Often at the top of the list is the need for streamlined shipping processes and visibility to all transportation activities in one technology platform. Common supply chain challenges that lead to a TMS purchase include procurement and transportation operations living as two separate functions, lack of visibility to freight movement, and limited control of freight from inbound suppliers.

Regardless of your company’s size or reason for wanting to implement a TMS, there are several key points to remember as you work through this transformative process.

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Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them

truckload_capacityFirst come, first served is a familiar statement to most of us. Maybe the phrase reminds you of a free tchotchke given out at the local baseball game. Or maybe you’re reminded of events that serve free food. But very few of us think about truckload capacity when we hear the phrase. And maybe we should. Read More…

How to Prepare for Tight Truckload Capacity

truckload_capacityIn the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey—and as Hurricane Irma moves closer— truckload capacity is tighter than it has been for years, giving some shippers challenges in covering freight. Here are the factors at work, along with some suggestions for what you can do now to prepare yourself for the market ahead. Read More…

The Glaring Information Gap in RFPs

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A request for proposal (RFP) for a transportation management system (TMS) typically includes probing questions about providers’ capabilities and the technical specifications of the systems they offer.

But there is one area that tends to escape scrutiny in RFPs, even though it is vital to the success of every TMS project: Strategies for implementation and change management.

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In Search of the Rarest of Birds: The Market Freight Rate

In Search of the Rarest of Birds: The Market Freight Rate

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Logistics departments spend a significant portion of their time negotiating rates for moving their cargo in particular lanes, yet one of the most elusive values in the supply chain domain is the market freight rate. Read More…