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Expect the Unexpected: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Unpredictable Events

TMS Ports

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally posted in January 2015. We’re sharing this post again because it is still a relevant topic.

Last week we explored ways to prepare for supply chain disruptions that are predictable using the rich functionality of modern transportation management system (TMS) technology. In this week’s post, we explore what is, in many ways, a tougher challenge: planning for unexpected disruptions.

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Expect the Unexpected: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Unpredictable Events

Expect the Unexpected: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Unpredictable Events

TMS Ports

Last week we explored ways to prepare for supply chain disruptions that are predictable using the rich functionality of modern transportation management system (TMS) technology. In this week’s post, we explore what is, in many ways, a tougher challenge: planning for unexpected disruptions. Read More…

Lessons from West Coast Ports Delays: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Predictable Events

Lessons from West Coast Ports Delays: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Predictable Events

TMS Ports

Last week we looked at supply chain disruptions, such as the 2014 peak season delays caused by the U.S. West Coast port slowdowns, and how transportation management system (TMS) technology plays a vital role in helping shippers manage such events. This week, we explore the contingency planning options that TMS technology can support. Read More…

Why a TMS Should be in Your Risk Management Toolbox

Why a TMS Should be in Your Risk Management Toolbox

TMS Ports

The 2014 peak season supply chain disruptions caused by the U.S. West Coast ports negotiations and associated delays were unique in some ways, yet many logistics professionals experienced a sense of déjà vu as the events unfolded. Read More…

How TMS Technology is Helping to Steer Change in the Auto Industry

How TMS Technology is Helping to Steer Change in the Auto Industry

TMS and Automobiles

The flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing logistics landscape on a global scale is a key characteristic of today’s transportation management system (TMS) technology. And there is no better example of this flexibility than applications in the automotive vertical.

A number of major changes are reshaping the auto industry. One of the main changes is a shift toward a localized production model in emerging markets. In an effort to mitigate risk related to currency fluctuations and to locate operations closer to customers—particularly in emerging economies—auto companies are expanding their manufacturing presence in countries such as China and Mexico. Read More…