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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…

Services as Substance: Why TMS Alone Will Not Drive the Sustained Savings Shippers Seek

Services as Substance: Why TMS Alone Will Not Drive the Sustained Savings Shippers Seek

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The 3-Hour Diet, the Fat Flush Plan, Cabbage Soup Diet, Grapefruit Diet . . . With the dozens of diet plans out there, how does a person who wants to lose weight know where to start? Should you sign up for the plan making the boldest promises? Is it better to hitch your wagon to the latest fad?

I was recently perusing Transportation Management System (TMS) providers’ websites, and I was surprised by the bold claims that some were making. Putting myself in the shoes of a supply chain executive, I felt like someone trying to sift through the weight loss promises being peddled by today’s countless quick-fix diets. Read More…

- Vice President of Business Development
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10 Routes to Transportation Savings [Infographic]

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Editor’s Note: On February 4 2013, Kevin McCarthy contributed a blog post for Transportfolio®. We’re sharing his original post here because supply chain savings is always a relevant topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, 10 Routes to Transportation Savings [Infographic].

There are 10 popular ways companies choose to save money on transportation. But where can you get the fastest savings for the least amount of effort? Which task to pursue first, and the resulting savings, depends on what you ship (commodities, volumes, and frequencies), how you ship (the mode or modes), and whether your company is growing by acquisition or not growing at all. Read More…

Three Reasons Why Presetting Delivery Appointments Can Deliver Big Efficiencies

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It may not seem like an important link in your supply chain, but an ineffective freight delivery appointment process – or lack thereof – causes problems on multiple fronts. That’s why it deserves your attention.

More specifically, by developing an effective solution you can increase visibility, improve load planning, raise service standards, and make the carrier’s job a little easier.

Not a bad return for fixing what is widely regarded as a relatively mundane process. Read More…

- Manager, Central Operations

What is the Shelf Life of a Freight Rate?

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Lots of things deteriorate with time, the freshness of food, athletic performance, and human memory, for example. And according to research sponsored by C. H. Robinson and carried out by the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Iowa State University, another item can be added to the list: truck load (TL) freight rates.

The research, described in a recently published white paper[i], looked at rate information on contract TL loads hauled 250 miles or more and tendered during the years 2008 to 2010. The data cover about 700,000 records in all. Every move was processed by the same transportation management system to ensure an apples-to-apples comparison in the analysis. Read More…