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Case Study: People and Processes Drive Supply Chain Improvements at Honeywell

Managed_services_case_studyIf you have a global supply chain, you likely use technology to help manage and optimize this complex area of your business. While there have been significant advancements in logistics technology, those tools can only go so far in advancing your supply chain.

In order to truly maximize the capabilities of supply chain technology, you need to first have the right talent, processes, and data governance in place. Then you’ll be able to leverage your transportation management system (TMS) to execute, automate, and optimize those processes, as well as gain visibility to business intelligence to drive continuous improvement.

We recently experienced firsthand how a people-plus-technology model, or managed services, can drive operational improvements. Read More…

Pillars to a Successful Transportation Experience: Carrier Management

transportation_managementAs the market continues to change, what’s your transportation strategy for handling fluctuations? An unclear plan may let you down. Rather than reacting to changes that happen to your supply chain, it’s always better to have a carrier management strategy that allows you to be proactive—no matter what the market has in store. Read More…

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Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times

truckload-ratesJust how long are you making drivers wait to load and unload? Like it or not, loading and unloading time eats into a truckload driver’s hours of service. So it should be no surprise that dwell time is one of the leading variables that could affect your truckload rates. Read More…

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Bundling Lanes Can Improve Truckload Rates and Service

Logistics Best PracticesEven in a down business year (e.g., 2008-2009) where transactional truckload shipments dropped by almost 80%, spot rates still cost more than contract rates. In your experience as a shipper, you may already have a general sense that combining and redefining some lanes—particularly low volume lanes—could help you find additional transportation cost savings. Read More…

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…