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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…

Three Ways to Avoid the Expedited Expense

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There are times when shipments have to be expedited, and shippers are well aware that there is a price to pay for these last minute loads. But it is easy to overlook the total cost of expediting – and the measures you can take to avoid this added transportation expense.

Perhaps your primary customer genuinely needs a truckload of product the next day, or one of your customer service representatives has been pressured into making a rash delivery promise. Either way, you will go the extra mile to meet the deadline. But what is the true cost of this expedited move? Here are some costs – some obvious, others less visible – that organizations can incur. Read More…

The Global Control Tower® Enables Compliance

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The need to manage cargo movements worldwide is driving the adoption of the combination of global TMS technology and managed services. Freight professionals appreciate the operational advantages of a transportation management system (TMS) with an international reach, but there are important benefits in an area they are often less familiar with: trade compliance and taxation. We explained these benefits in the World Trade 100 webinar The Global Control Tower – Managing Your Global Supply Chain.

As we have discussed before (see Five Features that Define a Global TMS), a Global Control Tower enables shippers to manage transportation globally and locally. The same principle applies when it comes to complying with customs regulations and tax policies worldwide.
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- Director, Global Customs and Trade Policy
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An Industry Formula for TMS

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It’s important to tailor transportation management systems (TMS) to individual corporate users. But the technology can also be customized to specific industries, particularly in cases such as the chemical sector where there are many special needs.

According to the American Chemistry Council, the chemical business is a $ 720 billion industry that is one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy. More than 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by chemistry. Read More…