Supply Chain Expertise and Technology Blog by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson

5 Steps for a Successful Global TMS Implementation

TMS implementationHow can global shippers most efficiently distribute products to an extremely diverse, multinational customer base? Delivering exceptional service levels, regardless of where products are sourced and manufactured, or how buyers choose to purchase products is a constant challenge. To accomplish it, many turn to global logistics solutions that blend transportation management system (TMS) technology with supply chain expertise.

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Weather-Proofing Your Freight Network with a TMS

Weather-Proofing Your Freight Network with a TMS.Connect

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No one knows exactly what weather the impending winter season has in store, but there’s one thing we can be sure about: Some freight networks will be hit by weather-related disruptions over the next few months.
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TMS-Enabled Omnichannel Supply Chains Gearing Up for the Peak Season Challenge

TMS-Enabled Omnichannel Supply Chains Gearing Up for the Peak Season Challenge.Connect

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The 2016 holiday shopping season is expected to deliver increased sales volumes—and new challenges for retailers as they continue to develop omnichannel supply chain models in response to changing consumer buying patterns.
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Clarifying Provider Titles is More Than a Word Game

Supply Chain ProviderOver recent years, the supply chain profession has expanded to take in a wider range of disciplines—and functional titles. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the service provider space.

In the industry’s alphabet soup of provider titles, it can be difficult to figure out the differences between acronyms such as 3PL and 4PL, or LLP and LSP. Maybe you’re wondering whether there’s such a thing as a 5PL.

Achieving clarity
Does it matter if you know the exact differences between these acronyms? Well, misnaming a service provider probably won’t throw the efficiency of your freight network into a nosedive. And if you’re confused, there is no need to rush out and recruit a director of semantics.

Still, confusion over the functional identity of a service provider can reflect muddled thinking on the type of services you actually need. Also, a provider that calls itself one thing, but in reality fulfills another role, should raise some red flags.

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