Managing a fleet of vehicles is no easy task—but it’s even harder when so many misconceptions arise about your job. From thinking it’s a dying profession to assuming all drivers don’t care about costs, here are some of the biggest misunderstandings affecting the industry today: (more…)
For transportation practitioners who worry that advancements in TMS software will ultimately render their jobs obsolete, we offer the following bit of reassurance that this is simply not the case. (more…)
A growing number of U.S.-based companies, large and small, are discovering that operating in a foreign-trade zone can reduce their tariff liability, accelerate supply-chain velocity, and build a stronger partnership with U.S. Customs. (more…)
A veteran (whether active duty, retired, served one hitch, or reserve) is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The Government of the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life’.
All the men and women of Ultra would like to offer our most sincere thanks to all those who serve or have served this great nation to protect and defend our way of life. The sacrifices our veterans make for freedoms must never be trivialized of forgotten. We will always remember, not just on Veteran’s Day, but every day. God bless our servicemen and women, and God bless the United States of America.
At the recent CSCMP Global Conference in Denver, the 2nd day ended with a panel on network design. The about 30 attendees were approximately split between network design professionals and companies who might need their services.
Today, I thought I’d elaborate on an interesting topic posed by someone from a company young in network design. She asked “Why do I need a fancy network design tool? I have some SQL-savvy guys and they have Excel.” Some network design professionals may scoff at this question, but I think this is a great topic to explore. (more…)
The children of the professionals behind the award winning LoadFusion Transportation Optimization Software slipped into the product development lab at UltraShipTMS headquarters and appropriated the powerful algorithm that earned “transportation product of the year” notoriety earlier this year. Following in the footsteps of their innovative fathers and mothers, the kids have configured the tool to suit their own logistics requirements. Specifically, they set up an implementation with the goal of optimizing their movements on Halloween night. (more…)
One evening about a year ago, in a blinding flash of inspiration, Ultra Director of IT Darren Graham devised an idea to somehow incorporate climate data into the routing guides used by his company’s UltraShipTMS software to automate transportation management. Experience had shown Graham that seasonal shifts in temperature have predictable effects on when produce begins (or ends) shipping and these peaks and valleys were directly correlated to transportation capacity. (more…)
Maintaining a private fleet can be an excellent way to control shipping costs in a volatile economy. Using a TMS to implement tighter financial and operational control is a significant step in the right direction. Yet, there are factors that cannot be addressed adequately by software when it comes to optimizing the efficiency of a private fleet. In studying trucking and fuel costs in detail, I found the following facts to be true: (more…)
Implementing a TMS is great step towards improving your transportation performance and holds the potential for considerable transportation cost savings. So why should you consider changes to your transportation network design in addition to implementing a TMS? (more…)
Freight audit and payment solutions deliver solid ROI compared to other types of business applications. A good freight audit solution yields tangible cost savings. Just try to calculate the ROI of an employee collaboration platform, or a sales force automation solution. Good luck – you’ll need it! (more…)