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5 Reasons Why Food Shippers are Eating Up TMS Solutions

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Apr 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Reasons Why Food Shippers are Eating Up TMS Solutions

TMS is fast becoming a go-to tool for supply chain management professionals across every industry. However, for one industry in particular – food producers/shippers – the TMS is becoming indispensable. Here are five reasons why TMS for transportation automation and optimization is a must-have for food shippers. (more…)

First Uber, then Lyft – Is “Shypp” Next?

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

First Uber, then Lyft – Is “Shypp” Next?

“Taxi alternatives” Uber and Lyft are singlehandedly revamping the business model of the livery industry – making taxicab and limo companies nervous as these upstarts challenge and change the process by which people and (now with Uber’s new “Rush” offering) products are moved. Could there be a similar innovation for the transportation industry?  (more…)

Is TMS Ready for the Impending Flight to Rail & Multimodal?

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Is TMS Ready for the Impending Flight to Rail & Multimodal?

Rail and multi-modal transportation for food shippers and other cold-chain users is fast becoming an inescapable reality.  Why is this happening and is your TMS solution up to the challenge of moving beyond a truck-centric posture? (more…)

Embracing ELD Mandate, Fleet Managers Display Tech-Friendliness

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Embracing ELD Mandate, Fleet Managers Display Tech-Friendliness

Transport Topics’ (TT) March 24, 2014 issue has a cover story (registration required) about the new FMCSA proposal to mandate E-Log devices (ELDs) be installed in all tractors on the road in the US. The ELDs are intended to standardize the capture of Hours of Service in order to ensure compliance with the recent, controversial new HOS rules which were met with significant skepticism by the transportation industry. In spite of the additional constraints this will place on available capacity, TT reports support for the E-Log mandate is high among fleet managers in particular. The enthusiasm over a mandate like this seemed a bit out of character, so we looked into reasons why this was the case. (more…)

Inbound Logistics (Magazine) Skips Discussion of TMS for Inbound Logistics

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Mar 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Inbound Logistics (Magazine) Skips Discussion of TMS for Inbound Logistics

Inbound Logistics magazine recently published an article by Justine Brown entitled, “The Beauty of an Optimized Supply Chain”, wherein she highlighted the specific pain points of the cosmetics and skin care industry, and the way this industry is leveraging technology to solve the challenges it faces. Interesting piece, but we couldn’t help noticing Inbound Logistics magazine neglected to examine the benefits of using TMS for… well, inbound logistics. (more…)

6 Questions to Ask a SaaS TMS Solution Provider about Data Accessibility and Security

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Mar 14, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

6 Questions to Ask a SaaS TMS Solution Provider about Data Accessibility and Security

Data is the lifeblood of modern, automated supply chain management programs.  So, what happens to your transportation data if you’re using a SaaS TMS (or any cloud-based logistics management solution) and the provider suddenly disappears due to financial insolvency, litigation or acquisition?   Will you have access to your program data when this happens and how difficult/costly will it be to secure the information that is by rights, yours?
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Argument in Favor of Reinventing the Wheel

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Mar 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Argument in Favor of Reinventing the Wheel

“Let’s not reinvent the wheel” is a phrase too often uttered in executive boardrooms whenever a new or relatively untested idea is proposed as a solution to a vexing business challenge.   The idea being that it is too risky to invest in labor intensive pursuit of solutions that might improve upon existing levels of success.  It is the “safe” decision to willfully avoid any significant deviation from the norm, favoring small, manageable, incremental changes over the larger, bolder and potentially disruptive changes which can either lead to unbridled success or spectacular failure. (more…)

Using TMS Software Helps Keep Food Supply Safe

Posted by Donna Del Rosso on Feb 24, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Using TMS Software Helps Keep Food Supply Safe

When you sit down to dinner at night with your family, you may be thankful for many things, but good TMS software (Transportation Management System) is probably not one of them. We all recognize the importance of providing our families with fresh and nutritious food; and often, we probably think it is up to the government to ensure that our food is safe and free from contamination. In reality, the FDA determines the guidelines but we count on our network of food distributors and carriers to implement and maintain the necessary systems for successful compliance; and the best in class distributors rely on world class TMS software. (more…)

Web Based TMS Leverages Weather Data for Competitive Advantage!

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Feb 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Web Based TMS Leverages Weather Data for Competitive Advantage!

Industries that rely heavily on private fleets to move raw materials inbound and finished products outbound are prime candidates to adopt an exciting, recent innovation in transportation management and optimization tools.  We’re looking today at the integration of real-time weather data into modern, web based TMS software and transportation optimization tools, an idea we reported on in this October 2013 post.   Since then, circumstances conspired to prioritize the need for such an innovation. (more…)

Battle Royale: Excel vs. Network Design Software

Posted by Sara Curtis on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Battle Royale: Excel vs. Network Design Software

What’s the difference between tried and true network design performed using Microsoft Excel and design performed using more recently developed network design tools? To put it succinctly, Excel is best for producing “descriptive” models whereas network design tools are better at building “prescriptive” models.  What does this mean and why does it matter?  (more…)