It’s not news that the traditional retail industry is in the throes of existential change as they seek to adapt to the rise of online commerce and the omni-channel strategies they’re employing in attempts to retain market share. Here’s some reporting on two recent articles about the major plays being made by titans Amazon and Google and some analysis on what these seismic events portend for the traditional retailer. (more…)
These 9 headlines culled from Transport Topics over the first three weeks of 2016, coupled with the emerging economic slowdown should give pause to all shippers. A trusted leading indicator and bellwether for the macro-economy, transportation presages the fates of the broader economy; and it seems the outlook is very negative for transportation in 2016 across all modes. There is still time and budget for shipping organizations to implement new TMS solutions or upgrade existing ones – yielding benefits like automation, efficiency improvements, expanded visibility and scalability – if they’re to be well-protected against what appears to be a looming downturn.
What is the commonality between retailers and food shippers when it comes to surviving the rapid evolution of the business environment wrought by the widespread adoption of new and emerging sales and delivery strategies? Hint: just as technology is fueling the rapid pace of change, it is also the driving force behind the success of companies succeeding at remaining relevant amidst a sea change in how consumers interact with the businesses they frequent. Read on to learn how technology is both the challenge and solution facing retailers and food shippers. (more…)
2016 is shaping up to be the ‘Year of the TMS’ for food shippers – organizations involved in the production, processing, sales, delivery and purveying of food and beverages. 2016 will mark the point in time at which agricultural producers, food product manufacturers, restaurant chains and other large volume food shippers come to terms with the acute need for logistics IT solutions. Why are we making this bold prediction? Follow over the jump for our thinking. (more…)
We often discuss how TMS is crucial to shippers’ fiscal plans, customer service strategies, supply chain management plans and sales execution processes. Very little however, is written about how TMS solutions are critical to a shipper’s workforce management strategy and every transportation department leaders’ career development. Bet you didn’t think there was any correlation between TMS solutions and the workforce or between TMS solutions and your career path as a transportation executive. But there is! And if you’re not hip to it, you should be. Here’s the short story – hire Millennials today for the success of your company and your own career.
Variety is said to be the ‘spice of life’, and as any chef or grocer will tell you, access to quality ingredients of every imaginable variety helps drive business volume. Food shippers understand this dynamic and spend considerable time and money on developing strategies to source, process and deliver quality ingredients in the most cost effective, quality-focused way possible. This is why it is imperative to a food shipper’s competitive ability to have a TMS able to accommodate the wide variety of transportation needs their business demands. Want some examples? (more…)
Today, UltraShipTMS would like to offer sincerest thanks and deepest expressions of gratitude to all those men and women who have served while wearing the uniforms of the American Armed Forces. To those who have served, to those who have fought, to those who have laid down their lives to protect the safety and sanctity of the American way of life, an enormous debt is owed by each and every one of us.
Without the bravery and selflessness of these men and women, and the sacrifices of families that produced and supported them, none of us would be able to enjoy the life of liberty and pursuit of happiness promised to every American in our Declaration of Independence.
Join us in saluting each and every one of these brave Soldiers, Seamen, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen this Veteran’s Day.
November 5 was one of several annually-observed “Free Donut Days”. Did you get your free beignet, cruller or zeppole? Everyone likes free stuff; especially freight carriers who haul for organizations without TMS and the rules-based tendering such software delivers. Here’s a donut-themed tale underscoring one of the many risks a shipper faces if they resist using a TMS for better visibility and cost control over transportation spend.
An article by similar name was published this week in Logistics Management magazine by the inimitable Bridget McCrea who is a leading voice in the media serving the logistics industry. We highly recommend you visit the article on the LM website, but for our busy readers, here’s a synopsis of the 8 reasons every retail shipper needs a TMS. (more…)
Two interesting logistics articles in the financial media this week were the catalyst of this short post. Both articles reported on major shippers (a major truckload carrier in this Nasdaq piece and a leader in parcel delivery in the Wall Street Journal) raising the fuel surcharges they levy on customers, despite the fact that fuel prices continue to sit at multi-year lows. This counterintuitive development underscores the extent to which fuel price volatility impacts on a shipper’s bottom line and why configuring a “single carrier-rate” field in your TMS may no longer be the best practice. (more…)