Front page news from Transport Topics: “Carriers, Shippers Say Stronger Ties Are Forged by Working Together”. It seems carriers, shippers and the entire transportation industry are finally getting wise to something logistics IT providers have long known – cross-functional collaboration in supply chain logistics efforts is a win-win scenario for all players involved. Here are 3 secrets from contemporary, best-in-class logistics IT solution providers about how collaboration drives success.
Are you a logistics/transportation leader who believes that Software as a Service business process automation tools (like cloud TMS, YMS, WMS, ERP, AP/AR and others) have a higher rate of failed implementations than the on-premise alternatives? If so, your fears surrounding SaaS are not based in reality. Rather, they’re likely the product of a challenge common among companies embarking on automation initiatives. Read on to learn why it isn’t SaaS to blame, but more likely, its you (or your fly-by-night cloud TMS provider).
The domestic shipping industry sits at a crossroads. With economic growth increasing demand for trucking capacity and an aging population of drivers not being replaced by the younger generation disinterested in trucking as a career option, something is going to have to give. Transportation planners and managers have long suffered the pain of capacity crunch and recent government regulations have only exacerbated the challenges. UltraShipTMS was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article last week on this very subject and the interview with WSJ’s Loretta Chao got us thinking about ways shippers can gain and retain access to capacity. Here are three ways Ultra experts recommend. (more…)
The Wall Street Journal recently featured Ashley Furniture Industries and the role an 800 truck private fleet plays in the manufacturer/retailer’s success story. Ashley captures numerous benefits by maintaining their own fleet including exceptional customer relationships (driver/brand ambassadors delivering more efficiently than their outsourced counterparts), more predictable access to capacity and backhaul rates approaching an eye-popping 90%. We interviewed private fleet expert and Collaborator contributor, Ed Burns about the many benefits of maintaining a private fleet and when it makes sense to do so. (more…)
Guest Blogger, Rich Chrzanowski — Container volume at US ports hit an all-time high in 2014 and a DOT transportation study projects volume to more than triple in coming years. Compounding the problem is the emergence of megaships which are taxing the aging infrastructure of US ports leading to long back-ups for trucking. The cherry on this sundae of woe are the ongoing labor disputes at West coast ports. Shipping delays are expected to cost the retail industry $7 billion this year and as much as $37 billion by 2016. There are creative ways retailers can mitigate the awful impact of these conditions, but only if they are maximizing their utilization of cutting edge transportation management solutions. Here are three ways retailers can minimize the pain at the ports. (more…)
Is your company ready for accelerating growth or imminent slowdown in the summer of 2015? Do you even know which event to plan for? Would you be interested to learn about strategies for insulating your business from the effects of these capricious market conditions? Read on for some commentary on why the economic outlook is so unpredictable and what you can do to ensure profitable operations regardless of which way the economy inevitably swings. (more…)
The recently completed private equity-driven acquisition of Kraft Foods Group by HJ Heinz Co. has illustrated an emerging cost-cutting practice that will surely be challenging to these newly merged operations. This new practice is being emulated by many industries and operations personnel will be tasked with accommodating the rigorous new cost-cutting efforts. Here’s what you need to know about the new practice and how your TMS solution and other Logistics IT tools can help ease the pain. (more…)
Is your trucking or logistics company an acquisition target? Or perhaps you’re considering making such an acquisition. In either event, there is a case to be made for the role of logistics IT solutions to help smooth the process of consuming or being consumed. Read on for details. (more…)
We’ve all heard that it takes a long time to turn a battleship. However, some of the largest most complex supply chains – like those at Walmart, Target Stores, Hasbro Toys and others – are seemingly able to pivot on a dime in response to external pressures on supply lines. Case in point, the Wall Street Journal reports that these three giants (among others) have reshaped their logistics plans to avoid US West Coast-bound ocean routes (and the subsequent OTR and rail routes) due to recent labor-dispute-driven disruptions at ports in Long Beach and Oakland. How do these behemoth entities make such significant changes so easily and what can we learn from their example? (more…)
If ever there was a perfect time to engage a logistics IT solution like TMS, Optimizer or Yard Management tool, it is now. The current windfall shippers are experiencing thanks to the depressed cost of fuel is the perfect reason to strike now if your organization has ever toyed with the idea of improving supply chain management with a SaaS software solution. Learn why making this modest investment today will pay dividends for years to come. (more…)