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Any Way the Wind Blows Doesn’t Really Matter to TMS Users

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Any Way the Wind Blows Doesn’t Really Matter to TMS Users

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…)

TMS Software Eases the Pain of Zero-Based Budgeting

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

TMS Software Eases the Pain of Zero-Based Budgeting

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…)

Logistics IT Solutions’ Role in Near-Record Levels of Trucking Company Acquisitions

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Logistics IT Solutions’ Role in Near-Record Levels of Trucking Company Acquisitions

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…)

The Parable of Walmart, Target Stores and Vertical Farming

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

The Parable of Walmart, Target Stores and Vertical Farming

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…)

The PERFECT REASON to Implement Supply Chain Logistics IT Solutions Today

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The PERFECT REASON to Implement Supply Chain Logistics IT Solutions Today

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…)

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Things YMS Can Tell You About Your Yard

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Things YMS Can Tell You About Your Yard

There is a lot of valuable data within the confines of your freight yard, which can be captured and leveraged to improve supply chain logistics efficiency.  Often forgotten (as the focus tends to favor TMS and WMS applications) are the myriad ways in which improved visibility and control of assets on the yard can affect key performance indicators such as lead times, OS&D claims, equipment availability, dock door scheduling and many more.  This nifty infographic shows 5 things your YMS solution can tell you about the yard. (more…)

UPS Invests $300M in “Orion” Optimizer – SaaS Tools Far Less Costly

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

UPS Invests $300M in “Orion” Optimizer – SaaS Tools Far Less Costly

The Wall Street Journal reported recently on UPS’s project Orion, a ten year, $300 million technology build intended to optimize delivery routes for the tens of thousands of trucks the parcel giant has on roads across the globe daily.  According to WSJ, each UPS driver makes an average of 120 stops per day representing a staggering 6.70190 possible alternate routes.  UPS expects to save $300 million to $400 million annually with this technology.  Your transportation plan may not approach a fraction of the complexity facing UPS but nevertheless, the variables at work in your network are probably still beyond the computing power of even the sharpest human minds.   The good news is, you don’t have to spend $300 million to harness similar heuristic algorithmic technology to optimize your shipments. (more…)

Not All Clouds Have a Silver Lining – Why Cloud TMS Solutions Fail

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Not All Clouds Have a Silver Lining – Why Cloud TMS Solutions Fail

Contrary to everything you’ve read in these pages in the past, cloud software is destined to fail your logistics and supply chain management initiatives; but not for the reasons you might think!  So many of the critical success factors crucial to the realization of supply chain automation goals are either accomplished (or not) during implementation.  While the solution is intended to be used for years, its success or failure is dictated by the quality (or lack thereof) of the groundwork lain during the scant 12 to 16 weeks at the beginning of the TMS program. (more…)

Listen: Ultra President Nicholas Carretta Appears on BlogTalkRadio

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Listen: Ultra President Nicholas Carretta Appears on BlogTalkRadio

Truck drivers have been saying for years that, “We need more truck parking” but it seems that it took an article in the Wall Street Journal and a post here at the Supply Chain Collaborator to get the much needed attention of the general public.  Listen to an archived recording of a discussion on BlogTalkRadio’s Truth About Trucking show wherein host, Allen Smith interviews Dave Della Maggiore, the veteran driver interviewed for the WSJ report and Ultra President, Nicholas Carretta.

CIO Mag: Use Real Cloud Apps, Not On-Premise Apps Masquerading as SaaS TMS

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

CIO Mag: Use Real Cloud Apps, Not On-Premise Apps Masquerading as SaaS TMS

In April 2013 UltraShipTMS Director of IT, Darren Graham, published a post at the Supply Chain Collaborator blog titled, 5 IT Questions to Ask Before Implementing a Cloud Based TMS.  In his post, Graham provided questions shippers should ask to suss out whether the solutions they were considering implementing were native to the cloud or merely web-enabled versions of old-school, on-premise solutions masquerading as cloud solutions.   This week, CIO Magazine published an article titled, “Why cloud apps must differ from on-premise apps”, which does an exceptional job of explaining why cloud-native, SaaS TMS solutions are superior to on-premise solutions that have been – as they so artfully put it – “forklifted up” to the cloud.  (more…)