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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Things YMS Can Tell You About Your Yard

Posted by UltraShipTMS 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 UltraShipTMS 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 UltraShipTMS 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 UltraShipTMS 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 UltraShipTMS 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…)

Use YMS to Combat Truck Parking Crisis

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jan 26, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

Use YMS to Combat Truck Parking Crisis

In case you were looking for yet another reason to consider implementing a Yard Management System (YMS) solution as part of your TMS instance or even as a standalone, here’s one to consider.   Beyond the standard reasons the Collaborator blog has detailed in recent posts – improved visibility into equipment & stored freight, better dock door scheduling, improved yard safety and security, etc. – a new challenge faces truckers thanks to the new Hours of Service rules: access to safe, overnight parking.  Follow past the jump for details on the new challenge and how YMS tools can alleviate the pain. (more…)

Bullish Trends for OTR Transportation in 2015

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Bullish Trends for OTR Transportation in 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for the transportation industry, and in particular, over the road trucking concerns.  Rarely has this blogger seen more positive headlines competing for column inches across the front pages of various transportation industry news organs.  Yet, as the recycling truck picks up the last of the champagne bottles and the curbsides still bear more than a few discarded Christmas trees, the following stories are gracing the pages of outlets like Transport Topics, Inbound Logistics, SupplyChainBrain and others. (more…)

The Logistics of Marijuana

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jan 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Logistics of Marijuana

Medical marijuana is already legal in 23 states and counting.  While Ultra doesn’t take a particular position for or against the trend,  the recent wholesale legalization of recreational pot in Washington State and Colorado has us reading the writing  on the wall.  Despite the best efforts of anti-legalization forces, the dominoes are set up to fall (excluding of course, Dominos Pizzerias which will likely see a record spike in business).  Expect more states to succumb to the lure of tax revenues generated by the sale of marijuana.  The resulting boom in pot growing and distribution will have definite ramifications for transportation companies in 2015 and beyond.  Here are three things the transportation and logistics IT industry already does well; and which will be repurposed to accommodate the imminent flood of new, marijuana industry-driven shipping business. (more…)

Best Practices for Successful TMS Implementations – Data Cleansing

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

Best Practices for Successful TMS Implementations – Data Cleansing

In the past month, the Collaborator has heard from several readers asking us for articles on steps that may be taken to ensure successful TMS implementations.  We’re only too happy to oblige!  This is the first in what will be a series of posts highlighting crucial steps that must be taken if a TMS implementation is going to succeed.  Today, we’re discussing the importance of Data Cleansing in TMS implementation. (more…)

Inbound Logistics Challenges – Retailers Haunted by Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present

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

Inbound Logistics Challenges – Retailers Haunted by Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present

Retailers have been working diligently on their Holiday 2014 logistics plans since May according to reporting by Inbound Logistics magazine, hoping to avoid a repeat of last 2013’s retail shipping debacle.  While visions of sugarplums may begin dancing around in the heads of consumers as the 2014 holiday season approaches at astonishing speed, visions of supply chain disruptions are the nightmare keeping transportation managers awake at night.  What steps can retailers take to avoid repeating the Santa Claus sleigh wreck of 2013? (more…)