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…)
Never mind what solution providers may tell you about why you should implement a new (or upgrade an aging) TMS solution. Here are four indicators from top tier, impartial sources that, together, represent a compelling case for why you should tackle supply chain logistics automation challenges in the next two quarters.
Do you know why everyone hates technology solution product demos? Because they’re tedious and frequently fail to explain how the solution solves the customer’s specific business challenges and pain points. Making matters worse, solutions for enterprise-level businesses (like supply chain logistics IT solutions) are complex applications covering a broad array of business processes and functions. The Collaborator recently asked members of the UltraShipTMS product demo delivery team about how they’ve driven successful product demos for their Transportation Management System and related logistics software solutions.
UltraShipTMS (and many of its employees) is native to the New York metro area. We all grew up with Yankees baseball among the constants of life in this part of the world. That is why it was with great sadness that we marked the passing of Yogi Berra, who, like the Yankees and like UltraShipTMS, grew to be more than just a player, a ball club or a TMS provider. Yogi’s homespun way of conveying life’s truths was something people all over the world came to admire. It is in this spirit of admiration that we borrow a handful of Berra’s most beloved malapropisms and apply them to our own industry.
Transport Topics reports cutting edge shippers are mining information about freight delivery and conditions to improve timeliness and quality of their service. Fleet operators are mining equipment maintenance data to detect trends; some even mine data from social media. These early adopters are leaving companies that don’t even have a TMS (or those that have outdated systems) behind. (more…)
Omni-channel retail selling does not involve the same list of considerations as omni-channel fulfillment for logistics planning, but it does correlate. Whenever a truly disruptive business development impacts an entire industry, it is almost certain that there will be ramifications for other industries. In this case, the transformative effect of the internet and ecommerce has radically reshaped the nature of retail and, as such, the nature of supply chain logistics for retail operations. This post puts some definition around omni-channel retail selling and discusses the implications for logistics and transportation management. (more…)