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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…)

Great News! Time to Consider New Logistics IT Solutions

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Great News!  Time to Consider New Logistics IT Solutions

It’s not often that one opens a newspaper and sees nothing but good news.  In fact, most of the time, you can count on being depressed at the headlines and their seemingly endless record of doom, gloom and despair.  But not this month!  Looking at several recent issues of the venerable weekly newspaper of trucking and freight transportation, Transport Topics, this blogger was struck by the fact that most of the headline news lately has been exceedingly good for the transportation industry.  What does this mean and how should shippers react? (more…)

Best Practices for Yard Management System Vendor Selection

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Practices for Yard Management System Vendor Selection

Our friends over at Inbound Logistics magazine recently published a piece on “Selecting a Yard Management System” or YMS.    While every point made in the article was spot on, there were a few that were so salient; they jumped right off the page!   While we certainly agree with the more obvious suggestions (like finding a YMS that is highly configurable and integration-ready and selecting a vendor that can accommodate your budget), we were on our feet and clapping at the following suggestions which echo the advice we often provide to organizations seeking YMS (and TMS) solutions. (more…)

The Google TMS?

Posted by Anthony Vitiello on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Google TMS?

Is Google TMS a serious potentiality?  This we know: Google is a company on the move, making inroads into businesses far outside Internet search, and they’re well equipped to succeed.  The most recent example comes in the form of Google’s attempt to assimilate another internet goliath – Amazon.  See the Wall Street Journal article about their (don’t be) ‘evil’ plan.  Then join us over the fold as we imagine what a GoogleTMS would look like. (more…)

TMS Usability Matters – Excerpts from Talking Logistics Webisode

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

TMS Usability Matters – Excerpts from Talking Logistics Webisode

UltraShipTMS president, Nicholas Carretta was recently interviewed by well-known logistics industry expert, Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics during a live web-based episode.  The subject of the discussion was the often-neglected role of usability within TMS applications.  What follows are a pair of insightful clips from the half hour long event wherein Carretta shares some of the common usability challenges facing shippers using supply chain automation tools and how improving TMS usability helps drive improved adoption rates.  Follow over the fold for the clips. (more…)

5 Reasons Companies are Updating Legacy TMS Software

Posted by Mike Sadowski on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Reasons Companies are Updating Legacy TMS Software

Guest Blogger, Michael Sadowski writes:
Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics recently asked the question: Why are companies replacing their legacy TMS?   We’ve definitely seen increasing momentum in the SaaS TMS market in the past few months, with shippers who have legacy TMS systems in place actively working to replace these systems with SaaS solutions.  So, OK Adrian, I’m going to take a swing that this question and share some reasons why I think this much-anticipated shift is really starting to accelerate.  (more…)

The ‘Why’ of YMS – Yard Management Systems

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The ‘Why’ of YMS – Yard Management Systems

Leading supply chain analysts and industry watchers agree the need for integrated Yard Management Systems (YMS) software has become acute.  Forward-looking TMS solution providers are answering the call, building newly developed YMS applications into their native TMS platforms as a best practice.  Early-adopting shippers are reporting promising results from their YMS implementations.  But why has YMS suddenly become the “golden child” of supply chain management?  Here are a couple ideas. (more…)

Register for Webcast on TMS Usability with Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Register for Webcast on TMS Usability with Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics

Time is running out to register for an informative, live webcast with UltraShipTMS president, Nicholas Carretta and Talking Logistics’ Adrian Gonzalez.  The live event is happening Tuesday, September 30th 2014 beginning at Noon Eastern time.  The subject of this episode is: Usability Matters: The Importance of the User Interface and Experience in TMS systems.  Nick and Adrian will discuss this often overlooked facet of logistics solutions and explore why good usability is so important.  Registration is free to all.  Click here to register to attend online.

3 Reasons Why a Harsh Winter Won’t Impact Shipping Capacity Like Last Year

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

3 Reasons Why a Harsh Winter Won’t Impact Shipping Capacity Like Last Year

If you put stock in such things, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts this coming winter will be as bad as or worse than last year’s.  Everyone in the transportation industry remembers how bad things got last winter as storm after giant storm bore down on the East coast sending snow as far south as Louisiana.  And who could forget the ominously named, “Polar Vortex” which channeled subzero arctic blasts well below their native latitudes.  The resulting disruptions from inclement weather and deep frozen equipment helped exacerbate already tight capacity challenges for shippers.  Is the shipping industry in for a repeat as winter looms large on the horizon? (more…)