The Spring/Summer issue of Food Shippers of America magazine has hit the stands with a feature article on the Trucking Industry’s Top 10 industry issues for 2016. Seven in ten of the issues on the list can be addressed and overcome through the use of a good logistics IT solution. We recommend reading the article online here (while you’re there, see our ad on the inside cover) and then read on to learn how TMS platforms can overcome 70% of 2016’s top trucking issues. (more…)
What’s the difference between a TMS solution designed from inception to operate in the cloud and one that was born as a hosted solution, and then subsequently modified to be offered via the web? The web-enabled solution provider will insist there is no difference. But in reality, there are a number of reasons why the web-native TMS is superior to its web-enabled counterpart. Here are some of the prominent reasons. (more…)
The TMS selection and implementation process is fraught with challenges and liabilities for those tasked with driving it. Choose the stodgy, uninspired logistics IT solution provider with the middling results/poor cost efficiency it delivers and you’ll be remembered as lacking vision. Choose the sexy, innovative/disruptive provider with unproven capabilities and you risk being remembered as having saddled your organization with a costly and ineffective solution. Is it even possible to make a well-conceived choice that protects your legacy as visionary leader with a knack for sussing out the solution with the most applicable capabilities with appropriate total costs of ownership? (more…)
What if I told you were unwittingly undermining all the time, cost and effort your organization has invested in logistics IT solutions like TMS and optimization tools? What if there were a small, yet easily addressed oversight in your supply chain automation initiatives that was preventing your planning from achieving their full potential? Wouldn’t you want to know about it and take immediate steps to close the gap once it had been identified? Read on to find out what may currently be missing from your supply chain logistics program. (more…)
Are there any retailers left who aren’t feeling the urgency behind the need for more and better Logistics IT solutions to help them remain not only competitive, but viable? If so, we’re continuing to cover the seemingly daily news stories about the travails of large retailers and the shifting environment that is wreaking havoc on what were once seemingly unshakable market leaders. (more…)
A recent article by Transport Topics’ Seth Clevenger inadvertently underscores the extent to which many transportation departments are way behind the times when it comes to the use of technologies for supply chain logistics management. The article, “Execs Weigh Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing” was a short piece long on misguided ideas about why, when and how to leverage logistics IT solutions. Let’s break it down and inject some reality into the discussion. (more…)
Order-to-Cash (OTC or O2C) describes the set of business processes to transpire between when a customer order is placed and when payment for the delivered order is ultimately received and recorded in the ledger. With lean supply chain/inventory strategies and just-in-time fulfillment at the forefront of contemporary business practices, it has never been more critical to shorten the gap between purchase order and settlement. Read on to learn how a great TMS helps improve cash flow by shortening the order-to-cash lifecycle.
It’s not news that the traditional retail industry is in the throes of existential change as they seek to adapt to the rise of online commerce and the omni-channel strategies they’re employing in attempts to retain market share. Here’s some reporting on two recent articles about the major plays being made by titans Amazon and Google and some analysis on what these seismic events portend for the traditional retailer. (more…)
These 9 headlines culled from Transport Topics over the first three weeks of 2016, coupled with the emerging economic slowdown should give pause to all shippers. A trusted leading indicator and bellwether for the macro-economy, transportation presages the fates of the broader economy; and it seems the outlook is very negative for transportation in 2016 across all modes. There is still time and budget for shipping organizations to implement new TMS solutions or upgrade existing ones – yielding benefits like automation, efficiency improvements, expanded visibility and scalability – if they’re to be well-protected against what appears to be a looming downturn.
What is the commonality between retailers and food shippers when it comes to surviving the rapid evolution of the business environment wrought by the widespread adoption of new and emerging sales and delivery strategies? Hint: just as technology is fueling the rapid pace of change, it is also the driving force behind the success of companies succeeding at remaining relevant amidst a sea change in how consumers interact with the businesses they frequent. Read on to learn how technology is both the challenge and solution facing retailers and food shippers. (more…)