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The Road to Big Data Visibility Doesn’t Run through Your 3PL Technology

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jul 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Road to Big Data Visibility Doesn’t Run through Your 3PL Technology

So you’re a shipper intrigued by “Big Data” tools and technology to improve transportation management initiatives. Should you implement a 3PL technology solution, or is it more effective to select a pure-play TMS provider to leverage your data? Your current 3PL has a technology they’ve been offering and that seems like a neatly bundled offering. But, before you agree to use their tool though, consider the following strategy which delivers the best of both worlds. (more…)

“Fresh” Transportation Planning Needed for Frozen Foods Producers

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

“Fresh” Transportation Planning Needed for Frozen Foods Producers

Forget about the supply chain headaches caused by endless regulatory mandates, fuel price volatility and the perennial driver-shortage-fueled capacity crunch.  There is a much more fundamental shift afoot that could impact the food shipping industry and their transportation planning strategies in far more significant ways.   (more…)

How a TMS Solution can Harness the 4 Drivers of Sustainability

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jul 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How a TMS Solution can Harness the 4 Drivers of Sustainability

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board revealed four forces driving sustainability in transportation.  Although the SASB didn’t discuss how companies could use this information, the implications were clear; particularly when viewed through the prism of transportation automation and optimization solutions.  A TMS solution can harness these four drivers, achieving impressive sustainability for user organizations.  Follow over the fold for the “how”. (more…)

As West Coast Port Contract Ends, TMS Investments Look Prescient

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

As West Coast Port Contract Ends, TMS Investments Look Prescient

It’s my job as Director of Marketing for UltraShipTMS to convince shippers of the very real need for transportation automation and optimization software.  Generally speaking, I don’t take to the Supply Chain Collaborator blog to push the product (or the Support Department of the Year that comes along with it).  But this next story does the selling for me tacitly, as I simply report on the imminent closure of the Port of Oakland due to labor disputes. (more…)

Cool Facts: The Data TMS Tracks Helps Beat the Fuel Tax

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jun 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Cool Facts: The Data TMS Tracks Helps Beat the Fuel Tax

Maryland Congressman John Delaney recently unveiled a proposal to pay the cost of badly needed upgrades and repairs to America’s crumbling roadway infrastructure with a twelve cent-per-gallon fuel tax. Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon proposed an alternative bill to replace the federal gasoline tax with a wholesale “barrel tax” on oil. Whether the final legislation ends up being a per-gallon or a wholesale tax, it will ultimately add to the cost of doing business for shippers.  Either way, this provides us with yet another opportunity to demonstrate how TMS systems are the answer to transportation challenges – new and old.  (more…)

3 Ways SaaS TMS Offsets the Rising Cost of Shipping

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jun 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

3 Ways SaaS TMS Offsets the Rising Cost of Shipping

Ask any transportation executive about the rising costs of shipping products and you’ll get the same response, “Costs continue to rise.” We cannot blame those charged with managing logistics for feeling put upon by what really feels like a deliberate, systematic attack on their profit margins. With costs rising due to increases in driver pay, regulatory requirements and infrastructure/equipment issues, supply chain practitioners are under the gun to find offsets or they risk contributing to their respective companies’ eroding profit margins. However, there is good news courtesy of TMS software providers. Here are three ways SaaS TMS offsets these rising costs. (more…)

The TMS Software Guru will be Key to Hillshire Brands’ Acquisition

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jun 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The TMS Software Guru will be Key to Hillshire Brands’ Acquisition

Frenzied consolidation in the food industry this month as Hillshire Brands sought to acquire Pinnacle Foods, only to become a takeover target themselves when first Pilgrim’s Pride and next, Tyson Foods announced competing intentions to purchase Hillshire.  This morning, it was reported that Tyson won the bidding war with a $7.7 billion bidTyson CEO Donald Smith said, “We believe that there is a strong strategic, financial and operational rationale for the combination of Tyson and Hillshire.”  His statement got us to thinking about the role played by TMS software which shares similar rationales in terms of the strategic, financial and operational benefits they provide.  More specifically, we got to thinking about how critical TMS subject matter experts will be to the success of acquisitions like this and others. (more…)

Sneak Preview: Ultra’s New Carrier Mobile App

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

Sneak Preview: Ultra’s New Carrier Mobile App

Life is about to get a lot easier for carriers serving shippers who use UltraShipTMS.  In this exclusive sneak preview, the Supply Chain Collaborator takes a look at leaked images of Ultra’s new carrier check call mobile app which isn’t scheduled for release for another few weeks.  Follow over the fold for an advance view of the new app (in testing now) and some information about what it will deliver. (more…)

HOS Rules: The Price of Safety or Waste of Money?

Posted by UltraShipTMS on May 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

HOS Rules: The Price of Safety or Waste of Money?

Today, nearly a year after the new HOS rules took effect in July 2013, the guessing game is largely over as actual data reflecting the results of the tightened restrictions is available to review. So, who was right and who was wrong? Did safety levels improve noticeably? Or did the new rules do nothing more than strain already tight supply of trucking capacity, leading to higher transportation costs (which by all accounts would be passed along to the consumer)? (more…)

Transportation Collaboration: 8 Practices for Better Results

Posted by Chuck Intrieri on May 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Transportation Collaboration: 8 Practices for Better Results

In order to have a successful “win-win” partnership with any provider of transportation and supply chain management solutions, you must avoid adversarial relationships and collaborate, as genuine partners, in the spirit of cooperation. (more…)