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Transportation Optimizer: (Not Quite) Space-Age Solution to the Problem of Empty Miles

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

Transportation Optimizer: (Not Quite) Space-Age Solution to the Problem of Empty Miles

Orbital Science’s robotic Cygnus spacecraft delivered 3700 pounds of freight to the international space station several days ago. After unloading the shipment, astronauts aboard the ISS sent the Cygnus craft on a return trajectory toward Earth where it promptly burned up in the atmosphere. A pretty simple solution for reverse logistics that neatly dispenses with concerns over empty miles. But terrestrial logistics planners don’t have the option to burn trailers or containers immediately upon unloading the freight. Planners working for forward-looking organizations do have the option of leveraging a truly cutting edge algorithmic technology to minimize empty miles – a Transportation Optimizer! (more…)

TMS Software: Effective Stand In for Big Data Scientist?

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Aug 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

TMS Software: Effective Stand In for Big Data Scientist?

Big Data has captivated the minds of supply chain practitioners.  Look no further than Supply Chain Quarterly’s current cover story, “Lifting the Fog: Three Steps to Supply Chain Visibility”.  This issue also features an editorial perspective penned by Editor James Cooke lamenting the need for data scientists in supply chain management roles.  As a repository of transportation data, a TMS software platform surely generates intelligence to be leveraged towards greater supply chain efficiency.  But, do you need a data scientist to perform data analysis or do you just need to know what questions to ask? (more…)

Life Insurance, Suicide Pills and TMS Software – Hedging Against the Inevitable

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Life Insurance, Suicide Pills and TMS Software – Hedging Against the Inevitable

What do life insurance policies, the cyanide capsules carried by espionage agents and TMS software solutions have in common? They all work to help to lessen the pain inflicted by unfortunate, yet unavoidable circumstances.  Life insurance helps surviving family members cope financially with the loss of their loved one.  A spy’s suicide pill permits him a dignified demise should he be captured by the enemy.  TMS software offers shippers the ability to absorb the shock poised to ripple through the transportation industry via the worsening driver shortage. (more…)

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…)