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One Size Fits Few – Why TMS Usability Matters

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

One Size Fits Few – Why TMS Usability Matters

To paraphrase President Abraham Lincoln, “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time.  But you cannot please all of the people all of the time.”  Nowhere is this truer than in the development of software tools; specifically, in the development of transportation management systems (TMS) applications.  The thing is, the TMS of today is a favored supply chain technology across numerous types of users including shippers, brokers, 3PLs, freight forwarders and more – each with their own needs and requirements for the software.  So, how well does the TMS industry accommodate the needs of these disparate groups in their product builds? (more…)

A Consulting Partner Shares: “What Does a Good TMS Solution Deliver?”

Posted by Ed Burns on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A Consulting Partner Shares: “What Does a Good TMS Solution Deliver?”

At Burns Logistics (a proud technology partner of UltraShipTMS), we’re always happy to share insights with folks whether they are prospective clients or simply fellow logistics and transportation professionals seeking alternative perspectives on decisions they have made or are about to make.   The discussion that follows began when a colleague called to ask for more insight into a TMS solution her company had already implemented.  Unsure of the value of the TMS her company had recently engaged, this colleague called to ask, “What features and benefits should a good TMS system provide to our company?” (more…)

Expounding on NPTC President’s Take on Private Fleet Success Factors

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Expounding on NPTC President’s Take on Private Fleet Success Factors

Private fleets are an increasingly critical piece of a complex transportation puzzle for shippers.  Although they’re capital-intensive premium resources, private fleets wield outsized influence because of the unmatched utility they offer to an industry weighed down by chronic capacity shortages.  With so much invested in equipment and the highest driver compensation in the industry, what can shippers do to ensure optimal utilization of private fleet resources? (more…)

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…)