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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…)

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…)