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Use YMS to Combat Truck Parking Crisis

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jan 26, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Use YMS to Combat Truck Parking Crisis

In case you were looking for yet another reason to consider implementing a Yard Management System (YMS) solution as part of your TMS instance or even as a standalone, here’s one to consider.   Beyond the standard reasons the Collaborator blog has detailed in recent posts – improved visibility into equipment & stored freight, better dock door scheduling, improved yard safety and security, etc. – a new challenge faces truckers thanks to the new Hours of Service rules: access to safe, overnight parking.  Follow past the jump for details on the new challenge and how YMS tools can alleviate the pain. (more…)

Bullish Trends for OTR Transportation in 2015

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Bullish Trends for OTR Transportation in 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for the transportation industry, and in particular, over the road trucking concerns.  Rarely has this blogger seen more positive headlines competing for column inches across the front pages of various transportation industry news organs.  Yet, as the recycling truck picks up the last of the champagne bottles and the curbsides still bear more than a few discarded Christmas trees, the following stories are gracing the pages of outlets like Transport Topics, Inbound Logistics, SupplyChainBrain and others. (more…)

The Logistics of Marijuana

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Jan 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Logistics of Marijuana

Medical marijuana is already legal in 23 states and counting.  While Ultra doesn’t take a particular position for or against the trend,  the recent wholesale legalization of recreational pot in Washington State and Colorado has us reading the writing  on the wall.  Despite the best efforts of anti-legalization forces, the dominoes are set up to fall (excluding of course, Dominos Pizzerias which will likely see a record spike in business).  Expect more states to succumb to the lure of tax revenues generated by the sale of marijuana.  The resulting boom in pot growing and distribution will have definite ramifications for transportation companies in 2015 and beyond.  Here are three things the transportation and logistics IT industry already does well; and which will be repurposed to accommodate the imminent flood of new, marijuana industry-driven shipping business. (more…)

Best Practices for Successful TMS Implementations – Data Cleansing

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Dec 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Practices for Successful TMS Implementations – Data Cleansing

In the past month, the Collaborator has heard from several readers asking us for articles on steps that may be taken to ensure successful TMS implementations.  We’re only too happy to oblige!  This is the first in what will be a series of posts highlighting crucial steps that must be taken if a TMS implementation is going to succeed.  Today, we’re discussing the importance of Data Cleansing in TMS implementation. (more…)

Inbound Logistics Challenges – Retailers Haunted by Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present

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

Inbound Logistics Challenges – Retailers Haunted by Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present

Retailers have been working diligently on their Holiday 2014 logistics plans since May according to reporting by Inbound Logistics magazine, hoping to avoid a repeat of last 2013’s retail shipping debacle.  While visions of sugarplums may begin dancing around in the heads of consumers as the 2014 holiday season approaches at astonishing speed, visions of supply chain disruptions are the nightmare keeping transportation managers awake at night.  What steps can retailers take to avoid repeating the Santa Claus sleigh wreck of 2013? (more…)

Great News! Time to Consider New Logistics IT Solutions

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Great News!  Time to Consider New Logistics IT Solutions

It’s not often that one opens a newspaper and sees nothing but good news.  In fact, most of the time, you can count on being depressed at the headlines and their seemingly endless record of doom, gloom and despair.  But not this month!  Looking at several recent issues of the venerable weekly newspaper of trucking and freight transportation, Transport Topics, this blogger was struck by the fact that most of the headline news lately has been exceedingly good for the transportation industry.  What does this mean and how should shippers react? (more…)

Best Practices for Yard Management System Vendor Selection

Posted by UltraShipTMS on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Practices for Yard Management System Vendor Selection

Our friends over at Inbound Logistics magazine recently published a piece on “Selecting a Yard Management System” or YMS.    While every point made in the article was spot on, there were a few that were so salient; they jumped right off the page!   While we certainly agree with the more obvious suggestions (like finding a YMS that is highly configurable and integration-ready and selecting a vendor that can accommodate your budget), we were on our feet and clapping at the following suggestions which echo the advice we often provide to organizations seeking YMS (and TMS) solutions. (more…)

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…)