Trucking capacity for over the road shipping in North America is already projected to be tight for 2013; perhaps tighter than ever before. So it is with great unease that the carriers and shippers alike await the imminent implementation of new federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules which are scheduled to take…
The return of baseball season has us thinking about, you guessed it, transportation, logistics and TMS software. Wait! What? Follow our addled logic to the correlation between America’s pastime and getting shipments delivered on-time.
DC Velocity magazine performed their annual Outlook survey polling shippers on their spending plans for the year. And while the editorial they produced with the data didn’t exactly set out to focus on transportation management systems (TMS), it may as well have been entitled, “Why Shippers Need a TMS”.
Remember the grandfatherly Shawshank Redemption character Brooks Hatlen – incarcerated since youth – lamenting his new life outside, on parole, in a letter to his former prison-mates saying, “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry”? Well, it’s true! Back in early 2010, Walmart instituted “must arrive by date” (MABD) compliance guidelines to improve their supply chain reliability and which penalized shippers unable to deliver within a (typically) 4-day window. So why weren’t shippers in a “big damn hurry” to adopt optimization and what made them come around?