Supply Chain Collaborator Digest

Connecting Logistics Thought Leaders

December 2015 Newsletter

3 Strategies for Locking In Trucking Capacity3 Strategies for Locking In Trucking Capacity

The domestic shipping industry sits at a crossroads. With economic growth increasing demand for trucking capacity and an aging population of drivers not being replaced by the younger generation disinterested in trucking as a career option, something is going to have to give.

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5 Best Practices for Transportation Managers Considering Logistics IT Solutions5 Best Practices for Transportation Managers Considering Logistics IT Solutions

191 qualified global logistics practitioners were surveyed in 2015 by American Shipper magazine for their seventh annual benchmark study of transportation management. The report examines the trends impacting how shippers and logistics service providers manage freight transportation processes and the technologies used in support of these processes.

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8 Reasons Every Retail Shipper Needs a TMS8 Reasons Every Retail Shipper Needs a TMS

An article by similar name was published this week in Logistics Management magazine by the inimitable Bridget McCrea who is a leading voice in the media serving the logistics industry. We highly recommend you visit the article on the LM website, but for our busy readers, here’s a synopsis of the 8 reasons every retail shipper needs a TMS.

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UPS Invests $300M in Orion Optimizer - SaaS Tools Far Less CostlyUPS Invests $300M in "Orion" Optimizer - SaaS Tools Far Less Costly

The Wall Street Journal reported recently on UPS's project Orion, a ten year, $300 million technology build intended to optimize delivery routes for the tens of thousands of trucks the parcel giant has on roads across the globe daily. According to WSJ, each UPS driver makes an average of 120 stops per day representing a staggering 6.70190 possible alternate routes.

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The Parable of Walmart, Target Stores and Vertical Farming The Parable of Walmart, Target Stores and Vertical Farming

We've all heard that it takes a long time to turn a battleship. However, some of the largest most complex supply chains - like those at Walmart, Target Stores, Hasbro Toys and others - are seemingly able to pivot on a dimein response to external pressures on supply lines. Case in point, the Wall Street Journal reports that these three giants.

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The Wisdom of the Crowd (Sourcing) Doesn't Apply to Commercial Shipping The Wisdom of the Crowd (Sourcing) Doesn't Apply to Commercial Shipping

More than a year ago, the Supply Chain Collaborator blog examined the trend toward crowd sourcing and wondered aloud whether an "Uber for commercial shipping" was imminent. In that post which you can re-read here, we took the position that it was highly unlikely to occur given the myriad impediments to effectively developing such a solution.

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Two Bullish Trends for Private Fleet Operators Two Bullish Trends for Private Fleet Operators

Savvy shippers have been taking the long view in their efforts to overcome what promises to be an ongoing capacity crisis, by investing in private fleet resources. Yes, it is a front-loaded capital expense to purchase equipment and add costs associated with driver training, retention and compensation.

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Three Reasons Food Shippers NEED to Automate Transportation Processes Now Three Reasons Food Shippers NEED to Automate Transportation Processes Now

Plenty of food shippers already have some form of solution in place to automate their transportation planning and management processes. Whether they use a solution provided by a logistics IT provider, a basic tool provided by their 3PL or a homegrown system, it's clear that manual processes are no longer up to the increasingly complicated task.

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My Cloud TMS Failed Because My Cloud TMS Failed Because...

Are you a logistics/transportation leader who believes that Software as a Service business process automation tools (like cloud TMS, YMS, WMS, ERP, AP/AR and others) have a higher rate of failed implementations than the on-premise alternatives? If so, your fears surrounding SaaS are not based in reality.

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