Supply Chain Collaborator Digest

Connecting Logistics Thought Leaders

Summer "Best of the Collaborator" Issue

News Image9 Headlines Striking Fear into Shippers Lacking a Strong TMS

These 9 headlines culled from Transport Topics over the first three weeks of 2016, coupled with the emerging economic slowdown should give pause to all shippers. A trusted leading indicator and bellwether for the macro-economy, transportation presages the fates of the broader economy; and it seems the outlook is very negative for transportation in 2016 across all modes.

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Cloud Enabled TMS is like Bolting Propellers to a Mail Truck"Cloud-Enabled TMS" – Like Bolting Propellers to a Mail Truck

The world is anticipating a revolution in the shopping/consumer experience as the technology seems nearly ready for widespread drone delivery of online purchases. Oddly, none of the traditional parcel delivery companies are rushing to bolt propellers and wings to their panel vans. There simply isn’t much demand for three ton, flying mail trucks. Similarly, when it comes to TMS solutions, there are still many organizations (either willingly or unwittingly) comfortable with an equally absurd proposition: implementing cloud-enabled TMS solutions (old school on-premise applications skinned with a web-enabling interface) instead of cloud-native ones. Why?

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Mobile Tracking App on Handheld Image5 Reasons to Integrate Cell-Based Freight-Location Solutions with TMS

Companies like MacroPoint, FourKites and others offer the next generation of freight tracking capabilities, leveraging the latest mobile device tech and web-based apps to yield up-to-the-minute location information for over the road freight shippers, carriers and 3PLS. Why should a shipper consider engaging these solutions if they have EDI and other communications protocols already in place through their TMS?

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Man Searching ImageLogistics Metrics You Didn’t Know You Should Be Watching

What if I told you were unwittingly undermining all the time, cost and effort your organization has invested in logistics IT solutions like TMS and optimization tools? What if there were a small, yet easily addressed oversight in your supply chain automation initiatives that was preventing your planning from achieving their full potential? Wouldn’t you want to know about it and take immediate steps to close the gap once it had been identified? Read on to find out what may currently be missing from your supply chain logistics program.

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