March 2018 Digest

Calculator ImageFood Shippers: Do This One Thing Before Hiking Prices

The lede from a recent Wall Street Journal article blares, "Some of the biggest food suppliers are struggling to manage soaring logistics costs in a fast-changing consumer market. General Mills Inc. is the latest big company to succumb to tight capacity and rising prices in shipping markets, saying its freight costs neared 20-year highs in February while spending for its ingredients was also on the upswing." Some perspective on this troubling trend and a concrete step all shippers can take right now to offset booming logistics costs.

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Blockchain graphicBlockchain for the Supply Chain - What's It All Mean?

The biggest bandwagon since the dotcom revolution, companies of all stripes are chanting "blockchain, blockchain, BLOCKCHAIN" in their marketing as if it were a spell they could cast to magically attract business. While most people don't even understand this exciting new technology beyond the notion of its role in the rise of "crypto-currency", there are practical uses for it across many critical business functions. Let's explore how it can be leveraged for improved supply chain management.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant Logo UltraShipTMS named a "Notable TMS Vendor" in Gartner's 2018 Magic Quadrant Report on Transportation Management Systems

For the Second Consecutive Year, UltraShipTMS Recognized in Highly-Regarded industry Report
March 21, 2018 – Fair Lawn, NJ – UltraShipTMS has again earned recognition as a notable vendor of enterprise transportation management systems and associated logistics IT solutions in Gartner's esteemed Magic Quadrant report for Transportation Management Systems. With the field of TMS providers rapidly expanding, the Gartner Magic Quadrant report has become a trusted resource for buyers seeking to differentiate between legitimate, proven-effective solutions and less complete, under-developed ones.

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Gas Pump Handle ImageThis May Seem Obvious to Experienced Transportation Managers but...

Question: How will any potential increase in gas taxes be reflected in your fuel surcharge as a shipper? The fuel surcharge in UltraShipTMS is automatically updated based on the published national average. How can transportation managers act to mitigate the cost increase likely to materialize?

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