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Ralph Lauren’s transport operations team lacked the ability to dynamically route international air freight according to real-time best service and cost options, and it showed in inflated shipping costs. When a market search found no suitable transportation management system (TMS) for international air freight, the company decided to create its own, with help from solutions provider Acuitive Solutions.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
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Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
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Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Software-as-a-Service transportation management systems offer many advantages over enterprise software.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
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Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
A transportation management system with fleet management tools facilitates transportation planning for private fleets.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Companies avoid common obstacles to successful TMS implementation by partnering with an experienced solutions provider.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Expedited shipping modes are a crucial part of shippers’ planned transportation strategies.
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GPS tracking devices give shippers shipment visibility, even when cargo is in the air.
Leveraging transportation management system (TMS) capabilities help shippers make better real-time carrier decisions.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
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Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Mid-market shippers who use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) can improve visibility, access report data, and enable EDI carrier integrations while automating the transportation cycle, says Richard G. Piontek of 3PLogic.
By implementing collaborative and flexible logistics practices and remaining agile, managing air freight today can be a win-win process for both shipper and forwarder, writes Horst von Kanel of Damco USA.
Expedited services transport cargo by air, sea, or ground to meet shippers’ demands for consistent, on-time delivery with short lead times.
A rich and robust transportation management system (TMS) plays an important role in a company’s inbound transportation strategy.
The collaborative environment of a Software-as-a-Servivce (SaaS) transportation management system (TMS) enables connectivity and supports seamless collaboration with global supply chain partners, says Jon Kuerschner of LeanLogistics.
The airfreight industry is depending on the new efficiencies promised by new freighters, e-commerce, and updated air traffic control systems to offset economic uncertainties and increasing regulatory requirements.
With a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management system (TMS), shippers are quickly taking control of their network of carriers, customers, and vendors, writes Eric Rempel, 3PLogic.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
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Transportation and logistics technology solutions such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) enrich and empower the user community by integrating partners and aggregating data.
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When it comes to transportation management systems, a combination of SaaS plus managed services represents the next step in supply chain optimization, writes Jordan Kass, TMC.
Access to transportation network data allows companies to benchmark with better business intelligence, enabling smarter decisions for continuous improvements, says Matt Ahearn, LeanLogistics.
With the improved visibility supplied by transportation management systems, shippers can leverage shipment data internally to generate top-line revenue, says Geoff Comrie, Transite Technology.
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Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
Software-as-a-Service (Saas) transportation management systems encourage collaboration so that all supply chain partners view the same permission-based data to identify mutually beneficial solutions and improvements.
Today’s new cloud-based transportation management systems empower companies to connect in real-time with their global supply chain partners, helping supply chain managers streamline their processes and save significant time, costs, and resources.
Move out of your comfort zone and into a multi-functional, cost-saving, online transportation management system.
Choose a global air transportation services provider that both you and your customers can trust to deliver time-sensitive inventory on schedule.
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Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
When expediting shipments, visibility, communication, and customer service get into gear.
Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.
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Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
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A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Flexible transportation management systems empower shippers by integrating inbound and outbound transportation throughout the supply chain management process.
Transportation managements systems (TMS) have evolved into intelligent execution tools that add context, writes Steven Shoemaker, RateLinx.
Ongoing cooperation with value chain partners is possible with integrated transportation management software for optimal resource utilization, business efficiencies, and cost control, writes Scott Vanselous, TMW Systems Inc.
Tim Higham of Interstate Transport Inc. predicts that within a few years, many service providers will be offering free TMS technology to help their shipper customers move more freight.
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