Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Freight bill payment and auditing services save shippers money by finding billing errors and optimization opportunities.
Managing loss and damage claims can be challenging for shippers. Claims processing providers can facilitate and educate.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
By reviewing shipment history, carrier assignments, and freight invoices, a benchmark study will accurately reveal your company’s transportation costs, writes Mike Challman, VP of North American Operations, ChemLogix.
Stephanie Miles of Amber Road offers advice on how shippers can manage the growing complexity of international supply chains and their associated increasing transportation costs.
Leveraging IT, reconsidering warehouse processes, and conducting periodic network optimization projects are just three of many strategies that enable shippers to not only trim costs, but ensure that transportation spending supports overall business goals.
By helping tire importer TBC Corporation convert its inbound transportation to free-on-board (FOB) terms and control freight costs, American Global Logistics rolled out a supply chain transformation.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Co-loading truckload and less-than-truckload shipments can reduce transportation costs, lead times, and shipment damage.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Larger container ships pose new risks and liabilities... Peel Group invests in oil and gas business while European interests dry up... Scientists raise concerns about Nicaragua canal environmental impact.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
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.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
The United States Postal Services has revised domestic mail regulations for shipping lithium batteries. Here’s what shippers need to know.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
Texas places three locations among ATRI’s top-10 congested roadways; Truck size and weight debate is a divisive topic for the transportation and logistics industry; Truck driver shortage raises new concerns and costs for shippers and carriers; Electronics supply chain poses new challenges; Demand planning is still a pain point for shippers
United States gives Mexican truck drivers the green light for cross-border moves; Uber pilots cargo service in Hong Kong; Latin American rail freight market ripe for investment; Panama Canal Authority restructures its toll system; Turkey and Iran toil over truck fees; Global airfreight market set for steady growth; Lithuania railroad faces antitrust inquiry over competitive switching practices
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
From first mile to last mile and every mile in between, truck drivers are the lifeblood of your supply chain. Meet some of these dedicated professionals.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
Inclement weather and capacity problems giving your supply chain the winter woes? Chill out! Here are some good reads to keep you up to date on supply chain, logistics, and transportation best practices.
A route planning systems can drastically reduce the time it takes to plan your transportation schedule. Other benefits include lower mileage and fuel usage, decreased carbon emissions, and increased customer service.
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
Reciprocal switching debate casts a cloud over railroad industry collaboration; Procurement execution gap costs U.S. businesses $1.5 billion per year; Holiday consumers plan to shop sooner to avoid last-minute parcel problems; Trucking costs continue to soar as driver shortage worsens; Amazon Supreme Court case will set a precedent for how companies secure facilities and compensate workers.
North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
Logistics and transportation companies are finding the flaw in the BYOD movement.
Bad things happen when systems break down. Flights get canceled. Production lines stop. The critical spare parts logistics involved in getting operations running again demand both precision and speed. Here’s how you can become a wizard at critical shipments.
An accurate assessment of real-time ground conditions allows dispatch and operations centers to proactively identify problems and adjust routes, thereby improving efficiencies and keeping drivers safe.
Cargo theft in the United States results in billions of lost dollars. Taking proper precautions can help minimize theft and secure the supply chain.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
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.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
Companies can gain several benefits by partnering with the right freight payment company.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Freight payment services allow shippers to pay all their freight transactions and get full visibility into the process.
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.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
Hunter Harrison documents the culture change that has contributed to Canadian Pacific’s rail renaissance; Global companies more concerned about climate risk than emissions reductions; Deadline for new ISO17712:2013 high-security seal standards is fast approaching; Lack of collaboration between supply chain and finance hurts the bottom line
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
Flexible tanks turn dry vans into bulk liquid transportation, creating capacity and increasing backhaul opportunities.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
A resource for information on steamship line service offerings, capabilities, and new developments.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
Automating supplier payments through commercial cards helps companies facilitate their payment process.
Freight audit and payment services allow shippers to leverage data to solve their business challenges.
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
When choosing a drayage provider, look for on-time delivery history, shipment data availability, and specializations.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can consolidate freight from multiple companies shipping to the same destination.
Shippers can benefit by using a bank to facilitate carrier payment transactions.
Prologis Pulaski DC breaks ground, breaks new barriers in sustainable development; Voice technology finds traction in the supply chain; Healthcare industry stands to gain by adopting retail supply chain best practices; Freight spot market swings with seasonal demand; Midwest floods present new challenges for inland waterway shippers
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
As e-invoicing and procure-to-pay networks have evolved into broad-based business networks, advancements now enable professionals to finally connect all the dots in the supply chain, writes Shan Haq of Transcepta.
Managing freight spend and payments challenges many shippers because rules and regulations vary by geography. Supply chain professionals benefit most from a global solution built for freight spend, says Rick Erickson of Syncada.
Transportation management systems (TMS) provide the ability to accurately predict shipping costs and manage shipment execution. A comprehensive TMS solution can also manage inbound shipments, serve as an RFP analysis tool, or facilitate real-time spot market quoting for appropriate modes, says Kerry Loudenback of TransportGistics Inc.
Companies shipping high-tech electronics face unique challenges requiring specialized best practices.
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
To avoid overpaying for transportation, shippers should audit freight bills to ensure the correct National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is applied to their less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, says Chuck Fattore of RR Donnelley Logistics.
The success of U.S. agriculture depends on a functional transportation and logistics network that combines efficiencies and economies across all modes.
Understanding transportation liability is not just for lawyers any more. Shippers need to pay closer attention to contract language and the details of shipper and carrier insurance policies.
To ensure cargo security in the global supply chain, understanding the challenges, studying best practices, and putting a comprehensive plan in place are critical components.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
Shippers must develop clear and effective request for pricing (RFP) processes to secure the best less-than-truckload service. Danny Slaton of SMC3 offers tips for developing better RFPs.
Transloading services transfer ocean cargo at port – without sorting it – for shipment to a single destination, such as an inland distribution center.
A global trade management (GTM) solution can automate the process of comparing total landed costs, providing shippers with full visibility into all associated costs and regulations.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
Greyhound partners with One Network to enhance parcel delivery business. Truck driver turnover increases,Urban Outfitters equips Nevada e-fulfillment center with state-of-the-art materials handling system. Shippers turn to spot market to find capacity and compare carrier rates. MSC Beatrice debut in Asia-U.S. trade signals new wave of larger containerships.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba invests in logistics to support online shopping growth; Jamaica looks to transform economy with the development of a global logistics hub; Vietnam faces a dearth of logistics talent and expertise; China grants licenses to UPS and FedEx to provide parcel delivery services in select cities; China Airlines Cargo joins SkyTeam Cargo alliance; Germany debuts JadeWeserPort amid slack container volume growth
Supply chain partners are taking cues from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and making concerted efforts to share and apply security best practices throughout their organizations and supply chain operations, says Howard Finkel of COSCO Container Lines Americas.
Carriers can stand out in the market by providing superior shipment tracking that gives shippers and supply chain partners insight into order status, says Gregory Bellows of Trans-i Technologies.
The complexity of ocean freight contracts requires shippers to negotiate carefully with carriers so both parties can find beneficial terms.
Inbound Logistics' annual Ocean Carrier Guide outlines where ocean carriers are investing capital, and how they are enhancing fleets, services, solutions, and coverage areas to better meet ocean shipping demands.
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
Having a financing partner that specializes in the transportation industry is important for trucking companies because it will understand their capital needs, collateral values, and financing alternatives, says Nick Weaver, Regions Bank.
Leading freight payment service providers continue to enhance the array of tools they offer to help shippers make the most of freight payment data.
Reduce your transportation insurance premiums by investing in loss prevention measures, partnering with reputable logistics providers, and keeping your insurer informed about your operations, says Barry Tarnef of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
Help vendors comply with your routing guide by including carrier contact information and other relevant freight shipping details, says Harold B. Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Routing guides are a vital part of successfully managing inbound shipments. A clear, concise routing guide helps vendors meet your specifications for inbound transportation.
A rich and robust transportation management system (TMS) plays an important role in a company’s inbound transportation strategy.
John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.
Electronics manufacturer Siemens switches from air freight to over-the-road transport for cross-border shipments from Mexico to the United States and Canada, cutting 35 percent from its transportation costs thanks to CFI Logistica.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
The demands of volatile markets and structural changes taking place in the ocean freight sector make strong shipper/carrier partnerships beneficial to both parties.
Improving order-to-cash cycle effectiveness requires more than speeding receivables. Scott Pezza, research analyst, The Aberdeen Group, offers advice for enhancing the overall process by focusing on long-term goals and relationships with customers.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
Using International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) in transportation contracts give shippers more control over transport and delivery terms. Simon Kaye, CEO of Jaguar Freight Services, explains how importers can use Incoterms Group F for better shipment control.
Urbanization creates need for logistics innovation; Ford expands supplier carbon emissions reporting program; Global 3PLs are growing by region; The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway remains a vital contributor to the U.S. economy; Manufacturers embrace supply chain management with mixed results; Trucking revenue is on the rise.
Shippers should consider the advantages of placing their supply chain needs in the hands of a single freight forwarder or multiple agents, writes Julian Keeling, Consolidators International Inc.
Plumbing fixture manufacturer TOTO Global Group’s U.S. division tapped third-party logistics provider Transplace to benchmark its truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal freight spend.
Outsourcing drayage services to a 3PL can gain shippers significant savings, writes Chris Cline of Corporate Traffic.
Specialized carriers can help shippers cut transportation and fuel costs when moving heavy equipment, writes David Lowry, Bennett Motor Express.
Leading wholesalers understand the limitation of planning transportation in a silo, writes Manhattan Associates’ Mike Mulqueen.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
Carrier-supplied data can provide valuable insight for writing contracts, but shippers who want to pave the way to strong business relationships must dig deeper.
Levi’s expands supplier terms of engagement; Global expediters target cross-border e-commerce; Michelin and College of Charleston develop transportation and logistics program; Transportation and logistics M&A on the rise; I Georgia seeks federal transportation center appropriation; 2011 State of Logistics Report; Manhattan Associates' Momentum conference roundup
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
Innovative supply chain management delivers financial benefits to your bottom line.
The amount of effort top-tier shippers put into carrier management directly affects the results they achieve in controlling parcel transportation costs, writes Harold Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Charlie Hitt, 3PD Inc., offers tips for implementing a successful core carrier program.
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
Effectively managing your freight forwarders helps improve supply chain compliance.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Shippers must consider multiple factors when they work with service providers to move expedited freight.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
Faced with challenges such as a capacity shortage and lack of qualified drivers, companies that ship product by truck are learning that working collaboratively with carriers can benefit both parties.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
Benchmarking before negotiating carrier rates can be a money-saving opportunity, writes Niko Michas of BridgeNet Solutions.
To optimize transportation management into the supply chain, it's critical to integrate transportation management best practices, process management and people across the entire supply chain, writes Geoff Comrie of Transite Technology.