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Archives for August 2013

Guest Post: Megacities are the New Logistics Frontier

Transportation in congested cities

Delivering freight in a large, congested city such as Boston, U.S., with an estimated population of 636,000 people, is no easy task. But imagine the obstacle course that confronts drivers in São Paulo, Brazil, with a population of 20 million people. The central municipality of São Paulo alone has 11 million inhabitants, enough to qualify it as a megacity (cities with populations in excess of 10 million are generally defined as megacities). Read More…

- Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
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Can You Make Logistics Collaboration Work?

Collaborating with other shippers can be beneficial

Collaborating with other shippers to fill empty cargo space is an effective way to cut costs and shrink transportation’s carbon footprint-providing you can identify the right opportunities.

By “right” we mean choosing collaborators that have compatible cultures and IT systems. Their businesses must also provide a viable match; a shipper of food products will find it tough to share truck space with a hazmat specialist, for example. Convincing senior management that you can green the supply chain by allowing an arch competitor to use some of your truck space to deliver product is a difficult sell.  Read More…

Strategic Shift: Carrier Relationships

TMS technology and truck driver relationships

After deploying a TMS + managed services solution, shippers can often shift their focus from tactical execution to more strategic initiatives. An example of such an initiative is improving carrier relationships and overall performance.

This is an area of freight network management that can yield huge benefits. The performance of transportation service providers is critical to the efficiency of the network. A TMS combined with managed services can identify opportunities for improvement that were not apparent prior to the system’s implementation. Read More…

Is an Onsite Team a Good Fit for Your Organization? Three Things to Consider

Questions to consider when evaluating onsite team option

Shipper affiliations with core providers are, by definition, close and mutually rewarding, but some companies take these relationships a step further by physically locating a third-party team in their organizations.

It’s a bold leap for many shippers, but the potential paybacks are huge (for more on this see the Stepping Up to the Onsite Option and Four Ways to Build Successful Onsite Relationships posts).

Is such an onsite team the right solution for your organization? Read More…

Improving Inbound: A Three-Phase Plan for Switching to TMS-Based Control: Part 2

Implementation and post implementation of a transportation management system

As we explained in last week’s post, transferring control of inbound freight movements to a third-party transportation management system (TMS) delivers some important benefits, providing you lay a solid foundation first.

This second post in the two-part series looks at the next two phases of such a roll out: implementation and post-implementation. Read More…

- Key Account Manager for TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson