The days of freight brokers operating with three phones and their hair on fire desperately looking for a carrier back haul is in the history books. Technology and capital is the reason for the change ... and might I add a very positive change for shippers in terms of the quality of service; transparency; multitude of logistics options available; competitive pricing; data mining and network analysis; and professionalism.
Study after study has found that companies that execute a one DC distribution model are best suited to position their warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana for the following reasons:
Everything you need to know about domestic intermodal and how to be successful implementing it into your logistics strategy. Gives tips, tricks and insights on intermodal and what to watch out for when converting from truckload to intermodal.
The FDA published the FSMA Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. The regulation established requirements and liabilities for shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers involved in the transportation of human and animal food.
Managing day-to-day freight loads is a full time job, but the often overlooked project and / or seasonal freight market requirements can wreak havoc on shippers' resources, performance and reputation with its carrier base.
If you are a shipper not employing a transportation management system (TMS), then you will want to read on. There is overwhelming evidence (TMS) save companies anywhere between 3-35% of their transportation spend, as compared to manually managing freight.
The concept of Transportation Management continues to evolve and is now at a place where it provides tremendous enterprise value, yet there are so many still holding back because they feel they are giving up control. Maybe all of us in the industry have confused the matter by the various names put on the service: Supply Chain Management, Transportation Under Management, Transportation Management Center (TMC), Transportation Management, Inbound Freight Management, Freight Management, Managed TM and TMS, which as my kids shared with me has a whole other meaning on twitter. Whatever the name given to the concept of outsourcing the transportation function, freight management continues to grow to be something well beyond the centralization of the transportation department.
No one would consider driving a car with a blindfold, but that is exactly what many companies do today with their inbound supply chain. A great deal of importance is placed on the outbound supply chain, but an even greater opportunity can exist within a company's inbound supply chain.