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About the Author

Adrian Gonzalez — Founder and President of Adelante SCM

Adrian Gonzalez is trusted advisor and leading industry analyst with more than 15 years of research experience in transportation management, logistics outsourcing, global trade management, social media, and other supply chain and logistics topics. He is the founder and president of Adelante SCM, a peer-to-peer learning and networking community for supply chain and logistics executives. He is also the founder and Director of Logistics Viewpoints, a leading blog focused on logistics trends, technologies, and services. Adrian is also the founder and host of Talking Logistics, a weekly online video talk show where he leads conversations with thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry.

Guest Post: 4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Investing in a TMS

Managing transportation—the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations—is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party. » Read More

Guest Blog: Low-Hanging Fruit for Transportation Savings

Transportation Savings

A few weeks ago, Walmart reported in its 2012 Global Responsibility Report that it had improved the efficiency of its fleet by 69 percent compared to its 2005 baseline. The company delivered 65 million more cases—while driving 28 million fewer miles—by increasing its pallets per trailer and better managing routes (emphasis mine). Walmart also reported success in reducing empty backhauls, specifically in Mexico. “Our focus on backhauls,” the company reported, “saved more than 56,000 trips” last year. » Read More