Do month-end or quarter-end freight surges affect your transportation costs? You’re certainly not alone in asking this age-old question! Those familiar with transportation know that month-end or quarter-end freight surges commonly occur, and that your routing guide may not work as well as it usually does during those times.
In your personal life, you can use a variety of devices to make purchases—from your phone to your smart TV, it’s all possible within whatever device you’re using. Now you can obtain transportation services where you already operate as well. In fact, today you can procure freight rates from your transportation providers right in your [...]
Today, only 10% of U.S. truck drivers are women. That means there is a significant opportunity to alleviate some of the pressure the chronic driver shortage continues to create by attracting and retaining more women across the supply chain.
A TMS, or transportation management system, is a digital platform that streamlines shipping processes by providing visibility into all transportation activities on one online interface. A TMS automates processes a shipper currently has in place. It also provides insights into new ways that the shipper can save time and money on future shipments. Such insights [...]
Today’s consumers are very particular about their supply chain experience. They want to know how their order is progressing through every stage of the journey in a global and dynamic environment. Speed, flexibility, and consistency are not only expectations but demands, which make supply chain execution and visibility vital to delivering a positive customer experience. [...]
Making the most out of today’s challenging supply chain trends requires a deep understanding of the market and timely information that helps you achieve a competitive advantage. In our first Market Insights Live! event of 2022, my colleagues, Christina Carroll, vice president of LTL, Alan Rowlett, director of global operations and strategy, and I set [...]
Shippers are likely to remember 2021 as the year with the tightest trucking capacity they’ve encountered in a long time. By some measures, this seemed to contradict the typical supply and demand equation. With less or similar demand and more supply than before the pandemic, why did truckload capacity stay so tight? Two supply-side factors help explain why.
Have you heard about companies investing a lot of money, time, and resources to implement a transportation management system (TMS), only to have to shelve the system later because the ongoing savings or efficiencies weren’t meeting expectations?
In 2021, for the first time in all of my years working in this industry, the global supply chain was at the forefront of virtually every conversation. Whether it was the impact of port delays, truck driver shortages or the shortage of chips impacting manufacturing, our industry was top of mind across the board and [...]
2021 was a difficult year in global logistics due to ongoing volatility. We worked alongside customers navigating the Suez Canal block, hurricanes and cyclones, port and terminal closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks, customs and trade changes, labor shortages and more. I’ve been in the industry since 1997 and I have never seen this level of [...]