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Supply Chains: Where to Find the Biggest, Fastest Transportation Savings

Supply Chains: Where to Find the Biggest, Fastest Transportation Savings

Explore these ten ways to cut transportation costs and learn:

  • How can you achieve the greatest transportation savings with the least amount of effort
  • What kind of ROI you can achieve as a result
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  • Global Logistics (17)
  • Freight Services (17)
  • Research (8)
  • Supply Chain Solutions (15)

This two-part white paper series explores truckload procurement in the European Union and United States. It looks at the similarities and differences in each market, along with key factors to consider as part of an overall transportation strategy that crosses regions. Part 1 examines:

  • Carrier demographics and size
  • Equipment and fuel
  • Cabotage
  • Drivers and Hours of Service (HOS)

This two-part white paper series explores truckload procurement in the European Union and United States. It looks at the similarities and differences in each market, along with key factors to consider as part of an overall transportation strategy that crosses regions. Part 2 examines:

  • Procurement events
  • Supply, demand, and peak seasons

It’s mission critical to optimize efficiencies and savings while moving freight around the world. Find out how to employ best practices in global forwarding:

  • How to get more use out of available space with cargo consolidation
  • How to estimate exposure and manage cargo risk
  • Why understanding Incoterms®, free trade agreements, and ACE may lead to savings and efficiency improvements

China represents tremendous opportunities for automakers and the companies that serve them. There are specific qualities that companies should seek in a qualified logistics provider to grasp their best opportunities. This white paper explains:

  • The top logistics challenges for the automotive industry in China
  • How logistics providers can support automotive companies in China

When companies can’t fill an entire container with their own freight, air and ocean freight consolidators offer strategic options. Discover:

  • The types of consolidation available
  • The strongest lanes for consolidated freight
  • Good and bad consolidation candidates
  • Questions to ask before selecting a freight forwarder

Successfully managing your global supply chain is a competitive necessity. Achieving an optimized global supply chain is challenging, yet can be achieved by combining a global transportation management system (TMS) with the expertise of TMS power users. This white paper explores:

  • How to companies can navigate the complexities of a global market
  • What TMS technology features are important to consider
  • Why TMS power users are vital to maximizing the value of the TMS technology
  • How best-in-class companies are preparing for and for and deploying global TMS + expertise solutions

Many companies decide to implement a TMS to compete more effectively, improve visibility, optimize freight, and lower their supply chain costs. It is challenging to select the best TMS in the United States and Europe, but it is even more challenging to assess TMS options for China. The questions in this white paper can help evaluate how prepared a provider is to fully support the TMS solution and address the company's specific business requirements in this market so the company can achieve its desired objectives.

Air cargo can help optimize your global supply chain with speed to market and the best combination of service and price. This white paper explores

  • How air cargo can provide quick response to market demands
  • The value of technology in air cargo services
  • The benefits of air cargo in emerging markets

This white paper explains the top three issues unique to trade between Canada and the United States, and offers tips that can help streamline cross-border shipping. It explores:

  • How the exchange rate impacts the value of products and the cost to hire a carrier
  • The 3 most common reasons for delays at the border
  • Factors that affect carrier capacity on both sides of the border

Questions often arise when shippers that import to the U.S. try to navigate the complexities of customs regulations. These questions, if not addressed properly can lead to mistakes and costly errors. Building a proactive strategy for exercising “reasonable care” is critical to understanding:

  • The most common customs mistakes and best practices to avoid them
  • The true cost of noncompliance
  • The importance of a strong import compliance strategy

Coordinate worldwide suppliers and vendors so your global freight arrives on time, wherever you do business. This white paper highlights how to use global vendor management programs, including:

  • How Purchase Order (P.O.) management works
  • How companies combine global consolidation, visibility, and P.O. management to meet specific goals
  • How these programs are helping companies control global freight more efficiently and cost effectively

Global air and ocean shipments must follow unique international regulations that often favor carriers. Understanding how your cargo insurance policy covers your risks and liability is critical for regulatory compliance and protecting the value of your goods. The white paper helps you understand global shipments.

  • What regulations and international laws affect your shipments
  • How cargo insurance protects the value of your goods around the world
  • Why it is essential to understand exclusions in your insurance policy

Globalization puts forward opportunities to companies of any size who can effectively provide or source products and services in dynamic markets. Review our white paper and learn:

  • How to gain a competitive advantage through global transportation logistics
  • Factors that influence international shipments
  • Five characteristics of a global TMS and why companies worldwide should consider TMS technology

Know what can happen at the U.S.-Mexico border with your truckload shipments and understand:

  • How carrier restrictions, inspections, cargo insurance, and equipment availability affect your shipments
  • The steps involved in crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
  • How you can choose the best provider for your cross-border needs

Discover whether a China warehouse solution is right for you by learning about:

  • The benefits of overseas warehousing and shipping directly to end customers
  • Potential challenges
  • Implementation strategies

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) steps up enforcement of customs regulatory compliance, more companies find themselves faced with a customs audit. This white paper explores:

  • The factors that increase the risk of being audited
  • How companies can prepare an audit team to practice for such an event
  • How a customs audit can lead to smoother processes and better communications with CBP

Global trade management (GTM) is about more than compliance. To support a comprehensive GTM program, experts should consider both supply chain finance and visibility as equal components with compliance. American Shipper provides in-depth analysis regarding the following questions:

  • How GTM experts can articulate their challenges to management
  • What a well-rounded GTM program requires
  • Where the future of GTM is headed as supply chains grow in geography and complexity

You could be missing potential savings on less than truckload (LTL) service, but where should you look for the best opportunities? This white paper highlights:

  • What shipping data you will need to assess LTL shipments
  • How to understand the key shipping characteristics that can identify the best cost reduction opportunities
  • Five areas where LTL savings are commonly found

Companies that take control of inbound freight management have discovered efficiencies, but that is far from the only benefit. Discover the 10 best practices for inbound supply chains that can also help:

  • Reduce inventory
  • Improve cash-to-cash cycles
  • Save on transportation

Open discussions with people in your organization about how potential business decisions impact the transportation budget—and how the business can decide whether the tradeoff is worth it—before the decisions are made. In terms just about anyone can understand, it explains the key drivers of transportation cost increases:

  • Shipment sizes
  • Changing networks
  • Product mix
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Truckload’s unique shipper/carrier contract

Cold chains—whether they span a state, region, or the globe—often lead to unique challenges. A strategic approach to temperature controlled shipping should include the right combination of collaboration, communication, and best practices. Learn which best practices can lead to better outcomes:

  • Establishing clear expectations
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Balancing cost and technology

Certain shipping and freight characteristics can make it challenging for less than truckload (LTL) carriers to serve companies and maintain profitability. Shippers can add process efficiencies and make their LTL freight easier to handle to become more attractive customers. This white paper covers:

  • Tips to make LTL freight more attractive
  • Practices that help make LTL carriers more efficient
  • Common accessorials—and what to do about them

Attractive LTL shippers are more likely to achieve greater rate stability, potentially reduce costs, and become preferred customers when capacity is tight.

Incorporating intermodal service into a supply chain can be a strategic method of adding efficiency and achieving cost savings. Shippers with the right supply chain characteristics can make the most of intermodal service. Aspects to consider include:

  • Origins and destinations of shipments
  • Products being transported
  • Seasonality of demand

Shippers pay LTL accessorials to cover inefficiencies in transportation and administrative processes, as well as requirements for specialized equipment. This white paper:

  • Reviews common LTL accessorials
  • Explains why they occur
  • Provides ways that shippers can reduce exposure to LTL accessorials

Each claim is unique. But following these basic steps and timelines can help with cargo claims filing and resolution. This white paper explains:

  • Minimum requirements for every claim
  • Situations that can slow resolution or result in a rejected claim
  • Best practices that can help enable more effective claims resolution

FAK agreements are one way to streamline your supply chain for both savings and efficiency. A successful, strategic FAK means finding a balance that is right for your company’s situation.

  • Understand industry influences that can affect your agreement
  • Correct internal flaws that may lead to FAK failure
  • Follow five steps to develop a more successful FAK strategy

Mitigating risk of cargo theft begins with an understanding how criminals operate and what types of commodities they target is the first step to protecting your freight. This white paper explores:

  • Who the criminals are
  • Where freight is at risk
  • Which commodities are most at risk
  • Ways to reduce your risk

Many factors affect the level of commitment that carriers and shippers have to each other’s business. But shippers who understand the dynamics behind carrier pricing and service levels are better positioned to:

  • Improve predictability and flexibility of available capacity
  • Have more productive relationships
  • Obtain more positive carrier service

Used together, live loading and drop trailers create a distribution strategy that’s ready for any business condition. But what is the best combination of the two for your business? Discover how you can add elasticity in capacity to your supply chain by considering such factors as:

  • How the shipper operates their dock
  • Amount of space for staging
  • Flexibility of loading times
  • Number of shifts

As companies navigate an environment of changing motor carrier safety rating assessments and regulations, many express concern about their risk profile and potential involvement in lawsuits. This white paper explores:

  • Ways to mitigate risks in motor carrier selection
  • 7 items to consider when structuring a motor carrier qualification process
  • Comprehensive risk management through 3PLs

Strategic truckload procurement will help you obtain better access to capacity, regardless of economic and market conditions. Learn:

  • Which shippers are likely to experience the most trouble obtaining equipment in times of tight capacity
  • How to align your business goals and outcomes with the carriers’ for better rates and exceptional service over time
  • How to prepare an ongoing strategy for fluctuations in the market

Your truckload procurement strategy can lead to excellent customer service and significant savings—if you can avoid common pitfalls. Read this paper to discover:

  • What dynamics influence the truckload market
  • How you can align shipper and carrier networks for optimal performance
  • What tools you will need to execute a strategic procurement plan

Learn what makes freight more attractive from a carrier perspective by understanding:

  • How shipper freight complements an individual carrier's network
  • What influences carrier price and volume commitments
  • What can help reduce costs for both carriers and customers

Learn how you can apply outbound process improvements to inbound transportation to obtain:

  • Reduced costs
  • Improved service
  • Minimized delays
  • Reduced confusion
  • Increased performance

Does paying higher rates bring better carrier service? Researchers at MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) worked with C.H. Robinson and TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson, to find out. This white paper provides highlights of the findings:

  • Whether paying more results in better on time pickup or delivery percentages.
  • Whether there is a correlation between acceptance ratios and carrier pricing in a lane.
  • Whether there is any correlation between on time pickup and on time delivery.

Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson collaborated to examine how the Panama Canal Expansion in 2016 will impact logistics. Read the conclusions:

  • The expansion could shift 10% of container traffic between East Asia and the U.S. from West Coast ports to East Coast ports
  • The battleground on which U.S. ports compete for customers will move several hundred miles west, to a region that accounts for more than 15% of GDP
  • Shippers and carriers will have to adapt their strategies and operations as logistics grows more complex

Anecdotal evidence and some qualitative research suggests that "favored shippers"—companies for which carriers prefer to haul freight—obtain better pricing and service. But do they? In this paper, Iowa State University researchers explain:

  • How they sought to understand the voice of U.S. truckload carriers
  • How they quantitatively measured the effects of "favored shipper" characteristics on transportation costs
  • What characteristics actually make shippers favored in the transportation marketplace

There is currently no widely accepted, accurate template for calculating emissions for individual LTL shipments. Graduate students at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) used actual LTL shipment data from TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson, and a national LTL carrier to examine the issue. Read the results:

  • Why existing methodologies for measuring carbon emissions for LTL shipments are highly inaccurate
  • How a detailed model and a simplified model for calculating emissions performed
  • How an easy-to-use formula derived from the simplified model can help companies measure LTL carbon emissions with greater accuracy

To reduce overall costs, shippers often modify their fuel surcharges by changing the index, raising the peg, or raising the escalator. But which of these methods actually can achieve the goal? Using the latest research on fuel surcharges, this paper explains:

  • How fuel surcharges work
  • What actually happens to costs as shippers employ three common tactics to modify fuel surcharges
  • Which of these three tactics can lower costs

Do regular procurement events help control transportation costs, or are frequent rebids a waste of time? This white paper answers the question, based on the results of Iowa State University research:

  • How carriers adjust and honor contract rates between procurement events
  • Why regular procurement events lower costs
  • How procurement events promote strategic relationships with service providers

Use the tips in this white paper to learn how you can aggregate low volume lanes to obtain more favorable pricing. Learn:

  • How long haul, point-to-point pricing on RFPs leads to spot market pricing
  • How you can aggregate low volume lanes by broadly defining origin and destination sizes
  • How aggregation leads to contract pricing that can help you save up to 15 percent over spot market rates

Reduce transportation costs by altering the load tendering process. Discover:

  • Some of the factors that cause a higher rejection of load tenders
  • What your company can do to employ the practical results and realize savings

Suppliers with less than truckload (LTL), partial, and underutilized truckload shipments to retailers may struggle with noncompliance and significant chargebacks. Read this white paper to explore:

  • Why suppliers need a retail strategy
  • How a strategic retail consolidation program works
  • 11 ways suppliers benefit from having a retail consolidation program

With competitive pressures in many industries, shippers must more effectively manage freight flows across multiple channels. This white paper explores:

  • How a transportation management system (TMS) can help deliver a first-rate buying experience to customers, no matter how or where they purchase
  • How retailers can maintain high service standards for fulfillment in expanding global markets
  • How a TMS can enable companies to continue meeting consumers’ rising expectations

Outsourcing transportation management should dramatically improve the supply chain. This white paper sets the stage for success:

  • How to build a framework for change management
  • How to minimize obstacles to change
  • How to prepare employees for continuous change

Global ceramic proppant manufacturers have one of the most complex supply chains in the oil and gas industry. Find out:

  • How innovations in transportation and logistics help these shippers plan more effectively and manage risk
  • How 5 obstacles thwart a more efficient supply chain
  • How each obstacle can be overcome
  • What to ask potential transportation and logistics providers to ensure they can help optimize an oil and gas supply chain

When the time is right for your business to issue a request for proposal (RFP), there are several key considerations that can determine the difference between achieving your goals and spinning your wheels. We've boiled them down to a few important factors to help ensure you choose the provider that best fits your organizational strategy.

When streamlining supply chain processes, effective shippers discover that looking through a lens of simplicity, rather than complexity, can often unearth solutions that deliver time and cost savings results. One simple solution to increase visibility, improve load planning, raise service standards, and lighten carrier workloads is to manage freight delivery appointments. Overall, a well-run, centralized preset delivery appointment process that streamlines procedures and sets specific expectations delivers substantial supply chain benefits. Read how preset delivery appointment scheduling can effectively deliver products to receivers, keep costs down, and uphold brand reputation.

How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This white paper can help companies decide by exploring:

  • Misperceptions about the realities of outsourcing
  • How to set reasonable expectations for what outsourcing can contribute to your organization
  • How much of a role you will need to play to achieve the successful business outcomes you seek

Natural disasters and other events can disrupt connections between you, suppliers, and customers. You can circumvent disruptions or minimize their impact on the supply chain. This white paper explores:

  • Which companies face the greatest risk for disruption
  • What supply chain mapping can reveal about risk
  • How you can build resilience into your supply chain

Logistics outsourcing agreements can require the provider to place highly knowledgeable, strategic staff onsite at the company’s location. This paper looks at the strategic onsite role—both from the perspective of companies that utilize these highly skilled resources and the onsite staff themselves. It explores:

  • Best practices that can increase successful outcomes
  • How to measure the success of a strategic onsite relationship
  • Questions you should ask a potential provider about their onsite employees

Customer demands are changing the dynamics of competition in many industries. Companies that make their supply chains more flexible can drive their business goals faster and create a better experience for the end customer. Learn how:

  • Customer demand affects supply chain dynamics
  • Companies can manage supply chain costs and risk to drive strategy
  • Technology can accelerate the global supply chain and help satisfy customer demand

Chemical manufacturers face unique supply chain requirements. The way a chemical company responds to supply chain risks can ultimately determine their success. Research shows market leaders:

  • Source critical supply chain expertise and experience
  • Apply process engineering to integrate sales and operations with business management practices
  • Use integrated technology for visibility to the full order life cycle

You can improve efficiency and lower costs by outsourcing your LTL (less than truckload) freight. Read this paper to discover:

  • Why companies outsource LTL
  • How LTL pricing and discounts can work for you
  • Advantages of collaborative LTL outsourcing
  • 5 criteria for selecting an LTL outsource provider

With globalization of raw material sources and a growing number of origins and destinations for project cargo, efficient transportation is becoming crucial to success. This white paper explores:

  • How transportation impacts the project cargo supply chain
  • The role of transportation, from preplanning to project completion
  • How transportation best practices can improve project cargo outcomes

Food and beverage companies that employ best practices in perfect order fill find opportunities for revenue growth and cost reduction. Find out how fulfilling the perfect order helps companies:

  • Maximize productivity and profits
  • Protect brand equity
  • Improve customer satisfaction and competitiveness

Explore these ten ways to cut transportation costs and learn:

  • How can you achieve the greatest transportation savings with the least amount of effort
  • What kind of ROI you can achieve as a result

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