10 Feb 2010

TMC Connect provides transportation professionals with forum for benchmarking, networking, and best practices

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, February 10 – Price pressures, lean inventories, globalization and rapidly changing technology make transportation a complex discipline. But a new social media site, TMC Connect, is providing a rapidly growing community of transportation professionals with an unexpected, but vital source for information, ideas, and answers.

TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. that provides supply chain expertise and TMS technology, launched TMC Connect in December 2009. TMC is the first in the marketplace to offer a social media site specifically for supply chain clients to interact. Since then, supply chain executives and transportation professionals within their customer community have become members of the secured site.

Jordan Kass, executive director of TMC, said TMC Connect is focused on helping shippers with the challenges that matter most to them — such as sustained cost savings, improving on-time performance, and reducing carbon emissions. "Our clients have always asked us about best practices with other shippers and they've always wanted insight into emerging technologies, legislative issues, and optimization practices," Kass said. "This site gives them a secure, and yet easy way to access to all of that information from our client and staff experts around the world.

TMC clients, senior level supply chain professionals or transportation executives, and a number of industry experts contribute regularly to content and participate in discussions on topics that matter most to them. Much of TMC's contribution to the site is a compilation of best practices and lessons learned over the past 10+ years. TMC's Managed TMS solution, a concept introduced to the global marketplace in the late 1990's, includes TMS technology, and it also incorporates the expertise of process engineers and dedicated power-users, who frequently work on-site with their clients.

Wayne Tessin, manager, North America Transportation of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. said, "TMC Connect is a terrific idea that will enable Ocean Spray and other TMC clients to exchange ideas, share best practices and expand network contacts with transportation and supply chain professionals working in diverse industries. Tapping into the speed and global reach of the Internet through TMC Connect has great potential."

"I'm looking forward to having this tool at my fingertips, not just to help solve daily challenges, but also to stay informed about industry trends, new strategies and other topics of interest. I applaud TMC for their initiative in developing TMC Connect and look forward to continued success," Tessin continued.

Kass said. "TMC Connect works much more like a think tank where shippers can join focus groups discussing topics such as sustainability or fuel management. The difference is it's not a one time event — it is year round, real time, and through our cloud computing model our clients can participate from anywhere in the world."

TMC Connect was launched as a part of a larger website, http://www.mytmc.com/ that provides members access to their TMS technology, business intelligences tools, and resources such as industry blogs, academic research, white papers and information about new technology releases.

C.H. Robinson offers Managed TMS® services through TMC, a global business unit with offices in Chicago and Amsterdam. TMC does not generate revenue by handling freight. It provides fee-based services for technology deployment, day-to-day TMS operation and ongoing process optimization. TMC introduced the concept of "Managed TMS" to the global marketplace in the late 1990s. Managed TMS® Services provide shippers with expertise and technology that drive both immediate and sustained cost savings throughout their transportation networks. Core components of this service include Six Sigma-based process engineering, advanced TMS technology and onsite TMS power-users, who serve as an extension of the shipper's staff.  Over the past 10 years, TMC has exceeded client expectations for savings, productivity, supply chain improvements, and carbon footprint reduction.  For more information, visit http://www.mytmc.com/.

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 35,000 customers through a network of more than 235 offices and approximately 7,300 employees around the world. The company works with 47,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and had annual gross revenues of approximately $7.6 billion in 2009.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, the American Cancer Society, the American Logistics Aid Network, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Sustainable Harvest International, and the United Way. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the Nasdaq since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com/.