TMS systemsVigilant management of transportation and finding the most optimal movement for their shipments is something manufacturers and retailers need to think about today more than ever. In order to work with partners to switch away from prepaid to collect freight terms, they must have a process in place to manage these shipments. This generally means investing in a Transportation Management System (TMS), which is used to calculate the scheduled inbound shipments and build out a trailer.

CO-transportationWhen asked about predictions for 2013 in the global logistics sector Gartner estimated that software as a service (SaaS) and cloud TMS will command 25 percent of the total addressable TMS market. This represents significant growth potential. It also says transportation and logistics is in a state of transition.

what is 7plLast year we talked about how a Fourth-party logistics provider (abbreviated 4PL) PLUS a Third-party logistics provider (3PL) might be regarded as a Seventh-Party logistics provider. But what is a LEAD LOGISTICS PROVIDER? Do we have too many layers, or does each add value? Is anybody, other than supply chain theory people embracing the 7PL concept?

logisticsUsing EDI with your transportation providers or 3PL's is an element of business that is often overlooked, although it shouldn't be. Even business owners who are already utilizing EDI for other aspects of their business, might not be using it with their transportation providers. There are many benefits of using EDI with your 3PL's, and today we are going to focus on a few of those.

robot drivingI’ve covered supply chain and third-party logistics (3PL) automation technologies for years. There’s been a variety of “cool” solutions, many of them featuring robots, RFID, sensors and the like. But many of these solutions labor in the shadows of mainstream logistics operations, and some aren’t even that lucky. RFID – arguably thanks to the Wal-Mart mandate in the early 2000s – has perhaps made the most inroads. But there’s another automated logistics solution that’s getting some attention, and it comes in the form of little orange bots.