PLS Logistics - February 2016 (LM)

"Inbound Freight Costs are Rising. What are logistics managers doing to better manage costs?"

Inbound logistics is a complex process that can consume more than 40% of the average organization’s annual freight budget, according to Aberdeen Group, which estimates that total inbound freight spend alone consumes between 3.6% to 5.2% of a firm’s total annual sales. Due to inbound freight savings’ direct impact on the organizational bottom line, shippers that make it a supply chain priority reap significant inventory efficiencies, better cost containment, and a higher chance of achieving productivity and service goals.

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Ryder - January 2016 (LM)

"Using Cross-docking to Bridge the 'Final Mile'"

In a time when consumer demand is forcing retailers to get their products to market faster, a growing number of shippers are looking to non-traditional practices to help reduce the amount of time it takes to process orders and route products. Research shows the average company spent $48 million on freight services in 2015 and nearly 20 percent of firms spent more than $100 million. As eCommerce and omni-channel have become the become the key focus points in the retail industry, the need for streamlining warehouse and distribution center (DC) operations is becoming more evident.

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Mercury Gate - May 2015 (LM)

"Tackling Transportation Management: The value of an omni-modal TMS in a complex world"

With the transportation landscape becoming increasingly complex and global in nature, shippers, third-party logistics providers, and other entities involved in transporting goods need a reliable transportation management system (TMS) that can handle myriad different shipping methods. In some cases, these “omni-modal” TMS must be able to tackle international shipments with ease, and in other instances be able to effectively orchestrate the movement of multi-leg shipments across a variety of different modes. Combine these demands with the growing omni-channel retailing trend— where shippers must be able to meet the end consumer’s individual delivery demands and schedules—and the case for an integrated TMS becomes clearer than ever.

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