Archive for 3PL

From Transactional to Transformational: Successfully Adding Managed Transportation Services

As part of a natural evolution of their existing offerings, many carriers and brokers are looking to managed transportation services (MTS) to provide greater value for their customers and growth for their organization. MTS is a different business model than an asset or transactional-based business, but it’s often a natural addition to a carrier or […]

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Collaborative Supply Chain Innovation: Bringing Solutions to Market Faster

In supply chain and logistics, there’s always a new problem to solve or a new opportunity to go after, which often involves some form of innovation — whether it’s a process innovation, a technology innovation, or both. There are many paths companies can take to drive supply chain innovation, but in a recent episode of […]

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Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

Shippers looking to make structural improvements within their logistics operations often immediately turn to more significant changes such as implementing new technology solutions or redesigning their distribution network in order to see the best return. While these approaches can certainly deliver a significant return on investment (ROI), other strategies that can positively impact their transportation […]

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Playing a Stradivarius Without Lessons: Thoughts on MercuryGate’s Logistics Integrator Program

One of my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 was that software vendors and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) would embrace Simplicity-as-a-Service as a new value proposition for customers. Here’s how I define Simplicity-as-a-Service: Simplicity-as-a-Service is enabling customers to achieve their desired outcomes in an ever-changing business environment with less time, effort, cost, risk, and […]

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Winning the Ongoing Competition for Carrier Capacity

Ed Hildebrandt, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development at CLX Logistics, and Jeff Baxter, Director of Supply Chain at Pilot Chemical Company, discuss the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: Is capacity assurance as important (or even more important) than cost management? How is capacity assurance a competition? What actions should shippers […]

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Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

Even the most determined business optimist would be hard-pressed not to find a warehousing cost that isn’t creeping skyward. From the electricity powering the lights to the labor costs of each order picked, embracing “lean” principles is one of the few proven ways that a company can fight back from its bottom line. Upholding stagnant […]

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