Companies recognize that logistics costs can be better controlled

June 5, 2015 Ken Klaver

Even though most organizations have transportation systems and data that are unrelated to some degree, companies do recognize that logistics costs can, in fact, be better controlled.

Submitting to load consolidation practices, for example, and automating processes, knowing the best shipping routes, and negotiating better contracts with carriers are all necessary approaches to containing rising logistics costs. The graphic below shows the findings based on information collected among 204 top logistics and supply chain managers, conducted by  Peerless Research Group on behalf of Mercury Gate In- ternational, Inc. This study was executed in March of 2015.  

Not coincidentally, shippers are most concerned about areas that closely align with those procedures that are in greatest need of improvement. Data management, capacity and carrier availability, cost analysis and shipment tracking, and carrier accountability are the characteristics that shippers are most interested in fortifying. 

Characteristics considered important to logistics organizations 

Source: Tackling Transportation Management - The value of an omni-modal TMS in a complex world, MercuryGate International, Inc. 


The strengths and weaknesses of using a TMS or using an outsourcing provider for Freight Audit

The strengths and weaknesses of using a TMS or using an outsourcing provider for Freight Audit. As many companies are more and more making a decision to have Freight Audit done via a TMS I have written a little comparison.

The TMS solution is always a Do-It-Yourself solution based on software of a TMS vendor where Freight Audit outsourcing provides a managed service.

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