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11 Reasons Why Creating a Joint Scorecard Can Improve an Outsourced Relationship

Joint Scorecard

Editor’s Note: Earlier in 2013, David Lee contributed a blog post for TMC. We’re sharing his original post here because transportation management discussions are always relevant topics. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, 11 Reasons Why Creating a Joint Scorecard Can Improve an Outsourced Relationship.

You’ve partnered with a third party for freight management services and over time have started to wonder whether the provider is continuing to deliver value.  The benefits of the relationship are no longer clear cut, so now what? » Read More

Guest Post: 4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Investing in a TMS

Managing transportation—the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations—is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party. » Read More

Network Modeling: Balancing the Tradeoffs: Part 2

Network Design

When many customers are considering a network modeling exercise to save money, they often ask this question first:  “Where should my warehouses be, and how many do I need?” Like so many other things in life that are worth doing, it’s not as simple as that. Because if you don’t follow a process that analyzes the tradeoffs, you could end up increasing your costs instead of decreasing them. » Read More

Signs That It’s Time for a Network Modeling Exercise: Part 1

Network Design

When should you do a network modeling exercise? If you’ve only optimized your outbound network, you’ve hit the first trigger, since network modeling is crucial for inbound efficiency, too. Beyond this, you can watch for these signals that your network’s time has come. » Read More