When it comes to implementing a transportation management system (TMS), a critical mistake many shippers make is setting the implementation budget and timeline based on a software vendors’ average implementation duration estimates.
In the dynamic world of transportation logistics technology, growth & innovation are inextricably linked. As we mark our 20th year of leading supply chain innovation, we continue to champion this ethos with our newest team members.
In our business, failures are critical – but they are also important and teachable lessons. We define a failure as “an outcome that does not meet the client’s objective or stated expectation.” These failures can be a tremendous catalyst for innovation and improvement.
Like fishing – both requirements (the hook) and vendor features (the fish) change over time (tides, current, etc.). Because of this reality we call “drift”, it is critical for shippers to establish a mastery of their current and future requirements, while at the same time understanding the strategic direction of the software vendor. This article explores recognizing the “drift” and how to find a great spot to fish on!
Shippers want to focus on freight savings because traditionally transportation is a bigger spend and more opportunity for savings. But you can see tangible savings sooner in the WMS.
Brad Forester, Founder & CEO of JBF Consulting opens up on the finer points of running a supply chain consulting agency. Listen in as he explains how to evaluate risk, build scalable solutions and work ON the business rather than IN the business.
Trimble announced last week that it would be shutting down Kuebix as of 2025 as they ‘pivot’ to an alternative product. But this article is not about Kuebix, nor is it about Trimble. This article is about the customers that software vendors like Trimble (and Blue Yonder, and SAP, and e2open, etc.) are “pivoting on.”
Sophisticated shippers capture and prioritize business requirements as a key input into their TMS vendor selection process. Unfortunately, most shippers rely too heavily on 3rd party industry analysis that can’t identify the specific functional requirements that can enable them to more precisely down-select one or more TMS software vendors.
This Forbes article on the transportation management system integration market presents a 360-degree review of freight transportation software technologies from the TMS vendor, systems integrator, and customer perspective. Great read!
[PODCAST] Listen to our CEO Brad Forester on this episode of the Extra Mile Podcast, with Robert Bain and Adam Perlmutter. They chat about how 3PL and shipper worlds are colliding. And what it means to be a shipper of choice… Plus learn Brad’s age defying… Read More