Translogistics Blog

The Importance of a Workflow Audit

August 31, 2017

One of the areas that a 3PL can set itself apart from the competition is by performing a thorough workflow audit before bringing a new account online. A workflow audit is a review of the daily logistics processes performed by your company. It’s an attempt to take a snapshot from each department’s prospective of the shipping processes and how they are impacted.

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Are You Prepared to Handle Out-of-the-Ordinary Freight Audits?

August 24, 2017

At first, you may think auditing freight bills is as easy as comparing a quote or comparing the contracted rate to the actual freight bill.  If the information is correct, no further work is needed.  If the bill is incorrect, notify the carrier and get it fixed. 

While this very generalized scenario may work in most cases, there are instances where it takes an experienced professional to resolve those “out of the ordinary” situations. 

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4 Ways a 3PL can give you the Competitive Advantage

August 17, 2017

In the complex world of logistics, inefficiencies mean higher costs.  A fully managed logistics solutions provider (LSP) will identify and correct these inefficiencies, which in turn helps to lower costs.   Logistics management companies are experts in the industry and stay up to date with the latest in technology, manufacturing, and logistics.  They also supply advanced transportation management software (TMS) as the backbone and window of visibility to all areas of your logistics management process.

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Is Your Supply Chain Allowing You to Make Continuous Improvements?

August 10, 2017

 A continual improvement process (CIP), according to Wikipedia, “is an ongoing effort to improve products, services, or processes.”  While this is the goal for any manufacturing company, many leaders in their organization struggle when it comes to CIP in their supply chain.  With so many moving parts of logistics, it may seem like an impossible or daunting task.  

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Advantages of Using a Fully Managed Logistics Solutions Provider vs buying a TMS

August 3, 2017

Only 35% of companies utilize a Transportation Management System (TMS) to manage their freight activities.  This is a surprisingly low percentage rate considering the obvious and frequently published benefits that can be realized by fully adopting a good TMS. 

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LTL Freight Class and Recent Changes in NMFC Classifications

July 27, 2017

The less than truckload (LTL) classification system can come across a bit complicated.  Commodities are grouped into one of 18 classes, ranging from a class 50 to class 500.  The NMFC determines this class based on four transportation characteristics:

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5 Signs Your Industrial Supply Company Needs an LSP

July 19, 2017

At Translogistics, we’ve worked with many industrial supply companies and although each one is unique in the way it operates both its business and supply chain, oftentimes these companies all grapple with the same logistics issues. In order to encourage short and long-term success and determine if your company would benefit from additional tools to aid logistics management, it’s crucial to begin by compiling a list of the obvious and hidden problems and recognize the need to take immediate action.

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Hiring an LSP: The 7 Benefits Realized by Shippers

July 12, 2017

We’ve spoken before about the benefits of a logistics solutions provider, or LSP, but we can’t stress enough the big differences between a typical third-party provider and a dedicated LSP partner. If you’re on the lookout for a team of experienced professionals to manage your logistics operation, you should focus on weighing the capabilities and track records of logistics solutions providers, rather than big name 3PLs. You’ll find that LSPs provide a higher level of service, operate through an invested team of experts and stay on top of problems big and small throughout your supply chain. Here are just some of the real benefits that shippers see when they team up with an LSP.

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Checklist: What to Consider When Choosing an LSP Partner

July 6, 2017

 

If you’re an executive starting the search for a new third-party logistics provider (3PL) or logistics solutions provider (LSP), you might find yourself without an explicit list of what qualities you need a new partner to possess. Not all 3PLs and LSPs serve the same purpose, deliver the same results and operate on the same level of involvement with internal transportation teams. So what exactly should you consider when surveying potential companies?

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How to Use Data to Improve Supply Chain Decisions

June 27, 2017

 

We’ve spoken before about the importance of key performance indicators (KPI) creation for transportation management professionals, but our experience has taught us that for some, data collection to fuel KPI analysis can seem like an overwhelming investment. The term “big data” is frequently tossed around in business and in the transportation industry specifically, but do the benefits of this tech trend really live up to the hype? The short answer is yes.

We’re proponents of big data, but only if it’s gathered with intent and used as a tool in informing smart decisions. Strictly staring at the numbers won’t aid in establishing new efficiencies or refining processes; historic and current data must be paired with keen decision makers and field experts to achieve any large amount of change.

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For the latest insights, tips and commentary surrounding the logistics industry, look no further. Our blog aims to provide valuable information for anyone interested in best practices, helpful information and insightful observations related to the rapid-moving world of transportation logistics management. Herein you’ll find exclusive thoughts from the award-winning team at Translogistics covering anything and everything related to your transportation logistics processes and plans. Interested in our thoughts on a specific topic? We want to hear from you! Email us at marketing@translogisticsinc.com.

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