Author archive for Transplace

  • Capacity Services
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    Advanced Bid Design – Robust Lane and Carrier Classification

    - by Transplace

    There are three critical phases or elements of a truckload bid event – the upfront development of bid strategy, the execution of the bid, and the use of scenario management tools to drive final bid assignments. This post is focused on the middle phase – bid execution – and shares Transplace’s tips on how to use advanced robust lane and carrier classification to optimize bid results.

    Every shipper understands that “a lane is not always a lane” and that not all carriers are created equal. Given that, there are two types of lane classifications that need to be considered. The first is overall lane requirements and freight characteristics.  These include lane requirements like live load or drop trailer, typical order lead time (less than 24 hours, 24 to 48 hours, greater than 48 hours, etc.), and equipment required.

  • International Logistics
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    P3 Alliance Fall-Out – What Next?

    - by Transplace

    Last week, China took a hard stance and rejected the P3 Alliance. The P3 Alliance is very unusual in that it was to be a formalized network creating an alliance between the three largest global container lines – Maersk Line of Denmark, CMA CGM of France and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).  Both the United States and European Union regulators waved the deal through – however, the fact that the Chinese decided not to participate in the alliance was a shock for many globally and for our North American-based customers, because everyone assumed that it was a “done deal.”

    The alliance was originally proposed because all parties, including shippers, importers and NVOs, are looking for rate stabilization. Ocean carrier pricing is a complex model involving many factors, and in recent years many trades have seen increased rate volatility along with carriers continually introducing additional capacity, which increases supply and thus drives down rates.

  • Shipper Symposium
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    Shipper Symposium Snippets!

    - by Transplace

    Twelve years in and we couldn’t be more thrilled that our Shipper Symposium has become such a great gathering of economic, transportation and logistics leaders.  Connecting our customers and partners with each other and listening to speakers address everything from NAFTA and cross-border shipping to fueling talent into supply chain logistics has led to true collaboration in the transportation industry. 2014 just might be at the top of our list for the best Shipper Symposium yet!

    Remembering some of the things we learned from this year’s speakers got us thinking about how we could share these Shipper Symposium tidbits with you.

  • Transportation Management
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    Customer Perspective: What Does it Take to Maintain a Great Partnership?

    - by Transplace

    It takes some serious time and effort to maintain a great, long-lasting partnership, but when that time and effort pays off, there can be extensive benefits for both parties.

    For example, chemical customers are very different from other industries – electronic chemical is a highly demanding market, creating parts of chips for laptops, cellphones, iPads, and other technology. It’s important that the manufacturers have materials exactly when they need them, as it’s very expensive to shut down production for even a short amount of time.

  • Transportation Management
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    Customer Perspective: Do Your Partnerships Pack a Punch?

    - by Transplace

    Partnerships are extremely important on a number of levels, and they drive so much of what we do in our industry – but what exactly are the ins-and-outs of a strong, mutually-beneficial partnership?

    While the term “partnership” is very over-used in many industries, fundamentally, it means that both parties working together are achieving the desired results. However, when KMG Chemicals began looking for a partnership, we were looking for something that was far more structured in order to be beneficial on a much higher level.

  • Transportation Management
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    Our Mission? To Thrill

    - by Transplace

    At Transplace, we are dedicated to our customers. Our commitment echoes throughout the company, starting with our CEO Tom Sanderson, and resonates for all Transplace employees each and every day through our mission to “achieve supply chain excellence” and “exceed customer expectations.”

    We accomplish this mission by striving for excellence and continuously adding value to our customers through our people, processes, technology and scale. We constantly look for ways to improve each of those areas and work collaboratively with our customers to drive continuous improvement throughout their organizations. It’s striving to move beyond simply transaction-oriented engagements to true strategic partnerships, as demonstrated through our investment in our Strategic Account Management program.

  • International Logistics
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    Check Out Our Newly Designed Transplace.com!

    - by Transplace

    Still on a high note after last week’s successful Shipper Symposium, it’s a perfect time to officially share that we’ve given Transplace.com a makeover!

    The new website is designed to focus on the partnerships, connectivity and great services that are so important to us. We revamped it to create a clean, fresh look that encourages more interaction and allows for easier navigation for visitors. Our main goal is to make sure that everyone can access the information they need quickly and easily. We also integrated more social media within the website so you can keep up with our online activities, including our latest blog posts, and so you can share pertinent information we post with your networks.

  • International Logistics
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    Shipper Symposium 2014 – Day 3 Recap

    - by Transplace

    The final day did not disappoint as this year’s Shipper Symposium came to a close.  Attendees filed into the main ballroom in anticipation of hearing from speakers Economist Paul Bingham and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox in addition to hearing thoughts from the “NAFTA @ 20” panel.

    But it wouldn’t be a Shipper Symposium if there wasn’t some fun and humor to get our day started! First up was Kecia Gray, Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, who addressed everyone with a short, but very interactive welcome. From highlighting details of how far the event has come over the last 12 years to showing off Shipper Symposium attendee selfies, Kecia thanked all the sponsors, attendees and especially her teams for helping make the Signature Event better and better with each following year.

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    Shipper Symposium 2014 – Day 2 Recap

    - by Transplace

    Day 2 kicked off early for many Shipper Symposium attendees brave enough to face the cooler temps and stormy weather forecast to attend the 12th Annual Charity Golf Classic, but it was worth the gamble as blue skies and sunshine prevailed by late morning.

    Instead of golf, some attendees chose to check out the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. As the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration the museum is also a Federal agency and is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

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    Shipper Symposium 2014 – Day 1 Recap

    - by Transplace

    Did you know 20 Reagan National Airports can fit inside the sprawling expanse of DFW and that this airport ranks 4th in operations and 10th in number of passengers serviced nationwide? These fun facts about Dallas reminded us of why we’re here this week and helped to get our first day rolling as we prepared to listen to an array of speakers at the 12th annual Shipper Symposium. Many transportation, economic and industry luminaries are here to learn, talk about logistics, build relationships and much more. We’re going to do our best to share our favorite highlights of Day 1. Read on to see what you might’ve missed!

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