Author archive for Transplace

  • Transportation Management
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    Supply Chain Talent Takes Off

    - by Transplace

    I recently graduated from Transplace’s Professional Development Program (PDP), a 2 to 3 year rotational program that allows participants to take on various transportation and operational roles. Created in 2012, the PDP serves 2 primary objectives:

  • International Logistics
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    Innovative Solutions for the Mexican Market: Hershey Mexico’s TMS Implementation

    - by Transplace

    In August of 2013, Hershey Mexico, a subsidiary of the largest chocolate producer in North America, went through a highly successful Transportation Management System (TMS) implementation. The company had been discussing their growth plan for the upcoming years, and realized that it was necessary to optimize their transportation network and operations.

  • Intermodal
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    “Time is Money” – And Intermodal Can Save You Both

    - by Transplace

    The U.S.–Mexico border is one of the busiest and most economically important borders in the world, with nearly a billion dollars’ worth of goods crossing each day – 80% of which are crossing by truck or train.¹ Driving this trend are manufacturers and CPG companies that are seeking out Mexico as the preferred location for near-sourcing their operations. A growing number of U.S. retailers have begun opening stores in Mexico to grow their customer base and drive profits by capitalizing on the country’s developing middle class.

  • Business - Transportation
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    Top 10 Tips for Successful Truckload Sourcing

    - by Transplace

    “Shippers are risk adverse and would rather align with core carriers to keep service high,” said Cindy Bosecker, Director of Engineering for Transplace and webinar presenter, after sharing a “Truckload Bid Savings Gap Analysis 2008-2014-Q1” visual at a recent webinar focused on truckload sourcing.

    That webinar, “The Three B’s in Truckload Sourcing Best Practices: Better Planning, Better Bidding & Better Decision Making” included insight not only from Cindy, but also representatives of Big Heart Pet Brands, SciQuest and colleague Ben Cubitt, Transplace SVP, Consulting and Engineering. Transportation sourcing event planning, bidding and decision-making best practices and examples were discussed, including top tips to keep in mind.

  • 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.

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