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Transportation Management

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Transportation is often a company’s most over-looked and under-scrutinized cost area. Year after year, surveys show that transportation is by far the biggest segment of overall logistics costs.

On average, companies spend 10 percent of their budgets on logistics, and transportation, at six percent of most budgets, is by far the largest component of logistics costs.

Companies simply must attack what is arguably the greatest potential area for savings.

Today’s shippers face more cost and service pressures than ever before. Rising record fuel costs, tight carrier capacity, new hours of service rules and a customer base that continues to consolidate and demand more challenging “perfect order” fulfillment service levels as a starting point mean there has never been a more critical time to focus on best-in-class performance in your transportation operations.

Transportation Solutions

A dollar saved in transportation costs falls directly to the bottom line. Accurate, timely information about shipments allows companies to better manage costs and improve efficiency, while infrastructure improvements that utilize the strengths of each mode reduce gridlock.

A combined investment in technology, process and infrastructure will allow companies to reach their true potential while enhancing performance.

Understanding Transportation

At Tompkins, we use proven analytical tools and industry expertise to help you optimize your transportation operations and add value to your bottom line.

Our capabilities include the following strategic transportation initiatives:

  • Network Optimization
  • TMS Selection and Implementation
  • Transportation strategy development
  • Freight Bids—Inbound, Outbound, Lane and Spot Bids
  • Outsourcing—Services and Strategies
  • Inbound Freight Optimization (Conversion from Pre-Paid to Collect)
  • Best Practice Gap Analysis and Implementation
  • Private Fleet Rationalization
  • Transportation Modeling
  • Transportation Assessment

More on Transportation Management

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Trending: Effects of West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

Retailers are paying close attention to labor disputes threatening to bring a stop to imports.

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A Game-Changer for the Transportation Industry

Estimates from the 2013 holiday season suggest that 33-40% of seasonal shopping was done online. While the numbers for the rest of the year are not nearly that high, online shopping is clearly growing at an unstoppable rate. But I bet you are wondering why I am still talking about last year’s holiday season—in April?…

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In the News: What’s Happening with Intermodal?

The work stoppages and potential for lengthy delays encountered by the much-heralded Panama Canal expansion project really couldn’t have worked out any better for the major North American railroads. When the expansion was first announced, there were many who saw it as a potential killer of the rail service line. Now, it may be the…

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Transportation Management System

Does your organization utilize a transportation management system (TMS)? If it does, are you maximizing its greatest potential? Studies show that of all the companies who can make use of a TMS, only about a third actually do so. Today’s TMS options offer stronger payback than ever before, plus they can be operational in just…

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Does Your Company Make Effective Use of a Transportation Management System?

Only about a third of companies that could benefit from a transportation management system (TMS) actually make valuable use of one. Find out the benefits of a TMS and if your company is using its current system most effectively.

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Realism and Final Delivery for Holiday 2013

Being realistic means being practical and/or pragmatic. For holiday 2013, there were five really big factors that were going to impact final delivery. And yet UPS and FedEx still failed to be realistic, practical, or pragmatic in communicating their failure to deliver on their promises for holiday 2013. Let’s first take a step back. What…

Client Success Story

Home Construction Industry Manufacturer Conducts Transportation Assessment

A manufacturer in the home construction industry was moving toward a job-specific product sales and delivery model. In order to best implement the new program, it needed to identify savings, assess processes and technology in use, and develop a plan for nationalizing the new model.

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Who Will Win the Race for Freight in the Panama Canal Expansion? Shippers.

I recently had the privilege of sitting in on an education session that featured a very informed update on the Panama Canal expansion. In fact, it was one of the more lively sessions at the 2013 Supply Chain Leadership Forum. The first set of new gates for the canal expansion had just been delivered, and…

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What Tighter Transportation Regulations Really Mean for Supply Chains

I’ve asked Chris Ferrell, Director of the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, to share some recent insights on the current regulatory environment for transportation. I’m also interested in your thoughts on the impact of new and developing transportation regulations on supply chain performance. – Jim At the recent Supply Chain Leadership Forum, I had a chance…

Client Success Story

Beverage Company’s Less-Than-Truckload Rationalization

A coffee company with high store growth was introducing several new products and categories. In order to improve service and savings, the company needed to lower its incidence of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight.

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