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Routing Management and Control, Driving Transportation Success
This white paper is co‐authored by Tony Minyon, TOYOTA, National Manager‐North American Parts Operation (NAPO), and several of the professionals from TransportGistics’ Convergence Practice. Convergence is a consulting process developed by TransportGistics; its methods include professionals representing like and disparate business disciplines that embrace specific techniques for the purpose of fully exploiting those knowledge bases. This holistic approach to research, consulting, and problem resolution was designed to provide an inclusive result. [Read Full Article]

Inbound Transportation Management and Control: Low Hanging Fruit and How to Grab It
In most organizations, the cost of transportation is equal to or greater than the combined costs of warehousing, order entry and customer service. In addition to its recognition as an enormous expense, freight transportation is the “corporate life bloodline to the marketplace” and has been a precursor to the shrinking or "flattening" of the world. As the supply chain becomes more refined and integrated, its management has an even greater impact on the bottom line. [Read Full Article]

Logistics is Not a Chain
This paper will challenge the supposition that “logistics” is a chain, and further reject the notion that it is comprised of two distinct sides, supply and demand. The chain portrays logistics to be stagnant and linear; it also suggests that supply and demand are two separate chains. This view causes rigidity of thought and creates a contrary set of theoretical business rules, forcing those involved to think within those limitations. [Read Full Article]

Short Sea Shipping: Practices, Opportunities and Challenges
Short sea shipping is a concept that has as its genesis traditional coastal sea transport practices from ancient times. The early merchant vessels were small in cargo capacity and tended to sail within sight of the coastlines while moving goods and passengers from one sea port to another. Their schedules, owing to their dependency on the winds and tides, were flexible and thus their reliability was relatively low. Vessels and crews lost at sea were not an uncommon event. [Read Full Article]

The Dichotomy of Logistics
This white paper addresses the notion that logistics is comprised of two primary components: Macrologistics and Micrologistics; and that logistics is best represented, visually, as a set of gears driving the process (micrologistics); surrounded by macrologistics, which manages the process. Macrologistics is the study and management of the overall aspects, process and workings of logistics. Micrologistics is the study of the operations and the application of the components of logistics, such as transportation, inventory, warehousing, purchasing and customer service. This description incorporates both the gears and cogs. [Read Full Article]

Freight Transportation Purchasing Philosophy
Virtually all companies, regardless of size, recognize the importance of getting their products to their customers. Some companies address this mission critical business component from the cost perspective only, while others consider both cost and service. These two high level considerations recognize that there must be a basis upon which the determination can be made.

The Purpose of this Paper is to present Toyota‐NAPO’s freight transportation purchasing philosophy and to examine how this organization looks at their carriers, how they want their carriers to see them and why that is important. [Read Full Article]

Freight Transportation, the Corporate Information Resource
Information is the basis for all decisions. Accurate information improves the chance for good decisions. Accurate and timely information substantially increases the probability for successful decisions. Within every company there exists an inexhaustible supply of information, but its sheer size and volume can render it useless; and the cost associated with its cultivation and harvest could exhaust the corporate treasury. Freight transportation is a rich and robust corporate information resource; but too often it is viewed as a single function whose sole purpose is to move raw material in, and finished goods out. Recognizing the dimensions and dynamics of freight transportation, immediately presents its capability as a powerful and comprehensive corporate information resource. [Read Full Article]

Deciphering Incoterms
The economy and trade of the 21st century truly consists of one global market. While Buyers and Sellers very often find themselves on different continents in different parts of the globe, they can rest assured that they have a uniform and standardized set of trading International Commercial Terms (“Incoterms”) to help them navigate through international transactions and also elucidate each Buyer and Seller’s role in the supply chain. What are Incoterms? [Read Full Article]

Collaboration is being discussed in almost every business publication today! Many companies are discussing the topic internally and some have had in-depth discussions amongst their preferred or necessary business partners. While there are protocols, and transaction sets, the ability to articulate a universal compelling reason that would effectively create the collaborative industrial and commercial culture is severely lacking. In order for collaboration to succeed, there must be a business culture, universal standards and willingness to make certain information reasonably available to authorized partners. [Read Full Article]

The Freight Audit Function and Utility, Driving Corporate Performance
Freight expense represents a significant portion of the overall corporate budget. Because of its size and relative position, freight expense plays a major role in corporate profitability. Freight expense for the average company is large enough to warrant attention and intelligent management. Freight Cash Asset Management® is a valuable treasury tool that can convert the freight expense to an asset. In order to properly control the expense and maximize its potential opportunities, it must be understood. [Read Full Article]

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