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More on Maximizing International Goods Transportation Efficiency

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by The IAS Team No Comments

It is one thing to deploy standardized supply chain and transportation management processes within one country. Expanding operations over longer distances with greater complexity into other countries, while maintaining efficiency, can present quite a challenge. Managing international transportation is a complex process that, unless you are FedEx or UPS, requires working with partners and service providers. The quest for best practices has to start with clear requirements for those partners, and solid data to measure results and tune operations. In our previous post we shared 5 tips for driving efficiency for goods international transportation. Here are 5 more that deal with partners, performance and data:

    • Be clear, and standardize what your business requirements are for shipment acknowledgement, scheduling, en-route event capture, proof of delivery and billing. In times of tight capacity, the quality transport providers will gravitate to the transport buyers that are easiest to work with in the big picture.
    • Connect your intermodal network– Transportation buyer and provider on one platform enable one version of the truth when it comes to shipment data and service provider compliance.
    • Collect performance data around your critical intermodal nodes and make sure everyone knows what is being measured and why. Then share the metrics and results to foster continuous improvement.
    • Use data to drive intermodal decision-making and “tuning” of your intermodal network– Whether it is lane-, mode-, customer- or vendor-specific data, efficiency opportunities can be identified. The unit of measure may be revenue, cost, margin, hours, minutes, steps, stops or even calls.
    • Recognize and reward your vendor network based on performance– By being easy to work with, measuring compliance and rewarding performance with more volume, your service provider network will become increasingly efficient over time. All the stakeholders in your international transport chain will benefit.

IAS addresses these challenges with the IAS Dispatch suite that supports ocean, air, LCL/LTL, international and domestic moves. It brings together drayage assignment, appointment times, amendment management, invoicing, visibility, rates, optimization, and business intelligence.

By Blair Peterson

Enterprise SaaS vs. Networked Platforms in Supply Chain and Transportation Management

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by The IAS Team No Comments

A recent report from Boston-based ChainLink Research on supply chain platforms compares Enterprise SaaS applications serving single, multi-tenant instances with true “Networked Platforms” that provide SaaS solutions for multiple parties–not necessarily in direct commercial relationships, initially–interacting on one platform. A networked platform features a many-to-many model for data, security, connectivity and onboarding. The network platform approach is best for supply chain and transportation management applications that require communication and collaboration among trading partners, be they customers/vendors or other third parties. In IAS’ current world of transportation management, the parties are buyers or arrangers of transportation on the one hand, and providers of transportation and related services on the other.

Some key features of a Networked Platform include:

  • Critical mass of trading partners that can either be easily added to the network or may already be connected to the network, reducing the startup time.
  • Easy discovery of new partners.
  • Ability to automate manual processes with visibility into operations.
  • Open marketplace for competitive bidding by qualified providers of supplies and services, lowering costs and finding capacity in tight markets.
  • On Demand, Real-Time Market that links buyers and sellers for immediate services, such as drayage and goods transport.
  • Sharing and leveraging of network-wide data allowing for analysis of trends and benchmarking of performance, costs and more.

Many networked platforms target a particular industry segment, such as high tech, B2B, consumer or retail. This is one of the key differentiators between the various networked platforms that serve industries such as drayage and goods transport (IAS), couriers (Grand Junction), personal transport alternatives (Uber, Lyft, Sidecar), grocery delivery (Instacart), or housing (Airbnb); all examples referenced in the ChainLink report.