Strategic vs Tactical Transportation Management System (TMS): Which is Right For Your Business?

In logistics, managing transportation is a series of day-to-day, tactical activities performed to move goods and information. But when put together strategically, these activities can have a significant impact to business cost and performance.

At LeanCor, we took this core principle into consideration when deciding whether to "make or buy" our transportation management system at the company's inception. Since then, our relentless commitment to continuously improve our proprietary software has been validated by "out-of-the-box" thinking and several lessons learned along the way.

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2020 Mid-Year Transportation Market Update: What to Know as a Shipper

In its 31st annual State of Logistics Report, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) summed up the supply chain impact of COVID-19 in one statement: "The pandemic, and global measures taken to reduce its further spread, have decimated supply chains, scrambled logistics capabilities, and destroyed huge swaths of demand."

In Morgan Stanley’s recent freight transportation COVID-19 sentiment survey, 78% of respondents stated that COVID has a had a “medium” or “high” impact to their business.

With that said, what's been happening in transportation so far in 2020, and what can we expect going forward?

Here's our take on some transportation market trends we're seeing from our Logistics Control Center.

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FLEXcon Chooses LeanCor Supply Chain Group as its Provider of Logistics Engineering, Transportation Management Solutions

FLORENCE, KY--(January 16, 2020)—LeanCor Supply Chain Group, a trusted partner in end-to-end supply chain management and logistics, today announced that FLEXcon, a global leader in coated and laminated films and adhesives, has selected the company as its third-party logistics provider to manage logistics engineering and transportation execution in order to advance performance and deliver improved customer experience.

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7 Things to Know About Transportation Management Heading Into 2020

Driver and capacity shortages, technology advances, and tariff increases.

Those were just some of the trends we saw mark the transportation industry in 2019. But what’s ahead for 2020 and how can you prepare? In a recent webinar, industry experts Tom Valentine from Valentine Solutions, Derek Browning from LeanCor Supply Chain Group, along with Steve Prince from LeanCor Supply Chain Group dove into what to expect and how shippers are hedging their bets by executing a clear strategy and best practices.

We've summarized the information into seven key things to know about transportation management in 2020. 

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Are We Facing a Potential Freight Market Shift?

The state of California passed a law, starting on January 1, 2020, that will prevent truck owner/operators from leasing on or contracting with another trucking company as an independent contractor. Doing so, would impose significant liabilities on the companies that contract with owner-operators.

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2019 Mid-Year Transportation Market Update: What to Know as a Shipper

"The freight market has been soft for almost a year, and in our view, slid into freight recession in the first half of 2019. The U.S. trucking industry faces a supply and demand imbalance – excess equipment capacity and not enough freight – which continues to press rates lower" (DAT).

The first half of 2019 could be described as a "shipper's paradise and a carrier's nightmare." Here's our take on some transportation market trends we're seeing from our Logistics Control Center -- and what to expect going forward.

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Mitigating Supply Chain Impacts from Tariffs: It's More Than a Sourcing Game

Imagine waking up tomorrow to every item you purchase increasing in cost by 25%.  That cup of coffee is instantly $5 instead of $4. Rent now shoots up from $2000 to $2500. Yet when you look at your paycheck, you see the same number you saw the week before. Instant disruption is now causing you to scramble to make ends meet. 

This is what many supply chains are experiencing in the midst of elevated tariffs. At LeanCor, we've been receiving inquiries from supply chain leaders looking for ways to extract these costs from other areas of the supply chain to make up for them.

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Transportation Costs: How Do You Know If Your Lane Rates Are Competitive?

In today's uncertain transportation climate, it's more important than ever to stay knowledgeable about market rates to ensure you're getting the best value for your transportation spend.

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Do Companies with a Higher Transportation Spend Always Get the Lower Transportation Rates?

The LeanCor Logistics team was recently asked the question, "do companies with a higher transportation spend always get the lower transportation rates?"

We often run into a general assumption in the industry that companies with high-volume transportation spends (exceeding $100M) will have an advantage when it comes to securing lane rates.

But in our experience -- while there is an overall correlation, the causation comes from three, non-spend related sources.

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2018 Year-End Transportation Market Update: What to Know as a Shipper

2018's freight market has faced a strong economy coupled with strong domestic truckload demand. With varied truck and driver supply, shippers have certainly had an interesting year.

Here's our take on some transportation market trends we're seeing from our Logistics Control Center -- and what to expect going forward.

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