Thought Leadership

Read our latest thought leadership articles from our team of supply chain professionals.

Eric Gower-Winter

Strategic Inbound Optimisation

Eric Gower-Winter

Inbound transportation management presents an interesting dilemma for many supply chains. It is one of the last components of the management of an efficient supply chain. As suppliers and partners bring the critical freight to an organisation, the lack of visibility to that freight can cause variability and risk that can impact the rest of the supply chain. The unfortunate reality for many companies is that they don’t have that required visibility to reduce or manage those variations; inbound has become a blind spot. Any blind spot will impede an organisation from reaching their objectives.

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Carsten Schubert

As The Fuel Price Increases A TMS Can Save You Money in So Many Ways…

Carsten Schubert

In South Africa, the number of companies that utilise a Transportation Management System (TMS) to manage their transportation is low compared to our European and US counterparts. But this is rapidly changing with the arrival of Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) based TMS systems that are cost effective and quicker to implement. In this article, Transnova offers you a viewpoint from the US where Steve Banker, co-author of Logistics Viewpoints and a contributor to Forbes.com and the LeanLogistics blog, discusses the areas where TMS offers the greatest financial impact.

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Neil Larkens

Transportation Management Outsourcing

Neil Larkens

Over the past two decades the global trend towards the outsourcing of transportation management has grown significantly within the cargo owner community. This in turn has fuelled consolidation within the Logistics Service Provider (LSP) network, resulting in the emergence of the ‘Mega LSP’ whose organisation often dwarfs that of the client who they are servicing. South Africa has paralleled this global phenomenon.

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Zehrah Sayed

How to Optimise Transportation Investments

Zehrah Sayed

Transportation sourcing is a significant challenge for many companies. Typically, the procurement process to identify potential new carriers and award business requires a major investment of resources. The transportation team must develop a request for proposal (RFP), follow up on carrier responses, evaluate multiple award scenarios, and implement new carriers into the mix. In many cases, companies do not have a dedicated resource to manage the freight procurement process, resulting in usage of key personnel from other areas to support the sourcing event.

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