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What is Transportation Management Workflow and How Does It Work

Transportation Management Workflow may be defined as a supply chain workflow that connects and links the various parties involved along the chain from, for example, the seller’s warehouse to the buyer’s warehouse. A professional and effective logistics services provider needs to have an efficient transportation management workflow which follows a logical sequence and has the most effective operational procedures. 

One of the primary requirements would be to operate an effective TMS or Transportation Management System. 

One of the primary requirements would be to operate an effective TMS or Transportation Management System.  The TMS used should be capable of handling various aspects of transport management including needs assessment, effective analysis, integration and management in addition to providing you visibility on inbound products, receiving, storing and distribution. An effective TMS will provide comprehensive data analysis on the current shipping costs and processes which offers you an opportunity to compare your costs and processes versus what is available in the market. 

These analyses can help you optimize your supply chain process and also provide overall cost reduction. Your TMS must also be capable of handling pick and pack operations, product consolidation, replenishment and also final distribution and delivery to the receiver. 

A well designed and effective TMS is of paramount importance in:
  • Reducing freight costs
  • Automating the routing and other internal processes
  • Consolidation
  • Freight audit
  • Improving visibility
  • Tracking costs and delivery

Using your transportation management workflow, you can analyze important business metrics such as class and weight breaks, shipment density heat maps, cost/ton and cost/mile metrics, carrier utilization reports, DC optimization results, on-time performance. 

An effective transportation management workflow will also be able to make recommendations on ways of reducing costs, identifying and controlling the costs per client which will also uncover inefficiencies, if any, in your business model. For example, you may be using antiquated routing methods with your current service providers that need some modernization in order to provide you with a more cost-efficient transportation management program. By conducting engineering reviews into your customer’s data, you will be able to identify inefficiencies within the existing strategy and adopt a more dynamic carrier routing which can result in significant cost savings and reduction in transit time. 

The transportation management workflow must always be evolving as trade is dynamic and there must be constant workflow audits along the various silos within the supply chain.

Tracking and tracing is an essential and vital part of the transportation management workflow

Tracking and tracing is an essential and vital part of the transportation management workflow and the TMS used should be suitably equipped to handle this vital component in the flow. 

While everyone likes to handle their own business especially if you are in the transportation business, sometimes it may just be more cost effective to outsource the transportation portion of the whole supply chain workflow. One needs to do extensive and thorough data analysis of all current costs within the transportation and logistics silos. Such analysis will allow you the opportunity to find ways to save money for your customers but also provide efficiency in operations. An efficient way to reduce costs would also be to negotiate accessorial charges because the various carriers may have different container sizes and types that they use for the transportation.  

You can also use the TMS to plan warehouse spatial planning as your business may need to accommodate various sizes and weights of cargoes arriving in LTL or FTL modes. Using the TMS effectively will also assist in reducing the truck loading and turn around times which in turn will reduce the warehouse overheads in terms of staff overtime, etc. It may also be used to consolidate the booking processes which in turn will result in a consolidated billing process,  reducing the overall time spent doing this activity manually by auditing, reviewing, paying and collecting each invoice. 

History is the best teacher

History is the best teacher they say and in line with this, one also needs to pay special attention to historical freight data. You can analyze the performance levels of the various carriers used, achieve cost savings, and have an edge when it comes to future rate negotiations. 

Conclusion

When effectively used TMS can assist customers to gain efficiencies in improving their service offerings while also allowing them to create scalability in their business processes. Customers, especially shippers, are always looking for ways to improve service delivery and efficiency while limiting the costs. By efficiently managing the transportation management workflow, shippers can address costly challenges like rate fluctuations, hidden charges, track and trace, visibility, etc. From both a functional and cost perspective, effective management of the transportation management workflow provides value to the customer. 

BlueGrace’s Proprietary Technology

Our technology is designed to put the power of easy supply chain management and optimization back in your hands. BlueShip® offers cutting-edge tools for strong reliability and quick performance. Our customers are especially impressed with the user experience, which is completely customizable and has real-time updates, giving them a single source tool for tracking, addressing, and product listing. To see a demo and speak to one of our BlueShip experts, fill out the form below or call us at 800.MY.SHIPPING.

“Keep the main thing, the main thing”

MainThing

 

BlueGrace Logistics CEO Bobby Harris is fond of saying “Keep the main thing, the main thing. BlueGrace employees embody, promote, live and breathe the Core Values. The most important core value of the employees themselves? #2 Be Caring of Others. It’s the people at BlueGrace that make it a great place to work. It’s the people that drive everyone to deliver their best and to be their best. It’s then also the people who carry these values into their interactions with prospects, customers and partners. Transportation and Supply Chain Management is what BlueGrace does – and does well. But the “Main Thing” is the company culture – the people themselves. If we were ever to stray from the main thing, our performance would suffer in all areas. So every day we focus on keeping the main thing, the main thing.

 

Transportation and supply chain management are simply a parts of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and e-commerce businesses in the United States. Each company has their core business offering – their main thing. And like us, if they stray from their main thing, their performance suffers in all areas.

 

So, how can our Main Thing allow you to focus on your Main Thing?

 

  • Our Employees.
    • We are built with industry veterans in key departments such as the C-Level suite, carrier relations, and pricing. A positive attitude is so vital to performance that it counts as 50% of job performance reviews. We do not hire unhappy people.
  • Technology and Integration:
    • Technology needs continue to evolve, and so does our technology. We outspend anyone else in our space on IT. Our BlueShip TMS is user friendly and easy on a transactional basis, it also is able to support large level client engagements and can plug into different ERP, e-commerce, and WMS systems.
  • Customer and supply chain engineering:
    • Through collaboration with our customers and through needs analysis we present a total supply chain solution. We look for current inefficiencies and gather data to send to our pricing team to present both hard and soft cost savings.
  • Proactive and daily support:
    • We see our roles as an extension of your own customer service. We send tracking, reporting, and pre invoice auditing to you as value adds as no cost to you. We are your advocate to the carriers, so you can run your business and not have to think about dealing with multiple people at multiple carriers on a daily basis.
  • Scale-ability
    • We are a private business with no debt or no stake holders to answer to. We can take on the largest of customer and projects along with hiring staff as need be to fulfill customer needs. We work with a large variety of customers and unique partnerships in our industry.
  • Franchise offering
    • We have the strongest franchise offering in our space. Logistics is a one trillion + industry per year and is over 8% of US GDP. We have low start up fees, as well as industry best training and support. You can find out more at BlueGraceFranchise.com

 

Please let us know how we can help you “Keep your main thing, the main thing” today.

 

BlueGrace Logistics on Fox & Friends

BlueGrace Logistics was featured on Fox & Friends segment “On the Job Hunt” on Fox News Channel on Tuesday, February 4! This segment discusses companies that are currently hiring. They mentioned how we have open positions in both our Tampa and Chicago office, including sales, customer service and operations.

Check out the clip by clicking here: Fox & Friends – On the Job Hunt 2/4/14

However, there were some errors in the segment that need to be addressed. In the first mention of BlueGrace, the reporter mispronounces our name, saying “BlueGrass Logistics…” Yea, like the music. Just so you know, we’re not hiring banjo players!

They then go onto to describe us a company who does “bubble-wrapping” and say that we’ll “take care of the tape for you.” Well, that is not remotely close to what we do.

We are true consultants. To simplify it, think of BlueGrace Logistics as the Expedia of freight (no pun intended). We have a full staff of freight experts and have built a proprietary and cutting-edge transportation management system called BlueShip. We are the middleman between customers and transportation carriers to provide more options to businesses and bring in more revenue to carriers. Overall, our business model drives productivity into our industry.

Are you interested in learning more about job opportunities with BlueGrace Logistics? Please click here.

BlueGrace Logistics Sponsored Two Fighters at UFC Fight Night 27

At UFC Fight Night 27 on Fox Sports 1 on August 28, 2013, BlueGrace Logistics was proud to sponsor two fighters in the main events.  BlueGrace sponsored Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit and Brad Tavares in two of the main card fights at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Kampmann 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Carlos Condit fought in the main event again Martin Kampmann, and ended up having on the top fights of the night.  Condit dominated in a one sided bloody fight (primarily due to Kampmann’s bloody nose) that eventually lead to a TKO win over Kampmann in the fourth round.  The big win sets up the Natural Born Killer with likely another chance at the title when the opportunity comes around.


Five fights before Condit’s fight, Brad Tavares faced Bubba McDaniel in a middleweight bout.  After a close first round, Tavares gruadually took control of the fight between the second and third round eventually leading to a unanimous decision by the judges to award Brad Tavares the win.  This win for Tavares increases his fight record to a clean 11-1 in his MMA career and opens the door for advancement in the UFC.

BlueGrace Logistics is very excited for both fighters on their win and was very proud to be apart of important wins in their career.  Check out some of the awesome pictures we have posted from the fight on the BlueGrace Logistics Facebook page.

 

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The Rise of the TMS and Why You Need One

Rate, route and track… oh my!

In an era of skyrocketing fuel prices and limited capacity, transportation management systems have become quite the hot, and necessary, commodity.  Despite the confusing economy, in 2010 alone the global TMS market peaked at $625 million. This data should not come as a surprise to anyone in the transportation industry. Considering how effective these systems have been at streamlining processes and cutting down on costs to shippers, it’s no wonder 3PLs have been utilizing these solutions for nearly two decades.


Basic features of a TMS:

  • Help create loads
  • Determine the shortest routes and best utilization of carriers
  • Manage orders and transport tenders
  • Track and trace shipments
  • Control freight payment
  • Provide visibility
  • Monitor carrier performance

 

How they help:

BlueGrace Logistics’ BlueShip® and other transportation management systems are highly beneficial to cut down on costs in your business. Companies have been known to experience cost reductions anywhere from 5-15% or more. Retailer chargebacks, for example, are cut down on improvements in customer service, business processes, and resource management.

These systems accelerate reaction times by increasing visibility and productivity. Real-time event management is crucial in logistics. With longer supply chains and lead times, the need for visibility systems is greater than ever. A faster reaction time means more solved problems, leaving excess time to devote to the core matters of your operation.

 

Why wait? 

Shippers don’t have to adapt all of their processes to an off-the-shelf application any longer. With systems like BlueShip, you can create an interface that’s custom designed to fit your unique needs. We are not a one-size-fits-all establishment.  Don’t worry, this kind of customization won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Fortunately for shippers of BlueGrace, 24-7 access to the online transportation management system is absolutely free!

If you’re interested in learning how BlueShip can enhance your business, feel free to contact our team and we can walk you through it. Is your business currently using a TMS but wonder how ours compares? Contact us, we’d be happy to show you the BlueGrace way!