Category Archives: Transportation

Finding Synergies Through Synchronization

Finding Synergies Through Synchronization

Traditionally, production and transportation planning processes are managed separately in most companies. A shipment of products from a plant to a warehouse typically entails three activities: order, plan, and ship. Once orders are received from customers, a load plan is initiated. The load planning process involves building a truckload of SKUs to be shipped. ARead More

Compartmentalized Trucks Cut the Cost of Grocery Distribution

Compartmentalized Trucks Cut the Cost of Grocery Distribution

Groceries need to be stored and transported at different temperatures depending on the nature of each product – so why not rationalize the distribution of these items by accommodating different temperature zones in the same truck? This is the basic rationale of multi-compartment vehicle (MCV) distribution, which is gaining ground in Europe. But adding complexityRead More

A Blockchain Model for LCL Operations

A Blockchain Model for LCL Operations

In Chinese ports, less than container load (LCL) business processes are complicated and inefficient. As container throughput volumes have risen in line with the growth in international trade and economic development, the need to improve LCL processes has become more urgent. The Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) and Shanghai Jiaotong University are engagedRead More

Which Carriers Should You Use?

Which Carriers Should You Use?

Trucking companies are rated on a general scorecard, which allows them to benchmark, and gives shippers some guidance on performance levels when developing their routing guides. But what if current scorecards are too general to give shippers the information they need to create a portfolio of high-performance carriers with different market strategies? In our researchRead More

Wanted: A Trillion Dollar Transportation Plan

Wanted: A Trillion Dollar Transportation Plan

President Trump has called for a $1 trillion investment in America’s crumbling infrastructure. There is common agreement that the country’s transportation systems are in dire need of attention, but before we start pouring investment dollars into construction projects, can we figure out what infrastructure the country will actually need over the next several decades? ThisRead More