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Separating Long-Term Supply Chain Technology Developments from Temporary Industry Disruptors

While technological innovations can revolutionize how supply chain businesses advance, it’s important for all participants to be a little bit skeptical when supposedly new game-changing technologies are introduced.

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While technological innovations can revolutionize how supply chain businesses advance, it’s important for all participants to be a little bit skeptical when supposedly new game-changing technologies are introduced.

Much of the market is weighing the pros and cons of transactional APIs versus EDI communications, but these messages must be coupled with high-speed analytical solutions that allow shippers and 3PLs to perform rating and transit-time analysis and audit to truly optimize their logistics network.

With all the moving parts in the trucking sector these days, in the form of things like carrier pricing power, tight capacity, and the secular driver shortage, things like trucking regulations can get overlooked. But at this week’s SMC3 Connections event at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, that was far from the case in a session that featured Larry Minor, associate administrator for policy at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Dan Horvath, director of safety policy for the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Less-than-Truckload plays a pivotal role in the smooth operation of the supply chain, and companies that play the game well by aligning with the right carrier and technology partners know that LTL shipping is an extremely valuable transportation option.

Whether conducting an LTL RFP with the intent to manage transportation spends or increase provider options, a professional bid application adds structure to the process, resulting in improved efficiency, reduced risk of errors and quicker bid turnaround times.

As you face capacity issues and rising freight rates, download this Making the Case report to learn how to optimize your LTL operations and get more strategic with your carrier and provider partners.

This paper details how SMC3 designed Bid$ense for complete procurement transparency, and how you’ll move ahead with ease and confidence toward best-choice carrier qualification and truly strategic LTL procurement.

As a direct result of the thriving ecommerce landscape, SMC³ recently talked with FedEx Supply Chain executive Ryan Kelly about reverse logistics and how less-than-truckload carriers are capitalizing on this developing trend.

John Wiehoff, CEO of C.H. Robinson recently spoke with SMC³ about emerging technologies in the industry, unique supply chain opportunities, and how C.H. Robinson uses technology to optimize its business.

The SMC³ Platform empowers 3PLs and Shippers of any size to successfully navigate and optimize the LTL shipment arena, choose the level of computing power based on your specific needs and operating environment with a technology platform offering the best of all worlds.

DHL Supply Chain’s Alex Jackson, Andy Smith, the chief operating officer of FedEx Supply Chain, John Wiehoff, CEO of C.H. Robinson, and basketball legend Jerry West are scheduled to speak at SMC³’s Connections 2018.

Fully integrated into the 3Gtms transportation management system, SMC³’s API solutions give customers more accurate and timely rating and transit-time information, as well as broader pricing visibility.

By joining the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, SMC³ is supporting the group’s myriad technology goals, which include developing and disseminating blockchain standards that the industry can use to build transportation applications.

Buoyed by surging demand, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are revving up for 2018, warning that tightening capacity means sharply higher rates in a new era of pricing.

We know ecommerce is reshaping the logistics landscape, but what are the technologies managers can leverage to meet evolving requirements and shifting operational constraints? We’ve rounded up insights from leading experts to share tools that are available now as well as what’s on the horizon.