Best 10 New Ideas For Traffic Managers & Logistics DirectorsPosted On 20th May 2016
Arrange someone else – besides you – to track truckers and provide every 2 hour or every 4 hour updates via text or email. An aggressive 3PL should be willing to do it.
Put out a new global Request for Quotes – all your past business listed – see what 3PL or 2-3 carriers even can service ALL your business most efficiently
Never sign a 3PL contract – there is no need – LET THEM EARN YOUR BUSINESS EVERY DAY
SPOT PRICE YOUR SHIPMENTS – Obtain quotes via spot market truckers on your FTL
Combine LTL into FTL shipments or let a broker or 3PL do it for you with your freight or his other client freight from nearby shippers – advantage: direct service, lower transit times, and control over trucks are BIG advantages to you
Obtain automated freight pricing inside of your Enterprise Software while quoting clients - use of APIs makes this possible – salesmen will love you for automating this for them.
Reduce Expedited Shipments that your company pays for by better communication with Sales and Customer Service personnel.
Lock Fuel Prices with all transportation providers for 12 months – transfer that risk to those who are IN the transportation business; should not be your risk!
Lower your freight costs while upcharging our Shipping&Handling Fee so your Department becomes a money maker not just a cost to the Company! Argue for a rational margin on top of costs.
Automate, automate, automate but don’t pay for it - generally, the providers of transportation (3PLs, 4PLs) already have TMS and other innovations that you can take advantage of – it isn’t wise for you to spend your own company’s money on any Tech that won’t pay for itself in the first year.