This is a guest blog post from Chad Campbell, Client Development Associate at SilverTech, a Digital Strategy, Marketing, and Web Development firm based out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Cerasis had the pleasure to come across this great firm at the Tradeshow we attended last month, Eastec, in West Springfield, MA.
There are many benefits of TMS that manufacturers, distribution companies, and anyone who ships freight realize. They go often way beyond just the cost of shipping freight. If you can look at your freight and transportation department as more than just a cost, then you are thinking in the right direction on how to holistically help your business leverage a TMS for the maximum ROI.
As many of you know, I have been quite active over the last 6 months in LinkedIn groups. I am part of 50 total groups (the limit set by LinkedIn) and I made sure I joined groups made up of those in my industry (Logistics) and those of my customers (Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply Chain, and Freight Shippers).
It is sure a busy year for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Along with the myriad of updates and provisions going into effect on October 1, 2013 in the MAP-21 ACT, July 1st brings another deadline for compliance for the FMCSA and those who operate motor carriers: New Hours of Service rules go into effect. It’s vital that those in the freight and transportation world understand these changes in order to remain compliant, but also to know how it will affect your freight.
As MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) comes closer to the requirements of the act going into effect this October 1, there are many facets to the Act which will affect those in the freight and transportation industries. Indirectly, this will greatly affect those who ship freight, such as manufacturers and distribution companies. If you run a supply chain, it’s important you also know about MAP-21, as it could impact the delivery of your products to customers or you receiving supplies from your vendors.
Let’s play a word association game.
I say “freight tracking,” you may say: hassle, inconvenience, invasion of privacy, and benefiting only the manufacturer/shipper. But what if I told you that freight tracking benefits more than just the manufacturer/shipper?
What if I even went as far as to say that freight tracking adds value, adaption, longevity, uniformity, excellence, and safety to the carrier? Not convinced? Let me explain.
It started out with me just wanting to better understand my customers. I went to LinkedIn and searched for “Manufacturing LinkedIn.” If you’ve been following me on LinkedIn in the 50 or so groups I am actively a part of, then you are well aware of my company’s, Cerasis, journey into the exciting (and often fast and confusing) world of digital, social media and content marketing.
Proper packaging choices matter within the scope of in-process, shipping and storage, and under the best of circumstances should be considered early in the design of a product or part. In fact, I’ll be so bold as to state that packaging should always be considered at the genesis of each individual project, concurrently with the item being designed.
Cerasis Announces First Ever Inclusion in Inbound Logistics TMS Guide
Looking for a TMS Guide? We found one. Each year, around May, Inbound Logistics puts together it’s annual “TMS (Transportation Management System) Buyer’s Guide”. Transportation management systems (TMS) offer tremendous benefits for shipment management, trading partner collaboration, and freight payment.
Whether you’re a small business or a big company, driving bottom line savings without infringing on quality is always a factor considered in making decisions. Even small decisions, like what blade manufacturer to buy your wire processing machine’s cutting and stripping blades from can have a huge impact on your company’s bottom line.