Dallas-based Transplace has rehired industry veteran Matthew Harding, now as its new senior vice president for data science, highlighting how the third-party logistics provider (3PL) and its rivals are beefing up their data fluency competencies.
Harding most recently served as vice president, freight market intelligence consortiums, and developed transportation market intelligence products for shippers and 3PLs at the supply chain consulting firm Chainalytics. Prior to joining Chainalytics in 2010, Harding spent three years as vice president of consulting at Transplace.
Before that, he was a director of business development at supply chain software provider Manhattan Associates. He was also a key principal in the founding of Logistics.com, an early 2000s precursor to many of the digital logistics software and third party logistics providers in business today.
Luring Harding back is a sign that data science is becoming a more integral part of running a successful 3PL, which are now seen by shippers as entities that must collect and synthesize the vast amounts of public and proprietary data available into usable insights.
Several logistics technology experts have told JOC.com in the past year that most data scientists spend their early months at 3PLs and software providers cleansing data for it to be more usable, before they can do more advanced work such as predictive and prescriptive transportation planning and procurement.