White Papers

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A continuing capacity shortage, rising freight rates, and stricter government regulations exacerbate transportation challenges faced by shippers. Outsourcing transportation can be a solution - and for many companies is the most important strategic decision it makes. This whitepaper provides practical tips on how to outsource transportation effectively, and covers the following:

  • Does your company have a culture to embrace outsourcing practices? 
  • Evaluating whether or not you should outsource
  • Identifying your technology needs, requirements
  • Seeking out the right capabilities
  • Evaluating your outsourcing success
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Imagine a world where physical objects exchange knowledge and cooperate together like teammates to achieve unparalleled business efficiency. From textile looms to shipping pallets to store shelves, everything in the supply chain would sync, automatically, to optimize operations.

The Internet of Things is bringing about that world at a furious pace—very soon over 26 billion devices of all shapes and sizes will be connected to the Internet. Retailers and manufacturers will face greater complexity than ever before, but there are tangible steps you can take to prepare yourself to thrive in the upcoming whirlwind of the internet of things supply chain.


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Powerful TMS applications give shippers the ability to manage orders, optimize loads, select the best carriers, settle payment and manage claims, and much more. This whitepaper highlights best practices of how these leading companies are experiencing significant benefits from technology - all provided by LeSaint's strategic technology partner:

  • BE Aerospace: "Freight Payment Audit Details Transportation Spend"
  • RSC Equipment Rental: "When Quicker Is Better"
  • Service Master: "Technology That Turned Complex Business Challenges Into Solutions"
  • Technicolor: "Color Me Visible
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How Collaboration Reduces Your Global Supplier Risks

Today’s supply chains are increasingly complex, and companies must manage risks both proactively and reactively to avoid disruptions like quality issues, shipment delays, product shortages, and excessive expediting costs.

Download this white paper to discover the strategies your organization can employ to minimize supply chain risks, including:

  • Identifying global sourcing risks 
  • Analyzing future risks
  • Collaborating with supply chain trading partners to react before, during and after disruptions
  • Selecting the right solution for your organization
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PIERS, the Standard in Trade Intelligence, has partnered with InformEx, to offer a one of a kind report available for free download that examines some of the most important early-stage intermediates for the specialty chemicals: naphthalene, maleic anhydride, gyloxal and adipic acid. Shipping records reveal top U.S. importers and exporters, foreign producers and top export markets and source countries — knowledge that can help influence decisions and prompt industry players to ask the right questions when making strategic decisions.

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Are you Omni-Channel Ready?

Learn why retail 3PLs are uniquely positioned to help retailers bridge the gap to an omni-channel shopping environment with their expertise in these key capabilities:

  • Inventory visibility
  • Optimized fulfillment
  • Perfect packing
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A recent Supply Chain Insights survey found that GTM software yields a clear return on investment and high level of satisfaction. In fact, 67% of respondents reported a ROI of thirteen months.

The resulting report, Imports and Exports Made Easier with Global Trade Management Software, takes a closer look at:

  • How effectively respondents are managing imports and exports
  • The implementation of GTM software
  • The use of and satisfaction with trade content
  • Recommendations for GTM success

Download your complimentary copy to learn about the importance of GTM software and how you can achieve a ROI!

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Today's supply chains are anything but simple. Made up of hundreds of partners spanning continents and oceans, they contain a bewildering number of moving parts. Disruptions - like strikes, natural disasters, economic sanctions, etc - can bring a supply chain to its knees. Even normal market fluctuations in demand, particularly of today's volatile sort, can cripple a business. The only insurance against this is to create an agile supply chain that can parry unexpected events. Since transportation is businesses' highest indirect cost, making it agile can create a strong foundation for the whole supply chain. Brand new global TMS technology is enabling just that. 

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Partitions are natural in business. Each employee has a specific role, and each division specializes on a specific product or function within the enterprise. These partitions often become more fragmented over time. Multi-enterprise operations add another dimension to these partitions, one that unnecessarily decreases efficiency while increasing costs. As it relates to transportation management in today's supply chains, a community approach can bridge these partitions, increasing visibility across the supply chain and addressing the uncertainty of the unknown. 

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Customer experience is critical to today's supply chains. Unique supply chain needs require detailed attention. In scenarios where disruptions occurring within a silo impact final delivery, companies want to be proactive. The more proactive a company is, the better chance it has of preserving the customer experience. Creating a global connected view means knowing what is happening much further up the chain, so better decisions can be made. A platform approach to transportation management and a network community model operating on this foundation are key to reducing transportation spend while at the same time driving improvements in customer experience. 

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A global view of transportation unites international and domestic TMS to enable cross-silo planning optimization, execution and visibility. This opens the door to cost savings realization ''within the silo" and "cross-silo." More importantly, it builds efficiency and agility into the supply chain thus enhancing customer experience.

But building this level of view and control requires deep considerations. The key is deploying an end-to-end supply chain layer that all existing applications can plug into. This delivers a single platform for controlling, planning and viewing all data, regardless of region or mode. 

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With winter weather delays a steady weekly occurrence this year, the impact on port productivity is high. One way to combat this, as well as setbacks that arise unrelated to weather, is a simple one that is complicated to put into practice. Timely and continual communication between all stakeholders can make a significant difference in alleviating issues, reported the Port Performance Task Force that examined operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2013.  This white paper looks at this and their other recommendations, as well as the initial process of implementation.

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The drive to capture the business benefits of low cost country sourcing has far out-paced the processes and systems needed to efficiently manage the global supply chain.

Most importers do not have a formal solution to manage international transportation yet technology holds the key to containing escalating international transportation costs.

Amber Road’s white paper, Best Practices to Reduce International Freight Costs, provides key improvement strategies to better manage and reduce international freight spend, such as:

  • Centrally manage contracts and offer “total rate searches”
  • Optimize carrier selection prior to booking
  • Audit and correctly pay freight bills of lading

Download this white paper to discover how your company can benefit from contract automation to meet, or even exceed your aggressive budget commitments.

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Air and ocean consolidation can provide strategic benefits for shippers. This white paper explores global consolidation options and the outcomes companies can expect when consolidating their freight.

It’s not always possible for companies to fill an entire container with their own export freight. Both small organizations that cannot wait to fill a container, and large ones with high value cargo, may have between 1 and 15 pallets to ship at a time. Air and ocean carriers require shippers to work with freight consolidators to accommodate small volume shipping needs.

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This report on China will provide a broad but comprehensive view of the logistics challenges facing foreign firms in China these days. After looking at the changing landscape of opportunities in China -- new regions; more focus on consumers -- the report will analyze the multiple challenges of managing logistics effectively: The weaknesses in the country's infrastructure; the complex regulatory challenges -- including customs and trade compliance regulations that differ from location to location. 
Finally, emerging best practices by leading foreign firms in China -- what are they doing right, and how can other firms profit from the lessons they have learned.
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With the cost of manufacturing rising in Asia, many companies are turning to Mexico as they re-think their global supply chain strategies. Today’s shippers are sending more freight across the U.S./Mexico border as they expand their operations and customer base in Mexico. Working across the border is a challenge and shippers need to understand the risks involved. Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can help manage those risks and greatly simplify the cross-border process.

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Having already become the world’s largest merchandise exporter, China’s economic growth no longer centers around expanding the nation’s presence in foreign markets. Although a wide range of U.S. companies — including small and midsize exporters — have flocked to China, most face a wide range of challenges in their efforts to maximize their opportunities. A recent study conducted by Amber Road found that, when it comes to compliance with Chinese regulations, fully 100 percent of their customers were concerned with “persistent issues” involving the management of their supply chains in China.

Download this whitepaper for an examination of the ins and outs of China’s trade regulations, including the role of Global Trade management, CTM case studies, best practices for working with local agents and more.

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Increased globalization of the supply chain is causing shipments to spend more time in the transport and logistics pipeline, particularly the ocean. Often overlooked is the link between costs and intercontinental shipping event performance.

The Aberdeen Group’s brand new report, Intercontinental Visibility Scorecards: Event Data Quality, polled 142 shippers to investigate:

  • Which events industry leaders view as essential
  • How leaders move from raw data to intelligence
  • The link between improved supply chain visibility and reduced costs

Find out how your intercontinental visibility measures up with these scorecards - download the report today!

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Approximately 45% of the nation’s imports pass through the gateways of Los Angeles and Long Beach with container volumes forecasted to more than triple between now and 2035. The Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) project is one effort underway to find solutions that will support port growth while improving productivity, mobility, air quality, and public health. 

FRATIS is a public-private partnership designed to reduce the amount of time that trucks spend waiting to get into marine terminal yards by enabling the drayage company and marine terminal to exchange information in advance.

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Visibility is a prerequisite to supply chain agility and responsiveness – in fact, new research from the Aberdeen Group found that 85% of companies plan to increase their current level of end-to-end supply chain visibility.

The Aberdeen Group’s brand new report, Supply Chain Visibility and Segmentation: Control Tower Approach, identifies the best practices used by top performers to realize key financial benefits, including:

  • 95% of orders delivered to customers on time
  • 94% of orders received from suppliers on time 
  • -7.5% decrease in the frequency of out-of-stock inventory in the past year

Discover the key financial benefits derived from enhanced visibility - download the report today!