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Pulling All Capacity Levers

Posted by TMW Systems on Oct 04, 2018

The pressure on truck capacity is coming from all angles.

A shortage of qualified drivers could be the most serious concern. The American Trucking Associations estimates the industry will need 890,000 new drivers over the next decade – an average of 89,000 per year – to replace those who will be retiring and to keep pace with freight growth.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Routing Software

Best of Blogs 2017: The Final Mile

Posted by TMW Systems on Dec 15, 2017

Arguably the Pony Express became a big disruptor in final-mile delivery in 1860. Ditto Amazon in 2017. But is it possible that final-mile delivery is less about disruption and more about streamlined processes, unmatched customer service and showing up on time? Still today, the last leg remains among the more inefficient segments of the supply chain. Are there ways to achieve greater efficiencies? For 2017, TMW experts explored the area of final mile extensively. In case you missed it, here are seven of our most instructive last-mile related blogs:

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Topics: Final Mile, Routing Software

Building Materials Industry Tech: How Moving Ahead Requires a Look Back

Posted by TMW Systems on Nov 16, 2017

Staying competitive in today’s building materials industry is a never-ending challenge. Meeting customer expectations, controlling costs and managing inventory during fickle construction market cycles are key to staying ahead of one’s competition. These are perennial challenges, as vital to the operation of lumber yards of old as they are to suppliers today.

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Topics: Dispatch Software, Routing Software, Transportation Technology

Selecting a Final Mile Technology Solution

Posted by TMW Systems on Oct 26, 2017

The increasing popularity of omni-channel distribution and the Uberization of freight has made it increasingly difficult to maintain efficient and profitable final mile operations. You know you need a long-term, scalable solution that helps control every aspect of your last mile, but how do you select the right option for your company’s needs?

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Topics: Routing Software, Final Mile

Beyond Amazon Prime Day: Maneuvering Through the Final Mile Challenge

Posted by Brian Larwig on Jul 27, 2017

The internet and the personal computer have changed behavioral patterns, from how people spend their leisure time to how they shop.

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Topics: Final Mile, Supply Chain, Routing Software

E-Commerce, Omni-Channel Distribution Strategies Simplified

Posted by TMW Systems on Apr 20, 2017

In a February 2015 whitepaper, in which the evolving landscape of the supply-chain within the contemporary market was discussed, global professional services powerhouse Ernst & Young (EY) wrote, To succeed, we believe companies must embed omni-channel into their strategy, transform their supply chain to be truly agile and responsive, and build robust data and analytics capabilities.

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Topics: Final Mile, Business Intelligence, Routing Software, Transportation Management Software

Revolutionizing Maps with Interactive Data for Better Decisions

Posted by Dana Petrone on Apr 18, 2017

Maps are among the most important items in your routing and scheduling toolbox. Using current map data is the basis for any successful business with route planning needs. Still route planning has become much more complex than just simply inputting origin and destination points.

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Topics: Routing Software

Updated Maps: The Key to Smarter Routing

Posted by TMW Systems on Mar 30, 2017

Maps answer the age-old question “How do I get there from here?” and help drivers move from Point A to Point B. From displaying the location of gas stations and restaurants to identifying alternate roads, maps enhance the ability of drivers to plan and execute a route.

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Topics: Routing Software, Dispatch Software

Pain: Incorrect Weights, Dimensions and Over, Short & Damage Claims

Posted by Justin Caron on Mar 16, 2017

How often do you send freight to the wrong location? How much money are you losing due to inaccurate weights? How do you measure a dock workers’ efficiency? How many OS&D claims do you make, and how many are successful? How much paper work does an average dock worker process in a day?

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Topics: Trucking Mobile Apps, Routing Software, Trucking Software

Route Planning Software Refines Final Mile Service

Posted by TMW Systems on Feb 23, 2017

In 2015, forbes.com reported that savvy retailers, focused on developing a fully integrated business model that allows for the greatest convenience to customers, were turning to omnichannel planning: implementing a point-of-sale-through-delivery seamless customer experience via bricks-and-mortar, mobile and online avenues. Today, this trend continues but not without challenges. A January 2017 article from the business intelligence firm l2inc states, “…research reveals that very few brands offer consumers…a shopping experience across all three channels:” the indicators of a truly omnichannel strategy citing mass market giant Target as a successful example.

Data reveals that younger generations – 67% of Millennials and 56% of Gen Xers – prefer to shop online rather than in store, leaving some companies stymied by the costs and complexities of the final mile: the key leg in the hub to last-mile delivery chain of events. Final-mile delivery is the most customer-facing component in this chain. It is also the most likely to adversely affect the consumer’s brand experience for reasons that can include displeasure with shipping costs, inflexible arrival times and no option for next-day delivery.

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Topics: Final Mile, Routing Software