Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You
March 20, 2017 Transplace

Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

With the ongoing market challenges, many companies are evaluating their current logistics strategies and looking to make structural improvements in the current market and beyond. In order to see the best return, some shippers immediately look to making significant changes such as implementing new technology solutions or redesigning their distribution network. But is your organization thinking more strategically about its capacity strategies?

It may be time to evaluate your transportation network and approach to procurement and make the move from simply fixing logistics problems as they present themselves, to a more strategic, scalable model derived from analytics and not simply rates. Don’t view procurement as a tactical, annual exercise routine item that must be completed quickly in order to meet your current customer demand at the lowest possible cost. Getting ahead of the game with creative, tailored and comprehensive capacity solutions is going to give your business the supply chain edge it needs as we head into the increasingly-uncertain future.

Your organization needs to be agile and resilient to take on the challenges of an ever-evolving industry – instead of simply moving freight at the best possible price. Here are some key questions for shippers to consider when it comes to their freight solutions:

  • Maximum modal optimization: are you using the right mode on each and every order you ship, regardless of freight flow type?
  • Do you have a resilient and “stress-able” routing guide?
  • Have you thought through your sourcing strategy to make certain you have the necessary elasticity within your capacity network employing asset, non-asset-based, dedicated fleets and opportunistic backhaul carriers?
  • Are you looking beyond the readily-available traditional truck brokerage solution? This could be more sustainable over the long run, successfully weathering the continual ebb and flow of the transportation industry cycles tied to both controllable as well as non-controllable circumstances.

It’s important to ensure that your organization has access to the transportation solutions that it needs to succeed. And with ongoing additional pressures on line-haul costs (drivers, ELDs, potential economic growth due to infrastructure spending, etc.), you also must to be able to find untapped market capacity and leverage it to your distinct advantage. Working with a partner that provides you access to carriers that compliment your network and make moving your freight faster and easier, and also has the ability to handle expedited, urgent and last-minute needs, is essential. Thinking more strategically and deploying a scalable, long-term solution is going to allow your business to go that much farther.

For example, brokers typically sell on price and will generally price every lane that a shipper has, whether they can actually service it or not – and this creates a potential exposure in a shippers’ routing guide. In contrast, a 3PL partner will be constantly looking for matches within their own dense freight network. This type of data-driven approach will ultimately identify complimentary network freight flows or fits and deliver value for both participating shippers and hauling carriers.

At Transplace, we are always looking to earn a long-term, collaborative relationship with our customers in order to provide them a customized transportation management solution that is truly tailored to their needs. Our comprehensive capacity expertise allows us to leverage our entire North American network to solve large-scale, complex supply chain problems for each and every one of our customers. Whether domestically, cross-border, collaboratively or via intermodal transportation, we can create unique, flexible capacity solutions that deliver meaningful benefits to shippers throughout all of North America.

Our experts can tap into our full-spectrum, vast network in order to craft a strategic solution tailored to each individual business, uniquely fusing together the best of our managed services and capacity solutions. Our goal is to push even farther beyond a traditional truck brokerage service to deliver a better transportation network to our customers.

Big or small, capacity solutions are not one-size-fits-all. We’re committed to taking the building blocks of your unique business and creating a customized solution that is truly tailored to the needs of your organization. We’re working hard to leverage our actionable data and transportation management expertise to go beyond traditional brokerage and craft dynamic solutions that work for your business – today, tomorrow and beyond your expectations.

Is your organization ready to #GoBeyondBrokerage?

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