If you are struggling with rising fuel costs and needing to react more quickly to changes in your supply chain, a competitive transportation management system is imperative. Using the IBM Sterling Transportation Management System, our clients have saved as much as 25 percent of their total shipping costs through its effective collaborative planning and execution with carriers and customers.
With IBM Sterling Transportation Management System you can:
Are you currently leaving all your inbound transportation arrangements to your suppliers or vendors?
If so, you are probably spending more on transportation than you need to. Instead of paying for whatever shipping services your suppliers choose, IBM Sterling Transportation Management System enables you to take control of your inbound freight and reduce costs by:
Known as ‘freight collect,’ this process allows you, the buyer, to own the carrier relationship and take responsibility for shipment planning, tendering and payments. Managing your own inbound transportation can add millions to your bottom line.
When placing orders, does your procurement department factor in transportation costs?
Through extended role-based visibility IBM Sterling Transportation Management System allows your procurement department to see the true cost of working with one vendor over another rather than selecting vendors based on catalog prices alone.
The IBM Sterling Transportation Management System can calculate the landed cost (the sum of al costs associated iwth making and delivering a product) of shipments using multiple scenarios (include freight costs, fuel surcharges, detention fees, etc.), so that your procurement department can make better buying decisions.
Do you receive automatic real-time notifications when a shipment event goes against plan?
With IBM Sterling Transportation Management System you can set up alerts for milestones where problems are likely to occur and define very specific alert triggers such as “notify the following people if this shipment fails to be unloaded at the warehouse within 48 hours.”
These customized alerts enable you to respond rapidly to conditions that could escalate into major problems such as line shut downs or lost customers.
Do you know exactly when your inbound orders will arrive?
If your suppliers control your inbound transportation, you may not know whether your whole order has shipped until the truck pulls up to the dock. Mitigating this uncertainty is usually achieved by carrying excess inventory.
However, when you take control of your inbound transportation you will know exactly when an order will ship. You will also know the quantity shipped, and when it will arrive, enabling you to process deliveries more effectively, and reduce your inventory without creating out of stocks.
Are you looking for a low maintenance transport management solution?
As IBM Sterling Transportation Management System is delivered as SaaS, no hardware or system upgrades and maintenance are required, so you can be up and running quickly without increasing your infrastructure overhead.
While many organizations consider Transportation Management to be a necessary cost and component of doing business, at Bridge Solutions Group we recognize that a properly designed and implemented transportation management system can be a key driver in reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction, and improving supply chain functionality as a whole.
Through an established methodology of analysis, design and implementation we deliver measurable results in every process from carrier selection and rate negotiation to process improvement. Whether you work with multiple carriers, use 3PL, 2PL, or internal carriers, or a combination thereof, Bridge Solutions Group can help you implement the optimal solution. Our consultants serve both primary as well as niche transportation markets, niche markets including for-hire motor freight, intermodal, parcel, rail, international trade and transport, ocean, and private fleet implementations. We look forward to working with you.