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In the Supply Chain Management Review article titled, “Five Supply Chain Trends That Shaped 2012,” there are five trends listed that make manufacturers and distribution companies more effective as relating to their supply chains. These compelling five trends align perfectly with the Cerasis unique value propositions that we offer to our manufacturing and distribution customers.

The FIVE points and how we provide value to those trends:

1.Improved Customer Service Levels over Cost-Cutting: Companies are now focusing on how to improve service levels while simultaneously decreasing costs.”     

In an earlier report we read on the ROI of a TMS, they say that the number one factor a company leverages a TMS is to improve customer service. Think about the cost of losing a customer if you have an inefficient LTL freight shipping process. Additionally, we often do uncover hard cost savings.

2.Execution Moves Ahead of Demand and Supply Planning: The ability to react efficiently and effectively is critical to every supply chain, and it primarily relies upon end to end supply chain process visibility at the transaction level.”

The Cerasis Rater allows for these types of efficient transactions. There is no time wasted negotiationg rates, looking up common commodities/classes, haggling for limit of liability, etc.

We not only allow our customers more time to stay out of the weeds and stay strategic, but we also allow them to execute freight shipments more easily.

3.Resurgence of Contingency Planning:  More importantly, companies want to know how well they performed against their plan and if the plan was truly followed.  When a crisis occurs, individuals have the tendency to find “work arounds” to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  Companies are focused on developing contingency plans, executing those plans, and understanding in real time if their plans are effective.

It sure is difficult to have a contingency plan if you are in “reactionary” mode all the time; Cerasis frees up supply chain and logistics managers so that they can employ contingency planning, letting them get out of the weeds of shipping LTL Freight

4. End-To-End Partner Communication and Collaborative Execution: Trading partners in 2012 are now acting in a concerted manner based on transparent information {data/visibility} to resolve issues when they happen.

Cerasis stays consultative through our Customer Service Reps, Freight Specialists, and Account Executives as we are always providing value with analysis, reporting, automation, and accounting consolidation as well as reconciliation.

Our mission is to constantly add value and to continuously improve our people and services; collaboration is necessary since we are only as successful as our partner customers.

supply-chain-trends-big-data5. Big Data Is Becoming Mandatory: And combining the data of multiple supply chain partners, turning that data into information and being able to react and execute accordingly requires a lot of data. 

Ahh, the KEY ingredient: VISIBILITY. Are you leaving money on the table by not knowing the history of your carrier choice at time of LTL freight shipment? Are you spending too much time on accounting, claims processing, inbound shipments, and more? How do you get this needed visibility into your supply chain and logistics department today? The Cerasis Rater and your dedicated freight management services team provide full reporting such as “least-cost carrier” (a report showing you the savings if you had chosen the least-cost carrier), freight shipment analysis, invoice auditing, why specific carriers were not chosen, and more.

How much does it cost for you to LOSE a customer? Are you able to answer how many customers you have lost due to inefficient transportation management? Increase customer service with on-time shipments, full supply chain visibility, and freight shipment analysis.

If you need help managing your LTL freight and logistics department, schedule a historical 90-day Freight Invoice Analysis to see where your hard costs savings opportunities lie.