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Spring 2017

domains such as replenishment. This
combination of planning and execution
presents a powerful opportunity for
transportation in bridging the barriers
created by existing silos.
By considering transportation capabilities concurrently with the initial
replenishment plan, shipments can
be created in the right quantities to
balance inventory deployment with the
optimal use of available assets. We can
expect to see these types of intelligent
planning scenarios being adopted in
the next decade.
Increased Constraint
Awareness and Iteration
The rise of the consumer-centric supply
chain has brought with it many logistics implications. Generally, the supply
chain operates at an increased speed,
with various distribution nodes that
pressure all participants.
Because existing supply chains were
originally engineered for the flow of
goods, these forces are creating a new
level of stress.
To overcome the design flaws, transportation capabilities must become
more adaptable. In less-mature supply
chains, having loads backed up in a
warehouse yard was normal, but today,
this bottleneck can impact profitability
and speed to market.
Looking ahead, it's critical that transportation systems have a product-centric awareness of obstacles. Since transportation is essentially the circulatory
system of the supply chain, this function
must be optimized to ensure an ideal
flow across all network nodes.
Managing Driver Shortages
Driver shortages will continue to
increase the stress on asset availability within transportation networks.
Shippers will look for flexible carriers
to meet demand; and carriers will

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manage driver shortages with flexible
service commitments.
Early accessibility to information
is critical to managing both challenges. Carriers can plan and react more
proactively with advance notice of
the shipper's replenishment needs.
Conversely, carriers can alert shippers
of anticipated resource shortages to
minimize service disruptions.

"Consumers have mastered the art of easily
onboarding new contacts via social media.
However, in the transportation business, it is
not nearly as simple."
Maturing transportation practices will
allow for adjustments after procurement
commitments are defined. This requires
transportation systems to tie together
procurement practices and transportation execution.
Moving forward, transportation management systems need to be self-aware,
capable of analyzing the current execution operation and alerting staff about
negative trends.
Fostering True
Network Collaboration
In order to increase service levels and
reduce costs, it's necessary to adjust
the demand and capacity of the transportation network. Carriers can create
a more efficient network by exposing
capacity dynamically within their
operations. Shippers also can realize
cost savings by matching their freight
to real-time opportunities created by
carrier movements.

// Instead of existing as a series of functional
silos, the supply chain environment must
support a more unified view across functions.

As technology creates new levels of
visibility, carriers have a great opportunity to reduce empty miles in their
networks. Carriers will be able to more
easily expose availability and provide
real-time visibility to equipment -
avoiding empty trailers. Today, available
capacity is recognized only when it's too
late. But in the future, real-time visibility can help both shippers and carriers
seize cost-reduction opportunities.
Intuitive Interactivity
Today's transportation management
solutions are characterized by large
amounts of data, complex structures,
and user screens packed with information, supported by mandatory training.
This creates time demands in deployment and ongoing use of these solutions.
The next generation transportation
management solutions will need to
include straightforward user interactivity that's modeled on consumer devices,
and enabled on mobile platforms.
As the availability and consumption
of large amounts of data increase, user
interfaces will evolve to provide more
contextual or situational views. Transportation solutions will guide the user


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