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Transportation Management

Spring 2017

They can easily leverage a visibility and
collaboration layer that fosters these relationships in a more productive manner.

to act in a more directed fashion that is
more analytics-driven.
Eliminating Paper
Transportation management has historically been siloed into modal execution activities. As shippers have evolved
to create more efficient networks, they
have consolidated disparate processes.
This reduced the multitude of paper
reports and supported better management practices via an electronic,
digitized system. Shippers today expect
modern systems that provide real-time
visibility. Transactions should have both
electronic and scanned documentation
easily accessible in a single system, with
an audit trail that tracks the change in
operational transactions over time. We
can expect this digitization trend to
continue over the next 10 years.
Onboarding Carriers
Consumers have mastered the art of easily onboarding new contacts via social
media. However, in the transportation
business, it is not nearly as simple. New
collaborative networks must be formed
to make it easier to build relationships
and to improve the onboarding process.

One historic challenge has been the
legal issues surrounding contractual
business relationships. Cost assumptions, commitment to capacity and
master agreements form business relationships today, and are administered,
manually, by the legal staff.
However, the procurement-to-contract phase can take months to execute,
and the processes of providing updates
on tenders and in-transit status are also
time-consuming endeavors. There is a
great opportunity to streamline operations through easier carrier onboarding
to a shipper's collaborative network.
New onboarding processes need to
streamline the sign-off procedures
associated with procurement and execution relationships. Carriers should
have a single portal to gain access to
information related to procurement,
tactical capacity manipulation, tender
requests, track-and-trace activities and
freight financials. Carriers should also
have a common area where capacity can
be exposed to multiple shipper trading
partners via a single social network.
By using more social tools, carriers
will not have to be trained on multiple
transportation management systems.

Moving Toward The Future
As competition increases and consumers become more demanding, the transportation function will become a more
vital part of the supply chain network.
The entire supply chain will look to
transportation professionals to deliver
the last mile in customer service, while
supporting the overall profitability of
all participants.
The good news is that transportation
management solutions continue to
improve to meet the needs of tomorrow.
By increasing real-time visibility across
transportation resources, these solutions will support a new level of speed
and agility. For companies that keep
pace with technology improvements,
and match them with new ways of working, a significant competitive advantage
is possible as we move toward 2026.
Fabrizio (Fab) Brasca is vice president
of industry strategy at JDA Software, the
leading provider of innovative supply chain
management, merchandising and pricing
excellence solutions worldwide. In this global
role, he is responsible for developing innovative strategies across all industry verticals,
strengthening executive-level relationships
with JDA's key customers and prospects and
advising companies on best practices to
become more profitable. Brasca joined JDA
as part of the i2 Technologies acquisition in
January 2010 after spending more than 10
years at i2 serving in transportation-focused
senior management positions. In these roles,
he oversaw i2's global transportation practice, including marketing, presales, roadmap
development and services functions.  He
holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics,
with a specialization in business and information systems from the University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ontario.
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