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The Ultimate Solution: Why a TMS is Vital for Your Operations

January 24, 2017 by Kellie Newman

In order to run as efficiently as possible, it's important for manufacturers and suppliers to incorporate a transportation management system (TMS) into their daily supply chain operations. Not only does a TMS provide a significant return on investment (ROI), but it helps shippers cut freight costs and improve optimization across their company. Below we'll dig into the ways a TMS can help your company: Accountability A TMS is imperative for accountability measures within a company. It not only holds employees accountable internally, but also makes sure carriers are performing where they should. We’ll dig into reporting in a later point, but access to performance reports and compliance helps shippers identify trends and weak points for improvement. Having a robust TMS helps managers better understand their supply chain environment and where their employees and carriers should be performing. Actionable Intelligence Ever hear the phrase “you don’t know what you

Posted in General, Freight Management, Logistics, TMS, Transportation Management, Transportation Management System, Recon Logistics, Efficiency, Optimization, Lowering Freight Costs

New Year, Same Dependable Recon

January 06, 2017 by Kellie Newman

As we begin the New Year, the Recon family would like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. Like many of you, Recon looks forward to another year of business and helping our customers succeed in the New Year. Heading into 2017, we wanted to take a step back and understand our customers’ needs and what they value. Recon is not your typical 3PL or broker; to say we value transparency and a partnership for the long-haul is an understatement. We believe in building and cultivating relationships for the betterment of your business while always remaining open and honest. So exactly how is Recon different? To begin, you can always rely on quick, outstanding customer service with each and every contact. We tailor a solution to your needs; whether it’s lower freight costs, reporting and analyzing, freight bill auditing and payment, consulting services, freight rate negotiations, state-of-the-art TMS accessibility, or a valued partner in the industry

Posted in General, Freight Management, Lowering Freight Costs, Industry Tips, Industry Trends, Recon Logistics, Transportation Management, Logistics

How to Reduce Freight Costs - Step 4

February 27, 2013 by Hank Newman

Why is it that freight management often escapes C-level attention?  Isn't cost reduction and enhancing profitability a C-level responsibility?  Step 4 - Distribution of the RFP We've learned the critical importance of understanding your data and your process and have also learned how to construct the components of an RFP that will yield strong results.  Now let's put those components together. A good RFP for LTL carrier procurement should include:  - A comprehensive bid narrative.  Describe the scope of your operations, how orders are communicated, how freight payment will work, your specific locations, carrier performance expectations, and details of your freight characteristics (average shipment size, freight class breakdown, packaging types,

Posted in Freight Management, Lowering Freight Costs, Cost Saving Tips, Transportation Management, Recon Logistics, LTL Rating

How to Reduce Freight Costs

February 05, 2013 by Hank Newman

Who isn't seeking to reduce freight costs today?  Shipping rates continue to rise and manufacturers continue to search for cost reduction solutions.  LTL freight costs can be especially challenging due to all the variables involved.  Outsourcing to a 3PL or broker is often a first move towards lowering transportation costs, but is it the best move?  Sure, you can save, but are you getting the best possible value and does it fit your organization?   3PL and broker margins average 20% - more for smaller shippers.  Is this a good deal?  Maybe, but if your annual freight spend is around $100,000 or more there just might be a better way.  3PLs and brokers often act as an intermediary blocking complete control over your carriers and rates.  Perhaps they can lower your costs and create efficiency, but what are they making?  Without complete

Posted in General, Recon Logistics, Cost Saving Tips, Lowering Freight Costs, Freight Management

8 Ways to Save Money Through Effective Freight Management

July 12, 2011 by Recon Logistics

There are some very obvious ways to effectively manage freight costs and expenses. The most common is negotiating lower shipping rates with carriers. However, just because your current LTL carrier is showing you a deeply discounted rate off their published prices, doesn’t mean you are paying the lowest price for your shipping. Larry (not really his name) felt he was getting the best prices he could get on his freight management costs. Tough, focused and smart, Larry was proud of the fact that, according to his primary carrier, he was getting an 81% discount. “How,” he asked, “are you going to save me money on my shipping costs?” “Good question,” we responded. “Do you mind if we take a closer look? Maybe there is something

Posted in Freight Management, Cost Saving Tips, Recon Logistics
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