SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

November 10, 2009 10:00 ET

Integrated Transportation Management

Improve Responsiveness With Real-Time Control of Execution

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), announced the release of its latest transportation study, "Integrated Transportation Management: Improve Responsiveness with Real-Time Control of Execution." This report examines what processes and technologies high-performing companies are using to achieve exemplary results.

The focus of this report is on the advanced optimization and supply chain visibility capabilities that differentiate superior performance in transportation. Improving transportation management to achieve corporate goals requires a combination of strategic actions, organizational capabilities, performance management, and enabling technologies. For Best-in-Class (77%) and Industry Average (66%) organizations, the "increasing cost and service impact of transportation" represents the top pressure driving action for transportation executives.

How do organizations, currently achieving superior results across transportation, combat this pressure without compromising service levels? "To answer this question both cost and service metrics were balanced and then compared to rank top performers from their peers. There is no secret formula for achieving superior performance in transportation," says Bob Heaney, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "However, those companies achieving top performance shared several common characteristics, including on-the-fly decision-making and near real-time visibility with optimization of execution within their processes. For instance Best-in-Class companies are 2.3 times as likely to measure external group (suppliers / carriers / 3PL) performance weekly and they are 29% more likely to use dynamic shipment optimization software."

The study suggests that there are three key recommendations common to all companies. They should: (1) acquire supply chain visibility to the item / inventory and landed cost level, (2) employ near real-time dynamic optimization to enhance cost / service, and (3) enhance collaboration with internal groups and external customers and trading partners.

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