March 26, 2019

At this year's TMX 2019 User and Management Conference, we had our panel of Shipper Executives discuss many items that have helped them keep their shipments on time.  One of those main topics was taking care of the carriers.  This has been a big topic to help retain drivers and to allow shippers to get and keep the carriers that do the best job.  Although this included adding additional facilities, wifi access, and parking space for sleeping, technology that is easy to use was also a big point.  

Inbound Logistics has also hit on this topic this year as well.  In the article titled Using Collaborative Technology To Tackle the Carrier Capacity Crisis (1/31/19),  Ed Moran emphasizes the fact that helping carriers manage their trucks and schedules "efficiently and in advance helps them potentially avoid deadhead miles".  How does this help the shipper?  Giving the carriers this type of access allows for closer relationships with the carriers.  This, in turn, will allow for reduced costs and will save the drivers time.  Inbound Logistics recommends using a dock scheduler to assist in helping with this type of situation.  Technology has grown to allow shippers to automate more effectively and not allow the "inefficiencies that have contributed to the current capacity situation".  

Princeton TMX has a Scheduling Module that helps our current shipper customers today.  Along with the time saving it gives from using spreadsheets, what else does this feature do for our customers? 

Please feel free to comment on how scheduling functionality has helped your company and your position in general.  What other types of tools do you foresee helping the relationships that shippers and carriers have to allow for even better efficiency?  Post away!