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A Camp for Giving Back

Developers Give their Time and Talent to Help Local Nonprofits Six LeanLogistics developers volunteered to attend a weekend camp together—not the kind where you pack you bag, jump in the car, and drive to a quiet locale to take in the view—but the kind where you lock yourself in a room, turn on the computer, and crank out as much code as possible. It’s a camp for giving back called…


I Survived Death Valley…Barely

On October 16, I joined a group of approximately 300 cyclists to ride in Death Valley to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s efforts to “Turn Type One Into Type None.” I was invited to participate in the event with a small team of cyclists dubbed “Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure” by Adrian Gonzalez, a leading logistics industry analyst and blogger, whose daughter Hannah was diagnosed with T1D in 2011.  He…


5 Ways to Build Strategic Partnerships with Technology Customers

The popularity of SaaS-based (Software as a Service) technology means customers have more freedom to make a change if expectations are not being met. Since a hosted solution reduces the requirement for a heavy infrastructure investment, customers must feel they are receiving value in their partnership with a technology provider. This value is more than just functionality, it is based on a combination of technology, services, and strategic partnership.  So…


Are You a Transportation Management Software “Maker”?

In my last post, we discussed a few user experience design concepts to evaluate why you may love or loathe a piece of software. Hopefully that’s expanded your perspective and your curiosity, and perhaps now you’re wondering what goes into making software fun to use. Compelling aesthetics and capabilities are important, but an experience’s longevity isn’t usually a matter of the latest buzzworthy technologies. More often, the best experiences are…


What’s Your LeanIQ?

Do you know your IQ? Most of us don’t. But we do know there’s a tendency to feel less intelligent when learning something new, like say, a robust transportation management system. Our goal at LeanLogistics is to make software that’s easy to use,  but there is always a learning curve for someone new to the system. That’s why LeanLogistics offers training courses to help new users get comfortable with the…


I Have a Problem, and I Need Help Fast

LeanLogistics® Customer Care Offers Expert, In-House Support “I have a problem, and I need help fast,” how many times have you said that before? Whenever we run into problems, we want them fixed fast. As a transportation software company, LeanLogistics understands why quick turnaround is always a priority. That’s why our Customer Care team works around the clock to offer outstanding customer support. For users of LeanTMS™, LeanLogistics offers a variety…


Don’t Leave Out These Two Groups in Your Next RFP

As a procurement manager, I’ve heard this question often: “When will the market change?” After reviewing what the experts and carriers are saying, it appears the market will tighten and rates will increase the closer that we get to the end of 2017 (due to steady increase of regulatory drag). But there is never a guarantee, and to ensure you don’t get caught by surprise, the state of the market needs…


How to Create Value through Supply Chain Synergies

Synergy: the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. How to create value through supply chain synergies As shippers look to implement strategic initiatives to operate leaner, they are looking for additional avenues to gain multiple viewpoints and tap into wells of synergies from outside sources. A leading food and beverage manufacturer in…


3 Steps to Speed Up Your TMS Implementation

Your company has done its research and determined a transportation management system (TMS) is a wise investment for your supply chain. There is money in the budget, the request for proposals have been returned, and the TMS candidates have been narrowed down. All that is left to do is select a TMS partner, get through the contracting process, and schedule the project kickoff.  After that the real work can begin,…


Building Software is like Building a House Except…

When you build a house, you start by drawing up detailed blueprints and getting approval for the build. Then, and only then, do you pour the foundation. Next steps involve framing walls, putting up a roof, running the utilities, and after months of work and lots of stress—you have built a house. You design it in its entirety, build a shell that looks like the finished product, and then fill in…


Don’t Skip This Step in Your Internship Program

Do you remember your college internship?  I do, and unfortunately, I didn’t leave the program with a portfolio of real world examples showcasing my skill set. I also didn’t have a mentor willing to take part in a knowledge transfer to broaden my understanding of the business. Those activities took place at my first real world job at a TV station in Cadillac, Michigan. So when I discovered my current employer,…


Unlock Savings Hidden in Your Supply Chain

Your supply chain is hiding something from you. It keeps it tucked away in dark corners protected by a lock. Can you guess what it is? That’s right, it’s money saving opportunities. Opportunities that can, in some cases, easily add up to millions of dollars depending on the size of your operation. You have the key, but the challenge is figuring out where to look for the lock. A transportation…


How to Benchmark Your Supply Chain Performance

Determining the return on investment (ROI) of transportation is directly connected to how you monitor and measure your entire supply chain, end to end.  One of the ways to improve your ROI is to first understand how you are performing. This can be accomplished by using your results and measurements to benchmark your supply chain against industry peers.  By comparing yourself to top performing supply chains, using common measurements and…


Your KPIs are Trying to Tell You Something

In order to be successful, shippers must rely heavily upon business intelligence to transform their daily data into core metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).  Because these types of measurements are critical in supporting tactical, day-to-day business decisions, both visibility and accessibility to this information are of equal importance in facilitating effective management of transportation activity within the supply chain. Your KPIs are trying to tell you something but they can’t…


Fore! 100 Times Over to Support Dads

Four LeanLogistics team members are gearing up for a big day on the green. They plan to play 100 holes of golf! It’s a lofty goal, but one they want to reach for a good cause. The team is participating in the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center’s 100 Hole Golf {heroes} on Friday, Sept. 9. This fundraiser specifically targets the Best Life Hero program, which serves expectant fathers with resources as they walk with the mother through…


Share Everything: Why Multi-tenant Technology Wins

It was 30 years ago that Robert Fulghum first published his collection of essays “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”  In the title essay, he provided a list of how to live, what to do, and how to be.  First and foremost on his list was “share everything.”  Software infrastructure was almost undoubtedly not what Robert had on his mind as he wrote his Credo many…


5 Ways SOPs Can Save Your Business Money

Close your eyes a moment and picture this scenario…wait…don’t close your eyes, you’ll need them to read.  Let’s “pretend” you’ve closed your eyes.  Okay, now picture this: Every week a group of coworkers scrape a few dollars together and purchase a handful of Powerball™ tickets.  For months, they go to work, perform their duties, punch the clock, go home and repeat.  Then one evening their numbers match and overnight they’re…


My Supply Chain Professor Once Told Me…

Better, Faster, Cheaper… that was the phrase I heard quite often from a supply chain professor in my undergraduate program. The theme has really stuck with me during my career because modern supply chains demand innovation and continuous improvement. In order to remain competitive, it is critical to continually think of ways to do everything better, faster, and cheaper. In my current role as a Logistics Analyst within managed services at LeanLogistics, I…


Do cookies or muffins weigh more? It’s a quarter million dollar question

It’s decision time. You’re at your favorite bakery staring through the glass case looking at all the sweet treats waiting for you to enjoy. You ask, “Should I get cookies or muffins?” Well, do you want a soft, flat, gooey cookie, or a round, fluffy, fruity muffin? It’s a tough call. One question you are probably not asking yourself is which one weighs more. It’s a question we recently asked…


Is Your Supply Chain Design Broken?

Working at LeanLogistics I get exposure to a wide variety of customers each with their own stories of how they have grown their businesses.  Some have grown organically over the years adding new sales territories over time.  Some have purchased other businesses or been acquired by other companies. When I ask questions about network modeling nearly every company agrees it’s a good idea and would likely create a competitive advantage. …