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Why We All Love Easy to Use Software

Derek Fricano is LeanLogistic’s UX/UI Developer who is always working to enhance the LeanTMS user experience. He will be writing a series of blog posts sharing pointers on creating an awesome user experience. To kick things off, he explains why we all love easy to use software and the design concepts needed to achieve it.  Whether it’s on smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers at work, we spend substantial time living in…

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Tagged LeanLogistics, Software, software design, Supply Chain, Technology, Transportation, transportation management systems, User experience, UX developer, visibility

Where to Spot Supply Chain Savings

Managed transportation service providers work to deliver transportation solutions to maximize service at the lowest cost through people, process, and technology. The “people” is defined as a team of logistics experts collaborating together to provide customers supply chain value on a daily basis—saving time and resources internally. The process involves investigating the current transportation activities and engaging in new opportunities for cost-savings while optimizing service levels. The technology streamlines planning…

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Why I Support Girls Who Code

LeanLogistics is a company built around technology. Every one of our employees leverages software to do their jobs more effectively. As a company that provides software as a service we rely on people with the skills to translate business requirements into code. Quality software developers are in high demand, with fewer Computer Science majors graduating every year than there are jobs waiting for them. Recognizing this deficit, our team has…

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Tagged coding, development, girls who code, Software, Supply Chain, Technology

How Driverless Trucks Will Change Supply Chain Strategy

In the popular 1985 movie “Back to the Future”, it was predicted that by the year 2015, we would have the ability to leave the roadway and fly our cars in the friendly skies.  While that version of the future never became reality, we do have a major change to the state of transportation as we know it on the horizon with driverless technology. So what does that mean for…

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LeanTMS Now Offers Real Time Reporting

It’s not Independence Day yet, but we are ready to celebrate an exciting change to LeanTMS.  As announced at ClientConnect 2016, get ready for real time reporting! The functionality  rolled out during our planned system maintenance on Saturday, June 18. Real time reporting will eliminate the wait. You can run reports and receive results that reflect the current state of your data in LeanTMS. Hear are a few examples of…

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Why I Ride for Make-A-Wish

Before I joined LeanLogistics I was in a sales position that found me spending way too much time on the road and away from home and family.  Over a 10 year period in that position I put on 25 pounds of “road food.”  When the housing market imploded late in 2008 I lost my job and was presented with the opportunity to start my own company.   Being newly self-employed, in…

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Creating Carrier Partnerships is Key to Procurement Success

It’s been a busy year for procurement events. A lot of shippers are realigning their rates and commitments with their carriers in what has been a “soft” market. This has proved cost effective with shippers reducing their rates between 5 and 15 percent. But as we all know, the market is ever changing and the favor will swing the other way eventually, so it’s important not to place all of…

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Tagged logistics; procurement; outsourcing

Find the Hidden Waste and Grab Huge Cost Savings in Your Supply Chain

Shigeo Shingo, one of the early proponents of the Toyota Production System, once said that “the most dangerous kind of waste is the waste that we do not recognize.” For any organization with a complex supply chain, vigilance is required to seek and recognize hidden waste. A complex supply chain requires specialization of labor, and that specialization can easily create silos–waste may no longer be owned by an individual person…

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Tagged cost savings, Supply Chain

Top 5 DIY Manual Planning Money Pits

With instant access to training videos on popular sites like YouTube, there is a deep desire to try “do it yourself’ (DIY) solutions to problems. While the thought process around DIY is to save money, in many instances, it can end up costing a lot more in time, resources, and quality of work than hiring a professional. When shippers use the DIY approach to move freight, they may be spending…

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ClientConnect ’16: Discover, Disrupt, Deliver

LeanLogistics hosted its annual ClientConnect conference this month to offer thought leadership on the supply chain industry. Attendees learned how technology can help companies discover cost savings, disrupt status quo, and deliver better customer service. More than 250 people attended the event at the beautiful Loews Hotel in downtown Chicago. Along with a lot of valuable information on how to better utilize technology to drive savings, it was also a…

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Tagged clientconnect, Logistics, Supply Chain, thomas albrecht, transportation market, ui/ux

The Best Ways to Share Inspiration

Great speakers are memorable because they find ways to drive home key messages through stories that resonate with us all. Hopefully, you’ve attended a conference with speakers who motivated, encouraged, and inspired you either personally or professionally. But what do you do after the event? How can you share that excitement and implement the challenges set forth when you return to work? This week, LeanLogistics hosted ClientConnect ‘16 at the…

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Are You Wasting the Power of Your TMS?

This is a very exciting week at LeanLogistics as we are only a few days away from ClientConnect ’16. Whether you are leveraging managed transportation services or LeanTMS within your own team, ensuring our clients are satisfied with our transportation management solution is always a priority. ClientConnect gives us an opportunity to provide hands-on training to help our end users leverage their investment. A TMS can bring process alignment and…

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Five Tips to Network Like a Pro at ClientConnect

In this day and age, technology makes us feel more connected, but the type of connections you build over social media are not the same as talking to someone face to face. That’s why I am excited about LeanLogistics’ ClientConnect in Chicago in just two weeks. I know I will get to talk to my customers on a personal level and have the opportunity to hear them explain what is…

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Fleet Whiteboards, Spreadsheets, and Paper…Oh My!

When visiting the LeanLogistics headquarters you’ll see whiteboards everywhere—we use them for brainstorming, strategy sessions, and project updates. Whiteboards are  useful for a variety of purposes, but not an effective tool for managing a fleet. One of our goals during the development of LeanFleet was to give transportation managers the opportunity to replace their whiteboards with consoles. Managing the planning and execution of a private fleet at a high level…

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In Sales You Love to Hear Feedback…

When you work in sales you always ask for feedback from clients. You want to know what customers are thinking and challenged with, and then make adjustments to meet their needs. Thirteen years ago, I started working at LeanLogistics as an implementation manager. I was impressed the company offered a free networking event for all clients called ClientConnect. I invited all of my customers to my first ClientConnect at the…

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Maximize your TMS Investment with Excellent Customer Support

Deciding to buy a transportation management system (TMS) is a big decision and there are a lot of factors to consider. One area of consideration that, at times, can be overlooked is the type of customer support the company will provide after implementation. This is an important question because it can impact the ability to maximize a TMS investment. At LeanLogistics, our customer’s satisfaction is a top priority. We are…

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How to control transportation costs in the aquaculture industry

Norway is the world’s second largest seafood exporter and the equivalent of 37 million seafood meals produced by Norway is consumed worldwide each day. In 2015, Norway exported NOK 74.5 billion (€7.86 billion) worth of seafood – 8% more than in 2014. 67% of exports go to the EU. The unpredictability of harvesting live fish puts great pressure on the supply chain. Knowing customer demand but not completely knowing supply…

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Our Roadmap to Creating Supply Chain Solutions

If the start and end point of a company’s supply chain followed a straight and narrow path, software solutions would be simple to create. In reality, the supply chain looks more like a freeway interchange filled with twist, turns, and crossing lanes. At LeanLogistics, we put our customers in the driver seat steering us toward a software solution to address their logistical speed bumps. Our latest product addressed the red…

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Scalability? It doesn’t happen overnight

Wherever you look today, you see overnight successes.  The latest app becomes all the rage on Android and IPhone’s. A video goes viral and creates a cult following.  A little known startup suddenly gets acquired by Microsoft for a sum three times your company’s size.  All of those can happen in the blink of an eye.  In today’s hyper connected world, it’s amazing how quickly fame and glory arrive, yet…

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Is Outsourcing Transportation The Right Decision?

In today’s constantly changing market, managing transportation is a key factor for a more efficient and cohesive supply chain. Many companies still use manual methods to manage freight, relying on their internal expertise to execute their supply chain. With faxes, spreadsheets and phones, transportation departments are prone to duplicated efforts, human error, loss and most importantly, lack of visibility in transportation processes. Then there are companies leveraging transportation technology, but…

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