One of the most common, and often most heartfelt, of criticisms of management is that it’s too buried in “management culture” to do any actual management. New management is a bare bones structure- In the US, paring down middle managers and trimming the top of the Christmas tree started in the late 80s and early 90s. Outsourcing– This very common, highly productive process has removed the need for the old management structures and replaced it with a single stream based on contracts and contractor relationships. Meetings– These idle idylls of management prehistory were long overdue to go, anyway. Accessibility– The new management doesn’t allow itself to get to the dangerous levels of remove achieved by the old culture. Productivity– The new management culture doesn’t give a damn about executive hierarchies but it does care about productivity. Performance– New management doesn’t believe in the mumbo jumbo of performance assessment. If this information helped you, sign-up to get our 5 day e-course on Starting Your Business with Less Money and Fewer Mistakes! Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.
Dylan Byers of Politico writes Friday about the restructuring at Bloomberg News announced earlier this week by new editor in chief John Micklethwait, concluding that it means Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith and editor Josh Tyrangiel are being reined in. DMS has earned the Joint Commission’s Quality Gold Seal of Approval. Call 800-994-6610 or click here for more information. One of my supply chain and logistics predictions for this year was that the transportation management system (TMS) market will become more barbell-shaped (mirroring what is happening in the third-party logistics industry).
Based on recent announcements by LeanLogistics and MercuryGate (which are both Talking Logistics sponsors), it looks like the broader, more integrated, and feature-rich end of the TMS barbell is getting larger. LeanFleet allows shippers to plan and execute their private fleet and contract carriers on the same platform, providing visibility across the entire transportation network. Meanwhile, earlier this week MercuryGate announced the availability of MercuryProcure, a freight sourcing and procurement solution that allows users to manage requests for proposals (RFP) for all transportation modes with a single system.
Available for a monthly subscription, MercuryProcure integrates with other MercuryGate products allowing users to leverage the power of carrier rating, report on carrier performance and use real-time shipment data to project accurate costs as they make transportation purchasing decisions. In a nutshell, many shippers and 3PLs are currently using multiple applications to manage their transportation operations, which not only includes truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers, but also parcel, ocean, air, and rail carriers, as well as private and dedicated fleets.

I’m working with a client, for example, that is currently operating in such a fragmented way, and what they’re looking for in a next-generation TMS, to put it simply, is having a unified transportation management user experience across planning, execution, and analytics.
The bottom line is that even though TMS solutions have been around for decades, the innovation hasn’t stopped. The sitcom style of management is now about 60 years old, and it really doesn’t make a lot of sense to the new generation of entrepreneurs who work 18 hour days trying to do business. It’s a product of the management science of the 1980s, where droves of executives had the time to gather and graze in boardrooms.
This needs a phone, not a team of highly paid clock-watchers trying to look productive by nitpicking about minor details.
There are no layers of bureaucracy and mindless administration, just the exchange of hard facts where anyone can point out problems before they become disasters. The merit principle, applied to contractors, means that incentives are given to the productive people and boots are appropriately applied to the unproductive. It sets current key targets, rather than the bizarre process of 12 month reviews in which problems miraculously emerge due to some spat with a minor manager or supervisor.
They can keep track of their responsibilities themselves, rather than have to balance important work like debt recovery with bean counting exercises. When your colleagues talk about ‘going agile’ do you know what is involved and how it might affect you? This webinar is packed with facts and practical experience of adopting an agile approach to project management. On Wednesday, the rumor circulating in Bloomberg headquarters was that Smith was headed for the exits.
Shippers can optimize fleet routes, reduce empty miles, and maximize the use of their assets.
The system automates the assignment of drivers to trucks based on a scoring algorithm which evaluates information such as the driver’s current location, personal calendar, and hours of service. Users have the ability to provide rich lane metrics to carriers as well as their standing in the current bid process. These multiple applications are typically poorly integrated (or not integrated at all), which results in fragmented workflows and optimization, fragmented visibility and analysis, and fragmented user experiences.
There’s plenty of activity there too, with many technology startups looking to enhance, fill in the gaps, or disrupt all sorts of transportation and logistics processes (see my recent post about supply chain startups, and the Wall Street Journal article from last October, Startups Accelerate Efforts to Reinvent Trucking Industry). If you’re not using a TMS and the last time you shopped for one was five or more years ago, take a second look today.

People who are working on multiple tasks, doing executive collection with one hand and doing sales with the other really don’t have the time, even if they could see a point in it. There was never any point in dragging people away from business to give them 5 minutes to “participate” in something in which they had no say.
It will help you understand how agile is different to other methods including PRINCE2® and what the benefits and the challenges of agile really are. Several people who spoke with the On Media blog this week cautioned against putting too much stock in that rumor.
Shippers can integrate their telematics into the TMS to leverage their investment by utilizing its features in one workflow.
This information allows carriers to be better informed regarding which lanes they choose to pursue and enables improved participation rates in bid events. The same is true if you developed your own solution because you couldn’t find what you needed in the past. Around 50% of the market seem to manage without a TMS today – even brokers and 3PL’s! The content of Talking Logistics may not be reproduced or distributed without prior written approval.
He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. They can receive updates on a driver’s arrival and departure based on their geo-fence, transmit load details, and communicate with the driver via messaging—all from the TMS. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.
I am constantly amazed at what I see – even with companies with freight spend in the tens of millions, annually.

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