Top transport firms controlling costs, maintaining service, report finds

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LeanLogistics, a global solutions provider of transportation management system applications and supply chain services, has partnered with Aberdeen Group to sponsor research for the Aberdeen Group benchmark report, “Integrated Transportation in a Capacity Constrained Global Market.” The report, authored by Bob Heaney, senior research analyst of supply chain management of Aberdeen Group, highlights the findings from a survey of more than 100 transportation and procurement professionals.

The report details how best-in-class companies have leveraged transportation spend management solutions together with process improvements to keep costs under control and maintain high levels of carrier and freight performance. Among the report’s findings:
• Best-in-class companies are reducing transportation spend by 2.5 percent over last year;
• Best-in-class companies have an on-time delivery rate of 97.2 percent; and
• Best-in-class companies reduced their transportation spend year-over-year.

“On top of the efforts made in prior years, over 20 percent of companies are enhancing B2B connectivity, and over 50 percent are investing in process or technology improvement to heighten the degree of visibility and collaboration they have with external groups,” Heaney says. “But the real benefits of transportation collaboration are transformational, as the best-in-class are turning their integration efforts toward the long term – 72 percent are reacting strategically to effect realignments of their networks. They are restructuring and transforming their supply chain and not merely reacting.”