Latest Findings Transportation Procurement and Payment

Create Efficiencies and Gain Control Over Transportation Spend

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) -  The economy, global competition, ongoing business transformation, and the increased lead-times/complexity of global supply chains are resulting in an increased awareness to transportation costs and to improved levels of control over transportation spend, according to the latest landmark research study by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

"It is often argued that automating processes first will bring better data visibility; however many practitioners today are of the belief that getting technology in place that provides data visibility is the most important step because it's that data that will help determine what additional technology is necessary to drive more efficiency," says Bob Heaney, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "According to this study, it is the combination of technology with process and organizational changes that will create the most impact." Top performers are much further ahead and have clearly separated themselves from the pack through achieving a 22% higher percentage level of carriers who are compliant with contractual cost.

The study, Transportation Procurement and Payment: Gain Control over Spend, surveyed over 200 companies, finding several notable differences in the pressures and actions various companies are taking. For example leading companies are:

  • 1.85-times as likely as Industry Average, and 4.3-times as likely as Laggards to have a centralized spend management platform in place capable of multi-language and multi-currency
  • 1.6-times as likely as Industry Average, and 6-times as likely as Laggards to use an electronic routing of a TMS solution for daily carrier selection

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About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
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