Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™ 2020, Americas Speaker Session
The challenges facing Intermodal Marketing Companies (IMCs) aren’t new, but the competitive landscape is changing fast. Escalating customer demands, exacerbated by capacity shortages and unpredictability through the system, are increasing the pressure on IMCs to find ways to transform their business. And while the challenges seem clear at the surface, the solutions don’t necessarily come easily.
Shippers today are navigating in an era of ongoing technological disruption. Digital transformation and the influx of smart technologies have led to an increase in customer expectations for responsiveness, instant gratification and seamless, high-quality experiences across all channels.
The logistics and freight forwarding industry is rapidly changing – with disruption from new kinds of competitors, expanding global supply chains, increasing fleet and capacity restrictions and high fixed and variable costs, the industry is seeing significant transformation.
With our latest guide, LSPs can learn how to use technology to fulfill and exceed customer expectations, optimize their operations and go beyond existing industry standards to compete.
Today’s freight forwarding landscape is transforming like never before—fueled by a combination of heightened customer expectations, new “digital first” market entrants and great advancements in technology…
With rising consumer demands contributing to high growth in the intermodal market, there is a prime opportunity for small to mid-size intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) to leverage technology to compete with large IMCs. However, in order for these IMCs to have a competitive advantage over high-volume incumbents, they will need better visibility into intermodal market conditions and shipment locations.
Not having the exact location of goods or advanced notice of potential delivery delays can cause a ripple effect through the entire supply chain, affecting a retailers’ ability to keep store shelves stocked or manufacturers and brand owner’s ability to meet customer commit dates. With Blume solutions, brand owners are able to track products during every move, mode, and mile of the supply chain.
Blume Global serves as the neutral booking platform for IMCs to book space on all Class 1 Railroads and provides a digital platform to manage end-to-end supply chain operations. For 25 years, Blume Global has served the majority of the 400 Intermodal Marketing Companies in the United States, as the technology enabler to reserve space on all the Class 1 Railroads. Today, Blume also offers IMCs a host of leading technology solutions to manage their network-bookings, motor carrier selection, intermodal visibility with dynamic ETAs and invoicing, and audit & payment processes. Blume Global is the ideal technology partner for IMCs to optimize their operations, with unique drayage motor carrier and rail networks.
Blume has a history of working with the world’s largest ocean carriers to provide solutions that enable scale, automation, optimization and efficiency. Currently, Blume serves as a “white label” solution that enables end-to-end digitization for ocean carriers, including: instant price quotations, booking for intermodal transport, digital document management, visibility with dynamic ETAs and automated invoicing and audit processes.
Today’s freight forwarding and logistics execution landscape is transforming like never before—fueled by a combination of heightened customer expectations, new “digital first” market entrants and great advancements in technology. Logistics service providers (LSPs) are likely evaluating how technology can help them best compete in today’s new market landscape along with which technologies and providers can enable them to not just survive, but leapfrog and thrive in the years ahead.
The political, economic and social landscapes of our world is significantly changing due to the impact of COVID-19. It is all the more important for the supply chain industry to be agile, respond quickly and seek guidance from industry experts.
In “The Path to Digital Transformation for Logistics: Why Partnering with a Technology Provider Will Expedite Digitization,” you’ll learn whether you should build internal solutions or partner with a technology provider to solve supply chain challenges.
Why Freight Digitization Will Save You Time and Lower Costs With manual processes costing logistics managers profit, and customer demands increasing due to on-demand shipping, the freight industry has a unique opportunity to onboard new technologies to meet these challenges. In Blume Global’s webinar, “Manual to Digital: Why Freight Digitization Will Save You Time and Lower Costs,” learn steps organizations can take to digitize once manual processes, empower internal stakeholders and exceed customer expectations.
Blume Global presents, “Human with Machine: The Benefits of an AI-Enabled Supply Chain.” During this webinar we explore the benefits of an AI-enabled supply chain, the challenges that it solves, and the use cases and applications, including extracting information, data analysis, supply and demand planning, autonomous vehicles and warehouse management. In this webinar, our product team and data scientists will demystify and discuss the positive impact AI can bring to the supply chain.