This week I’m adding a guest post from Mike Challman, VP, North American Operations for CLX Logistics.


Supply chain management is defined as the active streamlining of a business’ supply-side activities to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace[1].

Yet, as supply chain industry professionals can attest, there’s a plethora of strategies you can employ to maximize value and efficiency.

Most companies turn to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider for help because they have not just market-intelligence and expertise at their disposal, but also proprietary technological advantages such as transportation management systems (TMS).

Optimizing Freight Management with TMS

Logistics providers often create these intelligent software platforms to enhance supply chain visibility and optimize freight management. These programs are increasingly popular amongst the supply chain management (SCM) and logistics community. In fact, the TMS market was valued at $6.85 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $19.2 billion by 2022, according to Transparency Market Research.

TMS software helps manage your carrier network and address inefficiencies in your freight management processes that are otherwise difficult to diagnose. For example, should your product utilize intermodal transportation methods?? Which route will be the most cost-effective and eco-friendly?

Measuring Your Performance

Although ROI is the most obvious metric for determining the success of your SCM, don’t overlook other performance indicators of your freight management process.

Safety is a crucial consideration, especially if you’re transporting heavy or hazardous material on behalf of a client. Regularly review regulations in the United States (and other countries, if transporting globally) to ensure compliance.

Another matter of importance is route guide compliance. Are the directives being properly communicated and carried out? If not, this could be an opportunity to bridge an internal gap.

Optimizing Operations

Learn about the remaining freight management KPIs and how to fine tune your reports to properly measure them in the infographic below.



Mike Challman, VP, North American Operations for CLX Logistics. CLX is a global provider of transportation management, technology, and supply chain consulting services.


4 Responses

  1. Divya Thakur

    March 21, 2017 @ 2:38 am

    Hi there thanks for sharing the above Freight management KPI’s. Monitoring and evaluating what has been done and what is outstanding are key functions of managers which KPIs help in bringing to bear. Moreover I’m looking KPI for warehouse manager it would be nice if I could get some interesting stuff about it. Thanks in advance 🙂

  2. Yerel SEO

    March 24, 2017 @ 5:42 am

    Hello, these indicators are so important for the process of supply chain management. I’m following your articles, thank you.

  3. divya

    April 24, 2017 @ 11:33 pm

    hi there it’s a helpful article for supply chain management. Transport management system is an important indicator of supply chain mangement . The mode of transport we are using should be cost-effective and eco-friendly.

  4. Wilson

    June 27, 2017 @ 1:04 am

    I’m glad to come here and read got this useful information and I’ll follow your tips when I do it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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