The SSI Blog

Our blog serves as space for us to share news and ideas about freight payment, freight bill auditing, logistics-centered business intelligence, and best practices observed and implemented in our industry. Enjoy.

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Freight Payment RFP: 4 Tips to a Successful Request for Proposal

So it’s time to consider change.  Either your current internal process isn’t making the grade, or the ‘pain-to-change’ now outweighs any benefit of staying with your current freight payment company.  It’s now time to draft and distribute a freight payment… Read More

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Global Freight Management: Tackling International Freight Costs

Global freight management is an increasingly important aspect of a company’s supply chain.  However, controlling the potentially erratic nature of international freight expense can be a daunting task.  If your company isn’t careful the logistics costs associated with operating a… Read More

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Business Intelligence: The Shipper’s Way Forward

Business intelligence has been at the forefront of freight cost reduction and expense management initiatives for over a decade. But for most shippers it is a moving target and can change as often as the supply chain does. The expectation… Read More

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Freight Audit Results: How to Overachieve

Most shippers understand employing a freight audit is one of the easiest ways to start saving money.  Results can vary across the industry, but a normal audit ROI will range from 2 to 6%, capturing hard-dollar savings from service failure… Read More

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Freight Benchmarking: The Best Approach to Shipping Smarter

When it comes to freight benchmarking and business intelligence, what you don’t know can hurt you. Most shippers have a transportation team dedicated to freight cost reduction and optimization.  However, professionals that rely exclusively on standard, or preformatted reports, may… Read More

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Small Parcel Auditing: What Every Shipper SHOULD and SHOULD NOT Do

If you’re a small package shipper in today’s world you’ve likely heard your carrier say: “Our on-time performance for your account is greater than 99%.”  Followed by:  “We’ll give you an extra 1 or 2% discount to earn (or retain)… Read More

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The Mechanics of Freight Payment Companies

Freight payment can be a relatively simple concept.  However, the practice is often complex and unique to the partner you select.  Your company must understand the basic process to better evaluate the myriad of freight payment companies in the industry. … Read More

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Custom Freight and Parcel Audits Deliver Better Results

If you’re like most companies, you work hard negotiating freight contracts.  Transportation and supply chain specialists can spend hours analyzing spend, reviewing proposals, and assessing the shipping model.  But once an agreement is in-play between shipper and carrier, who checks… Read More

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Transparent Freight Payment: The Top 4 Reasons Why Your Company Needs It

Freight payment can and should be transparent, but often it’s decidedly unclear for the shipper.  Regardless, outsourcing carrier payment remains one of the most effective ways to positively impact the transportation department’s bottom line. However, as with every outsourced service,… Read More

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Freight Payment Education is Highest Priority

In an increasingly competitive global economy, the only way shippers can increase efficiency and drive down cost is to acquire education that is focused on improving performance, accountability, and transparency to all components of the supply chain. To assist shippers… Read More

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