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S ec t i on 3 : Compar i son to Pr i vat e S ec tor Prac t i ce s
Transportation Management in the Federal Government
| Best Practices Report: 2012
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At a high level,
American Shipper’s
2012 benchmarking series—focused
on the private sector—pointed to a set of key best practices:
1. Centralize transportation management functions, including
procurement, execution, settlement and measurement.
2. Automate with modern technology wherever possible.
3. Consolidate disparate systems to get more functionality from
fewer platforms.
4. Connect to suppliers, carriers, and other partners electronically
using hubs or communities where possible.
5. Collaborate with the partners in your supply chain eco-system
to create savings opportunities for all parties.
6. Close the transportation lifecycle loop by leveraging settlement
data to improve planning, procurement and execution processes.
7. Institute training and education programs, which lead to higher
levels of performance and staff retention.
These best practices appear each year in
American Shipper’s
freight payment
benchmark studies and establish a clear benchmark to compare the govern-
ment space against. With the GSA’s audit mandate, these industry bench-
marks can serve as a helpful guide when noting the discrepancies between
government and private sector systems and practices for freight payment.
F I G U R E 3 :
Closed Loop Transportation Management
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