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S ec t i on 5 : Recommendat i on s
Transportation Management in the Federal Government
| Best Practices Report: 2012
Section 5:
• Policy setting bodies should prioritize their efforts to focus on
opportunities with the largest potential impact. In the government
sector, policy blazes the trail for actual change and development,
and forces those lagging behind to get on board.
• Consolidate where you can, not just where you must. Developing
a government-wide consolidated transportation platform and data
pool will benefit agencies by helping them identify potential price
savings, improved methods, and available carriers. However, this
vision is far more realistic if approached on a clustered basis as
opposed to a government-wide initiative.
• Accordingly, agencies should build relationships with other agen-
cies, even if it’s just for the sake of benchmarking. In particular, all
agencies should consider collaborating with the GSA as it’s the only
agency that can procure transportation on behalf of other agencies.
Access these shared services and, even if you don’t use the GSA to
procure final contracts, let your carrier partners know what you
have seen available elsewhere.
• Develop and invest in the transportation group of your agency.
Automation levels and systems-related savings depend on the agency,
and those with transport groups do better with innovation. It’s clear
that like the private sector, groups with higher levels of training and
automation will outperform their less sophisticated peers.
• There is a government-wide trend towards consolidation of systems,
which will benefit transportation management. Get on board with
the consolidation and share what works with others. The easiest
way to get smaller agencies involved is to make it easier for them to
join. The more agencies in a system the stronger it is and the better
deal-making power it has.
• Mandated freight payment processes are one of the very few
threads of commonality between all government-sector shippers.
Leverage that common practice as a starting point to consolidation
and integration.
• Set a goal to optimize outbound transportation processes, but
don’t stop there. Use that momentum and those integrated systems
and processes to take on the next challenge of managing inbound