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Successful Companies Partner with Third-Party to Enhance Visibility and Control, Research Firm Says

In a newly released report, Transportation Contract Management: Gaining Visibility and Control Over Spend, Aberdeen Group surveyed over 200 companies and found that transportation contract management is growing in both importance and scale.

Around 60 percent of companies queried have expanded or have plans to expand the global transportation spend they have under contract. In response to this trend, there is an increased interest in outsourcing models that leverage third-party providers to centralize, integrate and expand contractual freight spend.

"Although rising freight costs and market volatility are the top two external pressures ranked by transportation executives, firms are also placing internal pressure on logistics executives to control transportation spend," explains Bob Heaney, senior analyst of supply chain management. "With such cost-containment pressures, our findings show that the greatest opportunity for savings lies in the fundamentals: understanding the shipping profile of your company, analyzing carrier spending on a central visibility platform, and aligning global contracts and their carrier mix at a global level.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=6708&camp=2 

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In a newly released report, Transportation Contract Management: Gaining Visibility and Control Over Spend, Aberdeen Group surveyed over 200 companies and found that transportation contract management is growing in both importance and scale.

Around 60 percent of companies queried have expanded or have plans to expand the global transportation spend they have under contract. In response to this trend, there is an increased interest in outsourcing models that leverage third-party providers to centralize, integrate and expand contractual freight spend.

"Although rising freight costs and market volatility are the top two external pressures ranked by transportation executives, firms are also placing internal pressure on logistics executives to control transportation spend," explains Bob Heaney, senior analyst of supply chain management. "With such cost-containment pressures, our findings show that the greatest opportunity for savings lies in the fundamentals: understanding the shipping profile of your company, analyzing carrier spending on a central visibility platform, and aligning global contracts and their carrier mix at a global level.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=6708&camp=2 

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