Blog: Relieving the burden for transport managers

Perhaps it’s a sign of the ever-faster pace of life, but nowadays it seems to be essential for every professional to have an ‘elevator pitch’. A brief description of around 30 seconds that explains the essence of their role. I was thinking about this in terms of my own work at IDS just before I attended a networking event recently. But I think I can actually sum it up in just a few seconds… Pretty much everything we do revolves around ‘relieving the burden’.

Focus on what really matters

As I mentioned in my previous blog, we work with transport, IT, finance, supply chain and customer service managers in all kinds of industries. And although this customer base is very diverse, they largely face similar challenges. So my job comes down to easing their workload. Giving them more time to focus on the things that really matter. Transport managers are a prime example of professionals who get caught up in the day-to-day operations (or ‘chaos’, as some describe it!) That leaves  little – if any – time to think about how to break the cycle of stress. So I put myself in their shoes and identify their most challenging and time-consuming tasks.

How to keep all plates spinning when volumes fluctuate

Fluctuating transport volumes are causing headaches for transport managers. As part of our IDS managed transportation services, we can act swiftly to find suitable carriers in case of unexpected peaks in transport volumes or specific needs. Such as new routes or international destinations, temperature-controlled transport, and so on. It goes without saying that transport managers have to work within tight budgets. That’s why our dedicated and experienced team at IDS use their market insights to arrange each shipment for the best possible combination of price and lead time.

You would think that is challenging enough. But lowering the carbon footprint is increasingly becoming a factor when choosing the right carrier. Therefore, we help to demonstrably reduce CO2 emissions in the supply chain by focusing on consolidation or improving reverse logistics. And this saves money too! To back this up, in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), a certified CO2 reporting tool has been developed. This tool enables us to report detailed emissions data for use with our customers’ environmental KPIs or targets.

Reap the low-hanging fruit

By outsourcing some of their day-to-day activities to us at IDS, transport managers gain more time to focus on strategic decisions. They also benefit from our regular reports and insights into ‘low-hanging fruit’: small improvements that make a big difference. For example, the efficiency of freight planning, invoicing, payment management and dispute handling can often be optimized or fully outsourced to us if desired. In other words, by relieving transport managers of the burden, we help them to continuously reduce their carbon footprint and improve efficiency and effectiveness. Feel free to contact me to discuss how we could do the same for you!