Guides

Every business and every industry is different, but Trimble Transportation has been focused on delivering robust transportation technology and successful implementation experiences to thousands of them for more than 30 years. We can help you address many of the complex problems facing your business today. Stay educated and informed. Our selection of guides can help you understand issues, solve problems or make decisions.

bid management white paper

Bid Don't Bet: Confident Decision-Making for Bid Season

When bid season begins and lane files and RFPs start to pile up, you have a chance to pull some great opportunities out of the commotion. Before you start seeking out those contracts, it’s a good idea to review some key considerations for the season, and to have a clear idea of what your goals are for the coming year.

Check out our guide, which talks about the essential components of bidding that you need to consider, so that you come out on top.

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Maximizing Profitability Without Minimizing Your Client Relationships

In the trucking industry, customers and the loads you book for them aren’t just potential revenues – they’re also potential costs. The costs related to these loads add up quickly, through poor utilization and lost revenue from detention time at customer sites. While it’s clear that these things eat away at profits, addressing these costs is easier said than done. It is possible, however, for you to improve your profits in these areas without upsetting or alienating clients.

Download our executive summary to learn how you can work with your clients to maximize profits without straining your relationships.

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Driving Your Final Mile Forward with Intelligent Analytics

Technology has created a wealth of new data sources. Most companies don’t lack data on their transportation operations, and this is especially true in the final mile. The real challenge comes in turning existing data into actionable insights. Understanding the challenges, processes and KPIs of the final mile can help you gain a competitive advantage to make quality business improvements.

The right final mile business intelligence can improve your decision-making, optimize processes and drive new revenues. Download our guide to learn the importance of true business improvement in the final mile using BI tools and how creating the right KPIs are necessary to deliver business outcomes that help your organization improve across the board.

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Predictive Maintenance 201: Beyond Prevention

Roadside breakdowns and unplanned downtime are extremely costly, and the associated expenses of breakdowns—from towing, parts, and labor to dissatisfied customers—directly impact a business’s bottom line. Technology gives today’s businesses the power not only to predict failures before they happen, but to proactively prescribe a corrective course of action.

Predictive analytics can prevent unplanned breakdowns by alerting fleet professionals about potential problems. This gives companies the time to inspect and resolve a problem before it happens on the road. Download our TMW sponsored, Fleet Owner white paper to learn how to use predictive analytics to go beyond prevention in your maintenance operations.

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What to Look for in a TMS

The spotlight is on you and your transportation services company. How will you keep up in this ever-changing industry? With a modern TMS solution, your team moves ahead of the curve. Learning the key elements needed for success is key. TMW is pleased to offer you a free guide on how to select the right TMS for your company.

The guide is full of tips that, when followed, will save you time. And time is money. 

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Building Blockchain Applications for the Transportation Industry

How can Blockchain solve transportation industry problems? The wider adoption of Blockchain technology across other industries is a strong indication that it is time for transportation to take the leap and start thinking about reshaping our industry using better and more efficient tools. Award-winning Data Visionary Timothy Leonard and his team discuss the steps required to build and guide Blockchain applications.

Blockchain technology is reshaping the transportation and logistics industries in ways that can create competitive advantages. To start understanding what it will do for you and your company’s business, download our guide: Building Blockchain Applications For The Transportation Industry.

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Business Process Assessment (BPA): A Full Exam to Maximize Software Utilization & ROI

Do you know the five warning signs of business process failure?

Few industries are more dynamic and fast-moving than transportation and logistics. If you want to be ready to compete in this fast lane, you need technology and business processes tuned for peak performance. This white paper helps you to learn about the top five warning signs that can disrupt your critical business processes and what to do to avoid or overcome them.

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Vehicle Fault Code Analysis: Moving from Proactive to Predictive

Fleet safety and productivity impact your entire organization. Insurance rates, liability, CSA, profitability and even attracting and retaining good drivers and customers depend on operating well-maintained vehicles.

With over 10% of total transportation company operating expenses spent on maintenance, monitoring vehicle performance data on a near-real-time basis is critical. Breakdowns hurt bottom lines even more. Fault codes are a key part of solving the problem, but after the fact, fault codes are history. Predicting the fault before it causes a breakdown is key. 

Wondering how you can manage a predictive and proactive plan to lower maintenance costs? Download a copy of our guide to learn ways to get ahead of the breakdowns and repair costs facing your fleet today. Keep your fleet on the road and out of the breakdown lane. 

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Routing Strategies to Drive Your Business Into the Future

Are your final mile operations suffering from tunnel vision? The final mile remains one of the most costly and inefficient legs of the supply chain. Increasingly complex fulfillment demands, the growth of e-commerce and the explosion of the crowdsourcing business model have all created new challenges for last mile operations. These changes introduce new challenges, and can also serve as distractions from the larger picture.

How can carriers effectively respond while taking proactive steps for the future of their business? Learn how implementing advanced routing and business intelligence can help carriers address these trends and look at the larger picture of their future.

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Blockchain for Transportation: Where the Future Starts

From grasping basics to applying Blockchain technology in the transportation space, Timothy Leonard, 2017 Data Visionary award-winner, explores where we are and how Blockchain has become one of the top priorities of this decade. His latest white paper focuses on providing suggested practical applications and an overview of implementation guidelines for Blockchain within the transportation marketplace.

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The Future of Freight Supply Chain

Are you ready for how the use of data will impact the future of the freight supply chain? There are key steps to preparing your business for these inevitable changes. The future is fast approaching. Trimble Transportation Executive Vice President Tim Leonard and his expert team of data scientists have researched the details to share with you.

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ELD Compliance: Are You Heading Down a One-Way Street?

ELD Compliance: Are You Heading Down a One-Way Street?

The deadline for compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD mandate is fast approaching.  For companies rushing to comply with this new rule, there are two approaches: one allows companies to do no more than meet the government’s minimal requirements; the other empowers your fleet to achieve greater efficiency and cost savings.

Discover how making a smart choice in selecting your ELDs can minimize your hardware investment cost and improve delivery operations.

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Is There a Blind Spot in Your LTL Operations?

Is There a Blind Spot in Your LTL Operations?

Few other transportation work environments can match a busy cross-dock operation for pure frenetic energy. Add a paper-based process to the controlled chaos and you have a recipe that could lead to costly errors and dissatisfied customers. Enter cross-dock process automation.

Adding automation to your process helps to streamline dock operations, minimize shipping errors and reduce lost revenue associated with incorrect weights, dimensions, and OS&D saving you time, money, and hassles.

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Fuel Optimization White Paper

Capture an Extra $571 per Truck

The prospect of quickly boosting your bottom line by a penny or more per mile is impressive, to say the least. 

While you work hard every day pursuing new customers and freight, your best immediate opportunity to improve bottom line performance comes on the cost side. In fact, you are probably already overspending by a penny or more per mile in one of your top three cost areas: fuel.

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Omni-Channel Distribution - The New Freight Transportation Puzzle

The New Freight Transportation Puzzle

As omni-channel delivery models become more common, and even expected, carriers and logistics service providers are striving to rise to meet the freight transportation challenges of a 21st century economy. Advanced transportation management can help 3PLs, brokers and carriers to rethink and expand internal processes and service offerings to respond successfully navigate this uncharted territory.

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The 20:1 Solution by Trimble Transportation

The 20:1 Solution

A growing number of fleets now apply the same I.T.-enabled discipline to maintenance operations that help improve the performance of most other operational areas.

Regardless of fleet size, the use of a modern asset maintenance solution can drive step-change improvements in shop efficiency, cost control and vehicle productivity. It can help maintenance operations optimize PM cycles, reduce labor hours, track product wear rates, and collect intelligence that can be used to improve purchasing strategies.

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Adaptive Fuel Supply Helping Carriers

Adaptive Fuel Supply Helping Carriers

Bulk fuel carriers are the tightrope walkers of the fuel supply chain, operating daily within the narrowest of tolerances to meet the needs of retail customers in a timely manner and in the quantities they need – no more and no less. Delivering the right loads in the right amounts and at the right times is paramount, and carriers who arrive before or after the optimal service window can create an array of problems for themselves and their customers.

In order to continue to grow in today’s rapidly changing environment, carriers are proactively adapting to market conditions by examining and addressing each opportunity to improve operational efficiency and enhance their customers’ buying experience. The primary tool enabling these changes is a modern transportation management system (TMS).

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Food Safety Technology Solutions Spanning the Supply Chain

Food Safety Technology Solutions Spanning the Supply Chain

Is your business doing enough to comply with regulations and ensure preventative processes are in place?
The causes of foodborne illnesses are plentiful and impact the entire food supply chain. What’s even more concerning is these illnesses are largely preventable by using the proper precautions – and the right technology.

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Maneuvering Through the Final Mile Challenge

Maneuvering Through the Final Mile Challenge

As companies face the challenge of a 21st Century economy, many are discovering that the obsolete management methods and tools they are using exacerbate the problem of improving delivery performance in this changing environment.

A vital part of the supply chain that is most often in need of overhaul is the final mile – the movement of product to their final destination. Final mile is the most visible portion of the supply chain to the consumer, and in the customer’s mind it is the most important aspect of delivery. 

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Big Data Driven Transportation Analytics

Big Data Driven Transportation Analytics

Concentrating and unifying operational data allows you to deliver actionable insight at both the operational and strategic levels, driving innovation and alignment for even the smallest fleet. Big data can supplement your analytics and help your company make faster, more educated decisions.

Data-driven decision making can help drive operational and strategic innovation, while selecting the right systems and services can maintain alignment with rapidly changing business circumstances and industry requirements. Big data can also give you industry-level analytics, so you can measure, benchmark, and get the data necessary to make decisions on corporate direction in a constantly changing industry.

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