Questionss

List at least two reasons why firms would consider outsourcing all or part of the transportation function.
2.Congratulations! You were recently promoted to the position of Director of Transportation. But after your first month on the job, it has become clear that the firm’s current strategy for dealing with its carriers is not working. In the past, it seems as though all of the firm’s relationships were “arm’s length” in nature but with the firm’s new focus on customer satisfaction, you are not sure that the old approach will be able to meet the customer service levels you desire. Your sense is that you need to move toward some form of “partnership” with a smaller set of suppliers. Based on material presented in this course, what would you do and why?
3.Briefly describe the three categories of major pricing decisions made by carriers.

4.Briefly describe at least three of the most common mistakes in carrier pricing?

5. Proactive management is one of the shipper strategies addressed in the text. What is proactive management and briefly describe at least one example of how proactive transportation management can or has been used to solve a transportation-related business problem.
6.The authors of your text state that the management of small shipments can be an important strategy for shippers who are trying to improve their performance. Explain.
7.The use of third party transportation providers has grown dramatically over the past decade. Briefly describe at least three reasons for the trend toward the use of third party providers.
8. What is the relationship between ERP and transportation management?
9.Briefly describe the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and list the three key elements of the program.