Visibility is critical at the border, and being proactive rather than reactive can keep products moving. Penske has added a border workflow technology tool as part of its ClearChain® technology suite that facilitates collaboration between the many stakeholders involved in a border crossing to mitigate the risk of a delay.

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Two new regulations in Mexico — the Suplemento de Carta Porte and Proyecto de Integración Tecnológica Aduanera (PITA) — are expected to create more documentation and record-keeping which may further complicate an already elaborate process.

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Shippers need a seamless process when moving goods between the United States and Mexico, and the handoff is critical. Historically, a black hole existed at the border, which is especially challenging given the many parties involved in a crossing.

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For those of us whose livelihood focuses on supply chain management, it’s clear that disruption is now a normal part of business. Recent examples of front-page news include extreme weather events, the pandemic and international unrest. When managing a supply chain, there are lessons to be learned from each of these events.

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More than ever, supply chains need to be agile and resilient. Control towers deliver the supply chain visibility that underpins agility and resilience, hence shipper interest in these information hubs has increased dramatically. Implementing control towers in stages starting with less challenging nodes makes these solutions affordable and accessible. Also, today's control towers are more powerful than earlier versions, allowing the ability to integrate disparate data sources and information systems while using technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to improve network visibility and performance.

This new eBook from Penske Logistics explores the multiple benefits provided by control towers. You'll learn what they are and why they provide a more responsive management of inventory at rest and in transit, improved order fulfillment and enhanced network design.

Download and read the entire eBook to understand why control towers may be the answer to eliminating vulnerabilities within your supply chain, and how partnering with Penske can keep your business moving forward.

Control towers are central to increasing visibility and optimizing supply chain performance. They provide an end-to-end view of the supply chain, which ultimately increases efficiency, minimizes disruptions and cuts costs. A group of Penske Logistics control tower experts got together to discuss what control towers can do, when to use them, outcomes and benefits, and more. Here are four key takeaways from their conversation.

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As various forms of uncertainty and supply chain congestion continue to disrupt trade flows in 2022, the specialized logistics skills and infrastructure required to manage cross-border freight continue to be tested as never before.

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For shippers, at times, there are good reasons for turning to the spot market to secure truck capacity. In general, however, it is advisable to minimize this expensive freight transportation option.

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Businesses considering freight management outsourcing need to weigh many factors. They must choose not only the right logistics provider, but also must know which freight management model will work best for their company. They must understand the benefits of technology and data. They must know when the time is right to outsource. And they need a complete view of their transportation costs.

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A strong supply chain is central to effective operations, but anything from rapid growth to external forces can disrupt operations. When a supply chain is out of control, the right people, processes and technology can bring it back in line to improve service, optimize routes and reduce costs.

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Automation may be reshaping most logistics areas, including freight management (FM), but human expertise and interpersonal relationships still underpin the efficient movement of freight.

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No two shippers — or supply chains — are the same. Some require more complicated freight management (FM) solutions owing to the nature of their businesses. Heavy haul shippers or those with specialized trailer loading requirements are examples; companies with rapidly changing organization structures or high growth trajectories can also fall into this category. When specialized product meets rapid change, the need for support becomes more critical.

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This U.S.-based worldwide Tier 1 supplier of major automotive components was looking to minimize supply chain disruptions, increase visibility and improve cross-border operations. With 52 plants and 3,000 suppliers, the Tier 1 supplier needed a lead logistics provider that could manage inbound freight and support production.

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As supply chains flex in response to ever-changing market pressures, how can shippers maintain agile transportation networks that continue to operate at maximum efficiency?

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Compliance is one of the foundation blocks of an efficient freight management program. In addition to ensuring that carriers can meet your performance standards before entering into commercial relationships with them, a robust compliance process helps you keep such relationships on track.

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Exception management – detecting and addressing service anomalies before they develop into costly disruptions – is critical to the efficiency of freight networks. In today’s fast-paced logistics environment, there is scant room for error, and the ability to manage and eliminate these red flags is more important than ever.

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In a successful delivery operation, all relevant parties are kept informed of the status of loads in transit and when trucks arrive they are unloaded expeditiously at the appointed times and at the lowest cost.

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The modern freight environment is increasingly complex. Shippers need nimble solutions from logistics service providers to win.

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Wait times for commercial trucks crossing at the southern border skyrocketed in April and May as border patrol agents were reassigned to help process asylum seekers. While wait times are decreasing, they are still higher than usual, and any delay can cause a ripple effect throughout the supply chain.

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