Gartner Research

Controlling Inbound Transportation Can Lower Costs and Improve Supply Chain Performance

Published: 11 November 2016

ID: G00318657

Analyst(s): Greg Aimi


Controlling U.S. inbound domestic transportation can reduce total logistics costs and enable broader supply chain improvements. This research helps supply chain leaders responsible for procurement and logistics tackle the challenges of and implement an inbound logistics execution program.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Opportunity and the Facets of the Endeavor
  • Assess Which Inbound Freight to Control, and Then Change the Freight Terms
    • Taking Over Inbound Transportation Isn't an All-or-Nothing Decision
    • Suppliers May Be More Efficient and Effective Than Their Customers
    • Contract Rates Are Not the Only Factor to Consider When Taking Over Supplier Freight
    • Which Suppliers Are the Most Likely Candidates?
    • You've Got the Terms — Now What?
  • Develop and Execute an Effective Inbound Logistics Program
    • Routing Guides Are Easier to Implement
    • Dynamic Routing Is Harder to Do, but Can Provide More Benefits
    • Onboarding Suppliers Has Its Challenges, but, Surprisingly, Suppliers Like the Program
    • Baseline Costs Are Required to Show the Benefits of the Program
  • Explore Additional Supply Chain Improvement Initiatives Based on the Visibility Provided by Inbound Control
  • Closing Comments

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