Gartner Research

How to Manage Transportation Costs While Mitigating Capacity Challenges

Published: 03 June 2019

ID: G00381226

Analyst(s): Greg Aimi , Courtney Rogerson , Bart De Muynck


Logistics leaders are struggling to establish budgets and plan for reliable transportation service in what has been a volatile 12 to 18 months in the freight markets. This research identifies methods that supply chain leaders in logistics are using to secure capacity and constrain costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Constrained Transportation Capacity Creates a Market Where Carriers Pursue Better-Paying Freight
  • When Transportation Supply Is Constrained, Shippers Are Forced to Align Their Carrier Portfolio and Be More Collaborative With Carriers
  • Carriers Would Typically Add Capacity to Offset the Supply-Demand Imbalance but Are Challenged by the Driver Shortage

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