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JP Doggett

Summary of a member discussion held on 17th March with expert insight from Sam Greenhalgh of Zencargo.

Key points:

  • Covid highlighted visibility gaps; it might be about mitigating cost or it might be about ensuring provision of supply
  • Ecommerce spike has increased inbound volumes by 43% (in the US), coupled with port congestion its taking longer to discharge containers and get empty equipment back into circulation causes the rates to remain at elevated levels. There is some light with rates showing a decline coming into Q2.  - we’re still in middle of bullwhip effect
  • Some experts believe there will be more enforceable contracts to protect shippers & carriers with possible penalties for non-compliance
  • A multimodal strategy is more common, and you can’t mitigate an issue until you know about an issue. Zencargo has rules engines that can flag potential issues and prompt whether might be better to use a different service mode to speed up/ slow down orders.
  • Flagging up potential delays much earlier means can better adapt and manage customer trust.
  • Getting data isn’t the problem, it’s connecting it all to be able to get useful insights and capabilities. 


Sign up for the next edition of this discussion on 27th April 11.00 BST / 12.00 CEST:


Ribble Case Study - Zencargo.pdf

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