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Consumer goods group lobbies for federal ‘air traffic control’ for trucks

DFM Commentary: The supply chain keeps this country running and its resiliency was sorely tested during the pandemic. Concern over the broader coordination of freight capacity brings the question – Should the federal government even more closely coordinate and regulate trucking? An neutral utility with an industry-led governance structure would be a much better solution. …

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U.S. Xpress to deploy Platform Science technology

DFM Commentary: Progressive organizations like U.S. Xpress continue to invest in technology that interconnects; in this case, driver applications which create a better user experience and seamless workflow. Interconnection and interoperability at the truck, fleet, or marketplace level can create improved outcomes for the participants. DFM Data Corp.’s utility solution provides the foundation for collaborative …

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ArcBest Named One of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes

DFM Commentary: DFM Data Corp. congratulates ArcBest for being recognized as a top large employer. As we talk to freight industry leaders, it’s reinforced that while data-sharing and interconnectedness are the path to a more efficient future, building strong relationships and a foundation of trust creates the environment where it becomes possible. Relationships with employees, …

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DAT and Axele Announce Strategic Partnership, Expanded Integration

DFM Commentary: DAT and Axele’s announcement continues the trend of interconnectedness in the freight transportation marketplace and strengthening value propositions. The agreement puts greater capabilities into the hands of small and medium sized companies through better data and integrated tools. DFM Data Corp. supports the interconnected and interoperable future of the digital freight matching marketplaces. …

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The Shipping Industry’s eBL Challenge

DFM Commentary: Eric Johnson’s recent article, although addressing ocean freight, is just as applicable and relevant to freight transportation. A lack of standards inhibits industry interoperability and is inherent friction in the supply chain. DFM Data Corp.’s member governed utility is structured to address the interconnectedness and interoperability needed to improve efficiency and customer responsiveness …

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Sharing Data to Address Our Biggest Societal Challenges

DFM Commentary: BCG’s article describes many use cases and benefits of data sharing to create both economic and societal value. Freight transportation’s increased efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions are perfect examples of how data sharing improves outcomes. DFM Data Corp.’s member governed utility solution has been developed to deliver those benefits with broad anonymized …

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Why Data is No More Valuable Than GameStop

DFM Commentary: Eric Johnson’s provocative blog article has prompted quite a few responses on both sides of the basic proposition that data shared is more valuable (within limits). His position is that supply chains work best when connected with real time data flows that allow nimbleness and efficiency in decision making and work performed. That …

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Smaller fleets going through the cloud for business intelligence

DFM Commentary: Data analytics are driving improved decision making in freight transportation including driver performance, dynamic freight matching, and pricing. As digitization and data analytics become increasingly critical investments, vendors are coming to market with more affordable offerings for small entities. The foundation is still having clean, accurate, and timely data. Helping digital freight matching …

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AscendTMS Carriers Moved Over 3,000,000 Loads In 2020. Over 5,000,000 Loads Expected In 2021

DFM Commentary: The freight transportation industry continues to accelerate their digitization. Dynamic/digital freight matching has clear benefits to shippers and carriers through efficient match making although relationships still do matter. Congratulations to AscendTMS and their incredible progress. DFM Data Corp. supports the continued growth of the dynamic freight matching marketplace and looks forward to growing …

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If a TMS is not enough: manage transport Technology Complexity

DFM Commentary: Comprehensive and integrated technology platforms digitize and significantly improve freight transportation operations. The article makes the point that integration of specialty platforms can add needed depth and breadth to operational networks and capabilities. Integrated platforms and operations deliver better data and improved decision making. DFM Data Corp.’s anonymized data sharing solution can add …

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