Optimize your transportation supply chain with MACsync

Have you ever wondered why Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies pay Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) millions of dollars every year to handle their freight? The reason is that they see the value of having an independent third party analyze their freight patterns, negotiate with carriers and manage their transportation. Recent studies have shown that close to 90% of Fortune 500 companies utilize the services of Third Party Logistics companies. They understand it is worthwhile to pay a LSP for the transportation expertise and technology which they can offer.

When working with some of the largest 3PLs across North America clients may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in implementation fees before the first shipment is ever picked-up. This may make sense if a company is spending tens of millions of dollars in freight every year but it does not if your annual North American freight budget is less than a million dollars. This is where we can help smaller companies through our MACsync program. We provide the same type of freight analysis, management and technology solutions that the mega 3PLs do, but without the implementation fees.

What is MACsync?

Mactrans’ transportation management service is different from all the rest. Instead of focusing on individual lanes, we take a look at your entire North American Supply Chain. Our ability to give you this unique perspective has helped us become one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies (2016 PROFIT 500 list). With MACsync, we actually show you the easier way to ship freight and cut costs.

Freight Analysis

Before we begin any analysis we sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to reassure the safety of your information. Our analysis then starts with a detailed examination of your entire North American transportation activity. We put it under the magnifying glass and take a look at the big picture. For companies with multiple branches, we synchronize them into one initiative and remove the silo mentality common throughout the industry. Once synchronized, we look at your carrier base to evaluate which are performing well and which need improvement. Finally, we conduct a sample post audit to ensure accuracy in your billing as well as to identify quick fixes that will immediately start saving you money— and we do it all for free!

Carrier Request For Proposal (RFP) Management

After we have secured your permission with a Letter of Authorization (LOA), Mactrans engages in freight operation discussions with your carrier base. All of your historical shipping data is then taken and summarized into a MACsync managed Carrier RFP. That RFP is then distributed among Mactrans’ carriers and your current carrier base for comparative pricing submissions. All of the submission data is then summarized into a single presentation for you to review. If you don’t find savings there is no obligation to work with us.

TMS Technology

Now we can decide which carriers you wish to use and gain the advantage of Mactrans’ free transportation management system (TMS) to manage it all. Our TMS will provide you with the best rates and service by lanes and you only pay for the shipments we manage for you. All implementation, reporting and IT costs are covered with the MACsync system. And, to ensure you are getting the best rates, MACsync also provides free carrier invoice auditing as part of the service.

My Promise

As the President and Owner of Mactrans Logistics I am personally involved in every MACsync transportation analysis. We have a proven formula that works and if we can’t save you money I will let you know and won’t waste your time. I’ve worked in the Canadian Transportation Industry for over 20 years and we have a great team of logistics professionals at Mactrans. We enjoy working on challenging supply chain projects and are always eager to share our knowledge with others. Even if you want to bounce a select few transportation requirements by me and our team we are truly happy to help. I invite you to contact me at (905) 856-6800 ext. 222 or [email protected].

For more information you can also visit www.mactrans.ca/MACsync

Joel MacKay

No Freight Broker is an Island

Freight Broker IslandWe have recently added the groups and associations to our website so I thought it would be a great time to outline why we are part of these groups in this blog.

The non-transportation groups that we’re suppliers to and member of include; United Grocers Inc. (UGI), Independent Pool Group of Canada (IPG) and the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). These groups are all leaders in their field and we’re honoured to work with both them and the member companies. We find it is a great way to network and learn more the current trends in our customers’ industries.

Transportation Intermediaries Association

In the 3PL industry we are a member of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) www.tianet.org .With over 1400 members the TIA is the largest association for Freight Brokers in North America. On their website the TIA explains they provide 3PL’s with the “resources, education, information, advocacy and connections to establish, maintain and expand ethical, profitable and growing businesses in service to their customers.”

I’ve been very impressed with this group so far especially with their code of ethics that all broker members must adhere to. I also like their thorough screening process. They made sure we had the required licenses/surety bond to broker loads and they also ran a credit check on Mactrans. I’m proud to say Mactrans is one of only 50 Canadian freight brokers that are part of the group. They are the most expensive of all the associations we belong to but I believe it’s worth the price because when a carrier sees that a broker is a TIA member they know they have passed all of their strict standards. They have amazing content on their website and I’m also looking forward to attending my first TIA conference in San Antonio in April 2016.

National Transportation Brokers Association

We have also recently become a member of the National Transportation Brokers Association (NTBA) www.ntba-brokers.com. The NTBA is similar to the TIA but with a Canadian focus. They have some of Canada’s oldest and well established freight brokerage companies as members and on their board. It’s great to hear that over the last couple of years the NTBA only started allowing brokers who have their MC # and carry a $75,000 surety bond to join the group. I’m only a couple months into this group and looking forward to learning more about the association.

Toronto Transportation Club

For a good time call the Toronto Transportation Club (TTC) www.torontotransportationclub.com. This group is mostly social in nature and probably the best club for networking in the GTA. They are also one of the oldest in Canada dating back to 1913. They put on some very entertaining events including golf tournaments, skiing days and a night at the races. Their best event of the year is the annual dinner at the Royal York Hotel. It’s the one time of year you can relax and have a drink with some of your biggest competitors in the trucking industry.

Delta Nu Alpha

Last but not least is the Delta Nu Alpha (DNA) www.deltanualpha.ca. It is both an educational and social club and they put on intimate events once a month in Mississauga. I’ve got to give a shout out to their hard working board. Like the other non-profits listed above the board gives up so much of their time for their members. I’ve had the opportunity to take part in two of their panels. The first one was last year as a panelist on Power Brokers: the Next Generation and most recently as the moderator on a panel about Changes in Technology in the Canadian 3PL Industry.

These are just some of the associations in our industry. There are a number of other great ones like the OTA and TTA that a geared more for asset based trucking companies. If you are new to the industry or just looking to expand your network check out to one of these industry events or clubs. If it’s the TTC annual dinner make sure to get your ticket early. I waited too long and the tickets sold out quickly this year. I’ll get on it earlier next time.