PLMA 2016: Chicago Nov. 13-15 Booth #F1951

WIN is excited to be exhibiting at PLMA 2016  Rosemont Convention Center, Chicago from November 13-15 Booth #F1951.

“For more than 30 years, PLMA’s annual trade show has been the industry event of the year, where retailers and wholesalers source for their private label programs. More than 1,300 companies from 40 countries will be exhibiting their products, including 25 international pavilions. Exhibitors range from small and medium-size companies to well-known national brand makers who also supply store brands.”

If you plan to attend be sure to stop by booth #F1951 to learn more about how WIN, the no-cost, no-fee, transportation management system, enables simplified yet complete management of day to day tasks related to moving freight across North America.

  • NO multiple website visits
  • NO phone calls
  • NO spreadsheets to track tendering and acceptance
  • NO manual reports to run

And if that’s not enough you will also meet a Superbowl Champion in person and receive a free signed football if you visit us at booth #F1951. Be sure to have your business card ready- you will need to exchange it at the booth in order to receive a football. You won’t want to miss this!

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Learn a little more about WIN before the show – watch our quick overview video below:


Cross-Functional Collaboration – a Competitive Advantage

There was a time when organizational departments worked largely as silos that collaborated and shared information on an “as needed” basis. Logistics management solutions that brought all departments onto the same page didn’t exist, and most team members concerned themselves only with their own department’s activities.

Fast-forward to 2015 and the business climate demands a much different mindset. Cross functional collaboration has been shown to help develop better products and processes, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and profitability.  In addition to the formation of collaborative teams, business intelligence and data must be shared across the organization to be most useful and valuable.

According to Logistics Collaboration: The Effective use of Cross-Functional Teams, the top six competitive logistics advantages that companies gain by using cross-functional teams include:

  • Speed: Reduces the time to get things done
  • Complexity: Teams improve the ability to solve complex problems
  • Customer satisfaction: Focus on satisfying the customer’s needs
  • Creativity: Bringing together people with different experiences and backgrounds, fosters creativity and effective brainstorming techniques
  • Organizational learning: The team is more easily able to develop new technical and professional skills, learn more about other disciplines and learn how to work with other people who have different skill sets
  • Single point of contact: One place to go for information and for focus about a project or customer

“Collaboration is the fuel of any business, whether it is between employees, partners, or customers. It is a driving force for continued efficiency among everyday tasks and a necessity for improving the outcomes of many business activities,” writes Brian Honigman in The Unexpected Value of Business Collaboration. Citing research from Clinked, he writes that 75 percent of businesses consider online collaboration tools to be important or somewhat important to their business. “Online tools and platforms have helped reinforce the benefits of collaboration as well as introduce some unexpected value to businesses.”

While many organizations do not have logistics management solutions in place to support collaboration and supply chain visibility, recent innovations such as WIN (Web Integrated Network) are closing the gap with their no-cost/no-fee, web-based transportation management solution.  As a cloud-based service, WIN requires no special hardware or software, and is accessible from virtually anywhere.  This web-based functionality enables employees from diverse functions in diverse locations to view the same data, fostering collaboration.  With one of the biggest obstacles to collaboration removed, companies can be on their way to more efficient, productive and responsive operations.