Bridging the LTL Relationship Gap

Our Sage Advice columnist—a 30-year transportation management veteran—offers logistics professionals and carriers time-tested relationship management advice. Let’s hope it’s not too late.

By ·

Many savvy logistics professionals think about “relationships” as a state of mind that exists between individuals and “relationship management” as a process that describes how companies work together on all levels to create value for each other. Unfortunately, others don’t get it and only pursue relationships when there’s something in it for them—usually financial—or they disregard it entirely.

As children, encouraging parents gave us food and a safe, warm place to live. As we grew into teenagers, our learning experiences over time had a lot to do with sentiment, attractiveness, communication skills, patience, and trust. Those feelings in varying degrees are in play today for each of us personally and professionally.

Over the next few pages we’ll aim to provide logistics professionals with a few ideas on how relationships can be managed to bring about value for companies. We’ll also try to help both sides of the transportation equation come to terms with the fact that relationship management must occur on multiple levels—and over time—if it’s to be considered successful.

Click below for related articles. 

LTL carriers “somewhat optimistic” for 2011 as rate hikes sticking amid sector capacity concerns

YRCW extends credit amendment again


About the Author

John A. Gentle
John A. Gentle is president of John A. Gentle & Associates, LLC, a logistics consulting firm specializing in contract/relationship management and regulatory compliance for shippers, carriers, brokers, and distribution centers. A recipient of several industry awards, he has more than 35 years of experience in transportation and logistics management. He can be reached at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
SaaS Supply Chain Management Systems
A guide to better understanding the market, the software and the benefits
Download Today!
From the November 2016 Issue
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that could successfully combine transportation services and technology capabilities under one roof.
Warehouse & DC Operations Survey: Ready to confront complexity
2016 Quest for Quality Awards Dinner
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Digital Evolution: Streamlining Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
In this FREE virtual conference we'll define the challenges facing operations and offer solutions designed to create dynamic, automated networks that offer seamless communication, improved collaborative third-party relationships, and the ability to respond to changes at a moment's notice.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...
Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...

Motor Carrier Regulations Update: Caught in a Trap
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits....
25th Annual Masters of Logistics
Indecision revolving around three complex supply chain elements—transportation, technology and...