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Microsoft picks TMC to handle global logistics

Steve Rogerson
December 7, 2016



Microsoft has chosen TMC, a division of CH Robinson, as its global logistics management provider.
 
TMC will provide global technology and managed services to assist in bringing the technology giant's products to businesses, homes and communities all over the world. TMC was selected because of its differentiating global capabilities and experience in managing logistics for large multinational shippers.
 
After recently completing Microsoft's implementation across every region, TMC is now live with managing the company's global network.
 
"As a pioneer in the technology industry, Microsoft understands and recognises innovation, connectivity and best in class capabilities," said Jordan Kass, president of Chicago-based TMC. “Their decision to utilise our single global platform capable of managing logistics in all regions and all modes speaks volumes of TMC's ability to drive growth, differentiation and solutions for customers.”
 
Microsoft is leveraging TMC's cloud-based, global technology paired with managed services that include process management expertise and supply chain consulting. Every control tower location within TMC's global network plays a role in managing Microsoft's supply chain across more than 100 countries and all modes of transportation.
 
The control tower network, with locations in Chicago, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Wroclaw, Mumbai and Shanghai, are connected by TMC's single global technology platform, Navisphere, to optimise supply chain networks and streamline communications and connectivity across logistics providers.
 
"This accomplishment and delivery of service is possible thanks to the dedication, talent and tireless efforts of our employees across the globe," said Brent Nagy, TMC’s vice president for enterprise strategy. "It was a multi-year project that required a high-level of synchronisation among our teams at every global control tower location. Throughout this process, they've demonstrated a relentless pursuit of operational excellence and continuous improvement on behalf of Microsoft."
 
Alaina Hawkins, senior manager for global logistics at Microsoft, added: "At the forefront of our global supply chain execution is our capability to scale and be agile in a dynamic landscape. This makes visibility, flexibility and speed paramount in what we need from our global TMS technology provider. Through the global deployment of TMC's single transportation management platform, we have near real-time, end-to-end supply chain visibility which enables us to make dynamic decisions on our fulfilment strategy."
 
TMC is a division of CH Robinson, one of the world's largest third party logistics providers. TMC offers a managed global transportation management system (TMS), logistics process expertise and consulting services. Through the six control tower locations clients can access cloud-based, proprietary TMS technology, logistics experts and supply chain engineers to manage their day-to-day operations and optimise supply chain performance.