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A Tariff-Era Survival Kit for American Firms in Asia A TARIFF-ERA SURVIVAL KIT FOR AMERICAN FIRMS IN ASIA

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Dec 11, 2018

U.S. firms operating in Asia are adapting to global trade uncertainty with a range of survival tactics, from reviewing how goods are classified to tweaking their supply chains.

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Q&A | The Power of Real-Time Freight Visibility Q&A | THE POWER OF REAL-TIME FREIGHT VISIBILITY

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Dec 11, 2018

Chris Jones, executive vice president of marketing and services with Descartes, makes the case for how real-time freight visibility adds value to supply-chain operations. But is it really "real"?

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Why You Can Stop Dreading Transportation Management System Integrations WHY YOU CAN STOP DREADING TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INTEGRATIONS

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Dec 10, 2018

If your TMS is modern and built with an architecture that doesn’t depend on decades-old technology, the experience of onboarding customers, carriers and trading partners should be faster (and less costly) than what TMS systems of the past could ever provide.

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How the Tight Labor Market Is Challenging Warehouses HOW THE TIGHT LABOR MARKET IS CHALLENGING WAREHOUSES

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Dec 10, 2018

From an employers’ view, it’s bad enough that unemployment across all industries has sunk to 3.7 percent, the lowest level in nearly 50 years. Add to that the historical demand for extra workers during the holiday season, along with the numbingly routine nature of the job, and you have s...

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3B Logistics placed into liquidation 3B LOGISTICS PLACED INTO LIQUIDATION

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Dec 07, 2018

Leeds hauler 3B Logistics has entered liquidation. The company was only incorporated in 2015 but it had grown to operate a standard national license authorizing 25 HGVs and 25 trailers out of premises in Garforth. Specializing in full and part load deliveries, the company – which was previousl...

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New EU Transport Rules Could Devastate East European Trucking Companies NEW EU TRANSPORT RULES COULD DEVASTATE EAST EUROPEAN TRUCKING COMPANIES

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Dec 07, 2018

“This may completely eliminate Polish companies from the EU market,” Jan Buczek, the head of the Association of Polish International Road Freight Operators, was cited as saying on the group’s website. “Many companies will go bust, we’ll have leases and credits to pay of...

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Walgreens Starts Next-Day Drug Delivery WALGREENS STARTS NEXT-DAY DRUG DELIVERY

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Dec 06, 2018

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is rolling out a nationwide next-day prescription-delivery service to fend off competition from Amazon.com Inc. and numerous venture capital-backed startups.

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Link commercial and control systems in supply chains LINK COMMERCIAL AND CONTROL SYSTEMS IN SUPPLY CHAINS

blog article

Dec 05, 2018

Recent blogs have discussed the advancement in technologies that make it potentially easier to have connected supply chains. However, the lack of enthusiasm by enterprises and application software suppliers for this to happen requires supply chain professionals to focus in the near term on improving...

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3 ways to build a top-performing supply chain in and out of the hospital 3 WAYS TO BUILD A TOP-PERFORMING SUPPLY CHAIN IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL

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Dec 05, 2018

From ineffective inventory management to lack of standardization, health system organizations face many challenges in managing their supply chains. However, by ironing out some of these supply chain management challenges, hospitals, health systems, and other providers can become more efficient and f...

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Businesses Plan to Make Their Supply Chains More Socially and Environmentally Responsible: HSBC BUSINESSES PLAN TO MAKE THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS MORE SOCIALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE: HSBC

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Dec 03, 2018

About one-third of businesses plan to alter their supply chains in the next three years to make them more socially and environmentally responsible, according to a global survey released Monday by HSBC Holdings PLC.

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A Playbook for Supply Chain Strategy A PLAYBOOK FOR SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGY

blog article

Dec 03, 2018

When we think of strategists, we tend to visualize men educated in elite universities able to see things the rest of us cannot. But the strategy is often more prosaic. For example, when it comes to supplying chain strategy, there is a playbook that can be followed.

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The Indispensable Role of WMS in Reverse Logistics THE INDISPENSABLE ROLE OF WMS IN REVERSE LOGISTICS

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Nov 30, 2018

Reverse logistics is filled with risk, and the rate of reverse logistics in e-commerce is higher than any other channel, reports Business2Community. Among e-commerce sales, up to 30 percent will be returned to the shipper, which reflects a huge demand for effective returns management and reverse-log...

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DHL Global Trade Barometer: World trade continues to grow, but slower DHL GLOBAL TRADE BAROMETER: WORLD TRADE CONTINUES TO GROW, BUT SLOWER

blog article

Nov 29, 2018

The index of DHL's Global Trade Barometer (GTB) defines growth above 50: the most recent forecast for the next three months shows 61 points, according to DHL . "The DHL Global Trade Barometer clearly shows that world trade is still in a solid state.

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The Logistics News that Shaped 2018 THE LOGISTICS NEWS THAT SHAPED 2018

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Nov 29, 2018

Every year at this time, Group News Editor Jeff Berman combs through the mountain of news that was reported, written, posted by the Logistics Management editorial staff over the course of the year to create the following list.

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Support reduced Lead Time expectations with Inventory SUPPORT REDUCED LEAD TIME EXPECTATIONS WITH INVENTORY

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Nov 28, 2018

Promotion of eCommerce has increased the expectations of shorter lead times and quicker deliveries of products. This could influence perceptions about lead times within many supply chains, irrespective of their reliance on eCommerce channels of distribution.

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Volvo Trucks – air quality under the urban microscope VOLVO TRUCKS – AIR QUALITY UNDER THE URBAN MICROSCOPE

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Nov 28, 2018

There can be no mistaking that the brand and reputation of diesel as a fuel for commercial vehicles has been damaged in recent years. Indeed, one effect of the 2015 ‘Dieselgate’ scandal has been to shine a light not just on diesel cars, but on all diesel-powered vehicles and the signific...

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LTL Capacity Best Practices in Times of Tight Freight Capacity LTL CAPACITY BEST PRACTICES IN TIMES OF TIGHT FREIGHT CAPACITY

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Nov 27, 2018

The capacity crunch has been a core concern of shippers for several years, but as 2018 draws closer to the holiday shopping season, it will become a bigger problem. LTL capacity has routinely been used as a source of added capacity when full truckload becomes unavailable.

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Logistics Saves Lives: Support ALAN and Partners on Giving Tuesday, 2018 LOGISTICS SAVES LIVES: SUPPORT ALAN AND PARTNERS ON GIVING TUESDAY, 2018

blog article

Nov 26, 2018

It’s a global giving movement and you’ll (hopefully) see a good deal of coverage from many different, worthy organizations. As a fellow logistician though, I’m asking for you to think about the supply chain – your supply chain and how it affects the flow of goods and services...

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Centralized Procurement will Drive the Future of B2B Procurement Industry CENTRALIZED PROCUREMENT WILL DRIVE THE FUTURE OF B2B PROCUREMENT INDUSTRY

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Nov 24, 2018

Procurement as an industry has evolved a lot from the time of its inception. Businesses are rapidly re-evaluating their procurement operating models and market strategies not just to withstand the market forces, but capitalize on them. In the corporate procurement, this calls for great responsibilit...

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Christmas logistics at the Capital Hotel CHRISTMAS LOGISTICS AT THE CAPITAL HOTEL

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Nov 23, 2018

I've always enjoyed the big old Christmas tree at the Capital Hotel but inevitably find myself squawking in an Andy Rooney voice, "Ever wonder how they got that thing in here?"

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"Share knowledge for secure supply chains" "SHARE KNOWLEDGE FOR SECURE SUPPLY CHAINS"

blog article

Nov 22, 2018

Over 90 delegates from the food and farming industry gathered for the Leaf Annual Conference in Canary Wharf, to discuss the risks and solutions for delivering a more resilient supply chain.

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Global Third Party Logistics Market Brief Analysis GLOBAL THIRD PARTY LOGISTICS MARKET BRIEF ANALYSIS

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Nov 21, 2018

The newly released research at Market Study Report titled “2018-2023 Global Third Party Logistics Market Report” provides data, information, brief analysis, company profiles, statistics for past years and forecasts for next few years.

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Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion RETAIL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND THE RISE OF FAST FASHION

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Nov 21, 2018

From the incredible pace of turnover in style trends to the excess waste it produces, today’s fast fashion phenomenon is a controversial topic on many fronts. However, when it comes to the efficiency of today’s retail supply chain management techniques, controversy is replaced by admirat...

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Simpson Logistics ran out of road due to a customer dispute and creditors chasing payment, says administrator SIMPSON LOGISTICS RAN OUT OF ROAD DUE TO A CUSTOMER DISPUTE AND CREDITORS CHASING PAYMENT, SAYS ADMINISTRATOR

blog article

Nov 20, 2018

Administrators handling the affairs of County Durham haulier Simpsons Logistics said it had stopped trading due to a combination of cash flow issues, a customer dispute and a winding up petition.

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Delivery robot: Deutsche Post works on PostBot 2.0 DELIVERY ROBOT: DEUTSCHE POST WORKS ON POSTBOT 2.0

blog article

Nov 20, 2018

"We are working on the development of the next generation of the accompanying robot," said a spokesman for the German Post, according to Heise Online to the dpa. The group wanted to push ahead with the project, which was presented to the public about a year ago with the launch of the PostB...

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Liefery and Kiwi work together: parcel deliverers are expected to deliver to homes at night LIEFERY AND KIWI WORK TOGETHER: PARCEL DELIVERERS ARE EXPECTED TO DELIVER TO HOMES AT NIGHT

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Nov 19, 2018

The Berlin-based StartUp Kiwi, founded in 2012, specializes in keyless access for doorways. The users then no longer need a key for the respective door but can open it by transponder or app. Now, with the technology, Liefery's parcel couriers are also set to open front doors to deliver orders at...

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Building the Business Case for Supply Chain Risk Management BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT

blog article

Nov 19, 2018

Imagine you’re an executive of a large international business who has just discovered an excellent opportunity of entering a new exciting market just in time when your product design team has developed a perfect product for that market. Naturally, to take advantage of this opportunity, you wil...

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The Supply Chain of a Thanksgiving Meal – Staying Cool During the Party Fever THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF A THANKSGIVING MEAL – STAYING COOL DURING THE PARTY FEVER

blog article

Nov 19, 2018

Thursday is Thanksgiving. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest festival, which today is recognized as one of the first Thanksgiving festivals in the colonies. For more than two centuries, individual colonies and states celebrated thanksgivings. It was not un...

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Global Reverse Logistics Market 2018 GLOBAL REVERSE LOGISTICS MARKET 2018

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Nov 18, 2018

Reverse Logistics market report comprehensive data is based on the hottest industry news, opportunities, trends. Global Reverse Logistics market has exposed fast growth in the present and past years and is perhaps going to continue with the same rate in the future. Reverse Logistics market study rep...

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The 7 Principles of Warehouse and Distribution Centre Design THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF WAREHOUSE AND DISTRIBUTION CENTRE DESIGN

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Nov 16, 2018

Warehouse and distribution center (DC) design is a fascinating and absorbing topic, but alas, is often misunderstood. Regrettably, few people fully understand the discipline of warehouse design and because of this, literally, thousands of facilities are underperforming.

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Cost To Serve-A Smarter Way to Improved Supply Chain Profitability COST TO SERVE-A SMARTER WAY TO IMPROVED SUPPLY CHAIN PROFITABILITY

blog article

Nov 15, 2018

Supply chains are complex entities. Even if you simplify your product range and your upstream suppliers, you still have to deal with the ramifications of diverse customers, their expectations, their location and the logistics needed to meet their requirements.

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US peak-season shippers face bumpy final mile US PEAK-SEASON SHIPPERS FACE BUMPY FINAL MILE

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Nov 15, 2018

The changes across the US transportation landscape, from a trade war with mainland China to seemingly unstoppable e-commerce growth, require from logistics managers a drill-like precision and agility and closer collaboration with carriers.

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Truck Cartel: the First process begins TRUCK CARTEL: THE FIRST PROCESS BEGINS

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Nov 15, 2018

Because of a stake in the truck cartel running since this Wednesday, the first two actions for damages against the truck manufacturers MAN and Iveco Magirus before the LG Munich I. These are antitrust damages claims of a freight forwarding company and its subsidiaries in Berlin (AZ .: 37 O 22741/16 ...

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Warehouse and Logistic Robots (WLR) Market WAREHOUSE AND LOGISTIC ROBOTS (WLR) MARKET

blog article

Nov 15, 2018

The major purpose of this Warehouse and Logistic Robots (WLR) Market report is to provide an in-depth view and strategic analysis of the parent industry. The report examines each segment as well as their respective sub-segments present in the market in an all-inclusive manner.

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A new day for picking robots A NEW DAY FOR PICKING ROBOTS

blog article

Nov 14, 2018

In real estate, it’s all about location, especially if it’s a distribution center location. But inside these DCs, it’s rapidly becoming all about labor. Or lack of labor, actually.

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Robots Are Coming for Europe ROBOTS ARE COMING FOR EUROPE'S JOBS-ESPECIALLY OUT EAST

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Nov 13, 2018

With the use of industrial robots rising globally, the average worker in Slovakia-the world’s top car producer per capita-faces a 62 percent median probability that his or her job will be automated “in the near future,” the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said Tues...

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Why Supply Chain Executives are Paying More Attention to Transportation Management WHY SUPPLY CHAIN EXECUTIVES ARE PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

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Nov 13, 2018

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode, we share a guest podcast from our friends over at Market scale featuring our very own “The Freight Project Podcast” host, Marketing Manager, Adam Robinson regarding how more ...

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LEADERS PRIORITIZE CUSTOMERS, INTEGRATED-TECH SOLUTIONS AND SUPPLY-CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AND VISIBILITY LEADERS PRIORITIZE CUSTOMERS, INTEGRATED-TECH SOLUTIONS AND SUPPLY-CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AND VISIBILITY

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Nov 12, 2018

BluJay Solutions, a leader in supply chain software and services, and Adelante SCM, a research firm and peer-to-peer community for supply chain and logistics professionals, on Aug. 15 released the report, “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation.&rdqu...

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Global Reverse Logistics Market Analysis, Technologies, Market Share & Industry Forecast To 2025 GLOBAL REVERSE LOGISTICS MARKET ANALYSIS, TECHNOLOGIES, MARKET SHARE & INDUSTRY FORECAST TO 2025

blog article

Nov 12, 2018

Reverse Logistics Market report offers an economic analysis with prime company profiles, market share, product specifications, capability and current market dynamics of Reverse Logistics market. The report Reverse Logistics contains pages that extremely exhibits on current industry research situatio...

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Fashion Turns to Mapping Technology to Clean Up Supply Chains FASHION TURNS TO MAPPING TECHNOLOGY TO CLEAN UP SUPPLY CHAINS

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Nov 12, 2018

No one dies for fashion in greater numbers than, it turns out, the trees. More than 150 million are cleared every year, shipped around the world, then pulped and processed into viscose — aka rayon, the cheap, silk-ish fabric most mass-market brands can’t survive without.

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DAF talks electric ambition and drop-in fuels at Freight in the City Expo DAF TALKS ELECTRIC AMBITION AND DROP-IN FUELS AT FREIGHT IN THE CITY EXPO

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Nov 08, 2018

MT caught up with DAF Trucks marketing manager Phil Moon at this year’s Freight in the City Expo to talk about alternative fuels. Electric Avenue “DAF’s approach is that we believe electric vehicles will play an important role, particularly in urban distribution, going forward,&rdq...

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After the Rapids: Staking out new claims in truckload transportation markets when the waters calm AFTER THE RAPIDS: STAKING OUT NEW CLAIMS IN TRUCKLOAD TRANSPORTATION MARKETS WHEN THE WATERS CALM

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Nov 08, 2018

Key indicators for truckload transportation rates show markets are trending back to less extreme conditions, indicating the start of a post-peak scenario. Factors driving this transition include decreased spot rate pressures, lower spot volumes, record equipment orders, and increased driver pay and ...

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Manage eCommerce as another channel of distribution MANAGE ECOMMERCE AS ANOTHER CHANNEL OF DISTRIBUTION

blog article

Nov 07, 2018

The underlying processes and techniques of ordering from suppliers, moving and storing items and delivering orders to customers are well established. It is the progressive implementation and use of technologies which has enabled refinement and improvement through supply chains.

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FedEx CEO Stares Down Threat From Amazon FEDEX CEO STARES DOWN THREAT FROM AMAZON'S OWN DELIVERY NETWORK

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Nov 07, 2018

FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith isn’t sweating Amazon.com Inc.’s move to expand its own delivery network, saying the e-commerce giant is likely to take more business from the post office than the package courier.

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Overcoming Ocean Freight Procurement Hurdles in 2019 OVERCOMING OCEAN FREIGHT PROCUREMENT HURDLES IN 2019

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Nov 06, 2018

Many organizations are consistently missing the mark with their transportation spend due to contractual rate increases and fluctuating spot rates on ocean freight lanes. The lack of visibility needed to keep your ocean freight management in line with your forecast presents additional challenges for ...

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Packages Delivered Via Robot? Now There’s an App for That. PACKAGES DELIVERED VIA ROBOT? NOW THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT.

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Nov 06, 2018

If you live in Washington, D.C., or Redwood, Calif., you may have glimpsed a small, boxy robot rolling along a local sidewalk, minding its own business, but attracting the attention of many a curious onlooker. The autonomous machines-which look like the spawn of an Igloo Cooler and a slow cooker-wer...

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GLOBAL FREIGHT FORWARDERS MARKET 2017-2022 GLOBAL FREIGHT FORWARDERS MARKET 2017-2022

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Nov 06, 2018

Freight Forwarders Market report shares data of regions like USA, Europe, Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia, South America, South Africa. This includes market overview, forecast, imports/exports market analysis, players profiles, and sales data, regions.

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GLOBAL CARGO SHIPPING MARKET 2018-2025 GLOBAL CARGO SHIPPING MARKET 2018-2025

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Nov 06, 2018

Cargo Shipping Market report shares data of regions like USA, Europe, Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia, South America, South Africa. This includes market overview, forecast, imports/exports market analysis, players profiles, and sales data, regions.

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6 Tips for Writing an Excellent Ecommerce Shipping Returns Policy 6 TIPS FOR WRITING AN EXCELLENT ECOMMERCE SHIPPING RETURNS POLICY

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Nov 06, 2018

An e-commerce business comes with its own unique benefits, as well as challenges. You have an amazing opportunity to reach many people and sell your product all over the world. But you also face the challenge of people not being able to try on or carefully examine your product. Because of this reali...

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How to Use Transport and Logistics App to Grow Your Business HOW TO USE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS APP TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS

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Nov 06, 2018

Transport and logistics app is changing the way logistics providers manage their entire business workflow from warehouse activities to transport management. Learn why providers are switching to transport and logistics apps.

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How Supply Chain Design is Rising to Prominence HOW SUPPLY CHAIN DESIGN IS RISING TO PROMINENCE

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

Early in my career,  supply chain design as a discipline was just emerging. It used to be a once a year or so exercise. A company would charter a project to assess how its network consisting of its suppliers, plants, distributions centers, and points of delivery was performing to support the de...

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Less Than Truckload Shipping Trends to Wrap Up 2018 LESS THAN TRUCKLOAD SHIPPING TRENDS TO WRAP UP 2018

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

Transportation is the largest sector of the economy, making up 8.9 percent gross domestic product (GDP), reports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The simultaneous growth of the economy and trucking indicate actual GDP percentages would be higher if compared to the same time last year.

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Redhead Freight on the road to recovery after Schenker integration REDHEAD FREIGHT ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER SCHENKER INTEGRATION

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Nov 05, 2018

Redhead Freight is continuing to make progress after its acquisition by Schenker, which saw the reverse integration of loss-making DB Schenker Logistics into the business. Reporting its annual results to 31 December 2017, the Bradford-based company revealed that turnover had risen 12% in the year to...

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Who Is Most Susceptible to Cargo Theft? WHO IS MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO CARGO THEFT?

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

Cargo theft is a growing problem that impacts nearly every industry. All supply chains are different, and their complexities often permit gaps in security that increase the risk of theft. When a theft occurs, it impacts everyone. Suppliers lose money on stolen goods, shippers lose money, and consume...

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Mapletree Logistics to buy its fourth warehouse in Vietnam for S$43m MAPLETREE LOGISTICS TO BUY ITS FOURTH WAREHOUSE IN VIETNAM FOR S$43M

blog article

Nov 04, 2018

MAPLETREE Logistics Trust has recently confirmed that it would acquire a warehouse in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park I, situated in Vietnam’s Binh Duong province, for nearly S$43 million (US$31.30 million). After the acquisition is complete, the property will supposedly be leased for 10...

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Podcast | On the Journey to Supply-Chain Digitization PODCAST | ON THE JOURNEY TO SUPPLY-CHAIN DIGITIZATION

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Nov 02, 2018

“Digitization” is all the rage in the business world today. New technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain, are pushing companies in the direction of greater process automation. In the supply-chain arena, digital strategies are occupying center stage....

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UPS Freight to Shut Down in the Interim UPS FREIGHT TO SHUT DOWN IN THE INTERIM

blog article

Nov 02, 2018

In anticipation of a Teamsters union strike, the fifth-largest LTL carrier in the U.S., UPS Freight, has started to empty its network of freight and is refusing inbound shipments with delivery dates after November 8, 2018, reports William B. Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce.

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5 Ways AI Will Transform the Logistics Industry 5 WAYS AI WILL TRANSFORM THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

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Nov 02, 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking an increasingly central role in the logistics industry. As the world’s logistical requirements continue to become even more complex, big-data driven applications have already stepped in to streamline logistics on a global scale.

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What to Expect in Less Than Truckload Shipping Rates in 2019 WHAT TO EXPECT IN LESS THAN TRUCKLOAD SHIPPING RATES IN 2019

blog article

Nov 01, 2018

The LTL freight rate market is on the cusp of expansion. E-commerce, the capacity crunch, the driver shortage, general rate increases, fuel costs, trade war fears, and other factors will drive the LTL market further toward success, but also upheaval thru these disruptive fronts, in the coming year.

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Drones to Deliver Vaccines in Vanuatu in World-First Trial DRONES TO DELIVER VACCINES IN VANUATU IN WORLD-FIRST TRIAL

blog article

Nov 01, 2018

Drones carrying precious vaccines will soon be taking to the skies over Vanuatu, in a world-first trial that has the potential to revolutionize healthcare for isolated islanders in the Pacific.

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Future Analysis of Global Logistics Market 2015: Industry Forecast Report till 2021 FUTURE ANALYSIS OF GLOBAL LOGISTICS MARKET 2015: INDUSTRY FORECAST REPORT TILL 2021

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Nov 01, 2018

Zion Market Research has as of late included most recent report, titled “Logistics Market: Global Industry Size, Share and Trends Analysis and Forecast, 2015-2021”, which looks at the outline of the different variables empowering development and patterns in the worldwide business.

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The Route to Smart Warehousing-and Why IoT Matters THE ROUTE TO SMART WAREHOUSING-AND WHY IOT MATTERS

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Oct 31, 2018

According to Zebra Technologies, 52 percent of warehouse executives plan to increase technology investments in the near future, in order to streamline goods delivery and achieve supply-chain transparency. Main expenditures will include a migration to modern warehouse management systems (WMS), implem...

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Why Blockchain Adoption in Logistics will Happen Faster than in Fintech WHY BLOCKCHAIN ADOPTION IN LOGISTICS WILL HAPPEN FASTER THAN IN FINTECH

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Oct 31, 2018

Over the years, the application of blockchain has largely been associated with the financial sector. This is perhaps because of its ability to enhance transparency in financial transactions and reduce the cost of transferring funds. But this is now changing as companies develop blockchain-based solu...

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A Quick Guide to Make Picking & Packaging More Efficient A QUICK GUIDE TO MAKE PICKING & PACKAGING MORE EFFICIENT

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Oct 31, 2018

Warehouses are an integral part of most industries – but order fulfillment can take a lot longer than is strictly necessary if your picking and packaging processes aren’t as efficient as they could be. Just half a percent of picking mistakes can lead to losses in profits, as well as cust...

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Companies Say They COMPANIES SAY THEY'RE READY TO MOVE SUPPLY CHAINS FROM CHINA

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Oct 31, 2018

Earnings reporting season is underway, and analysts are eager to hear from executives about how an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is impacting their businesses. A common theme is that they are ready to relocate supply chains if the cost of importing Chinese goods becomes prohibitive...

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An external decision can affect your supply chains AN EXTERNAL DECISION CAN AFFECT YOUR SUPPLY CHAINS

blog article

Oct 31, 2018

Holding inventory is one approach to reducing the sales risk of not satisfying customer demands. In most situations, inventory management (policy, planning, and control) is based on internal organization guidelines, but what about an external decision that could influence your inventory decisions?

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The Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2019, According to Analysts THE TOP 10 STRATEGIC TECH TRENDS FOR 2019, ACCORDING TO ANALYSTS

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Oct 30, 2018

A strategic technology trend is one with “substantial disruptive potential” that is beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and use — or which are rapidly growing trends with a high degree of volatility reaching tipping points over the next five years, Gartn...

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The ethical supply chain THE ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 30, 2018

At a recent supply chain conference, futurist Gerd Leonhard observed that as business becomes digitized, supply chains increasingly rely on technology and our customers increasingly use the technology tools we provide, the challenge will be to look beyond what the technology can do to how it impacts...

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Overcoming Low Retention In The Warehouse OVERCOMING LOW RETENTION IN THE WAREHOUSE

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Oct 30, 2018

Warehouses provide the foundation for effective supply management in a number of industries. Far more than storage sites, they provide for timely deliveries and satisfied consumers. In spite of this, the warehouse is often under-served by leaders at the corporate level. As a result, the employee tur...

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eBay to Guarantee Fast N Free Delivery Dates EBAY TO GUARANTEE FAST N FREE DELIVERY DATES

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Oct 30, 2018

eBay is changing its Fast N Free promise from an "estimated delivery" date to a "guaranteed by" date. It boasts it can calculate sellers' delivery time with such accuracy that it will extend protection to sellers in the event it misses a Fast 'N Free guarantee estimate, a...

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UPS to Test E-Bike Deliveries in Seattle UPS TO TEST E-BIKE DELIVERIES IN SEATTLE

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Oct 30, 2018

Get ready for UPS in the bike lane — in a good way, finally. The global shipping company is testing out special e-bike cargo delivery in downtown Seattle and near the Pike Place Market.

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Policy or Practice? Supply Chain Risk Management in Reality POLICY OR PRACTICE? SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT IN REALITY

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Oct 29, 2018

Procurement and supply chain management are logical functions. Work through a process, and you can bring spend and transactions into a managed state. Apply a framework and you can bring structure to seemingly disorderly activity. Implement technology and tasks will be completed faster and more effic...

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FedEx DROPS “V-PACK” REQUIREMENT FEDEX DROPS “V-PACK” REQUIREMENT

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Oct 26, 2018

In keeping with the standard practice of alerting users to modifications in the new edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for air transport, the list of Significant Changes and Amendments to the 60th Edition (2019) were released several months ago, and are incorporated into the recently p...

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Robotics in the Supply Chain ROBOTICS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 26, 2018

How many robots does it take to make a cup of coffee? Think about it. Before your name is incorrectly scribbled onto a cup, consider the processes, warehousing, transport and logistics needed to get those green beans to your barista. Supply chains can be complex, but robotics help streamline these o...

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Podcast | Just What Is a Warehouse, Anyway? PODCAST | JUST WHAT IS A WAREHOUSE, ANYWAY?

blog article

Oct 26, 2018

What can be found in any warehouse? Walls? Probably. Racks? Maybe. Product? Definitely, although how long it stays in the facility is an open question. Bottom line, the warehouse of today is undergoing radical change.

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Is Powerloop Good for the Freight Business with Andrew Kelley IS POWERLOOP GOOD FOR THE FREIGHT BUSINESS WITH ANDREW KELLEY

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Oct 25, 2018

Andrew Kelley is a global technology executive focused on logistics and supply chain software. He is CEO of Bell Creek Partners consulting to lower middle market private equity firms and with the objective of buying a single platform business to run as CEO. Previously he was with Vista Equity-backed...

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How to Keep Your Warehouse Employees Happy and Energized HOW TO KEEP YOUR WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES HAPPY AND ENERGIZED

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Oct 25, 2018

Every one of your employees can clock in, but if they're mentally absent, the job isn't going to get done. An employee with a negative disposition is stuck inside their own head, not fully present, which can result in significant consequences-especially within a warehouse environment.

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How the Trucking Shortage Is Costing Small Businesses HOW THE TRUCKING SHORTAGE IS COSTING SMALL BUSINESSES

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Oct 24, 2018

Across the country, trucking companies are scrambling to find drivers, particularly for long-haul routes. Not only is this forcing wages and rates higher-it’s beginning to hurt small businesses.

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Can Blockchain Transform the Logistics Industry Beyond Fintech? CAN BLOCKCHAIN TRANSFORM THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY BEYOND FINTECH?

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Oct 24, 2018

Blockchain adoption has often been associated with fintech more than any other industry. However, there has been an increased interest with industries in different sectors seeking to incorporate the technology blockchain in their operations. From manufacturing, real estate, legal to marketing and en...

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Know the promise of new technologies for supply chains KNOW THE PROMISE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUPPLY CHAINS

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Oct 24, 2018

If you were asked whether investment in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) was good for your country’s economy, it is likely the answer would be yes; but would you be correct?

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The Robotic Future of Manufacturing THE ROBOTIC FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING

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Oct 23, 2018

The manufacturing sector has long been at the forefront of innovation, with the cost of production a primary driver of profit margins. Ford Motor Co.’s assembly-line model was one the most significant advances in manufacturing over 100 years ago, making it possible for nearly every American fa...

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Five Technologies Reshaping Supply Chains and Customer Satisfaction FIVE TECHNOLOGIES RESHAPING SUPPLY CHAINS AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

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Oct 23, 2018

Shrinkage, wastage, counterfeiting, contamination, mishandling, logistical delays, and other challenges continue to plague today's supply chains — despite decades of investments and improvements along the way.

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Trucking Innovation in Industrial Real Estate: A Catalyst for Growth? TRUCKING INNOVATION IN INDUSTRIAL REAL ESTATE: A CATALYST FOR GROWTH?

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Oct 22, 2018

Rapid innovations in commercial trucking are generating headlines, with industry advances creating new methods for commercial operators to enhance their shipping and carrier services.

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Becoming an Ocean Transport Intermediary (OTI) BECOMING AN OCEAN TRANSPORT INTERMEDIARY (OTI)

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Oct 22, 2018

The first barrier to entry for exporting goods on a global scale was to figure out how to be able to independently facilitate the transfer of cargo on the behalf of a shipper (someone who produces a product to be exported) via a vessel owning commercial carrier (VOCC). In other words, we had to lear...

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How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight HOW TO PLAN FOR COMMON DISRUPTORS IN OCEAN FREIGHT

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Oct 22, 2018

Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway. Which means that, as it does every year at this time, space is about to get very tight. That can make it difficult to meet your delivery times unless you take proactive steps now to minimize the risk in your supply chain. Here’s an easy way t...

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The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management THE TOP 5 CHALLENGES OF WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT

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Oct 17, 2018

Warehouse management is not a simple task, and warehouse managers face difficult challenges. Even when orders are low, standard operations continue to grow with each passing day. Part of this derives from the expansion of e-commerce into new and emerging markets.

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Additive Manufacturing and the Supply Chain: Opportunities and Risks ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS

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Oct 17, 2018

Many supply-chain headaches can be alleviated with additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing. But before we put on our rose-tinted glasses, we should remind ourselves that there are perils attached to these benefits that can keep top management — and even the CEO — up at night.

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Systems before basics to achieve Agile supply chains? SYSTEMS BEFORE BASICS TO ACHIEVE AGILE SUPPLY CHAINS?

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Oct 17, 2018

In consumer fronting organizations it appears that each generation of managers must relearn the basics of customer service, including the customer service culture being displayed daily by senior management undertaking MBWA – management by walking around. It enables them to understand the chall...

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In Shipper-3PL Relationships, Technology Comes to the Fore IN SHIPPER-3PL RELATIONSHIPS, TECHNOLOGY COMES TO THE FORE

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Oct 16, 2018

The latest State of Logistics Outsourcing Study, now in its 23rd year, finds shippers generally satisfied with the quality of service provided by their third-party logistics partners. But new demands generated by the omnichannel and other supply-chain innovations are posing additional challenges to ...

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Global Logistics Renovation: How a U.S. Furniture Maker Rebuilt Its Supply Chain GLOBAL LOGISTICS RENOVATION: HOW A U.S. FURNITURE MAKER REBUILT ITS SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 16, 2018

Thanks to cheap labor, U.S. wood-furniture manufacturers like Bassett Furniture Industries often import their products from Asia — making their logistics providers crucial partners in controlling other expenses.

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What You Need to Know When Changing 3PL Providers WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN CHANGING 3PL PROVIDERS

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Oct 16, 2018

The decision to change your third-party logistics provider should not be taken lightly, but sometimes it can be the most effective way to move your business forward. Thinking about making a change? The following guidelines may be helpful in considering why, when and how to switch your 3PL.

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The Science of ‘Fingerprinting’ Products in the Supply Chain THE SCIENCE OF ‘FINGERPRINTING’ PRODUCTS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 15, 2018

Every agricultural product absorbs the environment in which it’s grown. It bears chemical traces of elements that are determined by soil type, rainfall, and terrain, according to Grant Cochrane, a chief executive officer of Britain. The company provides testing and tracking capability to a bro...

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Organic Dairy Producer Milks TMS for Supply Chain Optimization ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCER MILKS TMS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION

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Oct 15, 2018

In recent years, milk producer Aurora Organic Dairy has faced fast-changing consumer trends and market conditions-pushing the company to digitize its logistics processes in order to boost efficiency, grow scalability and improve customer service.

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Great Logistics Sites & Services Leading the Way GREAT LOGISTICS SITES & SERVICES LEADING THE WAY

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Oct 15, 2018

As the world continues to dot the I's (in-transit and intermodal) and cross the t's (technology and transportation) that are the distinguishing characteristics of modern commerce, consumers continue to grow in their broad-based understanding of logistics. Anyone who ever has waited for a pac...

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6 Years of Supply Chain Blogging, and Many More to Come 6 YEARS OF SUPPLY CHAIN BLOGGING, AND MANY MORE TO COME

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Oct 15, 2018

This month marks the end of six years of blogging within the supply chain industry and the beginning of a promising 7th year as well as a new chapter for the All Things Supply Chain blog. Six years ago, I decided to create a content platform for the supply chain industry where managers could gain in...

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LOCAL LOGISTICS LOCAL LOGISTICS

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Oct 14, 2018

Indiana logistics isn’t always about freight, roadways, railroads, and bridges – sometimes it’s simply about the way citizens move throughout their communities. Indiana, known internationally for its highly efficient logistics, takes the flow of people through neighborhoods just as...

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13 Weird Cruises We Wouldn 13 WEIRD CRUISES WE WOULDN'T TOUCH WITH A TEN-FOOT POLE

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Oct 14, 2018

Believe it or not, you can actually find all of the above on the high seas. In fact, themed cruises are big business, and whether you’re crazy for country crooners or silly for sci-fi, there’s a cruise out there that will float your boat.

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The Power of Drop Shipping for Retail Supply Chains THE POWER OF DROP SHIPPING FOR RETAIL SUPPLY CHAINS

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Oct 12, 2018

Consumer expectations have changed a great deal over the last few years. With the rapid rise of online shopping and the success of Amazon, more retailers are starting to see the need to re-configure their distribution networks. For larger items, shipping directly from the supplier is a common scenar...

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Automation and Nearshoring in Apparel Industry Could Lead to Cost Savings AUTOMATION AND NEARSHORING IN APPAREL INDUSTRY COULD LEAD TO COST SAVINGS

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Oct 12, 2018

Labeled as buzzwords in the industry, nearshoring and automation have some apparel companies embracing the ideas while others are wondering which one to implement first.

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GM Receives EPA Award For Exceptional Freight Performance GM RECEIVES EPA AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL FREIGHT PERFORMANCE

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Oct 12, 2018

By freight performance, the EPA recognized the handful of ways GM works to reduce inefficiencies and its carbon footprint. GM added that between 2015 and 2017, the automaker has taken 224,600 tons of carbon emissions out of its shipping process. GM has collected data from its shipping activities to ...

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100 Great Supply Chain Partners of 2018 100 GREAT SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS OF 2018

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Oct 10, 2018

A truly great supply chain partner is one who knows precisely which ingredients we need to make our operations successful-and those we can skip.

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Clipper Logistics adds new distribution center to the network for client Halfords CLIPPER LOGISTICS ADDS NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER TO THE NETWORK FOR CLIENT HALFORDS

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Oct 09, 2018

Clipper Logistics has extended its supply chain management partnership with retailer Halfords, making available an additional 196,000sq ft warehouse. The full-racked facility center at Crick in Northamptonshire, located close to the existing Clipper/Halfords 325,000sq ft Daventry DC. Clipper is prov...

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Autonomous car technology and the Self-Healing Supply Chain AUTONOMOUS CAR TECHNOLOGY AND THE SELF-HEALING SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 09, 2018

I recently rented a car featuring steering assist and intelligent cruise control. Now, I’m used to the driver assist technologies as my vehicle has blind spot warning and front and rear collision warning, and braking. My wife’s car has a heads-up display as well as steering wheel vibrati...

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Tips for Managing Multiple Warehouses TIPS FOR MANAGING MULTIPLE WAREHOUSES

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Oct 08, 2018

Every business reaches a stage where they’re ready to expand, and this means opening not just multiple locations for the actual business, but also multiple sourcing locations such as warehouses, storage facilities, and fulfillment centers.

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Warehouse Hiring Soars in a Growing Rush for Logistics Workers WAREHOUSE HIRING SOARS IN A GROWING RUSH FOR LOGISTICS WORKERS

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Oct 08, 2018

Logistics hiring surged in September at the fastest pace in a year, as warehousing and transportation companies ramping up for peak season added 23,800 jobs. Warehousing and storage payrolls grew by 8,400 positions last month, according to preliminary figures the Labor Department released Friday, hi...

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How Simulators Can Help to Alleviate the Driver Shortage HOW SIMULATORS CAN HELP TO ALLEVIATE THE DRIVER SHORTAGE

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Oct 08, 2018

The surge in e-commerce has generated new demand for trucking, even as capacity has gone begging due to a lack of qualified drivers. In response, trucking companies have raised contract rates by 6 to 10 percent. Shipping costs for Amazon.com alone were up 38 percent in the first quarter of this year...

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Hargreaves Logistics MD Andrew Spence-Wolrich leaves the business HARGREAVES LOGISTICS MD ANDREW SPENCE-WOLRICH LEAVES THE BUSINESS

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Oct 05, 2018

Hargreaves Logistics MD Andrew Spence-Wolrich has left the business. The move follows the merger of Hargreaves Logistics with Hargreaves Services coal production and distribution business earlier this year as part of a wider cost-cutting strategy. Hargreaves Logistics will be overseen by Hargreaves ...

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KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics KPI KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IN SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS

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Oct 05, 2018

Many people get really confused about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators in Logistics and Supply Chain operations. Which ones to use?… How many to use?

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Fall Season Predictions – What’s Next for Global Supply Chains? FALL SEASON PREDICTIONS – WHAT’S NEXT FOR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS?

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Oct 04, 2018

Each year, the Council of Supply Chain Management San Francisco Roundtable kicks off the fall season with a predictions panel.  This year, I was honored to be one of the senior executives on the panel to share my ideas and predictions.  Here are three of my predictions for 2019:

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How Good is YOUR Supply Chain HOW GOOD IS YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 04, 2018

What would it take for manufacturing businesses to operate like the best online retailers? How can such companies turn orders around in a day, deliver them with greater customization, and replenish stocks seamlessly? These aren’t idle questions for the top teams of manufacturers, because custo...

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KANE is Aggressively Expanding Space Within its Nationwide Shared Warehouse Network KANE IS AGGRESSIVELY EXPANDING SPACE WITHIN ITS NATIONWIDE SHARED WAREHOUSE NETWORK

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Oct 04, 2018

KANE Is Able recently expanded its shared distribution network in three key markets to support customer growth and new business expansion. In total, KANE added 630,000 sq. ft. of additional space in Allentown, PA, Atlanta, GA, and California’s Inland Empire.

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Supply chains can change but not for your reasons SUPPLY CHAINS CAN CHANGE BUT NOT FOR YOUR REASONS

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Oct 03, 2018

Your business is satisfied with its current arrangements with suppliers and service providers through each supply chain. But, due to external events, the equilibrium that has existed between your organization and the parties in your supply network will change.

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Truck Platooning Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 60.96% from 2021 to 2030 TRUCK PLATOONING MARKET IS PROJECTED TO GROW AT A CAGR OF 60.96% FROM 2021 TO 2030

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Oct 03, 2018

The truck platooning market is projected to grow to USD 2,728.7 million by 2030 from USD 37.6 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 60.96% during the forecast period. Reduction in operating cost, driver shortage, and developments in V2X technologies are the key factors driving the market for truck platoonin...

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Global Bio-Pharmaceutical Logistics Market 2018 GLOBAL BIO-PHARMACEUTICAL LOGISTICS MARKET 2018

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Oct 03, 2018

This market research Bio-Pharmaceutical Logistics market 2018 report gives an overview of the various key elements like Market size and growth rate. This report is made on the basis of analysis and on the basis of key players involved in the market segment like end-users, technology, and application...

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Over 200 jobs at risk at DHL Supply Chain and DSV Road over Hovis mill closure OVER 200 JOBS AT RISK AT DHL SUPPLY CHAIN AND DSV ROAD OVER HOVIS MILL CLOSURE

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Oct 03, 2018

More than 200 driver and warehouse jobs are under threat after Hovis’s decision to pull out of its distribution deals with logistics firms DHL Supply Chain and DSV Road, according to a union. The decision is part of wider plans to close down Hovis’s Southampton mill. The move will see th...

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6 Supply Chain Trends from 2017 and their Ongoing Progress 6 SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS FROM 2017 AND THEIR ONGOING PROGRESS

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Oct 02, 2018

Call it a cop-out if you like, but predicting which logistics and supply chain trends will make a difference to businesses in any given year has become notoriously difficult, given the speed at which technology, in particular, can suddenly disrupt the way things are done.

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Amazon warehouse employees rejoice in the video after the company announces minimum wage raise AMAZON WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES REJOICE IN THE VIDEO AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCES MINIMUM WAGE RAISE

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Oct 02, 2018

Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president in charge of operations, shared a video of breaking the news of the wage increase early Tuesday to hundreds of employees at a warehouse in California.

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The future of logistics? THE FUTURE OF LOGISTICS?

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Oct 01, 2018

A manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh with an urgent requirement to send a pallet of freight to Chicago has few attractive options, as there is currently no direct highway route between the two. But if the visionaries at Virgin Hyperloop One have their way, that will soon change.

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Smart Warehouses Are Here SMART WAREHOUSES ARE HERE

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Sep 28, 2018

The concept of a smart packaging warehouse is not only the future of packaging and distribution — it's much closer to becoming a reality than you may believe. To prepare for the coming reality, we’ll take a deeper dive into what AI and machine vision are and outline how these technol...

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Thinking Holiday Peak Season? Don’t Forget Reverse Logistics THINKING HOLIDAY PEAK SEASON? DON’T FORGET REVERSE LOGISTICS

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Sep 28, 2018

Holiday peak season doesn’t come to an end when the presents are unwrapped. For retailers, January and February mean holiday hangover. With a rise in orders comes a rise in returns – so much so that UPS has launched a “National Returns Day” in early January. On Jan. 3 2018, t...

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Shipping’s New Arctic Routes May Not Thaw Cold Economic Reality SHIPPING’S NEW ARCTIC ROUTES MAY NOT THAW COLD ECONOMIC REALITY

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Sep 28, 2018

With its progress across Russia’s frigid arctic coast, the vessel also carried the promise of a new route across the globe that would shave time off major trade trips and cut the shipping industry’s rapidly rising fuel bills.

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5 Mini Case Studies: Successful Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Management 5 MINI CASE STUDIES: SUCCESSFUL SUPPLY CHAIN COST REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT

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Sep 27, 2018

If you were to tell me that your company had never looked at its supply chain costs and sought to deliver reductions, I would be mightily surprised. On the other hand, if you told me your company hasn’t been able to sustain any progress in supply chain cost reduction, I wouldn’t be surpr...

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Supply Chains for management of intermediate products SUPPLY CHAINS FOR MANAGEMENT OF INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTS

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Sep 26, 2018

In commercial supply chains, supply chains can take different forms in response to the needs of particular markets. It is a role of logisticians to evaluate the supply chains and structure them to best meet the needs of their markets.

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DUTCH ONLINE GROCERY PILOTS HYPERLOOP OF THINGS DUTCH ONLINE GROCERY PILOTS HYPERLOOP OF THINGS

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Sep 25, 2018

The picnic is an online-only supermarket. Customers do their shopping via an app. From the start, Picnic has been on the forefront when it comes to efficiently deliver groceries to their customers.

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6 Types of Warehouse Storage Systems 6 TYPES OF WAREHOUSE STORAGE SYSTEMS

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Sep 25, 2018

One of the first steps that must be taken in order to craft a warehouse that’s functional and organized is to select your storage system (or systems). Naturally, this is not a choice that should be taken lightly; warehouse storage systems are a major capital investment that, depending on the d...

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Walmart Requires Fresh Produce Suppliers To Track Supply Chain Via Blockchain By September 2019 WALMART REQUIRES FRESH PRODUCE SUPPLIERS TO TRACK SUPPLY CHAIN VIA BLOCKCHAIN BY SEPTEMBER 2019

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Sep 25, 2018

The company released a statement September 24 in which it detailed its new requirement for all its lettuce suppliers to implement blockchain technology in their supply chains. Walmart has given them just 12 months to integrate their supply data with the IBM Food Trust network.

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One of the World’s Best Supply Chains ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST SUPPLY CHAINS

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Sep 24, 2018

When lists of the best supply chains in the world come out, one multinational is too rarely discussed. That company is BASF. BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, has a cleverly constructed supply chain where the byproducts of one operation get converted into starting materials of anothe...

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Yowza! A Nine-Step Decision Process to Help Guide Supply Chain Planning Selection YOWZA! A NINE-STEP DECISION PROCESS TO HELP GUIDE SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING SELECTION

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Sep 24, 2018

Here I share a nine-step process in an attempt to help companies unravel the process for buying supply chain planning software.

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How HOW 'CLEAN LABELS' CHALLENGE FOOD SHIPPERS

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Sep 24, 2018

While the debate over the use of some preservatives is far from settled, public opinion always moves faster than scientific consensus. And the thing about modern consumers is that they have no problem abandoning brands if those brands can’t meet their changing demands. Food processing giants a...

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Supply-Chain Cyberattacks Are Escalating. Are All Your Doors Locked? SUPPLY-CHAIN CYBERATTACKS ARE ESCALATING. ARE ALL YOUR DOORS LOCKED?

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Sep 24, 2018

Invaders can access the house through many portals other than the front door. In the business world, that translates into a multitude of vendors, suppliers and other partners whose level of cybersecurity may be well below that of the company in question.

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The Amazing Supply Chain of a Vinyl Record THE AMAZING SUPPLY CHAIN OF A VINYL RECORD

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Sep 24, 2018

From 80’s gaming controls to Polaroid cameras, retro is all the rage. This ‘old is the new’ phenomenon could perhaps be seen as a means of fighting the uniformity posed by the digital era. With the constant bombardment of new technologies and trends comes an underlying struggle for...

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Maximizing MHE: The “Automation-Aware” WMS MAXIMIZING MHE: THE “AUTOMATION-AWARE” WMS

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Sep 20, 2018

Businesses trust material handling equipment (MHE) providers for automated guided vehicles (AVG), conveyors, robotics, sortation, storage and beyond. Top to bottom, material handling manufacturers outfit warehouses with the latest and greatest. This goes beyond automation hardware—on the back ...

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USA TRUCK JOINS BLOCKCHAIN IN TRANSPORT ALLIANCE USA TRUCK JOINS BLOCKCHAIN IN TRANSPORT ALLIANCE

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Sep 20, 2018

USA Truck, a capacity solutions provider headquartered in Van Buren, Arkansas, has become a member of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). Launched by Craig Fuller, BiTA is a group of industry leaders who share a vision of influencing blockchain technology to develop standards and education ...

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California Air Resources Board to invest in $82.6bn green logistics project CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD TO INVEST IN $82.6BN GREEN LOGISTICS PROJECT

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Sep 20, 2018

As part of California’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its ports, investment has been made in a network of electric trucks which will promote greener logistics, particularly at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Logistics startup brings transparency, efficiency to air cargo booking LOGISTICS STARTUP BRINGS TRANSPARENCY, EFFICIENCY TO AIR CARGO BOOKING

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Sep 19, 2018

Miami startup SkySpace Cargo released the world’s first air cargo trading platform to digitize booking transactions. The company is linked to more than 100 airlines to create a neutral environment for freight forwarders to price, book and manage cargo shipments.

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Forklifts: Logistics Industry FORKLIFTS: LOGISTICS INDUSTRY'S MOST VALUABLE BUSINESS VEHICLE

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Sep 19, 2018

The functions of forklifts within the logistics industry are continuing to evolve as manufacturers discover ways to fully maximize their investment. The functions of forklifts within the logistics industry are continuing to evolve as manufacturers discover ways to fully maximize their investment. Af...

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How Asset Valuation Can Aid Supply-Chain and Logistics Providers HOW ASSET VALUATION CAN AID SUPPLY-CHAIN AND LOGISTICS PROVIDERS

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Sep 19, 2018

The logistics and transportation industry is undergoing immense change. Higher consumer expectations have resulted in more demanding delivery schedules; legislative and regulatory requirements have financial implications, and evolving technological developments continue to challenge traditional logi...

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Increase and decrease purchased items in supply chains INCREASE AND DECREASE PURCHASED ITEMS IN SUPPLY CHAINS

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Sep 19, 2018

Increase sales and/or profitability or reduce cost. This is the pressure that a new CEO or division manager can often be under; preferably to ‘do something’ that affects all three – and the pressure is increased if the business is not performing to expectations. But can ‘doin...

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How to Buy Your First Autonomous Robot HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST AUTONOMOUS ROBOT

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Sep 18, 2018

“We’re sitting in the middle of a perfect storm for robots in the supply chain. E-commerce sales continue to climb, forcing retailers to pick up the pace in their fulfillment and distribution centers,” Douglas writes. “But these days, it’s hard to find workers to keep p...

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Amazon, Walmart is Upping their Delivery Games AMAZON, WALMART IS UPPING THEIR DELIVERY GAMES

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Sep 18, 2018

Amazon and Walmart have developed last-mile delivery solutions to make shopping more convenient for consumers. Amazon will buy 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans to support its Delivery Service Partner program, reported The Post and Courier (Sept. 5). The vans will deliver everything the retailer offers, inc...

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Flow of goods: Why the logistics industry matters FLOW OF GOODS: WHY THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY MATTERS

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Sep 18, 2018

Logistic does not operate in isolation, according to a cross-section of policy experts, sector actors and industry analysts Daily Monitor spoke to.  For starters, logistics and transport almost naturally feed into each other. Typically, logistics is related to the movement of physical goods and...

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Holiday hiring time has arrived for the transportation and logistics sector HOLIDAY HIRING TIME HAS ARRIVED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS SECTOR

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Sep 17, 2018

The time for holiday hiring has arrived, with three of the biggest households in the freight transportation and logistics sectors-UPS, FedEx, and XPO Logistics, each making announcements to that effect over the last few days. The need for extra help, in form of staffing, is not a new, or novel, appr...

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2018 Trucking Perspect 2018 TRUCKING PERSPECT

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Sep 14, 2018

Getting a truck when you need one, and not paying too much for that service, remain two of the biggest concerns for over-the-road shippers, according to Trucking Perspectives, Inbound Logistics' annual survey of the trucking market. Seventy-eight percent of shippers who responded to the 2018 sur...

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How The Cargo Pilot Shortage Will Affect Your Supply Chain HOW THE CARGO PILOT SHORTAGE WILL AFFECT YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Sep 13, 2018

As the infamous truck driver shortage continues like an endless long haul, companies with products to move are nervously eyeing the future. The expansion of e-commerce and the increasing consumer demands only make the driver shortage much more imperative for shippers to solve. Unfortunately, there&r...

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How to Maintain Supply Chain Agility in the Face of Tariffs and Regulations HOW TO MAINTAIN SUPPLY CHAIN AGILITY IN THE FACE OF TARIFFS AND REGULATIONS

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Sep 13, 2018

With details surfacing in piecemeal fashion, companies and their supply-chain partners are struggling to recalculate their bottom lines and recalibrate their supply lines as quickly as possible, while absorbing the impact of both the newly outlined tariffs and likely retaliatory measures. Some are s...

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Responsiveness potential of your core supply chains RESPONSIVENESS POTENTIAL OF YOUR CORE SUPPLY CHAINS

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Sep 12, 2018

Agile, like Lean before it, is a concept that has existed for decades. It contains much merit, but commentators have tended to promote both concepts as vital to business survival, have minimal ‘steps to success’ and by themselves will solve an organization’s problems. So, like the ...

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Four Forces Transforming Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Today FOUR FORCES TRANSFORMING SUPPLY CHAIN, LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION TODAY

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Sep 12, 2018

Few industries or business functions are experiencing as much disruption as logistics, supply chain, and transportation. In fact, according to a recent Forbes Insights survey of more than 400 senior transportation-focused executives, 65 percent say tectonic shifts in these areas are driving an era o...

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IANA Expo to examine ocean container shipping trends IANA EXPO TO EXAMINE OCEAN CONTAINER SHIPPING TRENDS

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Sep 12, 2018

Signs of a turnaround in the prospects of global container shipping companies began surfacing last July when rates began creeping up through the Peak Season. Overcapacity, however, continues to haunt the industry and may keep it from a sustainable recovery. This issue and others are certain to be ex...

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Latin America industry leaders to address air freight challenges, opportunities LATIN AMERICA INDUSTRY LEADERS TO ADDRESS AIR FREIGHT CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

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Sep 11, 2018

Speakers who will be appearing on a Latin America-focused panel at the upcoming Cargo Facts Symposium see much to be optimistic about in the region-especially e-commerce, which has been a boon globally for the air freight industry – but also acknowledge challenges, both ongoing and imminent, t...

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The Great Logistics Software Debate: Build or Buy? THE GREAT LOGISTICS SOFTWARE DEBATE: BUILD OR BUY?

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Sep 08, 2018

Any company that is serious about its supply chain will eventually need to upgrade its logistics data management software. Whether your current software is outdated – or your company has just outgrown it – it’s important to have technology that gives you the real-time information, ...

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The digital revolution—a new weapon against food waste, hunger, and emissions THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION—A NEW WEAPON AGAINST FOOD WASTE, HUNGER, AND EMISSIONS

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Sep 06, 2018

My eldest daughter, who lives with her family in Hamburg, uses her smartphone once a week to get a food box from a nearby farm. Many people are doing this all over the world. Farm-to-customer food delivery services are booming. It saves time, avoids massive costs of packaging and trading, leaves mor...

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Current Trends In Logistics Real Estate CURRENT TRENDS IN LOGISTICS REAL ESTATE

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Sep 06, 2018

The central warehousing question has changed from "what can I fit in this space?" to "what space can fit me?" Million square foot facilities used to be unusual in the industry, but they've become something of a norm as companies grow larger and larger, fueled by the rise of e...

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With its own Grocery Delivery Service, Walmart Grabs More Data WITH ITS OWN GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICE, WALMART GRABS MORE DATA

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Sep 05, 2018

Walmart is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to getting you your groceries. As of today, that includes testing out its own delivery service (h/t Food Dive). The retailing giant announced a pilot program for its new last-mile delivery service, dubbed Spark Delivery, which will deliver groceries...

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The On-Demand Supply Chain Market THE ON-DEMAND SUPPLY CHAIN MARKET

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Sep 05, 2018

The on-demand supply chain market is experiencing significant interest and growth right now. Within the on-demand supply chain, I am specifically talking about the transportation and warehousing segments, where investment money is pouring into digital freight matching apps, crowdsourced last miles d...

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Operations Planning in a changing demand market profile OPERATIONS PLANNING IN A CHANGING DEMAND MARKET PROFILE

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Sep 05, 2018

Organizations tend to take a safe path when selecting an enterprise resources planning (ERP) system. The desire from senior management and corporate IT for an ‘integrated’ system can override calls from functions to implement applications that best suit the needs of the organization. Thi...

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Direct-to-Consumer – Creating additional supply chain complexity for manufacturers DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER – CREATING ADDITIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN COMPLEXITY FOR MANUFACTURERS

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Sep 04, 2018

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) sales, a component of e-commerce, continues to emerge as a viable business strategy for manufacturers exploring potential areas for increased revenue by reducing the volume to third-party sellers, traditional retail stores, and e-tailers. In fact, the number of manufacturers...

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work BUILDING A TRIPLE A SUPPLY CHAIN: TEN TACTICS THAT WORK

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Sep 03, 2018

At Supply Chain Insights, as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. In the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famo...

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GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN AND THE COMPANIES EXCELLING AT IT GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN AND THE COMPANIES EXCELLING AT IT

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Aug 31, 2018

Walk to the store rather than drive. Turn off lights when you leave the room. Use public transportation or carpool. We’ve all heard these, and more, simple pieces of advice that are meant to conserve natural resources-and even followed them when it was convenient. Just as individuals have been...

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WAREHOUSE ROBOTICS WAREHOUSE ROBOTICS

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Aug 31, 2018

Henry Ford opened the way for robotics with the invention of the assembly line. Since then, Amazon has expanded on this technology with the implementation of robotic use in their newest warehouse. The $100 million warehouses opened in DuPont, Washington, last June and Amazon held a grand opening cer...

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How to Design a Warehouse Floor Plan HOW TO DESIGN A WAREHOUSE FLOOR PLAN

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Aug 30, 2018

Any seasoned warehouse or facility manager knows that a bad warehouse floor plan can break an overarching operational strategy, disrupting flow so severely that goals might not be met, inventory and equipment might be damaged, and floor associates might even be put in harm’s way. 

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Eddie Stobart Logistics’ surge continues fuelled by new wins, acquisitions and retained business EDDIE STOBART LOGISTICS’ SURGE CONTINUES FUELLED BY NEW WINS, ACQUISITIONS AND RETAINED BUSINESS

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Aug 30, 2018

Eddie Stobart Logistics’ growth continued at a gallop in the first six months to 31 May 2018, driven by a mix of acquisitions, new contract wins, and retained business. Turnover increased by more than a quarter (25.3%) in the period to £359.3m (2017: £286.8m). The operator’s ...

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Drafting the Ultimate Fantasy Team: Supply Chain Edition DRAFTING THE ULTIMATE FANTASY TEAM: SUPPLY CHAIN EDITION

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Aug 29, 2018

Nothing quite compares to the sensation of winning: watching your carefully chosen players perform well, game after game, racking up points and moving your team up in the rankings. After taking the time to review player stats and understand the nuances of your league, you’ve developed a strate...

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Washington to finally focus on the threat to supply-chain risk management WASHINGTON TO FINALLY FOCUS ON THE THREAT TO SUPPLY-CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT

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Aug 28, 2018

Policymakers in Washington have recently begun to consider measures that take aim at supply-chain risk management (SCRM). The disconcerting reality, however, is that they are already behind the curve, as the status quo for SCRM is not keeping pace with today’s dynamic threat landscape.

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Beyond the Beer Game: Tips for Responsible Logistics Gamification BEYOND THE BEER GAME: TIPS FOR RESPONSIBLE LOGISTICS GAMIFICATION

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Aug 28, 2018

For all the hype currently surrounding workplace gamification, it is not an entirely new business concept. In fact, here at Logistics Bureau, we’ve been using the Beer Game (a supply chain simulation) for years now, as a way to help companies educate their management teams in supply chain dyna...

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Expanding the Supply Chain: Using Blockchain to Optimize Storage Capacity EXPANDING THE SUPPLY CHAIN: USING BLOCKCHAIN TO OPTIMIZE STORAGE CAPACITY

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Aug 28, 2018

As a result of rising e-commerce, the demand for global shipping is at an all-time high. Freight lines have been forced to increase staffing volumes by nearly 20 percent, and trucking companies and warehouse operators created more than 15,000 jobs in July alone.

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A.I. and Robotics Are Coming to Consumer Goods Supply Chains. But Where’s the Payoff? A.I. AND ROBOTICS ARE COMING TO CONSUMER GOODS SUPPLY CHAINS. BUT WHERE’S THE PAYOFF?

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Aug 27, 2018

The consumer goods sector is growing more complex and harder to predict than ever before. Challenges include the need to enable “mass customization” of product, geared toward fickle and demanding customer tastes; do a better job of synching supply with demand, to avoid the twin evils of ...

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Top 10 air freight carriers TOP 10 AIR FREIGHT CARRIERS

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Aug 24, 2018

The Luxembourgish freight carrier Cargolux Group (comprised of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia, established in 2008) remained in the number 10 spot, with a total reported FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometer) equaling 7.45 bn, which represents a 7.7% expansion year-over-year. The carrier group current...

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Outsource Logistics: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great 3PL Customer OUTSOURCE LOGISTICS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEING A GREAT 3PL CUSTOMER

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Aug 23, 2018

But such relationships are too often the exception, not the rule when you outsource logistics.  Many shippers commoditize the services of third-party logistics providers (3PLs), believing that the best result will come from micro-management and constant price pressure. In fact, the opposite is ...

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The matrix of Supply Chain Risks contains Categories THE MATRIX OF SUPPLY CHAIN RISKS CONTAINS CATEGORIES

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Aug 22, 2018

To identify the resources and time required to address the critical and operational Supply Chain Risks in your organisation, the initial step is to structure the current assortment of uncertainties into an understandable matrix of risks.

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XPO Logistics and House of Fraser supply chain standoff continues XPO LOGISTICS AND HOUSE OF FRASER SUPPLY CHAIN STANDOFF CONTINUES

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Aug 22, 2018

XPO Logistics remains in a standoff with the new owner of House of Fraser, with the department store group’s supply chain paralyzed as a consequence. The logistics firm is owed £30.4m as a creditor of the retailer, which was placed into administration on 10 August and saw most of its ass...

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Is It Time to Rethink Parcel? IS IT TIME TO RETHINK PARCEL?

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Aug 21, 2018

Historically for most organizations, parcel spend made up a much smaller component of their transportation spend as companies focus their procurement efforts on truckload and LTL. With e-commerce’s exponential growth rate, many organizations have not been able to implement the parcel strategy ...

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A Maturity Model for Supply Chain Design A MATURITY MODEL FOR SUPPLY CHAIN DESIGN

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Aug 20, 2018

LLamasoft has developed a maturity model related to supply chain design solutions. As a leading supplier of supply chain design solutions, this is a natural extension for them. Developing a maturity model, however, is not for the faint of heart.

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Gamification ideas in business: Your way to a more efficient supply chain GAMIFICATION IDEAS IN BUSINESS: YOUR WAY TO A MORE EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 16, 2018

Simply put, gamification involves the application of game design elements in a business setting. Gamification uses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators to encourage users to perform at their best, fostering engagement through tactics ranging from simple – such as a progress bar, to those th...

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Gaining Big Efficiency in Supply Chain Visibility Without Spending Big Dollars GAINING BIG EFFICIENCY IN SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY WITHOUT SPENDING BIG DOLLARS

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Aug 14, 2018

Every person, regardless of industry, is caught in highly reactive day-to-day business rhythms, so it’s only natural to focus efforts on keeping up with internal and external customer-centric demands.  Each day, new fires are started and put out, an over-abundance of meetings consume the ...

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Tips for Negotiating Your UPS and FedEx Carrier Contracts TIPS FOR NEGOTIATING YOUR UPS AND FEDEX CARRIER CONTRACTS

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Aug 14, 2018

Several years ago, there were three full-service carriers offering ground, air, hundredweight, and international services. FedEx and UPS are currently the last two carriers still servicing the entire U.S. with time-definite deliveries. Both offer the same type of services and compete for the same cl...

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All About The Present State of Digital Supply Chain Maturity & the Future ALL ABOUT THE PRESENT STATE OF DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN MATURITY & THE FUTURE

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Aug 14, 2018

Supply chains typically operate in silos, where the various stakeholders right from the suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers do not freely exchange information related to the products and services.

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Warehouse Robots Enable a Digital Transformation WAREHOUSE ROBOTS ENABLE A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

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Aug 13, 2018

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) begun their digital transformation three years ago. LTLS, with revenues of almost 270 million Euros in 2017, provides logistics services, transport, and warehousing for customers in the aviation industry. LTLS is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik. Lufthansa...

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4 Lessons Learned from Amazon 4 LESSONS LEARNED FROM AMAZON'S MOVE INTO THE HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 13, 2018

Amazon made headlines recently when it announced plans to expanded its current business of supplying healthcare commodities to small clinics and ambulatory surgical centers by entering the pharmaceutical drug and medical device supply chain.

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GE Transportation technology pilot project begins at Port of Long Beach GE TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROJECT BEGINS AT PORT OF LONG BEACH

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Aug 13, 2018

Over the next two months, stakeholders across the Port will use GE’s Port Optimizer software to access data that will allow them to move cargo containers more efficiently. The companies say Port Optimizer enhances cargo flow as participating terminal operators and other stakeholders receive mu...

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Devon Energy Uses Real-time Visibility to Improve Trucking Operations DEVON ENERGY USES REAL-TIME VISIBILITY TO IMPROVE TRUCKING OPERATIONS

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Aug 09, 2018

Like many other energy companies, Devon Energy, a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company in North America, generates huge volumes of data.  The company’s SCADA system monitors 6.5 million data points from multiple sites, with more than 10,000 updates pe...

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Transitioning to Digital Supply Networks TRANSITIONING TO DIGITAL SUPPLY NETWORKS

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Aug 09, 2018

With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, supply chain professionals are expected to embrace many new technologies – from artificial intelligence and robotics to predictive analytics and cloud computing. To best integrate these technologies and share information amo...

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A digital supply chain for the chemical industry A DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN FOR THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

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Aug 08, 2018

The world is abuzz about the digitalization of everything from operations to logistics, and many industry analysts and thought leaders are weighing in on the significant impact that visibility, greater innovation and faster time to market can have on an industry—which are all gains that can be...

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Washington to finally focus on the threat to supply-chain risk management WASHINGTON TO FINALLY FOCUS ON THE THREAT TO SUPPLY-CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT

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Aug 08, 2018

Policymakers in Washington have recently begun to consider measures that take aim at supply-chain risk management (SCRM). The disconcerting reality, however, is that they are already behind the curve, as the status quo for SCRM is not keeping pace with today’s dynamic threat landscape.

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Washington to finally focus on threat to supply-chain risk management WASHINGTON TO FINALLY FOCUS ON THREAT TO SUPPLY-CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT

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Aug 08, 2018

Policymakers in Washington have recently begun to consider measures that take aim at supply-chain risk management (SCRM). The disconcerting reality, however, is that they are already behind the curve, as the status quo for SCRM is not keeping pace with today’s dynamic threat landscape.

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Your Supply Chain, Your Partners, Your Customers: Where is Risk Hiding in Your Value Chain? YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN, YOUR PARTNERS, YOUR CUSTOMERS: WHERE IS RISK HIDING IN YOUR VALUE CHAIN?

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Aug 07, 2018

The increasing globalization of business and supply chains requires companies to have tools and processes in place to safeguard your operation in all the ways that you do business. Cognitive technology can help break through the ambiguity in information to help reveal indications of risk for all of ...

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Palletizing cargo PALLETIZING CARGO

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Aug 06, 2018

Cargo is palletized to save loading, unloading and handling time. There are also several other advantages associated with palletizing, for example, a reduction in labor (due to the use of mechanical handling tools), a lower risk of damaging the cargo and more efficient or optimized storage within th...

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How to Choose the Right Labels for Your Warehouse Environment HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LABELS FOR YOUR WAREHOUSE ENVIRONMENT

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Aug 06, 2018

Choosing the right labels for your warehouse environment can seem like a daunting task. There are myriad label options for every conceivable warehouse application, from cold storage needs to floor labels, hanging signs, and more. And with multiple usability considerations, such as whether you requir...

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The beat goes on for Class 8 truck orders THE BEAT GOES ON FOR CLASS 8 TRUCK ORDERS

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Aug 06, 2018

As has been the case for a while now, Class 8 truck orders are still very much in demand. For sure, one reason for the strength in orders is a humming economy, as well as tight capacity brought on by the ongoing driver shortage, and solid demand levels, too. The strong levels of Class 8 orders in Ju...

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Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain BLOCKCHAIN GAINS TRACTION IN THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 06, 2018

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that “after initial tests, 12 of the world’s biggest companies, including Walmart and Nestlé, are building a blockchain to remake how the industry tracks food worldwide.” I reached out to IBM to learn more. The traceability platf...

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Logistics Payrolls Surging Ahead of Fall Shipping Season LOGISTICS PAYROLLS SURGING AHEAD OF FALL SHIPPING SEASON

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Aug 06, 2018

Courier and messenger company payrolls rose by 7,600 jobs in July, the biggest monthly gain since March, according to preliminary figures the Labor Department released Friday, extending an expansion in transport operations driven by e-commerce and the home delivery of online purchases. It is the 18t...

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Artificial Intelligence set to change the dynamics in Logistics and Warehousing ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SET TO CHANGE THE DYNAMICS IN LOGISTICS AND WAREHOUSING

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Aug 06, 2018

According to a report by Supply Chain consultancy Armstrong and Associates; “U.S. warehousing costs for 2017 were estimated to be $148.7 billion, a 3.3% increase over 2016’s $143.7 billion. Nearly $70 billion of that tally, $68.6 billion, was attributed to commercial warehousing, and the...

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Supply Chain Managers May Obtain Trade Forecasts at Upcoming Forums SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGERS MAY OBTAIN TRADE FORECASTS AT UPCOMING FORUMS

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Aug 06, 2018

As supply chain managers have become painfully aware, keeping on top of the shifting trade agreement banter and subsequent compliance necessities has added a new layer of complexity to their operations.
Fortunately, a full season of trade summits, seminars, and conferences are being staged to...

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Artificial Intelligence in the Supply Chain ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 03, 2018

The future of businesses is not just about adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology; it is about being ahead and gaining a significant advantage over competitors. Amongst other business applications, Supply Chain is also following suit giving rise to a new era in its optimization; where the ...

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5 Ways to Digitize Your Supply Chain 5 WAYS TO DIGITIZE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 03, 2018

Digitization can make your company’s global supply chain more efficient, cost-effective, and customer-focused while making sure it doesn’t fall behind the curve. Here’s how to do it. If you think tech-centric terms like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), an...

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Determining when it DETERMINING WHEN IT'S TIME TO EVALUATE REVERSE LOGISTICS PRACTICES

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Aug 02, 2018

Reverse logistics is becoming an integral part of operations for manufacturers, distributors and service providers to minimize lost revenue when moving products, parts, and sub-components back into inventory. Recent Statista research shows that goods returns cost $246.3 billion per year in North Ame...

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CFO Moves: XPO Logistics CFO MOVES: XPO LOGISTICS

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Aug 02, 2018

XPO Logistics Inc., a Greenwich, Ct. logistics company, appointed Sarah Glickman as acting chief financial officer. Ms. Glickman succeeds Chief Financial Officer John Hardig who will step down from his post, effective August 15, 2018.

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Spotlight On: The 10 Most Common Pallet Racking Systems SPOTLIGHT ON: THE 10 MOST COMMON PALLET RACKING SYSTEMS

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Aug 01, 2018

Pallet racking systems pervade the logistics landscape. Scattered across the country in distribution centers, sheds, and stores, racking fixtures of all shapes and sizes store goods for our nation. But, if you look carefully you will see that not all racking systems are the same. For those in the in...

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Warehouse Mobility Upgrades Accelerate WAREHOUSE MOBILITY UPGRADES ACCELERATE

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Aug 01, 2018

ARC and DC Velocity recently launched an online survey to obtain detailed insights into the topic, including current use and future plans for use of various mobile operating systems (OS), the relative importance of mobile OS capabilities, the range of current mobile WMS in use, value of various scan...

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NextGen Supply Chain: Update on 3D printing, Part 2. NEXTGEN SUPPLY CHAIN: UPDATE ON 3D PRINTING, PART 2.

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Jul 31, 2018

Over the years, Jabil, the manufacturing solutions provider and one of HP’s partners in the production of 3D printers, has been recognized as a supply chain innovator by the likes of Gartner.  Today, it is in the process of creating what Jabil and John Dulchinos, the vice president of dig...

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Indiana Jones and the supply chain bullwhip effect INDIANA JONES AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN BULLWHIP EFFECT

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Jul 30, 2018

According to the European Journal of Operational Research, the term ‘bullwhip effect’ was first coined by Procter & Gamble (P&G) in the 1990s in reference to the order variance amplification phenomenon observed between P&G and its suppliers.” A small shift in customer d...

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The supply chain that sees ahead THE SUPPLY CHAIN THAT SEES AHEAD

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Jul 30, 2018

Supply chains have gotten pretty good over the last 20 years. But they can get much, much better, audiences will hear this week at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars. The new magic is 2018-age computing power. Artificial intelligence, advanced software platforms, and the latest tools in data colle...

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This Week in Logistics News THIS WEEK IN LOGISTICS NEWS

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Jul 27, 2018

I’m back at it, after a two-week vacation to Copenhagen, Denmark. I have to say that Copenhagen was one of the cleanest and family-friendliest cities I have ever been to. In all, it was an amazing trip. As an analyst that covers logistics, I feel as though there are two points I have to make r...

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The Simplest of Questions For Supply Chain Managers THE SIMPLEST OF QUESTIONS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGERS

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Jul 27, 2018

“Do your Procurement professionals spend any time with your Sales professionals sharing best practices?”  This is a question I’ve been asking during client engagements for the past two decades.  It’s simple and direct.  The answer is likewise simple and direct ...

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DP World’s Supply Chain Diet DP WORLD’S SUPPLY CHAIN DIET

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Jul 26, 2018

For the majority of people that pop out of the office for a speedy lunch, or manage to sit down with their families for an evening meal, the food that they consume rarely presents a supply chain conundrum. Unless you work in logistics like me, the food on your plate is more likely to make you saliva...

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5 Benefits of Using a Warehouse Execution System 5 BENEFITS OF USING A WAREHOUSE EXECUTION SYSTEM

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Jul 25, 2018

Typically, the standard warehouse management system (WMS) steals the spotlight from other inventory control, cloud-based systems, but just because it’s a more common software option doesn’t mean that it’s a one-size-fits-all supply chain software. As a matter of fact, busy operatio...

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The sharing economy: An effective model for supply chain management? THE SHARING ECONOMY: AN EFFECTIVE MODEL FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT?

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Jul 24, 2018

The sharing economy involves buying and selling temporary access to goods or services, usually arranged through an online platform. It is inevitably becoming a major source of revenue in today’s global economy, led by the likes of Uber and Airbnb. By using new digital platforms, the sharing ec...

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Nufarm taps SAP Ariba for supply chain transformation NUFARM TAPS SAP ARIBA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION

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Jul 24, 2018

The organization is to share its story at today’s SAP Ariba Live conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. When it comes to agriculture and farming, procurement is a different game and needs to be simple and efficient, but also in compliance with rules and regulations designed to pr...

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IIoT expected to boost revenues across global supply chain IIOT EXPECTED TO BOOST REVENUES ACROSS GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jul 24, 2018

Organisations across the global supply chain expect IIoT to be increasing their annual revenues by 10% within five years.The report said that the Industrial Internet of Things is set to revolutionise how businesses function in the next few years. There will be significantly increased automation and ...

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Why an E-Commerce Packaging Strategy Is Important for Your Brand WHY AN E-COMMERCE PACKAGING STRATEGY IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BRAND

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Jul 24, 2018

With e-commerce climbing to the top of everyone’s agenda, marketplace challenges now dictate that you ask yourself if your product can withstand the vigorous distribution environment that comes with the omnichannel experience. With LTL shipments and doorstep deliveries at an all-time high, it ...

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Freight transportation and logistics economic outlook remains largely positive FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK REMAINS LARGELY POSITIVE

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Jul 23, 2018

In a recent Moneywatch article, the headline stated: “For the U.S. economy, this may be as good as it gets.” I sort of chuckled when I first saw it, mainly because of the matter of fact approach it seemed to take. But after reading the article, which highlighted many of the positive thin...

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Domino DOMINO'S PIZZA ACCELERATES SUPPLY CHAIN SPENDING TO SUPPORT THE EXPANSION PLAN

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Jul 20, 2018

In a conference call discussing the company's second-quarter earnings, Allison said that the pizza chain wants to open about 2,350 stores over the next ten years, according to CNN. Domino's Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, currently has around 5,650...

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How CRM can (finally) Increase Transportation Sales with Troy Goode, CTO HOW CRM CAN (FINALLY) INCREASE TRANSPORTATION SALES WITH TROY GOODE, CTO

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Jul 20, 2018

In this podcast, Joe interviews Troy Goode, Co-Founder, and CTO of Lanetix, about why Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is software is such a challenge for transportation and logistics companies.

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Robot Truck Upstart Embark Hauls In $30 Million To Take On Waymo And Uber ROBOT TRUCK UPSTART EMBARK HAULS IN $30 MILLION TO TAKE ON WAYMO AND UBER

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Jul 19, 2018

What makes a couple of brash 22-year-old entrepreneurs think they can take on Waymo, the clear leader in self-driving vehicle technology when it comes to putting autonomous trucks on the road? “We’re able to move really fast,” Embark cofounder and CEO Alex Rodrigues told Forbes abo...

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Turn Your Supply Chain Organization into Talent Scouts TURN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN ORGANIZATION INTO TALENT SCOUTS

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Jul 19, 2018

This is the sixth of ten columns by Rodney Apple on recruiting. As always, you can feel free to email me with your thoughts at btrebilcock@peerlessmedia.com.  Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, Supply Chain Management Review.Looking to make the most of out of your association dues? Many organi...

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Your Brand Deserves Modern Logistics, Don’t You Think? YOUR BRAND DESERVES MODERN LOGISTICS, DON’T YOU THINK?

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Jul 19, 2018

Logistics has never played a bigger role in retail than it does now. That isn’t hyperbole, just fact. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Amazon? Fast, free shipping? If we need something quickly, we go to Amazon. Can you think of any other retailer whose brand as...

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Smart Solutions to Transform Transport Packaging Industry SMART SOLUTIONS TO TRANSFORM TRANSPORT PACKAGING INDUSTRY

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Jul 18, 2018

Increasing demand and supply of goods globally has resulted in innovative transport packaging solutions. Manufacturers are also focusing on developing transport packaging solutions that can provide safe transportation, thereby avoiding contamination, wastage, and breakage of goods or products during...

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Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain CELEBRATING AND ENCOURAGING WOMEN IN SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jul 18, 2018

Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. This April marked the sixth STEP Ahead Awards, and, once...

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WAREHOUSE POTENTIAL DOORWAY ENERGY SAVING AND COSTS CALCULATOR WAREHOUSE POTENTIAL DOORWAY ENERGY SAVING AND COSTS CALCULATOR

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Jul 18, 2018

The team at Remax Products developed a tool which does all the work for you. Find out what your current doorway is costing you financially, the time it would take to pay back the investment as well as energy loss. The energy calculator tool also allows you to compare your current doorway to a combin...

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SiteOne Partners with Chainalytics for Supply Chain Design and Planning Transformation SITEONE PARTNERS WITH CHAINALYTICS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN DESIGN AND PLANNING TRANSFORMATION

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Jul 18, 2018

Successfully managing over 100,000 products across 470 locations requires a well-constructed operational model. So when SiteOne Landscape Supply, the nation’s largest supplier of wholesale landscape supplies and golf course accessories in North America, decided to redesign their distribution n...

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Supply Chain Strategies For Improving Freight Capacity in a Tightened Market SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING FREIGHT CAPACITY IN A TIGHTENED MARKET

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Jul 17, 2018

Most supply chain professionals are aware of tightened capacity and rate inflation currently impacting the truckload (TL) market. While growing demand due to sustained economic growth is mostly to blame for the current state of the market, it is also important to point out that some capacity has dis...

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Humans Are What HUMANS ARE WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jul 17, 2018

Most business is driven by an incentive to grow. The global supply chain follows a different narrative. Growth costs more than is affordable for the steamship line whose business it is to transport cargo, and there’s no way for these carriers to differentiate from competitors. Instead, carrier...

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HOW MUCH CARGO CAN THE LARGEST SHIPPING CONTAINER SHIP REALLY HOLD? HOW MUCH CARGO CAN THE LARGEST SHIPPING CONTAINER SHIP REALLY HOLD?

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Jul 17, 2018

It is remarkable that in an age of flight and space travel, most cargo transport around the world is still done by sea. Because of the increasing demands of global trade, cargo ships continue to acquire increasingly greater cargo capacity. Even the global economic slump has not deterred the growth o...

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Logistics parks get green light LOGISTICS PARKS GET GREEN LIGHT

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Jul 17, 2018

Two major logistics parks, which together could add more than 5 million ft² to the UK’s warehousing stock, can now go ahead after receiving the green light from the planning authorities. Highgrove Group has received full planning approval for up to 2.5 million ft² of high-bay distrib...

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Streamline Your Supply Chain Hiring Process STREAMLINE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN HIRING PROCESS

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Jul 13, 2018

Editors note: I first met Rodney Apple in 2015 when I moderated a roundtable on challenges in the supply chain workforce at the APICS conference in Las Vegas. At the time, recruiting, training and retaining supply chain talent was one of the most talked about topics at supply chain conferences. Sinc...

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50 Expert Warehouse Design and Layout Ideas and Tips 50 EXPERT WAREHOUSE DESIGN AND LAYOUT IDEAS AND TIPS

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Jul 12, 2018

Designing a warehouse layout seems like a simple undertaking, but it’s actually quite complex. In fact, the design and layout of your warehouse can make or break your operation’s productivity, impacting picking time, labor hours, and even increasing safety risks through poor traffic flow...

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6 Supply Chain Trends That Could Truly Shake You Up 6 SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS THAT COULD TRULY SHAKE YOU UP

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Jul 12, 2018

Trend identification is a tricky business. Supply chain trends make it yet more complex because they represent the intersections of so many different domains. What is a supply chain trend-spotter to do? Some pick out particular statistics to make precise, but meaningless forecasts. Others wave their...

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UPS Set To Hire Up To 3,000 For Westside Atlanta Hub UPS SET TO HIRE UP TO 3,000 FOR WESTSIDE ATLANTA HUB

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Jul 12, 2018

In building its Southeast Metro Automated Routing Terminal Hub in Atlanta, the Georgia-based logistics giant knew it would need thousands of workers, and the hiring for these roles has begun in earnest. While the vast majority of these roles will be part-time, that still leaves around 700 full-time ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Supply Chain Management THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Jul 12, 2018

Supply chain management is the oversight and facilitation of the people, processes, information, and technologies involved in the flow of goods and services from manufacturers and producers to customers and ends users. The goal of supply chain management is to streamline these activities to ensure o...

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Let’s talk about Blockchain, baby LET’S TALK ABOUT BLOCKCHAIN, BABY

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Jul 11, 2018

The blockchain is like the new pet rock. Everyone’s talking about it and nobody really gets it — but they’re all too scared to admit it makes no sense because everyone else seems really excited about it.  It’s OK. I’m here to help. Basically, blockchain is like an ...

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Top 10 Mobile Apps for Supply Chain Professionals TOP 10 MOBILE APPS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS

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Jul 11, 2018

Here are 10 mobile apps for supply chain professionals to get out from behind their desk, streamlining processes right from your smartphone. Supply chain and logistics professionals are finding mobile applications to be a necessary tool these days. In an industry focused on the transport of products...

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European shippers may also “feel the pain” of more ocean cargo carrier consolidation EUROPEAN SHIPPERS MAY ALSO “FEEL THE PAIN” OF MORE OCEAN CARGO CARRIER CONSOLIDATION

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Jul 10, 2018

As we have noted in our news section, U.S. shippers are paying close attention to more consolidation of the global ocean cargo carriers and the impact it may have on service and rates. It comes as small surprise that the same concerns have been raised by the European Shippers’ Council (ESC)whi...

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Managing the Logistics of Your Insurance Business MANAGING THE LOGISTICS OF YOUR INSURANCE BUSINESS

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Jul 05, 2018

How easy is it to manage the everyday logistics of your insurance business? If you roll your eyes and shake your head at that question, you're probably one of many people struggling to maintain a high quality of service while organizing your business internally. While insurance is the focus of y...

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The supply chain response to the shopper of the future THE SUPPLY CHAIN RESPONSE TO THE SHOPPER OF THE FUTURE

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Jul 04, 2018

Our ShopperVista team has just published its Shoppers of the Future research, the latest report in IGD’s Futures series, which focuses on the future of the food and grocery industry. The report identifies an emerging group of ‘Influencer Shoppers’ that currently represent around 25...

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Is Amazon’s New Delivery Service Partner Program Really a Good Thing? IS AMAZON’S NEW DELIVERY SERVICE PARTNER PROGRAM REALLY A GOOD THING?

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Jul 03, 2018

Amazon, with the announcement of its new Delivery Service Partners Program, is once again creating industry disruption, this time by entering the last mile delivery market. In their quest to be the most customer-centric retailer on the planet, the e-commerce giant is taking the initiative to protect...

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Amazon’s in-house delivery push has the industry’s attention AMAZON’S IN-HOUSE DELIVERY PUSH HAS THE INDUSTRY’S ATTENTION

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Jul 02, 2018

While it may not be a tremendous game changer, last week’s news that Amazon is taking steps to step up its plans to increase its package delivery and logistics services capabilities through the introduction of a new offering that, it said, will enable entrepreneurs to set up their own business...

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Faster delivery of nearly everything is the next big thing FASTER DELIVERY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING IS THE NEXT BIG THING

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Jun 29, 2018

Shoppers increasingly want their orders to arrive at their doorsteps as soon as they click a button, whether it’s a hot meal, groceries or a sofa. In response, retailers are betting big on delivery services to drop off packages faster. In the latest development, online leader Amazon, which pla...

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Transform your supply chain network: our Q&A with LLamasoft TRANSFORM YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORK: OUR Q&A WITH LLAMASOFT

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Jun 28, 2018

We recently spent some time with Don Brenchley, the Head of Industry Strategy at LLamasoft, to understand more about the concept of Supply Chain Design. Supply chain networks are getting more complex every year, and LLamasoft is at the forefront of solution providers working to bring advanced techno...

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Sentiment Report: United Parcel Service Inc (NYSE:UPS) SENTIMENT REPORT: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC (NYSE:UPS)

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Jun 28, 2018

Its down -0.11, from 1.23 in 2017Q4. The ratio dived, as 529 funds started new or increased positions, while 471 cut down and sold their stock positions in United Parcel Service Inc. The funds in our partner’s database now hold 446.74 million shares, down from 448.80 million shares in 2017Q4. ...

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How to Audit Warehouse Inventory HOW TO AUDIT WAREHOUSE INVENTORY

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Jun 28, 2018

For busy warehouse managers, the prospect of performing an inventory audit may be a daunting task that might inspire them to cut corners. Though it’s only natural for workers in this important position to desire to place their focus solely on day-to-day operations, neglecting the hard data can...

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3 Pallet Racking Safety Tips 3 PALLET RACKING SAFETY TIPS

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Jun 28, 2018

When it comes to your warehouse workers’ safety, one area to keep in mind is pallet racking safety. You have to be able to rely on your storage equipment day in and day out, so ensuring that pallet racking remains serviceable and safe is critical to your operations and workers’ safety. S...

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7 Inventory Metrics Warehouse Managers Should Be Tracking 7 INVENTORY METRICS WAREHOUSE MANAGERS SHOULD BE TRACKING

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Jun 28, 2018

Warehouse managers constantly are told to do more with less. Lean practices are forcing warehouse managers’ hands. The goal, of course, is to keep costs low while getting the right inventory to the right people at the right time to ensure high customer satisfaction. If only it were that easy! ...

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What is Warehouse Automation? WHAT IS WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION?

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Jun 28, 2018

As companies and warehouse managers look to streamline operations, improve efficiency and production, and reduce costs, warehouse automation is on the rise. But, people have a very different idea of what warehouse automation is. From robots to automated processes, warehouse automation encompasses au...

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Amazon Launches Franchise-like Program for Couriers AMAZON LAUNCHES FRANCHISE-LIKE PROGRAM FOR COURIERS

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Jun 28, 2018

Amazon wants an army of couriers it can control without having the risks and costs associated with hiring them. Introducing the Delivery Service Partner program (DSP), where Amazon will train people to operate their own delivery businesses but with a crucial difference: they'll be limited to del...

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What has happened to all of America’s freight truck drivers? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL OF AMERICA’S FREIGHT TRUCK DRIVERS?

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Jun 27, 2018

The internet doesn’t carry goods-only more and more orders for them. Self-driving trucks are a long way off. In the meantime, somebody has to haul freight and make deliveries. So the U.S. economy needs more people like Branden Miller. But they’re getting hard to come by. Miller, 30, is a...

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Bidvest Logistics to become Best Food Logistics BIDVEST LOGISTICS TO BECOME BEST FOOD LOGISTICS

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Jun 26, 2018

Paul Whyte, at Best Food Logistics, explained that the name change reflects their singular mission to “be the best food service contract logistics provider in the industry; to be the Best, full-stop”.Whyte said: “The name Best Food Logistics is a natural evolution from our current ...

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The new rules of demand/supply integration THE NEW RULES OF DEMAND/SUPPLY INTEGRATION

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Jun 25, 2018

They also present challenges for the supply chains working to meet that demand. Companies that implement demand/supply integration (DSI) can not only leverage these digital engagements to shape demand, but also better enable themselves to meet their business objectives. True DSI is a cross-functiona...

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What is importing and how is it done? – A quick guide to importing WHAT IS IMPORTING AND HOW IS IT DONE? – A QUICK GUIDE TO IMPORTING

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Jun 25, 2018

One of the things that concern companies most when it comes to importing is whether their supplier will be reliable. Clients who are new to importing regularly ask us if they can trust a particular supplier. In our experience, you have to use a fair amount of common sense and take certain risks. Man...

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WSJ: Tariff Fears, Strong Economy Raise Cargo Imports Nearly 4 Percent WSJ: TARIFF FEARS, STRONG ECONOMY RAISE CARGO IMPORTS NEARLY 4 PERCENT

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Jun 22, 2018

The number of goods exported to the United States rose nearly 4 percent in the first half of this year compared to 2017, a potential signal that consumers fear prices will rise because of tariffs. According to The Wall Street Journal, cargo volume — measured in 20-foot equivalent units —...

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FedEx Eyes CapEx Increases In Air Cargo Delivery Segment FEDEX EYES CAPEX INCREASES IN AIR CARGO DELIVERY SEGMENT

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Jun 22, 2018

FedEx said it plans to increase capital spending in 2020, mostly through investments in its air delivery business amid a strong outlook for the segment.Air cargo demand rose 9% last year, the strongest growth since 2010, according to the International Air Transport Association. The growth rate jumpe...

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UPS® Canada Increases its Alternative Energy Fleet UPS® CANADA INCREASES ITS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FLEET

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Jun 21, 2018

"We're always looking for ways to improve our impact on the communities within which we operate. These new vehicles are another step in the right direction," says Floyd Bristol, vice-president of automotive, UPS Canada. "CNG emits 6 - 11 percent lower levels of greenhouse gas emis...

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Transportation Capacity Planning Tips to Help Ensure On-Time Delivery This Holiday Season TRANSPORTATION CAPACITY PLANNING TIPS TO HELP ENSURE ON-TIME DELIVERY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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Jun 20, 2018

Every holiday season, major online retailers strive to efficiently manage their transportation operations in order to ensure on-time delivery for millions of customers—with varying levels of success. Having recently attended the Home Delivery World conference in Atlanta, I can assure you organ...

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2018 D3: Future-Proof Your Warehouse Strategy 2018 D3: FUTURE-PROOF YOUR WAREHOUSE STRATEGY

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Jun 20, 2018

Last month, we attended the 2018 D3 Retail Summit in Brooklyn, put together by eyefortransport (EFT). It was a packed couple of days with a lot of great speakers brought together for a common interest: how to solve the retail supply chain challenge. New technologies, changing buying behaviors, and m...

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The U.S. Imposes New Advance Screening Rules for Inbound Air Cargo THE U.S. IMPOSES NEW ADVANCE SCREENING RULES FOR INBOUND AIR CARGO

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Jun 18, 2018

According to CBP, the ACAS program is intended “to address ongoing aviation security threats,” and has been tested in a long-running pilot project, in which certain carriers participated voluntarily in submitting air cargo data, such as the air waybill number, the shipper’s name Th...

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DHL Supply Chain builds on Morrison DHL SUPPLY CHAIN BUILDS ON MORRISON'S OPERATION WITH THE WHOLESALE DELIVERY DEAL

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Jun 15, 2018

DHL Supply Chain is to manage wholesale logistics operations for Morrisons after winning a new contract with the supermarket. The contract will see DHL deliver Morrisons’ Safeway-branded products to 1,650 McColl’s Retail Group stores. Morrisons announced it would be reintroducing the Saf...

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New Just Sayun Series- Supply Chain Management Social Media Landscapes NEW JUST SAYUN SERIES- SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SOCIAL MEDIA LANDSCAPES

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Jun 15, 2018

Global supply chain professionals have many more choices in the availability of thought leadership.  The challenge, from this Editor’s view, is a concerning trend of erosion of the quality of such content, as well as more thought leadership being mingled with blatant marketing content. Wh...

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Winners announced at FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT FTA EVERYWOMAN IN TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS AWARDS

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Jun 14, 2018

Leaders from operators including TNT, DHL Supply Chain, and DB Cargo UK were honored at the FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards last week. At a lavish ceremony in the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, the dedicated freight awards were handed to DB Cargo UK’s head of plann...

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THE TRENDS BROKERS AND CARRIERS NEED TO RECOGNIZE IN 2018 AND BEYOND THE TRENDS BROKERS AND CARRIERS NEED TO RECOGNIZE IN 2018 AND BEYOND

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Jun 14, 2018

The transportation industry has been evolving over the last several years, with many factors influencing changes for truckers, retailers, and freight brokers alike. While these shifts offer some opportunities for new and established freight brokers and carriers, there are challenges ahead that must ...

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Top 10: Shipping Companies TOP 10: SHIPPING COMPANIES

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Jun 13, 2018

Only Delta Air Lines owns a larger civil aircraft fleet in the world, helping make FedEx Corporation a top-three shipping company worldwide. Founded in 1971, Memphis-based FedEx has a number of colorfully inspired commercials and has naming rights to the Washington Redskin’s American football ...

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75 Green Supply Chain Partners 75 GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS

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Jun 13, 2018

Inbound Logistics features its annual G75—a carefully curated list of 75 companies that go above and beyond to ensure their global supply chains are sustainable, and their operations are socially and environmentally friendly. These companies have spent years developing and implementing best pr...

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Solar project logistics: Calculating the value of an efficient supply chain SOLAR PROJECT LOGISTICS: CALCULATING THE VALUE OF AN EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jun 13, 2018

What is a supply chain? It is the flow of all components that go into a given product, and then the flow of that product from its manufacturing origin to its end destination. In a global economy (yes, there still is one, despite Trump’s best efforts) the path from cradle to the application can...

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Insights from the Co-op Supply Chain Conference 2018 INSIGHTS FROM THE CO-OP SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE 2018

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Jun 13, 2018

Co-op’s Retail Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Fletcher, began with a trading update, beginning with an overview of some of the external factors impacting Co-op’s business. Michael outlined that the convenience sector would be the second fastest growing area behind the discount sector ...

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A Closer Look at How Amazon’s Warehouse Wearables Will Change Data Capture A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW AMAZON’S WAREHOUSE WEARABLES WILL CHANGE DATA CAPTURE

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Jun 13, 2018

Recently, supply chain tech experts have been abuzz with news that Amazon would change the way we measure warehouse performance. The eCommerce giant secured two patents for its warehouse wearables – armbands that track employee movement and direct the picking process sans barcodes. Reactions t...

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Managing the Complexities of a Pharma Supply Chain MANAGING THE COMPLEXITIES OF A PHARMA SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jun 13, 2018

What makes a supply chain complex? It is a simple sounding, yet complex question. While we will not seek to answer this age-old question now, we would like to list some factors influencing the complexity. Nature of demand, the extent of government regulations, diversity and range of SKUs, the import...

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Business Reporter: The Future of the supply chain BUSINESS REPORTER: THE FUTURE OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jun 12, 2018

When it comes to creating the perfect supply chain, it all starts with transparency. That’s the stance of Kinaxis thought leader Trevor Miles (follow @milesahead on Twitter), who recently sat down with Business Reporter journalist Alastair Greener in London, England to discuss the future of su...

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CHOOSING A COMPANY OFFERING FREIGHT FORWARDING SERVICES CHOOSING A COMPANY OFFERING FREIGHT FORWARDING SERVICES

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Jun 12, 2018

International goods trading is a well-known and popular business today. This is the reason that leading international brands have their products available all over the globe. The transport of goods is handled by freight forwarders. They not only help in shipping goods from one country to another but...

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10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management 10 WAYS MACHINE LEARNING IS REVOLUTIONIZING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Jun 11, 2018

Machine learning makes it possible to discover patterns in supply chain data by relying on algorithms that quickly pinpoint the most influential factors to a supply networks’ success, while constantly learning in the process. Discovering new patterns in supply chain data has the potential to r...

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How to Advance in a Supply and Logistics Career HOW TO ADVANCE IN A SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS CAREER

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Jun 11, 2018

With the change of seasons, those who work in supply and logistics industry find it to be the perfect time to evaluate what they want in their careers, with the consideration of switching fields at the forefront. If someone decides to change their career and advance, the inevitable question pushes f...

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The Future of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Must Support Complex Warehouse Requirements for a New Era of Buyers THE FUTURE OF WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (WMS) MUST SUPPORT COMPLEX WAREHOUSE REQUIREMENTS FOR A NEW ERA OF BUYERS

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Jun 11, 2018

A new era of buyers has arrived, and they are focused on the customer experience. It’s not enough to simply deliver a product into a buyer’s hands. No matter the industry, today’s savvy consumers expect a seamless, superior experience that delivers on a company’s brand promis...

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Apple, Partners Look to Clean Up Supply Chain APPLE, PARTNERS LOOK TO CLEAN UP SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jun 06, 2018

The partnership has significant repercussions for consumers of aluminum and other metal goods at various stages along the supply chain. In addition to the investment by Alcoa and Rio Tinto, Apple has invested $10 million in the JV's research and development, as have the governments of Canada and...

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A Supply Chain Mid-Year Review: What’s Happened and What’s Still to Come A SUPPLY CHAIN MID-YEAR REVIEW: WHAT’S HAPPENED AND WHAT’S STILL TO COME

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Jun 06, 2018

The transportation industry is undergoing a revolution in part due to issues such as the ELD mandate, rising diesel prices, the capacity crunch, increased customer expectations, tariffs and more. Utilization of TMSs is at an all-time high, with Kuebix alone reporting adoption of its technology by ov...

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Jack Ma goes all-in on smart logistics infrastructure network JACK MA GOES ALL-IN ON SMART LOGISTICS INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK

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Jun 05, 2018

In a surprise appearance at last week’s Canelo's Global Smart Logistics Summit, Chinese tech tycoon Jack Ma announced that Cainiao Network, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba, is going to invest more than RMB 100 billion ($15 billion) to build the technical backbone for a smart logistics n...

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Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..?? IS THE SHIP REGISTER OR SHIP REGISTRY LIABLE FOR CONTAINERS FALLING OFF A SHIP..??

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Jun 05, 2018

As you may have read, I recently wrote about “Containers lost at sea, why it happens, what to do when it happens and also about What is a ship register or ship registry. Recent news reports of 83 containers falling off a ship off the coast of Australia in heavy seas seems to have triggered a q...

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UPS Implements New Fees and Rate Increases – Will the Other Players Follow Suit? UPS IMPLEMENTS NEW FEES AND RATE INCREASES – WILL THE OTHER PLAYERS FOLLOW SUIT?

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Jun 05, 2018

The new fees apply to shipments that are considered “Over Maximum Limits” and “Oversize Pallet Handling,” both of which will see a surcharge increase of $150 per shipment. Furthermore, the parcel giant has also created a Charge Correction Audit Fee that will be assessed if sh...

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Smart Robots in Logistics are Everywhere! SMART ROBOTS IN LOGISTICS ARE EVERYWHERE!

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Jun 04, 2018

In 2012 Kiva, a supplier of mobile robots was bought for $775 million by Amazon. That was a home run for the company which had estimated revenues of about $100 million at the time. Some entrepreneurs and venture capitalists believe, or at least argue, that autonomous mobile robot represents the next...

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Blockchain to Shape Next Generation Healthcare Supply Chains BLOCKCHAIN TO SHAPE NEXT GENERATION HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAINS

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Jun 01, 2018

Blockchain technology will play a key role in supporting supply chain transformation in the healthcare sector by helping to reduce fraud and better manage quality in the manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData.

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New Robotics Solution Supports Flexible Automation in Warehouses NEW ROBOTICS SOLUTION SUPPORTS FLEXIBLE AUTOMATION IN WAREHOUSES

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May 31, 2018

Logistics professionals have traditionally considered their warehouses to be either manual or highly automated. Highly automated solutions have high throughput, but are expensive and inflexible – they adjust poorly to change. Manual warehouses are much more flexible but have lower throughput. ...

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CBRE research makes the case for more warehouse and distribution center development CBRE RESEARCH MAKES THE CASE FOR MORE WAREHOUSE AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER DEVELOPMENT

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May 31, 2018

Research issued this week by Los Angeles-based industrial real estate firm CBRE stated that projected, or Pro Forma, rents are currently “more than adequate” in many markets and positively confirm the additional development of warehouses and distribution centers.In its report, entitled &...

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Logistics beyond tomorrow LOGISTICS BEYOND TOMORROW

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May 30, 2018

There has been a paradigm shift in the way logistics is perceived. The future calls for gravity-defying logistics. Logistics was considered as a mundane activity but it will be an amalgamation of frontier technologies like robotics, aerospace technology and artificial intelligence, writes Sabyasachi...

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Preventing Recalls with a Warehouse Execution System PREVENTING RECALLS WITH A WAREHOUSE EXECUTION SYSTEM

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May 29, 2018

According to a study by Consumer Reports, the Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted 295 recalls involving approximately 32 million units of goods in 2017 alone. Over the past five years, however, the CPSC has conducted 300 to 400 recalls annually.

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READER READER'S RIDE: KURT'S BMC ROAD MACHINE DISC

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May 29, 2018

Over the past few weeks, we have been featuring a few "dream builds" on our Instagram Story. Whether you have an entry-level machine or a stable full of top end bikes, these are rides which make the eagle-eyed cyclist turn their head. And one thing is for certain - Kurt's BMC is a part...

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Supply Chain, Logistics…And Robotics SUPPLY CHAIN, LOGISTICS…AND ROBOTICS

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May 28, 2018

A certain Internet shopping giant recently made waves by announcing its intent to someday begin using drones to deliver small items directly to customers’ doorsteps. Although the idea of having your purchases delivered by robot may have caused a stir, the fact is that robots have already been ...

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Interest in Cargo Piloting Careers Is Climbing, Study Finds INTEREST IN CARGO PILOTING CAREERS IS CLIMBING, STUDY FINDS

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May 23, 2018

The Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) analyzed the UND study, noting the students’ preferential differences. 46.2 percent of student pilots are “somewhat” to “very” unlikely to pursue a career in cargo. When prompted to comment on why, students mentioned t...

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Digital Transformation Stories: How UPS, Amazon, JD.com, Delta and Maersk Change Transportation and Logistics Industry DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION STORIES: HOW UPS, AMAZON, JD.COM, DELTA AND MAERSK CHANGE TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

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May 23, 2018

Businesses must always analyze the ways they operate and interact with customers to stay afloat. While methods for upgrades differ, the goal remains the same: be more efficient and, at the same time, exhaust fewer resources. Transportation companies can achieve this goal through logistics management...

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Three Tips to Drive Cost Savings Through Your Packaging Strategy THREE TIPS TO DRIVE COST SAVINGS THROUGH YOUR PACKAGING STRATEGY

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May 22, 2018

Anyone involved in supply chain management and packaging can recognize the importance of cost savings when it comes to their packaging costs. However, it can often be very tricky to determine where to begin and how to make a difference in such a tight market. Here are 3 cost savings tips for your pa...

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Logistics and Transportation Industry News Update: 2018 Q1 Highlights LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE: 2018 Q1 HIGHLIGHTS

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May 21, 2018

We’re already well into 2018, and a lot has happened in the logistics and transportation industry. The ELD mandate continues to be a controversial topic, we’re keeping an eye on the current capacity crisis, the industry is soaring to new technological heights with autonomous vehicles, an...

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Tips to enhance security for your inland shipments TIPS TO ENHANCE SECURITY FOR YOUR INLAND SHIPMENTS

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May 17, 2018

In Mexico, all cargo is at some point transported by truck and trailer through the national motorway network, regardless of whether it is domestic or international ground transport. However, the increase in robbery and accident rates in some of the roads have made of ground shipping one of the most ...

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Lack of Warehouse Space: a Threat and an Opportunity LACK OF WAREHOUSE SPACE: A THREAT AND AN OPPORTUNITY

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May 16, 2018

As online retail skyrockets, the need for warehouse spacing is booming. As demand for storage increases drastically, warehouse space simply can’t keep up with market needs – something which opens up opportunities for industry growth and modernization.

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Taking a Self-Healing Supply Chain Stance on day one at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference TAKING A SELF-HEALING SUPPLY CHAIN STANCE ON DAY ONE AT THE GARTNER SUPPLY CHAIN EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE

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May 15, 2018

Register. Meet. Greet. That’s always a solid day one at any conference. If you’re lucky (and not too jet lagged), you’ll sneak in an early session or two, and you might even find time for cocktail that evening. To add a bit of extra zing to day one at this year’s Gartner Supp...

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Truckload Bids in a Rising Freight Market; What to do? TRUCKLOAD BIDS IN A RISING FREIGHT MARKET; WHAT TO DO?

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May 15, 2018

I’ve written a couple times on transportation procurement in a rising market, and with the current state of the market, I figured it was time to revisit the topic and provide an updated perspective.

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Kinexions ’18: A supply chain event that always delivers more KINEXIONS ’18: A SUPPLY CHAIN EVENT THAT ALWAYS DELIVERS MORE

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May 11, 2018

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin Well said, Mr Darwin. As the world changes around us, so must the supply chain. That’s why we invite RapidResponse user...

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Bringg Selected as Top 100 Logistics IT Provider BRINGG SELECTED AS TOP 100 LOGISTICS IT PROVIDER

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May 09, 2018

Each year, Inbound Logistics magazine develops a list of the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers and for the first time, Bringg has been added to this prestigious industry list. Inbound Logistics’ editors place value on choosing providers whose solutions are central to solving transportation, logis...

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The Most Common Supply Chain Fallacies THE MOST COMMON SUPPLY CHAIN FALLACIES

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May 08, 2018

What follows are the five most common fallacies surrounding supply chain management. Some of these are fallacies that have been around a long time and never seem to go away. Others are more recent in origin.

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5 Email Marketing Trends Supply Chain and Logistics Marketers Need to Know 5 EMAIL MARKETING TRENDS SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS MARKETERS NEED TO KNOW

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May 08, 2018

In fact, more people are using email than ever before (close to 3.8 billion worldwide). Fronetics works with supply chain and logistics businesses every day, so we have a first-hand understanding of how email marketing can be successful in these industries.

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Air freight quotation: how to understand AIR FREIGHT QUOTATION: HOW TO UNDERSTAND

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May 08, 2018

Air freight is nearly always associated with urgent consignments. There are two types of aircraft and services available: passenger and cargo. The basic difference lies in the maximum height of the packages to be transported. Cargo planes can carry packages up to 2.05 meters high (the doors are 2.10...

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IoT, robotics and machine learning set to transform the supply chain, suggests Inmarsat research IOT, ROBOTICS AND MACHINE LEARNING SET TO TRANSFORM THE SUPPLY CHAIN, SUGGESTS INMARSAT RESEARCH

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May 07, 2018

Transport and logistics businesses are investing in the Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart technologies to help them take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers.

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Future Transportation! Foster + Partners Provide A Look At Hyperloop Cargo Transport FUTURE TRANSPORTATION! FOSTER + PARTNERS PROVIDE A LOOK AT HYPERLOOP CARGO TRANSPORT

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May 04, 2018

The creative minds of at Foster + Partners are known for their futuristic and forward-thinking designs. Today they are taking things a step further with a look at its latest concept, a design for the Virgin Hyperloop One. Foster + Partners has created the Hyperloop Cargo Transport, a sleek, futurist...

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Unprecedented Supply Chain Opportunities in the Gulf, But First, the Blockade Must End UNPRECEDENTED SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GULF, BUT FIRST, THE BLOCKADE MUST END

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May 02, 2018

The Middle East, whose historic role as the cross-roads of East-West trade, has been upended by instability and lack of development. To exacerbate this, we are now about to hit the one-year milestone in the blockade in the Arabian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The six members of the Gulf Coop...

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What does GDPR mean for your supply chain? WHAT DOES GDPR MEAN FOR YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN?

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May 01, 2018

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in personal data privacy regulation in 20 years. It’s aimed at tech giants and small and medium enterprises alike. As we count down the days until the GDPR enters into force on May 25, it’s important to...

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The Supply Chain Challenges of GDPR Compliance THE SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES OF GDPR COMPLIANCE

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May 01, 2018

The GDPR also addresses the export of anyone’s personal data outside of the EU, as personal data no longer knows or respects international borders. This mandate is especially important given the recent revelations about Facebook’s user data being compromised by foreign meddling in the 20...

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How to calculate the chargeable weight HOW TO CALCULATE THE CHARGEABLE WEIGHT

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Apr 30, 2018

Chargeable weight is a term we regularly come across in the various different types of international carriage services we offer as forwarders. Each type of services calculates the chargeable weight in a different way which, in practice, is a nuisance for exporters and importers. This is why we have ...

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4 Methods to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency 4 METHODS TO IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN EFFICIENCY

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Apr 28, 2018

For organizations to remain competitive in the global marketplace, continuous supply chain improvement and supply chain efficiency are required. A firm must be hyper-focused on reducing waste to generate cost savings and reduce risk in its supply chain.

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Tight Capacity Doesn’t Have to Hold Your Supply Chain Back TIGHT CAPACITY DOESN’T HAVE TO HOLD YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN BACK

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Apr 27, 2018

The law of supply and demand is a basic tenet taught to every economics student—even those in high school. All too often, supply and demand permeate the world of supply chains. Because the demand for truckload capacity is always changing, the availability of equipment is always in flux. During...

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How to know it HOW TO KNOW IT'S TIME TO ADD INTERMODAL TO YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Apr 27, 2018

As a shipping manager, you’re always pushing to better optimize your supply chain operations. If you ignore inefficiencies, your company will be less competitive and may have to sacrifice precious profit margins. Luckily, intermodal transport is a viable option for solving many of the issues p...

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Opinion: Bridging the logistics skills gap with training OPINION: BRIDGING THE LOGISTICS SKILLS GAP WITH TRAINING

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Apr 27, 2018

Organisations operating within various sectors – from construction to services to healthcare – are feeling the pressures of meeting demand with less staff. As you’d expect, the logistics industry has also been affected by this trend. Back in January, James Hookham, deputy chief exe...

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6 Reasons Your Supply Chain Employees Are Looking For New Jobs 6 REASONS YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN EMPLOYEES ARE LOOKING FOR NEW JOBS

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Apr 26, 2018

As a boutique recruitment agency, we at Argentus are on the front-lines of the churn in the job market. We speak with potential job candidates every day. Some of them are passive, interested in moving into new opportunities when we reach out to them. Some of them are active, reaching out to us becau...

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Barriers to Working with Freight Consolidation Services Companies BARRIERS TO WORKING WITH FREIGHT CONSOLIDATION SERVICES COMPANIES

blog article

Apr 26, 2018

Here at KANE, we are big proponents of freight consolidation. So big that, when we thought of writing about possible barriers to consolidation in this week’s blog, we were worried that it might be too quick a read: “There are no barriers to working with freight consolidation services com...

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Are You Getting the Most out of Your Transportation Modeling Tool? ARE YOU GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TRANSPORTATION MODELING TOOL?

blog article

Apr 26, 2018

Strategic transportation planning tools can prove to be a valuable asset as long as you take full advantage of what they bring to the table. The capabilities of these types of tools allow for deep and complex studies of your transportation network, as well as shorter, quick-hitting analyses. Oftenti...

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XPO Logistics appoints former Amazon exec Kenneth Wagers as new COO XPO LOGISTICS APPOINTS FORMER AMAZON EXEC KENNETH WAGERS AS NEW COO

blog article

Apr 24, 2018

Troy Cooper, who formerly served as Chief Operating Officer and transportation segment leader, has been promoted to the newly created position of President. Both roles are effective immediately. Wagers’ career in the supply chain sector includes senior positions with three global leaders: Amaz...

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Better Spare Parts and Supply Chain Management via 3D Printing BETTER SPARE PARTS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT VIA 3D PRINTING

blog article

Apr 23, 2018

Supply chain management is a constant juggling act. It must balance overall inventory, local availability, and variations in demand. If managing these factors is already a challenge for new products, then spare parts represent the ‘perfect storm’. Maintenance programs and quantities may ...

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‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers ‘TRY BEFORE YOU BUY’: A HUGE LOGISTICS CHALLENGE FOR E-TAILERS

blog article

Apr 23, 2018

The mantra today is “try before you buy.” What it amounts to is enabling a type of customer behavior that has caused apparel sellers headaches for years. It all dates back to the heyday of catalog sales when customers would order more sizes or styles than they intended to keep, try them ...

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How Three Companies are Incorporating Demand Modeling for a Better Supply Chain Design HOW THREE COMPANIES ARE INCORPORATING DEMAND MODELING FOR A BETTER SUPPLY CHAIN DESIGN

blog article

Apr 21, 2018

Have you ever said something along the lines of, ‘well, I thought I had seen it all, but this year was really the craziest yet!’ With the unprecedented pace of change in regulations, political and socioeconomic shifts, and rapidly evolving customer preferences, it’s absolutely crit...

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Wasted Motion Can Cost Your Warehouse WASTED MOTION CAN COST YOUR WAREHOUSE

blog article

Apr 20, 2018

Unnecessary motion is often difficult to comprehend and recognize. It’s ingrained in our habits, and many times it’s hard to understand how it indicates a larger problem on the floor. The average U.S. warehouse wastes 6.9 weeks a year on unnecessary motion—costing the industry $4.3...

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The dry bulk freight market: Just treading water? THE DRY BULK FREIGHT MARKET: JUST TREADING WATER?

blog article

Apr 20, 2018

A decade has passed since the 2008 dry bulk freight rates began a long downturn which coincided with the Financial Crisis and culminated with a historic low in January 2016. And while many are encouraged by the rebound since then, a cursory look at the Baltic Dry Bulk Index (BDI) indicates how serio...

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Patient-centric networks at the heart of pharmaceutical supply chain management: Lessons from LogiPharma Europe 2018 PATIENT-CENTRIC NETWORKS AT THE HEART OF PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM LOGIPHARMA EUROPE 2018

blog article

Apr 18, 2018

In early April I attended the LogiPharma Europe 2018 conference in Montreux, Switzerland, an event that attracted more than 800 attendees, including practitioners and executives from pharma and medical device industries, along with software vendors and many service providers.

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Oil & Gas Logistics: Optimizing your non-hydrocarbon supply chain OIL & GAS LOGISTICS: OPTIMIZING YOUR NON-HYDROCARBON SUPPLY CHAIN

blog article

Apr 18, 2018

There’s plenty of noise out there about the product supply chain in the oil and gas industry. Best practices, improvement strategies, and predicted trends fill search engine result pages with articles of speculation and ideas—and understandably so. The product supply chain in the oil and...

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Four Key Steps to Drive Efficient Supply Chain Planning for Manufacturers in the 21st Century FOUR KEY STEPS TO DRIVE EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING FOR MANUFACTURERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

blog article

Apr 17, 2018

Companies, specifically manufacturers, are struggling to keep up with the pace of 21st-century demand. How is this still a relevant topic 18 years post “Y2K?” Shouldn’t it sound as outdated as computer programs operating with only two digit year signifiers? After all, it’s be...

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Four Steps to Successfully Deploy Android in Your Supply Chain FOUR STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOY ANDROID IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

blog article

Apr 16, 2018

Many supply chain firms, retail and warehousing organizations faced with growing demand to cut costs and improve productivity are now looking toward modern mobility solutions to help them achieve these objectives. According to a recent VDC Research study, “Taking Advantage of Apps and App Mode...

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BENCHMARKING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN BENCHMARKING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

blog article

Apr 16, 2018

Operations within your supply chain should be reviewed and revised constantly, to ensure you are making the necessary improvements to achieve your end goals, whatever they may be.Benchmarking your supply chain is a step by step process where you are able to determine which areas of your business you...

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Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect TIPS FOR RETAILERS (AND ALL SHIPPERS) TO OVERCOME THE AMAZON EFFECT

blog article

Apr 16, 2018

There is no doubt, that the retail landscape is increasingly looking like an online one as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, such as Toys R Us, Foot Locker, and Best Buy mobile shutter hundreds of stores unable to keep up with the changing customer that wants fast, free delivery all with just ...

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5 Ways to Combat the Supply Chain Talent Gap 5 WAYS TO COMBAT THE SUPPLY CHAIN TALENT GAP

blog article

Apr 16, 2018

It’s no secret — the supply chain is experiencing a major talent gap. In fact, according to Supply Chain Insights, 60% of companies within the supply chain industry have job openings, and 51% of companies are seeing an increase in turnover of supply chain leaders. So what can you do to o...

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Supply Chain Software Sector Gains From Patient Investors SUPPLY CHAIN SOFTWARE SECTOR GAINS FROM PATIENT INVESTORS

blog article

Apr 16, 2018

Supply chain software companies have been garnering some major investments. In 2016, the $570 million equity infusion from Blackstone and New Mountain Capital in JDA Software made a lot of news. But since then, some much quieter investments have been noteworthy.

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Digital Supply Chain Sophistication Coming Soon to a Port Near You DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN SOPHISTICATION COMING SOON TO A PORT NEAR YOU

blog article

Apr 16, 2018

In a post-MODEX interview Jon Slangerup, the CEO of the Atlanta-based 4PL, American Global Logistics, says that U.S. ports are finally keeping pace with technology-driven trends in other transport industries. “When I was recruited to be the CEO at the Port of Long Beach in 2014, the biggest co...

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Factors That Influence Distribution Management Strategy FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

blog article

Apr 15, 2018

Distribution management is an integral part of the larger universe of logistics and supply chain management. Elements that include forecasting, transportation, warehousing, and delivery require precise tracking, real-time information, and highly skilled staffing to execute effectively.

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Supply Chain and E-Commerce: How Is E-Commerce Changing Supply Chain Management? SUPPLY CHAIN AND E-COMMERCE: HOW IS E-COMMERCE CHANGING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT?

blog article

Apr 13, 2018

The management lies in the hands of e-commerce and omnichannel sales strategies. Customer service is more important than ever, and customers expect purchases to arrive at record speeds with free or low-cost shipping, says GlobeCon Freight Systems. As a result, e-commerce will have wide-ranging impac...

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The Role of the TMS in 3PL Transportation Services THE ROLE OF THE TMS IN 3PL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

blog article

Apr 12, 2018

If you’ve talked to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) in recent years, chances are you’ve heard it tout its transportation management system. There is a good reason for all this talk. TMS systems are truly game changers that can lead to a much more efficient transportation operation...

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Blockchain, IoT and Big Data: a critical look at logistics technology BLOCKCHAIN, IOT AND BIG DATA: A CRITICAL LOOK AT LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY

blog article

Apr 11, 2018

The logistics industry is experiencing an unprecedented time of growth and change. To many senior logistics professionals, Blockchain, big data, and the internet of things may sound more like a sci-fi plot than the actual future of logistics.

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Is global complexity driving your automotive supply chain to the edge? IS GLOBAL COMPLEXITY DRIVING YOUR AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAIN TO THE EDGE?

blog article

Apr 10, 2018

Don’t put your supply chain profits and productivity at risk. New technologies, emerging and shifting markets, disconnected regional processes, increasing volumes and added customer demands—these are just a few of the speed bumps automotive supply chains are facing. And not addressing al...

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Driver Shortage Concerns? Start with Bringing Packaging Efficiency to Your Shipments DRIVER SHORTAGE CONCERNS? START WITH BRINGING PACKAGING EFFICIENCY TO YOUR SHIPMENTS

blog article

Apr 10, 2018

Anyone monitoring transportation and long-haul trucking rates understand just how much the current driver shortage presents real problems for shippers. Managers continue to witness both substantial rate increases and a reduction in load acceptance. Despite the inability to see the metrics for at lea...

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Robots Are Taking Over the E-Commerce Warehouse ROBOTS ARE TAKING OVER THE E-COMMERCE WAREHOUSE

blog article

Apr 09, 2018

Lior Elazary, a chief executive officer of inVia Robotics, is entirely comfortable with stating that “robots are taking over the supply chain.” But that doesn’t preclude a continuing role for humans, he says. At least for now. The need to automate the fulfillment of e-commerce orde...

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Eating Up Increased Costs: Supply Chain Optimization Tips for the Food and Beverage Industry EATING UP INCREASED COSTS: SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION TIPS FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

blog article

Apr 04, 2018

A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal Logistics Report highlighted how rising logistics costs are squeezing the food and beverage industry. With the increased cost of moving goods, food and beverage companies are being forced to increase the price of their products to maintain their profit margi...

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Dealing with the Climate in Your Thailand Warehouse Design DEALING WITH THE CLIMATE IN YOUR THAILAND WAREHOUSE DESIGN

blog article

Apr 04, 2018

In general, design considerations for warehouses in Thailand differ little from anywhere else in the world. However, there are one or two differences that can sometimes be overlooked, especially by companies operating out of older premises, or those expanding operations into the Thai market.

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Top 10 signs you’ve been working in supply chain too long TOP 10 SIGNS YOU’VE BEEN WORKING IN SUPPLY CHAIN TOO LONG

blog article

Apr 03, 2018

Boomers, millennial leadership and supply chain management jokes. Is it time for the older generation to move on? It’s no secret supply chain talent has been top of mind for many executives for some time. Research firm Gartner even has it listed as a hot topic for its Supply Chain Executive Co...

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Is Uber Freight a Going Concern? IS UBER FREIGHT A GOING CONCERN?

blog article

Apr 03, 2018

Uber’s debts have continued to grow. Uber lost $4.5 billion in 2017, up from $2.8 billion the year before. Uber reported a loss of $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter on revenues of $2.2 billion.  It was recently reported that Uber will discontinue its same-day parcel and package delivery ...

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8 Advantages of Supplier Development 8 ADVANTAGES OF SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

blog article

Mar 31, 2018

If your company manufactures a product and has a supply base, then implementing and executing a supplier development program is vital to set your company up for long-term success. Not only will a supplier development program produce better overall costs in the long run, but it’ll also give you...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN – ARE WE THERE YET? ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN – ARE WE THERE YET?

blog article

Mar 29, 2018

We are noticing an increasing level of excitement about the possible applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the supply chain, along with some scepticism and lack of enthusiasm from the traditionalists. AI definitely has the potential to enrich our everyday business activities, but how far h...

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An executive’s guide to AI in supply chain management AN EXECUTIVE’S GUIDE TO AI IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

blog article

Mar 27, 2018

Transitioning from hype to reality, artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining momentum across industries thanks to an explosion in computing power and storage, the emergence of IoT (Internet of Things) and big data, and algorithmic advances. While there have been numerous examples of how AI can boost ...

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Supply Chains and Blockchain Part 2 – Making It Work SUPPLY CHAINS AND BLOCKCHAIN PART 2 – MAKING IT WORK

blog article

Mar 27, 2018

Can blockchain improve your supply chain? Only if you can make practical use of it. Currently, blockchain is still new and shiny, and a bit mysterious. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been fuelling interest and examples are multiplying of blockchain being used for the supply chain. Yet, as o...

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Making A Case for Warehouse Robotics MAKING A CASE FOR WAREHOUSE ROBOTICS

blog article

Mar 27, 2018

Many people hear about warehouse robotics and think it’s too futuristic, yet there are e-commerce fulfillment applications being installed today. They are not theoretical. Some may scoff at this technology, but we think it would be a mistake to say “that will never apply to my company.&r...

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An executive’s guide to AI in supply chain management AN EXECUTIVE’S GUIDE TO AI IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

blog article

Mar 27, 2018

Transitioning from hype to reality, artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining momentum across industries thanks to an explosion in computing power and storage, the emergence of IoT (Internet of Things) and big data, and algorithmic advances. While there have been numerous examples of how AI can boost ...

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5 Steps to Solve a Supply Chain Crisis 5 STEPS TO SOLVE A SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS

blog article

Mar 26, 2018

With effective logistics planning and strategies, you can run a supply chain smoothly without too many concerns. However, disruptions can occur even with the best plans in place. If your company encounters a supply chain crisis, it is important not to panic.

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INTRALOGISTICS: SAVING ENERGY AND FLYING HELPERS INTRALOGISTICS: SAVING ENERGY AND FLYING HELPERS

blog article

Mar 26, 2018

There’s such a lot of talk about automation and digitization within the supply chain and the technology behind it. You can read all about the trends: the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and Industry 4.0 online. Dramatic changes are afoot to make processes more effi...

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3 Tips to Eliminate Hidden Shipping Costs 3 TIPS TO ELIMINATE HIDDEN SHIPPING COSTS

blog article

Mar 23, 2018

Many companies, both large and small, have significantly reduced their shipping costs by implementing a multi-carrier shipping solution that allows them to compare carrier rates and automate document production. However, you can realize even greater savings by ensuring that your shipping system is c...

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DHL Making a Move – Steady Growth and Asset Light! DHL MAKING A MOVE – STEADY GROWTH AND ASSET LIGHT!

blog article

Mar 23, 2018

The aim was to offer a quick and seamless 2- or 3-day U.S. delivery at a highly competitive price. Like Amazon, FedEx and UPS, who represent a large portion of the total B2C parcel market share, the DHL product is based on the USPS Workshare product.

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Investing to shape the future of logistics industry INVESTING TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

blog article

Mar 22, 2018

Panalpina is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions operating in 70 countries. It is the first logistics company to join European Remanufacturing Council (an initiative to make remanufacturing a normal part of a product lifecycle and support the circular economy) and op...

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How Trading Partners Can Leverage Data to Improve the Supply Chain HOW TRADING PARTNERS CAN LEVERAGE DATA TO IMPROVE THE SUPPLY CHAIN

blog article

Mar 21, 2018

In a 2016 Forbes article, data visualization expert Stephen Few said, “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” Like written words on a page, data has a way of constructing a narrative that provides background, explains a strug...

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How Retailers Can Be King Of The Road HOW RETAILERS CAN BE KING OF THE ROAD

blog article

Mar 20, 2018

As consumers increasingly desire fast and free shipping, there is perhaps no greater pressure for retailers than the race to get packages delivered to people’s doorsteps. For retailers with a single truck or a fleet, improving trailer utilization, reducing theft, and the derailment of deliveri...

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Space: The final logistics and supply chain management frontier SPACE: THE FINAL LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FRONTIER

blog article

Mar 19, 2018

Recent advancements in the space launch market may indicate an increased need for logistics and supply chain management in outer space operations. Humankind’s ongoing curiosity about space has countries competing to prove they have not only the technology but also the resources and collective ...

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What Is Full Truckload Shipping & How It Differs From Other Over-The-Road Modes? WHAT IS FULL TRUCKLOAD SHIPPING & HOW IT DIFFERS FROM OTHER OVER-THE-ROAD MODES?

blog article

Mar 19, 2018

Shippers face an onslaught of information in the digital age and often, due to this information overload, shippers find navigating the complex world of shipping challenges. In the modern era, it can be difficult for shippers to identify the best way to achieve cost savings, reduce risk and ensure op...

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Clear Sailing for Ocean Carriers in 2018-If They Don’t Blow It CLEAR SAILING FOR OCEAN CARRIERS IN 2018-IF THEY DON’T BLOW IT

blog article

Mar 19, 2018

The World Trade Organization’s latest release of its World Trade Outlook Indicator shows merchandise trade volume experiencing above-average growth in early 2018. “Strong results for air freight, container shipping, and export orders, in particular, suggest that, while the trade recovery...

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How Will ELD Adoption Affect Freight Brokers? HOW WILL ELD ADOPTION AFFECT FREIGHT BROKERS?

blog article

Mar 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: The Eld mandate has arrived but the changes to the industry are still up in the air. Vic Lance of Lance Surety Bond Associates shows us what the industry expects to see regarding ELD adoption.  Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) were introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier S...

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Warehousing, the Rise of IT, Automation, and Now Robotics WAREHOUSING, THE RISE OF IT, AUTOMATION, AND NOW ROBOTICS

blog article

Mar 15, 2018

From a simple place to stock goods, warehouses have developed in many ways function and form included.  Affected by changes in production, procurement and distribution methods, warehousing has continually been pushed and pulled in different directions. Just-in-time techniques have led to more p...

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What Is Intelligent Supply Chain Management? WHAT IS INTELLIGENT SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT?

blog article

Mar 15, 2018

Intelligent supply chain management can reduce costs, improve profitability, and enable competitive advantage for your organization. From the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA) to the use of the internet of Things, explains i-Scoop, intelligent supply chain management is changing the game for tr...

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8 Common Warehousing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them 8 COMMON WAREHOUSING MISTAKES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

blog article

Mar 15, 2018

To say there is any one single way in which to manage a warehouse would be folly—much depends on the nature of the supply chain and of the warehouse itself. However, there are certain common principles that can and should be applied. Conversely, of course, this also means there are a number of...

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Warehousing, the Rise of IT, Automation, and Now… Robotics WAREHOUSING, THE RISE OF IT, AUTOMATION, AND NOW… ROBOTICS

blog article

Mar 15, 2018

From a simple place to stock goods, warehouses have developed in many ways-function and form included.  Affected by changes in production, procurement and distribution methods, warehousing has continually been pushed and pulled in different directions. Just-in-time techniques have led to more p...

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3 Tips for Cargo Theft Prevention 3 TIPS FOR CARGO THEFT PREVENTION

blog article

Mar 15, 2018

As globalization continues to increase the amount of freight shipped across international boundaries, so too does it increase the risk of losses through cargo theft. Already this year (2015)`, a spate of cargo vessel hijackings in the Asia Pacific region has resulted in millions of liters of fuel oi...

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Inland Empire Logistics: 2018 Outlook INLAND EMPIRE LOGISTICS: 2018 OUTLOOK

blog article

Mar 15, 2018

As the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to experience record-setting growth, the entire Southern California logistics industry is in full “boom” mode. And, it’s not just Los Angeles and Orange Counties that are benefiting. The Inland Empire logistics industry has the ro...

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New Food Safety Rules Soon to Kick in for Small Brokers, Shippers and Carriers NEW FOOD SAFETY RULES SOON TO KICK IN FOR SMALL BROKERS, SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS

blog article

Mar 14, 2018

the new rules for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods will come into effect for small businesses. As the date approaches, it can be useful to review what shippers, carriers, and brokers will need to comply with when handling food.

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What’s keeping you from realizing digital supply chain success? WHAT’S KEEPING YOU FROM REALIZING DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN SUCCESS?

blog article

Mar 13, 2018

Going digital has become top of mind for most supply chain leaders these days. But finding success through digital transformation is still an elusive venture. According to recent research by the Korn Ferry Institute, all 100 senior supply chain executives the firm surveyed said digital supply chains...

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INTRALOGISTICS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW INTRALOGISTICS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

blog article

Mar 13, 2018

If logistics is defined as moving things efficiently from point A to point B, then intralogistics is a similar but much-expanded concept.  It involves, within a distribution centre or warehouse, optimizing and managing the logistical flow of information along with physical materials management....

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Creating Agility in Today’s Supply Chain CREATING AGILITY IN TODAY’S SUPPLY CHAIN

blog article

Mar 12, 2018

At the end of any well-executed grocery supply chain is a satisfied consumer. However, as we witness an era of unprecedented change in food retail, supply chains must become agiler to keep today’s consumer satisfied. Here are a few ways the supply chain is evolving: Changing Consumer Preferenc...

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Shipping from the US to Islands in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia – Oceania Export Market Series SHIPPING FROM THE US TO ISLANDS IN MELANESIA, MICRONESIA AND POLYNESIA – OCEANIA EXPORT MARKET SERIES

blog article

Mar 11, 2018

This post will complete our Oceania Market Series. While it includes many different countries and islands, the bulk of which get the majority of their GDP from the tourism industry, shipping to these nations offers a great opportunity to those shippers who service industries that cater to the touris...

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How to Improve Freight Labeling for Transport and Logistics Management HOW TO IMPROVE FREIGHT LABELING FOR TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

blog article

Mar 09, 2018

Lost labels and mislabelled freight are irritating. Incorrect or missing labels are a source of frustration for packers, handlers, freight forwarders, customs officers, haulers and those receiving the goods. ‘Goods in’ depots are unlikely to receive mislabelled freight, while incorrect s...

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The Future of Supply Chain: It’s Time to Start Managing Supply Chains for the Future, Not the Past THE FUTURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN: IT’S TIME TO START MANAGING SUPPLY CHAINS FOR THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST

blog article

Mar 08, 2018

The future of supply chain management is filled with technologically empowered, happy, satisfied workers, faster workflows, synchronous systems, robotics, millennials, and even more millennials. Can you imagine it? Are you ready? Supply chain managers face many challenges in the digital age. E-comme...

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Tariffs, Trade and the Global Supply Chain TARIFFS, TRADE AND THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

blog article

Mar 08, 2018

Last week President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum., setting off talk of global trade wars, prompting the departure of a top economic advisor and rattling an already volatile stock market.  And although these topics are the ones that make headlines, there is another group of ...

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Women Who Shaped The Trucking Industry WOMEN WHO SHAPED THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY

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Mar 08, 2018

This year, Women’s History Month is observed in March. This m