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Schneider Electric for suppliers SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC FOR SUPPLIERS

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Jun 27, 2020

At Schneider Electric, meeting our customers’ expectations is a key priority. As concern over COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) grows, we are monitoring developments to this situation globally, as well as following local health and government regulations, continually assessing and responding to changes.O...

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For our deep Sustainability commitment and world leading contributions FOR OUR DEEP SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT AND WORLD LEADING CONTRIBUTIONS

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Jun 27, 2020

We track our commitments and goals quarterly through the Schneider Sustainability Impact 2018 – 2020 (formerly called the Planet & Society barometer). The 2018 – 2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact ?shows our commitments by 2020, as well as our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Develop...

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For information on our commitment and Tomorrow Rising fund to helping communities recover from the Covid-19 crisis FOR INFORMATION ON OUR COMMITMENT AND TOMORROW RISING FUND TO HELPING COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM THE COVID-19 CRISIS

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Jun 27, 2020

With half a million people benefited in 60+ countries, the Tomorrow Rising Fund is now focusing on education and professional training programs to secure the best future for young people and their communities affected by COVID-19.Two months after launching the Tomorrow Rising fund to support Covid-1...

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Reducing Risk in Your Global Supply Chain REDUCING RISK IN YOUR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Apr 20, 2020

The complex, hyper-connected nature of global supply chains makes them extremely vulnerable to a range of risk factors. In 2019, corporations experienced new levels of volatility in commodity and energy pricing, interest and exchange rates, and general international trading conditions. In 2020, thin...

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How AI and automation could impact supply chain roles HOW AI AND AUTOMATION COULD IMPACT SUPPLY CHAIN ROLES

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Apr 19, 2020

Innovations such as AI and automation have been tipped to kickstart the Fourth Revolution. While the technology is being widely adopted, it is constantly evolving. Therefore, there is uncertainty surrounding its overall impact, particularly on professional roles within the supply chain. Some fear th...

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Supply Chain Peak Season Technology: Are Your Systems Updated & Ready? SUPPLY CHAIN PEAK SEASON TECHNOLOGY: ARE YOUR SYSTEMS UPDATED & READY?

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Apr 17, 2020

Supply chain peak season technology aids supply chain leaders in understanding their operations, unlocking insights, reviewing performance, and much more. In conjunction with the rise of e-commerce and ongoing demand for more products, faster service, and better supply chain performance, the entire ...

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Reverse Logistics: A Priority for Distribution Strategy REVERSE LOGISTICS: A PRIORITY FOR DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY

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Apr 15, 2020

The rapid growth of e-commerce continues to create new challenges for retailers as they plan distribution strategies. One of those challenges is managing the high volume of returns. One in three shoppers returns items, and more than half read a company’s returns policy before making a purchase...

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Transportation Technology: A Source Of Clarity For Supply Chains In Need TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY: A SOURCE OF CLARITY FOR SUPPLY CHAINS IN NEED

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Apr 15, 2020

Transportation has always been the cornerstone of the supply chain and arguably its most targeted area when something goes wrong with a shipment. Why is my package late? What is my load’s current location? What is the ETA for my order? These are the daily questions that come from warehouses, d...

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Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Supply Chain Disruptions Through Supply Chain Digital Transformation SURVIVING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND FUTURE SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS THROUGH SUPPLY CHAIN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

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Apr 09, 2020

Supply chain disruptions, like the one we are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic will continue to happen. Just look back over the last couple of years. We have had a major fire in China a major earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a volcanic eruption in northern Europe, several large hu...

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RETAIL IN THE GCC: WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT TRENDS DRIVING BUSINESS RETAIL IN THE GCC: WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT TRENDS DRIVING BUSINESS

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Apr 09, 2020

Shifts in consumer expectations and behaviour, which were evident in the results of McKinsey’s latest Middle East Consumer Sentiment Survey, are among several challenges that retailers and consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) manufacturers in the region have been facing. Another challenge is the infl...

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Emission-free shipping: Ways of sustainable transport on the seas EMISSION-FREE SHIPPING: WAYS OF SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT ON THE SEAS

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Apr 08, 2020

Around 90 % of the world’s goods are currently transported by ships causing nearly 3 % of total global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This makes it one of the largest polluters in the transport industry, with international merchant ships and large freighters responsible for the lion’s s...

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The Key to Managing Supply-Chain Risk in Manufacturing THE KEY TO MANAGING SUPPLY-CHAIN RISK IN MANUFACTURING

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Apr 07, 2020

The global pandemic has added an extra layer of complexity and disruption to the manufacturing supply chain. In response, manufacturers and shipping companies worldwide are shifting gears, re-evaluating their strategies and risk profiles, and scrambling to keep up production.Despite these efforts, t...

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Private wireless networking for the logistics industry PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORKING FOR THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

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Apr 07, 2020

With the boom in e-commerce, the global logistic market is getting more complex. This is driving the industry to automate operations and digitally transform in order to meet the delivery demands of customers. The global enterprise business in first-, second- and third-party logistics has a unique op...

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Emergency Shipping Amid Uncertainty Through Data Driven TMS EMERGENCY SHIPPING AMID UNCERTAINTY THROUGH DATA DRIVEN TMS

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Apr 07, 2020

Control over the end-to-end supply chain lies in careful planning of both inbound and outbound activities, and without doubt, disasters and emergencies will eventually arise. The responsiveness of the supply chain depends on the ability of shippers to rapidly increase shipment volume to meet demand,...

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Design and planning process for future supply chains DESIGN AND PLANNING PROCESS FOR FUTURE SUPPLY CHAINS

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Apr 06, 2020

Black Rock, the world’s largest fund manager has stated that the crisis will fundamentally reshape business practices, society and consumer habits – rethinking the way people work, shop, travel and gather. There will be a ‘new normal’ way of functioning and businesses will ne...

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How procurement can drive long term sustainability HOW PROCUREMENT CAN DRIVE LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY

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Apr 05, 2020

Alex Saric, smart procurement expert, Ivalua discusses the ways in which porcurement can drive long term sustainability. Over the last 12 months, sustainability has become a top priority for many businesses, as environmental activism has taken over the world stage and governments treat the subject a...

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Supply Chain Risk Management: How Supply Chain Technology Aids in Risk Management SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT: HOW SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY AIDS IN RISK MANAGEMENT

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Apr 03, 2020

All businesses face risks, and your business is only as strong as the weakest link. A failure on the part of any supplier or other supply chain partner could result in cascading problems across your business, and supply chain. However, today’s supply chain technology can help manage vendor rel...

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In 2020, Supply-Chain Digitization Is No Longer Optional IN 2020, SUPPLY-CHAIN DIGITIZATION IS NO LONGER OPTIONAL

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Apr 02, 2020

Without a doubt, uncertainty and unpredictability will continue to increase. Whether you‘re a bio pharma company grappling with temperature excursions, or an automaker relying on critical assembly-line components that only China produces, you’re bound to be affected. The amount of disrup...

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Quantitative Data Addressing The COVID-19 Inventory Policy Vulnerability Of Global Based Supply Chains QUANTITATIVE DATA ADDRESSING THE COVID-19 INVENTORY POLICY VULNERABILITY OF GLOBAL BASED SUPPLY CHAINS

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Apr 02, 2020

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a reference to one financial risk assessment provider’s proprietary data identifying inventory stocking vulnerabilities of suppliers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a previously published Supply Chain Matters editorial commentary, Just in Time In...

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AI Can Help Make Supply Chains Sustainable AI CAN HELP MAKE SUPPLY CHAINS SUSTAINABLE

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Apr 01, 2020

Few issues are as important to businesses today than sustainability. Because the modern consumer cares about the environment, companies need to meet higher expectations about eco-friendly practices. Supply chains, in particular, have a lot of room to improve. It's no secret that logistics chains...

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COVID-19 SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACTS ON THE GCC: WHAT TO FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW COVID-19 SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACTS ON THE GCC: WHAT TO FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW

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Apr 01, 2020

Over the past few years of digital transformation in the retail sphere, changing customer behaviours, and new demands, our supply chains have not become more robust to handle the additional pressure. Now, with COVID-19 knocking on our warehouse doors, we have a massive gap to bridge to make it safel...

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5 Ways How Advanced Technology Is Disrupting Transport And Logistics Business Models 5 WAYS HOW ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IS DISRUPTING TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS BUSINESS MODELS

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Mar 31, 2020

The transport and logistics industry has a lot of suppliers who have had to change the model of their business in the last few years. Many of them have had to adapt and deploy innovative technologies, so, that shipping cab becomes more sustainable flexible and efficient as the growth of the industry...

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COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient COVID-19 LESSON: MAKE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN MORE RESILIENT

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Mar 31, 2020

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be. Th...

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Supply Chain in the Time of Corona SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE TIME OF CORONA

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Mar 30, 2020

The corona lock-down has one advantage: I finally have the time to read the stack of books on my bedside table. That includes re-reading the classic novel by Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera, which is set in the late 19th century during a cholera pandemic. No one ali...

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REAL-TIME SUPPLY CHAIN, GPS AND TELEMATICS MORE ESSENTIAL THAN EVER REAL-TIME SUPPLY CHAIN, GPS AND TELEMATICS MORE ESSENTIAL THAN EVER

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Mar 28, 2020

Combining real-time vehicle data and intelligent agents with integrated planning and execution for efficient, resilient supply chains. A supply chain is only as fast and responsive as the data driving it. Today, new sources of real-time data such as telematics, combined with a planning and execution...

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Supply Chain Trends in a Nutshell SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS IN A NUTSHELL

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Mar 27, 2020

When Carl W. Bentzel was recently appointed a Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, he knew that he’d face a few urgent concerns, but the Coronavirus quickly became the chief challenge FMC management. The maritime industry has been deeply affected as a result of the upheaval ...

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Supply Chain Disruptions: How Stronger Collaboration Will Have a Big Impact on the Future of Warehouse Management SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS: HOW STRONGER COLLABORATION WILL HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT

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Mar 27, 2020

From Walmart to Amazon, the positive role of collaboration in warehouse management is undisputed, and collaboration is on track to revolutionize tomorrow’s warehouse management standards. In fact, both Amazon and Walmart leveraged warehouse management and supply chain management strategies to ...

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Why ISO Standards for Warehouse Work Should Be Reevaluated WHY ISO STANDARDS FOR WAREHOUSE WORK SHOULD BE REEVALUATED

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Mar 27, 2020

Lower back pain is the second most common reason for a doctor visit, and costs the supply-chain industry around $100 billion per year. One of the leading culprits for this pain and expense is the pushing and pulling that occurs in the hundreds of thousands of distribution facilities throughout the w...

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How to Mitigate the COVID-19 Impact on Your Supply Chain Operations HOW TO MITIGATE THE COVID-19 IMPACT ON YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS

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Mar 26, 2020

We’ve been receiving a number of questions from customers asking how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) on their operations, employees, customers and carriers. The good news is there is a lot that can be done now with your existing logistics and supply chain solutions. You co...

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Oracle: creating future-ready intelligent supply chains ORACLE: CREATING FUTURE-READY INTELLIGENT SUPPLY CHAINS

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Mar 26, 2020

Supply Chain Digital takes a look at how Oracle is helping organisations make their supply chain management future ready. In supply chains of the future, traditional organisations are facing increased process and operational complexity. In order to combat the challenges of Increased buyer expectatio...

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LOCKDOWN LOGISTICS: DON’T WAIT, AUTOMATE! LOCKDOWN LOGISTICS: DON’T WAIT, AUTOMATE!

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Mar 25, 2020

Supply chains are under pressure ordinarily, and in current times with a sweeping pandemic affecting countries from the GCC, the value of automation in supply chains and warehouse management logistics is more apparent than ever.The ability to find solutions that do not require direct human engagemen...

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The Autonomous Supply Chain THE AUTONOMOUS SUPPLY CHAIN

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Mar 25, 2020

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan,...

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Steps To Take For Choosing Your Warehouse Management System STEPS TO TAKE FOR CHOOSING YOUR WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Mar 20, 2020

Knowing what your critical needs are and what drives your company will assist you in addressing the solution to the problem of what warehouse management system you should use. The system’s functionalities must closely match your requirements, which can be determined by identifying the particul...

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Smart Supply Chains Adapt to Overcome COVID-19 Challenges SMART SUPPLY CHAINS ADAPT TO OVERCOME COVID-19 CHALLENGES

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Mar 20, 2020

Almost 75 percent of US companies are experiencing capacity shortfalls in their supply chains, due to Coronavirus-linked transport disruptions, a new study has shown. More than 60 percent of firms said delays were related to orders from China. With some 5 million companies impacted by China’s ...

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how supply chains can mitigate coronavirus impact HOW SUPPLY CHAINS CAN MITIGATE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT

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Mar 18, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus is impacting individuals and supply chains alike, with hundreds of new cases announced every day. It’s a public health emergency and has caused product flows to be changed around. The research and advisory giants, Gartner, believes supply chain leaders should focu...

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Three ways to increase supply chain speed in manufacturing THREE WAYS TO INCREASE SUPPLY CHAIN SPEED IN MANUFACTURING

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Mar 17, 2020

Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at how organisations can speed up their manufacturing supply chain. As the world continues to mass adopt innovative technology and the ease in which consumers are able to receive information via the internet increases, consumers are demanding more immediacy w...

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How AI and automation are reshaping supply chain roles HOW AI AND AUTOMATION ARE RESHAPING SUPPLY CHAIN ROLES

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Mar 16, 2020

New technologies and AI have the potential to boost collaboration between machines and workers even if some fear the impact it could have on the jobs market. While AI has been heralded in some quarters as the innovation that will bring about a Fourth Industrial Revolution, its impact on future suppl...

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STRATEGIES TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON SUPPLY CHAINS STRATEGIES TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON SUPPLY CHAINS

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Mar 16, 2020

Manufacturers across the globe are struggling to address supply chain disruptions caused due to COVID-19 outbreak. Commonly called as coronavirus, is impacting supply chains in terms of parts, labor, and government restrictions. Quarantined workers and shortages of components have crimped the availa...

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What is supply chain? A definitive guide. WHAT IS SUPPLY CHAIN? A DEFINITIVE GUIDE.

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Mar 13, 2020

Getting the supply chain right is make or break to companies - especially in the modern world, where consumers expect to receive goods quicker than ever before. But what actually is the supply chain? A supply chain is defined as the entire process of making and selling commercial goods, including ev...

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Accenture: digital transformation of freight and logistics ACCENTURE: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS

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Mar 13, 2020

One of the biggest disruptors to traditional freight and logistics, is transforming the way in which the industry continues to do business. In a recent research study, Accenture highlights the importance of traditional freight and logistics companies joining new digital entrants on their disruptive ...

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DEALING WITH WAREHOUSE CHALLENGES WHILE YOUR BUSINESS GROWS: 4 TIPS DEALING WITH WAREHOUSE CHALLENGES WHILE YOUR BUSINESS GROWS: 4 TIPS

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Mar 12, 2020

In business change is inevitable, but growth is optional. Selecting a WMS system for a growing business in the UAE or Saudi Arabia is an important decision that should not be taken lightly because the right system will need to meet current needs while facilitating growth to achieve and accommodate f...

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Creating A Culture Of Warehouse Safety Through People, Process, Tools, And Technology CREATING A CULTURE OF WAREHOUSE SAFETY THROUGH PEOPLE, PROCESS, TOOLS, AND TECHNOLOGY

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Mar 11, 2020

Safety is not just a poster or a slogan – it is a culture that must be built and maintained. The keys to creating and maintaining a culture of safety in the warehouse are people, processes, tools, and technology. Through a holistic approach that encourages collaboration and visibility at all l...

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In Global Logistics, Orchestration Is the New Visibility IN GLOBAL LOGISTICS, ORCHESTRATION IS THE NEW VISIBILITY

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Mar 11, 2020

We’re all familiar with the consumer “one-click” digital experience. More likely than not, however, logistics teams face a daily work experience that’s nowhere close to digital. Operations at major ports and container freight stations are still filled with paper manifests, gr...

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How AI is used to power logistics HOW AI IS USED TO POWER LOGISTICS

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Mar 10, 2020

There’s no shortage of challenges for the logistics industry, whether it’s growing global tensions or trade wars. But technology is providing opportunities for improvement – and artificial intelligence (AI) is driving a lot of that change. Data in logistics was historically underut...

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Cloud and cyber: benefits and challenges for supply chains CLOUD AND CYBER: BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES FOR SUPPLY CHAINS

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Mar 10, 2020

Supply Chain Digital sits down with cloud and cyber experts to discuss the adoption of these technologies in the supply chain industry. “Disruptions within supply chains are becoming more common,” says Tim Mackey, Senior Principal Consultant at Synopsys CyRC. “Suppliers at every le...

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Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times HELP SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNERS BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES

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Mar 09, 2020

As I flew to Dallas, I worked on this post. Before boarding the plane, I watched a traveler pull a diet Coke from the bin and thought about the struggle to source sweetener with the rise of COV-19. As I poured the dog food into the bowl for my pups, I wondered if I was going to have to switch kibble...

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Supply Chain Sustainability: If a leopard can’t change its spots, can supply chains ever be sustainable? SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY: IF A LEOPARD CAN’T CHANGE ITS SPOTS, CAN SUPPLY CHAINS EVER BE SUSTAINABLE?

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Mar 09, 2020

They say a leopard can’t change its spots but if they could, how would they change them? What color would the spots be? Would they even want to change them at all? While these are purely hypothetical questions, the phrase “a leopard can never change its spots” has got me thinking h...

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Can AI transform the supply chain? CAN AI TRANSFORM THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Mar 09, 2020

Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) and their organizations often struggle to optimize decision making and manage disruptions because they lack end-to-end visibility. More than 75 percent of CSCOs and supply chain leaders report that they have “very limited” supply chain visibility&mdash...

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Can blockchain create a sustainable supply chain? CAN BLOCKCHAIN CREATE A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Mar 06, 2020

Was the cobalt in your phone dug up by a child miner or the cotton for your clothes farmed by slave labour? How much CO2 was emitted or plastic wasted manufacturing the cars we drive? Impossible questions for the end consumer, and deeply challenging for producers themselves, but new technology could...

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How to Stop ‘Force Multiplier’ Tactics from Hitting Your Supply Chain HOW TO STOP ‘FORCE MULTIPLIER’ TACTICS FROM HITTING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Mar 06, 2020

In 2019, threat actors began increasingly targeting third-party service providers including trusted partners and links in supply chains relied on by government agencies because they serve as a force multiplier in attacking organizations at scale. While the promise of less stringent security protocol...

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THE CIRCULAR SUPPLY CHAIN IS THE FUTURE FOR SHIPPING AND BUSINESS THE CIRCULAR SUPPLY CHAIN IS THE FUTURE FOR SHIPPING AND BUSINESS

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Mar 06, 2020

Companies everywhere are paying attention to consumer demand for greener products and processes. Therefore, the world’s supply chains are becoming circular rather than linear. Manufacturers are looking at ways to improve product longevity and the ease with which they can recover, repair and re...

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Why PR is an indispensable tool for the logistics sector WHY PR IS AN INDISPENSABLE TOOL FOR THE LOGISTICS SECTOR

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Mar 05, 2020

Logistics and infrastructure play a vital role in the growth of an economy. Logistics as a sector has undergone massive transformation over the past decade, especially with the introduction of e-commerce, and has earned a fair share of consumer facing innovations and development. Therefore, in the f...

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Putting Procurement Front and Center of Your Supply Chain PUTTING PROCUREMENT FRONT AND CENTER OF YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Mar 03, 2020

Procurement professionals are now playing an increasingly strategic role within their organizations. Procurement of raw materials and components that go into the manufacturing process is essential to ensure final product quality and strong financial performance. As supply chains become more dynamic,...

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What to do if the coronavirus affects your Amazon inventory supply chain WHAT TO DO IF THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS YOUR AMAZON INVENTORY SUPPLY CHAIN

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Mar 02, 2020

As the coronavirus has spread throughout China and into other countries, factories that supply the world with all sorts of products are starting to see delays. While Chinese New Year may have temporarily masked the appearance of manufacturing challenges caused by the virus, those challenges are now ...

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How Will 3D and 4D Printing Change Your Supply Chain? HOW WILL 3D AND 4D PRINTING CHANGE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Mar 02, 2020

At the beginning of Terminator 2, Sarah Connor has a surreal moment when she realizes she must trust her previous nemesis, played by Schwarzenegger, to protect her son from a newer-version Terminator sent back by Skynet to kill her child. The audience already knows Schwarzenegger’s model 101 T...

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What’s Driving Increased Expenses in the Trucking Industry WHAT’S DRIVING INCREASED EXPENSES IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY

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Mar 02, 2020

Motor-carrier costs rose 7.7% in 2019, according to the latest annual report by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Costs in the trucking industry far surpassed the increases felt by many other industries. By comparison, inflation in the U.S. was 2.49% for the same period. Shippin...

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The Supply Chain Professional of the Future Will Need These 4 Skills THE SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONAL OF THE FUTURE WILL NEED THESE 4 SKILLS

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Mar 02, 2020

The supply chain professional of the future will need the types of skills you won’t find online or in a textbook. The Internet is awash with content designed to help business professionals succeed now and help the next generation¹ succeed someday. Google searches will yield a bonanza of a...

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SOURCING AND THE VALUE CHAIN - WHY DIGITAL PLATFORMS MATTER SOURCING AND THE VALUE CHAIN - WHY DIGITAL PLATFORMS MATTER

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Feb 28, 2020

The inevitability of supply chain disruptions in a global environment is one that's well understood. Businesses need to employ strategies that are agile, proactive, and resilient creating a no-risk supply chain to mitigate risks and ensure business continuity. In today's hugely competitive b...

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Can forensics tech solve the mystery of supply chain traceability? CAN FORENSICS TECH SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF SUPPLY CHAIN TRACEABILITY?

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Feb 27, 2020

One reason I find discussions about "the blockchain" and how it might affect collecting information for supply chain traceability projects fascinating is because opinions about the role it will play are pretty polarized. You either believe a decentralized ledger or database such as blockch...

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Big disruptions and their effects on supply chains BIG DISRUPTIONS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON SUPPLY CHAINS

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Feb 26, 2020

The COVID-19 virus event has been a supply chain risk waiting to happen. A virus is not a ‘black swan’ event, but a ‘known-unknown’. The potential risks and likely consequences of a new virus were evident at the time of the SARS virus of 2002-3 and the H1N1 virus of 2009. The...

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How will 5G transform transport? HOW WILL 5G TRANSFORM TRANSPORT?

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Feb 26, 2020

If 2019 was the year that 5G’s impact on transportation spluttered into life, then 2020 will see it move through the gears and start to transform the way we travel, from 5G-enabled cars to autonomous trains. With its low latency, reliability and powerful connections, 5G’s impact on trans...

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Freight Pricing 2020 Trends: What Should Shippers Know? FREIGHT PRICING 2020 TRENDS: WHAT SHOULD SHIPPERS KNOW?

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Feb 25, 2020

Freight pricing continues to change across the globe. According to Darren Dodson of Material Handling & Logistics, the state of e-commerce will drive the majority of freight rate changes as more than 8.6 billion packages will make their way to U.S. customers in 2020. Traditional demands of the s...

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How smart tech can transform warehousing HOW SMART TECH CAN TRANSFORM WAREHOUSING

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Feb 23, 2020

A quick look into the history of warehouse management tells us that it was once a very paper-intensive process, heavily reliant on human beings to co-ordinate the multitude of activities that take place within the warehouse. However, ever-rising customer expectations, e-tailing/omni-channel and the ...

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION

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Feb 21, 2020

Countries globally are working tirelessly to enforce containment measures in an effort to halt the Coronavirus' path of destruction. However, these measures may impose significant consequences on global supply networks. Given China’s position in the global economy, the Coronavirus, COVID-1...

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Freight & Transportation Management Trends for 2020 to Know FREIGHT & TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT TRENDS FOR 2020 TO KNOW

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Feb 19, 2020

The transportation management trends for 2020 reflect a growing consensus that new technology and visibility will define the successes of the future supply chain. Adoption rates for new services and cloud-based technologies are climbing, and the global transportation management system (TMS) is expan...

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Technology’s Effect on Global Automotive Supply Chains TECHNOLOGY’S EFFECT ON GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAINS

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Feb 18, 2020

Like it has for many industries, technology is changing the game for the automotive sector – and the effects are now being felt down companies’ supply chains. As the intense focus on autonomous vehicles and electrification shows no signs of abating, automotive companies have a lot to thi...

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Observations on Artificial Intelligence in the Supply Chain Market OBSERVATIONS ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN MARKET

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Feb 18, 2020

With 2020 well underway, it’s a great time to pick a hot industry topic and subject it to a “state of the state” evaluation. And where better to start than Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the supply chain market? During this frothy, buzzword-laden phrase, we’ve seen a lot of ...

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Detect, Decide, Execute: How Logistics Drives Business Performance DETECT, DECIDE, EXECUTE: HOW LOGISTICS DRIVES BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

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Feb 18, 2020

Logistics can be a tough business. In a world where your Amazon orders arrive the same or next day, customers are demanding more from all their suppliers. That leaves businesses struggling to keep up with customer expectations and forcing them to reevaluate – and reinvent – their distrib...

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Shipping Barcodes: What They Are & How 3PLs Use Various Barcodes SHIPPING BARCODES: WHAT THEY ARE & HOW 3PLS USE VARIOUS BARCODES

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Feb 17, 2020

Barcodes are important for any business selling physical goods. They are used in brick-and-mortar stores as part of the purchase and returns process, in warehouses to track inventory and packages, by shipping carriers to locate and track shipments, and sometimes on invoices to assist with accounting...

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3PL 2020 Trends: The Year of Tech & Services to Move Shippers Forward 3PL 2020 TRENDS: THE YEAR OF TECH & SERVICES TO MOVE SHIPPERS FORWARD

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Feb 17, 2020

Recently, 3PL Central had the honor of sponsoring the annual state of third-party logistics (3PL) report. The report identified key trends and movements within the industry, and the top 3PL 2020 trends include 3PLs leveraging technology and software as a service (SaaS) models to enable continuous gr...

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Tracking Fixed Assets Across the Modern Supply Chain TRACKING FIXED ASSETS ACROSS THE MODERN SUPPLY CHAIN

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Feb 13, 2020

Fixed assets, comprised of high value, long-term use inventory, can cost $260,000 per hour in unplanned production downtime if mismanaged. Common enterprise asset management challenges include inaccurate data, lack of visibility, timeliness, costly downtime and inability to scale. Modern asset track...

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Recognise the risks of disruptions in your supply chains RECOGNISE THE RISKS OF DISRUPTIONS IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAINS

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Feb 12, 2020

Supply Chains carry risks, both minor and major. A major risk to supply chains could be the current Coronavirus outbreak. This is due to uncertainty about its duration and the long term impact on economies and supply chains. As China is an integral part of global supply chains, a decline in its outp...

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TAKING YOUR WAREHOUSE INVENTORY FURTHER WITH RFID TAKING YOUR WAREHOUSE INVENTORY FURTHER WITH RFID

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Feb 12, 2020

The modern competitive environment requires redesigning of functionality for warehouses to deliver the desired results and sustain their presence in their industry. In this context, a well-defined WMS plays a significant role in perfect performance. At the front of your business, an efficient wareho...

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4 Innovative Solutions for More Productive Warehouse Management 4 INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MORE PRODUCTIVE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT

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Feb 11, 2020

Over the past 30 years, technology has transformed warehouse operations, making them more efficient as well as reducing the number of required workers. And, given that technology advances at an exponential rate, warehouse managers may find it difficult to imagine what the warehouses of the future wi...

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Digital innovation in logistics warehouses DIGITAL INNOVATION IN LOGISTICS WAREHOUSES

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Feb 11, 2020

Business Chief takes a look at three leading logistics companies and how they are digitalising their warehouses. With technology evolving at an exponential rate, and the logistics industry needing flexible solutions for its complex operation, we take a closer look at some of the successful deploymen...

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Transportation 2020: Top 4 Ways For Shippers To Navigate The Road Ahead TRANSPORTATION 2020: TOP 4 WAYS FOR SHIPPERS TO NAVIGATE THE ROAD AHEAD

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Feb 10, 2020

For shippers, the past two years have been a roller coaster ride. As quickly as capacity became limited and freight rates increased in 2018, the opposite occurred in 2019. Carriers that had invested in equipment and drivers in 2018 saw excess capacity and plummeting rates in 2019, a year with a reco...

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How to Test Major Changes in Your Supply Chain Process HOW TO TEST MAJOR CHANGES IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS

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Feb 10, 2020

Did you know that the return of your supply chain process depends on how your software technology works as well as the efficiency of the people involved in the entire process? However, changes keep taking place, and you might feel clueless as to where your initiative is going. Supply chain testing i...

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Trends in Shipping by Vertical: Retail, Wholesale & OEM Shipping for 2020 TRENDS IN SHIPPING BY VERTICAL: RETAIL, WHOLESALE & OEM SHIPPING FOR 2020

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Feb 10, 2020

Global trends in shipping continue to evolve in the wake of uncertainty and risk. The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus threatens to undermine use of shipping options that would involve air freight between the U.S. and China, explains Wired. New hazmat regulations are taking effect in 2020. Retaile...

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How Logistics Software Solve the Supply Chain Issues HOW LOGISTICS SOFTWARE SOLVE THE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES

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Feb 10, 2020

Handling or managing the entire process of production flow is known as supply chain management. The activities cover things like Product development, sourcing, production, and logistics. With the help of logistic software, the supply chain firms can effectively develop and run the supply chains. The...

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Manufacturing and Supply Chain in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2002 MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN IN SAP S/4HANA CLOUD 2002

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Feb 10, 2020

This blog provides an overview of innovations in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2002 for Manufacturing and Supply Chain. Here is the table of contents: 1. Warehouse Management. Bin Managed Production Stock & Synchronous Postings. Serial number handling in Warehouse Management. Automatically Creation of Wareh...

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Think Big! Digital Logistics THINK BIG! DIGITAL LOGISTICS

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Feb 07, 2020

Economic uncertainty breeds hesitancy, but those in supply chain world who invest in new tech will win: Logistics and supply chain leaders would agree that their industry is facing many pressures. Two of the most significant being the changing needs of customers and a turbulent economic environment ...

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Five Ways Data Is Transforming the Supply Chain FIVE WAYS DATA IS TRANSFORMING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Feb 06, 2020

Six years ago, I founded FourKites with a very focused mission: To leverage technology to provide the world’s biggest shippers and 3PLs with visibility into their freight in transit. That might sound simple in theory; after all, we can all check our Amazon packages in transit with the click of...

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Seven Steps to Build Your Digital Supply Chain Twin SEVEN STEPS TO BUILD YOUR DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN TWIN

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Feb 05, 2020

The Digital Twin is the virtual representation of physical processes, assets or systems. Organizations build and maintain digital supply chain twins to manage their complex and global supply chain networks. Digital twins are utilized to provide horizontal visibility, identify opportunities by discov...

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Automated Insights: Turning Ecommerce Supply Chain Challenges into Opportunities AUTOMATED INSIGHTS: TURNING ECOMMERCE SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES

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Feb 05, 2020

Shoppers today want instant purchase gratification. For ecommerce sellers, this means having the right merchandise in stock to keep shoppers adding to their carts and clicking that buy button. When shoppers leave without converting, the first question we have to ask is, why? Sometimes the answer com...

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Eliminate supply chain disruptions with AI-powered playbooks ELIMINATE SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS WITH AI-POWERED PLAYBOOKS

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Feb 05, 2020

In the next four years, your supply chain organization has a 1 in 5 chance of experiencing a disruption that could result in related damages exceeding $120 million. Organizations deal with business and supply chain disruptions on a daily basis. We get so used to dealing with these hiccups that somet...

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Overcome Manufacturing Supply Chain Challenges with Digital Planning OVERCOME MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES WITH DIGITAL PLANNING

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Feb 04, 2020

The manufacturing industry has a strong heritage of adopting game-changing technologies to deliver higher quality products more efficiently. With the introduction of digital supply chains, the industry is moving into an era arguably on par with the industrial revolution. But Rome wasn’t built ...

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Warehouse Management Trends 2020: The Role of Warehouse Prowess on Efficient Shipping WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT TRENDS 2020: THE ROLE OF WAREHOUSE PROWESS ON EFFICIENT SHIPPING

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Feb 04, 2020

The state of warehouse management continues to evolve. According to Roberto Michel of Logistics Management, warehouse management trends of 2020 will reflect an increasing focus on more profitability, efficiency, business scalability, and continuous improvement. Consider these additional data points ...

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The ROI of a Logistics Technology Platform for Small Shippers THE ROI OF A LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR SMALL SHIPPERS

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Feb 03, 2020

Determining the return on investment (ROI) of the logistics technology platform for small shippers compares to the same process for huge enterprises. Learn why and how the right platform will generate strong returns regardless of size. The application of a transportation management system (TMS) allo...

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IBM Supply Chain: leveraging AI in supply chain IBM SUPPLY CHAIN: LEVERAGING AI IN SUPPLY CHAIN

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Feb 03, 2020

In a bid to empower companies unlock more value through data, IBM Supply Chain has released three ways to kick-start companies’ digital supply chains. Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look. Over the past few years, artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data have become prominent players in t...

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Advanced Logistics Technology Trends: A Look at the Cloud, Machine Learning, IoT, Blockchain & More ADVANCED LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY TRENDS: A LOOK AT THE CLOUD, MACHINE LEARNING, IOT, BLOCKCHAIN & MORE

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Feb 03, 2020

Advanced logistics technologies provide an opportunity to do more with less, improve the use of automation within the supply chain, learn from the mountain of data, and find ways to create more engaging experiences in a digital world. Plenty of newer technologies have taken the focal point, includin...

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3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020 3 SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON IN 2020

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Feb 03, 2020

2020 seemed a world away just a few years ago and yet, here we are. This promises to be a very eventful year. What’s on the horizon for supply chain professionals? Here are three supply chain trends to consider. Companies are increasingly under pressure to become more green. Moving past waste,...

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12 Ways Drone Delivery Will Transform Logistics 12 WAYS DRONE DELIVERY WILL TRANSFORM LOGISTICS

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Jan 31, 2020

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones, are expected to generate $82 billion in economic growth by 2025 along with 100,000 jobs. Despite recent regulations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already issued hundreds of waivers to companies interested in commercial drone ...

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Blockchain may be the way ahead for supply chains – but not yet BLOCKCHAIN MAY BE THE WAY AHEAD FOR SUPPLY CHAINS – BUT NOT YET

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Jan 31, 2020

Some 80% of blockchain initiatives in the supply chain sector are unlikely to go beyond the pilot phase until at least 2022, according to new research from supply chain analyst Gartner. It said the main reason was that such initiatives had largely “pursued technology-oriented models that have ...

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Three Ways Wearables Boost Supply-Chain Efficiency THREE WAYS WEARABLES BOOST SUPPLY-CHAIN EFFICIENCY

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Jan 31, 2020

Smart electronic devices in the form of wearables are delivering intriguing possibilities for logistics companies. Wearables are hands-free devices connected to the internet which automatically deliver information to the wearer. MHI predicts that 70% of warehouse facilities will adopt some form of w...

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Supply Chain Technology Trends 2020: Is this the Golden Era of Tech Use? SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY TRENDS 2020: IS THIS THE GOLDEN ERA OF TECH USE?

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Jan 30, 2020

Supply chain technology always evolves, changes to meet the needs of the global supply chain, and offers huge benefits. With the new year, Cerasis always takes a moment to reflect on the state of the industry and the trends shaping it for the remainder of the year. The supply chain technology trends...

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SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY 2020: WHAT TO EXPECT? SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY 2020: WHAT TO EXPECT?

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Jan 29, 2020

Technology has become synonymous with supply chains. It’s not only creating new and innovative products to support global supply chains, but is also rapidly changing how the industry operates. These new technologies are being leveraged by both traditional and tech-first logistics companies in ...

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2020: Set Your Supply Chain for Success 2020: SET YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN FOR SUCCESS

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Jan 29, 2020

Here’s the thing about time: we never have enough of it. This couldn’t ring any truer for U.S. retailers looking to bounce back from a challenging 2019 holiday season. With Thanksgiving landing on Nov. 28 six days later than the holiday in 2018 retailers were left with far less time to s...

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7 Steps to Build Your Digital Supply Chain Twin 7 STEPS TO BUILD YOUR DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN TWIN

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Jan 28, 2020

The Digital Twin is the virtual representation of physical processes, assets or systems. Organizations build and maintain digital supply chain twins to manage their complex and global supply chain networks. Digital twins are utilized to provide horizontal visibility, identify opportunities by discov...

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4 Ways to Make Your Supply Chain More Sustainable 4 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN MORE SUSTAINABLE

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Jan 27, 2020

With rising pressure from shareholders, investors and the international community to push sustainability into all aspects of the supply chain, there arguably has never been a more important time to disregard outdated processes and swap them for innovative techniques that prioritize the environment. ...

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Implementing Industry 4.0 to streamline your supply chain IMPLEMENTING INDUSTRY 4.0 TO STREAMLINE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 26, 2020

The digital revolution is upon us and with it comes the arrival of Industry 4.0 - the new wave of digital transformation ready sweep across the modern supply chain. From the very latest in technology to whole new ways of thinking, it’s certainly set to shake up the dynamic of manufacturing, bu...

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Supply Chain and Blockchain: How Do they Go Together? SUPPLY CHAIN AND BLOCKCHAIN: HOW DO THEY GO TOGETHER?

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Jan 26, 2020

The supply chain consists of a complex network of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers. Consequently, a product goes through multiple stages in its supply chain lifecycle. It gets transferred through hundreds of hands, from one geographical location into another. This ent...

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5 Key Tips for Improving Warehouse Efficiency 5 KEY TIPS FOR IMPROVING WAREHOUSE EFFICIENCY

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Jan 24, 2020

Running a warehouse is difficult. With so many different moving components, it can be tricky to get all parts running like clockwork. Yet efficiency is the cornerstone for any successful warehouse operation. The more efficient the warehouse is, the more it will reduce overall costs. However, warehou...

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Augmented & Virtual Reality: 4 Ways To Find Real Supply Chain Value AUGMENTED & VIRTUAL REALITY: 4 WAYS TO FIND REAL SUPPLY CHAIN VALUE

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Jan 23, 2020

Virtual reality is often a topic associated with science fiction, video gaming, and ultra-realistic amusement park rides; it can seem like a stretch to bring it into a work environment where serious results are required. However, the technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last couple of yea...

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The Top Freight KPIs You Need to Succeed THE TOP FREIGHT KPIS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

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Jan 23, 2020

Tracking the right key performance indicators (KPIs) can mean the difference between success or failure in your logistics enterprise. The top freight KPIs you need to succeed enable continuous improvement, rely on real-time visibility and apply the latest in freight analytics capabilities. Furthermo...

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Digitalized Data Is Sustaining the Supply Chain DIGITALIZED DATA IS SUSTAINING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 23, 2020

From fragmented thinking, to out of date infrastructures and poor processes, there is a long list of reasons why supply chains can become unsustainable. But, according to a luxury packaging provider, digitalized data is set to transform the industry in a big way. With over 30 years’ experience...

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Top three challenges for logistics in 2020 TOP THREE CHALLENGES FOR LOGISTICS IN 2020

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Jan 23, 2020

Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the top three logistics challenges DPDHL predicts for 2020. Although the logistics industry won’t be able to achieve global targets by itself, it is important that the industry leads the way when it comes to sustainability. It is a topic that is never likel...

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Lifelong Learning: Enhancing Your Supply Chain Skill Set at Any Age LIFELONG LEARNING: ENHANCING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN SKILL SET AT ANY AGE

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Jan 22, 2020

Even the most seasoned supply chain professional will tell you they can always learn a little bit more about their field. Whether it’s mastering a new software program or simply brushing up on your business skills, the more you learn the better you can invest that education into growing your b...

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Supply Chain investment proposals and decisions SUPPLY CHAIN INVESTMENT PROPOSALS AND DECISIONS

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Jan 22, 2020

As yet, this is a decade without a name, but ‘the decade of living dangerously’ could be an apt title, especially for supply chain professionals. This is because four factors are likely to influence supply chain investment proposals and decisions: climate change; geopolitics; internation...

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Six Steps to an Ethical and Sustainable Supply Chain SIX STEPS TO AN ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 21, 2020

Manufacturers today face increasingly complex challenges, from economic instability to compliance pressures and heightened global competition. Most recently, they have come under scrutiny with regard to their ethical and sustainability practices, with consumers paying closer attention to how organiz...

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Why is inventory management in the supply chain important? WHY IS INVENTORY MANAGEMENT IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN IMPORTANT?

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Jan 21, 2020

Clear visibility into transactions that positively impacts the entire process of ordering, storing and using inventory is essential to companies' long-term growth. A prominent inventory is considered a core component of the supply chain and is where all areas of the supply chain come together in...

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A Trucking Economics Lesson: How rates will respond to market changes in 2020 A TRUCKING ECONOMICS LESSON: HOW RATES WILL RESPOND TO MARKET CHANGES IN 2020

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Jan 20, 2020

It’s that time of year when everyone is publishing their predictions for what the new year will hold — in whatever industry they work. At Chainalytics, many of our clients and partners come to us for supply chain and transportation prognostications year after year. In the meantime, I wan...

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Logistics: The Role of Technology & AI in This 21st-century LOGISTICS: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY & AI IN THIS 21ST-CENTURY

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Jan 20, 2020

We are living in a transformational era of human history where Artificial Intelligence (AI) forms a central part of this transformation. The digital revolution has redefined many aspects of human life and this trend is not settling anytime soon, in fact, many technological advancements are foreseen ...

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Sustainability in the supply chain SUSTAINABILITY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 19, 2020

Companies big and small are making more serious commitments to sustainability, quality and the environment. These companies are not implementing sustainable practices because of legal regulations. Most companies are implementing those practices because they understand that with better care for socia...

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The Impact and Importance of Reefer Shipping THE IMPACT AND IMPORTANCE OF REEFER SHIPPING

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Jan 17, 2020

Reefer shipping, or refrigerated shipping, is used to keep the shipped freight at a certain temperature or humidity. It is commonly used to ship food and beverage, but not exclusively. Reefer shipping works by attaching an AC unit to the trailer which is powered by the truck. This AC unit is able to...

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Avoid Supply Chain Tsunamis Using AI to Read the Ripples AVOID SUPPLY CHAIN TSUNAMIS USING AI TO READ THE RIPPLES

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Jan 16, 2020

There's an old saying: "Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning." If only such a barometer existed that would warn of any incoming supply chain disruption. There is plenty that can interrupt the calm reliability of global supply these days. Brexi...

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How Can an Effective Procurement Process Help Manage a Supply Chain? HOW CAN AN EFFECTIVE PROCUREMENT PROCESS HELP MANAGE A SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Jan 16, 2020

As your company grows, the number of business units you have will also increase. From accounting to customer support to marketing, all these departments will require different types of goods and services. And in order to purchase the goods and services you need without losing track of all the money ...

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WHY YOU SHOULD OPTIMISE YOUR WAREHOUSE LAYOUT WHY YOU SHOULD OPTIMISE YOUR WAREHOUSE LAYOUT

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Jan 15, 2020

To make sure your warehouse runs successfully, you need a well designed warehouse layout. Find out how your warehouse layout affects your ability to effectively process orders and how you can improve this to streamline your operations. Whether you’re looking to improve your current warehouse d...

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It IT'S TIME TO BUILD A RESPONSIBLE MEDIA SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 15, 2020

The digital media revolution has been transformative - but it has a dark side. As millions more come online, these negative aspects will become magnified. All stakeholders must collaborate to build a supply chain that is good for both customers and business. Twenty-five years ago the first digital b...

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B-I-R-D: 4 digital technologies that can help supply chains take flight B-I-R-D: 4 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES THAT CAN HELP SUPPLY CHAINS TAKE FLIGHT

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Jan 15, 2020

The number of potentially disruptive technologies in logistics is daunting. This makes it difficult for supply chain businesses to know where to look. Blockchain, IoT, automation and data science should be first on their list. Astute business leaders discipline themselves to be on constant lookout f...

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The changing nature of supply chain optimisation & monitoring THE CHANGING NATURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMISATION & MONITORING

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Jan 13, 2020

With today’s supply chain continuously evolving, managing the supply chain is greatly changing in particular methods for optimisation and monitoring. The industrial internet of things or IIoT has greatly contributed to the rise of the evolving supply chain. IIoT can be defined as the interconn...

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A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype? A SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING MODEL IS A DIGITAL TWIN: IS THIS JUST HYPE?

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Jan 13, 2020

In the course of doing a global study on the supply chain planning (SCP) market I talked to executives at solution providers from across the industry. One thing I asked them about was SCP in relation to the term digital twin. A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical entity or process. The t...

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Rethink Supply Chain RETHINK SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 13, 2020

As businesses look for new markets and sources for their products and services, supply chain leaders are realizing that their legacy networks might not cut it anymore. According to leading IT research companies, such as Gartner, IDC and Frost & Sullivan, several organizations are investing in te...

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Supply Chain technology trends for 2020 SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2020

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Jan 13, 2020

From the implementation of Industry 4.0, the increased importance of being sustainable, the rise of supply chain technology or blockchain, the 2010’s saw some significant changes to the supply chain. As we enter 2020, we begin not just a new year but a new decade. However, no matter what side ...

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Spot Versus Contract Freight Rates: Why You Need Them Both SPOT VERSUS CONTRACT FREIGHT RATES: WHY YOU NEED THEM BOTH

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Jan 13, 2020

Effective logistics management involves a delicate balance between spot and contract freight use and rates. Various misconceptions surround the use of spot and contract rates, and failure to operate with only one shipping option will contribute to higher freight spend. Moreover, shippers may misunde...

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Artificial Intelligence is Driving Real Supply Chain Improvement ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS DRIVING REAL SUPPLY CHAIN IMPROVEMENT

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Jan 10, 2020

Of all the latest digital technologies slated to disrupt supply chain operations imminently, artificial intelligence (AI), along with robotics (which arguably, you might classify as an AI application), is the one making the most tangible current impact on the industry. Whether it is or not, though, ...

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Advanced Technology Driven Acquisitions Involving Transportation And Logistics ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN ACQUISITIONS INVOLVING TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS

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Jan 10, 2020

The following Supply Chain Matters side panel blog provides added perspective to our previously published 2020 Prediction related to transportation contracting, logistics processes and services industry segments, and how advanced technology enabled players or start-ups will add to disruptive forces ...

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

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Jan 08, 2020

In this post we’ll look at various steps you can take in preparation for your warehouse management system (WMS), to help ensure that everything goes smoothly. That way you can enjoy the full benefits of your WMS right from the start. Implementing a warehouse management system (WMS) has many ad...

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4 Impacts Of Returns That Will Affect Your Supply Chain 4 IMPACTS OF RETURNS THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 06, 2020

Returns are now part of the holiday gift giving season. According to the National Retail Federation, up to 55 percent of consumers plan to return or exchange unwanted gifts. A survey by an industry leader shows that up to 73 percent of consumers shop with returns in mind. These predictions are becom...

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How to Optimize Your Supply Chain in 2020 HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN IN 2020

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Jan 06, 2020

Sometimes the end of the calendar year can be so chaotic that it’s a miracle we’re ever in a position to take a vacation. Stumbling over the finish line with a messy desk, unfinished projects, and an ever-lengthening to-do list not only cast a shadow over your Christmas vacation but will...

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2020 Supply Chain Technology Trends 2020 SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

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Jan 06, 2020

There are some young supply chain technologies that are getting a lot of buzz. But how mature are these technologies? Do they have a proven ROI? Are they worth piloting? Or can we safely ignore them for a few more years? There are technologies that are proven and widely adopted. In supply chain mana...

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Evolution of Logistics Industry in the Last 5 Years and Expectations from 2020 EVOLUTION OF LOGISTICS INDUSTRY IN THE LAST 5 YEARS AND EXPECTATIONS FROM 2020

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Jan 06, 2020

By all measures, 2019 was a fabulous year for the Logistics Industry of India. Starting with an estimated market value of $160 billion, the sector is pegged to become worth $215 billion by 2020 – adding another $55 billion of net value to it. The last 5 years have been specifically beneficial ...

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Recession proofing the supply chain RECESSION PROOFING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Jan 05, 2020

Many organisations have enjoyed unquestionable success during the recent economic expansion, including higher margins, product portfolio expansion and a renaissance in talent acquisition, with millions of new jobs created over the past several years. However, signals from multiple sources point to a...

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Logistics Trend to Watch Out for in 2020 LOGISTICS TREND TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2020

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Jan 02, 2020

It has been an historic decade for the logistics market. The world witnessed the rise of ecommerce, countless innovations in technology and the changing demands of discerning consumers. At the same time, the logistics industry has been evolving and adapting to all the challenges presented by these c...

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Transformation of Supply Chain process by adoption of digital technology by Industry TRANSFORMATION OF SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS BY ADOPTION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY BY INDUSTRY

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Jan 01, 2020

An efficient supply chain is important for improving overall productivity and profitability and is hence a crucial company operation. But what about 10 years from now? It may become obsolete with the rapid changes in the innovation solutions out there coupled with the quickly evolving disruptive tec...

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How AI fleet Management Will Shape the Future of Transportation HOW AI FLEET MANAGEMENT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

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Dec 31, 2019

There are many opinions about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to change the world with expectations about its capabilities for now and in the future. AI simply refers to intelligence displayed by machines in contrast to that displayed by humans. Although humans are intelligent, they cannot...

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The Amazonification of Supply Chains THE AMAZONIFICATION OF SUPPLY CHAINS

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Dec 30, 2019

In the past, suppliers such as those in the pharma industry stockpiled hundreds of days’ worth of inventory buffer to avoid shortfalls in patient demand. This was “affordable” with 80% margins, but it’s not the case in today’s competitive global marketplace. High margin...

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Technology in the supply chain - does it threaten jobs? TECHNOLOGY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN - DOES IT THREATEN JOBS?

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Dec 27, 2019

We cannot ignore the technological evolution of work across business. Globally, things are changing fast, and so is the way we do things. The emergence of concepts influenced by technology such as ‘drop and collect’, digital logistics that facilitates paperless, high-speed, and secure di...

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3PLs Make the Supply Chain Go Round 3PLS MAKE THE SUPPLY CHAIN GO ROUND

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Dec 27, 2019

What is the value of a 3PL? We get this question often, and we see it in many different forms in blogs and other online discussions regarding logistics, supply chain management, transportation, 3PLs etc. Defining the value of any type of service provider can be difficult. ROI analysis on a supply ch...

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Taming the Beast of Retail Supply-Chain Operations TAMING THE BEAST OF RETAIL SUPPLY-CHAIN OPERATIONS

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Dec 26, 2019

Retail supply-chain executives are under intense pressure to support the seamless omnichannel experiences that consumers are demanding in the digital age. Consumers want more product variety, faster delivery, affordability, and pickup and return over any channel. Meeting those expectations depends o...

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THE TOP 5 SMART WAREHOUSE TECHNOLOGIES YOU SHOULD BE USING TODAY THE TOP 5 SMART WAREHOUSE TECHNOLOGIES YOU SHOULD BE USING TODAY

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Dec 24, 2019

Technology in all sectors of the economy is progressing at a rapid pace. To keep up, warehouses need to be equipped with the technologies that allow them to keep up with manufacture, production, and consumer demand. A smart warehouse is automated for improved productivity, efficiency, and accuracy, ...

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How Wholesale Distributors Use Logistics Data Intelligence to Improve Outcomes HOW WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS USE LOGISTICS DATA INTELLIGENCE TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES

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Dec 23, 2019

Data holds immense value in modern supply chain management. The use of data gives shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) insight into operational efficiency, productivity, risk management, and demand. Among wholesale distributors, logistics data lowers downtime through proactive management,...

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Building Intelligent Supply Chains with AI, Analytics and Blockchain BUILDING INTELLIGENT SUPPLY CHAINS WITH AI, ANALYTICS AND BLOCKCHAIN

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Dec 23, 2019

Manufacturers continue to face significant challenges. Cost pressures, complex regulations, learning how to use disruptive technologies and the increasingly costly delivery of goods and raw resources combine with ongoing process and communications changes to muddy visibility across the supply chain....

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Breaking the Cycle of Supply-Chain Technology Debt BREAKING THE CYCLE OF SUPPLY-CHAIN TECHNOLOGY DEBT

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Dec 23, 2019

If a house is built on a hastily made or crumbling foundation, the time and resources needed to fix it can add up to staggering debt. Homeowners fear foundation issues, knowing that the cost of repair can put them in a financial bind. This notion of heavy debt is mirrored in the experience of retail...

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Lessons learned from DOD LESSONS LEARNED FROM DOD'S TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS CONSOLIDATION

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Dec 20, 2019

On any given day U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANCOM) tracks more than 20 ships, 1,500 truck cargo shipments and hundreds of aircraft taking off or landing every two minutes. The Department of Defense command center is essentially the FedEx of the U.S. military, moving everything from food and un...

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The More Things Change: 7 Totally Predictable Supply Chain Predictions For 2020 THE MORE THINGS CHANGE: 7 TOTALLY PREDICTABLE SUPPLY CHAIN PREDICTIONS FOR 2020

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Dec 20, 2019

We all know the saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is certainly true in supply chain and logistics. I’ve been an industry analyst for more than 20 years and I’ve seen a lot of changes (just to name a few): The evolution from desktop, client-server applicati...

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Supply Chain Management (SCM) with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (SCM) WITH MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 BUSINESS CENTRAL

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Dec 19, 2019

With Supply Chain Management based on Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV), mapping processes along the entire supply chain is highly efficient. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central ensures smooth processes in purchasing, sales, manu­facturing, logistics and warehouse. You ca...

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How Is Blockchain In Supply Chain Beneficial? HOW IS BLOCKCHAIN IN SUPPLY CHAIN BENEFICIAL?

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Dec 19, 2019

The supply chain is a huge network and it’s more complex than it was a decade ago. As of now, a payment, after being initiated by the supplier, takes days to reach the manufacturer. On the other hand, contractual agreements between parties need support from lawyers & banking systems. This ...

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These Three Technologies are Hot, But Are Supply Chains Adopting Them? THESE THREE TECHNOLOGIES ARE HOT, BUT ARE SUPPLY CHAINS ADOPTING THEM?

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Dec 19, 2019

Blockchain, artificial intelligence, and robotics are some of the hottest technologies to grace the business stage, if the media is to be believed. Have they hit the mainstream in major industries though? We took a look at the state of adoption in the supply chain world, and here’s what we fou...

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Change in your supply chains is for your business CHANGE IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAINS IS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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Dec 18, 2019

Products and sales outlets differ; so do warehouses and storage areas in their design, organisation, processes and use of technologies. How Logisticians respond to changes in markets, business practices and the environment will also differ. Sales channels are the outlets through which goods and any ...

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7 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR WAREHOUSE COSTS 7 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR WAREHOUSE COSTS

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Dec 18, 2019

Maximising profits in our current unpredictable, unstable and highly-competitive economic climate requires a carefully planned strategy, executed with deliberate effort. To secure any kind of measurable success, it’s imperative that warehouse productivity is increased whilst your operational c...

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FIVE PREDICTIONS FOR SUPPLY CHAINS IN 2020 FIVE PREDICTIONS FOR SUPPLY CHAINS IN 2020

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Dec 17, 2019

The year 2019 seemed to be the year of unpredictability, not the least of which was the seemingly ever-changing foreign trade policy of major world economies. Interestingly, it’s that same unpredictable nature of foreign trade policy that serves as a springboard for supply chain predictions fo...

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Internet of Things (IoT) In The Supply Chain: 3 Challenges INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN: 3 CHALLENGES

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Dec 17, 2019

Everywhere you look today, it seems as though the Internet of Things is becoming an increasingly prominent part of our everyday lives. However, there are a few challenges which are preventing the supply chain from taking full advantage of the technology. If you want proof of IoT's growing adopti...

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Supply Chain Optimization: How to Alleviate Common Pain Points SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION: HOW TO ALLEVIATE COMMON PAIN POINTS

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Dec 16, 2019

Every supply chain has its own set of pain points. Although varied by industry and company size, these pain points often stem from inefficiencies and entropy, and are manifested as a result of either lack of attention or lack of process, both of which affect your supply chain optimization. When left...

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How to Close Supply Chain Security Gaps HOW TO CLOSE SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY GAPS

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Dec 16, 2019

Over the course of this year, supply chain security rose ever higher on the federal government’s list of cybersecurity concerns and with good reason. This is an era in which anything can happen with a product before it reaches a customer. The potential of parts coming from vendors who turn out...

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Five ways the cloud is changing supply chain management FIVE WAYS THE CLOUD IS CHANGING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Dec 15, 2019

Let’s start with one of the biggest benefits to supply chain management... utilising the power of the cloud reduces a company’s operational costs! The automation of tedious back office tasks ensures that your labour force can be used to better effect elsewhere. This can be achieved throu...

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Procurement in the Digital Age PROCUREMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE

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Dec 13, 2019

Jean-Jacques Laffont, a French economist, defined Procurement as "the process of finding and agreeing to terms, and acquiring goods, services, or works from an external source, often via a tendering or competitive bidding process." Even though the core concept remains the same over decades...

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Logistics outsourcing: supply chain trends for 2020 LOGISTICS OUTSOURCING: SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS FOR 2020

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Dec 12, 2019

Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at Gartner’s logistics outsourcing trends for 2020 and why supply chain executive should priorities outsourcing. How has outsourcing changed over the years? Business Leaders no longer ask ‘should I outsource?’ instead they are asking ‘...

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Is a lack of supply chain collaboration at the root of food product recalls? IS A LACK OF SUPPLY CHAIN COLLABORATION AT THE ROOT OF FOOD PRODUCT RECALLS?

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Dec 12, 2019

Erica Colson, EMEA Food Sector Propositions Manager at the British Standards Institute (BSI), explores whether a lack of supply chain collaboration is the cause of food product recalls and food safety violations. More complex supply chains have resulted in an increase in food product recalls and wit...

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Freight Exception Management: How Prioritized Exception Automation Increases Efficiency FREIGHT EXCEPTION MANAGEMENT: HOW PRIORITIZED EXCEPTION AUTOMATION INCREASES EFFICIENCY

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Dec 11, 2019

The logistics industry sways to meet demand and adjust to fluctuations. Such fluctuations range from weather to limited capacity, and shippers need to keep the influences in mind when tendering freight and planning routes or loads. Freight exception management describes when things change and affect...

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WAREHOUSE PRODUCTIVITY BY OPTIMISING YOUR PICKING PROCESS HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WAREHOUSE PRODUCTIVITY BY OPTIMISING YOUR PICKING PROCESS

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Dec 10, 2019

If you’re serious about streamlining your warehouse operations, then this is a great place to start. Grocery shopping can teach you a lot about warehouse picking best practices. How? Read our article, filled with warehouse management tips, to find out more. Is your picking strategy holding you...

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Supply Chain And Logistics Trends That Could Be Big In 2020 SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS TRENDS THAT COULD BE BIG IN 2020

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Dec 10, 2019

It’s time to start looking ahead again. Rob O’Byrne makes an early start with his round-up of supply chain and logistics trends that might make industry headlines in the coming year. His observations include trends in first and last-mile logistics, and the increase in SMEs entering globa...

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How to Close the Supply Chain Skills Gap HOW TO CLOSE THE SUPPLY CHAIN SKILLS GAP

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Dec 10, 2019

Across a number of fields, Industry 4.0 the mass adoption of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, cobots and internet of things devices has rapidly changed the kinds of skills that employers are looking for. The result is a skills gap affecting multiple industries, and the supply chai...

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Five Ways Your Warehouse Will Benefit From a Supply-Chain Audit FIVE WAYS YOUR WAREHOUSE WILL BENEFIT FROM A SUPPLY-CHAIN AUDIT

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Dec 10, 2019

From grand-scale, end-to-end supply-chain inspections to the examination of discrete warehouses tasks, audits can provide vital data for achieving multiple objectives. Audits should be a central element in any operation that thrives on efficiency, such as warehouses or supply chains. A successful au...

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Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Logistics Industry ROLE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

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Dec 10, 2019

The process of digitization and countless technological advancements have started showing impacts on every industrial vertical, including the logistics business sector. The logistics industry business has been transformed completely by initiating the approach towards new technologies such as artific...

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What’s in store for 2020 and beyond? Six trends shaping warehouses of the future WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2020 AND BEYOND? SIX TRENDS SHAPING WAREHOUSES OF THE FUTURE

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Dec 08, 2019

Now, moving into 2020, the warehouse is a carefully managed control centre and very often the strategic hub of e-commerce within an ever-extending supply chain. Exciting as it is to be entering a new decade, the business landscape has been transformed, with the arrival of many different challenges, ...

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LTL Freight: 6 Benefits of a TMS to Manage Less Than Truckload Shipping LTL FREIGHT: 6 BENEFITS OF A TMS TO MANAGE LESS THAN TRUCKLOAD SHIPPING

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Dec 05, 2019

Most businesses that ship freight via Less-than-Truckload or LTL freight shipping services will improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their transportation and logistics departments with the use of an automated transportation management system (TMS). Many larger shippers, such as original ...

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An Evolutionary Approach to Supply Chain Digitalization AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO SUPPLY CHAIN DIGITALIZATION

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Dec 05, 2019

Boris Shiklo is CTO at ScienceSoft, where he is responsible for the company’s long-term technological vision and innovation strategies. Under his supervision, the company’s development team has successfully fulfilled complex projects of over 80,000 man-hours in Healthcare, Banking & ...

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Benefits of EDI for 3PL’s and Logistics Service Providers BENEFITS OF EDI FOR 3PL’S AND LOGISTICS SERVICE PROVIDERS

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Dec 05, 2019

If you’re a third-party logistics provider (3PL), EDI may or may not be on your radar.Often, it’s not explored unless a trading partner has asked you to pursue it as a condition of working together. In that case, it’s often viewed as a business expense, but in truth, it’s a t...

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Circular Supply Chains Will Shift SCOR Supply Chain Practices CIRCULAR SUPPLY CHAINS WILL SHIFT SCOR SUPPLY CHAIN PRACTICES

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Dec 04, 2019

All waste and process by-products in the world will become the raw materials and inputs needed by all the processes in the world. In turn, the maintenance, refurbishment and remanufacturing industries will dramatically increase in size and value. Then, aftermarket supply chains will become the domin...

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Corporate debt could be a challenge for supply chains CORPORATE DEBT COULD BE A CHALLENGE FOR SUPPLY CHAINS

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Dec 04, 2019

If there was a global recession only half as serious to that of 2008, forty percent of the corporate debt owed by businesses in some countries is at risk. ‘Corporate debt at risk’ is when businesses are unable to cover the interest expenses on borrowings from corporate earnings. This fig...

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Are Drones The Future Of The Supply Chain? ARE DRONES THE FUTURE OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Dec 03, 2019

The supply chain for just about every industry is increasingly global and requires innovative solutions to emergent problems on an ongoing basis. Particularly when the end point for delivery of completed goods or services is in remote areas that are difficult or unfeasible to reach by automobile, a ...

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Three Ways IoT Can Streamline Seasonal Supply Chains THREE WAYS IOT CAN STREAMLINE SEASONAL SUPPLY CHAINS

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Dec 03, 2019

Today’s culture of instant gratification has changed consumer expectations when it comes to buying products and receiving deliveries.Shoppers expect the products they desire to be always available and delivered quickly. According to one survey, 99% of U.S. consumers say fast delivery is extrem...

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How Blockchain Will Be Crucial For The Supply Chain Industry And Its Ecosystem HOW BLOCKCHAIN WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN INDUSTRY AND ITS ECOSYSTEM

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Dec 03, 2019

Historically, conversations on Blockchain focused on their application in the financial domain, primarily centred on cryptocurrencies. Recently though, organizations have started recognizing the potential of Blockchain’s system of Decentralized Ledger Technology (DLT) in other fields. Solution...

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What Is Guaranteed LTL Delivery In Freight Shipping? WHAT IS GUARANTEED LTL DELIVERY IN FREIGHT SHIPPING?

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Dec 03, 2019

While LTL shipping remains a very common and efficient shipping solution for many retailers and businesses, transit time is not the strongest side of LTL. Delivery time is an important concern for many shippers, and those who ship less than truckload know that it takes a bit longer to ship freight t...

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Supporting Retail Logistics in the Cloud SUPPORTING RETAIL LOGISTICS IN THE CLOUD

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Dec 02, 2019

E-commerce has forever changed how consumers purchase product on a global basis. Rapid technological advances by retail giants such as Amazon, Walmart and Alibaba have forced merchandisers, wholesalers, and manufacturers to develop an omnichannel approach to stay competitive and facilitate growth. O...

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RRD Supply Chain Solutions: bridging the supply chain gap RRD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS: BRIDGING THE SUPPLY CHAIN GAP

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Dec 02, 2019

Healthcare is in the midst of a fundamental shift as technology advancements are enabling the connectivity of mobile telecommunications with traditional elements of the industry’s supply chain. The new technological possibilities are driving exciting innovations and new paradigms in patient mo...

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How industrial companies can digitally supercharge their supply chains HOW INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES CAN DIGITALLY SUPERCHARGE THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS

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Dec 01, 2019

In this fast-evolving world of globally integrated, dynamic and digital supply networks, businesses need to adapt to create agility and flexibility, through real time visibility of their supply chains. Industrial companies today sit on a wealth of data across their supply chains – from externa...

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What Is Supply Chain Visibility (and Why Should You Care)? WHAT IS SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY (AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE)?

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Nov 28, 2019

As of a 2017 survey, just 6% of companies felt they had reached supply chain visibility. Elsewhere, nearly a fifth of companies listed visibility as their number one operational challenge, but more than 60% admitted that they didn’t use any technology for monitoring their supply chains. By the...

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4 ways to make your logistics operations greener and help save the environment 4 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LOGISTICS OPERATIONS GREENER AND HELP SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

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Nov 28, 2019

In this article we’ll look at greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions in the logistics industry, and give you 4 innovative ways to lower your emissions and make your operations greener while saving the environment. Whether you’re a forwarding agent, a carrier or a trucking company dealing with in...

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Nascent Transportation Council Solicits Insight on How to Boost Emerging Modes and Technologies NASCENT TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL SOLICITS INSIGHT ON HOW TO BOOST EMERGING MODES AND TECHNOLOGIES

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Nov 27, 2019

The Transportation Department recently launched an internal deliberative body to identify and resolve issues around innovative emerging technologies that may not fit into its existing jurisdiction and regulatory structures—such as hyperloop and autonomous vehicles—and now, the agency wan...

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Blockchain in Supply Chain: Is it a Match Made in Heaven? BLOCKCHAIN IN SUPPLY CHAIN: IS IT A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN?

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Nov 26, 2019

Is the Rolex watch that you are wearing original or the first copy? Are the fruits you having natural or produced using chemicals? Is your newly purchased t-shirt Versace’s or a local-market’s product? Such questions have become the norm these days. Consumers are turning out to be more u...

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Creating a Sustainable and Ethical Supply Chain CREATING A SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 26, 2019

The need to transform to a more ethical supply chain has become a constant movement within the last few years. A 2015 survey from Cone Communications found that 9 out of 10 millennials would switch brands to one associated with a more ethical cause. The Software Advice report found that, for a $100 ...

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Supply Chains Are Going Green in These Six Ways SUPPLY CHAINS ARE GOING GREEN IN THESE SIX WAYS

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Nov 26, 2019

Sustainability concerns are springing up in countless industries. A growing number of consumers prefer businesses that are dedicated to environmentalism, and companies are striving to address their concerns while improving internal systems. Failure to embrace a comprehensive approach to the issue ca...

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How Industrial IoT Is Transforming Supply Chains HOW INDUSTRIAL IOT IS TRANSFORMING SUPPLY CHAINS

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Nov 25, 2019

Supply-chain inefficiencies are having a huge impact the world round. In the U.K. alone, they cost businesses at least US$1.9 billion annually in lost productivity. The causes of friction are numerous, and manufacturers are continually looking to employ lean management tools to eradicate them. If ma...

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NCCoE Project Aims to Boost Supply Chain Security NCCOE PROJECT AIMS TO BOOST SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY

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Nov 25, 2019

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCoE) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are seeking comments for a new project to improve supply chain security. The Validating the Integrity of Servers and Client Devices project is an effort to “provide guidance that wi...

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10 Steps to a More Agile, Flexible Ecommerce Supply Chain 10 STEPS TO A MORE AGILE, FLEXIBLE ECOMMERCE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 25, 2019

By definition, an agile ecommerce supply chain is a product distribution system focused on speed, cost savings, productivity and responsiveness and flexibility to market demands. Supply chain management (SCM) exists to improve a company’s long-term performance. Amazon is already capable of off...

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Four ways blockchain will transform supply chain FOUR WAYS BLOCKCHAIN WILL TRANSFORM SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 24, 2019

Blockchain and its future derivatives will introduce a new standard and infrastructure to manage the new strategic resource: data. Today big, powerful companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google benefit disproportionately from data because there has been no practical way to share data’s value w...

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Managing Carrier Compliance With a TMS MANAGING CARRIER COMPLIANCE WITH A TMS

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Nov 20, 2019

Ensuring carrier compliance is a critical concern for shippers. Poor carrier compliance may lead to financial repercussions, blowback from consumers, delays in order fulfillment, out of stock warehouses, damaged freight and even perished freight. The legal ramifications of poor compliance are amplif...

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Manufacturing a truly digital supply chain in four steps MANUFACTURING A TRULY DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN IN FOUR STEPS

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Nov 19, 2019

Manufacturing supply chains are at a pivot point. Optimisation is moving from node to network, planning and decision frequency is changing from periodic to real-time and the supply chain itself is evolving from ‘one-size-fits-all’ to a market segment size of one. The rules of the game ar...

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Five Questions to Ask About Third-Party Vendors and Cybersecurity FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT THIRD-PARTY VENDORS AND CYBERSECURITY

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Nov 19, 2019

From marketing consultants and supply chain partners to accountants and IT service providers, organizations today depend on all kinds of third parties for virtually every conceivable business function. According to recent Ponemon Institute research, the unintended consequence of third-party dependen...

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Supply Chain Sustainability: The Myth That Needs to be Made Real SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY: THE MYTH THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE REAL

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Nov 19, 2019

As a businessman, I believe in the easy and unimpeded movement of goods, services, and capital; I believe that optimized, highly efficient supply chains keep products on local shelves, keep people employed, and keep consumers happy. As an engineer, I take processes apart, examine them, and improve t...

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Master the Supply Chain Logistics Evolution MASTER THE SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS EVOLUTION

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Nov 19, 2019

A modern era of innovation is reshaping the logistics and transportation industry, bringing about exciting proficiencies and opportunities. Although many innovations are brand new some even still in the testing phases each holds significant promise, as well as strong potential to complement and adva...

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Getting Your Holiday ‘Stocking’ Right: Seasonality’s Impact on the Supply Chain GETTING YOUR HOLIDAY ‘STOCKING’ RIGHT: SEASONALITY’S IMPACT ON THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 18, 2019

It will surprise no one to learn that the time of year with the biggest impact on supply chains is the year-end holiday season. According to Statista, buying activity during that period surpasses all other seasonal events combined. The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports that retailers rely on ...

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How Automated LTL Freight Shipping Processes Creates Efficiencies HOW AUTOMATED LTL FREIGHT SHIPPING PROCESSES CREATES EFFICIENCIES

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Nov 18, 2019

Unless you still love fax-machines and booking LTL freight the old fashion way; there are some great fast-evolving ways to utilize automated LTL freight shipping processes and simplify the process. Historically, freight organizations and shipping customers had to fax or email shipping related docume...

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UPCOMING FLUCTUATIONS IN THE U.S. TRUCKING MARKET HEADING INTO 2020 UPCOMING FLUCTUATIONS IN THE U.S. TRUCKING MARKET HEADING INTO 2020

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Nov 18, 2019

The time has come: to the chagrin of shippers, NVOCCS, and forwarders alike – although not so frowned upon by truckers – the glory days of excessively low spot truck rates are coming to an end. According to a recent article on JOC.com, the incredibly low rates experienced in mid-2019 are...

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The Rise of the Intelligent Digital Supply Chain THE RISE OF THE INTELLIGENT DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 15, 2019

Many consider Henry Ford’s automotive assembly line to be the birth of the modern supply chain, which goes something like this: Suppliers provide the raw materials to manufacturers that pass on the finished products to distributors, which then provide select amounts of that product to the reta...

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3 WAYS TO IMPLEMENT ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES IN YOUR SHIPPING STRATEGY 3 WAYS TO IMPLEMENT ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES IN YOUR SHIPPING STRATEGY

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Nov 14, 2019

Regardless of how green your practices are within your store or warehouse, the reality is that your shipping processes are likely having a significantly negative impact on your business’s environmental footprint. That’s why, in this article, we’re taking a closer look at 3 ways you...

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Cross docking in logistics CROSS DOCKING IN LOGISTICS

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Nov 14, 2019

Globalization has forced companies to expedite their warehousing and set up processes in order to maintain their competitive advantage and the loyalty of their customers with efficient response strategies like cross docking. Cross docking is a logistics model that optimizes the supply chain by elimi...

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How Is Logistics Technology Affecting Warehousing and Distribution? HOW IS LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY AFFECTING WAREHOUSING AND DISTRIBUTION?

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Nov 12, 2019

Technology exists to make life easier. It also provides a potentially huge competitive advantage for companies that make the right investments. Logistics technologies are making a major impact on the productivity and competitiveness of warehousing and distribution companies. Here’s a look at h...

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How Small Businesses Can Implement Sustainable Supply Chain Practices HOW SMALL BUSINESSES CAN IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN PRACTICES

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Nov 12, 2019

Organizations implementing sustainable supply chain practices face increased expenses associated with upfront investments. But new strategies are emerging to change that. 93% of supply chain organizations have implemented environmental initiatives. Still, more plan to do so in the next five years. U...

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Moving Toward a More Ethical Supply Chain MOVING TOWARD A MORE ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 12, 2019

Why are ethical practices important in supply chain management? First, there are rules and codes of conduct which govern sourcing, but increasingly consumers and business customers are demanding that the products they buy be ethically sourced. This may mean that the suppliers have fair labor practic...

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Exploring the Growing Talent Gap in Supply Chain Management EXPLORING THE GROWING TALENT GAP IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Nov 12, 2019

If you work in supply chain and logistics, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the growing talent gap. While the trucker shortage has been a hot topic of conversation during this last year, the industry is starting to realize that the talent gap extends far past just trucking. In fact, ...

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POLY HELPS EMPOWER CONTACT CENTER WORKERS POLY HELPS EMPOWER CONTACT CENTER WORKERS

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Nov 11, 2019

It’s a well-documented trend that the rise of digital channels such as webchat, apps, FAQs, etc., has led to a change in the way contact centers handle interactions. The routine, “easy” interactions are now handled by self-service channels. Deflecting these low-value interactions h...

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Why Logistics Companies Must Adopt Big Data and Cloud Technology WHY LOGISTICS COMPANIES MUST ADOPT BIG DATA AND CLOUD TECHNOLOGY

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Nov 11, 2019

According to a survey published by Dresner Advisory Services, over 50% of companies are using big-data analytics. A closer look reveals that the adoption rate varies significantly by industry, with financial services and telecommunications leading the way, followed by education and healthcare. But t...

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The Element That Can Make or Break Blockchain for the Supply Chain THE ELEMENT THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK BLOCKCHAIN FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Nov 11, 2019

Everywhere you turn these days, there’s a blockchain pilot underway for the supply chain. But they’re all missing one crucial element: a single, coherent set of standards. Blockchain technology as we know it is already 11 years old, conceived as a transactional ledger in support of bitco...

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Five pillars to build a supply chain talent strategy FIVE PILLARS TO BUILD A SUPPLY CHAIN TALENT STRATEGY

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Nov 11, 2019

With digital transformation and innovation disrupting supply chain planning, we take a look at Gartner's five key pillars to build a talent strategy. In order to better support digital transformation within the supply chain industry, traditional approaches to recruiting talent must go through it...

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What WHAT'S THE REAL TRACTION ON BLOCKCHAIN IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Nov 10, 2019

Digital transformation of supply chain management continues through the increased adoption of digital platforms to track shipments. Blockchain, while a buzzword and an almost ethereal concept to some, is starting to make waves. According to Disruptor Daily, blockchain innovation in the supply chain ...

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Intel Used Its Supply Chain to Reshape Company Culture — and Make Millions INTEL USED ITS SUPPLY CHAIN TO RESHAPE COMPANY CULTURE — AND MAKE MILLIONS

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Nov 07, 2019

Since the dawn of “supply chain” in popular business jargon more than 15 years ago, Intel Corp. has focused on value-chain optimization as part of its core company strategy. Until recent years, this meant driving efficiency and cutting costs across thousands of suppliers and customers. T...

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PREPARING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN FOR THE 2019 HOLIDAY SEASON PREPARING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN FOR THE 2019 HOLIDAY SEASON

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Nov 06, 2019

It’s November, as we herald in the Holiday season retailers, fulfillment centers, and shippers around the country are preparing for the holiday season and have supply chain best practices on the brain. The National Retail Federation forecasted that holiday sales for 2019 are expected to increa...

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Choosing a Transportation Management System (TMS) CHOOSING A TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (TMS)

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Nov 05, 2019

You’ve been tasked by the senior management team to implement a TMS system. What’s the first thing you think of? Head on over to Google! Wait! This may not be the best approach. You already have a contract with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, who is an expert in shipping, transpo...

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Is Blockchain a Perfect Fit for the Supply Chain? IS BLOCKCHAIN A PERFECT FIT FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Nov 04, 2019

Is blockchain technology a natural fit for the supply chain? Or is it just “a solution looking for a problem”? That second possibility is raised, ironically, by a blockchain proponent: Ajay Chidrawar, vice president of global product management and customer success with CGS, a provider o...

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7 Online Programs For Supply Chain Management And Manufacturers 7 ONLINE PROGRAMS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND MANUFACTURERS

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Nov 04, 2019

The manufacturing and supply-chain industry has been going through a transformation, with concepts like IoT, additive manufacturing, and e-commerce quickly advancing the industry. With these new technologies come new skills that manufacturers and supply chain professionals need to learn. Fortunately...

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Overcoming Obstacles to Supply-Chain Collaboration OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO SUPPLY-CHAIN COLLABORATION

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Nov 04, 2019

For years, the belief that the seamless, transparent, and real-time flow of communication can improve the results of supply-chain collaboration has been the holy grail of business: frequently aspired to, but seldom achieved. Yet the benefits are indeed possible, and in some cases have even been real...

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The Digital Supply Chain: Why Modifying Supply Chain Software May Cause More Headache Than Benefits THE DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN: WHY MODIFYING SUPPLY CHAIN SOFTWARE MAY CAUSE MORE HEADACHE THAN BENEFITS

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Nov 01, 2019

The modification of a WMS has become something of a standard concept when selecting and implementing supply chain system technologies, but it may lead to increased costs when implementing or upgrading your system. According to BusinessWire, 80 percent of supply chain executives expect the digital su...

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Diversifying Supply Chains Avoids Trade War Risks DIVERSIFYING SUPPLY CHAINS AVOIDS TRADE WAR RISKS

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Nov 01, 2019

On March 1, 2018 the Trump administration shocked the world by placing steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The administration cited a 1962 law that allows the President to increase tariffs on products that are considered a “national security issue,” much to the displeasure of th...

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How a TMS Can Enable Visibility Within Global Supply Chains HOW A TMS CAN ENABLE VISIBILITY WITHIN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

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Nov 01, 2019

The digitization of today’s world calls for an ever-increasing number of changes to the way that business is handled on a daily basis. Today’s consumers have every type of information at their fingertips with just a Google search away. As this trend continues to grow, so does the consume...

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5 Scary External Factors for Supply Chains 5 SCARY EXTERNAL FACTORS FOR SUPPLY CHAINS

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Oct 31, 2019

Meeting demand for fun-sized candies and trending costumes is only one grisly scenario supply chain professionals face. One thing Halloween can teach us is having the right inventory available at the start of the season is much better than empty shelves – yet no one wants too much leftover inv...

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Digital Transformation of your Supply Chain Network in the Age of AI DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORK IN THE AGE OF AI

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Oct 29, 2019

There is a riddle I asked my kids when they were little. Although there are multiple variations of this riddle such as two paths, two doors, two houses, two guards, or two sisters, the idea is always the same. Finding the right path! At first, it looks like you have a 50% chance of survival or a cer...

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Supply-Chain Planning and Execution Work Better Together SUPPLY-CHAIN PLANNING AND EXECUTION WORK BETTER TOGETHER

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Oct 28, 2019

The pace of change within global supply chains continues to accelerate. It’s driven by ever-growing customer expectations, making weekly, monthly and yearly periodic planning processes insufficient. Business leaders are confronted with a new normal: the reality of ever faster-moving markets an...

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BEST PRACTICE TIPS TO SECURE TRUCKLOAD CAPACITY BEST PRACTICE TIPS TO SECURE TRUCKLOAD CAPACITY

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Oct 28, 2019

Peak Season kicks off in October and lasts through the holiday shopping season. Carriers know that this time of year offers a heavy and steady flow of freight loads to move. During peak months, there is a significant surge in the loads available. At Taylor Logistics, we do everything we can to make ...

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Where do Robots Fit in Tomorrow WHERE DO ROBOTS FIT IN TOMORROW'S SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Oct 28, 2019

Honeywell recently announced the opening of its new advanced technology center of excellence, Honeywell Robotics. Located in Pittsburgh, the new center is focused on innovating and developing artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and advanced robotics for use across supply chain...

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3 reasons why the freight forwarding industry will not experience a big disruption from technology 3 REASONS WHY THE FREIGHT FORWARDING INDUSTRY WILL NOT EXPERIENCE A BIG DISRUPTION FROM TECHNOLOGY

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Oct 28, 2019

When I first started doing LCL Consol Boxes, we were using Microsoft Word documents and conducted 100 calls with everyone involved for shipping just one container with ten shippers. Additionally, we had physical drawings of a shipping plan. Today, all of this information can be transmitted electroni...

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The Importance of Freight Carrier Invoice Auditing THE IMPORTANCE OF FREIGHT CARRIER INVOICE AUDITING

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Oct 28, 2019

Freight carrier invoice auditing is a term that shippers understand and have applied in the past. Its definition is simple; identify problems in billing and reverse applicable charges. Unfortunately, the rate of billing errors in carrier invoices is significant, notes David Biederman of the Journal ...

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Three Good Arguments for a Flexible Supply Chain THREE GOOD ARGUMENTS FOR A FLEXIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 25, 2019

Supply-chain management is a significant area of business that, when done well, can make all processes run much more smoothly. The problem with many companies’ efforts is that they stick too rigidly to a system of operation that they’ve been committed to for years. This isn’t to sa...

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DIGITAL MARKETING IN THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY DIGITAL MARKETING IN THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY

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Oct 25, 2019

As in all areas of life, technology has added marketing to its reservoir and has been able to carry marketing to the digital environment. The concept of innovation plays an important role in shaping a completely new idea and service and adapting it to changing market conditions through the revision ...

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New Tech May Be Eroding Trust in the Freight Industry NEW TECH MAY BE ERODING TRUST IN THE FREIGHT INDUSTRY

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Oct 24, 2019

Whatever you call it, things aren’t looking good in the freight industry, where companies shutting down is now a daily event rather than something that only happens a few times a year. In fact, while the rest of the country is just now ringing alarm bells, truckers, shippers, and carriers have...

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7 Warehouse Updates to Optimize Your Operation 7 WAREHOUSE UPDATES TO OPTIMIZE YOUR OPERATION

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Oct 24, 2019

Maximizing efficiency is one of the best ways to reach your production and financial goals in the warehouse industry. Companies of all shapes and sizes are looking for the next tip or trick that will save them valuable time and money, while still helping them perform to the highest level. If you&rsq...

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Innovations in Inflatable Dunnage Bag Design Dramatically Reduce Damage Rates of Freight Shipments INNOVATIONS IN INFLATABLE DUNNAGE BAG DESIGN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE DAMAGE RATES OF FREIGHT SHIPMENTS

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Oct 24, 2019

North American supply chains for manufactured goods depend heavily on trucking. In fact, 72% of all shipments in the United States travel on truck trailers. And according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, trucking was the #1 mode of transport for shipments of freight between the ...

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Why Warehouse Automation Matters: 7 Hidden Cost Leaks of Outdated Manual Processes WHY WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION MATTERS: 7 HIDDEN COST LEAKS OF OUTDATED MANUAL PROCESSES

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Oct 24, 2019

The digital revolution has utterly transformed the supply chain management, unlocking new levels of control, visibility, efficiency and performance. In order to beat competitors and serve customers, more and more companies are adopting cutting-edge warehouse automation technologies to digitize their...

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WHY YOU NEED TO INVEST IN AN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT WHY YOU NEED TO INVEST IN AN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT

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Oct 23, 2019

Many large companies today rely solely on the efficiency of an inventory management system for daily operations, supply chain management, and stock control. The application of inventory management solutions is vast and is suited to commercial and corporate businesses that provide products and servic...

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BUILDING MORE PRODUCTIVITY INTO OUR HEADSETS WITH AMAZON ALEXA AND TILE BUILDING MORE PRODUCTIVITY INTO OUR HEADSETS WITH AMAZON ALEXA AND TILE

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Oct 23, 2019

If you’re like me, one of the first things you do when you leave the house in the morning is put on your headset. I may be joining a meeting, calling a friend, getting coffee – sometimes all three – before I even set foot in the office. When I get to work, I’m collaborating w...

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POLY STUDIO IS NOW CERTIFIED FOR MICROSOFT TEAMS POLY STUDIO IS NOW CERTIFIED FOR MICROSOFT TEAMS

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Oct 22, 2019

It seems like every photo shown of a business in action these days features a bunch of people in a huddle room, looking productive – just like our own Poly beauty shot below. But the technology that is IN the room really matters most to the people who are joining remotely – the people NO...

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8 Supply Chain Strategies to Improve Your Ecommerce Business 8 SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE YOUR ECOMMERCE BUSINESS

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Oct 22, 2019

Many ecommerce fulfillment centers spend much of their time implementing reactive tactics without ever thinking through the strategy of what they’re trying to achieve. The terms “tactics” and “strategy” are often confused and incorrectly used interchangeably. Strategy d...

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FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE WAREHOUSE RACK SAFETY FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE WAREHOUSE RACK SAFETY

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Oct 22, 2019

Much like people, warehouse racks are not invincible. Factors such as overloading, poor design and installation errors can all lead to rack failure. However, impacts from mobile equipment are one of the leading causes of damage and racking collapses. If large machinery bumps your racking, there&rsqu...

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Green Logistics – How To Make Your Transports (Environmentally) Efficient GREEN LOGISTICS – HOW TO MAKE YOUR TRANSPORTS (ENVIRONMENTALLY) EFFICIENT

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Oct 21, 2019

It is a well-known fact that environmental protection starts on an individual level. Nevertheless, we often find it difficult to actually implement simple routines that benefit our environment in everyday life. Whether it’s sloppy waste disposal, printed notes or a drive to a nearby supermarke...

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Trends Driving Strategic Freight Management and How to Be Prepared TRENDS DRIVING STRATEGIC FREIGHT MANAGEMENT AND HOW TO BE PREPARED

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Oct 21, 2019

Shippers have grown accustomed to the changing demands of the industry. Today’s consumers expect faster, free shipping, and they are unwilling to listen to any reason why a shipment was delayed. Combined with the uncertainty in the market and tight capacity, as reported by John Schulz of Logis...

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Building a sustainable supply chain in uncertain times BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

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Oct 18, 2019

We are living in uncertain times and for many large enterprises, building efficient, sustainable supply chains that deliver value quickly to customers and shareholders is becoming increasingly challenging. Customers are getting more demanding. Often today, they expect next-day or even same-day deliv...

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MALCOM MCLEAN: A TALE OF THE SHIPPING CONTAINER MALCOM MCLEAN: A TALE OF THE SHIPPING CONTAINER

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Oct 18, 2019

Amphoras were used for the transportation of wine and other food stuff between 1500 BC and 500 BC by both the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean region. In the modern world, amphoras were replaced with steel boxes, which we call containers. The reason why containers take a vita...

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5 Elements of a Successful Supply Chain Provenance Strategy 5 ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL SUPPLY CHAIN PROVENANCE STRATEGY

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Oct 16, 2019

Advances in digital commerce and international logistics have transformed our supply chains. But while today’s global marketplaces have created many exciting opportunities, they have also allowed counterfeit products to reach epidemic proportions around the world. Today, we’re starting t...

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The State of the Tactical Freight Market and What You Need to Know About It THE STATE OF THE TACTICAL FREIGHT MARKET AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

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Oct 16, 2019

The current freight market continues to ramp up in anticipation of the most active returns season of the year. The strong demand for more freight continues to grow, and consumers have divine expectations for the performance of supply chains. There was a time when tactical freight management referred...

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Mitigating Warehouse Management Challenges with a 3PL MITIGATING WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES WITH A 3PL

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Oct 16, 2019

Keeping up with any technology is challenging and this is especially true for the warehouse management systems that keep your single warehouse or network of fulfillment centers running efficiently to service your brand. Proactively understanding the challenges that can accompany this process can sav...

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Putting an End to Supply-Chain Payment Kinks With Automation PUTTING AN END TO SUPPLY-CHAIN PAYMENT KINKS WITH AUTOMATION

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Oct 15, 2019

A world without supply chains would look nothing like the one we know today. But a world without streamlined payments throughout that supply chain is just the world we live in. There’s an all-too-common disconnect between highly automated, efficient supplier streams and the very manual, paper-...

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Supply Chain Transformation – The Need for Speed SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION – THE NEED FOR SPEED

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Oct 15, 2019

The amount of change in supply chain management practices since I first became a practitioner more than 25 years ago is eye watering. Today supply chain practitioners operate in a world of ever increasing complexity, data is doubling every 18 months and there’s a wealth of knowledge in social ...

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The Real ID Transition: Everything You Need to Know THE REAL ID TRANSITION: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Oct 15, 2019

By October 2020, all domestic travelers planning to use a driver’s license for ID will need to update to the new, most secure option. Getting the new ‘Real ID’ requires some extra steps and further documents, so it’s probably a smart idea to start getting your ducks in a row ...

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Building a corporate travel policy. BUILDING A CORPORATE TRAVEL POLICY.

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Oct 14, 2019

A corporate travel policy is a tool designed to help both employees and company executives make effective decisions. It explains what you expect from traveling employees and what they can expect in return. Some types of corporate policies are simple. For example, your company allows X number of sick...

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What Is Tactical Freight Management and it’s Role in Logistics Planning? WHAT IS TACTICAL FREIGHT MANAGEMENT AND IT’S ROLE IN LOGISTICS PLANNING?

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Oct 14, 2019

With advancing demands of consumers and the steady growth of e-commerce, shippers and carriers are working to build better relationships and optimize operations. Unfortunately, the modern supply chain remains brittle, subject to the slightest of changes that could spell its doom. While that paints a...

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WILL TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND REPLACE THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE? WILL TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND REPLACE THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

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Oct 14, 2019

Technology helps to improve efficiency, service quality, and streamline process. Technology is a very essential element for all supply chains. Many shippers rely on company resource planning, storage and warehousing management, fleet management and transportation management software to keep up with ...

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How to Manage Travel Costs with an Affordable Business Travel Agency HOW TO MANAGE TRAVEL COSTS WITH AN AFFORDABLE BUSINESS TRAVEL AGENCY

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Oct 13, 2019

Well, your company might be more inclined to tackle corporate travel management if you knew how much time and money growing companies are already saving using more efficient travel management solutions. The upfront cost of outsourcing business travel management can actually end up helping you save h...

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Measuring the True ROI of Marketing Events MEASURING THE TRUE ROI OF MARKETING EVENTS

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Oct 13, 2019

When measuring the ROI of a marketing event, most companies look only at the exhibition cost. But in order to get a true understanding of the investment and the value it’s provided, you also need to look at the travel and expense spending for everyone attending from your company. Unfortunately...

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Traditional Warehousing Is Slowing Supply-Chain Evolution TRADITIONAL WAREHOUSING IS SLOWING SUPPLY-CHAIN EVOLUTION

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Oct 11, 2019

The days of static supply chains, both globally and locally, are long gone. Enterprises now must deal with an immense level of complexity and volatility, with continual change being the new normal. Organizations today have to grapple with faster product release cycles; shorter product lifecycles; om...

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Supply Chain Automation Is the Cornerstone of Supply Chain Success SUPPLY CHAIN AUTOMATION IS THE CORNERSTONE OF SUPPLY CHAIN SUCCESS

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Oct 11, 2019

Supply chain management evolves, and supply chain leaders have a grand opportunity to leverage supply chain automation and drive success. However, many leaders approach automation with a poor understanding of its capabilities, not to mention potential risks during implementation. To put the real pow...

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Robotics Drives Supply Chain Profits ROBOTICS DRIVES SUPPLY CHAIN PROFITS

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Oct 10, 2019

Supply chain companies are beginning to use robotics to boost warehouse efficiency and drive profits thanks to new automated technologies. High-res cameras, pressure sensors, navigation lasers, and acoustic warning indicators allow automated devices to navigate warehouses efficiently and autonomousl...

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UNPARALLELED WMS CAPABILITIES THAT IMPROVE MODERN WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS UNPARALLELED WMS CAPABILITIES THAT IMPROVE MODERN WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS

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Oct 10, 2019

For more than 20 years, Taylor Logistics successfully managed its food-grade warehouse operations using an AS/400 based management system. Although reliable and sturdy, it wasn’t well suited for the fast-paced changes that were affecting the logistics industry. More specifically, it wasn&rsquo...

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LTL Freight Shipments Are on the Rise…And Here’s Why LTL FREIGHT SHIPMENTS ARE ON THE RISE…AND HERE’S WHY

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Oct 10, 2019

Regardless of the current political climate, e-commerce expansion continues, and the global supply chain has grown more interdependent than ever. Shippers need to understand why LTL freight shipments spikes will affect their operations and how the right partner can mean the difference between succes...

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Artificial Intelligence and the Supply Chain Disruptor ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTOR

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Oct 09, 2019

Can you see the minute changes that influence your supply chain every day? Even the most successful companies that spend time caring for their supply chain may miss the subtle clues of change that can snowball into something big if not reviewing and optimizing your network on a weekly or daily basis...

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Five Steps to Successful Supply Chain Planning FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING

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Oct 08, 2019

In the age of expanding global supply chains and developing supply networks, effective, data-driven supply chain planning is more critical than ever. Sometimes detailed supply chain planning may not seem like a compelling time investment because forecasts can be inaccurate and plans can go awry. But...

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THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS COMPANIES VS. FREIGHT FORWARDERS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS COMPANIES VS. FREIGHT FORWARDERS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM

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Oct 07, 2019

Basically, third-party logistics (3PL) companies are outsourced service providers that cover all or a part of a company’s logistics activities in logistics and supply chain management. These service providers typically specialize in multi operations such as warehousing and transportation servi...

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Building Resilient Supply Chains Across a Volatile Business Landscape BUILDING RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAINS ACROSS A VOLATILE BUSINESS LANDSCAPE

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Oct 07, 2019

The 2019 edition of DHL’s Resilience360 report projected that this year, businesses should prepare for at least four major hurricanes across the Americas and 10 typhoons in East Asia. In addition to Hurricane Dorian’s very recent assault on the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, one needs ...

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Brave New World: How Blockchain Is Transforming the Healthcare Supply Chain BRAVE NEW WORLD: HOW BLOCKCHAIN IS TRANSFORMING THE HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Oct 07, 2019

Today’s transformational technologies are improving how healthcare and life sciences organizations provide the most affordable care and best wellness services to the people and communities they serve. One of these transformational technologies, blockchain, will be on full display during the 17...

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The Drones are Here: 4 Game-Changing Uses for UAVs THE DRONES ARE HERE: 4 GAME-CHANGING USES FOR UAVS

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Oct 03, 2019

The near future has potential for vastly different global supply chains, and UAVs are already changing the game for many lives and organizations. We are LLamasoft and we help the world’s top organizations like the World Economic Forum, General Motors, JD Logistics, and Zipline handle complex s...

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Impacting the supply chain talent pipeline by expanding academic outreach IMPACTING THE SUPPLY CHAIN TALENT PIPELINE BY EXPANDING ACADEMIC OUTREACH

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Oct 03, 2019

Talent is top of mind for most executives as fuel for the future but it is approaching a crisis in the supply chain world. For the past four years, hiring qualified supply chain workers has been cited as the biggest company challenge in the annual survey conducted by MHI and Deloitte Consulting. As ...

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HOW TO EXPAND AND STREAMLINE YOUR SHIPPING CAPABILITY TO FULFILL GREATER E-COMMERCE DEMAND HOW TO EXPAND AND STREAMLINE YOUR SHIPPING CAPABILITY TO FULFILL GREATER E-COMMERCE DEMAND

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Oct 01, 2019

With the growth and expansion of small e-commerce businesses comes a necessary reconsideration of shipping logistics and capability to fulfill a surge in order quantities – but this can often be easier said than done. That’s why today, our friends over at Action Storage are offering up s...

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How Blockchain Will Help Create the Supply Chain of the Future HOW BLOCKCHAIN WILL HELP CREATE THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE FUTURE

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Oct 01, 2019

One of the challenges we've had in supply chain management for decades is getting everybody together up and down a particular supply chain. If you take a very simple system, a relatively confined ecosystem, you would think it would be pretty straightforward for everybody to know who all the play...

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INTERNET OF THINGS IN LOGISTICS INTERNET OF THINGS IN LOGISTICS

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Oct 01, 2019

2020 is in just a few short months. It’s the year that Gartner predicted that more than 50% of major business processes will incorporate some form of the Internet of Things (IoT). Logistics companies are upon some of these major businesses. Though often disregarded, the application of IoT in s...

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Why Your 3PL Should Come With An Enterprise Quality Management System WHY YOUR 3PL SHOULD COME WITH AN ENTERPRISE QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Sep 27, 2019

Quality has long been a requirement of consumers. Everyone wants to buy goods and services that meet or exceed company promises. The manufacturing and clinical industries have traditionally operated with structured processes in place to enhance the quality of their products. Likewise, service provid...

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How to Drive Growth with SCM Solutions HOW TO DRIVE GROWTH WITH SCM SOLUTIONS

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Sep 26, 2019

Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin Barry, founder and COO of Second Nature, a home wellness company that offers an air filter subscription service to help homeowners stay on top of their ongoing maintenance needs. Second Nature plans to expand their offering with refrigerator wa...

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Four Reasons Why Supply-Chain Managers Need Location Technology FOUR REASONS WHY SUPPLY-CHAIN MANAGERS NEED LOCATION TECHNOLOGY

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Sep 26, 2019

Detailed location technology can have a significant impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains. Here are four ways in which the technology can prove critical to business operations. Streamlined delivery. Logistics and supply-chain professionals need to move goods from distribution h...

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4 ways your brand can take back complete control of its supply chain 4 WAYS YOUR BRAND CAN TAKE BACK COMPLETE CONTROL OF ITS SUPPLY CHAIN

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Sep 26, 2019

The days of producing a product in one place are pretty much gone. If your product is even slightly complex, you’re probably sourcing supplies from a few different suppliers. And they may be sourcing from other suppliers still. These tiers of suppliers (tier one and tier two) are where most of...

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How a New Lease-Accounting Standard Will Impact Transportation and Logistics HOW A NEW LEASE-ACCOUNTING STANDARD WILL IMPACT TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS

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Sep 25, 2019

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s new lease-accounting standard, ASC 842, went into effect for public transportation and logistics companies last year. FASB recently proposed extending the deadline for private companies for one year to annual periods beginning after December 15, 2020,...

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How Smart Use of Service Supply Chain Can Recession-Proof your Business HOW SMART USE OF SERVICE SUPPLY CHAIN CAN RECESSION-PROOF YOUR BUSINESS

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Sep 25, 2019

There's a global economic downturn coming. There’s always a downturn coming, of course. The questions are how soon it will come and how severe it will be. But the more important question may be: How do you make sure you retain profitability while protecting your brand reputation and mainta...

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In supply chain we must trust IN SUPPLY CHAIN WE MUST TRUST

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Sep 25, 2019

In an interconnected world, a business is only as strong as the weakest link in its supply chain. Or, put another way, it’s only as strong as the weakest link in its supply network. The key ingredient in those partnerships is trust, which is a “must have” factor for intra and inter...

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Predictability Is the Key to Supply Chain Sustainability PREDICTABILITY IS THE KEY TO SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY

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Sep 25, 2019

Supply chain predictability remains a holy grail of sorts to manufacturing operations it is something many organizations aspire to but few actually achieve. Companies that aim to make this dream a reality understand the stakes: As rising consumer expectations and omnichannel distribution networks co...

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CYBERSECURITY CONCERNS WITHIN THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY CYBERSECURITY CONCERNS WITHIN THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

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Sep 25, 2019

In June 2017, a ransomware attack on shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk created a global cascade effect, causing the Ports of New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Mumbai and nearly 80 other ports and terminals worldwide to experience either a complete shutdown or significant delays. Two years later, ...

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Final Mile Technology: What Tools Do Freight Shippers Need? FINAL MILE TECHNOLOGY: WHAT TOOLS DO FREIGHT SHIPPERS NEED?

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Sep 23, 2019

How often do you really think about final mile technology? The chances are good that the final mile is often an afterthought, but the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and Target are changing the narrative. As explained by Supply Chain 24/7, technological development has changed the way supply chains operat...

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Global Supply Chains at Risk of Recession? GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS AT RISK OF RECESSION?

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Sep 20, 2019

August saw another intensification of the trade conflict between the United States and China. Then, in mid-September, the attack on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities resulted in an oil price spike. Both are bad news for the global supply chain managers coming at a time when the world’s e...

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Key Characteristics of a Good Supply Chain Planning Process KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING PROCESS

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Sep 20, 2019

Planning processes drive many key activities in supply chain, whether we’re talking about demand forecasting, production scheduling, etc. But is your process effective? Based on my experience, here are five key characteristics of a good planning process: It is consistent and repeatable. Supply...

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7 Quick Tips for Establishing a Logistics Sourcing Strategy 7 QUICK TIPS FOR ESTABLISHING A LOGISTICS SOURCING STRATEGY

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Sep 20, 2019

Integrating systems and infrastructure to support the movement of materials from one place to another can be complicated. Companies continuously need to innovate in the logistics space while continuing to deliver value to their customers and the business. Outsourcing to a skilled logistics partner c...

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FOUR SEASONS OF FREIGHT FOUR SEASONS OF FREIGHT

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Sep 19, 2019

It’s no secret that the transportation industry is heavily dependent on supply and demand. Every year holds uncertainty from consumer trends to the ups and downs of the market; however, there is always a forecasted plan for the seasons of freight. Like fall, winter, sporing, and summer, the tr...

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Is there a real shortage of talent for supply chains? IS THERE A REAL SHORTAGE OF TALENT FOR SUPPLY CHAINS?

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Sep 18, 2019

Recently, there have been articles concerning the available talent for supply chains both the desired skills and decreasing availability of people with the skill set for particular roles.But this is not new; the situation has existed for some years and is likely to continue, because little has chang...

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7 Supply Chain Risk Management Strategies 7 SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

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Sep 18, 2019

The supply chain is the gas that makes the retail motor run. Without it, you have no product to sell, no inventory to stock, and no revenue to earn. In the world of retail there are always incidences that disrupt the supply chain, throwing all operations out of whack and leaving retailers to scrambl...

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5 Reasons Why 5G Adds Value to Your Supply Chain 5 REASONS WHY 5G ADDS VALUE TO YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

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Sep 17, 2019

We talk about the technologies adding value to your supply chain operations. The software, hardware, and integrations that help businesses overcome today’s challenges and provide a foundation for the supply chain of the future. But, we need to place equal emphasis on what connects the endpoint...

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5 Tips for Efficient Supply Chain Management 5 TIPS FOR EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Sep 17, 2019

Supply Chain Management involves the flow of goods and services in an efficient manner. It encompasses all the steps involved in procuring raw materials through to the finished goods, in a way that is streamlined and provides value to the customer. As any successful business owner will tell you, SCM...

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How Supply-Chain Finance Can Help Companies Protect Working Capital HOW SUPPLY-CHAIN FINANCE CAN HELP COMPANIES PROTECT WORKING CAPITAL

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Sep 16, 2019

U.S. manufacturers are lagging their European counterparts in the adoption of creative approaches to supply-chain finance. But three companies are demonstrating the varied ways in which that tool can be effectively deployed. The German engineering and technology giant Siemens ventured into the finan...

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Why Omnichannel Supply Chain Success Depends on Inventory Optimization WHY OMNICHANNEL SUPPLY CHAIN SUCCESS DEPENDS ON INVENTORY OPTIMIZATION

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Sep 13, 2019

All businesses want to achieve success, but omnichannel supply chain success requires a comprehensive level of oversight and control in your operation. Omnichannel orders may come from anywhere, so significant risks exist. However, inventory optimization can solve these challenges. Apart from organi...

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How Supply-Chain Companies Can Build Roadmaps With AI HOW SUPPLY-CHAIN COMPANIES CAN BUILD ROADMAPS WITH AI

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Sep 13, 2019

The supply chain as we know it is on the precipice of tipping from decades of steadily accelerating “push” dynamics to a new “push-and-pull” model. Enter artificial intelligence for the supply chain. Be it through predictive maintenance in the factory, self-driving trucks in ...

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5 MARKETING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2020 5 MARKETING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2020

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Sep 13, 2019

The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous.” Peter F. Drucker Tweet This! While selling is an art, it solely depends on the fact how much marketing efforts you have put in to make it possible. And when it comes to marketing efforts it will be incomplete unless you leverage modern tech...

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10 MUST-HAVE MARKETING TECHNOLOGY STACK FOR YOUR B2B TECH 10 MUST-HAVE MARKETING TECHNOLOGY STACK FOR YOUR B2B TECH

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Sep 13, 2019

Still think your current martech stack doesn't need an upgrade? Think again. 2019 is gradually coming to a close and marketing channels have shown no signs of slowing down. If you’re a marketer who’s part of a technology-dominated industry, you know well that it’s no longer a b...

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Preparing Your Business for the Digital Supply Chain PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Sep 12, 2019

Supply chain professionals are hiking their spending on supply chain innovation—substantially. Ninety-five percent said they plan to spend more this year than last, and 60 percent will spend more than $1 million over the next two years on disruptive technologies such as robotics, automation, p...

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What a difference a year makes in trucking WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES IN TRUCKING

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Sep 11, 2019

A year ago this time, it is fair to say that the trucking sector was running strongly on all cylinders, buoyed by very strong economic fundamentals, a high level of consumer confidence, and tight capacity, which helped drive rate growth. But fast forward a year later, and it is clear that the tables...

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How Digital Payments Improve Logistics Efficiency HOW DIGITAL PAYMENTS IMPROVE LOGISTICS EFFICIENCY

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Sep 10, 2019

The logistics industry is about speed, efficiency and accuracy. Warehouses strive to turn trucks around swiftly, keep the dock doors filled, and process as many loads as possible. The same goes for truck drivers and carriers if they’re not on the road, they’re not generating revenue. But...

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The Role of Sales in Sales Enablement THE ROLE OF SALES IN SALES ENABLEMENT

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Sep 10, 2019

However, with a regular commute time that consumes a couple of hours each day, I have shifted my focus to podcasts and audiobooks. One of my favorite podcasts is the Inside Sales Enablement series by Scott Santucci and Brian Lambert. In their last episode, they spent time reviewing their thoughts an...

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Implementing Buyer Enablement in Your Sales Enablement Strategy (2019) IMPLEMENTING BUYER ENABLEMENT IN YOUR SALES ENABLEMENT STRATEGY (2019)

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Sep 10, 2019

The majority of the time I only had access to two TV channels, three on a good weather day, and I vividly remember when I first saw a color television. At this time, products and services were limited, and buyer choices were almost non-existent. Fast-forward to 2019. Not only do I have access to hun...

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Benefits and Disadvantages of AI-Powered Supply Chains BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES OF AI-POWERED SUPPLY CHAINS

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Sep 10, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere around us. From simple digital watches to complex urban planning and development, the new form of intelligence is revolutionizing the way people live and the way companies work. Supply chain management is not an exception here because AI is changing it slow...

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Three Technologies That Will Help Businesses Build A Future-Ready Supply Chain THREE TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL HELP BUSINESSES BUILD A FUTURE-READY SUPPLY CHAIN

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Sep 10, 2019

In recent times, a lot of industries have faced disruptions owing to the rapid evolution of technology and the transportation and logistics industry is no different. With customer expectations ballooning at an exponential pace, it is these evolving technologies that come to the save by helping the o...

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What Is Breakbulk Shipping? WHAT IS BREAKBULK SHIPPING?

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Sep 10, 2019

Despite the fact that breakbulk shipping is extremely common, sometimes even experienced shippers need more clarity on the definition of this method. In over-the-road transportation, container shipping is prevailing. However, there is cargo of huge and unusual sizes that fits neither in a regular co...

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Supply Chain Innovation and the Catalyst for Business Growth SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION AND THE CATALYST FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

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Sep 09, 2019

Procurement teams have a growing responsibility within organisations. Cost and quality will always play a huge part across the function but creating value and bringing innovation to the table is becoming increasingly vital. To some extent, Procurement are on a unique footing; not only do they have a...

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Six ways to achieve supply chain sustainability SIX WAYS TO ACHIEVE SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY

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Sep 09, 2019

The sustainable supply chain has become a vital and ever more visible element of social corporate responsibility. Fueled by consumer demands, increasing regulations and a mounting business case, steering supply chains in a more sustainable direction has grown from laudable ambition to requisite for ...

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U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones may be bright spot for shippers in 2020 U.S. FOREIGN-TRADE ZONES MAY BE BRIGHT SPOT FOR SHIPPERS IN 2020

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Sep 06, 2019

With trade policy currently a hot political topic, the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones program plays an even more important role in promoting trade, investment, and job creation. Indeed, industry leaders say it’s a “show stealer” this year. The Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ), Exposition will...

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How Can Machine Learning Enhance Supply Chain Management Analytics? HOW CAN MACHINE LEARNING ENHANCE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT ANALYTICS?

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Sep 04, 2019

The supply chain analytics market is likely to witness growth due to increasing awareness about benefits of handling business data along with forecasting accuracy in supply chain analytics solutions. Rapid increase in volumes of business data across industries have prompted the need to adopt analyti...

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How Can You Improve Forklift Safety In Your Warehouse And Reduce Operating Costs? HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE FORKLIFT SAFETY IN YOUR WAREHOUSE AND REDUCE OPERATING COSTS?

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Sep 04, 2019

Keeping up with the speed of commerce today requires every aspect of the supply chain to be efficient and cost-effective. As a result, companies are looking at numerous ways to compete in this market. One of the most fundamental and impactful is to create and encourage a safe work environment. This ...

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Implement Supply Chain Planning system and applications IMPLEMENT SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING SYSTEM AND APPLICATIONS

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Sep 04, 2019

Because you can do something does not mean that you should. This applies to how you implement ERP systems and SNAP applications, which are predominately for use in planning and controlling supply chains. Most often encountered in business organisations is one or more enterprise resource planning sys...

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How do supply chain professionals rate their demand forecast’s accuracy? HOW DO SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS RATE THEIR DEMAND FORECAST’S ACCURACY?

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Sep 03, 2019

It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? We are running a quiz to help supply chain professionals address t...

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How Advanced Technologies are Affecting Supply Chain Software HOW ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES ARE AFFECTING SUPPLY CHAIN SOFTWARE

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Sep 03, 2019

With no end in sight to the proliferation of advanced technologies, the supply chain software space is replete with acronyms that range from IoT to AI to ML to RPA, not to mention Big Data, blockchain and myriad other innovations. Concepts that were emerging only five years ago have since become com...

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THE ADVANCEMENT OF “VIRTUAL LOGISTICS” TEAM THE ADVANCEMENT OF “VIRTUAL LOGISTICS” TEAM

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Sep 03, 2019

Industries are always looking forward to new technologies that would make their work easier by replacing the traditional way of working with extremely efficient and streamlined technology driven process. With the workforce prepping themselves further move away from traditional ways of working, virtu...

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Why supply chains should reduce their plastic footprint WHY SUPPLY CHAINS SHOULD REDUCE THEIR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT

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Aug 31, 2019

It’s hard to imagine a world without plastic. Take a minute to look around you how many products do you think include this material? From obvious items like your mobile phone, to objects that have plastic fibres like clothing; it’s everywhere. Over 300mn tonnes of plastic are produced ea...

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How To Assess Risk In The Supply Chain Ecosystem HOW TO ASSESS RISK IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN ECOSYSTEM

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Aug 30, 2019

Digitalization and the connected society may have made our lives easier, but the associated increase in customer expectations has put the supply chain under intense pressure. Product recalls have become part of the daily news cycle, and while the brand gets the headlines, companies need to ensure th...

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Four ways AI is leveraged in the supply chain industry FOUR WAYS AI IS LEVERAGED IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN INDUSTRY

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Aug 30, 2019

Supply chains are gradually getting globalized and more complex because raw materials and products travel across many geographical locations and navigate through multiple manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, service providers and carriers. Hence, supply chain organizations face challenges such as...

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The Untapped Potential of Reverse Logistics THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF REVERSE LOGISTICS

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Aug 29, 2019

Reverse logistics is nothing new to manufacturers and retailers. For decades, businesses have managed the flow of returned goods and materials, but this process has often been overlooked in favor of order fulfillment and forward logistics. A market projected to reach $603.9bn by 2025, reverse logist...

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What is Freight Consolidation and How Does It Differ from Pool Distribution? WHAT IS FREIGHT CONSOLIDATION AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM POOL DISTRIBUTION?

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Aug 29, 2019

To keep up with shifting consumer trends and subsequent retailer behavior, shippers are looking to freight consolidation services and pool distribution methods to manage their orders. Quickly evolving consumer trends are pressuring retailers and suppliers to adopt new inventory management practices....

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4 Ways to Start Implementing Green Supply Chain Management 4 WAYS TO START IMPLEMENTING GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Aug 29, 2019

Increased attention to topics like sustainability, climate change, and other environmental issues has changed the way many consumers view their purchases. As a result, many companies are now examining how they can align their supply chain and manufacturing processes to reduce their impact on the env...

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Machine Learning in the Supply Chain MACHINE LEARNING IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 28, 2019

One area of interest in today’s end-to-end supply chain is machine learning. And this is certainly a topic that we have written about quite often. Over the last few months, Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and I have written about artificial intelligence and machine learning in a number of contexts...

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How the Trade War is Reshaping Global Supply Chains HOW THE TRADE WAR IS RESHAPING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

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Aug 28, 2019

As another round of tariffs looms, businesses are preparing to make difficult decisions when it comes to sourcing, moving and pricing the products they sell. Whether the trade war between the United States and China continues or comes to a sudden and unexpected conclusion, one thing is certain: now ...

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Why Digital Freight Is About So Much More Than Price WHY DIGITAL FREIGHT IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN PRICE

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Aug 27, 2019

86% of importers and exporters say that cost plays a key role in their logistics provider selection. But there’s one factor that trumps price. Logistics price savings can frequently end up costing a pretty penny but saving $800 on a container movement is worth nothing if it doesn’t show ...

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How to Manage and Run a Successful Warehouse Operation HOW TO MANAGE AND RUN A SUCCESSFUL WAREHOUSE OPERATION

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Aug 26, 2019

What are the seven areas that managers need to pay attention to? We’re glad you asked! We’ve summarized them here for you. We’ve even added links to our more in-depth articles where appropriate. Setting up and running a warehouse might seem simple at first. The truth is that it is ...

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These Technologies Are Key To High-Performing Logistics THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE KEY TO HIGH-PERFORMING LOGISTICS

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Aug 26, 2019

In the modern digital economy, logistics is where the rubber meets the road. But scarce trucks and drivers, late deliveries, spoiled shipments, and rising shipment costs can put a supplier’s relationships with customers to the test, as well as cut into its bottom line. Fortunately, suppliers a...

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The Future of Logistics Tech: A Chinese Century? THE FUTURE OF LOGISTICS TECH: A CHINESE CENTURY?

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Aug 22, 2019

The U.S. has historically enjoyed a global economic advantage in part due to superior supply chains. In 1956, Malcom McLean invented the modern intermodal shipping container. Beginning in 1979, deregulation of the U.S. transportation sector enabled companies to thrive in non-asset truck brokerage. F...

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Digitalising Logistics - 7 Key Benefits DIGITALISING LOGISTICS - 7 KEY BENEFITS

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Aug 22, 2019

The arrival of online markets like Amazon and Skyscanner for consumers and SAP Ariba and Alibaba for enterprises have revolutionised our lives. Mobile applications and websites have extended our buying power exponentially and inspired new business models. As yet, the logistics sector, the backbone o...

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Three key steps towards a more sustainable supply chain THREE KEY STEPS TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 21, 2019

With the consumer class predicted to swell to around 1.8bn people by 2025, consumer goods companies are faced with a combined opportunity and challenge. While the number of people with increasing amounts of money to spend on consumer goods is on the rise, so is the environmental impact of humanity a...

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Drone delivery coming soon to a supply chain near you DRONE DELIVERY COMING SOON TO A SUPPLY CHAIN NEAR YOU

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Aug 21, 2019

The concept of a drone was not something we gave much thought too just a few years ago except for the applications of the military-related operations, much less drones in supply chains as product delivery mechanisms. But now, the day-to-day use of drones is a reality as they are being used for many ...

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Transport emissions, new regulations and Supply Chains TRANSPORT EMISSIONS, NEW REGULATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

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Aug 21, 2019

Transport accounts for about 65 percent of world oil consumption and has responsibility for the fastest growth in global emissions. This obviously cannot continue. Although the road and rail transport sectors emit the major part of all transport emissions, responsibility for their reduction is with ...

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Creating Content That Improves CX: A Q&A with Lionbridge & Aprimo CREATING CONTENT THAT IMPROVES CX: A Q&A WITH LIONBRIDGE & APRIMO

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Aug 21, 2019

Today’s brands face numerous challenges. They need to create a customized, excellent experience for each and every customer worldwide. To do that, they need to create high-quality, on-target content. They need to create that content quickly, effectively, and for audiences who speak multiple la...

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Going Global 101: How Your Competition Can Be Your Best Resource GOING GLOBAL 101: HOW YOUR COMPETITION CAN BE YOUR BEST RESOURCE

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Aug 20, 2019

Lace-up your sneakers and step up to the starting line: you’re ready to reach countless customers in new markets. You’ve secured your spot in the Global Marketplace (whether by default or design). But before you sprint away, take a good look around you. You are not alone in this race. Yo...

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The Changing Landscape of Real Estate in the Logistics Industry THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF REAL ESTATE IN THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

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Aug 20, 2019

This article delves into the changes that new commercial business models, customer expectations, and technology are bringing about in the logistics environment, focusing particularly on how those changes are impacting the planning, procurement, design, layout, and operation of distribution centres. ...

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Uncertainty Looms Over Transpacific Shipping This Peak Season UNCERTAINTY LOOMS OVER TRANSPACIFIC SHIPPING THIS PEAK SEASON

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Aug 20, 2019

Reoccurring events such as the year-end holiday season used to provide a level of predictability to ocean-shipping trends in the transpacific eastbound trade lane. Typically, holiday peak-season volumes ramped up in July, with August and September being the busiest months, and volumes tapering off i...

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the Next Recession? IS YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN READY FOR THE NEXT RECESSION?

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Aug 20, 2019

Economic recessions occur about every nine years which means the next one is already overdue. A very good leading indicator of an imminent recession is the interest rate spread between the 10-year and 2-year U.S. Treasury bond. Historically within two years after this spread drops below zero the eco...

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Five ways to use robotics in the warehouse FIVE WAYS TO USE ROBOTICS IN THE WAREHOUSE

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Aug 19, 2019

The following column by Evan Hammersley, warehouse automation and robotics product manager for NITCO, is part of Modern’s Other Voices column, a series featuring ideas, opinions and insights from end-users, analysts, systems integrators and OEMs. Click here to learn about submitting a column f...

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2019 Supply Chain Trends – Where Are We? 2019 SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS – WHERE ARE WE?

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Aug 15, 2019

We’re a little over halfway through 2019 a good time to look back at predictions for the supply chain industry, including where we are in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, the need for better data to drive predictability, and the uberization of freight. Earlier in the year discussions and...

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Inventory to ensure deliveries through supply chains INVENTORY TO ENSURE DELIVERIES THROUGH SUPPLY CHAINS

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Aug 14, 2019

Increasing numbers of stock keeping units, extended and variable lead times and shorter planning horizons are challenges for planners. Variability was discussed in the previous blogpost, identifying actions that could be taken to limit variability. One action is to manage the allocation of finite ca...

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Autonomous Supply Chain Planning, It’s Not Science Fiction AUTONOMOUS SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING, IT’S NOT SCIENCE FICTION

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Aug 14, 2019

I am a big fan of the original Twilight Zone television series which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964 and remains in syndication to this day. Each episode would start with a combination of eerie music, Rod Sterling’s instantly recognizable monologue narrative, and often strange ge...

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DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER

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Aug 14, 2019

What character appears in the most films and television programs? Dracula? God? Santa Claus? All of those make the top ten list, but none is the correct answer. Satan (or The Devil) is a character is more than 840 projects – more than any other character. If you limit the list to mortals, the ...

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CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST? CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST?

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Aug 14, 2019

This is the third in a series of articles on creating, maintaining, and optimizing great customer experiences in the context of mounting concerns about privacy and increasingly strict regulations governing data processing. We address topics such as consent strategies, the role of trust, the elements...

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The Human Rights Debacle — How the Logistics Industry Can Stay Mindful THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEBACLE — HOW THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY CAN STAY MINDFUL

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Aug 13, 2019

In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council developed the first international corporate guidelines for respecting human rights. These guidelines state governments enact laws to prevent employers from taking advantage of workers. On the flip side, companies should refrain from impacting human rights, even w...

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How to Promote a Local Presence While Shipping Internationally HOW TO PROMOTE A LOCAL PRESENCE WHILE SHIPPING INTERNATIONALLY

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Aug 13, 2019

As a business owner or manager, it’s only natural for you to think about international expansion. After all, taking a business to international markets means you’ll be able to tap into a larger potential target market, and this can lead to increased profits. However, setting up a busines...

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Using the Right Data to Right-Size Your Warehouse USING THE RIGHT DATA TO RIGHT-SIZE YOUR WAREHOUSE

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Aug 13, 2019

Warehouses are not one size fits all. Too little warehouse capacity can restrict the volume of SKUs you can ship, inhibiting revenue and service levels, while too much warehouse capacity inflates your overhead expenditures and ties up working capital.Unfortunately, unlike shopping for clothes, you c...

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How AI can make supply chains more sustainable HOW AI CAN MAKE SUPPLY CHAINS MORE SUSTAINABLE

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Aug 12, 2019

The way in which companies organise logistics today is not sustainable. Supply chains are not always the most environmentally friendly and it is impossible for organisations to sustain a balancing act of the best possible speed, flexibility, cost and carbon footprint when it comes to the shipping an...

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Freight forwarder consolidation continues FREIGHT FORWARDER CONSOLIDATION CONTINUES

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Aug 12, 2019

Are rumors of yet more consolidation in the Freight Forwarding sector finally dying down? Not by a longshot, says Nick Bailey, head of research for the London-based consultancy Transport Intelligence (Ti). He’s also the primary author of “The Global Freight Forwarding Report 2019,”...

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E-Commerce and Warehousing: Areas of Focus to Prepare for Fulfillment E-COMMERCE AND WAREHOUSING: AREAS OF FOCUS TO PREPARE FOR FULFILLMENT

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Aug 09, 2019

As explained by Brian Barry of Multichannel Merchant, shippers tend to focus on short-term needs and ignore the space requirements for efficient fulfillment. When upgrading or building new spaces, the primary areas of focus are often broken into broad categories, such as labor, consumers, and locati...

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Variability in supply chains adds to uncertainty VARIABILITY IN SUPPLY CHAINS ADDS TO UNCERTAINTY

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Aug 07, 2019

Variability is always present as a natural part of any process and describes the random disruptions that may occur as a process or event is undertaken. In supply chains, Variability is the term associated with the difference between actual and planned lead times, which are not static. Variability ex...

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How will emerging technologies impact the supply chain? HOW WILL EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IMPACT THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

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Aug 06, 2019

Supply chain technology has evolved at an incredible pace throughout the years and will only continue to evolve. Advancements in this space are revolutionising the way people work and are also helping to drive businesses forward and remain competitive. Over the next few years, we will see advancemen...

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Spotlight on Triadic Distribution Centres Making Triadic, Dyadic and Monadic Sense of your Warehouse SPOTLIGHT ON TRIADIC DISTRIBUTION CENTRES MAKING TRIADIC, DYADIC AND MONADIC SENSE OF YOUR WAREHOUSE

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Aug 06, 2019

It’s a warehouse that is broken up into three sections. Simple enough! What about multiple zones within the same warehouse, or, conjoined facilities, which are split into three sections? These may be triadic as well, but not always. Now this is getting complicated. Stay with me. My estimate is...

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AI and the World of Logistics — Transformation of the Supply Chain AI AND THE WORLD OF LOGISTICS — TRANSFORMATION OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 06, 2019

The world of logistics as we know is rapidly changing. Transformation is happening right before our eyes and we have a lot of factors to blame for this constant march of progress. The Internet of things started a revolution. Machine learning, blockchain, and artificial intelligence shortly followed,...

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What is first-party logistics? How does it work? WHAT IS FIRST-PARTY LOGISTICS? HOW DOES IT WORK?

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Aug 05, 2019

The first party logistics sector is growing by leaps and bounds around the world. India is no exception. In fact, the country spends about 14 percent of its GDP on logistics and related activities. This is much higher than the 8-9 percent of GDP allocated by most other developing countries as well a...

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The Amazing Back-to-School Supply Chain THE AMAZING BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 05, 2019

The minute we’ve all finally settled into the slower pace of the summer months, the signs go up: Back to School! Whether you have children who are getting ready to go back or whether you are thinking wistfully of your own school days, the back-to-school supply chain is an amazing feat that aff...

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Automation in the Supply Chain and Its Impact on Scalability AUTOMATION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND ITS IMPACT ON SCALABILITY

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Aug 05, 2019

Automation is coming of age in the supply chain. Where supply chain leaders once viewed automation capabilities as science fiction fantasy, automation’s real-world applications are becoming evident. As explained by David Welch of Supply Chain 24/7, part of the reason for interest in automation...

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What Is the Right Pick and Pack Methods for Your Warehouse? WHAT IS THE RIGHT PICK AND PACK METHODS FOR YOUR WAREHOUSE?

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Aug 02, 2019

The warehouse is one of the most rapidly evolving aspects of modern business, especially in the growing ecommerce market. The biggest warehouses are adopting drones and robotics to help or replace humans, while even the smallest are picking up the software to help increase accuracy levels. Changes a...

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Supply Chain Management Has Changed the World Economy SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT HAS CHANGED THE WORLD ECONOMY

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Aug 02, 2019

I’m making a bold assertion: global supply chain management practices are single-handedly holding down inflation across the globe. Economists have been asking for a while now why inflation stubbornly remains below “ideal” levels, despite uses of various policy levers. There is some...

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The Benefits of Building a Resilient Supply Chain THE BENEFITS OF BUILDING A RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 02, 2019

Like your business, your supply chain is a vast and complex network. Businesses need to source product from suppliers, who may also source materials and components from their own suppliers, and so on. If one part of this network faces a problem, it makes every part vulnerable. Having a deeper unders...

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The AI skills gap in the logistics sector THE AI SKILLS GAP IN THE LOGISTICS SECTOR

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Aug 02, 2019

What makes a great customer experience in retail? Choice of product is up there. So too is availability. But what about delivery and logistics? Making sure that the supply chain is working and that purchases get to buyers in good time and good condition. Increasingly, that last piece of the process ...

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Can we manage the manufacturing supply chain better? CAN WE MANAGE THE MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN BETTER?

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Aug 02, 2019

Today’s supply chains are vast and wide-ranging. But that scale also makes them fertile ground for risk: concerns over fraud, contamination, insecure production sites and unknown product sources trouble both customers and clients. These are all factors that make transparency both more vital an...

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3 Reasons Warehouses Need Great Working Conditions Now 3 REASONS WAREHOUSES NEED GREAT WORKING CONDITIONS NOW

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Aug 01, 2019

A few weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep and after swiping through HBOGO found a Last Week Tonight episode on one of my favorite topics. That’s right, Logistics. John Oliver’s video on warehouses has racked up 5.9 million views this month. And it’s all about the dark side of warehou...

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Product Platforms to simplify planning of supply chains PRODUCT PLATFORMS TO SIMPLIFY PLANNING OF SUPPLY CHAINS

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Jul 31, 2019

The less complicated it is to plan your supply chains, the more likely there will be believable plans and achievable outcomes. But the scope of international trade and the reach of organisations into countries for sales and supply means that complexity in planning is not only present, but can easily...

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Here HERE'S HOW THE INTERNET OF THINGS ADVANCES SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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Jul 31, 2019

The internet of things (IoT) is no longer a term that only tech-minded experts know. Worldwide spending on IoT is constantly growing, and is forecast to reach $745bn this year, an annual increase of almost $100bn. The vast majority of that spend is by businesses looking to improve operational effici...

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The Supply Chain is Your Oyster THE SUPPLY CHAIN IS YOUR OYSTER

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Jul 30, 2019

If someone had asked me just over a year ago which industries I would consider working in, the supply chain industry wouldn’t have even made it to the bottom of the list. Admittedly, before I began researching and writing for the All Things Supply Chain blog, the topic rarely crossed