Shippers welcome latest news from U.S. Coast Guard on SOLAS

Shippers and other ocean cargo carrier stakeholders should be cheering the announcement made today by The U.S. Coast Guard, as it formally notified the International Maritime Organization through a Declaration of Equivalency that the United States position on SOLAS is that there are multiple methods to submit the combined cargo and container weight (Verified Gross Mass or VGM).

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Movianto (An Owens & Minor Company)

Movianto is committed to being the preferred contract logistics service provider to the pharma, biotech and medical device industry. Offering outsourcing services along the supply chain such as warehousing, transportation, cold chain logistics as well as value added services, Movianto’s international clients benefit from a pan-European network, the broad range of healthcare logistics services, the know-how of the local markets and uncompromising quality standards.

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Supply Chain

The Role of ERP in Supply Chain Management

Article | May 22, 2023

In the past couple of years, supply chain management has witnessed massive disruption. The implications of the pandemic have put pressure on manufacturers to revisit and reimagine how they manage their supply chains. This is why ERP software is so mission critical in supply chain management. It not only helps supply chain chiefs reduce overhead costs but also enhance efficiencies and timely deliveries.Here are a few ways ERP plays a role in supply chain management to keep it moving. Complete Visibility Having a 360-degree view of the supply chain is integral to making the right decisions regarding procurement and purchase of materials and inventory. It also allows suppliers to have complete control and course correct when necessary. The insight into the complete supply cycle allows suppliers to respond to customer queries better. Inventory Tracking ERPs are truly a one stop shop for manufacturers. They feature extensive inventory tracking on one system so manufacturers are in the loop about inventory control and can better optimize their inventory and resources. For manufacturers it is crucial to know where their inventory is, what has been shipped, what is on hand at all times. With ERPs, it becomes cheaper to keep a stock of the inventory and place orders when it’s running low. Vendor Performance Vendor performance is an essential aspect of supply chain management. Being able to compare vendors, measure certain quality and quantity metrics and identify bottle necks help suppliers choose the right vendor as well as gives purchasing departments the power to negotiate for better pricing by consolidating purchase. ERPs allow suppliers to do all the above and more. Procurement Procurement of goods can be a complex process if done without the right tools. It also impacts the whole supply chain so it is doubly imperative to ensure the procuring and supply of goods is on time. This is especially true in an environment of custom manufacturing. Add to that the requirement of procuring products with lengthy lead times, manufacturers need to take into considerations product that need to be ordered long before they are even designed. ERPs allow manufacturers to keep all departments including engineering and warehousing to work in sync and plan to procure goods on time. Real-time Reports Reporting is labor intensive and can be inefficient when it comes to gathering and processing data. With ERPs, manufacturers can generate reports in real-time and all manual data collection processes are replaced with automation, saving time and money in viewing the insights into the movement of products in the supply chain. It enables manufacturers to get a better understanding and make timely decisions that improve the overall efficiency of the supply chain. To Conclude ERP systems offer endless opportunities for manufacturers to improve their processes, save time and resources and optimize and enhance inventory planning. With the right tools, it is possible to establish supply chain management that outperforms and is resilient even in disruptive times.

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Transportation

What’s the Latest on EV Charging Infrastructure in Rural Areas?

Article | April 26, 2023

Contents 1. Accessing The State and Federal Benefits 2. A Learning Portal to Educate Rural Communities On EV Charging 3. The Significance of an Equitably Relevant EV Charging Network Electric Vehicles (EVs) are making waves in cities and are more than just the latest trend in transportation. With the advancement of the EV charging network and its deployment across urban areas, experts are asking what’s next and how this growth can be replicated in rural areas. 1. Accessing State and Federal Benefits Based in Oregon, Forth is an EV research and advocacy group that recently announced a partnership with General Motors to build grant templates that can help rural communities win and access state and federal grant money to build EV charging networks. The templates will be provided free of charge and cover 80% of a complete grant. Geoff Gibson, the senior program manager for Forth, believes this will give rural communities the impetus to seek out the grant money and get over the initial hurdle of framing a grant proposal. 2. A Learning Portal to Educate Rural Communities on EV Charging Forth also announced the slated launch of a learning portal that will address the lack of know-how on deploying a charging program for EVs. The portal will empower communities with not just the knowledge of implementing charging programs but also their significance and long-term impact on the community. The learning portal will tentatively go live in 2023 and will be free for local communities, counties, cities, and states, as well as community organizations. The program will be accessible for a year and could be further extended. According to Steve Lommele from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, he reiterated the importance of building a national EV charging network. He states that this is the first time a major program has been put in place that covers all 50 states in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. 3. The Significance of an Equitably Relevant EV Charging Network Deploying EV charging stations in rural areas has to be meaningful for the communities that will be using them. Forth’s Geoff Gibson emphasizes that the needs of the communities need to be given priority when designing the charging network. For instance, DC charging or charging that is publicly accessible should be preferred at trailheads. EVs as part of our transport in the future is inevitable and charging networks and program need to be prioritized to ensure all communities are able to access its benefits equally.

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Warehousing and Distribution

Reverse Logistics: A Priority for Distribution Strategy

Article | July 17, 2023

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. Retailers lose $50 billion annually due to inefficiencies in processing returns, and distribution centers handling returns need 15% to 20% more space than a traditional facility.

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How AI and automation could impact supply chain roles

Article | April 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 that the technology will replace its human counterparts, while other experts suggest it will work in unison with humans, supporting them to focus on higher value opportunities. Amidst all of this uncertainty one thing is for certain: AI and automation will change how we operate.

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Movianto (An Owens & Minor Company)

Movianto is committed to being the preferred contract logistics service provider to the pharma, biotech and medical device industry. Offering outsourcing services along the supply chain such as warehousing, transportation, cold chain logistics as well as value added services, Movianto’s international clients benefit from a pan-European network, the broad range of healthcare logistics services, the know-how of the local markets and uncompromising quality standards.

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project44 Unveils AI-Powered Enhancements for Supply Chain Visibility

project44 | October 09, 2023

Chicago-based supply chain visibility platform, project44, has unveiled several AI-powered enhancements to its Movement platform. These upgrades aim to simplify multimodal visibility and improve carrier data quality for shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs). By automating key processes, project44 intends to facilitate cost savings and efficiency gains. Jett McCandless, Founder and CEO of project44, highlighted the significance of these advancements, stating that many existing visibility solutions fail to address costly blind spots and poor data quality issues, leading to avoidable supply chain costs. project44's machine learning-powered solutions, on the other hand, offer sophisticated insights to transform supply chains from cost centers into competitive advantages. The enhancements to project44's suite of visibility products include: Extended Visibility: Merging data from carriers and forwarders to provide complete door-to-door visibility, helping shippers proactively manage inventory in transit and reduce manual effort. Enhanced China OTR Visibility: Expanded coverage in China's road freight market, enabling complete visibility from factory to consumer door, including cross-border data transfer. Shared Visibility: Facilitating automatic sharing of visibility data between brand owners, LSPs, customers, and partners for improved collaboration without manual activities. Customers leveraging these new capabilities are experiencing significant business benefits. For example, Alcon, a multinational vision care products provider, is using Extended Air Visibility to provide real-time tracking capabilities for time-sensitive airfreight shipments. Brenntag Essentials, a global chemical distribution leader, is benefiting from Extended Truckload Visibility to stay connected during entire journeys with real-time shipment status information. Poor data quality can hinder the value of visibility investments. To address this issue, project44 has developed machine learning-powered solutions that automatically resolve data quality issues and provide specific fixes when manual intervention is required. These enhancements are expected to offer shippers and LSPs improved visibility, better collaboration, and increased efficiency in supply chain operations. To learn more about project44's End-to-End Visibility solution, visit their website. About project44 project44 is a leading end-to-end visibility platform, tracking over 1 billion unique shipments annually for 1,300 global brands across industries. The company's mission is to optimize global product movement, enhancing resiliency, sustainability, and value for customers. It operates the most trusted end-to-end visibility platform globally, with recognition as a leader in the field. Notable achievements include being named a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and ranking #1 on FreightWaves' FreightTech 25 for 2022. Headquartered in Chicago, project44 operates in 170 countries, supporting tracking for various modes like truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, air, and final mile.

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Logistics, Supply Chain

Getlink Unveils Sherpass, a New One-Stop-Shop Offering for a Smart, Efficient and Fast Border

Business Wire | July 05, 2023

Following several months of testing with Eurotunnel's LeShuttle Freight and "Unaccompanied Trailers" customers, Getlink (Paris:GET) is unveiling Sherpass, its platform of services to simplify border crossings for freight and the supply chain. This new range of advanced services will be open to road hauliers and logistics providers from October 2023. A digital platform, Sherpass optimises flows for hauliers, freight forwarders and shippers and improves the fluidity of supply chains between France and the UK. Working with selected partners, Sherpass offers customs and border services as a natural extension to the Eurotunnel Border Pass, which has already been adopted by more than one in two Eurotunnel customers. The re-establishment of the border between the United Kingdom and Europe has forced shippers and carriers to manage a large volume of formalities, requiring time, additional resources, and the involvement of multiple subcontractors. Sherpass provides a turnkey, one-stop solution that saves hauliers a significant amount of time by eliminating the need to enter information and the multiple interactions involved in managing documentation. By centralising all the data flows required for cross-border exchanges, Sherpass offers an integrated end-to-end service in a single, simple and totally secure working environment. The solution enables the various players in the supply chain to streamline all the procedures involved in crossing the border and covers their expectations right through to the customs declaration and clearance services. Yann Leriche, Chief Executive of Getlink, said: "Getlink has been operating on both sides of the Channel for 30 years and is a vital link in the European supply chain. Our innovative and straightforward services position us as the main gateway for goods transiting between the UK and Europe via the short straits. With Sherpass, we are continuing our strategy of creating value by capitalising on our smart border expertise.” About Getlink Getlink SE (Euronext Paris: GET) is, through its subsidiary Eurotunnel, the concessionaire of the Channel Tunnel infrastructure until 2086 and operates Truck and Passenger Shuttle services (cars and coaches) between Folkestone (UK) and Calais (France). Since 31 December 2020 Eurotunnel has been developing the smart border so that the Tunnel remains the fastest, most reliable, easiest and most environmentally friendly way to cross the Channel. Since its inauguration in 1994, more than 481 million people and 99 million vehicles have travelled through the Channel Tunnel. This unique land link, which sees 25% of trade between the Continent and the United Kingdom, has become a vital link reinforced by the ElecLink electrical interconnector installed in the Tunnel, which helps to balance energy needs between France and the United Kingdom. Getlink complements its sustainable mobility services with its rail freight subsidiary Europorte. Committed to "low-carbon" services that control their impact on its environment (through its activities the Group avoids the equivalent of 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year), Getlink has placed at the heart of its concerns the place given to people, nature and places.

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Carriers defend new street turn charges shippers say are 'insane'

The Loadstar | January 21, 2019

Shipping lines have defended what shippers described as “insane” charges for ‘street turns’, claiming customers will ultimately save on costs. Last week, shippers slammed the charges announced by ZIM, HMM, SM Lines and Maersk of between $40 and $75 for containers which are fully used in both directions. However, a spokesperson for ZIM said: “ZIM is affording truckers of its cargo the option of street turn moves as this helps reducing congestion and emissions. “The related charge is charged due to the additional logistic and administrative burden on the carrier. The trucker who is charged enjoys substantial savings from using this option.” He added: “No charge is made to the cargo shipper.” Maersk is offering a slightly different service from the other lines, by charging for street turns over its Avantida platform, automating what is otherwise a burdensome process, as shippers admitted. And it argued that the move would help it to manage its equipment inventory flows. Maersk told The Loadstar it would charge “$30 for all approved requests received through the Avantida platform”, against ZIM’s $40, HMM’s $50 and SM Lines’ reported $75.

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Supply Chain

project44 Unveils AI-Powered Enhancements for Supply Chain Visibility

project44 | October 09, 2023

Chicago-based supply chain visibility platform, project44, has unveiled several AI-powered enhancements to its Movement platform. These upgrades aim to simplify multimodal visibility and improve carrier data quality for shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs). By automating key processes, project44 intends to facilitate cost savings and efficiency gains. Jett McCandless, Founder and CEO of project44, highlighted the significance of these advancements, stating that many existing visibility solutions fail to address costly blind spots and poor data quality issues, leading to avoidable supply chain costs. project44's machine learning-powered solutions, on the other hand, offer sophisticated insights to transform supply chains from cost centers into competitive advantages. The enhancements to project44's suite of visibility products include: Extended Visibility: Merging data from carriers and forwarders to provide complete door-to-door visibility, helping shippers proactively manage inventory in transit and reduce manual effort. Enhanced China OTR Visibility: Expanded coverage in China's road freight market, enabling complete visibility from factory to consumer door, including cross-border data transfer. Shared Visibility: Facilitating automatic sharing of visibility data between brand owners, LSPs, customers, and partners for improved collaboration without manual activities. Customers leveraging these new capabilities are experiencing significant business benefits. For example, Alcon, a multinational vision care products provider, is using Extended Air Visibility to provide real-time tracking capabilities for time-sensitive airfreight shipments. Brenntag Essentials, a global chemical distribution leader, is benefiting from Extended Truckload Visibility to stay connected during entire journeys with real-time shipment status information. Poor data quality can hinder the value of visibility investments. To address this issue, project44 has developed machine learning-powered solutions that automatically resolve data quality issues and provide specific fixes when manual intervention is required. These enhancements are expected to offer shippers and LSPs improved visibility, better collaboration, and increased efficiency in supply chain operations. To learn more about project44's End-to-End Visibility solution, visit their website. About project44 project44 is a leading end-to-end visibility platform, tracking over 1 billion unique shipments annually for 1,300 global brands across industries. The company's mission is to optimize global product movement, enhancing resiliency, sustainability, and value for customers. It operates the most trusted end-to-end visibility platform globally, with recognition as a leader in the field. Notable achievements include being named a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and ranking #1 on FreightWaves' FreightTech 25 for 2022. Headquartered in Chicago, project44 operates in 170 countries, supporting tracking for various modes like truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, air, and final mile.

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Logistics, Supply Chain

Getlink Unveils Sherpass, a New One-Stop-Shop Offering for a Smart, Efficient and Fast Border

Business Wire | July 05, 2023

Following several months of testing with Eurotunnel's LeShuttle Freight and "Unaccompanied Trailers" customers, Getlink (Paris:GET) is unveiling Sherpass, its platform of services to simplify border crossings for freight and the supply chain. This new range of advanced services will be open to road hauliers and logistics providers from October 2023. A digital platform, Sherpass optimises flows for hauliers, freight forwarders and shippers and improves the fluidity of supply chains between France and the UK. Working with selected partners, Sherpass offers customs and border services as a natural extension to the Eurotunnel Border Pass, which has already been adopted by more than one in two Eurotunnel customers. The re-establishment of the border between the United Kingdom and Europe has forced shippers and carriers to manage a large volume of formalities, requiring time, additional resources, and the involvement of multiple subcontractors. Sherpass provides a turnkey, one-stop solution that saves hauliers a significant amount of time by eliminating the need to enter information and the multiple interactions involved in managing documentation. By centralising all the data flows required for cross-border exchanges, Sherpass offers an integrated end-to-end service in a single, simple and totally secure working environment. The solution enables the various players in the supply chain to streamline all the procedures involved in crossing the border and covers their expectations right through to the customs declaration and clearance services. Yann Leriche, Chief Executive of Getlink, said: "Getlink has been operating on both sides of the Channel for 30 years and is a vital link in the European supply chain. Our innovative and straightforward services position us as the main gateway for goods transiting between the UK and Europe via the short straits. With Sherpass, we are continuing our strategy of creating value by capitalising on our smart border expertise.” About Getlink Getlink SE (Euronext Paris: GET) is, through its subsidiary Eurotunnel, the concessionaire of the Channel Tunnel infrastructure until 2086 and operates Truck and Passenger Shuttle services (cars and coaches) between Folkestone (UK) and Calais (France). Since 31 December 2020 Eurotunnel has been developing the smart border so that the Tunnel remains the fastest, most reliable, easiest and most environmentally friendly way to cross the Channel. Since its inauguration in 1994, more than 481 million people and 99 million vehicles have travelled through the Channel Tunnel. This unique land link, which sees 25% of trade between the Continent and the United Kingdom, has become a vital link reinforced by the ElecLink electrical interconnector installed in the Tunnel, which helps to balance energy needs between France and the United Kingdom. Getlink complements its sustainable mobility services with its rail freight subsidiary Europorte. Committed to "low-carbon" services that control their impact on its environment (through its activities the Group avoids the equivalent of 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year), Getlink has placed at the heart of its concerns the place given to people, nature and places.

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Carriers defend new street turn charges shippers say are 'insane'

The Loadstar | January 21, 2019

Shipping lines have defended what shippers described as “insane” charges for ‘street turns’, claiming customers will ultimately save on costs. Last week, shippers slammed the charges announced by ZIM, HMM, SM Lines and Maersk of between $40 and $75 for containers which are fully used in both directions. However, a spokesperson for ZIM said: “ZIM is affording truckers of its cargo the option of street turn moves as this helps reducing congestion and emissions. “The related charge is charged due to the additional logistic and administrative burden on the carrier. The trucker who is charged enjoys substantial savings from using this option.” He added: “No charge is made to the cargo shipper.” Maersk is offering a slightly different service from the other lines, by charging for street turns over its Avantida platform, automating what is otherwise a burdensome process, as shippers admitted. And it argued that the move would help it to manage its equipment inventory flows. Maersk told The Loadstar it would charge “$30 for all approved requests received through the Avantida platform”, against ZIM’s $40, HMM’s $50 and SM Lines’ reported $75.

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