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This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2018)

Talking Logistics

How cold does it have to get inside your house before you accept reality and turn on the heat? Is wearing a jacket and hat while watching the Red Sox game in your family room a visual cue that the time has come?

Buying and Selling Transportation/Logistics Companies with Peter Stefanovich

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: Today’s guest is Peter Stefanovich, co-founder of Left Lane Associates , a business brokerage specializing in the transportation and logistics business.

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Carter Express Recognized as Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Truckers

Carter Logistics

Blog Topics. The Shared Milkrun Mexico & Border Logistics. Carter Express Recognized as Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Truckers. Carter Express was recognized as one of Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Truckers of 2018.

Choosing a Warehouse Location: 7 Critical Criteria to Consider


Choosing the right warehouse location can make all the difference in how effective, efficient, and profitable a company is. Leasing or purchasing a warehouse is a major decision, and a wisely located warehouse can significantly enhance a company's ability to compete and effectively serve customers.

What are your peers saying about Supply Chain Network Design?

Companies want to maximize service levels, but they also want to cut costs. How do you find the optimum balance? That's what Supply Chain Network Design is all about. This report delves into the benefits of SCND as a process and what companies are looking for and struggling with when it comes to supportive technologies.

The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management


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

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Rite-Hite introduces interior door control panel

DC Velocity

Low-voltage panel also improves safety. Material Handling

The Halloween Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Halloween is a mere two weeks away, and the shopping season is in full swing. And by “in full swing,” I mean that consumers are spending big bucks on all the Halloween essentials. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, Halloween spending is expected to exceed $9 billion. With more than 175 million people planning on celebrating the holiday this year, that equates to an average spend […].

How to Reduce Your Chassis Rental Fee

West Coast and California Logistics

When considering all the costs involved in getting your containerized goods from port to market, it’s easy to think of all the “big” things that drive up your spend. These big-ticket items include your ocean carrier, drayage, and warehousing costs.

What Is the Future of and Trends in E-Commerce Logistics?


E-commerce is growing at a phenomenal rate and, powered by the top trends in e-commerce logistics, shippers have an amazing opportunity to increase profitability and reduce freight spend simultaneously.

C-suite Teams Finally Discussing Transportation at a Strategic Level


DHL Supply Chain conducted a global survey of more than 200 transportation decision makers across the globe and within all the major industry sectors, asking about their current and future transportation operations and strategies.

Retailers set to ban "serial returners," survey finds

DC Velocity

Following Amazon's lead—and as a way to curb the high costs associated with reverse logistics processes—two-thirds of retailers say they would stop doing business with problem shoppers. Omnichannel

U.S. Apparel Imports on the Decline – Reshoring, Innovation or Both?

Logistics Trends and Insights

Is it or isn’t it? Depending on what report you read, outsourced manufacturing may or may not be returning to the U.S. Despite the uncertainty, we suspect some manufacturing is returning or is planned to return but not exactly in the same way it was outsourced.

The value of a moment – logistics and the acceleration of war

Logistics in War

By David Beaumont. Future advantage will lie with the side who can ‘own the time’ and best prepare the environment.’. – Lieutenant General R Burr, Chief of Army, Accelerated warfare , 08 Aug 18. What is the value of a moment?

E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce


E-commerce is growing faster than ever, and more consumers are leveraging online platforms in making purchasing decisions. In fact, two-thirds of consumer shopping journeys include internet research, reports McKinsey & Company , as well as word-of-mouth recommendations and past experiences.

Unusual times for breakbulk, says 3PLs

Now, That's Logistics

This article originally appeared in Breakbulk – you can read the original article here. Airbus, the European aerospace giant, had a problem: moving airplane components to its new $600 million manufacturing plant in Alabama. DB Schenker, a global 3PL., dug in, literally, building a new aircraft hangar and refurbishing a World War II-era pier in Mobile. The solution: using inland waterways rather than overland transport. The result: Streamlined logistics to improve Airbus production.

SMC³ adds volume LTL pricing API to suite of rating solutions

DC Velocity

Real-time volume LTL tool helps shippers secure capacity, save money, firm says. Transportation

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Amazon’s Mexican Aspirations

Logistics Trends and Insights

As a follow up to our blog post, Mexico – The Race for E-commerce Dominance Starts with Logistics , we take a look at Amazon who is reportedly scouting for land in central Mexico for a fourth distribution center. Currently, Amazon operates three warehouses just outside Mexico City with about 1.5

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Mitigating Logistics Risk Through Blockchain


Logistics will always contain risks, but the use of blockchain in supply chain management can go a long way in prevention and mitigation.

Editor’s Pick: RR Donnelley Achieves Results with FedEx API Integration Program

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics.

Top Causes for Delivery Delays and How to Use Data to Avoid Chargebacks

Blue Grace Logistics

The must-arrive-by-date (MABD) was introduced to the logistics world back in early 2016 when Walmart set a new bar for suppliers.

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Digital megashifts could give supply chain managers "superhuman" productivity, futurist says

DC Velocity

Despite potential of tech to streamline business tasks, human traits like compassion can never be replicated, Leonhard tells MHI show. Technology

Truckers Considering Demand-Based Pricing


Truckers are considering adopting a demand-based pricing algorithm very much like the Uber system. Pricing for transportation services will fluctuate on any given day based upon shipper demand. One could only imagine what an end of the month, end of quarter scenario may look like for shippers.

Dispatches from the Road: Kevin Belfon

Kane is Able

In our “Dispatches from the Road” feature, the KANE blog will periodically publish interviews with our drivers – the men and women who live and breathe the transportation topics we often write about. In our newest installment, we interview KANE driver Kevin Belfon. Truck Drivers

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This Week in Logistics News (October 13 – 19)

Logistics Viewpoints

The stock market has been in the news a lot lately over the past few weeks. This is due to the volatility of the market as it has experienced huge swings just this week alone. On Wednesday, the DOW was down over 300 points, with losses picking up right after the release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, which showed concerns about the long-term benefit of President Trump’s tax cuts. The swings are also attributed […].

5 Reasons a Small Business Can Benefit From a 3PL

PLS Logistics

In the age of Amazon, the only thing that is growing faster than the e-commerce sector is customers’ demands. Once a shipment is scheduled or an item is purchased, the customer is constantly looking for updates on the shipment, no matter if it’s an individual shipper or a large corporation.

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Tank officer rises to run Army logistics unit

DC Velocity

Rutner is a different kind of tanker. Strategy

Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

Talking Logistics

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and retailers are jostling into position to take advantage of a growing economy and increased consumer confidence. With the uncertainty surrounding trade wars and tariffs, increasing sales is one way to mitigate the potential negative impact on a company’s bottom line and reassure investors that you can weather the storm. The Importance of Inventory Management.

Top 3 Benefits of Using An Online Shipping Solution

GoShip Blog

Online shipping services like provide shipping solutions for small businesses and individual shippers without dealing with brokers or carriers.

When Warehouse Automation Does, and Doesn’t, Make Sense (Part 2)

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

In last week’s post, we offered up five questions your company could use as a litmus test for determining whether or not to invest and use more warehouse automation.

European healthcare: how smarter logistics can reduce drug shortages

Insight Into Action

Although logistics is only one step in the healthcare supply chain, research shows an average pharmaceutical organisation spends 6% of its revenue on logistics requirements, compared to 5%­ for the retail industry and just 2% for electronics.

Amazon's hourly pay increase boosts holiday hiring

DC Velocity

Online retail giant says it received 70,000 applications within two days of its $15 minimum-wage announcement as it seeks to fill more than 100,000 seasonal jobs. Omnichannel


U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods: Understanding the Updates

Talking Logistics

It can be a confusing time for the international shipping community due to the U.S. government’s implementation of new tariffs on Chinese goods entering America. As these rounds of regulations have unfolded over the last few months, shippers have been left trying to understand what products have been included in the first two waves of tariffed goods and what these changes mean for their supply chains.

Digital vs. Human: Will Online Services Replace Freight Brokers?

PLS Logistics

Technology and digital innovations are making a significant impact on every industry. With all of the new advancements being made, there is a constant hanging question: will the new digital optimization tools replace human jobs?