The Trends Shaping Supply Chain and Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

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Which is why a drone took flight from the stage during Ryan’s keynote address at the Descartes Evolution 2017 Conference a couple of weeks ago and broadcast real-time video of the audience as it flew across the front of the hall. Descartes (@DescartesSG) March 28, 2017.

The Top 6 Trends in Logistics Impacting Shippers in 2017


Although rate volatility is expected to stabilize in 2017, organizations must do more with fewer resources to survive. From Amazon to hyper-local retailers, 2017 will be a year of intense scrutiny and pressure on logistics providers.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 20-24, 2017)

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Cass Truckload Linehaul Index (February 2017). January 2017 North American Freight Numbers. The latest example: Walmart was issued a patent for “A Method to Carry an Item within a Retail Shopping Facility” — that method being a drone.

This Week in Logistics News (April 3-7, 2017)

Talking Logistics

My garage door is crumpled. How did it happen? Rapid temperature cycling due to crazy Boston weather. Mini-earthquake right underneath garage door. Rammed by car driven by my teenage daughter (who is taking her driving test tomorrow). Aliens.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 6-10, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Descartes Reports Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results. January 2017 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). It’s snowing outside. My boys have their first baseball games in two weeks. What’s wrong with this picture?

The “First Five” Industrial Manufacturing Trends of 2017


Where and how manufacturers make products for Americans will change in 2017. The solution to this problem lies in understanding the “First Five” core concepts and industrial manufacturing trends throughout 2017, and you need to think how they will impact the industry and your company in the coming year. The "First Five" Industrial Manufacturing Trends of 2017. However, age-old means of collaborating, such as emails and faxes, are insufficient to sustain the industry in 2017.

Toyota Kata and The Menlo Way

The Lean Thinker

I have been telling everyone who will listen to read Rich Sheridan’s book Joy, Inc. ever since I came across and read it in the fall of 2015. Fast forward to earlier this year when Lean Frontiers sent out their request for suggested keynote speakers for KataCon.

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Mike Rother: The Toyota Kata Practice Guide

The Lean Thinker

On the one hand, the practice has become more sophisticated as people explore and learn application in contexts other than the original industrial examples. That book provides working examples of vertical linkage between organizational strategy and shop floor improvement efforts.

Supply Chain Technology Integration: Making the New Technology & Legacy Systems’ Marriage Last


For example, automated information sharing utilizing technologies shaping what many call “Industry 4.0”, explains Strategy&PwC, can leverage automated identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies within the Internet of Things (IoT).

Where Does Supply Chain Design End and Planning Begin? (Takeaways from LLamasoft’s SummerCon 2017 Conference)

Talking Logistics

The answers were revealed at the SummerCon 2017 conference a couple of weeks ago where LLamasoft introduced “Planning by Design” and, which the company describes as “building blocks to improve your current planning capabilities through design technology.”.

Readers’ Choice: Top 6 Digital Transformation Blog Posts of 2017


As 2017 comes to an end I took some time to pull together the top 6 most popular blog posts this year, as indicated by our readers. So take a few minutes and enjoy the best of 2017! #1. 2017 Digital Transformation Trend: Integration is King. 2017 Digital Transformation Trend: Smart Anything. Video: Caterpillar, Inc. is Digitally Transforming to Drive Business. Connecting with customers in today’s rapidly changing environment is more challenging than ever.

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Heavy Equipment Overhaul: Flow at Takt in 1938!

The Lean Thinker

This is a great working example of a process flow that proves difficult for some organizations: Overhaul and repair. “We This is a great contemporary film from 1938 describing the complete overhaul of a mainline 4-6-0 steam locomotive in the U.K.

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Transporeon Americas chosen as a 2017 Top Logistics IT Provider


April 20, 2017 — Transporeon Group, the leading global cloud platform for intelligent transport logistics, has been selected as a 2017 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics magazine for the third consecutive year.

Top 25 Freight Forwarders 2017: Digitization & E-Commerce continue to reshape the marketplace

The Logistics Academy

For example, airfreight forwarding growth in China is thought to have been robust this past year, while sea freight growth was much weaker. According to “The Evolving Freight Forwarding Market 2017,” digitization is looming large in the immediate future.

Overproduction vs. Fast Improvement Cycles

The Lean Thinker

Key Point #2: If managers, or professional change agents (internal or external consultants, for example) are telling people exactly what to do, this learning is not taking place. A couple of weeks ago ago I posted the question “ Are you overproducing improvements? ” and compared a typical improvement “blitz” with a large monument machine that produces in large batches.

Is Freight Going Underground?

Logistics Matter

Best known example is probably the Tesla, which is a combination of both. Boring Freight Elon Musk is a man of many innovative ideas. Most of them are consumer oriented, but all have great logistics potential.

Takeaways from Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2017 Conference

Talking Logistics

Addressing this problem is at the heart of Manhattan Associates’ Active Solutions, which the company introduced a couple of weeks ago at its Momentum 2017 conference.

The WannaCry Cyberattack: Another Warning for Supply Chain Executives

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Comparing the headlines (September 7, 2016 and May 12, 2017). The French automaker Renault, for example, was forced to shut down factories across Europe. One of the most popular posts I wrote last September became a reality over the weekend.

Still Think Dangerous Goods is Just Paperwork and Labels?

Talking Logistics

For example, CEOs and CFOs are very focused on growth these days. Last September, a jury at Southwark crown court in south London found Amazon guilty of shipping dangerous goods by air.

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The 5 Steps Towards Digital Supply Chain Management


Examples of such technologies are GPS tracking, barcodes, radio frequency identification (RFlD), smart labels and wireless sensor networks. The digital supply chain is basically a term that defines a supply chain whose foundation is built on Web-enabled capabilities.

What Is Free or Freight on Board (FOB), and Why Should Shippers Understand This Term?


For example, the actual line item may be location name of the origin instead of the actual word, origin. Today supply chains stretch around the globe, and few supply chain can exist within a single country without selling or purchasing products or raw materials from other countries.

How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

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For example, this year, Chinese New Year occurred later in the season than usual, so we started planning with customers in mid-January, not mid-December, as we do in some years. Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway.

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5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Focus on Customer Experience Will Win


For example, a customer is a shoe store may purchase shoes, but if offered a new brand of socks, he or she refuses. While this example is a bit extreme, it highlights how a longer buying cycle can translate into insights for manufacturers.

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5 Reasons Why The Use of the IIoT by Manufacturers Is Unavoidable


Over 2017, this will become an impossibility as the IIoT by manufacturers moves closer to every aspect of the economy and business operations, and you know why.

What is a 3PL & How Can They Benefit Your Business?

CH Robinson Logistics

Key examples of 3PL: The major functions. Key examples of 3PL: The major functions | Transportfolio. What is a 3PL & How Can They Benefit Your Business? Transportfolio. Maybe you’re a relatively new business.

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Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

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For example, in a commodity business, you might be focused on cost savings while a specialty business might prioritize on-time delivery over cost.

Supply Chain Finances: How Does Your Cash Flow Impact Your Supply Chain?


Factoring your accounts receivable is a popular way for manufacturers in the textile industry (for example) to mitigate cash flow gaps. Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Ty Kiisel who shows us how you can be affected by your supply chain finances. .

Before You Hire a Logistics Data Scientist

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As one example, Lindbloom highlighted the rise of GPS-enabled mobile devices, which has made shipment tracking more affordable and widespread, and he also highlighted cloud computing and the growing use of APIs for integration.

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Five Common Customs Pitfalls — and How to Avoid Them

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In the process, for example, the indicated number of pieces in combination with the weight serves as the basis for automated plausibility checks.

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Bridging the Gap Between Supply Chain Design and Planning

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Case Example: Profitable Production Capacity Planning. This is just one example—imagine being able to rapidly build an app to address virtually any unresolved planning problem?

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

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You may already have a numerical goal in mind: for example, meeting a certain percentage of demand needs within a certain radius of a distribution center. Your 3PL partner, for example, can recommend where your distribution centers should be placed to meet that goal, and adjust those recommendations later if your needs change.

What Transportation Modes Are Most Affected by Capacity Crunches?


For example, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate contains an exemption for short-haul shipments. Current and future capacity crunches are often analyzed for impact in the U.S., but they exist around the globe. The same holds true for their impacts on varying transportation modes.

The Mind-Boggling Complexities of Food Distribution (Why Optimization is Critical)

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It is also my go-to example when I try to explain supply chain and logistics to my kids. “Do Take one of the questions above, for example: Can a single truck deliver multiple types of food products together or do they get delivered via separate trucks?

Embracing the New Future of Logistics

Blue Grace Logistics

Results from the 2017 study show that roughly 75% of respondents are using the mix strategy (be all things to all people) as the predominant approach for their companies compared to the 51% who we reported utilizing a mix strategy in our 2016 results. in 2017 versus 20.8%

IoT, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing… The Game is Changing


Michelin, for example, is helping truck fleet managers reduce fuel consumption and costs through their new hybrid product. Another interesting example is Apple’s HealthKit which enables health and fitness applications to work together, bringing the company into a healthcare data ecosystem.

Moving Forward with Blockchain in the Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

For example, consider the multitude of companies involved in the process of manufacturing, warehousing and distributing a single pair of shoes. For example, the finest mobile phone is useless if no one else has a phone.

5 Ways a TMS Can Help You “Go Green”

Talking Logistics

For example, numerous small packages can become one less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment, or numerous LTL shipments can be consolidated across your network into one truckload shipment.