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Innovations and Start-ups: Drones, Google Your Digital Twin, and Sustainability

Logistics Matter

Trends and innovations in supply chain and logistics. That’s what this blog is all bout. Therefore I bring you an overview of the news this week on logistics start-ups and innovations below. Follow @LogisticsMatter on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news and the best background stories.

VIDEO: Can low-cost fulfillment automation deliver a solid ROI?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Every fulfillment company wants to reduce costs. One of the most talked about ways to accomplish this is with fulfillment automation in the warehouse. While this may sound good, many companies are wary of the hefty price tag that accompanies many types of automation. Fulfillment Services

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Amazon’s Retail Strategy with Rick Watson

The Logistics of Logistics

Amazon’s Retail Strategy with Rick Watson. Rick Watson and Joe Lynch discuss Amazon’s retail strategy.

Power cuts hit China factories and give container shipping another shock

Supply Chain and Logistics

What else could go wrong for supply chains? Now government-imposed power cuts are threatening factory output in China. The cuts in power generation are due to the Chinese government’s desire to keep emissions down to their target. By Martina Li … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Sustainability emissions supply chain disruption sustainability

4 Critical Steps to Build into Your Digital Logistics Strategy

Up your logistics game by empowering your supply chain with AI-powered analytics, real-time collaboration, IoT-enabled track and trace, and cognitive decision-making to achieve digital logistics success. Build your strategy around these 4 critical steps.

DB Schenker Keeps Retailer’s Back-to-School Plans from Derailing when Yantian Shuts Down

Now, That's Logistics

In May, a major Chinese port shut down its operations for 20-days due to a COVID-19 outbreak among its dock workers. That in turn caused an even longer aftershock. Situated about 50 miles north of Hong Kong, the Port of Yantian handles enough goods to fill 36,000, 20-foot tractor trailers every day.

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Transportation vs Logistics with Marty Wadle

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation vs Logistics with Marty Wadle. Marty Wadle and Joe Lynch discuss transportation vs logistics.

Sustainability in eCommerce: How Fulfillment Companies Reduce CO2 Footprint

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Most consumers have become comfortable shopping online due to the pandemic, but the rise in online shipments leads to apprehension about supply chain sustainability in eCommerce.

Ocean terminal and inland congestion forces river barges to store boxes

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s not just the US. And it’s not just ocean shipping. Read about the gyrations Antwerp and Rotterdam and the river barge operators are going through. By Alexander Whiteman 27/09/2021 Ocean terminal and inland congestion forces river barges to store … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability barge transport container shipping delays empty containers intermodal port management supply chains

Rolling Blackouts Coming to New England?

Logistics Viewpoints

ARC recently attended the August 2021 New England Public Power Association (NEPPA) conference, where Gordon Van Welie, President & CEO of grid operator ISO New England (ISO-NE) described the challenges to maintain reliable, low-cost power, while meeting the urgent goals to decarbonize electric power.

Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

Google’s Wing Drones make 100,000+ deliveries

Logistics Matter

Many of the innovations Google’s parent company Alphabet is developing have far-reaching implications for logistics. Next to technologies like self-driving vehicles, they are also working on drones that can be used for last-mile delivery.

Driver recruitment, retention require multifaceted approach

The Supply Chain Journal

The driver shortage has been a hot topic for years, consistently topping the list of carrier concerns. In today’s historically tight market, this shortage of qualified drivers is now causing more problems than ever. This driver shortage is nothing new.


CASE STUDY: Amware Helps Image Skincare Scale Fulfillment to Support Growth

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Image Skincare had just one company-run distribution center in South Florida and sought to open another DC in the center of the country to distribute faster with lower shipping costs.

Shippers face tough choices in the US trucking market as costs escalate

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s a good time for larger shippers to consider a dedicated fleet, according to this consultant. The driver shortage and inability for carriers and 3PLs to offer good schedules are making it hard to book a good service. It certainly … Continue reading → Logistics Trucking dedicated fleet driver shortage innovation Strategy trucking

Cognitive Manufacturing: 4 Strategic Pillars That Drive Successful Outcomes

Manufacturers are eagerly embracing Industry 4.0 to gain end-to-end supply chain visibility, reduce OpEx spend, improve asset health and accelerate time to market. Explore the 4 strategic pillars that drive successful cognitive manufacturing outcomes.

Peak Season Preparations for This Year and Next

Logistics Viewpoints

E-commerce sales have continued to soar in 2021. The National Retail Federation projects 2021 non-store and online sales will grow 18-23 percent to $1.09-1.13 trillion , and many retailers should expect significantly more e-commerce orders during peak season.

How to Mitigate Disruptions in Your Supply Chain

Logistics Matter

If there is one thing we have seen in the past eighteen months, it is that unexpected disruptions in the supply chain can have enormous consequences. Complete supply chains came to a standstill, and others faced delays they had never experienced before.

Increase tire life span as shortages roll across US

The Supply Chain Journal

Fleets haven’t caught a break since the beginning of the pandemic, as driver, warehouse and trailer capacity has diminished amid ongoing freight surges. A wave of shortages continue to keep the industry gasping for air — now it’s tires.


Certain Trucking Segments Ready to Go Electric

Food Logistics

If trucks became all electric, then about 100 million metric tons of CO2 would be saved from going into the atmosphere. Transportation / Trucking

Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

Freightos launches guaranteed container capacity service

Supply Chain and Logistics

3PLs such as ocean freight brokers can rise to the challenge of messed up supply chains. This one, Freightos, is introducing a service that guarantees placement of a container on a specific vessel with a known departure date. How much … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains 3PLs container shipping freight brokers intermodal supply chains

The Plant-Based Meat Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Over the years, sustainability has been increasingly embraced by consumers and brands alike. For many, this has caused them to re-examine the foods that they eat.

America’s Warehouse Shortage Causes Rents to Soar

Logistics Matter

Historic levels of online spending, an import surge and growing business investment in safety stock may be behind a growing warehouse shortage in the U.S. Over the past few months, rents have begun to soar as part of a bidding war between major retailers and manufacturers.

Boeing adds capacity for 767 freighter conversions in China

The Supply Chain Journal

Boeing Co. on Tuesday announced it will add production lines in China to expand capacity for converting 767-300 passenger planes to freighters to help meet strong demand from cargo airlines and express delivery operators.


Leverage SAP IBP to Drive Planning Transformation

Today, traditional SAP IBP deployments are not enough. You need to assure you are leveraging its maximum potential to truly transform planning. And to reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and advance digitalization to gain competitive advantage.

Helping Importers Navigate the Complexities of Canada’s New CARM Client Portal (CCP)

Now, That's Logistics

CARM’s focus is on modernizing, streamlining, and transforming the way duties and taxes are collected on imported goods.


Sourcing from Vietnam could shift as costs and restrictions rise

Supply Chain and Logistics

In recent years Vietnam has had its day in the sun, as production of certain items has shifted from China. It’s been cheaper to manufacture in Vietnam, and it’s been a boon to Vietnam’s economy. But Covid brought a lot … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Strategy Supply Chains international trade manufacturing supply chains Vietnam

The Cold Chain is a Top Opportunity for Third-Party Logistics Providers

Logistics Viewpoints

Covid Vaccine Issues Put an Increased Foucs on Cold Chain Logistics . Covid has led supply chain management issues to be more discussed than ever before.

From Paper Picking to Voice Automation

Food Logistics

Fond du Lac Cold Storage selected Voxware's voice picking systems to better train and manage employees, shifts, products and more. Software & Technology / Automation


Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.