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Seafood shipment completed under blockchain smart contract

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Blockchain platform provider says tech helps avoid fishy behavior. Technology

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Has the Panama Canal expansion changed anything?

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It's been more than two years since the expanded Panama Canal opened for business. But it may still be too early to assess its impact. Transportation

2019 Trend Watch: Livin' in the future

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The race toward automation continues, as a rise in goods-to-person fulfillment, increased adoption of warehouse execution systems, and greater use of autonomous mobile robots top the list of material handling technology trends to watch in 2019. Material Handling

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Freight spending rose by double digits in Q3, buoyed by tight trucking market.

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But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says. Strategy

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Ability awareness: interview with Tom Minich

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While many would consider disabilities a liability, Peckham Inc. embraces employees with disabilities as the key to its success as an organization. Strategy

Port of Virginia installs four cranes to handle cargo growth

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Expansion project will boost container capacity 40 percent by 2020. Transportation

Big truck brings big smiles to autistic kids

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Teamsters organize truck tour to promote autism awareness. Transportation

JD.com unveils plans to study underground urban fulfillment network

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Chinese e-commerce giant launches "Urban Smart Logistics Institute" at Beijing supply chain summit. Transportation

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The evolving retail store

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Retailers adapt in-store fulfillment processes to meet customer demand for convenience and faster delivery. Strategy

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

XPO to deploy 5,000 GreyOrange robots for e-commerce fulfillment

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Corporate giant also becomes exclusive provider of GreyOrange bots for logistics applications in North America and nine European countries. Robotics

Off the rails

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The contract between UPS and the Teamsters calls for shifting part of Big Brown's traffic from intermodal to over-the-road. Is this a wake-up call for the railroads? Transportation

Talent shortage to hit manufacturing hard

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As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows. Strategy

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Banyan and Pierbridge partner on parcel shipping management

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Linking API and TMS platforms helps 3PLs cut costs, firms say. Technology

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How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Logistics provider lists top supply chain trends for 2019

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Robotics, digital transportation solutions are among the key technologies that will shape the supply chain landscape this year, DHL leaders say. Transportation

Robotic tractor sets world record for autonomous snow removal

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Finnish firm unleashes 45 mph driverless snowplow—on a closed road, of course. Robotics

Honeywell launches e-commerce site for aviation sector

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GoDirect Trade platform uses blockchain technology to provide data history for individual parts, firm says. Technology

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Grocery fulfillment goes high-tech

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E-commerce continues to change the grocery market, as companies seek to meet click-and-collect demands with innovative fulfillment solutions and strategies. Strategy

Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.

Retailers throttle back imports after rush to beat China tariffs, holiday peak

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NRF, Hackett report forecasts declining volumes as stores have already stocked up on spring merchandise. Strategy

E-commerce patterns shift as retailers offer easy return policies

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National Returns Day is expected to occur prior to Christmas for the first time, UPS says. Strategy

DHL eCommerce opens $20 million sortation center to handle online shopping volume

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New Jersey facility serves as test bed for automation, could inspire similar approach in Los Angeles and Chicago. Material Handling

Port of Oakland continues conversion from diesel to electric trucks

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Yard tractor hauls freight with battery power, reduces emissions, port says. Transportation

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

FourKites says platform taps unused capacity by building shared trucking networks

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Firm hires UberFreight exec to run "Zero Deadhead" unit. Technology

Global AGV market to reach $7.3 billion by 2025

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Growing demand for advanced material handling equipment will boost AGV market over next seven years. Material Handling

A fresh read on mobile computing in the warehouse

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With the market at a crossroads, our exclusive survey offers an inside look at the state of mobile computing today and the outlook for the future. Technology

Harrison's legacy lives on as UP moves to implement his precision railroading model

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Strategy to be center of 2020 initiative to improve service at western railroad. . Transportation

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Amazon expands Amazon Air network

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Online retailer expands partnership with Air Transport Services Group, adding 10 cargo planes to its air transportation network, company says. Transportation

Kids' activity book traces cookies through the supply chain

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Latest release from "Women In Trucking" group teaches kids about transportation. Strategy

Port of Virginia records record volume in container barge service

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Route supports rebound of Richmond Marine Terminal since 2008 recession, port says. Transportation

Chinese startup brings autonomous warehouse robot to CES show

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ForwardX says its AMR units are being used by JD.com for collaborative picking tasks. Robotics

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

As we plan for the world of eCommerce and the customer expectation of quick, free shipping, our ability to forecast is turned on its head. How many distribution centers do we even need, and is that number feasible? Can we use historical data to plan for demand and design our networks, or is there a better way? If we're going to offer the speed of shipping and variety of inventory that today's customers have come to expect, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked. Join Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations at Helix and an experienced global supply chain strategist, as she walks through the key questions to a successful and efficient distribution network. You'll leave knowing what data you can start collecting today to answer these questions.