Supply Chain and Logistics

New index to improve liner reliability

Supply Chain and Logistics

Alexander Whiteman mentions that the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE) and Cargosmart are defining a new index of carrier reliability. Current reliability is around 80%. That means 1 in 5 ships are not arriving on time. A good reliability index should prove … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Supply Chains container shipping customer service

Commentary: Cato’s Jones Act numbers wrong

Supply Chain and Logistics

John McCown, a former shipping company CEO and transport hedge fund executive, debunks the faulty calculations in the Cato Institute’s analysis of the Jones Act as it applies to Puerto Rico. Most container traffic from the US flows from Jacksonville … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains economics Jones Act supply chains trade

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Flexport – moving beyond freight forwarding?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article looking at Flexport now appeared recently under Cathy Morrow Roberson’s byline in The Loadstar. We enjoy hearing about what Flexport is doing now. But the idea that they are changing direction to become more like a 4PL is … Continue reading → entrepreneurship Logistics Service Management Supply Chains 3PLs innovation supply chains technology trade transportation

Checking for vitals: Inside the Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp supply chain breach

Supply Chain and Logistics

Apparently, healthcare is among the worst industries in terms of breaches of data security. And this is despite the dramatic increase of attention the HIPAA law has focused on their behavior with data. In this case it was two diagnostic laboratories, … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Supply Chains cybersecurity healthcare technology

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.

How robots change the world | Oxford Economics

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Thanks to Supply Chain Digest for promoting this study by Oxford Economics. Read the article here for a synopsis of its findings: Supply Chain News: Oxford Economics Says Robots Benefits will Outweigh Cons Basically, it says robots will greatly raise productivity … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Labor Economics Logistics Managerial Econ Production Operations Strategy Sustainability automation economics infrastructure Jobs technology

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The danger of a $2 trillion infrastructure promise

Supply Chain and Logistics

Shalini Vajjhala has written a good article about the issues with current ways of thinking about infrastructure planning and the money spent. She points out the game-theoretic nature of decision making the way things work now. Local and regional transportation … Continue reading → Logistics Strategy Supply Chains economics infrastructure innovation transportation

Online port community system ‘game-changer’ for India’s shipping industry

Supply Chain and Logistics

Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent, has written an interesting piece about a new port communication and collaboration system that is revolutionizing how Indian p[orts operate. It’s called PC51x, and it connects port users via secure messaging to exchange paperwork, financial info, … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Leadership Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains entrepreneurship innovation ocean shipping performance ports technology transportation

BIMCO launches new cybersecurity clause

Supply Chain and Logistics

BIMCO is one of the leading standardization forces in the world of shipping. Here is an example related to cybersecurity. How do you write a contract that binds participants to provide an appropriate level of cybersecurity? As the article makes … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains Sustainability challenges contracts cybersecurity standards trade transportation trends

Sensors, ‘grey boxes’ and opportunities

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Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent of the Loadstar has a short article about a vision DPWorld has for integrating data and logistics. He describes some innovative activities. In Yiwu, China DPWorld has an agreement for a project that allows customers to clear … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Big Data innovation Software standards technology trade transportation

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

SAE International forms microbility data standards consortium

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SAE is the former Society of Automotive Engineers, and has been a leader in standard setting for many years. There is clearly a need for standards around data for shared bike and scooter services, for instance. The main cooperators are … Continue reading → entrepreneurship Logistics Service Management Strategy computing innovation Software standards technology transportation

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Flexport access to SF Airlines’ Hangzhou-New York route

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This article from the Loadstar indicates that supply chain firms such as Flexport are struggling to align themselves for the volatile tariff situation we have now. Some firms are leaving China but others are staying in and look for an … Continue reading → Logistics Strategy Supply Chains 3PLs air freight China trade transportation

Hamburg deepens Elbe channel

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The project will cost $700 million, and it went through a long series of legal battles, mostly about environmental issues. But now the project is ready to begin. The Port of Hamburg let the contract to DEME engineering, as World … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains container shipping economics infrastructure intermodal transport ocean shipping port management ports trade transportation

Swine fever set to reduce China’s soybean imports further: USDA

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Asim Anand writes in Platts agriculture report that China is suffering from substantial losses in their pig population due to African swine fever (ASF). The pig herd has declined by 20%, and that translates to less need for soybeans. Estimates … Continue reading → Logistics My Research Shipping Supply Chains China economics soybeans supply chains technologies trade 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.

Drought forces Panama Canal draught restrictions and pushes up rates

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ian Putzger has a good interview in The Loadstar with Jon Slangerup of AGL (American Global Logistics, a forwarder), who is the former head of the Port of Long Beach. the recent drought has forced the Panama Canal to raise rates, … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Rail Shipping Supply Chains container shipping economics infrastructure panama canal supply chains trade transportation

The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

Supply Chain and Logistics

This Boston Consulting Group report by Massimo Portincaso, Arnaud de la Tour, and Philippe Soussan, discusses seven categories of so-called deep-tech areas of research that are likely to yield new disruptions for businesses of all types. They believe that deep-tech industries are … Continue reading → Advanced Computing entrepreneurship Investing Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains computing innovation Software technology transportation trends

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Gartner: Supply chain blockchain pilots stalling because of technology immaturity | Supply Chain Dive

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Matt Leonard @Matt_Lnrd has summarized Gartner’s survey in this article, which seems to indicate more clearly that blockchain is a solution chasing problems. The basic problems are “technology immaturity”, “lack of standards”, ‘too ambitious scope”, and a misunderstanding of the use … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Supply Chains blockchain computing Gartner innovation standards technology transportation

JB Hunt offering new drop-and-hook service

Supply Chain and Logistics

JB Hunt is a powerhouse in managed logistics. Offering a drop and hook service seems like a reasonable thing to do. Many firms have yard space to keep a spare trailer, and it allows them to load it on their … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking

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.

Globalization in transition

Supply Chain and Logistics

This is a fascinating report about global trade, with many interesting statistics, and with points of view not often presented so cogently. Authors Susan Lund, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel, Jacques Bughin, Mekala Krishnan, Jeongmin Seong, and Mac Muir point out that … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains economics trade transportation trends

Driving Risk Out of S&OP Forecasts

Supply Chain and Logistics

MIT’s Supply Chain blog presented a nice research study by Minhaaj Khan and Srideepti Kidambi and supervised by Dr. Tugba Efendigil. Their study is a good example of using less data rather than more to design a simple readily explainable approach … Continue reading → Logistics Quantitative Methods Service Management Supply Chains performance Software

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Some Essays using R

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I am starting to write some analytics essays using R and Rmarkdown, and publishing variously in HTML and pdf. They are gathered here. This is probably temporary as I learn better how to do this. Essays using R. Advanced Computing analytics Essays

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Shipper hackles rise as Hong Kong box terminals announce operating alliance

Supply Chain and Logistics

Sam Whelan penned a report on the alliance of four companies managing terminals at the Kwai Tsing terminals in Hong Kong. Apparently shippers are furious. They believe there will be collusion and rates will rise as a result. Rates are … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Shipping Strategy Supply Chains alliances China performance port management ports supply chains transportation

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.

Cost, operational challenges hinder port automation

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ben Meyer in American Shipper has summarized a McKinsey report on port automation and port modernization. One interesting point in the discussion is that port operators are actually not seeing productivity gains in automated ports. Throughputs are actually slower. They … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Shipping Strategy Supply Chains automation infrastructure performance ports productivity technology

INTTRA urges industry-led standards for containers and logistics

Supply Chain and Logistics

Lee Hong Liang has written an interesting article about the call for standards in maritime documentation. To my view, it’s no doubt needed badly, and has been for years. The desires of maritime operators to work as local optimizers has hurt … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Shipping Supply Chains standards technology

CMA CGM and CEVA detail tie-up

Supply Chain and Logistics

Chris Dupin has an interesting article in the most recent American Shipper. CMA/CGM is trying to buy a majority interest in CEVA, the 3PL firm based in Switzerland. CEVA has been the target of another buyout effort by DSV, another … Continue reading → Leadership Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains container shipping innovation mergers ocean shipping supply chains transportation

Six operators join to form the UK’s largest logistics company

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Alex Lennane has written in the Loadstar about the merger or assimilation of six UK diverse logistics firms under one management. Perhaps this is what’s necessary to get firms to work together– a bigger hammer. If they cannot learn to … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains Trucking european union mergers supply chains UK

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.

Has Blockchain Reached its RFID Moment?

Supply Chain and Logistics

A good summary by Alexis Bateman and Chris Cottrill of MIT comparing Walmart’s intro of blockchain for leafy greens to their introduction of RFID. As before, they are compelling suppliers to participate. That gets it done, but does not … Continue reading →

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Intermodal wrangles just making the pain worse for US shippers using rail

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The Chicago area just can’t seem to get its act together. The result will be delayed cargoes and higher costs for cargo owners. Ian Putzger of the Loadstar gives us the story. Chicago is unlikely to lose its dominance over … Continue reading → Logistics Rail Supply Chains containers customer service intermodal supply chains

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New paper published on Standards and carrier differentiation

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My colleagues Chris Clott, Rob Cannizzaro and I just published a paper in the Journal of Shipping and Trade. In it we propose a new standard called ServiceTerms for classifying container cargo on six ACTION dimensions which are relevant to … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains Uncategorized alliances containers customer service research transportation

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First emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways

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What’s interesting about this article to me is the concept of using a container to house the battery. That way it can be removed/replaced if there is a problem, cutting down time to just long enough to lift the old … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains barges containers electirc power entrepreneurship innovation intermodal transport technology

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.

How to cash in on ELDs

Supply Chain and Logistics

I saw this thanks to . It makes the point that use of a good ELD in trucks forces everyone– the firm, the trucker, support staff, and customers to focus on hitting the marks for serving the truck supply chain. This … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking computing technology transportation trucking

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