Wed.Mar 13, 2019

2019 Supply Chain Trends

Logistics Viewpoints

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I spent the first week of February in Orlando attending ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum. The event had a heavy focus on how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike.

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Blockchain Standard Approved to Create Supply Chain Efficiency

Material Handling and Logistics

The new structure provides cohesion since different companies have different perspectives on what tracking and visibility entails

Online marketing for small business: things you must know


Doing online marketing for small business can be quite a challenge.

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Using Data to Establish Accurate Pricing and Operational Efficiencies


The right pricing strategy is a critical component that companies can’t afford to overlook and is one of the most important aspects of maintaining profitability.

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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.

21st Century Warehouse: How to Keep Up with Distribution Center Automation and Digitization


Picture the typical retail warehouse of 15 years ago: Workers rode around on forktrucks and pallet jacks, picking and putting away product by the pallet load, loading trailers for single stores, or several at a time.

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Top 5 Practical Freight & Logistics Applications of Blockchain-Based Systems


It’s easy to get caught up in the hype over blockchain. When it comes to supply chain, the vast promises of renewed visibility and traceability are abundant. While there is much truth to the hype, it is important to stay practical and understand the logistics applications of blockchain and what they mean for you and your organization. Logistics Applications of Blockchain Maintain Data for All Parties. An essential function of blockchain lies in its decentralized, distributed ledger.

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Wall Street commentary on Amazon creating problems for UPS and FedEx may be overblown

Logistics Management

Wall Street analysts continue to indicate or suggest that the Seattle-based e-tailer titan Amazon raises significant risks for the parcel duopoly of UPS and FedEx, according to a Bloomberg report published this week.

New delivery service combines fresh food, health education for truckers

Fleet Owner

LAS VEGAS. Bob Perry believes his new box can play a big role in improving the health of the nation’s truck drivers. The box is from the just launched CDLMeals, which offers a pre-packaged, healthy meal delivery service. Beyond the balanced meals mad

Transportation TIP List: Week of March 10th, 2019


Transportation TIP List: Week of March 10 th , 2019. This weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration brings both the Irish and the Irish-at-heart together in the form of parades, festivals and the wearing of green attire!

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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.

As the U.S. economy goes, so goes trucking

Fleet Owner

With such a large Class 8 order backlog across the industry, OEMs such as Mack expect 2019 to be another big year for truck production

FTR Trucking Conditions Index slips but still sees growth

Logistics Management

For January, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI was 5.79, which is down from December’s 11.46, which marked a significant increase over November’s 5.84 and October’s 3.17. FTR said strong sequential volume gains, as well as a favorable fuel environment paced those growth levels

The chicken and the egg of electric vehicle charging

Fleet Owner

There were no gas stations when Henry Ford started building automobiles. Electric trucks and charging are not the first time a technology was ready before the infrastructure to support it was in place

7 Benefits of Outsourcing Logistics to a 3PL

Blue Grace Logistics

To outsource logistics or manage it internally is a major point of consideration for organizations. The decision is usually arrived at after extensive cost-benefit analysis of both the alternatives.

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.

Spot van, reefer rates stabilize after eight weeks of declines

Fleet Owner

After eight weeks of declines, national average spot van and refrigerated freight rates stabilized during the week ending March 9, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards. An increase in spot rates is a sign that demand from

Russian vehicle imports hit a bump in the road

Automotive Logistics

Vehicle imports to Russia have been growing for almost two years alongside the recovery in sales in the domestic market. In 2018, the country imported 293,100 finished vehicles, up almost 10% compared with the same period the previous year, according to the Russian Federal Customs Service.

Kerry Logistics unveils new partnership with South America specialist Nelson Heusi

The LoadStar

Kerry Logistics and Brazilian supply chain specialist Nelson Heusi Group have announced a partnership to bolster Kerry’s operations in South America. The agreement was reached last week with expectations of joint revenues exceeding R$1bn (US$267m) within five years.

CNH Industrial produces its first 3D-printed spare parts

Automotive Logistics

Commercial and agricultural vehicle manufacturer, CNH Industrial, has created its first components using 3D printing. The company produced four spare parts printed in plastic for fitment on buses and agricultural equipment, though it did not specify exactly which parts those were.

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.

Volvo tests Eco-Drive technology in California

Fleet Owner

Eco-Drive integrates traffic signal data with vehicle dynamics to provide real-time speed recommendations

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Whitehall issues draft tariffs for imports as no-deal Brexit looms 

The LoadStar

Preparing for a no-deal Brexit is now the base-case scenario for logistics firms and shippers operating UK-continental European supply chains, following the government’s overwhelming defeat in Parliament yesterday.

Syria still needs you

World Food Programme Logistics

With world leaders gathered in Brussels for a conference about the future of Syria, the World Food Programme (WFP) appeals for continued donor support Eight years into the conflict, over 6.2 million Syrians remain displaced. Photo: WFP/Marwa Awad The crisis is Syria is far from over. Over 6.2

UECC invests in battery hybrid PCTC

Automotive Logistics

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract for two new-generation pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) with China Ship Building Trading Company and the Jiangnan Shipyard Group. The first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021, and UECC has options for two more PCTCs.

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.

Back to Yemen

World Food Programme Logistics

Enabling life-saving work through connectivity in Al-Hudaydah The Al Hudaydah port is a critical lifeline for food and medicine cargo to Yemen. Photo: WFP Photo library The invigorating smell of sea salt washes through the air as the VOS Apollo creaks, rolling gently in the water.

Basset takes helm at PSA Retail

Automotive Logistics

Eric Basset became director of PSA Retail on March 11, taking charge of PSA Retail SAS which manages the group’s car distribution assets in France. The business operates 138 sales outlets in France’s largest cities, marketing the Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles and Opel brands.

How Do We Build Our Workplace Culture?

Radius Logistics

“Being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.” – Brian Kristofek. At Radius, we truly believe our success comes from high performance teams.

Dachser moving spare parts to Germany for Volvo

Automotive Logistics

Norwegian logistics provider Dachser has signed a contract to transport spare parts from Volvo Car’s Torslanda assembly plant in Sweden, to the OEM’s warehouses in Germany.

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.