Mon.Jan 07, 2019

Federal Government shutdown has the potential to chip away at supply chain visibility

Logistics Management

While reading newspapers and watching television news, the topic of the shutdown is always above the fold and the lead story of the program. How can it not be, right? That got me thinking what it means for freight transportation, supply chain and logistics planning operations

Supply Chain Planning Systems Become Increasingly Intelligent

Logistics Viewpoints

While Machine learning is hot and customers want to know how these technologies will be used in future SCP solutions, the truth is that machine learning is just one form of intelligence that can be embedded in supply chain planning applications. SCP solutions are smart. The post Supply Chain Planning Systems Become Increasingly Intelligent appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints

Scientific Thinking vs. The Scientific Method

The Lean Thinker

My recent post, “ …but where is the problem solving? stirred up quite a bit of conversation and traffic. I would like to dig a little deeper into what “good problem solving” actually looks and sounds like – beyond the forms and tools. Underlying all good problem solving is scientific thinking. With it, I am constantly comparing what I think with what I observe , and looking at differences as evidence that what I think might need revision.

Digital LTL Shipping: How Digitized Bill of Lading Will Shape Future of LTL


The less than truckload (LTL) industry is evolving. The volume of freight is increasing at a rate to more than double in the next decade, and that is assuming the speed of growth continues at the pace seen in e-commerce over the last two years.

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.

State Legalization of Marijuana: Impact on Transportation and Warehousing?

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: “Above the Fold” is a new segment on Talking Logistics where we spend a couple of minutes discussing a headline or two from last week’s supply chain and logistics news and raise a question for you to answer.

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Grocery fulfillment goes high-tech

DC Velocity

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

Eliminating Slavery in Supply Chains: A Job Unfinished

Supply Chain Brain

In recent years, a torrent of new laws and regulations enacted globally have aimed to eliminate forced labor from modern-day supply chains. Are they having any impact

South Carolina Ports Authority marks 6.4 percent container volume growth for 2018

DC Velocity

Future expansion plans include 2021 opening of Leatherman Terminal, Charleston Harbor dredging. Transportation

Crucial Factors of Connectivity for Effective Logistics System

SIPMM Professional Publications

Today’s consumer-centric and sustainable expectation of real-time economy speed and timing are keys. This helps companies drive speed to the global market through excellent infrastructure and connectivity.

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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. says its fulfillment technology will support "boundaryless" shopping for other retailers

DC Velocity

China's biggest retailer brings "retail as a service" model to CES trade show. Strategy

Using Technology To Measure Warehouse Worker Fatigue

Material Handling and Logistics

According to the National Safety Council, fatigue costs U.S. employers more than $130 billion a year in health-related lost productivity

Retail jobs up in December

DC Velocity

Retail sector adds nearly 38,000 jobs in December; seasonal hiring falls short of forecast, National Retail Federation says. Strategy

Report Says Interstate Highway System in Serious Trouble

Material Handling and Logistics

Serious infrastructure deterioration is hurting nation’s economy, Transportation Research Board warns

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.

ONE Thailand Achieved One Million TEUs of Container Shipments

Logistics Manager

Ocean Network Express (ONE) Thailand recently achieved a remarkable milestone by attaining 1 million TEUs, merely 9 months into the business. From January to December in 2017, the export & import laden containers volume in Thailand was 8 Million TEUs1.

Demand for Basic and Specialty Chemicals Continues to Grow

Material Handling and Logistics

Healthy growth is expected to be driven by broad-based industrial demand.

Truckers: stay ahead of the cold

Fleet Owner

Chilly days out there this winter across America—it's the perfect time for stuff on a truck to break, and you really don't want it to. A familiar truck stop chain has been focused on its new maintenance services this past year and has some tips for t

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As the US shutdown drags on, the threat to supply chains grows

The LoadStar

Initial repercussions for logistics from the US government shutdown have been slight so far, but the prospect of lingering paralysis is raising fears of severe supply chain disruption that may take a long time to mend.

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.

Clean up your fuel efficiency this New Year

Fleet Owner

Fuel efficiency is about far more than just mileage for a fleet owner. It’s about how hard all the components of your fueling system are working for your operation

Congress Takes Another Look at Regulating Prices

UL EHS- Sustainability

While the proposed American Health Care Act never made it to a vote, that doesn’t mean that Congress is done trying to regulate various aspects of the healthcare system.

Updated Freightliner Cascadia to offer semi-automated driving

Fleet Owner

Daimler also outlines plan to bring Level 4 trucks to U.S. highways within a decade during first appearance at CES

Analysis: an exciting year for container shipping – meltdown or milk and honey?

The LoadStar

What a difference a year can make. Twelve months ago, I was bearish on the container shipping industry. Today I feel mildly bullish, thanks to the correction in both bunker prices and the public market values of the shares and bonds of the major operators.

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.

Changing marijuana laws may mean it's time to review drug testing policy

Fleet Owner

You can decide to comply with state medical marijuana laws, but this will not be possible when it comes to drivers


Progress for all to CEE

Automotive Logistics

In past decades, international investment has flowed into the automotive industry in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) primarily due to it being a low-cost production centre.

Report finds trust in autonomous technologies falling

Fleet Owner

LAS VEGAS. The public’s trust in autonomous vehicle technologies is waning, according to a new report. The “2019 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study” found that only 39% of U.S. consumers trust traditional original equipment manufacturers to br

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How Donating Merchandise Can Solve Inventory Issues

Supply Chain Brain

With the new year comes an old problem: how to dispose of excess inventory without feeling like you’re just throwing dollars out the door

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.