Mon.Jul 08, 2019

Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

Logistics Viewpoints

When logistics folks think about transportation, the pipeline mode is an afterthought. But it is a very important mode that gets far too little coverage and is not sufficiently well understood. Pipeline scheduling solutions are every bit as complex as other transportation management solutions.

Anxiety rises in U.S. and Europe over EV battery shortages

Fleet Owner

The scale of planned investments in electric lineups means both transportation OEMs and related industries in Europe and North America are focusing on how to secure future supplies of battery-grade nickel

Is a ‘relaxing’ of HOS rules on the way?

Logistics Management

Motor carriers that have long been pleading for more flexibility in the federal government’s truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules may finally be getting their wish…maybe.

ATA prepping for 2019 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Fleet Owner

The American Trucking Associations recently revealed the official 2019 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week logo and thank-a-trucker toolkit. The association also introduced Trucking Day at Nationals Park, an event in which professional truck dri

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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.

Fifty Factory Tours that Make America Great

Material Handling and Logistics

We picked one factory (or industrial site) from each state you can visit that truly represents what has always made America great: hard work and ingenuity

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TMS Development: Who Should Develop My TMS? A 3PL or a Tech Company the 3PL Hires?


The value of implementing a transportation management system (TMS) is undisputed. Companies across the globe are looking to leverage an advanced TMS function and capabilities to streamline logistics management. Unfortunately, not all TMS solutions are created equally.

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Check those brakes before it’s too late

Fleet Owner

If you expect your drivers and technicians to care about safety then you need to demonstrate management’s commitment to it as well


Macro Growth of Micro Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

The impact of e-commerce on the retail grocery industry and perishables supply chains has created a phenomenon called Micro Supply Chains. It’s driving rapid change across the industry, which has presented challenges for all stakeholders, but also new opportunities to differentiate and capture market share. What are some of these challenges and opportunities? What actions. The post Macro Growth of Micro Supply Chains appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Training for ELD success

Fleet Owner

Editor's note: This is the second part of a week-long series looking at what fleets need to do ahead of the December deadline to end use of AOBRDs. Click here to read part one. Any upgrade or change to an electronic logging device (ELD) system

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.

Walmart China Introduces Food Blockchain Platform as Parent Fights Internally

Logistics Trends and Insights

News of strife and internal disagreements between the e-commerce group and the brick & mortar groups within Walmart makes one wonder if the company will implode. Playing catchup in the e-commerce game for this fifty-year-old conservative Arkansas Company has been difficult.

EPA Proposes 2020 Renewable Fuel Volumes

NGT News

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PLS Welcomes New VP of Corporate Development at New Chicago Office

PLS Logistics

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (July 8, 2019) – PLS Logistics Services, a leading third-party logistics provider, is pleased to announce Steven Moore as the new Vice President of Corporate Development, who will be working out of its new Chicago office.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down annually at halfway point of 2019, says AAR

Logistics Management

Through the first six months of 2019, U.S. rail carloads––at 6,552,218––were down 2.9%, or 195,168 carloads, compared to the first six months of 2018, and intermodal units for the same period––at 6,924,261––fell 3.2%, or 229,247 units


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.

Toyota to Test Prius PHV with Solar Batteries

NGT News

In collaboration with Sharp Corp. and NEDO, Toyota Motor Corp. will soon begin public road trials of electrified vehicles equipped with solar batteries. The trials, expected to commence in late July, aim to assess improvements in the vehicles’ cruising range and fuel efficiency.

Descartes Datamyne reflects on current ocean cargo marketplace

Logistics Management

Brendan McCahill, senior vice president of trade data content at Descartes Datamyne, shares his views on the current ocean cargo arena

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Air Products, Saudi Aramco Inaugurate Hydrogen Refueling Pilot

NGT News

Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco and Pennsylvania-based Air Products recently inaugurated Saudi Arabia’s first hydrogen fueling station, located at Air Products’ new Technology Center in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park.

This investigation could be contagious

Truck News

After reading this you may all think that you’ve contracted “Yogi Berra disease”, colloquially known as deja vu all over again syndrome. This is because in a recent report I ruminated on the elliptical thought processes going through the mind … Transportation Newsletter

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.

Online and In-Store, Retailers Must Adapt to New Shopping Trends

Supply Chain Brain

What many economists view as a growing gap between rich and poor in America is being reflected in online retailing trends

Why CPM Helps Finance Workers Sleep at Night


If I had ever, in my youth, invented an acronym, I believe it would have been ‘GARR’. GARR represents the repetitive processes that countless financial workers have suffered through since the invention of…well…finance.

G20 is over: What is next for global supply chains?

Logistics Management

Trump and Xi did agree to restart the stalled trade talks, but no date or agenda was announced

Shifting Supply Chains --HP, Dell to Move 30% of Laptop Production From China

Material Handling and Logistics

“HP shares industry concerns that broad-based tariffs harm consumers by increasing the cost of electronics," the company said

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.

Editorial comment: Telling your story can help attract the next generation of workers

Truck News

I couldn’t agree more with B.C. Trucking Association president and CEO Dave Earle’s declaration that the trucking industry has to do a better job telling its good-news stories. Having worked in this industry for nearly four years, for several years … Transportation Newsletter

Trump NLRB Whittles Away Union Privileges

Material Handling and Logistics

Scabby the Rat and nonemployee organizers come under increased scrutiny


Rail shippers throw support behind STB Rate Reform Task Force report

Logistics Management

Lessons From the Military for Improving the Retail Customer Experience

Supply Chain Brain

Retailing as a business model is being challenged by e-tailers and demands for an ever-improving customer experience. Lessons from the military can help

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.