Tue.May 14, 2019

Machine Learning, AI Are Most Impactful Supply Chain Technologies

Material Handling and Logistics

Supply chain executives plan to deploy or test cognitive analytics, AI/ML or digital control tower technology in the next 24 months

Supply Chain Quality: A Driver for Digital Transformation

Talking Logistics

Commercialization strategies evolve, supply chains expand, and production rates accelerate. The only way to take control of your future is to double down on quality. Product quality directly impacts the profitability of a company. The cost of poor quality is so closely related to supplier quality and compliance that manufacturers must give the proper attention and resources to the optimization of their upstream partnerships.

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

Supply Chain and Logistics

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

Can blockchain revolutionize the supply chain or is it just hype?

Fleet Owner

While many experts are bullish on blockchain — particularly in the freight transportation space — others suggest the technology may still be a bit overhyped

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

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

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What Amazon’s One-Day Delivery Promise Means for Supply Chains


Amazon is once again raising the bar for speed of delivery with its announcement on May 13, 2019 that the company’s new goal is to make 1-day delivery standard for Prime customers.

It’s decision time for private fleets

Fleet Owner

With all the technological advancements, regulatory changes, driver and technician shortages, how can private fleets keep up with their transportation needs while also focusing on their primary businesses

5 Steps to Build a Dynamic Routing for Inbound Freight: How to Give Your Vendors a Better Carrier Mix


As explained by Inbound Logistics, the inbound freight routing guide defines carrier selection and mode of transportation criteria for vendors and suppliers to send freight to your business.

When it comes to the U.S.-China trade war, there is no clear end in sight

Logistics Management

Last week in this space the topic of imminent additional tariffs to be placed on United States-bound imports out of China, part and parcel of the seemingly interminable U.S.-China China trade war was front and center.

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.

DAT Truckload Volume Index: Spot freight volume and rates slip seasonally in April

Fleet Owner

Spot market truckload freight continued two trends in April that have been a recurring theme in 2019: strong volumes and abundant capacity. Volumes for dry van freight—the most common semi-trailer type—increased 2.4 percent in April 2019 compared to

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Dealing With Religion in the Workplace

Material Handling and Logistics

EEOC’s increased targeting of employers makes it expensive when you trip up


A Metamorphosis or Imaginary: What Exactly is Digital Freight Forwarding?

Logistics Trends and Insights

We’re happy to announce a partnership with The Loadstar in which we’ll be writing a regular column on logistics tech service offerings. Super excited about this so stay tuned for the first one.

A modern HR approach is based on sound labour market information

Truck News

“Modernizing your workforce starts with modernizing your HR approach.” In today’s labour market, successful truck fleets and logistics companies know that staying abreast of the issues will help them stay ahead of the competition. Follow our “Modernizing Your HR Approach” … Newsletter

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.

Fr8Hub launches U.S.-Mexico digital freight marketplace

Logistics Management

Fr8Hub said that the focus of its digital freight marketplace is on directly matching cross-border shippers throughout Mexico and the U.S.—to to and from border cities—with available carriers and drivers for their loads.

Kenworth to offer TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics

Fleet Owner

The TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics system is to be an option for its medium duty conventional trucks

UPS expands destination list for Saturday export pick-up service

Logistics Management

Global transportation and logistics bellwether UPS said today that it is making a significant expansion to its Saturday pick-up offering for export shipments. This expansion comes in the form of adding 122 countries to the current 57 destinations that receive Saturday pick-up service.

[PODCAST] Transportation Management Tech’s Role in Giving Control back to the Shipper


Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode we welcome welcome Jerel Byrd, long-time Development Manager at Cerasis to talk about the role transportation management tech plays in giving control back to the shipper. We hope you enjoy this “The Freight Project Podcast.” ” You can subscribe and find.read More.

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.

A bit of togetherness in Defiance, Ohio, this Friday

Overdrive Online

When trucker-songwriter Tony Justice heard about an Ohio boy who loved trucks and his music, using it to help him focus on his work, he took a teacher's request for CDs one further. This Friday, a convoy in the young man's honor is set to kick off, and Trucker Nation is inviting the local community.

Supply Chain & Management Education Programs

Logistics Bureau

Have you ever thought taking up education outside of your normal technical skill set? Here are some interesting and challenging things you could try that would definitely boost your confidence in your roles. Watch the full video below. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel. Best Regards, Rob O’Byrne.

Trade Fight Escalates as China Increases Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods


The trade war escalates to a new level after China announced that it will increase retaliatory tariffs on about $60 billion of U.S. goods in direct response after president Donald Trump’s administration raised additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10.

Port of Oakland may restore its bulk shipping operations

Logistics Management

Bulk shipping operations could soon return to the Port of Oakland for the first time in 20 years

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.

Supply Chain Management in the Cloud

Material Handling and Logistics

Oracle has introduced a series of logistics management updates to Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud

Inventory Optimization is the Lynchpin to Omnichannel Success

Logistics Viewpoints

Success in omnichannel commerce requires solutions designed for the way customers shop today. Retailers should look for a demand forecasting and inventory optimization solution that understands digital demand is now being fulfilled through physical stores and can account for channel demand patterns and emerging omni-fulfillment strategies. The post Inventory Optimization is the Lynchpin to Omnichannel Success appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

On-Time Delivery Analytics Tool

Material Handling and Logistics

FourKites has introduced Recommendation Engine, a predictive analytics tool to help users ensure a higher percentage of on-time deliveries by anticipating potential bottlenecks and recommending course corrections

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Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: Be ready for big changes

Truck News

The long-awaited Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse begin on January 4, 2020. The Clearinghouse will be an electronic database containing records of violations of the drug and alcohol prohibitions in subpart B of part 382 of the Regulations. It will also … Newsletter


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.