Thu.May 21, 2020

Print on Demand: An Earth-Friendly Printing Strategy

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Decades ago, futurists predicted that widespread use of computers would usher in a paperless society. They were wrong. In this digital age, businesses still use some 21 million tons of paper each year, and 50 percent of all business waste is paper. Sales Literature Fulfillment

Railroad Carloads Plummet

Supply Chain and Logistics

This nice essay from Escalation Consultants, delivered on 5/21/2020, shows very large decreases in rail carloads after mid-March of 2020, approaching 30% for most carriers. Only Union Pacific is down by only 18%. Another graph shows the differences by commodity. … Continue reading → Logistics Rail Supply Chains supply chains transportation

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Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Digitalization is accelerating the pace of business and transforming global supply chains. In a freewheeling discussion at the ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, I spoke with Richard Howells, Vice President Marketing Digital Supply Chain at SAP about the trends, customer expectations, the challenges, and imperatives of digital transformation in the supply chain. Supply Chain: Trends and Challenges “Today’s supply chain is very volatile.

Can Walmart Surpass Amazon?

Logistics Trends and Insights

No, they can not and nor should they even try. Instead, they have an opportunity to reinvent the omnichannel space that Amazon has yet to fully take advantage. “It It is a big advantage being an omnichannel retailer and I think that is showing right now.”. The strategic importance of providing multiple options for customers has never been clearer.”. Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Lightning Systems Receives bp Reaccreditation

NGT News

Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission powertrains, has received reaccreditation under bp’s Advancing Low Carbon (ALC) program. The ALC program was created by bp to encourage bp and its partners to identify lower carbon opportunities. Activities within the program include everything from low carbon products to global research initiatives to partnerships with startups developing new […]. The post Lightning Systems Receives bp Reaccreditation appeared first on NGT News.

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Tips for Making LTL Shipping Easier

Freight Center

LTL shipping is the most popular, reliable and cost-effective method of shipping. However, it can be complex and confusing if you’re unfamiliar with it. Think of LTL shipping as a ride share. Your freight will share space in a trailer with other shippers’ freight while in route to its destination. That means there’s more to the LTL shipping process than meets the eye. We break down LTL shipping and give you some tips for making LTL shipping easier. LTL Shipping

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Hazmat warehousing: Is your 3PL audit-ready?

West Coast and California Logistics

When you partner with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider for chemical and hazmat warehousing, there’s a lot to consider during the vetting process. Among other steps, you’ll want to take a tour of the facility, interview management and associates, and ask for referrals. However, there is one other crucial component you don’t want to overlook: the auditing process. Chemical Logistics Chemical Storage

What shippers need to know about freight carrier insurance

Bulk Connection

As the movement of freight involves big equipment, big loads and sometimes big price tags, an accident or other type of mishap during transport can result in big problems. You want to make sure that your carrier is adequately protected by insurance so that these problems – should they occur – never become your responsibility. In this article, we’ll examine what you need to look for when it comes to freight carrier insurance. Bulk Transportation Freight Brokerage chemical tranportation

Final Mile Differentiation: M&As to Increase Demand for Better Last Mile Service


Organizations across the globe continue to rethink their supply chain strategies, and as a result, more mergers and acquisitions are reshaping the way in which supply chains handle final mile logistics. For some, an acquisition offers the opportunity to enter the final mile space and deliver more e-commerce packages, but others may experience losses More.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

Commentary: How drivers can avoid identity theft

Commercial Carrier Journal

In times of considerable uncertainty, such as an economic crisis or global pandemic, crimes of opportunity like identity theft become more commonplace. In some cases, this is because people are worried about keeping food on the table. ID theft tends to be inversely proportional to overall economic stability. In other instances, it’s because someone who […


Why Last-Mile Logistics is More Important Now Than Ever Before


What is last-mile logistics? First adopted by the telecommunications industry to describe the challenge of connecting individual homes to a wider network, the “last mile” is now used among supply chain professionals to explain the final step in the transportation of goods to consumers. Industry

Supply Chain Data Visibility Paramount as Industry Lurches into Next Chapter

IoT World Today

Key Takeaways from This Article: COVID-19 has unveiled the fragility of a global supply chain predicated on lowest-cost principles. Increasing supply chain data visibility is a priority for logistics organizations looking to improve resilience. Supply chain recovery hinges on incorporating robust data analytics and other data-driven tools into business operations to increase efficiency, reduce costs and proactively manage risk. The COVID-19 crisis has hit the global supply chain from all sides.

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How Sales Order Automation Can Create Stability During the Pandemic

Supply Chain Brain

Many manufacturers and distributors still rely on manual order processing: a slow, error-prone and inefficient method

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Armstrong & Associates’ report highlights trends in outsourced 3PL relationships

Logistics Management

“Increasingly Strategic: Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships,” is an expanded update of Armstrong & Associates’ best-selling report

Avidbots expands Partnership with DHL to install Neo Robots in Warehouses Worldwide

Logistics Manager

DHL , the world’s leading logistics company, and Avidbots , the company that brings robots to everyday life to expand human potential, today announced an expanded partnership to install Neo floor-scrubbing robots in warehouses, hubs, and terminals worldwide. Together, DHL and Avidbots will bring the most advanced floor-cleaning automation tool to many of the thousands of sites DHL manages in 220 countries and territories.

Intermodal volumes see further declines in April, reports IANA

Logistics Management

Total shipments for the month—at 1,280,309—were off 15% annually. Domestic containers—at 523,732—were off 14.7%, while trailers—at 71,086—slumped 30.5%%. All domestic equipment—at 594,818—was off 17%. ISO, or international, containers—at 685,491—saw a 13.2% decline


Wan Hai stays in the black, but Evergreen and Yang Ming’s red ink raises merger talk

The LoadStar

Niche carrier Wan Hai was the only Taiwanese container line to post a net profit in the first quarter of this year as its larger compatriots, Evergreen and Yang Ming, traded in the red. The parlous position of the liner industry has renewed speculation of a merger of these two into one state-sponsored container line, a development that would be strongly resisted by their individual managements. Following a $27m loss recorded by.

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

New Shandong-Europe Express links China and Hamburg

Logistics Manager

China is the Port of Hamburg’s most important trade partner. Hamburg serves as the gateway to Europe for Chinese goods. Along with handling ocean shipping, the port city is also an important railway hub for transports to and from China. The new Shandong-Europe Express train from Jinan arrived in Hamburg’s Billwerder Terminal for the first time today. It carries valuable and time-sensitive cargo from China to Europe along the New Silk Road.

8 Ways Collaboration in Supply Chain Reduces Bottlenecks & Optimizes Results


Collaboration is perhaps the most widely discussed and recognizable topic in the modern supply chain. Used properly, collaboration enables better procurement, efficient shipment management, transparency, proactiveness, improved customer experience around delivery, and a team prepared to handle reverse logistics management. Yet the idea of collaboration in supply chain systems is at risk.

3 Simple Maintenance Tips to Keep High-Mileage Trucks on the Road

United World Transporation

It is well known that for commercial refrigerated transport companies, including owner-operators, truck maintenance can be at times taxing. We understand that all jobs, as well as short journeys, seem to be nonstop. In fact, there isn’t much respite for truckers, whether it’s staying on the road, or taking care of your truck. Thus, it’s critical to have an efficient or effective maintenance plan in place, to avoid unnecessary downturn or faults.

FedEx teams with Microsoft for a revolution, but is it just playing catch-up?

The LoadStar

FedEx founder and leader Fred Smith has promised a revolution – but some claim the firm is merely playing ‘catch-up’ This week, FedEx and Microsoft announced a multi-year collaboration, combining the global digital and logistics network of the integrator with the tech firm’s intelligent cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

North American ports largely shielded from COVID-19 impact

Logistics Management

North American ports generally have numerous safeguards and strong financial cushion on their side in being able to weather the sizable ripple effect of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report


Overflowing Garbage Bins: Serious Threats and Prevention Tips

Compactor Management Company

The amount of waste we collectively produce is unbelievable. The US alone produces 250 million tons of waste a year. And honestly, we don’t need numbers to see that the problem of overflowing trash cans exists at a colossal level. We are all aware of the overflowing garbage bins, the stench, and clutter we come across in the streets.

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Panasonic takes a 20% stake in Blue Yonder, extends ongoing strategic partnership

Logistics Management

Earlier this week, global electronics giant Panasonic said it has made a 20% equity investment in Scottsdale, Ariz.-based based Blue Yonder (formerly JDA), a provider of AI-driven and end-to-end supply chain management services. Panasonic made this investment through a secondary sale of shares, with Blue Yonder having an enterprise value of $5.5 billion. The companies have enjoyed a strong strategic relationship, which notably includes a Japan-based joint venture in April 2019

Food Logistics Tips: How to Keep Perishable Items Safe & Compliant


The best approach to managing food logistics intertwines freight visibility with existing logistics processes, bolstered by technology. Increased shipment-level visibility keeps perishable items safe and boosts compliance with applicable regulations, effectively reducing the risk of spoilage. However, spoilage remains a major contributor of added food freight costs, and food shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) […].

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.