Fri.Jan 11, 2019

What Are Dark Warehouses and What Do I Need to Know?


Demand to increase efficiency in warehouse management is at an all-time high. Warehouse managers also face challenges with finding and retaining the right talent, as well as added pressure from customers and shareholders alike.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Are you’re still looking for a personal challenge this year? Then how about joining our Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure cycling team and help us raise money for JDRF in our quest to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

KANE 2018 – Year in Review

Kane is Able

As a new year begins, we wanted to reflect briefly on the year just passed. Here's a look back on some of the prominent accomplishments at Kane Is Able in 2018. KANE News and Awards


Small Manufacturers Play Critical Role in Securing the Supply Chain

Material Handling and Logistics

While 75% of manufacturing companies have a program to promote cybersecurity awareness, only 37% believe that their programs are very to completely effective.

Discover 4 Use Cases for Applying AI to Your Recruiting Processes

Recruitment AI technology uncovers the most qualified candidates. This technology automates recruiting routines and facilitates natural conversations, resulting in higher productivity and a better candidate experience. Download the eBook to learn more!

Innovation and smart technology: Why BMW is driving both

Automotive Logistics

Handling 31m parts and producing almost 10,000 vehicles each day, BMW is increasingly looking to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 innovations to help it organise its logistics more flexibly.

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Five Essential Criteria for a Successful Procurement Contract

SIPMM Professional Publications

A procurement contract is a document detailing the legally-binding agreement between a company (the buyer) and supplier who is promising to sell of products and/or services with detailed technical specifications and to fulfill the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement.

Global Volatility & AI: How It Will Affect Your Supply Chain

Material Handling and Logistics

For procurement, uncertainty meets technology, most notably artificial intelligence, this year. Be prepared so you can reap the benefits. Geopolitical and market events promise to make 2019 a challenging year for supply chain and procurement teams, one full of both increased risks and opportunity.

Five Techniques for Managing Inventory in the Precision Industry

SIPMM Professional Publications

Precision manufacturers require precise, fact-based intelligence to avoid costly delays and downtime. Maintaining safety stock is an essential part of capturing opportunistic sales, retaining business and making customers satisfied for businesses.

This Week in Logistics News (January 5 – 11)

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve written about the threat of cargo theft on here multiple times. One of the largest categories has always been food and beverage. Well, this week, more than $500,000 worth of Patron Tequila has been stolen from a Florida rest stop. After enjoying dinner, a truck driver noticed that his trailer (and the contents) were missing. The contents just happen to be 1,000 cases of Patron, with an estimated retail value of $507,105. Luckily, within […].

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.

Cost Reduction Strategy through Supplier-Managed Inventory

SIPMM Professional Publications

Supplier-Managed Inventory (SMI) is the process whereby a supplier plans, manages and replenish inventory for a customer. Extensive information sharing is required so that supplier can maintain a high degree of visibility of its goods at the customer’s location.

Associates Host Donation Drive to Aid Homeless

Move Ahead

Editor’s note: This story is part of our “50 Stories of People Helping People” series. As we celebrate Penske’s 50th anniversary in 2019, we are spotlighting associates every Friday who are making a difference in their communities.

Crucial Service Levels for Logistics Providers of Pharmaceutical Products

SIPMM Professional Publications

The process of discovering a molecule and conducting clinical trials before approval for pharmaceutical purposes is not only challenging but also complex. Different stakeholders play different responsibilities in the process which might take years before actualization.

YRC Worldwide gives early look at Q4 financial results

Logistics Management

YRC Worldwide, which controls the fourth- and eighth-largest less-than-truckload (LTL) units with its long-haul and regional trucking companies, is offering an early peak into its operating results for the fourth quarter 2018

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.

Six Essential Areas for an Integrated Logistics System

SIPMM Professional Publications

Logistics system is a supply chain management component that is used to meet customer demands through the planning, control and implementation of the effective movement and storage of related information, goods and services from origin to destination.

Toyota to Consolidate US Forklift Operations into Single Unit

Material Handling and Logistics

Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing and Toyota Material Handling USA will integrate into a single business unit by January 2020 to be called Toyota Material Handling

Container spot rates hold steady as carriers adjust capacity for CNY holiday

The LoadStar

After a strong finish to 2018, container spot rates on the major east-west routes, as recorded by the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI), nudged down slightly this week – but they remain notably higher than a year ago.

Spot rates' latest rise may be temporary

Fleet Owner

Tighter capacity led to a 3-cent increase in the national average spot rates for dry van, reefer, and flatbed freight. The trend may be brief, however, as lower fuel surcharges and weaker rates on many high-traffic lanes may impact rates

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.

Air freight cargo deals for 2019 will include fewer blocked space agreements

The LoadStar

Forwarders and airlines are concluding the first round of negotiations for 2019, which is expected to lead to fewer blocked space agreements (BSAs) than last year.

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Scenes from the 2019 CES

Fleet Owner

For a number of years, there has been a growing emphasis on vehicles at the annual consumer electronics event in Las Vegas. And 2019 was no different. The trucking industry had a large presence, with Freightliner, Peterbilt and Kenworth all participa

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes start 2019 with gains, reports AAR

Logistics Management

Rail carloads, at 221,759, saw a 6.2% annual increase, and intermodal container and trailers, at 214,344 units, increased 3.4


Storrs replaces Clarke at Ford of Europe

Automotive Logistics

Chris Storrs (pictured) has replaced Helen Clarke at Ford of Europe as finished vehicle logistics manager. Clarke, who was in the role for more than six years after taking over from Bert Bong, has moved to a new role in material planning and logistics for the carmaker.

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

As we plan for the world of eCommerce and the customer expectation of quick, free shipping, our ability to forecast is turned on its head. How many distribution centers do we even need, and is that number feasible? Can we use historical data to plan for demand and design our networks, or is there a better way? If we're going to offer the speed of shipping and variety of inventory that today's customers have come to expect, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked. Join Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations at Helix and an experienced global supply chain strategist, as she walks through the key questions to a successful and efficient distribution network. You'll leave knowing what data you can start collecting today to answer these questions.

Meritor launches 22 electrification programs

Fleet Owner

In addition to the 130 fully electric trucks hitting the road, 60 of these trucks received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions in freight facilities

A problem shared

Automotive Logistics

Packaging experts working across the automotive industry are continually looking for better visibility when tracking the container and its contents to the point of delivery and back. . Mismanagement of resources risks costly production downtime through misplacement or damage.


Acquisition expands J.B. Hunt final mile services

Fleet Owner

Cory utilizes more than 1,000 independent contractors, carriers and delivery drivers to complete over 2 million annual deliveries


Mark Stanyer appointed MD at ProAct International

Automotive Logistics

Mark Stanyer has joined supply chain and logistics software expert, ProAct International, as MD. He moves from his role as IT director at the Office for Nuclear Regulation and brings 30 years’ experience in IT management, as well as expertise in logistics, distribution and supply chain.

Trucking Condition Index bounces back in November

Fleet Owner

The improvement was due primarily to a slightly firmer rate environment and lower diesel prices