Fri.Jan 11, 2019

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.

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.

Pharmaceuticals in Reverse Supply Chain Now Hazardous Waste

Material Handling and Logistics

EPA final rules on pharmaceutical returns impose heavy burdens on healthcare providers and distributors.

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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.

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.

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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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


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.

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


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

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.

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

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.

Trucking Condition Index bounces back in November

Fleet Owner

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

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!

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.

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 […].

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.


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

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.

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.

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


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.

New handling equipment for DP World

247 Customs Broker

DP World has invested in two new Hyster empty container handlers which will allow it to create more capacity in the terminal’s empty park. The container handlers can tandem lift two empty 40ft containers and stack higher than the terminal’s current machines.

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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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.