June, 2020

The Impact of 5G on the Logistics Industry


Limited 5G network deployments had begun in some markets in 2019, with widespread rollout expected to take place through the 2020s. The 5G wireless technology promises to accelerate data speeds, improve quality, and reduce latency in the world’s mobile networks all of which means higher performance than today’s broadband wired networks. “5G

The Platform Economy Powered by Logistics

Logistics Trends and Insights

A platform is a business model that creates value by facilitating exchanges between two or more interdependent groups, usually consumers and producers. Applico. Amazon comes to mind for a lot of us when we think about platforms. But there are others and, like Amazon when goods are exchanged for money, logistics are involved. Logistics and transportation providers are all targeting the elusive e-commerce retailer involved with new service offerings, partnerships, and acquisitions.


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Understanding U.S. to Canada Bulk Shipping

Bulk Connection

While the COVID-19 outbreak has temporarily halted non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada, shipments between the two countries has been largely unaffected. This includes bulk shipments of liquid and dry bulk products. In this article, we’ll examine the process of U.S. to Canada bulk shipping and tell you what you need to know to get your products across the border. Bulk Transportation Dry Bulk Transport Liquid Bulk Transport

Preparing to Reopen Your Small Business? Here’s How to Start Shipping Again


Preparing to reopen your small business? Follow this three-step guide on how to resume shipping and logistics during the coronavirus pandemic

New Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design

Many companies are looking to redesign their supply chain network to lower costs, improve service levels and reduce risks in the new year. To do this, teams are finding that they need to perform network assessments more regularly and in-house. Scenario modeling is emerging as a key capability. To help you start 2021 strong, we updated our popular Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software with research insights and learnings.

Changing Consumer Trends on Online Shopping in a Post-COVID World

MTS Logistics

Consumers are evolving with their online shopping routines. Besides delivery service, choosing in-store or curbside pickup may become a preferred method. Needless to say, e-commerce has seen a huge spike and major e-commerce players are teaming up. Shipping lines have taken notice by offering premium express lanes in the Transpacific. Expedited shipping services offer value-added options. They also serve as a great alternative to the more expensive air freight option.

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Pandemic leading us into a whole new world

Truck News

Against all odds, I’m actually starting to feel hopeful three months after this damned pandemic forced us into lockdown. It’s not that I think we’ll be back to what we thought of as “normal” any time soon. We won’t get back there. No, I’m hopeful because we’re entering a new world, and I think […]. Transportation Covid-19 Newsletter

The Principles of a Warehouse Layout Design


Planning a warehouse layout design can be a complex process due to the various factors involved. This process includes strategically planning a facility layout that can properly utilize the space available , facilitate the smooth functioning of operations, and increase efficiency. This article will help you understand the importance of a practical warehouse layout design and discuss some of the most crucial principles that you should consider while designing the layout for your warehouse.

The Future of Drones is Now

Logistics Viewpoints

Over the last several years we have written about what the future of drones holds for supply chains. As technology has improved and regulations have eased, drones have increasingly made their way into the conversation around home delivery. However, there are still a number of obstacles to clear before this becomes a common option across the country. Other opportunities for drones abound and when looking at the overall state of drone usage, it appears as […].

Impaired driving just another part of 2020’s changing landscape

Commercial Carrier Journal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates.8% of commercial drivers have used drugs while on the road


The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

Building a Foundation for Sales Growth with Mike Temple

The Logistics of Logistics

Building a Foundation for Sales Growth with Mike Temple. Mike Temple and Joe Lynch discuss the key elements for building a foundation for sales growth. To enable sales growth, leadership must develop the organization, culture, processes, systems and teams required to support the sales growth. About Mike Temple. Mike Temple is the founder of Temple Executive Coaching. Mike has worked with small to medium-size business owners in the logistics and franchise industries for 10+ years.

6 Benefits of Outsourcing Literature Distribution

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If your house needed a new roof, would you replace it yourself? I’m guessing you wouldn’t – because you’re a marketer, not a roofing expert. So why are you still handling your company’s literature distribution in-house? Marketing/Sales Literature Fulfillment

Shippers ‘held to ransom’ from blanked sailings and feeder problems

Supply Chain and Logistics

The constant stream of blanked sailings is predictably disrupting many supply chains and networks. Shippers are not getting the message, and it’s costing them extra, unplanned expense. That will percolate down to their customers as well, both in reliability and … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains customer service intermodal transport ocean shipping port management

Industry Experts Discuss Food and Beverage Supply Chain Threats in Upcoming SCN Summit

Food Logistics

SCN Summit is a premier virtual event educating logistics professionals on critical issues impacting the supply chain industry. Risk/Compliance

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How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

Why Supply Chain Agility Needs to be the Next Normal

Logistics Viewpoints

The rug has been pulled out from beneath us. Doing things the same way we’ve always done them will no longer serve us, so we can’t simply put it back in its place. In fact, the definition of pulling the rug out from underneath someone is that doing so causes their plans to fail, because they have little recourse or time to respond adequately. It’s a fitting metaphor for the world’s supply chains, which have […].

Making A Difference: Capital Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, & Descartes

Talking Logistics

Today’s post is part of our “Making a Difference: Supply Chains for a Better Tomorrow” series that focuses on the supply chain capabilities that will separate the leaders from the laggards in the years to come. This episode features Greg Ackner, VP at Capital Logistics, Jay Gustafson, SVP of Marketplace Solutions at Echo Global Logistics, Read more Making A Difference: Capital Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, & Descartes.

New School Supply Chain Basics with the Supply Chain Queen, Sheri Hinish

The Logistics of Logistics

The post New School Supply Chain Basics with the Supply Chain Queen, Sheri Hinish appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Podcast

CASE STUDY: Handling a 500% order Spike During Pandemic

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Public Goods sells quality household products that are healthy, sustainable and ultra-affordable. Most sales are online at publicgoods.com, but in early 2020 the company began national distribution to a major retail chain. As if opening up a new sales channel wasn’t enough of a distribution challenge, something else happened in this timeframe – the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown hit hard.

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.

Fewer trans-Pacific cuts signal 3Q demand on the mend?

Supply Chain and Logistics

It seems that forecasts must be less gloomy on trans-Pacific routes. Liner alliances are calling for fewer blanked voyages. That’s good news for shippers; but maybe it’s early to believe some won’t be re-canceled. Sending mixed signals of high volatility … Continue reading →


High-End Perishables Create Added Pressure for 3PLs

Food Logistics

3PLs are responsible for the safe transfer of common goods in the cold chain, but what about the luxury items that require a little more care? 3PL/4PL


Cloud-Native WMS: Key Characteristics and Considerations

Logistics Viewpoints

Consumer and enterprise software has gone through a significant evolution over the last five years. Consumers have reached a point where software as a service (SaaS) has become an imperceptible norm. One might assume designing a SaaS-based WMS is as simple as taking a legacy WMS, deploying it in a public cloud, wrapping it up with managed services, and re-branding the offering as SaaS WMS. But to truly understand the benefits of being a cloud-native WMS, we have to look a little deeper.

Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA

Talking Logistics

Remember when global trade topics like China tariffs, Brexit, and NAFTA/USMCA dominated the news? Although the world’s attention has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few months, global trade has continued (albeit at a much lower rate) and the risks and challenges associated with new tariffs and trade agreements have not disappeared. Read more Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA. The post Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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.

Accelerating Time to Value for 3PLs with John Golob

The Logistics of Logistics

Accelerating Time to Value for 3PLs with John Golob. John Golob and Joe Lynch discuss accelerating time to value for 3PLs implementing and onboarding new accounts. 3PLs, freight forwarders, and carriers are increasingly concerned with the timely implementation of new customers. A poorly managed or late implementation can be very costly for both the LSP and the shipper.

COVID-19 And Peak Shipping Season:  What to Expect

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

The latest online shopping news is in, and let’s just say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. According to Adobe Analytics’ latest Digital Economy Index Report , eCommerce shoppers purchased $82.5 billion worth of products in May, which is more than they bought online during the entire 2019 holiday shopping season. Meanwhile, a leading logistics analyst recently observed that UPS, Fed Ex, and the USPS are as busy right now as they usually are in December. Fulfillment Operations

Alliances schedule 75 blankings for Q3

Supply Chain and Logistics

We continue to see a lot of blanked voyages. Demand must not be shaping up to be very good after all, and prices just won’t stay up. What else would you expect if you make your customers guess about the … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Microeconomics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains blankings containers intermodal service transportation

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Can Help “Future-Proof” Supply Chains


Over the past couple of months, most supply chains have weathered an unexpected storm. Rules and regulations are updated frequently in order for manufacturers, retailers and distributors to continue delivering. There’s no doubt that supply chains are feeling strained as they continue to adapt to these circumstances while operating efficiently and cost-effectively. Machine learning and […].

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!