June, 2023

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AI and the Future of Supply Chain with Yossi Sheffi

The Logistics of Logistics

Dr. Yossi Sheffi and Joe Lynch discuss AI and the future of supply chain, which is the central theme of Yossi’s latest book, The Magic Conveyor Belt: Supply Chains, A.I., and the Future of Work. Yossi is the Elisha Gray II professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL).

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Order Fulfillment Software: What’s Better, Custom or Off-the-Shelf?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

For online retailers looking to grow, the agility and scalability of their order fulfillment software is key. Whether the order fulfillment system is custom or off the shelf determines how agile and scalable it can be.

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Temperature-Controlled Freight: The Unsung Hero of the Supply Chain

Food Logistics

Ensuring that perishable products reach their destination unspoiled and undamaged can be a daunting task. Suppliers need to make sure the right resources are in place, including the relationships, systems and expertise needed to move goods.

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Until AI Can Solve this One Simple Task, I Wouldn’t Worry About It

Logistics Viewpoints

Experts have recently warned about the possibility that artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to the destruction of 400 million jobs by 2030. These same pundits also predict that AI could lead to increases in global GDP by trillions of dollars in the same time frame. However, AI’s inability to solve the very limited problem of ensuring that inventory is located in the right place in a warehouse suggests that planners don’t have to worry too much about job security.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Germany Warns of Industry Shutdown if Russian Gas Stops Flowing

Supply Chain Brain

Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said German policymakers should avoid "making the same mistake again" of assuming the economy will be unaffected by the Russian war in Ukraine.

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Key Takeaways from TMSA Elevate with Trey Griggs

The Logistics of Logistics

Trey Griggs and Joe Lynch discuss key takeaways from TMSA Elevate, a conference held in Savannah, Georgia on June 11, 12, and 13. TMSA is the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association, a non-profit organization for sales and marketing professionals in transportation and logistics. Trey Griggs, Founder of the Beta Consulting Group was an emcee for the event.

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Can Temporary Warehouse Robots Replace Temporary Workers?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

With warehouse workers difficult to find, consider using temporary warehouse robots instead of people this coming peak season. In this short video, Amware’s Austin Feagins examines the robots vs people alternative.

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Highway Collapse Highlights the Need for Alternative Transportation

Food Logistics

A trucking tanker containing 8,500 gallons of gas caught fire and collapsed a portion of I-95 in northern Philadelphia, PA, one of the busiest urban corridors of the Northeast, revealing how fragile our system can really be.

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Marijuana Supply Chain: Profits and Headaches

Logistics Viewpoints

The marijuana supply chain is an interesting market to follow. Like any agricultural product, there are ebbs and flows to its supply and demand. However, there is one caveat in the marijuana supply chain that makes things a bit trickier: in most states, cannabis products can only be sold and consumed within the state that the original plant was grown.

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Rethinking Direct Materials Sourcing: The Tools You Need To Manage Costs, Risks and Sustainability

Direct materials sourcing is evolving, with procurement now tasked not only with cost efficiency but managing sustainability and risk management. The environment is marked by heightened demand and expectations, compounded by challenges such as rising input prices, supply chain disruptions and geopolitical tensions. While some embrace cutting-edge tools like AI and blockchain for global trade functions, others lag in technology adoption.

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U.S. West Coast Port Workers Reach Tentative Agreement to End Strike

MTS Logistics

There’s big news in the maritime shipping world: a tentative agreement has been reached between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) as of last week. The agreement, should it hold, ends a two-week port worker strike and associated port slowdowns. In a joint statement, the heads of the PMA and ILWU, James McKenna and Willie Adams, respectively, announced the deal saying: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement that reco

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Driver attitudes the biggest factor in highway safety

Truck News

“I will not be writing about – or interviewing anyone during – the Manitoba Truck Driving Championships! I will be a competitor and just enjoy the day.

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Green Jobs and Green Tech: Rethinking the Impact of the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

Eight supply chains – food, construction, fashion, fast-moving consumer goods, electronics, automotive, professional services and freight – account for more than 50% of global emissions.

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Fulfillment Automation: Essential Insights from Dr. Jack Peck

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Given today’s labor environment, every fulfillment operation needs to be moving toward automation. There’s great technology out there for your fulfillment automation needs, but it’s important to pick the correct strategy and implement it effectively to ensure automation investments don’t go awry.

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How to Conduct Workplace Incident Investigations to Create Safer Workplaces

This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of global workplace incident trends, focusing on the top three biases leading to such incidents. It also highlights the significance of CSA Z1005 as a risk management standard and outlines the ROI of thorough incident investigations, covering emergency response to post-incident interviews. Additionally, it introduces an Investigation Evidence Gathering Matrix.

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Outsourced vs. In-House Delivery: Which is Best for Your Business?

Food Logistics

While outsourced drivers merely aim to complete deliveries as quickly as possible, in-house drivers care about quality. Here's a breakdown of other pros and cons.

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2023 Mid-Year Check-In: Current Status of Supply Chains and What’s Next?

Logistics Viewpoints

In February 2023 I wrote the article What Does 2023 Have In-Store for Global Supply Chains? It introduced the survey we had just launched to determine the perceptions, priorities, and strategic initiatives of today’s supply chain and logistics executives. This post was subsequently followed by two articles that discussed some of the findings from the survey.

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Log hauler's truck stops suspects fleeing cop shooting

Overdrive Online

A log truck driver took matters into his own hands by stopping a car that attempted to flee after its occupants shot at a state trooper. Who says truck drivers aren't still the "Knights of the Road?

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Miami Transit Agency Buying 100 Battery-Electric Buses

NGT News

Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), operated by Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works, has awarded New Flyer of America Inc. a firm order for 100 zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG 60-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The order also includes two on-route Heliox 450 kW chargers and 50 Heliox Flex 180 kW depot power cabinets by NFI Infrastructure Solutions […] The post Miami Transit Agency Buying 100 Battery-Electric Buses appeared first on NGT News.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Successfully Delivering Digital Twins for Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Brain

Your supply chain’s digital twin is waiting for you; waiting to start the adoption process will only delay the realization of significant improvements in supply chain performance.

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Global eCommerce Shipping Challenges and Strategies

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you don’t have a global eCommerce shipping strategy now, you’ll surely need one soon. Growth-minded DTC brands have figured out that the buying part of global eCommerce sales is easy. Online stores and marketplaces are open to all comers and payment in any currency is possible. But global eCommerce shipping isn’t so simple. That’s why brands looking to attract more global buyers need to figure it out.

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3PL Partnerships Improve Safety and Compliance in Cold Chain Logistics

Food Logistics

Using a qualified 3PL expert for cold chain transportation allows shippers to move temperature-sensitive products with the utmost safety and timeliness, ensuring happy customers and an uncompromised brand reputation.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 24 – 30)

Logistics Viewpoints

I have yet to jump on the metaverse bandwagon, but I see more and more companies offering “virtual experiences” to the masses. For those unfamiliar with the metaverse, it is the emerging 3-D-enabled digital space that uses virtual reality, augmented reality, and other advanced internet and semiconductor technology to allow people to have lifelike personal and business experiences online.

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How Intent Data Helps Marketers Convert A-List Accounts

One of the biggest challenges for any B2B marketer is understanding your prospects’ next move — who is most likely to buy and when. Without these insights, marketing campaigns can feel more like guesswork, with high investment and little return. We’re here to tell you there’s a better way. By tracking buyers’ digital footprints and online activity, such as website visits, product reviews, and spikes in content consumption, you can engage prospects with a message that really resonates.

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Truckers call out the absolute worst stretch of highway in America

Overdrive Online

Asked for the absolute worst stretch of road in the nation, most owner-operators today are quick to point straight to I-40 in Arizona. What would you say? In this week's podcast, there's a little hope for relief.

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Slew of Natural Gas Vehicle Projects Receive Major Federal Funding

NGT News

NGVAmerica says the Biden administration has awarded more than $230 million to compressed natural gas (CNG) transit bus projects, with another $44 million being granted to transit agency projects that feature at least a portion of CNG bus and refueling infrastructure deployment. The funding is part of a larger announcement made this week by the […] The post Slew of Natural Gas Vehicle Projects Receive Major Federal Funding appeared first on NGT News.

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Support a Struggling Supply Chain with Digital Thread

Supply Chain Brain

When manufacturing, quality management and supply chain planning systems are all working synchronously, manufacturers are better equipped to adapt and respond to supply chain disruption.

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How Small Shippers Can Save on Parcel Shipping Costs

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

In the same way that Isaiah Thomas (5’9”) and Earl Boykins (5’5”) succeeded in professional basketball without being big, small to mid-sized merchants are finding ways to win in the parcel shipping game without the benefit of large-volume buying power.

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Exploring the Advantages and Hurdles of Direct Store Deliveries

Direct Store Delivery, or DSD, is a common practice among global suppliers and retailers – like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, CVS, and Dollar General – and its popularity is growing, with the global DSD market expected to reach $1.19 trillion by 2027. Download this eBook for exclusive insights into direct store deliveries, challenges, benefits, and future trends.

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How TMSA Truly Elevates Supply Chain Relationships

Food Logistics

It didn’t matter that some sessions didn't apply to me. For me, it was about relationship building. It was about networking. It was about learning.

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Bringing Order to Chaos: Last-Mile Delivery Costs and How to Reduce Them

Locus

Say you purchase your coveted gadget online, eagerly tracking its journey from warehouse to your welcoming hands. Now take a moment to think about the complicated trip your gadget took to reach your doorstep. Step into the world of last-mile delivery, the unsung hero of the e-commerce world. Customer satisfaction and keeping costs in check rests on optimal last-mile delivery operations.

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Kentucky hauler’s 2017/1988 Western Star pair

Overdrive Online

Owner Eric Gibson has customized a pair of Western Star trucks that are sure to grab attention. One truck, a road tractor, is a 2017 4900FA model. The other is a souped-up 1988 4964 model that's built to compete in truck and tractor pulls.

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