July, 2018

Problem: What Does Maintenance Cost?

The Lean Thinker

Another interesting “homework problem” showed up in the searches today: an assembly line turns out parts at the rate of 250 per hour. on the average, the line must be shut down for maintenance for 20 hours during a month. how much production is lost each month? Answer: None.

Self-Driving Trucks and the Future of US Supply Chains

Carter Logistics

Blog Topics. The Shared Milkrun Mexico & Border Logistics. Self-Driving Trucks and the Future of US Supply Chains.

How to Implement Elastic Logistics without Losing Your Workforce


Elastic logistics is the new and evolved version of 'lean supply chain movement'. As technology has caught up with logistics, latest delivery schedule and route planning help companies are on top of all market demand fluctuations and keep their products on shelves at all times or reach the consumer's door within a day or two.

Emirates SkyCargo Transport Record Volume of Mangoes from Mumbai

Airfreight Logistics

The freight division of Emirates Airlines, Emirates SkyCargo recently announced they had transported a record number of mangoes from Mumbai, India for the months of May and June 2018.

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.

Increasing Transportation and Logistics Sales Using CRM with Troy Goode

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: In this podcast, Joe interviews Troy Goode, Co-Founder and CTO of Lanetix, about increasing transportation and logistics sales for companies using customer relationship management (CRM).

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2018 Parcel Oversize Changes: Tightening of the Vise

Talking Logistics

With the 2018 General Rate Increase (GRI), FedEx and UPS are further “tightening the vise” for oversize packages. What Has Changed? Below is a comparison of 2017 vs. 2018 parameters for oversize shipments: Source: enVista.

Robotics and Drone Market Growing 19.6% Annually

Material Handling and Logistics

Discrete and process manufacturing will spend $54 billion on robots this year, while enterprise drone sales will be $9.3 billion


China’s Silk Road Initiative to Benefit from Trade War

Logistics Trends and Insights

China’s Silk Road initiative, better known as One Belt One Road ( OBOR ), received a big boost as the US implemented additional tariffs on Chinese goods with threats of even more.

Oil analysis: A blood test for your engine

Fleet Owner

The real benefit of an oil analysis is that it acts as an early warning system, alerting you to potential problems before they become an equipment failure

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.

Brighter Logistics Reviews

Brighter Logistics

I continue to be blown away by the reviews and emails our clients take the time to send to me and our staff. Below is one we just received and I had to share with everyone here in this blog post.

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Looking at OSHA in a different light

DC Velocity

Federal agency can be a guide for best practices, not just a source of penalties, forklift executive suggests. Lift Trucks

Important Factors in Last Mile Delivery

Talking Logistics

Last Mile Delivery is one of the fastest growing, and most difficult, areas in logistics. When you consider that last mile deliveries can account for nearly 30 percent of total delivery costs, and that you can win or lose a customer for life depending on a good or bad delivery experience, its importance cannot be overstated. What does it take to create a great customer experience in last mile delivery?

Energy Efficiency Is Key to Better Logistics

Material Handling and Logistics

Logistics providers have discovered that sustainability in the supply chain delivers a good ROI. For a long time now, corporations and their supply chains have been required to prove that they are acting in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way.

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.

PillPack is Just the Beginning of Amazon’s Healthcare Plans

Logistics Trends and Insights

Spending on prescription medicines in the United States is expected to increase 4% to 7% through 2021, reaching $580 billion to $610 billion. That’s a big market and one that Amazon has been rumored to enter for quite some time. Now, it’s come true with the acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack.

No secret to driver recruitment and retention

Fleet Owner

The keys to recruiting drivers – particularly young drivers – are money, lifestyle and respect, according to a driver recruitment expert


6 Ways To Survive the Summer at Bringg HQ


As the heat rises and the team grows, we’re in the midst of a busy and exciting summer here at Bringg. As our lists of global clients gets ever longer, so does our team get ever bigger. We now exactly 100 people on staff – an exciting milestone, perfect for a summer celebration.

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Did you say $5.15 a mile?

DC Velocity

That's right. A mid-July haul from Spokane, Wash. to Key West, Fla. fetched that princely sum. That doesn't include a fuel surcharge equal to 22 percent of the rate. Transportation

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.

Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit

Talking Logistics

I haven’t attended an industry conference over the past year, or participated in a client meeting, where blockchain — along with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — hasn’t been part of the conversation.

Is Hiring Ex-Offenders a Good Idea?

Material Handling and Logistics

Yes, under certain circumstances it can be an answer to the labor shortage


Blockchain Technology in Logistics: What Are the Implementation Challenges?


Blockchain explores more and more industries every day. Due to a popularity of Bitcoin , this technology has already demonstrated countless opportunities for the financial area. Entrepreneurs from many other industries are trying to use the blockchain technology in other areas, and the window of opportunities looks impressive. The main advantage of blockchain is its transparency and ability to optimize ecosystems of digital information.

Updates for Ram 2019 lineup: New design, sizes for vans, distinct choices for pickups

Fleet Owner

Ram Trucks detailed changes for its 2019 commercial lineup, including a bolder look for its ProMaster and ProMaster City vans and a "Classic" designation for current body style 1500 pickups, which will be sold alongside the newly arriving, redesigned

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.

Despite NAFTA Uncertainty, Logistics Investments Continue

Logistics Trends and Insights

As the NAFTA and tariffs battles continues on, the logistics market continues to meet the growing demand for cross-border services. In particular, cross-border trade between the US and Mexico remains strong.

FMCSA denies owner-operator group bid for 5-year exemption from ELD mandate

DC Velocity

Request did not address difficulties in validating drivers who meet exemption criteria, agency tells OOIDA. Transportation

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This Week in Logistics News (July 9-13, 2018)

Talking Logistics

My voice is a little sore this morning. It could be from all the cheering last night. My son’s Little League All-Star team advanced to the District Championship with a thrilling win last night. If the team wins tomorrow, they advance to the next round of the State Championship tournament.

Small-Business Truckers Denied Exemption for ELD

Material Handling and Logistics

The exemption was based on the premise that "small-business truckers that have already proven their ability to operate safely should not be subject to purchasing costly, unproven and uncertified devices, " said the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

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.