May, 2023

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3 Ways to Simplify Freight Procurement Complexity

Shipsta

The freight procurement processes can be like navigating a maze – complex and challenging. As the saying goes, “smooth seas never made skillful sailors”, but how can you navigate these rough waters and come out on top?

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5 Key Steps to Optimize Across Modes for Last-Mile Delivery

Talking Logistics

In the wake of the e-commerce boom, shippers and logistics service providers are experiencing unprecedented levels of customer demand. In theory, that’s a real boon. But for companies still operating around manual processes, it’s an uphill battle to manage newfound complexities around inconsistent rates, tight capacity, and short delivery time windows.

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What are Digital Twins and How Can They Drive Warehouse Efficiency?

Logistics Viewpoints

The concept of digital twins has emerged as a powerful foundational tool to drive improvements in warehouse productivity and efficiency. To define what exactly it is, a digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset, process, or system. In the warehouse context, a digital twin can be created to represent the physical layout, inventory, equipment, and workflows of a warehouse.

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Trucking sounds off to EPA on new Phase 3 emissions regs

Overdrive Online

Trucking stakeholders asked the agency to consider the infrastructure challenges ahead for meeting the strict regs. The vast majority of commenters at hearings ongoing this week, however, called for even stricter emissions regs on heavy-duty trucks.

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Navigating Uncertainty: How Technology Helps Fleets Thrive in Challenging Times

Change is a constant in the transportation industry. Amid business competition, regulatory developments, environmental concerns, and myriad other challenges, motor carriers must continually adapt to an ever-evolving operational landscape. Fleet telematics technology can help transportation businesses navigate uncertainty, gain a competitive advantage, and boost profitability.

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How Shippers Can Uplevel Their Real-time Transportation Procurement Strategies?

Talking Logistics

“We close our eyes and the world has turned around again.” That’s a lyric from one of my favorite Oingo Boingo songs, and I think it perfectly describes the world of supply chain management — and the transportation market in particular, which has taken many turns over the past few years. With each turn, shippers. Read more The post How Shippers Can Uplevel Their Real-time Transportation Procurement Strategies?

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The Importance of Skilled Logistics Providers in Food and Beverage

Food Logistics

To accommodate complex challenges, logistics providers in the food and beverage industry need comprehensive training, skilled team members and the right equipment to help them plan, prepare and be proactive.

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The Promise and Peril of Generative AI for Supply Chains

Logistics Viewpoints

“Our rules of thumb are no longer up to the challenge.” This description by a Chief Supply Chain Officer of the state of the supply chain he found in his new role stuck with me. The tumult of our times has accelerated interest in artificial intelligence (AI) for help more advanced than rules, and ChatGPT’s release has rocketed this already-explosive growth.

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Navigating Supplier Risk Challenges to Shore Up Cyber Defenses

Supply Chain Brain

Organizations are paying too little attention to the risk of their supply chain information being compromised through cyberattack.

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Silicon Valley in a Box with Mike Zayonc

The Logistics of Logistics

Mike Zayonc and Joe Lynch discuss Silicon Valley in a box, a nickname for Plug and Play Ventures, a global startup accelerator and venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, California. Mike is a Partner at Plug and Play where he founded the firm’s $25.5M Supply Chain Fund and Supply Chain accelerator program. About Mike Zayonc Mike Zayonc is a Partner at Plug and Play where he founded the firm’s $25.5M Supply Chain Fund as well as the Supply Chain accelerators based in Silicon Va

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How a Global CPG Leader Optimized $500M of Direct Materials Spend and Exceeded Savings Goal

A Fortune 500 CPG company partnered with GEP to improve end-to-end category management, optimize direct spend categories, and increase strategic focus on tail spend. GEP’s sourcing expertise and market intelligence enabled the company to centralize sourcing and order management processes, strengthen key supplier relationships, and enhance supply chain resilience and agility.

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Tips on Order Fulfillment of Supplements and Vitamins

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

In 2022, the market size for online vitamin and dietary supplement sales grew to $29 billion. This reflects an average growth rate of 16.8% per year within the industry between 2017 and 2022. With the anticipated growth this year and beyond, you need a fulfillment partner that can help you keep up with volumes ‒ and ensure the most efficient warehousing and shipping solutions.

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The Biggest Missed Opportunity for Third-Party Logistics Providers

Talking Logistics

Today, I am revisiting a topic I have written about in the past, but I believe it remains as important as ever. If operational excellence is not enough for third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to differentiate themselves in the market, then what else matters? The answer is in this chart from an April 2019 survey with. Read more The post The Biggest Missed Opportunity for Third-Party Logistics Providers appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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How Food Logistics’ Awards Put it on the Board

Food Logistics

This year, we revamped our awards and the awards process, so that companies and their industry executives could better hone in on the home runs and focus on the stats that matter.

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Warehouse Performance Objectives Continue to Evolve

Logistics Viewpoints

Warehouse performance continues to evolve into a more complex, multi-faceted measure. Performance today embodies not only the traditional measures of accuracy and cost-efficiency, but also responsiveness and agility. The importance of these capabilities has increased due to some interesting competitive pressures in the market. And the stimuli continue to change, gradually shifting the relative importance of these capabilities.

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Scaling Logistics for Success: A White Claw Story

Speaker: Scott Campbell and Molly Feller

As the demand for your products skyrockets 🚀, you're likely experiencing logistical challenges that are preventing you from scaling your business. The sudden surge in demand can be exciting, but it can also put a strain on your supply chain and logistics operations. In this webinar, join Scott Campbell, Vice President, Logistics & Demand at Mark Anthony Services and Molly Feller, VP Logistics as a Service Operations at e2open, as they explore the challenges that arise when companies expe

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Phoenix Transit Agency Adding Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Hybrid-Electric Buses to Fleet

NGT News

The Phoenix Public Transit Department (PTD) has placed an order with New Flyer Industries for six zero-emission fuel cell-electric and 20 low-emission hybrid-electric transit buses. The two five-year contracts include options to purchase up to 160 fuel cell-electric and 160 hybrid-electric transit buses in 40-foot lengths. PTD provides transportation services in Phoenix and other cities […] The post Phoenix Transit Agency Adding Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Hybrid-Electric Buses to Fleet appeare

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Navigating the Freight Downturn with Kevin Coomes

The Logistics of Logistics

Kevin Coomes and Joe Lynch discuss navigating the freight downturn in the logistics and transportation space. Kevin is the Vice President of Sales at Greenscreens.ai , a technology that provides predictive pricing recommendations for maximum broker margins. About Kevin Coomes Kevin Coomes , the Vice President of Sales at Greenscreens.ai, is an accomplished freight tech professional with over 15 years of sales, business development, and start-up experience spanning two countries.

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Fulfillment as a Service and Software as a Service: Similar Advantages

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Fulfillment as a Service is essentially outsourcing the order fulfillment function to an expert service provider. A recent Amware survey of mid-sized, direct-to-consumer brands (done together with Digital Commerce 360 ) found that about 50% of these brands outsource order fulfillment. Compare that with company usage of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model where, as reported by Zippia , 70% of total company software use is SaaS and 99% of U.S. companies use at least one SaaS solution.

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Returning to the Office: Better for Supply Chain Performance?

Talking Logistics

In October 2022, Craig Federighi, SVP of software engineering at Apple, said this about Apple’s requirement for workers to return to the office: “We’re better, and we’re happier, when we’re together [in person]. As we were in the pandemic, we’d all talk about depression and the mental health crisis and how our kids were devastated.

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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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Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers: Adopting and Adapting are Key to Cold Chain Success

Food Logistics

This award recognizes leading third-party logistics and cold storage providers in the cold food and beverage industry.

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Editor’s Choice: 5 Supply Chain Management Success Factors for CPG Companies

Logistics Viewpoints

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Choice ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Today’s article comes from Erin Sun at Oracle and identifies five supply chain success factors CPG companies need to know for increased profitability. Optimizing a vast and complex supply chain is a growing challenge for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) firms.

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Trucking associations mount new argument against California AB 5

Overdrive Online

While new arguments are being filed in the case against California's restrictive independent contractor law, a preliminary injunction hearing is effectively on hold and the rule's application to trucking remains in place.

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Smarter Fleet Operations with Kayne Grau

The Logistics of Logistics

Kayne Grau and Joe Lynch discuss smarter fleet operations. Kayne is the CEO and Board Director at Uptake , a Chicago-based Industrial AI and Analytics company that specializes in providing predictive analytics software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to various industries. About Kayne Grau Kayne Grau is a seasoned executive with an impressive track record in the technology industry.

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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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On-site Customer Service Is a Must in eCommerce Fulfillment

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

A big concern of e-retail brands that outsource fulfillment is losing control. An on-site customer service model addresses that concern by having the brand’s day-to-day contact located in the warehouse where your inventory is stored. But for economic reasons, many 3PLs favor a centralized or remote customer service model.

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Negotiating With A Chatbot: A Walmart Procurement Case Study

Talking Logistics

This past February we asked members of our Indago supply chain research community — who are all supply chain and logistics executives from manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies — “Is your company using Artificial Intelligence in its supply chain or logistics operations?” More than two-thirds of the respondents (68%) said they weren’t using AI and.

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Clear signs that U.S. ports are approaching current container terminal capacity limits

Shipping and Freight Resource

The need for a national port strategy in any country remains a topic of debate, as its necessity largely hinges on the government’s goals and objectives, as well as the potential advantages and disadvantages such a strategy might offer. A National Port Strategy has the potential to stimulate economic growth, establish a framework for prioritizing […] The post Clear signs that U.S. ports are approaching current container terminal capacity limits appeared first on Shipping and Freight

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Simmons Foods’ Approach to Transportation Spend

Logistics Viewpoints

On April 4 th , Kyle Masters – the senior manager of transportation procurement at Simmons Foods, participated in a webinar hosted by Emerge. The webinar focused on Simmons Food’s approach to transportation procurement. Simmons Foods, and its affiliates, are suppliers of poultry, pet, and animal nutrition products. This family-owned business is headquartered in Siloam Springs Arkansas in the US.

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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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6 questions to ask about your truck insurance

Truck News

It is true that insurance costs money and that it’s a tough insurance market out there, but it is still important to know what insurance coverage you have, what you […]

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Elevating Transportation Sales and Marketing with Jennifer Karpus-Romain

The Logistics of Logistics

Jennifer Karpus-Romain and Joe Lynch discuss elevating transportation sales and marketing. Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA) , an association that enables sales and marketing professionals to learn and give back to the transportation and logistics industry through education, connections and resources for close to a century.

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European B2C Fulfillment Practices Could Be Coming to the U.S.

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Europe was the birthplace of the modern port and has always provided inspiration on what’s next in logistics, including eCommerce fulfillment.

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