February, 2019

Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

Cerasis

Automation in the warehouse is essential to meeting the growing demand of e-commerce and the blending of traditional supply chain channels into the omnichannel supply chain.

Tackling the Logistics Industry Talent Gap from the Inside Out

Kane is Able

There’s a talent gap in logistics today and companies are dealing with it in different ways. warehouse labor management KANE Company Culture Warehouse Operations Logistics Labor Management

Man + Machine: Driving Supply Chain Productivity

Material Handling and Logistics

New warehouse technologies are a critical component to keeping pace with the demands of retail distribution

Logistics Experts Wanted with Joe Lynch

The Logistics of Logistics

download the audio file. [00:22] 00:22] Opening / Introduction. Hello everybody, this is Joe Lynch and welcome to The Logistics of Logistics podcast. •

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’s Up With That?  Breaking Down The USPS Parcel Rate Increase (And New Zone Shipping Policy)

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

In late January, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) rolled out some of the largest rate increases in its history. Some increases, like the 10% jump in the price of a First-class stamp, pertain primarily to individuals.

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Globalization in transition

Supply Chain and Logistics

This is a fascinating report about global trade, with many interesting statistics, and with points of view not often presented so cogently. Authors Susan Lund, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel, Jacques Bughin, Mekala Krishnan, Jeongmin Seong, and Mac Muir point out that … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains economics trade transportation trends

Supply Chain Essentials Every CEO Should Know

Supply Chain Brain

Chief executive officers typically take a back seat when it comes to supply-chain management, but by forging a greater synergy with supply-chain managers, they can take their organizations on a journey toward prolonged success

The Missing Bookmark: Customer Experience vs. Expectations

Talking Logistics

Last week, at the Four Seasons resort in Orlando, I attended a meeting organized by a leading logistics service provider for its sales executives. I moderated several workshops and a fireside chat with the attendees. One of the topics that we discussed was customer experience.

Sales Saboteur with Ann Holm

The Logistics of Logistics

download the audio file. [00:21] 00:21] Opening / Introduction. [00:43] 00:43] Ann, please tell us a little bit about your background? * A twenty-five-year career as a speech pathologist, working with people who suffered brain injuries. Became an executive coach about ten years ago.

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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.

Bullish on Teamwork: Why Integrate Fulfillment and Shipping Services?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If the only thing it took to win an NBA title was having one of the world’s most dominant players, the 1984-1990 Chicago Bulls should have been a slam-dunk. After all, they had Michael Jordan.

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) Come of Age

Logistics Viewpoints

The key for AMRs is that they enable workers to be more productive due to constant collaboration. During Steve Banker's panel discussion on AMRs at ARC Advisory Group's Forum last week, the four panelists made two key points about AMRs. First, robots are not replacing human workers, but rather, are assisting them. Second, warehouse labor is becoming harder to find and more expensive to train and retain. These two reasons are why there will be an increase in AMRs in the warehouse.

Driving Risk Out of S&OP Forecasts

Supply Chain and Logistics

MIT’s Supply Chain blog presented a nice research study by Minhaaj Khan and Srideepti Kidambi and supervised by Dr. Tugba Efendigil. Their study is a good example of using less data rather than more to design a simple readily explainable approach … Continue reading → Logistics Quantitative Methods Service Management Supply Chains performance Software

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The Arrival of the ‘Self-Driving’ Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

The age of self-driving cars and trucks is nearly upon us. What about self-driving supply chains

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.

The Latest in TMS Brokerage Capabilities

Talking Logistics

From truer visibility to more flexible routing capabilities, modern transportation management systems (TMS) continue evolving to keep up with industry realities. A TMS for Freight brokerage is no exception.

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Recalls and Blockchain: How Blockchain Can Aid in and Ultimately Prevent Recalls

Shipchain

There is a problem with food and drug supply chains. In the last few years, numerous recalls have occurred following the identification of cancer-causing chemicals in medications, and foodborne illness outbreaks, including the E. Coli Romaine lettuce recall of Thanksgiving.

Shore Thing: Consider a New Jersey Warehouse for Your East Coast Imports

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you import, there’s a lot to like about The Port of New York and New Jersey. With numerous terminals, impressive rail connections and billions of dollars’ worth of recent improvements , it’s the country’s third-busiest port – and getting busier every day.

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Ecommerce Retailer Reaps Big Rewards Following a Supply Chain Planning Implementation

Logistics Viewpoints

I talked to a large ecommerce retailer. They got great benefits from implementing a supply chain planning solution. But their plans to leverage AI are what is truly fascinating. The post Ecommerce Retailer Reaps Big Rewards Following a Supply Chain Planning Implementation appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Planning ecommerce replenishment

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.

Some Essays using R

Supply Chain and Logistics

I am starting to write some analytics essays using R and Rmarkdown, and publishing variously in HTML and pdf. They are gathered here. This is probably temporary as I learn better how to do this. Essays using R. Advanced Computing analytics Essays

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Blockchain and Supply Chains: Unleashing the Potential

Supply Chain Brain

Dealing with data can often come with expensive reconciliation or negative impact on customer fulfillment. Blockchain technology can help

This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

I was in Orlando, Florida this week moderating workshops for a logistics service provider client. I was hoping for 70F+ weather, but even Florida fell victim to the Polar Vortex, with temperatures only in the 50s (which felt tropical, nonetheless, compared to Chicago and Boston).

Freight class calculator: Best tools for logistics companies

LoGo

Logistics companies are in constant need of finding means to simplify and optimize their daily activities. Fortunately, whether you need a freight class calculator, a management system or any other kind of logistics support, there are many tools and applications to help you execute these tasks.

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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.

Is Your Marketing Fulfillment Program Paying Off?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Performance matters. In track, a split-second can make the difference between finishing first and coming in second. In football, the precision with which the quarterback throws can make the difference between a touchdown and an incomplete pass.

Autonomous Trucks Today

Logistics Viewpoints

Last summer, I wrote an article about the future of electric trucks. Notably, I outlined that the industry was ready to transition to zero-emission trucks and that a number of major manufacturers including Tesla, Daimler, Thor, and Toyota had unveiled electric class-8 trucks while UPS, FedEx and DHL had unveiled electric class-6 parcel trucks. But now the big question is whether the industry is ready for autonomous trucks. The jury is clearly still out on […].

Selecting new software for supply chain network design doesn’t have to be a hassle

AIMMS

When it comes to network design, you can’t just set it and forget it anymore. Today’s successful supply chain networks are adaptable. They react swiftly to changing business conditions and customer needs. They scale quickly when there’s opportunity for growth.

Do More Shipping with Less Work

Shipchain

Shippers everywhere face an uncertain future. The constant threat of a trade war and increasing consumer demands have pushed existing operations to their breaking points.

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.