November, 2018

Warehouse Technology: Robotics and Automation

Cyzerg

Did you know? E-commerce sales are set to skyrocket from $2.8 trillion in 2018 to $4.9 trillion in 2021 according to Statista. With warehouses already struggling with workforce shortage, companies are desperately looking for ways to keep up with or even capitalize on increasing consumer demand.

Less Than Truckload Shipping Trends to Wrap Up 2018

Cerasis

Transportation is the largest sector of the economy, making up 8.9 percent gross domestic product (GDP), reports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The simultaneous growth of the economy and trucking indicate actual GDP percentages would be higher if compared to the same time last year.

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Talent shortage to hit manufacturing hard

DC Velocity

As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows. Strategy

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Straight Talk About Low-Cost Shipping for Parcel Deliveries

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When it comes to outsourcing certain parts of your logistics and fulfillment, you have a lot to choose from. When it comes to others, it’s a different story. For instance, with parcel carriers your company is pretty well locked into working with UPS, FedEx, DHL or the USPS.

Discover 4 Use Cases for Applying AI to Your Recruiting Processes

Recruitment AI technology uncovers the most qualified candidates. This technology automates recruiting routines and facilitates natural conversations, resulting in higher productivity and a better candidate experience. Download the eBook to learn more!

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve the Shipper / Carrier Experience with Erik Malin

The Logistics of Logistics

download the audio file. [00:21] 00:21] Opening / Introduction. [01:04] 01:04] Erik, please tell us about your background? Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Joined Loadsmart in April 2018. Previously, Erik was the Director of Strategy at AFN, a Chicago-based truckload brokerage.

INTTRA urges industry-led standards for containers and logistics

Supply Chain and Logistics

Lee Hong Liang has written an interesting article about the call for standards in maritime documentation. To my view, it’s no doubt needed badly, and has been for years. The desires of maritime operators to work as local optimizers has hurt … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Shipping Supply Chains standards technology

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The Indispensable Role of WMS in Reverse Logistics

Cerasis

Reverse logistics is filled with risk, and the rate of reverse logistics in e-commerce is higher than any other channel, reports Business2Community.

Kroger advances plan to partner with Ocado on e-grocery DCs

DC Velocity

grocer to pick sites for first three facilities within weeks, go live with $113 million project within two years. Material Handling

All The Right Stuffing:  Amware Offers Antidotes For Parcel Shipping Cost Increases

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you’re reading this shortly before your annual Thanksgiving feast, keep your antacids handy, because the country’s largest package carriers have begun rolling out their annual parcel shipping increases, and boy are they cause for heartburn.

One hundred logisticians, one bullet and designing the future logistics system

Logistics in War

By David Beaumont. ‘I I want you to imagine a rifle round being fired by an Australian soldier, on an operation, sometime in the indeterminate future. The effect of the round hitting its target is achieved through the efforts of literally hundreds of people in the Army and the joint ADF team.

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.

CMA CGM and CEVA detail tie-up

Supply Chain and Logistics

Chris Dupin has an interesting article in the most recent American Shipper. CMA/CGM is trying to buy a majority interest in CEVA, the 3PL firm based in Switzerland. CEVA has been the target of another buyout effort by DSV, another … Continue reading → Leadership Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains container shipping innovation mergers ocean shipping supply chains transportation

This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Now that Thanksgiving is past us, the mad dash to the end of the year is on. It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the supply chain and logistics realm, with lots of news related to global trade and technology.

Integrating ERP and TMS: Why Your Business Needs Both Systems

Cerasis

Too often, ERP software is seen as the final answer to any and every distress a business may face. Built to centralize processes, increase productivity and provide end-to-end visibility of your company, why would you ever consider another solution?

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2019 Trend Watch: Livin' in the future

DC Velocity

The race toward automation continues, as a rise in goods-to-person fulfillment, increased adoption of warehouse execution systems, and greater use of autonomous mobile robots top the list of material handling technology trends to watch in 2019. Material Handling

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS: 10 Reasons to Consider a Dallas Fulfillment Center

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Dallas was in late-stage talks with Amazon to become home to the company’s second U.S. headquarters, some people may have been surprised. By contrast, all of us at Amware were anything but.

Restaurant Dining Space Shrinking as Delivery Sales Soar

Bringg

Research firm Cowen and Co. predicts that U.S. restaurant delivery sales will rise an average of 12 percent a year to $76 billion in the next four years. What’s more, besides the delivery segment, no growth is forecasted across the restaurant industry.

Six operators join to form the UK’s largest logistics company

Supply Chain and Logistics

Alex Lennane has written in the Loadstar about the merger or assimilation of six UK diverse logistics firms under one management. Perhaps this is what’s necessary to get firms to work together– a bigger hammer. If they cannot learn to … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains Trucking european union mergers supply chains UK

Mobile Robotics in the Warehouse

Talking Logistics

The concept of mobile robotics is not a new one. From Grey Walter’s Tortoises to Shakey the Robot , scientists have been working for years to automate processes and alleviate hard labor on humans.

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6 Tips for Writing an Excellent Ecommerce Shipping Returns Policy

Cerasis

An ecommerce business comes with its own unique benefits, as well as challenges. You have an amazing opportunity to reach many people and sell your product all over the world. But you also face the challenge of people not being able to try on or carefully examine your product.

DHL eCommerce opens $20 million sortation center to handle online shopping volume

DC Velocity

New Jersey facility serves as test bed for automation, could inspire similar approach in Los Angeles and Chicago. Material Handling

Why You Should Outsource Your Marketing Fulfillment

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If your company handles marketing fulfillment in-house, could you do better by outsourcing? Marketing Fulfillment

Christmas Deliveries: Free Shipping Wars

Bringg

With the festive season fast approaching, retailers are making bold moves to lure in the shoppers. This year, deliveries are taking center stage and the biggest US retailers are offering unprecedented discounts which, in most cases, simply wave the shipping fees.

Asian Airfreight Volumes Expected to Jump

Logistics Trends and Insights

By all accounts, it looks as if the airfreight market from Asia has cooled a bit. According to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines , September international air cargo demand as measured in freight ton kilometers increased 4.4% year-on-year. In comparison, September 2017 saw an 11.7%

8 Years an Entrepreneur

Talking Logistics

Eight years ago yesterday I began my career as an entrepreneur. I spent the day (and the next three weeks) as a juror in a murder trial.

Teamsters and UPS Freight Union Members Move to Strike, UPS Freight to Shut Down in the Interim

Cerasis

In anticipation of a Teamsters union strike, the fifth-largest LTL carrier in the U.S., UPS Freight, has started to empty its network of freight and is refusing inbound shipments with delivery dates after November 8, 2018, reports William B. Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce.

Port of Oakland continues conversion from diesel to electric trucks

DC Velocity

Yard tractor hauls freight with battery power, reduces emissions, port says. Transportation

Does Your Supply Chain Need Blockchain?

Shipchain

The use of blockchain and supply chain management (SCM) platforms can reshape how shippers approach everyone from consumers to carriers.

How AR and VR Create Effective Supply Chains

Morai Logistics

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are ‘revolutionary’ emerging platforms that are changing the game for supply chains. From reducing cost to improving efficiency and accuracy, AR/VR could significantly impact the way orders are processed and shipped. The Global Augmented and Virtual Reality market is expected to reach ‘ 209.2 billion U.S. dollars by 2022 ’. With the ability to enhance any version of reality, this technology could change the way we move product from point A to B.

Streamlining the Aerospace Supply Chain…One Link at a Time

Now, That's Logistics

Currently in growth mode, the commercial aerospace market faces unique challenges on the customs front. Here are the major obstacles and how a reliable logistics provider can help aerospace manufacturers optimize and streamline their supply chains.

This Week in Logistics News (November 12-16, 2018)

Talking Logistics

We received the first snow of the season last night, followed by heavy rains. It’s a slushy mess out there. On the bright side, my daughter is coming home today for Thanksgiving break, so we’re all very excited to see her.

13 Sections to Include in a Compelling Business Case for a WMS

Cerasis

Have you been struggling to try and figure out how to write the business case for a WMS?

Ryder and FedEx to roll out 1,000 electric panel vans in next two years

DC Velocity

FedEx Express says EV trucks will reduce emissions on commercial and residential routes in California. Transportation

The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for FFFTT – family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Lots of turkey. According to some reports I have seen, Americans will spend more than $1 billion on the 50+ million turkeys they will consume.

Fast Fashion: Why the Industry Requires a Vertical Integration Supply Chain Model

Morai Logistics

Businesses within the retail industry are rolling out vertical integration supply chain models to keep up with fast fashion. Research on the global fashion industry predicts an increase from ‘ $481.2 billion in 2018 to $712.9 billion by 2022 ’.

The Importance of Scalability in ECommerce Order Fulfillment

West Coast and California Logistics

Growing from 20 orders per month to 15,000 per month. For most companies, that’s a dream come true. But if you have the wrong solution in place for eCommerce order fulfillment, that’s a dream that may never materialize.