February, 2024

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Three Benefits of Channel-Free Logistics

Supply Chain Brain

Channel-free logistics connects existing infrastructure to simplify the whole order-to-delivery process, encouraging circularity and sustainability, maximizing profits and streamlining operations overall.

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Why AI and Accuracy are a Requirement for Optimizing the Last Mile

Food Logistics

Years of innovation to revolutionize the last mile has answered the call to improve costs and drive efficiency, culminating in the latest advances in AI that synthesize analytics and tracking to transform the future of 3PL operations.

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2024: Planning for Success Amid the Uncertainty

Logistics Viewpoints

It’s human nature to want to start a new year with new goals—the ever-present new year’s resolutions. Typically, we make it at least one month into the new year before we have to revise our plans. However, it’s only early February 2024, and we already have several major disruptions impacting supply chains. As Alan Amling at the University of Tennessee put it, “2024 is riddled with uncertainty.

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Study Reveals Gap in AI Adoption and Sustainability Goals in Logistics Industry

Supply Chain Brain

Further, despite the global emphasis on sustainable practices, the study reveals low prioritization of sustainability among logistics companies.

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EROAD’s Guide to Running a Sustainable Trucking Business

Over the last three decades, emissions from new trucks have been reduced by more than 98 percent. In fact, it would take 60 of today’s trucks to generate the same level of emissions from a single truck in 1988. Despite these impressive improvements, many trucking businesses continue to seek methods to achieve sustainability goals in a viable, measurable way.

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Navigating the Roller Coaster Freight Market with Ryan Schreiber

The Logistics of Logistics

Ryan Schreiber and Joe Lynch discuss navigating the roller coaster freight market. Ryan is the Vice President, Industry and Growth, at Metafora , the leading business consulting and software development firm that exclusively serves the Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain space. About Ryan Schreiber Ryan Schreiber is the Vice President, Industry and Growth, at Metafora.

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Top Eight Avoidable Supply Chain Practices

Stord

Explore the top 8 supply chain logistics practices to avoid to prevent disruptions and drive innovation in supply chain management.

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Rock Stars of the Supply Chain: Disrupting Supply Chain Disruptions

Food Logistics

Supply chain rock stars are the backbone of the cold food chain. Meet the winner's of this year's Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award.

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Energy Transition in Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain sustainability has become a very hot topic, but for a lot of people, there is uncertainty around its meaning. Now, more than ever, companies and countries are looking at their overall carbon footprint and trying to establish a path to be more environmentally friendly. A few ways companies can begin to offset their carbon footprint is to take a deeper look at product packaging, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, route optimization, and returns and recycling programs.

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Ikea v. Convoy: Lawsuit brings broker transparency

Overdrive Online

Ikea's lawsuit against Convoy reveals freight rates the mega shipper agreed to pay the broker, sometimes well above the average that brokers were paying owner-ops on the spot market at the time.

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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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Retail Non-Compliance Costs with Tony Altman

The Logistics of Logistics

Tony Altman and Joe Lynch discuss retail non-compliance costs. Tony is the President and CEO of Motivational Fulfillment & Logistics Services , a leading omnichannel 3PL based in Southern California. About Tony Altman As President and CEO of Motivational Fulfillment & Logistics Services, Tony Altman brings a remarkable blend of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial vision, and a profound commitment to excellence.

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Can You Have Too Much Supply Chain Visibility?

Talking Logistics

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Too much of a good thing,” which the Grammarist defines as “an excessive amount that becomes overwhelming or harmful, rather than helpful or pleasurable.” The phrase popped into my head the other night as I helped myself to another serving of ice cream. In case you’re wondering, you can’t have. Read more The post Can You Have Too Much Supply Chain Visibility?

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How 3D Printing Will Change Supply Chains and Improve Sustainability

Supply Chain Brain

As the technology has advanced and become more available, 3D printing is expected to become an integral part of many industries’ operations and could ultimately help companies achieve sustainability goals.

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Roadcheck set for May 14-16 with two focus areas

Commercial Carrier Journal

CVSA's International Roadcheck will be held May 14-16. For trucks, inspectors will focus specifically on the tractor protection valve, trailer supply valve and anti-bleed back valve, which may be overlooked during trip and roadside inspections.

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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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This Week in Supply Chain News (February 19 – 23)

Logistics Viewpoints

This Monday was President’s Day. President Biden’s Oval Office has both a portrait and a bust of Abraham Lincoln. But his family’s connection to the 16th president extends back to the Civil War. On March 21, 1864, an ancestor of Biden got in a knife fight with another man in a Union military encampment. Biden’s great-great-grandfather was charged with attempted murder and incarcerated for a term of two years of hard labor on a remote island near modern-day Florida.

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Trump endorses trucker's 'boycott' of NYC: What's really going on

Overdrive Online

After Trump claimed "election interference" due to a $355 million fine from New York, drivers say they're boycotting the Big Apple. But are they? And might it be the other way around: Is NYC already boycotting truckers?

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The Freight Talent Gap with Will Jenkins

The Logistics of Logistics

Will Jenkins and Joe Lynch discuss the freight talent gap. Will is Founder and CEO of Journey , a freight brokerage-focused recruiting, consulting, and training company. About Will Jenkins Will Jenkins is Founder and CEO of Journey, a transportation recruiting resource and community-based sales academy. Will has spent the past 15 years of his career building businesses and cultivating sales talent, having successfully hired and trained hundreds of sales professionals.

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Who’s Really in Your Supply Chain Network? 

Talking Logistics

There was a time when a business person’s Rolodex® was considered a treasure. Salesmen, PR agents, and many other professionals recorded names, addresses, phone numbers, and maybe fax numbers on 2 ¼” x 4” cards that were filed alphabetically on the wheel-shaped roll. For readers too young to know about this tool, it was first. Read more The post Who’s Really in Your Supply Chain Network?

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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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How Supply Chain Organizations are Leveraging Data Analytics to Improve Risk Management

Supply Chain Brain

Supply chain organizations that prioritize safety and risk management through data analytics, telematics, and newer equipment position themselves as competitive leaders.

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Four easy warehouse wins for your manufacturing or distribution business

SYSPRO Smarter ERP

Many manufacturers struggle to optimize warehouse productivity and attract skilled employees. Inefficient working conditions and manual work only worsen the problem. In fact, the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. put annual warehouse turnover rates at 43 percent. That’s where automation comes into play. An ERP system that incorporates a cutting-edge warehouse management system (WMS) can help you optimize processes, streamline workflows and decrease errors.

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The Advantage of Speed: The Cooper Health Supply Chain Relies Upon Real-time Risk Alerts

Logistics Viewpoints

Cooper University Health Care Relies Upon Real-time Alerts to Improve Operations Cooper University Health Care, like most companies, struggled with their supply chain during COVID. Cooper successfully coped with the crisis, but the high costs they had to pay for critical supplies and the late nights searching for those supplies convinced the organization that there had to be a better way.

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Roadcheck 2024: Inspectors' guidance on drugs and alcohol

Overdrive Online

A CVSA Roadside Inspection Specialist explains how to check tractor protection mechanisms in the air system, and what the drug and alcohol focus will mean, during 2024's Roadcheck blitz. It's scheduled for May 14-16.

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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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The B2B’s Final Mile with Steve Lopez

The Logistics of Logistics

Steve Lopez and Joe Lynch discuss B2B’s final mile. Steve is the Vice President of Partnerships at FRAYT , an on-demand, last mile delivery solution that enables businesses to meet their customers’ same-day expectations, comparable to Amazon’s level of service. About Steve Lopez Steve Lopez is a self-made entrepreneur and strategic thinker from North Texas.

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Labor Shortages: What Are the Challenges for Supply Chain and Logistics? 

Talking Logistics

Labor shortages were among the top supply chain challenges faced by companies during the Covid pandemic. In fact, back in January 2022, we had Chris Jones, Executive Vice President, Industry at Descartes Systems Group, on the program to discuss this problem in an episode titled, “The Labor Shortage Problem: Why It’s Bigger Than You Think.”. Read more The post Labor Shortages: What Are the Challenges for Supply Chain and Logistics?

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The Rise of the Reshoring Movement in the U.S.

Supply Chain Brain

Remnants of a COVID-disrupted supply chain, economic choppiness, and pressure to lower prices have backed manufacturers up against a wall, and forced them to reconsider their approach to offshoring production.

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GreenPower Appoints Monarch Truck Center as California Bay Area Dealer

NGT News

GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, has appointed Monarch Truck Center, a medium-duty truck dealer in the California Bay Area, as its commercial dealer serving the St. Clara, San Jose and Union City, California markets. As a dealer for GreenPower, Monarch will sell and rent/lease […] The post GreenPower Appoints Monarch Truck Center as California Bay Area Dealer appeared first on NGT Ne

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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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Walmart Lowers their Shipping Requirements, but their Suppliers Still Struggle

Logistics Viewpoints

Walmart is reducing its requirements that suppliers’ shipments to them arrive on-time in-full. Since September of 2020, 98% has been Walmart’s OTIF requirement. Beginning on February 1 st , the new OTIF targets became 90% for on-time and 95% for in-full. This was announced on the Retail Link portal for suppliers on January 30 th. Walmart’s On-Time In-Full initiative is a compliance measure designed to ensure that freight arrives at a Walmart store or distribution center when it was supposed to,

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New DOL rule on contractor/employee status: The legal perspective

Overdrive Online

Legal minds echo the overarching theme of owner-operators' own perspectives on the contractor status featured in Part 1 of this report -- that the control factor does/should weigh heavily. How the courts will interpret the rest is up in the air.

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Provinces must work together to monitor carrier safety fitness

Truck News

The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) feels it’s time provinces and territories work together to monitor the safety fitness of carriers across the country.

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