January, 2024

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Crack the Last-Mile Logistics Puzzle With the Latest in Technology

Supply Chain Brain

While numerous applications are available for optimizing a variety of logistics functions, the first- and last-mile segments are proving to be especially complex, generating significant costs for shippers and carriers.

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5G Holds Great Promise Across the Supply Chain, but Challenges Remain

Logistics Viewpoints

5G promises high bandwidth, low latency, and massive IoT device connectivity. For industry, the ability to better connect machines, objects, and devices is what is driving excitement for this technology. Patrick Arnold, a research analyst at ARC Advisory Group, says that suppliers of industrial solutions are responding by investing in new product design and incorporating 5G into their portfolios. “5G” is the 5th generation mobile network.

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Generative AI in Supply Chain: How It Impacts Your Logistics

Trinity Logistics

Businesses constantly seek innovative solutions for their supply chains to streamline operations, reduce costs, and enhance customer experience. Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen AI) offers promises to fulfill those exact wishes. But can it do just that? I’m going to answer that question for you as well as offer some practical insights into how you should be implementing Generative AI in your supply chain.

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How much money are freight brokers really making from truckers?

Overdrive Online

DAT's Ken Adamo tries to show that brokers take, on average, less than 15% of any load's full payment, but many owner-ops don't buy it as some even question the motives and tools running freight tech.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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5 Key Elements for a Fleet Safety Program

Linxup

Keeping your fleet safe is important, no matter how big or small your field service or delivery business is. Having a solid company fleet safety plan helps lower the chances of accidents, injuries, lawsuits, and financial losses. But it doesn't stop there. A thoughtful, and well-implemented fleet safety plan makes your business more efficient, productive, and respected.

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Supply Chain New Year’s Resolutions: Things to STOP Doing in 2024

Talking Logistics

Back in 2017, I wrote a post highlighting four things supply chain and logistics professionals should stop doing in the new year. Since those things still apply today, I am resharing them again below. I also added a couple of more things to stop doing in 2024 and beyond. Recommendations from 2017 that still apply. Read more The post Supply Chain New Year’s Resolutions: Things to STOP Doing in 2024 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Tesla Semis Don’t Have Full Autopilot (and That’s a Very Good Thing)

Logistics Viewpoints

The much-delayed Tesla Semi has finally hit the road. The Semi started its first consumer deliveries in 2022. The vehicles have only been delivered to one customer – PepsiCo. Since then, the PepsiCo’s Tesla Semi fleet has grown to almost 100 vehicles. The Tesla Semi is a battery electric Class 8 semi-truck built by Tesla. Unlike Tesla’s electric cars the Semi does not support an upgrade to Enhanced Autopilot.

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Five Stops on a Road Map to the ‘Perfect Order’

Supply Chain Brain

Companies planning longer-term fulfillment strategies for growth and resilience will need direction in reaching "order and delivery excellence," allowing them to move beyond siloed operations.

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Stellantis Pro One Adds Mid-Size, Large Vans to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lineup

NGT News

The Stellantis Pro One commercial vehicle lineup has expanded its production capabilities of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with in-house production starting immediately on both mid-size and large van offers in Hordain (France) and Gliwice (Poland), respectively, boosting the company’s zero-emissions offerings. The extended lineup and increased in-house, industrial scale production of fuel cell vans helps […] The post Stellantis Pro One Adds Mid-Size, Large Vans to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lineup a

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Rethinking Direct Materials Sourcing: The Tools You Need To Manage Costs, Risks and Sustainability

Direct materials sourcing is evolving, with procurement now tasked not only with cost efficiency but managing sustainability and risk management. The environment is marked by heightened demand and expectations, compounded by challenges such as rising input prices, supply chain disruptions and geopolitical tensions. While some embrace cutting-edge tools like AI and blockchain for global trade functions, others lag in technology adoption.

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Court says sleeper berth time over 8 hours is compensable

Commercial Carrier Journal

The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a previous ruling that, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, team drivers should be paid for time spent in the sleeper berth beyond 8 hours because time spent there is to the benefit of the employer.

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State troopers indicted in CDL test bribery scheme

Overdrive Online

Massachusetts State Police indicted in scheme to give "horrible, brain dead" CDL applicants a pass in exchange for cash, bottled waters, a new snowblower, and even a driveway paving job.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (January 12, 2024)

Talking Logistics

We got our first snow of the season last Sunday. Not too much, about 4 inches. Two days later, more than 2 inches of rain fell, as the temperature climbed above 50F. Snow is all gone, just mud and puddles left behind. Winters in Boston are not what they used to be. — Moving on, Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (January 12, 2024) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 6 – 12)

Logistics Viewpoints

This was a very interesting week as we saw a number of long-lasting partnerships come to an end. As a New England Patriots fan, this season was certainly disappointing, as everything seemed to go wrong, except for landing a top-3 draft pick in 2024. In a move that was not surprising, but still seems so wrong, the Patriots and legendary coach Bill Belichick mutually agreed to part ways.

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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 AI and Automation Are Poised to Revolutionize the Supply Chain Industry

Supply Chain Brain

In the last few years, the growing sophistication of artificial intelligence has brought unprecedented levels of precision, efficiency and innovation to supply chain management.

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Red Sea and Suez Canal Shipping Crisis Update

Freightos

Blog " * " indicates required fields Email * Comments This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. More Resources Home Red Sea and Suez Canal Shipping Crisis Update Judah Levine Optimize your logistics tendering, vendor selection, negotiations, and procurement with Freightos Data Book a Demo Even with an international naval force in place, Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea continue.

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Solaris Will Provide 19 Hydrogen-Powered Buses to Essen, Germany

NGT News

European hydrogen bus manufacturer Solaris has signed a contract with German operator Ruhrbahn GmbH to supply 19 zero-emission, hydrogen-powered buses to the city of Essen. The vehicles will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells that generate electricity on board, and advanced ADAS safety systems. These vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025, marking […] The post Solaris Will Provide 19 Hydrogen-Powered Buses to Essen, Germany appeared first on NGT News.

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Happening Now: West Coast imports expected to surge

West Coast and California Logistics

According to The Loadstar , US West Coast ports are anticipating a surge in imports due to a combination of supply chain and geopolitical disruptions. These disruptions include transit difficulties through the Panama and Suez canals, and concerns at East Coast ports related to ongoing labor contract negotiations.

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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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Supply Chain Software In The Cloud

Talking Logistics

Cloud-based software applications (also referred to as “software-as-a-service”) have been available for many years, although their adoption has varied by company and application type, especially in the supply chain realm. How receptive is your company to using cloud-based supply chain software? We asked members of our Indago supply chain research community — who are all.

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6 Ways AI Empowers End-to-End Decision Automation in Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

As a child, I was mesmerized by beauty pageants, especially Miss World, where women from all around the world strutted in gorgeous fashion. I vividly remember the moments when the top winners declared their lofty goals for humanity: solving world hunger! Since the emergence of AI as the shiny object of our times, we see similar grandiosity: that AI will solve world hunger.

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Increase Picking Density with Mezzanines, Pick Towers, and Automation

Supply Chain Brain

Warehouse operators can increase the density of their pick operations by installing pick towers and mezzanines within their current facilities, boosting throughput inside their existing building.

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Navigating Uncharted Waters: SMB Importers, 2024 and Red Sea Crisis Lessons

Freightos

Blog " * " indicates required fields Email * Phone This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. More Resources Home Navigating Uncharted Waters: SMB Importers, 2024 and Red Sea Crisis Lessons Eytan Buchman January 16, 2024 Optimize your logistics tendering, vendor selection, negotiations, and procurement with Freightos Data Book a Demo Intro: Playing Dice with the High Seas In 2021 and 2022, supply chains regularly made the headlines, as supplies of basic necessiti

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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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GreenPower Delivers 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to Canadian Upfitter

NGT News

GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles, delivered 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis at the end of the 2023 fourth quarter. “GreenPower delivered 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to the Canadian unit of a global retailer who will upfit the vehicles for fulfillment of […] The post GreenPower Delivers 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to Canadian Upfitter appeared first on NGT News.

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5 advantages of partnering with a regional truckload services provider

West Coast and California Logistics

When you’re shipping freight within a region of the US, you have options for the type of carrier you partner with. You can work with one of the large long-haul carriers that operate nationwide. Or you can work with a regional carrier that specializes in your chosen region. In this article, we’ll examine regional truckload services and the many advantages you can gain by working with a regional carrier.

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Robin Hutcheson resigning from FMCSA Administrator role

Overdrive Online

FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson is resigning from her post, effective Jan. 26, after having led the agency as acting administrator and later administrator since January 2022.

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Top 15 Logistics Stories of 2023

Logistics Viewpoints

Often times at Logistics Viewpoints, we like to look to the future and highlight the key trends that we see in a given market, or make predictions about what technologies will emerge as game changers in the new year. Just last week, my colleague Clint Reiser wrote an article about the top logistics and supply chain conferences to attend in 2024. While we look ahead to the future, I think it is also important to look back on the year that was.

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Exploring the Advantages and Hurdles of Direct Store Deliveries

Direct Store Delivery, or DSD, is a common practice among global suppliers and retailers – like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, CVS, and Dollar General – and its popularity is growing, with the global DSD market expected to reach $1.19 trillion by 2027. Download this eBook for exclusive insights into direct store deliveries, challenges, benefits, and future trends.

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USDOT Provides Update on Transportation Infrastructure Improvements

Supply Chain Brain

The National Roadway Safety Strategy showed that roadway safety planning improved for over 70% of the U.S. population while funding for safety improvements went towards 4,515 intersections.

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January 30, 2024 Update

Freightos

Blog " * " indicates required fields Email * Email This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. More Resources Home January 30, 2024 Update The Freightos Weekly Update helps you stay on top of the latest developments in international freight by giving you the rundown on the latest economic data, ocean and air demand trends, rate data – and anything else impacting the market.

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Revoy EV Quickly Converts Diesel Trucks into Hybrids

NGT News

Revoy, a simple solution to decarbonize trucking, has launched the Revoy EV, an add-on for fleets that enables an easy transition to full electric vehicle without alterations to trucks or trailers. Pioneering a new sector of commercial trucking EV solutions, Revoy’s technology improves fuel efficiency from 6–8 mpg to 20–35 or more mpg, representing a […] The post Revoy EV Quickly Converts Diesel Trucks into Hybrids appeared first on NGT News.

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