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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prepare Now to Navigate the ‘Storm Clouds’ in Transportation Management

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a research report published recently, “Transportation Pulse Report 2024 – Prepare for Dark Clouds on the Horizon.” The research, conducted by Adelante SCM and commissioned by Transporeon, highlights several supply chain and logistics trends that will impact and transform the industry in the years ahead and why.

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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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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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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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Labor unions' rise in trucking seen as unlikely

Commercial Carrier Journal

Despite some union wins in trucking last year, the remote nature of the driver force is problematic and Yellow's demise serves as a cautionary tale.

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Happening Now: a Lean transformation in action

West Coast and California Logistics

A recent article from Supply Chain Digest was written in conjunction with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). The article focuses on the Lean transformation recently undertaken by aerospace manufacturer, Re:Build Cutting Dynamics – a transformation which has already yielded impressive results.

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Supply Chains in the 5G Era: A Paradigm Shift in Connectivity

Supply Chain Brain

The combination of low latency, high bandwidth, massive device connectivity, reliability, and other factors makes 5G technology well-suited for various automation and virtual-enabled technologies across industries.