May, 2024

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How Supply Chain & Logistics Companies are Mitigating Labor Shortages

Logistics Viewpoints

In late 2023, Descartes conducted a survey of 1,000 supply chain and logistics decision-makers across North America and Europe across three sectors: manufacturing, distribution and retail; carriers; and logistics services providers. The study showed that the workforce problem is pervasive, with 76% of respondents indicating they are facing notable shortages.

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If An 18-Year-Old Truck Driver Comes to Pick Up Your Shipment

Talking Logistics

It appears that few carriers are interested in training and hiring truck drivers younger than 21 years old. But that is okay, because it also appears that not many young people are interested in becoming a truck driver anyway. As John Gallagher reported in FreightWaves last month, “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says only. Read more The post If An 18-Year-Old Truck Driver Comes to Pick Up Your Shipment appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Harvesting Success This Produce Season

Food Logistics

A carrier with a strong reputation, the latest technology and equipment, and the ability to scale will be the best partner to handle both the season’s opportunities and challenges.

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Recent Case Studies Highlight Weber’s Retail Logistics Expertise

West Coast and California Logistics

Weber Logistics continues to demonstrate excellence in retail logistics through its partnerships with leading brands. Weber’s work with Cuisinart Outdoors and Reduce Everyday illustrate how 3PL services are tailored to meet their diverse needs of clients, ensuring efficiency, scalability, and superior customer satisfaction.

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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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Nearshoring on the Rise: Navigating the Shift in EU Sourcing Trends

Supply Chain Brain

A shift to shorter supply chains not only helps manage the unpredictability of costs, but also strengthens supply chain resilience by reducing dependency on distant suppliers.

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The Role of AI in Logistics: Getting Beyond Hope and Hype

Supply Chain Brain

The actual experience of many logistics and other business executives suggests that artificial intelligence remains more a subject of hope and hype than a practical tool in everyday use.

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Broker group takes on trucking's crime epidemic, double brokers

Overdrive Online

Brokers and their trade group, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, are feeling the heat from freight fraudsters and pushing new laws and tactics to fight back. They hope carriers and shippers alike take up arms with them.

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The Essential List of Logistics Acronyms and Abbreviations for Retailers

Locus

If there is one industry that continues to scale robustly, it is Retail. A recent survey forecasts that retail sales will soar to $32.76 trillion by 2026, surpassing the current GDP of all European Union member states combined. As retailers prepare to navigate this vast sea of potential sales, understanding the intricate world of logistics becomes imperative to streamline operations and enhance efficiency.

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Is China’s Role in Your Supply Chain Increasing or Decreasing?

Talking Logistics

As reported by Paul Wiseman on February 7th, “For the first time in more than two decades, Mexico [in 2023] surpassed China as the leading source of goods imported by the United States.” This news prompted us to ask members of our Indago supply chain research community — who are all supply chain and logistics. Read more The post Is China’s Role in Your Supply Chain Increasing or Decreasing?

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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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Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD): Addressing the Entire Value Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Following 45 days of negotiations, the European Council approved a watered-down version of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. The EU CSDDD has had a difficult journey, facing delays, changes, and hurdles to overcome. Nonetheless, the direction of travel of European governments is clear: companies need to do more to identify their exposure to unethical practices, human rights abuses, and significant adverse environmental issues , across their value chain.

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Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers Award: Truckstop Named Overall Top 3PL Winner

Food Logistics

Truckstop was named the overall Top 3PL winner for Food Logistics’ 2024 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers award.

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Diversifying Beyond China: An Imperative for Global Supply Chain Resilience

Supply Chain Brain

With supply chains facing increasing complexities and risks, a “China Plus One” sourcing strategy has emerged as crucial for businesses operating on a worldwide scale.

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Who is really hauling all the cheap freight? Truckers weigh in

Overdrive Online

What's behind all the cut-rate freight? Foreign carriers evading taxes? A government subsidy scheme? Clueless carriers headed for the poor house? Overdrive readers weigh in.

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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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Two Transit Agencies Order South Dakota’s First Propane-Fueled Buses

NGT News

Two South Dakota transit agencies — People’s Transit in Huron and Prairie Hills Transit in Spearfish — unveiled their first orders of safe, environmentally friendly and economical buses fueled with propane autogas. “Prairie Hills Transit is on the cutting edge of public transit operation with these new propane buses and the first propane fueling infrastructure […] The post Two Transit Agencies Order South Dakota’s First Propane-Fueled Buses appeared first on NGT News.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (May 17, 2024)

Talking Logistics

60 cents. That is all that is separating my son from his college diploma. I received an invoice from Cornell University this week for 60 cents. After paying them a ridiculous $$$,$$$ of my hard-earned money over the past four years, they still want some of the spare change I have in my car. I’m. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (May 17, 2024) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Lucas Systems is more than a Voice Vendor; They are a Warehouse Optimization Solution

Logistics Viewpoints

Lucas Systems Offers Warehouse Optimization Warehouse management systems, once known as supply chain execution systems, have evolved significantly. They have transitioned from mere work executors to planning solutions with optimization capabilities. This transformation was brought about by the incorporation of algorithms that enhanced worker productivity.

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Happening Now: Supply Chain Prominence Brings Greater Scrutiny

West Coast and California Logistics

As the role of supply chains has become more prominent in organizational strategy, their leaders are now more integral to and influential within the C-suite. According to Supply Chain Management Review , however, this increased importance has led to greater scrutiny in several areas, including spending, customer experience, and regulatory compliance.

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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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The Trends That Are Driving a Surge in Manufacturing M&A Deals

Supply Chain Brain

With inflation and interest rates easing, manufacturing investment is on the rise. Several large manufacturers have said they plan to increase capital investments and merger and acquisition deal-making in 2024.

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May 21, 2024 Update

Freightos

Blog " * " indicates required fields Email * Phone This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. More Resources Home May 21, 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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May 2024 Freight Market Update

Trinity Logistics

Stay up to date on the latest information on conditions impacting the freight market, curated by Trinity Logistics through our Freightwaves Sonar subscription. FREIGHT VOLUMES ARE ACTUALLY UP It seems much of the news clippings have been around freight rates and how they remain suppressed. One could jump to the conclusion that this is a result of freight volumes being down.

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Labor Shortages: What Are Supply Chain and Logistics Companies Doing to Survive the Challenge?

Talking Logistics

Chris Jones, Executive Vice President, Industry at Descartes Systems Group, has been our guest on Talking Logistics several times to discuss the various challenges associated with labor shortages. In a January 2022 episode we discussed, “The Labor Shortage Problem: Why It’s Bigger Than You Think.” A couple of months ago Chris shared insights from a.

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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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Global Trade Compliance (GTC): A Beginner’s Guide

Logistics Viewpoints

Global Trade Compliance ( GTC ) solutions automate and streamline processes related to customs and regulatory compliance. GTC solutions automate the discovery, creation, retention, analysis, and communication of information about international supply chains that is of importance to customs and other government authorities responsible for regulation and taxation of cross-border trade.

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New bill would let FMCSA fine double brokers $10,000

Overdrive Online

A bipartisan bill introduced in the house would "hold FMCSA's feet to the fire" in push against fraudsters bleeding $800M a year out of the trucking industry.

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Outpacing Disruption by Regionalizing Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

Gartner predicts that by 2028, 70% of companies will adopt regionally diversified supply chain models to improve network resiliency in the face of ongoing global disruptions.

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Happening Now: A sharp spike in container shipping demand

West Coast and California Logistics

According to the JOC , the container shipping market has experienced an unexpected sharp spike in demand, which seems to be an early start to the peak season. This early rush may be driven by shippers' fears of disruptions from labor negotiations on the US East Coast, or due to rerouting services around Africa.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Transportation Industry

Artificial intelligence has quickly become a feature of everyday life: Using face ID to unlock a phone, communicating with online chatbots, and letting “smart” appliances help manage our homes are just a few of the ways that we interact with AI regularly. Forward-looking businesses are also using AI to transform their operations and gain a competitive edge.

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Cemex Will Power 39 Trucks with RNG from Clean Energy Fuels

NGT News

Building materials provider Cemex and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. have reached a new fueling agreement to provide ultra-clean renewable natural gas (RNG) to power 39 of Cemex US’s ready-mix and cement bulk trucks in Southern California. Cemex’s collaboration with Clean Energy is the latest addition to its lower-carbon fuels portfolio for its California fleet.

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Saturday Night Live Skit About Fast Fashion: Would You Stop Buying It?

Talking Logistics

As reported last week by BBC Business reporter Charlotte Edwards,“Workers for some suppliers of Chinese fast fashion giant Shein are still working 75 hours a week, despite the company promising to improve conditions, a report [by Swiss advocacy group Public Eye] suggests.” Here’s an excerpt from the BBC article: According to the group, who interviewed.

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The National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy and Plans to Decarbonize Transportation in the US

Logistics Viewpoints

In March 2024, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation released the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy , which aims to decarbonize and advance zero-emission freight along the United States main shipping corridors. This plan’s goal is to advance the deployment of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (ZE-MHDVs) and the infrastructure needed to enable ubiquitous access to charging and hydrogen refueling along our nation’s prominent freight corridors.