December, 2023

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Happening Now: Optimistic signs for 2024 Transportation Market

West Coast and California Logistics

According to FreightWaves , the gap between trucking supply and demand is narrowing, which bodes well for 2024. Tender volumes are about 10% higher this December compared to last, continuing the trend of increasing demand that started last winter.

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5 Warehouse Automation Trends You Should Know in 2024

Cyzerg

Warehouse automation is a trending market because it is a critical driver of efficiency and productivity in the logistics and supply chain industry. Especially when customer expectations are at their highest, the adoption of warehouse automation is a cornerstone for success. In this blog post, we'll delve into why warehouse automation is needed, the automation trends most likely to be adopted, and the challenges in adopting automation.

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2023 Recap – Through the Lens of Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

As 2023 comes to a close, we look to the events that took place this year to help us prepare for bringing in the new year. Much like the last five years, 2023 brought significant challenges for the various players in our global supply chain — from labor strikes, continued port congestion and more — Read more The post 2023 Recap – Through the Lens of Supply Chain appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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3 Strategies for Shippers to Combat Rising Freight Fraud

Talking Logistics

As supply chains go digital, bad actors are evolving their fraudulent tactics. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated remote work and digital transformation across industries — driving efficiencies but also leaving vulnerabilities. In logistics, those vulnerabilities are particularly glaring given how quickly the industry had to transition to online processes.

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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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Smart Glasses in the Warehouse with Paul Travers

The Logistics of Logistics

Paul Travers and Joe Lynch discuss smart glasses in the warehouse. Paul is the Founder and CEO of Vuzix , a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the enterprise, medical, defense and consumer markets. About Paul Travers Paul Travers is the founder of Vuzix and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1997 and as a member of the Board of Directors since November 1997.

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State of the Industry: Top 10 Trends to Shape Cold Food Chain in 2024

Food Logistics

With the help of some supply chain visibility, sustainable measures, more focus on people and the ability to pivot at a moment’s notice, 2024 is anyone’s and everyone’s game to succeed.

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7 Automated Warehouse Picking Technologies to Boost Accuracy

Cyzerg

Automated warehouse picking technologies are solutions to the warehouse manager’s quest for greater accuracy and efficiency. Traditional manual picking, while once the norm, poses challenges that can hinder optimal performance. From the inevitability of human errors to the constraints of reduced speed and efficiency, the need for a transformative solution has never been more pressing.

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The Warehouse Execution System: A New Competitive Imperative

Logistics Viewpoints

In today’s fast-paced, hyper-competitive, omni-channel world, warehouses play a critical role in maximizing service and fulfilling the ambitious customer promises that are required today. Warehouses also represent an enormous cost center. Companies annually spend about $325 billion on warehousing — and 85% of that cost goes to operating expenses that include labor, space and equipment.

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Effective Supply Chain Planning Is All In The Data

Talking Logistics

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and we were headed to one of our favorite weekend getaway destinations. My plan to get there was pretty straightforward; I knew the best route and all the usual traffic patterns, so we set out on what should have been a two-hour drive. Four hours later, we finally arrived, Read more The post Effective Supply Chain Planning Is All In The Data appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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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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Container Lines Rerouting Ships Away From Suez Canal in Response to Red Sea Missile Attacks

Supply Chain Brain

Every major commercial shipping line is rerouting vessels away from the Suez Canal in response to the recent series of missile attacks by Houthi militants in the Red Sea.

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Running a 3PL RFP: 8 Mistakes To Avoid

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Reliable order fulfillment is a linchpin of customer satisfaction for online sellers. Orders that are late, wrong or damaged can lose you a customer for life. That’s why selecting a reliable 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) provider can be such a pivotal decision. And the search process for the right partner often starts with a 3PL RFP, or Request for Proposal. 3PL RFPs for order fulfillment services require careful planning.

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Top 10 Trends to Shape Cold Food Chain in 2024

Food Logistics

With the help of some supply chain visibility, sustainable measures, more focus on people and the ability to pivot at a moment’s notice, 2024 is anyone’s and everyone’s game to succeed.

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Broker transparency fight rages as FMCSA investigates TQL

Overdrive Online

FMCSA speaks up after "misstatements" about TQL being raided or "compelled" to provide rate transparency after a pitched battle with Florida hauler Dakota Springfields.

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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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2024 Supply Chain Predictions – Relative Stability and a Migration to the Mean

Logistics Viewpoints

The end of the calendar year is sure to bring about predictions about the year ahead. Media sources are filled with prognostication. And Logistics Viewpoints has a history of its own supply chain predictions for the year ahead. My colleagues and I will likely publish a detailed list of predictions related to supply chain operations and technology. But today I would like to take a moment to review recent changes in supply chain barometers and apply a positive perspective on what these indicators

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Top 10 Talking Logistics Posts in 2023 (Plus Indago & Other Highlights)

Talking Logistics

I’ve always said, if you’re in supply chain management, you’re in the risk management business. You have your typical risks, like natural disasters and labor strikes, with the latter becoming more prevalent this past year. As reported by Kate Bronfenbrenner in the Wall Street Journal, “As of Oct. 31, there were 354 strikes in 2023. Read more The post Top 10 Talking Logistics Posts in 2023 (Plus Indago & Other Highlights) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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AI Technology Ensures Supply Chain Integrity Beyond the Holidays

Supply Chain Brain

By adopting AI technology to analyze critical enterprise-wide contract data and gain insights into supplier practices, companies can identify red flags and deviations from compliance standards

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New York Schools Begin Ordering GreenPower Nano BEAST Buses

NGT News

GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, has received its first orders for the Type A Nano BEAST school bus for the New York market. The Nano BEAST is on the New […] The post New York Schools Begin Ordering GreenPower Nano BEAST Buses appeared first on NGT News.

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Mastering Order Management: Backorders & Out-of-Stock Inventory

The unfortunate truth is that you will always have low stock and backorder issues with your supply chain. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared to handle them. This brief video explores some of the primary drivers of inventory issues – and how modern technology and best practices can mitigate these issues and ensure a superb customer experience.

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2024: the Year of the Rabbit

Food Logistics

Here’s to a Year of Longevity, Peace and Prosperity. Here’s to a Year of Rebuilding Supply Chains and Embracing New Relationships. Here’s to Hope.

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Overdrive reveals Trucker of the Year finalists for 2023

Overdrive Online

With the announcement of three finalists for our 2023 award, Overdrive also officially opens the nomination period for the 2024 Trucker of the Year award. Pulling tanks, RGNs and hoppers, dry vans and more: Find which owners came out at the top here.

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The Coolest Supply Chain Boutique Consultants

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve completed research on supply chain planning (SCP) boutiques. My colleague Clint Reiser has completed a study on warehouse management system (WMS) boutiques. We are teaming up to bring you the coolest supply chain boutiques, listed alphabetically, that we identified through those studies. What is a boutique? A boutique is a small, regionally focused system integration and consulting firm.

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Bringing Together Supply Chain and Logistics Collaboration with Business Networks

Talking Logistics

As we head into 2024, it’s important to remember (and apply!) the important lessons learned from the past few years, especially those in response to the Covid pandemic. One of the key lessons learned is the importance of creating a resilient supply chain. As the authors of a July 2021 Boston Consulting Group article state, Read more The post Bringing Together Supply Chain and Logistics Collaboration with Business Networks appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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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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White House Hosts First Meeting of Supply Chain Resilience Council

Supply Chain Brain

While most supply chain disruptions have dissipated, continued challenges led to the White House giving supply chains another bump in the news cycle with its inaugural meeting of the Council on Supply Chain Resilience.

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Q4 2023 Shipper Rate Report In Partnership with FreightWaves

Blue Grace Logistics

Q4 2023 Shipper Rate Report Q4 2023 Shipper Rate Report The Shipper Rate Report , a collaborative effort between FreightWaves , BlueGrace Logistics , and U.S. Bank , offering a comprehensive analysis of freight shipping rates. This recurring publication serves as an invaluable resource for shippers, carriers, and logistics professionals, providing data-driven insights into the dynamic landscape of the transportation industry.

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GreenPower Delivers Four Electric Buses to West Virginia School Districts

NGT News

GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, has delivered four all-electric, purpose-built Type A Nano BEAST school buses to Cabell, Clay, Monongalia and Kanawha counties in West Virginia. The deliveries followed the rollout of the first manufactured all-electric school buses from the company’s South Charleston manufacturing […] The post GreenPower Delivers Four Electric Buses to West Vir

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The sharp 1985 KW K100 of Twin Pine Farm: 'Limited Mileage' king

Overdrive Online

The truck works, though its miles look more like those of a suburban commuter than an over-the-road trucker. Operator Matt Bankert's logged just 80,000 in nine years of farm work with the cabover, powered by a fully mechanical Caterpillar.

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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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Editor’s Choice: A Cybersecurity Planning Framework

Logistics Viewpoints

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from Patrick Byers, DevOps Engineer at Lucas Systems, and looks at cybersecurity planning frameworks. It is important to have a robust incident response plan in place for your distribution operation in the event of a cybersecurity breach.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (December 15, 2023)

Talking Logistics

Did you know that there is an Excel World Championship — “the Olympics of competitive ‘spreadsheeting’?” I didn’t until I read about it in the Wall Street Journal this week. As Robert McMillan reported: Thrills were off the charts at the main tournament, where rivals battled for the Excel championship over three 30-minute sessions that. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (December 15, 2023) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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How Generative AI Promises to Transform Procurement

Supply Chain Brain

As the landscape of supply chains grows increasingly complex and data-driven, the role of artificial intelligence becomes more critical in streamlining procurement processes.