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Sales Literature Management: 5 Reports to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Inventory

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

As we all continue to adjust to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, we’re finding new ways to work and connect with each other. For most of us, that means working from home, canceling events like trade shows, and foregoing most in-person contact. Marketing Fulfillment

Will Blockchain Lead the Next Technology Renaissance?

Logistics Trends and Insights

As the world spirals into a global recession, those companies that have embraced innovative technologies will be those that will lead during and after the economic downturn. Furthermore, much like recessions of at least the past forty years, emergence from such downturns will lead to a technology renaissance. Will blockchain lead this renaissance? A recent World Economic Forum paper believes so.

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As Retailers Eye Last-Mile Strategies, They Launch BOPIS to Neutralize Costs


Many retailers have implemented buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) strategies without realizing it. Although the name invokes the fears of coding and advanced systems, it refers to the process of buying a product online and picking it up in the store, i.e., BOPIS. This concept gives supply chains a non-traditional means of fulfilling orders More.

How the Trucking Industry Deals with COVID-19

Food Logistics

Fortunately, trade continues to flow despite the economies of both countries, not to mention the rest of the world. Transportation

Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020

Our recent supply chain planning survey showed that only 17% of organizations place considerable effort on innovation. For most, firefighting is the norm. But to succeed in today’s business landscape and recover quickly from disruptions, you need to carefully balance operational excellence with innovation for long-term growth. Get insights in this Gartner report to find out where to invest and what you should adopt as standard business practices.

Will This COVID-19 Pandemic Change Supply Chains Forever?

Talking Logistics

Even before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the novel coronavirus was already disrupting the global supply chain. On a daily basis we get reports about the healthcare crisis impacting business processes, consumer habits, and the worldwide economy. Without a doubt, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on most of. Read more Will This COVID-19 Pandemic Change Supply Chains Forever? The post Will This COVID-19 Pandemic Change Supply Chains Forever?

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4 Key Considerations for Choosing a Chemical Storage Facility

West Coast and California Logistics

Finding the right chemical storage facility for your products is an involved process. You’re not only looking for a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that can comply with all regulatory requirements, you’re looking for a partner that truly knows your product and can fit seamlessly into your existing supply chain. In this article, we’ll try to simplify the sourcing process and identify the top 4 factors you’ll need to consider when finding the right chemical 3PL partner.

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Toyota Kata: What If There Is No Takt Time?

The Lean Thinker

At KataCon 2020, Steve Medland posed a problem that comes up fairly often: The default Toyota Kata process analysis (“grasp the current condition”) involves determining takt times and cycle times for the process, and a lot of processes don’t have an obvious repeating cadence. If the coach insists on determining takt time with a beginner learner at this point, the result can be confusion and frustration.

Amazon Fulfilled Vs. Seller Fulfilled:  Which Option Is Best for You?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Remember when there was only one game in town for companies that wanted to become Amazon Prime sellers? It started with the words “Fulfillment” and ended with the words “by Amazon.”. But since 2015, there’s been another way for businesses like yours to enjoy all the perks of being a Prime-certified seller. Alternatives to Amazon FBA Fulfillment Operations Seller Fulfilled Prime

Corona Damages Mechanical Engineering Supply Chains

Logistics Viewpoints

The mechanical engineering industry is feeling the consequences of the corona pandemic with increasing force. A very recent survey by VDMA, the German association for the mechanical engineering industry, was answered by 965 member companies and clearly shows this. The share of companies whose operations are affected rose from 60 to 84 percent within two weeks.

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The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

Key Focus Areas for Expediting Procurement

SIPMM Professional Publications

Expediting purchases in inbound logistics is normal but it is painful for many companies who use this approach. Typical reasons for expediting are potential delay on contractual delivery dates, damage products, supplier product upgrade and most importantly, client’s critical specification.The reality of business life is defined as Expediting. Delays brought about by human and non-human […].

Insights: Contracts Are Overrated In Maritime

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here is an interesting article about the questionable value of contracts. Do they make any situation more complex and less dependent on trust? Absolutely. And especially since many business people are expert at getting out of contracts that looked good … Continue reading → Leadership Logistics Strategy Supply Chains contracts ocean shipping

Last Mile Delivery Service: The Renewed Focus on the Last Mile During Disruption


What is the most important step in logistics? Is it the first moment when order goes through to a warehouse, resulting in the tech from a warehouse worker? Or, does it involve the tendering of a shipment to get the customer order to the final destination on time? These questions reflect the importance of More. The post Last Mile Delivery Service: The Renewed Focus on the Last Mile During Disruption appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Editor’s Choice: BluJay Solutions Freight Market Index

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 week, we look at BluJay Solutions’ Freight Market Index. As we all find ourselves in uncharted territory with the COVID-19 pandemic, data is as critical as ever to making smart decisions. Even more important is data in context. Our April 2020 Freight Market Index report will show America’s […].

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How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

Essential Factors for Successful Supplier Selection

SIPMM Professional Publications

The purchasing function can have an overwhelming impact on the bottom line of an organization. The purchasing department helps to maintain the financial health of organizations by procuring goods and services that meet operational needs and keep operations moving smoothly while providing the highest value. Selecting suppliers is one of the critical aspects of the […].

Preparing Your Data for AI, Blockchain, and Other Emerging Technologies

Talking Logistics

One of the biggest mistakes companies often make is chasing after the next, new shiny technology application without first clearly defining the business problem or opportunity they’re looking to address — and without first getting their data in order. Why do companies still struggle with data quality management? How do you get over the change. Read more Preparing Your Data for AI, Blockchain, and Other Emerging Technologies.

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Quick Tips for Optimizing Loading and Unloading Operations


The demand for package delivery continues to grow as consumers do more of their shopping online. At the same time, the supply chain is increasingly moving toward just-in-time delivery, meaning logistics companies have less room for error. The loading dock is at the heart of any distribution center, and optimizing loading and unloading is essential More. The post Quick Tips for Optimizing Loading and Unloading Operations appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

A Very Agile Supply Chain: The Inside Story of AGCO’s Response to COVID-19

Logistics Viewpoints

AGCO is a supply chain success story. This is the inside story of AGCO's response to the pandemic and how they developed such an agile supply chain. Agility does not just happen. This global manufacturer of agricultural equipment began their journey to improved supply chain resiliency in 2004. The post A Very Agile Supply Chain: The Inside Story of AGCO’s Response to COVID-19 appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Risk Management supply chain resiliency

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Railroads are keeping goods rolling amid COVID-19 pandemic

Logistics Management

While United States motor carriers have received a well-deserved amount of praise over the last six weeks, of the COVID-19 pandemic, by moving freight such as medical supplies, PPE equipment and gear, groceries, and other essential goods, another mode of freight transportation, namely railroads, have also gone above and beyond in helping and aiding Americans in various ways

[Podcast] The Impact of COVID-19 on Transportation Networks

Talking Logistics

Earlier this month, I was a guest on Manhattan Associates’ Nucleus of Innovation, a retail and supply chain podcast series “where we tackle some of the most important topics in the industry and learn how leaders are managing their supply chain challenges every day.” I was joined by Gregg Lanyard, Transportation Product Director at Manhattan. Read more [Podcast] The Impact of COVID-19 on Transportation Networks.

Methodologies for Construction Procurement

SIPMM Professional Publications

The procurement function in the construction industry has resisted change for many decades. But in recent years, new trends have proven a force to be reckoned with, as many organizations begin adopting and embracing new strategies in a bid to stay competitive. We explore current methods that are in practice and also the new wave […]. The post Methodologies for Construction Procurement appeared first on SIPMM | Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management.

What does a freight broker do to add value for shippers?

Bulk Connection

From working with a carrier directly to using online load boards, there are more options than ever to help shippers put their freight in motion. Yet, the advantages of using one of the most tried and true of these options, the freight broker, may be largely unknown to some shippers.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

ShipChain and Distichain Announce Partnership to Facilitate Global Trade


ShipChain, the blockchain-based logistics company, today announced a new partnership with the B2B e-commerce platform provider Distichain to help small- and medium-sized businesses access global markets.

[Video] The Digitization Of Customer Order Channels

Talking Logistics

Gary Neights, Senior Director, Product Management at Elemica, discusses the digitization of customer order channels. Podcast version (click to play): The post [Video] The Digitization Of Customer Order Channels appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Gary Neights, Senior Director, Product Management at Elemica, discusses the digitization of customer order channels.

Key Considerations for Green Procurement Practices

SIPMM Professional Publications

Having green procurement in place in the food and beverage industry will positively impact the environment as well as human health. Waste that are not well managed will resort to dumping and open burning. Hence, everyone should adopt green procurement practices to curb further waste growth.As the rise in demand for food and beverage goods […]. The post Key Considerations for Green Procurement Practices appeared first on SIPMM | Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management.

How 3PLs Prepare For & Deal with COVID-19

Food Logistics

Fortunately, trade continues to flow despite the economies of both countries, not to mention the rest of the world. 3PL/4PL


The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!