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Collaborative Logistics is the Only Way Forward for the Industry


Collaborative logistics is the future (and the now) of successful, risk-managed logistics and supply chain management. There is no greater demand than what market forces, competitors, and Black Swan supply chain events 3PLs and freight brokers have to meet the challenges shippers face. Carriers are struggling to remain profitable. The industry is dealing with More.

Weathering the COVID-19 Crisis: The Role of Market Intelligence and Transportation Management Systems

Talking Logistics

Transportation professionals are used to dealing with exceptions, as well as navigating the ebbs and flows of the transportation market. But the current COVID-19 crisis, to borrow a phrase from the movie Spinal Tap, turns the dial to 11. How are shippers weathering this current crisis? How are they using transportation management systems and market. Read more Weathering the COVID-19 Crisis: The Role of Market Intelligence and Transportation Management Systems.

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Because They Said So:  The Challenge of Retail Compliance

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

There are some books that we all enjoy reading. There are others that we have to read, whether we want to or not. Retailers’ routing guides and vendor manuals definitely fit into that second category. Multi Channel Fulfillment

How to Solve the Empty Container Repositioning Problem after COVID-19

MTS Logistics

Container shipping transports manufactured goods, semi-manufactured goods, and raw materials around the world. There are always uncertain situations that the shipping industry faces. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest uncertainties for the shipping industry in recent times. Over the past several months, China struggled with COVID-19, so manufacturing and shipping activity has been slowed down dramatically.

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.

How to Profit from B2C Last Mile Deliveries

Logistics Trends and Insights

Overall, UPS Q1 2020 earnings were not that bad given the circumstances. Total revenue increased 5.1% while net income declined a little over 13% and adjusted net income down 17%. But it was the shift in volumes, 70% B2C in March, that caught our attention. Honestly, it should not have been a surprise given the stay-at-home orders by state governments, but it was. The speed in which it happened probably caught UPS off guard as well.

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Freight Lane Matching and Collaboration

Talking Logistics

Everyone in the transportation industry knows that there’s a lot of waste in the system. Waste in the form of under-utilized capacity and empty miles, for example, which results in added costs and inefficiencies for shippers and carriers. One way to address this problem is through collaborative shipping — that is, multiple shippers and carriers. Read more Freight Lane Matching and Collaboration.

TriumphPay Is Coming To Trinity Logistics

Trinity Logistics

In the midst of this unprecedented time, we recognize the struggles that our dedicated carriers are faced with, which is why beginning May 26, 2020, Trinity Logistics will be permanently reducing our QuickPay fees and making the move to the TriumphPay platform. TriumphPay is a leading provider of carrier and vendor payment solutions. This will drive efficiencies for Trinity and offer a better payment experience to our carriers.

Understanding the Issue of Supply Chain Fragmentation


Global supply chains are growing and transcending traditional borders. As businesses continue to expand, outsource, and enter new markets, supply chains will continue to increase in complexity. While there are several noteworthy benefits associated with globalization , the downside is the difficulty in ensuring that all supply chain functions and partners are working together harmoniously.

WMS Market Update – Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Logistics Viewpoints

ARC develops an annual market study on the global WMS market. Incorporating the business impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the “Great Lockdown” into this year’s WMS market forecast increases the complexity and elevates the uncertainty of the forecasting process. In my opinion, the warehouse management systems (WMS) industry is likely to remain relatively stable during these uncertain economic times.

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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.

Application Integration and Social Distancing

Talking Logistics

COVID-19 is the largest crisis in recent history, impacting us all economically, physically, socially and politically. Everyone will play a role in helping our world achieve a new normal. As business leaders, we can celebrate the success of an adaptable supply chain, but also expose and acknowledge areas of supply chain improvement such as collaboration. Read more Application Integration and Social Distancing.

Logistics and autonomous systems – the promise of transformed logistics

Logistics in War

The popular discussion on autonomy in warfare is constrained to either describing the advantages of introducing autonomous systems for ‘dull, dirty and dangerous’ work, or articulating the limitations of their use (including ethical limitations). Logistics can be filled with a myriad of routine tasks, but the last twenty years of war in the Middle-east have proven that the life of a logistician can be as perilous as any other.

Reconfiguring the Automotive Post Pandemic Supply Chain

Logistics Trends and Insights

The year started off promising for the automotive industry however, like everything in its path, the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a cruel blow to the industry. For example, in terms of domestic sales, February was the worst month in Chinese automotive history, plummeting 80% year-over-year.

Digital Transformation in Retail

Logistics Viewpoints

A few months ago, I attended the ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum in Orlando. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview a few ARC analysts including Craig Resnick, Harry Forbes, Inderpreet Shoker, and Jim Frazier. I also had the opportunity to sit down with Ed O’Brien and discuss digital transformation in the changing retail landscape. Specifically, I asked Ed about three main things. First, the role of digital transformation […].

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.

Last Mile Visibility: Why It’s Not Really Changing Much Post COVID-19


The throes of COVID-19 remain an unprecedented challenge for supply chain management. However, the traditional concerns of efficiency within the supply chain continue to set the standard for operational efficiency. C-Suite executives have their minds focused on the need to serve customers and maintain safety, and organizations across the globe continue to implement more More.

Logistics Planning Crucial to Smooth Warehouse Start-up Projects

Kane is Able

Back in 2005, the Tyler Texas Area Builders Association built a large home from the ground up in less than 3 hours. At the time, it set a record. Here's the video. It was a promotional effort to publicize the Association, but the overarching message was the importance of planning. While the build itself took just 2:52 hours, it was the product of months of meetings – among engineers, architects, builders, landscapers, tradesman, and project planners – to spec out every last aspect of the project.

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Consultant Insight: Mixed results from Memphis and Louisville express hubs

Logistics Trends and Insights

(Originally published in Air Cargo World ). Cathy Roberson, Contributing Editor, Cargo Facts ConsultingApril 24, 2020 Airports, ExpressCathy Roberson, Cargo Facts Consulting senior consultant and Air Cargo World columnist. By all accounts, it appears UPS will enjoy a positive first quarter in terms of domestic air volumes. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF), home to the UPS Worldport, has published March data that show strong year-over-year gains.

Powerful Reactions: Omnichannel Responds Well in a Crisis

Logistics Viewpoints

By February, omnichannel retailers were responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, closing stores and factories in China, and reallocating inventory to still-active markets to mitigate the pandemic’s initial impact.

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.

How to Improve Last Mile Service With Better Trucker Relationships


Last mile service might have finally reached a point where it is more important than even freight delivery to the brick-and-mortar stores. It’s rapidly becoming the most frequent interaction between people and the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as last mile deliveries skyrocket in volume, drivers are on the frontlines, says Mike More.

DHL Express opens up new Nashville-based service center

Logistics Management

Global express delivery and logistics services provider DHL Express said this week it plans to invest $5.3 million to relocate and expand its Nashville, Tenn.-based based service center. Company officials said that this effort is being driven by anticipated e-commerce growth, coupled with very strong logistics and distribution sector activity in Tennessee

Feel Good Friday: Celebrating A Milestone from Home

Freight Center

This is a special post for us! We’re highlighting how one of our own FreightCenter team member’s family is celebrating their graduating high school senior in a fun, cool way. Just like many other families, people are trying to find creative ways to celebrate milestones while social distancing. Events like birthdays, wedding and baby showers, graduation celebrations and more are being held virtually or in other innovative ways.

Spending too much time on data crunching, not enough on resilient planning decisions? You’re not alone.


Supply chain data is critical to the planning function. Our recent Planning Maturity Assessment shows that 4 5 % of organizations are satisfied with their data quality, to some degree. 31% a neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 21 % are dissatisfied , and 3% are very dissatisfied. The fact that more than half feel “neutral” or dissatisfied shows data quality is a considerable pain point. How much time are supply chain teams spending on data? Let’s take a look. .

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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.

When Will Blockchain Be Ready for the Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Brain

At a time when supply chains are fracturing as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, is blockchain the solution

Note To CEOs: Stop taking your supply chain for granted!

Logistics Management

“My C-Level execs need to hear this!” Such was one shipper’s response I received after publishing a recent Two Minute Warning about how too many executives take their supply chains for granted. Candidly, I know that this is a challenging message for C-Level executives to hear, because over the years I’ve received several calls and had conversations with presidents and CEOs who have expressed concerns about the effectiveness of their supply chain

Kuehne + Nagel’s Financial Strength Will Position the Company for Market Share Gain in 2020

Logistics Trends and Insights

“The coronavirus pandemic is an immense global challenge. Industrial production and trade volumes weakened significantly. In this situation, Kuehne + Nagel maintained its operational performance, closely managed a number of specialty businesses, and won new customers.” – Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG. Earnings for the first quarter were down across the board with net revenue declining 6.2%, gross profit down 5.1%, and EBITDA down 9.6%.

Study Highlights the Impact of Third-Party Delivery on the Restaurant Industry

Food Logistics

As delivery service has become more ubiquitous, orders by restaurant type have shifted across the board, with casual and fast-food brands increasing year-over-year market share by 10 and 16 percent, respectively. 3PL/4PL

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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!