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2023 Rate Outlook: Will shippers catch a break?

Logistics Management

Our annual gathering of freight transportation industry analysts reveals some common themes, largely around the notion that rates are not likely to increase much—if at all—in some modes and will continue declining in others. Does this mean things are stabilizing?

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How does a driverless truck react to tire issues?

Commercial Carrier Journal

Among the concerns with truly driverless trucks is how it would safely travel on slick and wet roads, or handle a sudden tire failure, when a person isn't onboard to judge and compensate accordingly.

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How Predictive Analytics Can Help Supply Chains to Thrive

Supply Chain Brain

Supply chain factors governing a company’s bottom line are highly unpredictable. The solution lies in predictive analytics.

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Southwest Airlines Puts Spotlight on Another Supply Chain Weak Link

Talking Logistics

By now, you’ve probably read all about Southwest Airlines’ operations meltdown during the holidays. While bad weather played a part, so did another factor that is getting a lot of attention now: technical debt. In a New York Times opinion piece, Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at Columbia University, describes the problem as follows: This problem. Read more.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Insights on Fulfillment and Operations Management

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

On a recent episode of the Unboxing Fulfillment Podcast , host Harry Drajpuch chatted with supply chain veteran, Jim Tompkins, on a range of issues related to fulfillment and operations management. Jim is the author of 31 books and, between them, Jim and Harry have over 70 years of industry experience. Here are a few of the notable fulfillment and operations insights from the episode, with commentary.

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3 Reasons Why International Shipping From the U.S. Will Be Painless in 2023

MTS Logistics

After more than two years of a global pandemic and its aftershocks, the U.S. supply chain for exports is calming down. Frankly, back in July 2022, I thought strongly that it would take until the end of Q1 2023 to see more stability in the U.S. exports supply chain. But, as the import market plunged much faster than forecasted, the effects on exports also took less time than most of us expected.

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Freight Agent: Is Your Business Ready to Go to the Next Level?

Trinity Logistics

Every day, all day, your life as a Freight Agent is a steady stream of fires that need to be extinguished. From negotiations to late deliveries, and the phone ringing off the hook, keeping your head above water is the only thing that you dream about at the end of each day. Remember those dreams of growing your Freight Agent business into a large income-producing machine?

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How to Navigate the Complexities of Retail Fulfillment

Supply Chain Brain

There’s an abundant amount of new technology hitting the market to help automate fulfillment, keep shelves stocked and improve the bottom line.

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How to Work Through Labor Shortages to Fulfill Orders

GoShip Blog

Labor shortages occur when the demand for workers in a particular industry exceeds the supply of people who are qualified and willing to take the job. In logistics, labor shortage puts a strain on the supply chain, making it difficult for businesses to fulfill orders. Learning how to work through labor shortages keeps your business competitive and your customers satisfied. .

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Rethinking Direct Materials Sourcing: The Tools You Need To Manage Costs, Risks and Sustainability

Direct materials sourcing is evolving, with procurement now tasked not only with cost efficiency but managing sustainability and risk management. The environment is marked by heightened demand and expectations, compounded by challenges such as rising input prices, supply chain disruptions and geopolitical tensions. While some embrace cutting-edge tools like AI and blockchain for global trade functions, others lag in technology adoption.

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4 Common Warehouse Problems and How to Solve Them

Cyzerg

Managing a warehouse has always been challenging; you must tackle several problems all at the same time to ensure smooth operations. If warehouse problems are not tackled, the efficiency and productivity of warehouse operations are greatly affected. This results in increased errors, order delays, inaccurate inventory, poor customer service, etc.

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The Bloomberg of Freight with Mary O’Connell

The Logistics of Logistics

Mary O’Connell and Joe Lynch discuss the Bloomberg of Freight. Mary is a podcast host and writer for FreightWaves , the leader in global supply chain market intelligence. About Mary O’Connell. Mary O’Connell is a former pricing analyst, supply chain planner, and broker/dispatcher turned creator of the newsletter and podcast Check Call. Check Call gives insights into the world around 3PLs and freight brokers.

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Top 15 Logistics Stories of 2022

Logistics Viewpoints

In early November, my colleague Steve Banker wrote an article looking at the top supply chain trends for 2023 and beyond. Unlike some of the other trends articles we have covered at Logistics Viewpoints, which take a deeper dive into technology and application specific trends, this article looked at the top trends executives need to be paying attention to before their strategic planning meetings commence.

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Supply Chain Talent Management (Insights from Indago)

Talking Logistics

As I highlighted last February in “The Labor Shortage Problem: Why It’s Bigger Than You Think And How To Address It,” which included insights from a presentation by labor economist Ron Hetrick titled “The Demographic Drought,” there are various factors leading to decreased labor availability around the world. Unfortunately, this problem is projected to get.

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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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2023 Rate Outlook Webcast: Will shippers catch a break?

Logistics Management

In this annual webcast, group editorial director Michael Levans hosts our panel of logistics and freight transportation analysts who share their insights on rate patterns in all the major transport modes in an effort to help shippers prepare their freight transportation budget for the coming year.

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Understanding Distributed Order Management with Dan Gilmore

The Logistics of Logistics

Dan Gilmore and Joe Lynch discuss distributed order management (DOM). Dan is the Chief Marketing Officer at Softeon , a global provider of innovative supply chain solutions that delivers supply chain success – every time. About Dan Gilmore. Dan Gilmore is a recognized thought leader in WMS, with experience prior to his role at Softeon as the founder of Supply Chain Digest, CMO at RedPrairie (now BlueYonder) and as lead WMS analyst at META Group (later acquired by Gartner).

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This Week in Logistics News (January 7 – 13)

Logistics Viewpoints

World records are such an interesting thing. My kids, for example, are always interested in getting their hands on the newest Guinness Book of World Records, and seeing what kind of crazy things are in there. I feel like I can remember sifting through the first world record book I got my hands on with my older brother, trying to find the most outrageous and funny records that were out there.

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China cancels crew change quarantine against Covid

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s long been a problem for seafarers. Due to Covid restrictions on entering and leaving a country, they could not go home after their shift on the vessel nominally ended.

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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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Worker shortage impedes progress in supply chains, Chamber says

Logistics Management

Improvements in untangling supply chains have been offset by lingering worker shortages, America’s top business lobbyist said in her comprehensive economic forecast for 2023. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne P. Clark described how despite economic uncertainty, American business is “strong and optimistic” and will continue to lead the country forward this year.

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The Amplio Story with Trey Closson

The Logistics of Logistics

Trey Closson and Joe Lynch discuss the Amplio story. Trey is the Co-founder and CEO at Amplio , an Atlanta based tech firm that predicts and prevents material and parts shortage for companies in the electronic manufacturing space. About Trey Closson. Trey Closson is the Co-founder and CEO at Amplio, an Atlanta based tech firm builds supply chain resilience for electronics manufacturers.

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The Journey to End-to-End (E2E) Supply Chain Visibility Is Ongoing

Logistics Viewpoints

The supply chain industry is on a years-long digital transformation journey, and one of the key objectives that industry leaders almost universally aim to achieve is true end-to-end (E2E) visibility across their complex global networks of suppliers, partners and customers. It’s the right goal. But to get there, it’s imperative that industry leaders understand the significant work that’s still ahead – to be blunt, we have a long way to go – and continue to prioritize en supply chain visibility as

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Biden climate blueprint promotes modal shift away from trucks

Supply Chain and Logistics

Building on the idea that maritime and rail generate less carbon than trucks, the blueprint for decarbonization suggests shifting transport to those means. That’s easier said than done.

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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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Looking at logistics pros and cons early into 2023

Logistics Management

With 2023 underway, it is time to take a fresh look at where things stand, as they relate to key trends and themes germane to all things supply chain, logistics, and freight transportation. To be sure, things have changed on various fronts, especially when viewed against the backdrop of nearly three years ago (it is hard to believe it has been that long), at the onset of the pandemic.

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Watch: What Happens to the Semiconductor Supply Chain If China Invades Taiwan?

Supply Chain Brain

John Ferguson, chief executive officer of TBM Consulting Group, discusses the importance of Taiwan to global semiconductor production, and tells how the supply chain would be impacted by China invading Taiwan.

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Living with purpose beyond the truck: Owner-operator Jay Hosty

Overdrive Online

The long-term return on a person’s honest investment in volunteering far outweighs what may appear at first a week of lost income opportunity. Meet an example of purpose beyond the truck in owner-operator Jay Hosty and his wife, Katt.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (January 13, 2023)

Talking Logistics

I won $2 this week by forgetting to play Mega Millions. What are the odds I’ll be here on Monday if I lose the $2 buying a ticket today? You gotta be in it to win it they say, better to have played and lost than not to have played at all. Or is that. Read more. The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (January 13, 2023) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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GEP Outlook Report 2024

Procurement and supply chain leaders have faced their share of disruption and economic turmoil these past four years. Whether from geopolitical tensions or the havoc caused by the pandemic and its aftershocks, plenty of challenges remain. Despite this, leaders are seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel — inflation is decreasing, interest rates are leveling off and supply chain volatility is easing.

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Strategies to fight driver fatigue go beyond Hours of Service

Truck News

Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal — and likely happens more often than we think. Like alcohol, fatigue slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment, and increases the risk of a crash. If you’ve ever been tired and driven […].

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Watch: The Role of AI in Transforming Last-Mile Delivery

Supply Chain Brain

Artificial intelligence has penetrated virtually every aspect of modern life, and last-mile delivery is no exception, says Bart De Muynck, chief industry officer with project 44.

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#1 Freight Agent Tip: Building Relationships in Business

Trinity Logistics

Building relationships in business is the number one way a freight agent can succeed. Relationships are the key to success as a freight agent. You may think this concept is nothing new, but now COVID has changed the way we meet people and build those relationships. Gone are the days when you could walk into many companies and catch someone in the hallway or bring them lunch; many offices and buildings aren’t even open to visitors, and the person that you need to speak with works remotely.

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