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Picking Robots in the Warehouse and How They Will Replace Humans

Logistics Matter

The Does LogisticsMatter? Podcast is all about trends and innovations in supply chain and logistics. This episode features Herbert ten Have, CEO at Fyzir. In this episode, Herbert and I talk about robots in the warehouse, specifically picking robots.

5 Steps to Address the Rising Geopolitical Risks to Your Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

My recent conversations with the supply chain practitioners are dominated by supply chain risk — specifically geopolitical risks in light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Great Routes Keep Drivers Satisfied and Customers Happy

Talking Logistics

Baseball season is finally here, and managers expect three things from their pitchers: the ball is delivered on time, in good condition (not hit out of the park) and in the right place (the strike zone). The same can be said for parcel and delivery companies.

The Driver’s Perspective with Dean Key

The Logistics of Logistics

The Driver’s Perspective with Dean Key. Dean Key and Joe Lynch discuss the driver’s perspective.

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain in Times of Disruption

Disruptions expose gaps in the supply chain and amplify problems. What can be done? Research by GEP and North Carolina State University shows how tech can fix the gaps and ensure supply chain resilience and optimization. Download now!

Will the 24-Hour, Automated Fulfillment Center Become the Norm?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

The 24-hour automated fulfillment center arose out of necessity to satisfy consumer appetites for fast delivery via standard shipping. For years, 3–4 days was an acceptable delivery time. That has shrunk to 2 days.

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U.S. Xpress explores how Kodiak AVs can fit into its fleet

Fleet Owner

The giant carrier and trucking robotics company created the first autonomous freight route to Atlanta as they explore the right-sized AV routes so humans can focus on hauls closer to home. Technology

The Flock Freight Story with Oren Zaslansky

The Logistics of Logistics

The Flock Freight Story with Oren Zaslansky. Oren Zaslansky and Joe Lynch discuss the Flock Freight story. Oren is the Founder and CEO of Flock Freight , a Certified B Corporation that’s been reinventing freight shipping since 2015. About Oren Zaslansky.

Getting a Handle On the eCommerce Returns Process in Fulfillment

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

The demands of online shoppers continue to accelerate. In addition to fast, free shipping, they now want an easy and efficient eCommerce returns process. In fact, 95% of online buyers say that how well a brand handles returns influences their decision to buy again. Fulfillment Services

This Week in Logistics News (April 2 – 8)

Logistics Viewpoints

Anyone that has seen the movie Forrest Gump remembers the music montage of Forrest running across the country. At one point, a truck splashes mud all over him, and a t-shirt salesman hands Forrest a yellow shirt to clean his face.

The Easiest Platform to Manage Shipments

Access Uber Freight’s network of more than 100,000 carriers, generate instant quotes, get competitive rates, tender loads in seconds, automate manual workflows, and track end-to-end load status from any device with this easy-to-use shipper platform.

Biden to nominate Hutcheson to lead FMCSA

Fleet Owner

Currently FMCSA’s fourth consecutive acting administrator, the White House said Hutcheson was instrumental in developing the bipartisan infrastructure law.

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Key Takeaways from the BGSA Conference with Ben Gordon

The Logistics of Logistics

Key Takeaways from the BGSA Conference with Ben Gordon. Ben Gordon and Joe Lynch discuss key takeaways form BGSA Conference. Ben is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital , a private equity firm investing in the applied supply chain. About Ben Gordon.

Is a 'trucking bloodbath' on the way for owner-ops as rates soften against record-high diesel?

Overdrive Online

With tens of thousands of new trucking companies having paid near record high prices for used equipment and diesel prices surging as rates fall, one expert predicts "there won't be an explosion of bankruptcies, but there will be some.". Business

One Multinational’s Supply Chain Transformation Journey

Logistics Viewpoints

Comand and Control Center Application from Kinaxis. A large multinational is undergoing an impressive supply chain transformation that will run through 2023. While the company has several different goals, two key focuses are improved agility and resilience, and more autonomous planning.

Top 5 Supply Chain Processes That Need Better Collaboration Right Now

A lack of collaboration is a leading cause of supply chain headaches. GEP offers 5 remedies to ease your pain. Download this guide for must-have tools and processes for better supplier interactions.

Class 8 orders remain level as OEMs continue to fight supply constraints

Fleet Owner

Heavy-duty truck and tractor orders continue to hover around 21,000 per month since fall 2021, according to preliminary March data from ACT and FTR. OEMs are still dealing with order backlogs plus component and labor shortages in 2022. Equipment

When You Manage Your Supply Chain Like It’s 1999 (Lessons from the IRS)

Talking Logistics

Last Friday, one of my April Fools’ fake news headlines was “Forget Spreadsheets: How to Manage a Global Supply Chain with Post-It Notes.” The truth underpinning this fake news item is that many companies still rely on manual, paper-based processes to manage parts of their supply chain.

Vietnam steel giant Hoa Phat moves into container manufacturing

Supply Chain and Logistics

Others are discovering that they can dump steel by making it into containers. While the Vietnamese steelmaker Hoa Phat mentioned in the article won’t be a large percentage of the demand, it’s significant. And since more goods are now being … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains Sustainability container manufacture container shipping empty containers supply chains sustainability

SanMar’s Sustainability Journey

Logistics Viewpoints

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Körber Supply Chain’s Elevate User conference. While it was originally scheduled for San Diego, the ongoing Covid pandemic pushed it online once again this year.

Market Insights Report: Top Trends for 2022 Planning and Beyond

The freight report you need for insights into where the industry is headed and how to stay resilient in 2022.

EV opportunities are blooming in terminal yards

Fleet Owner

Yard tractors are already proven EV applications for companies looking to bolster or start their sustainability movements. Drivers are taking to the quieter, smoother, zero-emissions vehicles that can quickly fit into 24/7 operations. Emissions & Efficiency

Preventing Shipment Rejections During Produce Season

Trinity Logistics

It’s produce season. That time of the year when produce shipments are at their peak and so are produce shipment rejections. According to DAT , up to 12 percent of shipments are rejected or delayed. Produce shipments are most often rejected because of the complexities of fresh food logistics.

Big winners at MATS: Six trucks named Best of Show, 58 awarded in 2022 PKY championship

Overdrive Online

Catch views of a number of award-winning show trucks from the 2022 Mid-America Trucking Show, held two weeks back. Custom Rigs

Weber Logistics Acquires Pacific Coast Warehouse Company to Continue Strong Growth Pace

West Coast and California Logistics

Weber Logistics has acquired California warehousing provider, Pacific Coast Warehouse Company (PCWC). The terms of the deal were not disclosed. PCWC will be rebranded as Weber Logistics. All current PCWC employees will become Weber employees by May 1, 2022.

GEP Outlook 2022

The GEP Outlook 2022 report explores global business trends and features seven critical leadership themes that will help you proactively prepare for and power through the challenges ahead.

Xos delivers electric step vans to SoCal operators

Fleet Owner

The 15 fully electric vehicles will go to five different FedEx Ground Operators in Southern California. Equipment / Pickups & Vans

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (April 8, 2022)

Talking Logistics

I drove my car underwater this morning, in a tunnel beneath Boston Harbor, to pick up my son coming downfrom 30,000 feet in the sky. Ordinary life can be so amazing when you press the brakes and think about it.

Former Consolidated Freightways spotter truck gets new life

Overdrive Online

The 1973 White Compact features a number of custom additions, all of which were fabricated by owner George Phillips, but for the fenders. Phillips is based in Danville, Indiana. Custom Rigs

U.S. Senate approves Ocean Shipping Reform Act, bill to head to conference

Logistics Management

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) took another step on its course to being signed into law, with the United States Senate late last week unanimously voted to sign off on it on a voice vote.

The Digital Levers You Need to Achieve Sustainable Cost Reduction

For supply chain and procurement pros, cost reduction is is a top priority today. This timely new paper from GEP explores powerful and effective digital levers that can help you to slash costs and create more value for the business. Read it now.