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Catching Up on Transportation Management Systems

Talking Logistics

As I wrote back in October 2018, when it comes to Transportation Management Systems (TMS), “there is always something new to talk about. The scope and capabilities of transportation management systems, as well as the vendor landscape, have changed significantly over the years, and the systems continue to evolve. The same is true for the. Read more The post Catching Up on Transportation Management Systems appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Signs of a Failing Lean “Implementation”

The Lean Thinker

Let me profile a company – I have an actual company in mind, but this one is only a concrete example. This company has been engaged with continuous improvement since at least 1998. Yet, just a few weeks ago, they posted an opening for a Continuous Improvement Director. And this isn’t the first time. I have seen this position posted by this company every couple of years.

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How to thrive through the bottom of the trucking freight markets

Overdrive Online

This week's Overdrive Radio features longtime owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford's guide to solidify the business base to take advantage of opportunities at the markets' bottom, and to excel for long-term trucking at the top.

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6 Strategies to Turn Your Excess Inventory Into Revenue

Cyzerg

Are you drowning in excess inventory, unsure what to do with it? If so, you're not alone. Many businesses and warehouses face the challenge of excess stock, which can tie up valuable capital and space. But fear not! This article will share practical tips and tricks for turning excess inventory into revenue. Managing excess inventory is essential for maintaining a healthy cash flow and maximizing profits.

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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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Omni-Channel Fulfillment is Key for the Holiday Season

Logistics Viewpoints

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear-view mirror and the holiday shopping season is in full swing. That means that the holiday shipping season is in full swing too. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has issued its annual forecast, anticipating that retail sales will grow between 4 percent and 6 percent in 2023, meaning sales will reach between $5.13 trillion and $5.23 trillion this year.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (December 1, 2023)

Talking Logistics

We’ve entered the final month of 2023 and I have a terrible case of writer’s block this morning. So, with the few words I have, let’s just go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week. AI: “As Critical as Oxygen” “AI helps us with everything we do leading. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (December 1, 2023) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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After Onshoring: U.S. Supply Chains Can Drive Growth and Profits Through Sustainability Initiatives

Supply Chain Brain

Fortunately, corporate renewable energy and sustainability efforts are incentivized by local, state, and federal tax incentives that help offset the cost of adoption.

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Editor’s Choice: Fortifying Warehouse and Distribution Centers Against Cyberattacks

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 fortifying warehouse and distribution centers against cybersecurity attacks. The warehousing and distribution industry is highly reliant on technology for its operations.

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Bridging Supply Chain Silos with Pawan Joshi

The Logistics of Logistics

Pawan Joshi and Joe Lynch discuss bridging supply chain silos. Pawan is the Executive Vice President, Product Management & Strategy at E2Open , a supply chain platform that is helping the world’s largest companies transform the way they make, move, and sell goods and services. About Pawan Joshi Pawan Joshi joined E2open in 2003 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Product Management & Strategy.

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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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“Social Loafing” in Human-Robot Teams

Talking Logistics

Does social loafing, defined as reduced individual effort on a task performed in a team compared to a task performed alone, occur in human–robot teams? Researchers from the Technical University of Berlin explored that question in a recent study. Here’s the introduction to their research paper published in October 2023 in Frontiers in Robotics and. Read more The post “Social Loafing” in Human-Robot Teams appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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'Jack-of-all-trades' Pete 362 a two-time Pride & Polish champ

Overdrive Online

After winning in the Antique category in 2020, C.J. Donovan's 1984 Peterbilt 362 is now a two-time Pride & Polish champ after winning in the Working Combo, 2007 & Older category this year.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 25 – December 1)

Logistics Viewpoints

To say that Black Friday weekend shopping was a success would be an understatement. In fact, to kick off the holiday shopping season, a record 200.4 million shoppers hit the stores and the internet to capitalize on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. The turnout topped last year’s figure of 196.7 million shoppers and the NRF’s forecast for about 182 million people during the five-day weekend.

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Driving the Mission with Graig Morin

The Logistics of Logistics

Graig Morin and Joe Lynch discuss driving the mission. Graig is the Co-Founder and President of Brown Dog Carriers & Logistics. Graig and the Brown Dog team are big supporters of the Wreaths Across America. About Graig Morin Graig was born and raised in Biddeford, Maine. Shortly after high school, Graig began investing in truck driving. This investment transpired in 1998, after a road trip from Maine to Arizona with a few friends.

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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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NYC to Transition Heavy-Duty Fleet to Renewable Fuel

NGT News

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock outlined a plan that will make New York City the first city on the East Coast to transition all heavy-duty vehicles in the city’s fleet from fossil to renewable fuel. The city’s fleet currently includes […] The post NYC to Transition Heavy-Duty Fleet to Renewable Fuel appeared first on NGT News.

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Panama Canal Water Levels Will Affect Western Trade in 2024

Supply Chain Brain

In response to the ongoing crisis, carriers have begun redirecting their shipments to the U.S. West Coast or have opted for alternative routes via the Suez Canal.

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Elon Musk is a Great Man, but …

Logistics Viewpoints

Elon Musk is a great entrepreneur. His success in building Tesla and SpaceX has made him the richest man in the world. But more than that, electric vehicles are critical if the world is to have any chance to achieve net zero emissions. Musk kickstarted that entire industry. Similarly, SpaceX has had over 260 space flights at a fraction of the traditional cost to taxpayers.

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

Stord

With the right OMS you can easily set up actionable workflows to handle low stock or out-of-stock inventory appropriately for each individual order.

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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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Florida School District Set to Upgrade its Bus Fleet to Electric

NGT News

Florida’s Glades County School District plans to upgrade more than half of the district’s fleet to electric by deploying 13 Type C Blue Bird electric school buses and electrifying two charging depots. Provided by local school bus dealer Florida Transportation Systems, the new buses will help to improve air quality and provide reliable electric transportation […] The post Florida School District Set to Upgrade its Bus Fleet to Electric appeared first on NGT News.

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Lessons From the First Wave of Warehouse Automation

Supply Chain Brain

There’s likely to be a “second wave” of automating warehouses as retailers adapt to the new world of e-commerce, along with the latest technology. What are the lessons learned?

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An Untapped Market: Hiring Recent Grads

Women in Trucking

The positions are out there for recent graduates, but it’s simply knowing where to look. “I just earned my CDL and I can’t find a carrier that will hire me without experience.” This is a common challenge for women wanting to get started in their careers as professional drivers.

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From 'Diesel Fool' to 'Highway Preacher': Paul Leger

Overdrive Online

New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered Paul Leger speaks fluent trucker. On the road to his ministry around the Irving Big Stop in Salisbury, he ran U.S. lanes out of Toronto, then no-logbook Maritimes multi-stops before a spiritual transformation.

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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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Forum Mobility Plans Drayage Truck Charging Depot at California Port

NGT News

Freight electrification provider Forum Mobility is planning to open a new heavy-duty truck charging depot in the Port of Long Beach, Calif. This new depot will provide high-speed charging infrastructure for hundreds of drayage trucks per day, supporting the transition of the state’s drayage fleet to zero-emission. “Forum is building dedicated infrastructure for heavy-duty trucks […] The post Forum Mobility Plans Drayage Truck Charging Depot at California Port appeared first on

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Florida Producer Growers, Brokerages Included in ReposiTrak Expansion

Supply Chain Brain

Some of the new users include a Longwood, Florida-based watermelon grower, processor and brokerage as well as an Immokalee, Florida-based green bean, eggplant, squash and pepper grower.

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Alcohol Warehousing in CA: What to Look for in a 3PL Provider

West Coast and California Logistics

California, renowned for its wine country and craft beverage scene, presents unique challenges and opportunities for business that require alcohol warehousing. In this article, we examine the key characteristics that your 3PL provider should have to safely and efficiently store and distribute alcoholic beverages from its warehouse.

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The Power of Alerts and Notifications in LogiNext’s Logistics Management Software

Loginext

We understand the importance of Swift, Smart, and Seamless operations to meet the demands of the modern business world. Lets delve into a key aspect of our logistics management software that plays a pivotal role in achieving these goals— Alerts and Notifications. The post The Power of Alerts and Notifications in LogiNext’s Logistics Management Software appeared first on loginextsolutions.com.

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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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Bridging Seasons: Mastering Off-Season Services and Strategic Planning for Growth in the Landscaping Business

Linxup

The off-season in the landscaping industry can be challenging for many businesses. While the idea of hibernation might cross the minds of some, proactive companies can seize the opportunity to not only offer off-season services but also strategically prepare for growth in the upcoming season. Below, we'll outline the dual approach, which more companies are now utilizing to capitalize on both short and longer term revenue opportunities.

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Ivalua Launches AI-Powered Virtual Assistant

Supply Chain Brain

IVA offers supplier research capabilities, market insights, legal assistance, RFP assistance and improvement plans that summarize supplier actions and suggest appropriate responses.

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Melton's driver influencer program proves carriers can make a big difference with a small budget

Commercial Carrier Journal

Melton Truck Lines was recognized as CCJ's 2023 Innovator of the Year for this program, which incentivizes drivers to post videos about trucking to social platforms like TikTok and YouTube and has resulted in some impressive benefits.

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