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Rock Stars of the Supply Chain: Trucking is the Backbone of America

Food Logistics

Daniel Adams, director of traffic for AMX and one of the winners of Food Logistics’ 2023 Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award, explains why being in the trucking industry is so fulfilling.

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7 Key Considerations for Warehouse Network Design

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When it comes to warehouse network design, there was a time when the top question for the people managing warehouse location searches was “Would I like to visit this location?” But those days are long gone says Jeff Haushalter of leading supply chain design and engineering firm, Chicago Consulting. These days warehouse network design decisions are data-driven and carefully and continuously analyzed.

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The World’s Most Vulnerable Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology won the Financial Time’s business book of the year award. Economic historian Chris Miller, a professor at Tufts, recounts the story of the ongoing battle for semiconductor supremacy. It also provides a good explanation for why the semiconductor supply chain is the world’s most vulnerable supply chain.

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The Top 3 Threats to Fresh Produce Transportation

Food Logistics

Whether the recent spike in popularity is due to increasing environmental concerns, personal wellness goals or something else, people are consuming more whole foods in their daily diet than ever.

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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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Best Logistics and Supply Chain Conferences to Attend in 2023

Logistics Viewpoints

Welcome 2023! And with the new year comes an increasing return to in-person supply chain conferences and trade shows. 2021 was the trough with in-person events severely limited. Last year brought in a revival of events, but with a few still either provided virtually or postponed for one more year. This year I believe we will not only see a return to the prior number of events, but also record attendance.

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Leveraging Technology to Source Capacity Faster and Build Stronger Carrier Relationships

Talking Logistics

Looking back at the past two years, one of the big lessons learned is that companies can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines of digital transformation. This applies to shippers, carriers, freight brokers, and others in the industry. As we move forward in 2023 and beyond, how will technology help facilitate and improve. Read more The post Leveraging Technology to Source Capacity Faster and Build Stronger Carrier Relationships appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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The Tech that Automated 60 Million Shipments with Chadd Olesen

The Logistics of Logistics

Chadd Olesen and Joe Lynch discuss the tech that automated 60 million shipments. That tech belongs to AVRL and Chadd is the Co-Founder and CEO. AVRL’s Generation platform converts complex domain expertise into a rich, storied decision trees that can be cross-linked, aggregated across domains, and parsed by existing ERP, smart forms, mobile apps, and RPA.

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Staci Group Acquires Amware Fulfillment to Create Global Fulfillment Capability

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Staci , Europe’s leading multichannel fulfillment provider, has completed the acquisition of Amware Fulfillment LLC, a top provider of direct-to-consumer, order fulfillment services with 15 facilities across the U.S.

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Editor’s Choice: How an OMS Provides a Competitive Advantage

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 Natalie Walkley, Director of Product Marketing OMS at Koerber. Despite becoming commonplace in commerce in recent years, companies have yet to unlock the full competitive advantage an Order Management System (OMS) can bring to their operations.

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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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January truck tonnage sees gains, reports American Trucking Associations

Logistics Management

The ATA’s advanced Seasonally Adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, for January, at 117.1 (2015=100), saw a 0.7% gain, from December to January, following a 1% December gain, to 116.2, over November.

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Target and Amazon Sharpen Their Delivery Weapons

Talking Logistics

In December 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported that Home Depot planed to spend “at least $300 million on supply chain, technology and online improvements in the fiscal year that begins in February [2014], including building new fulfillment centers and overhauling its warehouse technology systems” to enable same-day shipping and delivery of orders.

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Greece train crash latest: Human error to blame for tragedy, says PM

Supply Chain and Logistics

When there’s a big train wreck, things are handled differently in Greece. Transport minister Kostas Karamanlis has resigned as a result of this wreck. It’s different in the US.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 25 – March 4)

Logistics Viewpoints

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

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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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Union Pacific announces a search for a new CEO, amid investor pressure

Logistics Management

A change is coming at the top for Omaha, Neb.-based Class I railroad carrier Union Pacific (UP), with the company today providing an update “on the status and timing of the Board of Directors’ active leadership succession planning process.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (March 3, 2023)

Talking Logistics

I woke up this morning to a sound I hadn’t heard in a long time: chirping birds. Spring must be around the corner, even though we’re supposed to get some snow tonight. Then again, the weather forecasters were terribly wrong last week, when they predicted inches of snow and all we got was a dusting, Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (March 3, 2023) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Innovations to Supply Chain and Logistics: Where Are They Happening?

Supply Chain Brain

Descartes studied 1,000 supply chain and logistics executives in North America and Europe, to determine where they’re placing their innovation emphasis and technology deployment focus.

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Savvy Supply Chain Leaders Aren’t Letting a Good Downturn Go to Waste

Logistics Viewpoints

For a few years now, supply chain professionals and pundits have been speculating on what the so-called “new normal” will look like. That’s shorthand for a supposed future state when pandemics, natural disasters, political conflicts – pick your disruption du jour – have receded into the background and our supply chains can once again operate in a relatively stable environment.

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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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While details are scant, PMA and ILWU signal labor negotiations are ongoing

Logistics Management

PMA and ILWU said that talks are continuing on an ongoing basis until an agreement is reached and they “remain hopeful of reaching a deal soon.

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I-80 closed in Wyoming yet again after drivers stranded for days

Overdrive Online

Wyoming's embattled stretch of I-80 shuttered again on Monday, with I-25 restricted due to high winds. Snowdrifts and whiteout conditions have left many drivers stranded, some for days. WYDOT said the interstates could open later today.

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Are Gig Workers Independent Contractors or Employees?

Supply Chain Brain

For the good of the economy at large, we need to grow income opportunities for the nation’s workforce while ensuring fair treatment of workers.

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4 Steps to a successful supply chain automation

SYSPRO Smarter ERP

Supply chain automation is the use of digital technologies to improve efficiencies, connect applications and streamline processes within supply chain operations. It usually incorporates intelligent technologies such as Digital Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence , and Machine Learning. If your factory is the heart of your organization, then your supply chain is the veins and arteries.

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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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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see annual February declines, reports AAR

Logistics Management

Rail carloads—at 905,744—were down 1.6%, or 15,101 units—compared to February 2021. Intermodal containers and trailers—at 943,979—were off 8.4%, or 86,351 units, annually.

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CVSA's new out-of-service criteria: What owner-ops need to know

Overdrive Online

This year's updates to the CVSA's out-of-service criteria mostly benefit operators with somewhat "less stringent" OOS conditions in place around drugs and the logbook.

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Ohio train derailment spurs rail safety advisory on hot box detectors

Supply Chain and Logistics

The big derailment of a train carrying hazardous chemicals in East Palatine, OH has gotten new attention for hotbox detectors (HBDs.

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Logistics Outsourcing: Finding Suitable 3PLs

Logistics Bureau

How do you determine the best 3 PL for your outsourcing logistics needs ? What criteria should you consider when making this decision ? Watch the video to discover the standards for selecting a suitable 3PL.

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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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Manufacturing activity inches up in February, getting closer to growth, reports ISM

Logistics Management

The report’s key metric, the PMI, at 47.7 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), eked out a 0.3% increase, from January to February, contracting, at a slower rate, for the fourth consecutive month. The last four months of contraction, through February, were preceded by a stretch of 29 consecutive months of growth. ISM also said that the overall economy contracted, at a slower rate, in February, for the third consecutive month, which was preceded by 30 consecutive months of growth.

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How this owner-operator team earned success

Overdrive Online

February Truckers of the Month Chris and Ruth Smith took something of an unconventional path to ownership over the course of nearly 30 years, but now the team is banking big profits hauling jet engines for Southern Pride Trucking.

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J.D. Power: Rivian R1T Ranks Highest Among EVs

NGT News

According to the new J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, owners’ satisfaction with their overall experience is shifting to more traditional factors such as quality and styling as more battery electric vehicle (BEV) models become available for purchase. In its first year of eligibility, the Rivian R1T ranks highest overall, with […] The post J.D.

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