Sat.Jan 12, 2019 - Fri.Jan 18, 2019

Lessons from Driving a Forklift

The Lean Thinker

The spring and summer of 2000 were a long time ago, but I learned some lessons during those months that have stayed with me. In fact, the learning from that experience is still happening as I continue to connect it to things I see today.

Made in America vs. Assembled in America: Defining Terms of Auto Manufacturing


When a product proudly proclaims it is “Made in the USA” on its packaging, a lot of consumers feel confident and happy about the decision of choosing it. Products made in the U.S. are helping keep jobs in the country, minimizing their carbon footprint and proclaiming their national pride.

How the Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Face of Natural Disasters

Material Handling and Logistics

As climate change drives up the regularity of natural disasters, supply chains must rely on real time data to thrive. . . . . Graham Parker. . More devastation from different natural disasters seems to have been reported in the last year than we’re typically used to seeing.

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Amware CEO Appears on Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Amware Fulfillment’s CEO, Harry Drajpuch, recently appeared on the Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast to talk about all things fulfillment and promote Amware’s Fulfillment for Dummies eBook. You can listen to the interview here or search for "Entrepreneurs on Fire" within your favorite podcast app.

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

20 Things to Know About Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

Artificial intelligence is a hot technology. But is is a complex subject. This article seeks to explain the concepts, and simplify them, by focusing on how these technologies are used in supply chain management. The post 20 Things to Know About Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Technologies

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Inventory Control Techniques for Effective Warehousing

SIPMM Professional Publications

Warehousing is the act of storing goods that will be sold or distributed later. While inventory control refers to “all aspects of managing a company’s inventories like purchasing, shipping, receiving, tracking, warehousing and storage, turnover and reordering.”

Is Your Marketing Fulfillment Partner Helping Your Business Succeed?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Is your marketing fulfillment partner contributing to your company’s success? If you find this question unusual, maybe you’re not aware of all the ways a good fulfillment partner can help your business grow. Marketing Fulfillment


Food Safety Compliance & Inspections: What Shippers Need to Know

Logistics Viewpoints

Sanitary Transport of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) Rules, of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, are subject to much confusion and faulty interpretation, resulting in inspection delays, unnecessary fees, and supply chain disruptions. The post Food Safety Compliance & Inspections: What Shippers Need to Know appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Food & Beverage Industry Guest Commentary food safety Sanitary Transport of Human and Animal Food STHAF Transplace

Beyond Multi-Carrier Shipping Software, a Move to the Cloud


Shipping is all about movement. Moving product off of shelves. Moving items out of warehouses and distribution centers. Moving parcels to homes and businesses.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Supply chain cybersecurity set to evolve in 2019

Logistics Management

Steve Durbin, managing director at ISF (Information Security Forum) – a cybersecurity consulting firm, says to expect “evolutionary” changes in the risk scenario this year

The 4 Weakest Links in a Blockchain

Material Handling and Logistics

Though there are some benefits to using blockchain, supply chain professionals should remain skeptical surrounding the short-term potential

Look Upstream to Mitigate Transportation Spend

Logistics Viewpoints

Transportation budget performance hangovers from 2018 have motivated logistics leaders to expand transportation cost-saving opportunities further upstream in the supply chain. Trailer utilization, lead time, and detention costs are three avenues to mitigate additional cost. The post Look Upstream to Mitigate Transportation Spend appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Guest Commentary Transportation Transportation Management Systems capacity cost control transportation management

[Infographic] How to Win Customers with Click and Collect


Life seems to get busier and busier and I’m always looking for the low hanging fruit that can save a little bit of time and increase efficiency in some way.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Using AI Analytics to Avoid Supply Chain Disruption

SIPMM Professional Publications

Is there any way for manufacturers to predict machine failures before they happen to avoid supply chain disruptions, delay and customer dissatisfaction?

Coming AI Revolution in Retail, Consumer Products

Material Handling and Logistics

A new survey finds that 85% of retail and 79% of consumer products companies surveyed plan to be using intelligent automation for supply chain planning by 2021

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NRF Big Show 2019: Artificial Intelligence and Omni-Channel Returns

Logistics Viewpoints

Another year, another NRF Big Show in the books. This year marked my eleventh visit to New York City for retail’s biggest show. This appeared to be the biggest conference from any that I have attended, with some estimates suggesting 36,000 people were there. As in the past, the usual themes emerged: omni-channel, mobility, big data, etc. This year, there was a lot of buzz around retail transformation, and going beyond omni-channel to ensure an […].

7 Reasons to Consider Cloud-Based WMS


The decision to invest in a cloud-based warehouse management system (WMS) is often the result of sub-par systems in operation within the exclusive supply chain.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Four Key Areas for Mitigating Warehouse Risks

SIPMM Professional Publications

The key risks for warehousing are fire hazards, use of material handling equipment (MHE), Dangerous Goods (DG) classes on handling and security.

Pharma Companies Sharing Supplier Data for Global Sustainability Program

Material Handling and Logistics

GlaxoSmithKline, Teva, Takeda create the Responsible Health Initiative to improve visibility in global health supply chain. Industries are increasingly deciding to collaborate with peers -- instead of competing -- when it comes to critical issues like sustainability.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 12 – 19)

Logistics Viewpoints

Tuesday, January 15 marked the tenth anniversary of the dramatic landing of US Airways Flight 1549. I happen to be in New York for NRF on that day, so not surprisingly I saw a lot of media coverage. Shortly after takeoff, the Airbus A320 hit a flock of geese and lost all engine power. The plane was approximately 3,000 feet in the air and Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Sully) radioed in that they had lost all […].

How the Postal Union Could Upend E-Commerce in 2019

Supply Chain Brain

The U.S. announced its intent to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union late last year. What could this mean for logistics and e-commerce businesses

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Integrating AI with IoT for an Effective Supply Chain

SIPMM Professional Publications

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises a brave new world of computers that can plan, strategize, evaluate options, calculate probabilities, and make smart decisions. But to actually do anything, AI needs the Internet of Things (IoT).

[PODCAST] What are the Full Cost Savings of a Transportation Management System


Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!”

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SEO for Pest Control Companies: The Guide to Local Success


Time To Read: 12 minutes. Table of Contents. Time To Read: 12 minutes. What is SEO? Google My Business. Citations. Keywords. On-Site SEO. Off-Site SEO. Conclusion. The days of customers finding your pest control business in the Yellow Pages are over.

Driverless Truck Platooning: Is There Enough ROI?

Talking Logistics

As reported by Heavy Duty Trucking last week, “Daimler Trucks North America has decided to pass on platooning and focus instead on advancing its position in vehicle automation.”

Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.