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Do More Shipping with Less Work

Shipchain

Shippers everywhere face an uncertain future. The constant threat of a trade war and increasing consumer demands have pushed existing operations to their breaking points.

The Missing Bookmark: Customer Experience vs. Expectations

Talking Logistics

Last week, at the Four Seasons resort in Orlando, I attended a meeting organized by a leading logistics service provider for its sales executives. I moderated several workshops and a fireside chat with the attendees. One of the topics that we discussed was customer experience.

The Shift toward a Demand-Chain Model

Morai Logistics

Experts say demand-chain models are an effective solution for supply chains to meet the increased need for immediacy and improve the customer experience. Today, consumers crave instant gratification when searching for products and services online. They want access to information and results in an immediate time frame, and this transcends throughout the buying funnel. It especially includes delivery.

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Walmart puts its money where its drivers are

Logistics Management

The nation’s largest retailer is increasing pay for truck drivers with three years’ accident-free experience to around $87,500. That 89 cents per mile over-the-road rate would make a Walmart driver one of the richest in the industry. Walmart operates the third-largest private fleet in the country with about 6,400 power units, 63,700 trailers and around 200 straight trucks, according to a 2017 compilation of its fleet

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.

Is Your Marketing Fulfillment Program Paying Off?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Performance matters. In track, a split-second can make the difference between finishing first and coming in second. In football, the precision with which the quarterback throws can make the difference between a touchdown and an incomplete pass.

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The (New) Future of Fulfillment: How Warehouses are Transforming Operations

Logistics Viewpoints

It was three years ago that Logistics Viewpoints and DC Velocity launched a survey of logistics practitioners to evaluate the future direction fulfillment facilities, technologies, and practices. The survey’s format evaluated past, present state, and expectations for three years into the future. The findings, published on Logistics Viewpoints and on DCVelocity.com, were well received.

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Driving Risk Out of S&OP Forecasts

Supply Chain and Logistics

MIT’s Supply Chain blog presented a nice research study by Minhaaj Khan and Srideepti Kidambi and supervised by Dr. Tugba Efendigil. Their study is a good example of using less data rather than more to design a simple readily explainable approach … Continue reading → Logistics Quantitative Methods Service Management Supply Chains performance Software

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Blockchain and Supply Chains: Unleashing the Potential

Supply Chain Brain

Dealing with data can often come with expensive reconciliation or negative impact on customer fulfillment. Blockchain technology can help

Truck Driver Pay: By the Mile or Hour?

Talking Logistics

Back in October 2018, a US district judge in Arkansas ruled that PAM Transport, a trucking company based in the state, would have to pay its drivers at least minimum wage for the 16 hours each day that they work. A couple of weeks ago, the judge reaffirmed his ruling.

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.

How often do supply chain leaders assess their network for improvements?

AIMMS

Part II in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . As we wrote in Part I of this series , we recently ran a quiz to help supply chain professionals benchmark their network design maturity.

Trends Driving Growth of 3PL in 2019

Cerasis

The 3PL market is growing, and according to PRNewswire , the 3PL market will increase significantly throughout 2019, contributing to a total valuation of approximately $1.5 trillion by 2025.

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What Impact Will Automation Have on Warehouse Workers?

Supply Chain Brain

The modern-day warehouse is serving as a laboratory for the introduction of innovative supply-chain technologies. But the implications for human workers remain uncertain

How Technology Empowers Freight Brokers to Work Smarter, Not Harder, to Drive Profitability

Talking Logistics

Working smarter, not harder, is critical for everybody in transportation today, but it’s especially important for freight brokers in light of the increased competition in the marketplace and the ever-more demanding expectations of shippers. What does “working smarter, not harder” mean for freight brokers? What are the biggest drivers of cost and inefficiency in the industry? How can technology help brokers work smarter and improve their profitability?

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.

TMS Visibility? INCONCEIVABLE!

Logistics Viewpoints

Transportation management systems (TMS) have been around for a good 25-30 years, but they’ve struggled with visibility for most of that lifetime. Sure, the TMS industry has long talked about the visibility of their systems. But it’s only been in the last two or three years that we’ve seen measurable leaps forward in visibility capabilities. Like the Princess Bride scene where one character questions another’s constant use of the word “inconceivable,” the term “visibility” is […].

State of Logistics Industry: Recent Reports Indicate Logistics to Excel in 2019 in Key Ways

Cerasis

Logistics is expanding, and at the end of 2018, unemployment rates decreased. At the same time, consumers were looking forward to the financial benefits of this year’s tax fillings following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

How to Unleash Blockchain into Your Supply Chain

Material Handling and Logistics

Blockchain-based applications provide transparency and visibility throughout the entire supply chain

This Week in Logistics News (February 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

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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.

Less-than-truckload Carriers Struggle to Effectively Price their Shipments

Logistics Viewpoints

Effectively pricing shipments in the less-than-truckload industry is fiendishly difficult. Leading LTL carriers talk about their approach to this issue. The post Less-than-truckload Carriers Struggle to Effectively Price their Shipments appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Transportation activity-based costing LTL pricing

The Future of AI and Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Brain

In a world of big data and bigger customer expectations, the future of supply chain management rests in the predictive and prescriptive power of artificial intelligence

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Retail-to-Warehouse Conversions Are Real

Material Handling and Logistics

Once thought implausible, e-commerce drives more projects from coast to coast

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Preparing for the Future of Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

If you could tell a warehouse manager back in 1980 that someday robots would be working alongside humans in the racks, or that individual items could be tracked and traced in real time, they would have laughed it off as science fiction. Every day, innovations that weren’t even conceivable a decade ago are used without a second thought. It’s a humbling thought and one that raises some incredible questions about the technology that awaits the industry in the years ahead.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (February 2 – 8)

Logistics Viewpoints

The Patriots have done it again, winning their third Super Bowl in five years, and sixth since the turn of the century. This was certainly not the game most people expected; with two high-powered offenses, most football fans were excited for a shoot-out. Instead, the Patriots defense shut down the second highest scoring offense in the league, holding the Rams to a Super Bowl record low 3 points. This win puts the Patriots in the […].

Small Parcels Arriving Faster as UPS Gets Smarter

Logistics Trends and Insights

UPS seems to have broken their fourth quarter curse in which delays and slip ups seemed to be more the highlights versus any revenue achievements. Overall quarterly revenue was good, increasing just below 5% while adjusted net income increased almost 17%. Average revenue yield expanded 4.1% with gains in all products and record shipments were achieved.

The Impact of AI and IoT on the Manufacturing Job Market

Material Handling and Logistics

Organizations and employees must be willing to embrace AI and IoT to ensure progress into the future

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10 best logistics blogs you must read!

LoGo

Having access to high-quality and educating content is important for professionals in any segment. But when we are talking about logistics, this becomes even more necessary. Fortunately, there are several logistics blogs you can follow to be up to date with what’s going on in this market.

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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.