Sat.Feb 23, 2019 - Fri.Mar 01, 2019

3 ways to Automate Grunt Work in Brokerage


A carrier sales rep’s daily routine at a freight brokerage is taxing–-a continuous grind of calling, communicating through any means possible, selling load opportunities, and driving continuous value for carrier partners.

Underwriting preparedness – considering the logistics of the future preparedness system

Logistics in War

By David Beaumont. One of the fundamental questions to answer when preparing a military for war is ‘are the capabilities on hand prepared for X?’

Transportation Optimization For Everyone


The post Transportation Optimization For Everyone appeared first on MercuryGate International. Blog Capacity Challenges Transportation Technology Value of a TMS Blog Posts

What’s Up With That?  Breaking Down The USPS Parcel Rate Increase (And New Zone Shipping Policy)

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

In late January, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) rolled out some of the largest rate increases in its history. Some increases, like the 10% jump in the price of a First-class stamp, pertain primarily to individuals.

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.

Autonomous Trucks Today

Logistics Viewpoints

Last summer, I wrote an article about the future of electric trucks. Notably, I outlined that the industry was ready to transition to zero-emission trucks and that a number of major manufacturers including Tesla, Daimler, Thor, and Toyota had unveiled electric class-8 trucks while UPS, FedEx and DHL had unveiled electric class-6 parcel trucks. But now the big question is whether the industry is ready for autonomous trucks. The jury is clearly still out on […].

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Start. Just Start – PME and the fear of writing.

Logistics in War

By Rebecca Marlow. Through the Logistics in War and over the past two years Dave Beaumont has been challenging logisticians to think and write about their profession. It is important to our profession that we have a robust discussion and challenge perceptions and conceptions there may be about our trade. Earlier this year he challenged all logisticians to write, which had me ponder, ‘why don’t we?’ Sounds easy right? We’re all subject matter experts and we have opinions.

Shore Thing: Consider a New Jersey Warehouse for Your East Coast Imports

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you import, there’s a lot to like about The Port of New York and New Jersey. With numerous terminals, impressive rail connections and billions of dollars’ worth of recent improvements , it’s the country’s third-busiest port – and getting busier every day.

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A Digital Logistics Platform

Logistics Viewpoints

The term "digital" has become all the rage. Parcel software, particularly the Public Cloud solutions, has been digital for decades. Parcel software provides label compliance, enables intelligent procurement, provides analytics and visibility to improve the shipping process, and allows for bills to be audited to insure the shipper has not been overcharged. The post A Digital Logistics Platform appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Transportation Management Systems

Changes to International Fuel Surcharges Coming in 2020

Talking Logistics

Fuel surcharges have been a topic of conversation and negotiation for carriers and shippers alike for many years.

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.

Putting Your Data to Work

Supply Chain Brain

If your CEO or CIO were to ask you how you are helping your organization use data to your advantage, what would you say

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Preparing For Domestic Business Shipping


There may be nothing more important for the success of a typical business in today’s environment than logistics. Customers expect a baseline level of service that only a generation ago would have been considered white-glove, premium attention.

Kraft Heinz Stock Plunges to a Record Low Despite a Highly Efficient Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Kraft Heinz Company’s stock plummeted last week despite having one of the most efficient supply chains in their industry. The shares dropped as much as 28 percent one day after writing down the value of some of the Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands and other assets by $15.4 billion. The company's portfolio is filled with food products like Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese that are perceived to be less healthy by consumers seeking fresher, less processed alternatives.

Why Transportation Procurement is More than an Event

Talking Logistics

Sometime in the last half of 2018, the transportation market began to soften. In what felt almost like overnight, finding capacity wasn’t as much trouble as it had been for so many long, challenging months. Spot rates began to decrease a bit.

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.

Industry Trend on the Rise for Supply Chain and Logistics: Automation


According to EFT’s Supply Chain Hot Trends to Watch for in 2019 , one of the most significant trends that we should be paying attention to this year is automation. Industry players have already begun experimenting with technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence.

Blockchain Technology: It’s More Than a Luxury

Supply Chain Brain

For supply-chain partners, blockchain technology promises an immutable record of provenance, as products pass from hand to hand. And which industry stands to benefit more from that capability than luxury goods

This Week in Logistics News (February 23 – March 1)

Logistics Viewpoints

I spent the better of the last week in the sunny, warm confines of Southern Florida. It was a harsh dose of reality coming back to Boston and a snow storm. On our trip we saw iguanas, sea turtles, vultures, (wild) alligators, and a host of other animals. When it comes to animals, one of the best things I did with my family on vacation was to visit Panther Ridge, a non-profit conservation center in […].

$1B Investment in Flexport – A Smart Bet or Case of Irrational Exuberance?

Talking Logistics

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.

Accenture offers up take on e-commerce supply chain challenges

Logistics Management

The rapid growth of e-commerce is driving deep changes in our industry, from tightening up trucking capacity to elevating the importance of final-mile delivery processes. To respond, supply chain managers now need to leverage diverse systems, thereby making processes more efficient

Shipping Tech Integration Trends for 2019


Shipping tech integration is the future. It brings together disparate systems, connects IoT-enabled sensors to tracking platforms, and gives shippers more visibility into their operations.

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Use Softer Freight Market in Q1 to Begin Hard Focus on Building Carrier Relationships

Kane is Able

2018 was a tough year for both shippers and carriers as constrained capacity led to delayed shipments and higher freight prices. Q1 2019 has started like many Q1s have in years past, with a softening of the truck market. While things are shifting for the better, don’t be fooled.

Additive Manufacturing Has Both Potential and Challenges

Logistics Viewpoints

Deutsche Bahn believes that additive manufacturing will result in high savings - in the multi-digit million range - in warehousing and spare parts procurement. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is of the upmost importance for Deutsche Bahn, especially in the management of spare parts for older trains. But an international conference on this subject also pointed to the challanges of using this still immature technology.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

Retail Doubling Adoption of AI

Material Handling and Logistics

As the capability matures, it opens up entirely new ways of doing business that can increase operational agility, improve the quality and speed of decision making, and enhance the customer experience

LTL Vs. Parcel 2019 Outlook: Why Shippers Are Increasingly Using Both


The LTL freight and parcel 2019 Outlook is expected to be a period of turmoil for shippers. Across the board, general rate increases are resulting in higher transportation spend for shippers of all sizes.

CBRE Analysis Confirms E-Commerce and Warehouse Growth

Logistics Management

E-commerce and logistics companies claimed a larger share of the 100 largest industrial-and-logistics leases signed in 2018 than they did a year earlier, underscoring the growing influence of those companies on U.S. warehouse construction, according to a new report from CBRE

For Your Supply Chain KPIs to be Meaningful, Apply Some Golden Rules

Logistics Bureau

9 Golden Rules for Meaningful Supply Chain KPIs.

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.