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Multi-colored barcodes could store three times the data as black and white

DC Velocity

JAB-Code patterns will likely see applications in government ID documents before logistics, AIM says. Technology

The Importance of Retail Compliance in Today’s Market

Blue Grace Logistics

Logistics and supply chain management has become a very tight game, almost cutthroat in its harsh severity. Consumers want their product today, that means that retailers want it delivered, checked in, and on the shelf yesterday.

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The changing face of cargo theft: interview with Scott Cornell

DC Velocity

Cargo theft and protection is a cat-and-mouse game over some valuable cheese, according to Scott Cornell of Travelers Insurance. Strategy

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2018 Parcel Oversize Changes: Tightening of the Vise

Talking Logistics

With the 2018 General Rate Increase (GRI), FedEx and UPS are further “tightening the vise” for oversize packages. What Has Changed? Below is a comparison of 2017 vs. 2018 parameters for oversize shipments: Source: enVista.

Increasing Transportation and Logistics Sales Using CRM with Troy Goode

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: In this podcast, Joe interviews Troy Goode, Co-Founder and CTO of Lanetix, about increasing transportation and logistics sales for companies using customer relationship management (CRM).

Deliveries are Booming, but so are Fuel Prices


Fuel prices in the US have increased by more than 30 percent over the past year. In fact, the recent surge in oil prices is the biggest since 2004. This is becoming a serious issue for any business for which shipping or deliveries are mission-critical.

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Next-Generation Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

If supply chain and logistics executives were granted one wish to make their work lives easier and more productive, most of them would probably say, “I wish I had end-to-end supply chain visibility.” It’s been an unfulfilled goal for many companies for many years, but while significant challenges still remain, advancements in technology are helping companies move closer to achieving this goal. Why has end-to-end supply chain visibility been so difficult to achieve?

China’s Silk Road Initiative to Benefit from Trade War

Logistics Trends and Insights

China’s Silk Road initiative, better known as One Belt One Road ( OBOR ), received a big boost as the US implemented additional tariffs on Chinese goods with threats of even more.

No Driver Working Today Will Need to Change Careers Because of Autonomous Trucks

Logistics Viewpoints

Mike Reid, the Chief Operating Officer at Embark Trucks, said that “Anyone employed as a driver today will be able to retire as a driver.” What makes that statement surprising is that Embark is a leading developer of autonomous trucks. One might think that the goal of an autonomous truck company is to render drivers superfluous. The post No Driver Working Today Will Need to Change Careers Because of Autonomous Trucks appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Crown opens expanded forklift facility in Michigan

DC Velocity

Site will meet growing needs in food distribution and automotive manufacturing sectors, firm says. Lift Trucks

Real-time Capacity Matching: Making Brokers More Efficient

Talking Logistics

The real-time freight visibility space was particularly hot in 2017, with two major acquisitions announced last year, including Descartes’s acquisition of MacroPoint in August 2017. Demand for these solutions, from both shippers and brokers, continues to grow because companies want to identify and implement better ways to plan and execute their transportation and logistics operations, which is what ultimately delivers value.

How The New Tariffs Could Affect the Supply Chain

Blue Grace Logistics

With three rounds of attempted trade negotiations come and gone, a trade war between the United States and China, representing the two largest economies in the world has begun.

Warehouse Management Systems – WMS Enhancements and Product Development Plans

Logistics Viewpoints

I just completed the newest version of ARC’s annual warehouse management systems (WMS) market research study. For those of you who are looking to receive your copy, it is currently in editing and should be available before the end of the month. The research process behind this report is extensive and evaluates both quantitative and qualitative developments of the global market. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss a qualitative topic of interest […].

TrueCommerce and Shopify integrate e-commerce platforms

DC Velocity

Combination allows merchants to synch various commerce channels with backend business systems, firms say. Systems Integration


Pharmaceutical Markets Rely on Optimized Cold Chains

Morai Logistics

The growth of pharmaceutical markets increases the demand on cold chain logistics to offer safe and efficient transportation solutions. This year, the biopharmaceutical industry is valued at $318 billion with a continued incline projected over the next few years. To help support the expansion of this pharmaceutical market, leading market research provider Technavio , raises the importance of ‘product diversification’.

Should Truck Driving Age Be Lowered to Fill Driver Shortage?

Material Handling and Logistics

Pending legislation would lower the age of truck drivers to 18 and ease the growing shortage, but can this group live up to the safety required

Harnessing Supply Chain Reliability by Reducing Lead Time Variability


Today’s global companies operate within complex supply chains that require a coordinated flow of information, services, goods and payments within and across international boundaries. Receiving goods at the expected date and time presents some challenges. Companies depend upon receiving their order on a set date and time. Any deviation to these delivery expectations can increase costs and damage supplier reputations.

Zim, Maersk, MSC sign co-operation pact on Asia-U.S. East Coast trades

DC Velocity

Partnership teams Zim with 2M Alliance members. Transportation

Social Compliance: Obstacles to Crossing the Border

Logistics Viewpoints

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City caught fire, trapping nearly all of the 600 workers inside. Most of the workers were teenaged girls, working 12-hour days for a mere $15 a week. Within 18 minutes, it was all over. Forty-nine workers had burned to death or been suffocated by smoke, 36 were dead in the elevator shaft and 58 died from jumping to the sidewalks. With two more […].

Adding Value to Your Supply Chain: Seven Cardinal Sins to Avoid

Material Handling and Logistics

Companies need to come clean and eliminate common supply chain offenses to deliver the greatest value to their customers. Over the last decade, the expectation and focus on completing “perfect orders” has increased in the supply chain industry.

Celaya flood continues to hit Honda output

Automotive Logistics

Honda has confirmed that production of the Fit and HR-V models at the Celaya plant in Mexico will remain suspended this month, after the facility was hit by flooding at the end of June.

Heavy-duty truck orders hit 12-year seasonal adjusted high in June, ACT said

DC Velocity

Fourth time in six months that net orders exceeded 40,000 units. Transportation

Port of Long Beach Records Highest Volumes Ever for June

Logistics Manager

The Port of Long Beach in California recently announced they had reached a record number of cargo volume for the month June 2018, the highest in their in 107-year history. The Port experienced a 14.2% increase in trade for the month of June, compared to the same month last year.

The White House Is Getting Aggressive to Answer the Call for More Qualified Truck Drivers


Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program to permit 18-to-20-year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. The Trucking industry has been struggling to meet driver demand for the last 20 years. Transportation News Industry Trends Big Data

Using Big Data to Improve Your Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

The term “big data” has been one of the hottest buzzwords over the last couple of years, and that’s not a big surprise. Statistical science and data analytics can help organizations (of any size and type) obtain historical measurements and generate actionable information that increases supply chain visibility, drives operational efficiency and supports overall growth. But knowing the importance of having access to data is only the first step. Organizations need to have the right […].

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Genpact acquires Barkawi in merger of consulting firms

DC Velocity

Supply chain management services will focus on consumer packaged goods, industrial manufacturing, and high-tech sectors, Genpact says. Strategy

Infographic: 5 Tips for Shipping Fragile Items

GoShip Blog

Preparing fragile items for transit can quickly turn stressful, because fragile and valuable items need extra care and attention when it comes to shipping.

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CMA CGM Approved for CEVA Investment

Logistics Manager

Following on from our story in April, we can now confirm CMA CGM has received all the approvals for their investment in the CEVA Group.

A ‘Logistics in War’ primer: Logistics and the art of command

Logistics in War

By David Beaumont. For commanders, the objective and purpose of logistics is to establish and subsequently sustain the combat effectiveness of forces. Logistics shapes strategic and tactical decision making, and is an influence on the conduct of the operational art. However, commanders, and the ‘command climate’ they generate, can also have a profound influence of the efficiency of logistics. acquires transportation software vendor Grizella

DC Velocity

Merger of logistics technology providers will help supply greater information to freight transportation industry users, firms say. Technology

Grappling with the capacity crunch

Automotive Logistics

With demand for automotive exports via North American ports rising again last year, OEMs face a number of new challenges in handling vehicles in 2018.

Dimensional Weight Pricing Now Impacting Less than Truckload

Kane is Able

This week’s blog post was written by Jack Ampuja , president of Supply Chain Optimizers – a specialized consultancy that helps companies control supply chain costs through packaging optimization. While dimensional weight pricing has been applied in domestic ground parcel since 2013, recently it has also migrated into the less than truckload sector; because dim weight pricing is based on shipment density, this makes efficient packaging more important than ever.

Federal Judge Stays California Sanctuary State Employer Law

Material Handling and Logistics

Law imposed penalties on employers who cooperated with immigration investigations. A federal district judge stayed a California law that penalized employers who choose to cooperate with federal immigration officials who didn’t present them with a warrant or subpoena first.

Rail, barge get new lives, funding under New York's infrastructure plan

DC Velocity

Underutilized assets to take center stage as the city looks to cut reliance on trucks. . Transportation