Sat.Oct 13, 2018 - Fri.Oct 19, 2018

Digital megashifts could give supply chain managers "superhuman" productivity, futurist says

DC Velocity

Despite potential of tech to streamline business tasks, human traits like compassion can never be replicated, Leonhard tells MHI show. Technology

The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management


Warehouse management is not a simple task, and warehouse managers face difficult challenges. Even when orders are low, standard operations continue to grow with each passing day. Part of this derives from the expansion of e-commerce into new and emerging markets.

The Halloween Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Halloween is a mere two weeks away, and the shopping season is in full swing. And by “in full swing,” I mean that consumers are spending big bucks on all the Halloween essentials. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, Halloween spending is expected to exceed $9 billion. With more than 175 million people planning on celebrating the holiday this year, that equates to an average spend […].

Choosing a Warehouse Location: 7 Critical Criteria to Consider


Choosing the right warehouse location can make all the difference in how effective, efficient, and profitable a company is. Leasing or purchasing a warehouse is a major decision, and a wisely located warehouse can significantly enhance a company's ability to compete and effectively serve customers.

What are your peers saying about Supply Chain Network Design?

Companies want to maximize service levels, but they also want to cut costs. How do you find the optimum balance? That's what Supply Chain Network Design is all about. This report delves into the benefits of SCND as a process and what companies are looking for and struggling with when it comes to supportive technologies.

Buying and Selling Transportation/Logistics Companies with Peter Stefanovich

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: Today’s guest is Peter Stefanovich, co-founder of Left Lane Associates , a business brokerage specializing in the transportation and logistics business.

More Trending unveils plans to study underground urban fulfillment network

DC Velocity

Chinese e-commerce giant launches "Urban Smart Logistics Institute" at Beijing supply chain summit. Transportation

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Carter Express Recognized as Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Truckers

Carter Logistics

Blog Topics. The Shared Milkrun Mexico & Border Logistics. Carter Express Recognized as Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Truckers. Carter Express was recognized as one of Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Truckers of 2018.

Mitigating Logistics Risk Through Blockchain


Logistics will always contain risks, but the use of blockchain in supply chain management can go a long way in prevention and mitigation.

E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce


E-commerce is growing faster than ever, and more consumers are leveraging online platforms in making purchasing decisions. In fact, two-thirds of consumer shopping journeys include internet research, reports McKinsey & Company , as well as word-of-mouth recommendations and past experiences.

Robotic tractor sets world record for autonomous snow removal

DC Velocity

Finnish firm unleashes 45 mph driverless snowplow—on a closed road, of course. Robotics

The value of a moment – logistics and the acceleration of war

Logistics in War

By David Beaumont. Future advantage will lie with the side who can ‘own the time’ and best prepare the environment.’. – Lieutenant General R Burr, Chief of Army, Accelerated warfare , 08 Aug 18. What is the value of a moment?

U.S. Apparel Imports on the Decline – Reshoring, Innovation or Both?

Logistics Trends and Insights

Is it or isn’t it? Depending on what report you read, outsourced manufacturing may or may not be returning to the U.S. Despite the uncertainty, we suspect some manufacturing is returning or is planned to return but not exactly in the same way it was outsourced.

Blockchain for Bill of Lading – A Much Needed Update to the Traditional Bill of Lading for E-Commerce?


The opportunities within the use of blockchain for bill of lading in international trade, especially e-commerce, are significant. According to The LoadStar, the first ocean container use of a blockchain-based bill of lading was released successfully in the port of Koper, Slovenia. This resounding trial and win signifies a new way shippers will be able to compete in the global market, speeding delivery of international shipments, enhancing existing supply chain operations, and more.

Tank officer rises to run Army logistics unit

DC Velocity

Rutner is a different kind of tanker. Strategy

Building Brand Loyalty with Last-Mile Logistics

Morai Logistics

Experts believe last-mile logistics can effectively build brand loyalty by significantly improving the customer experience. From a global market perspective, immediate and fast delivery is becoming a critical necessity to a company’s success. In fact, a staggering 88% of consumers who participated in the 2018 Global Consumer Insights Survey , confirmed they would pay more for ‘same-day or faster delivery’.

How to Reduce Your Chassis Rental Fee

West Coast and California Logistics

When considering all the costs involved in getting your containerized goods from port to market, it’s easy to think of all the “big” things that drive up your spend. These big-ticket items include your ocean carrier, drayage, and warehousing costs.

C-suite Teams Finally Discussing Transportation at a Strategic Level


DHL Supply Chain conducted a global survey of more than 200 transportation decision makers across the globe and within all the major industry sectors, asking about their current and future transportation operations and strategies.

Retailers set to ban "serial returners," survey finds

DC Velocity

Following Amazon's lead—and as a way to curb the high costs associated with reverse logistics processes—two-thirds of retailers say they would stop doing business with problem shoppers. Omnichannel

This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2018)

Talking Logistics

How cold does it have to get inside your house before you accept reality and turn on the heat? Is wearing a jacket and hat while watching the Red Sox game in your family room a visual cue that the time has come?

Abercrombie & Fitch Embraces Supply Chain and Omnichannel

Logistics Viewpoints

Abercrombie & Fitch has struggled. Investments in supply chain agility and omnichannel are a key part of their turnaround strategy. Investing in supply chain speed and efficiency includes improving forecasting in the hard to forecast fashion industry. But they also seek to improve efficiency by “leveraging data analytics to offer the right product at the right time and the right price.”.

Top Causes for Delivery Delays and How to Use Data to Avoid Chargebacks

Blue Grace Logistics

The must-arrive-by-date (MABD) was introduced to the logistics world back in early 2016 when Walmart set a new bar for suppliers.

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SMC³ adds volume LTL pricing API to suite of rating solutions

DC Velocity

Real-time volume LTL tool helps shippers secure capacity, save money, firm says. Transportation

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Truckers Considering Demand-Based Pricing


Truckers are considering adopting a demand-based pricing algorithm very much like the Uber system. Pricing for transportation services will fluctuate on any given day based upon shipper demand. One could only imagine what an end of the month, end of quarter scenario may look like for shippers.

Amazon’s Mexican Aspirations

Logistics Trends and Insights

As a follow up to our blog post, Mexico – The Race for E-commerce Dominance Starts with Logistics , we take a look at Amazon who is reportedly scouting for land in central Mexico for a fourth distribution center. Currently, Amazon operates three warehouses just outside Mexico City with about 1.5

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5 Reasons a Small Business Can Benefit From a 3PL

PLS Logistics

In the age of Amazon, the only thing that is growing faster than the e-commerce sector is customers’ demands. Once a shipment is scheduled or an item is purchased, the customer is constantly looking for updates on the shipment, no matter if it’s an individual shipper or a large corporation.

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Honeywell teams with Fetch Robotics to provide mobile bots for e-commerce DCs

DC Velocity

Collaboration could increase warehouse productivity and boost labor efficiency with AMRs, firms say. Robotics

European healthcare: how smarter logistics can reduce drug shortages

Insight Into Action

Although logistics is only one step in the healthcare supply chain, research shows an average pharmaceutical organisation spends 6% of its revenue on logistics requirements, compared to 5%­ for the retail industry and just 2% for electronics.

Unusual times for breakbulk, says 3PLs

Now, That's Logistics

This article originally appeared in Breakbulk – you can read the original article here. Airbus, the European aerospace giant, had a problem: moving airplane components to its new $600 million manufacturing plant in Alabama. DB Schenker, a global 3PL., dug in, literally, building a new aircraft hangar and refurbishing a World War II-era pier in Mobile. The solution: using inland waterways rather than overland transport. The result: Streamlined logistics to improve Airbus production.

Top 3 Benefits of Using An Online Shipping Solution

GoShip Blog

Online shipping services like provide shipping solutions for small businesses and individual shippers without dealing with brokers or carriers.

MIT commits $1 billion to AI education, research, development

DC Velocity

Creates Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing to serve as focal point for interdisciplinary approach to studying computing, artificial intelligence and related fields. Technology

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[PODCAST] The Value of Carrier and Shipper Collaboration to Beat Capacity Crunches & Mitigate Freight Rate Hikes


Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode we welcome our very own Carrier Relations Manager, Amy Cook. Amy manages our carrier relations and special services departments.

IoT Enhances In-Transit Shipment Visibility

Logistics Viewpoints

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become commonplace in almost every home and office. We use it to turn on the lights, connect our devices to satellites broadcasting streaming media, or place orders for grocery delivery. But the IoT has also quickly become an integral part of supply chains. It provides us with the advantage of using systems already in place, such as our smartphones or supply chain execution platforms, to expand our capabilities for […].

Digital vs. Human: Will Online Services Replace Freight Brokers?

PLS Logistics

Technology and digital innovations are making a significant impact on every industry. With all of the new advancements being made, there is a constant hanging question: will the new digital optimization tools replace human jobs?