Sat.May 11, 2019 - Fri.May 17, 2019

Transform Your Freight Brokerage: How to Retain and Empower Your Carrier Sales Reps

Parade

Like any competitive business, growing and managing a freight brokerage is full of operational challenges such as; attracting and retaining carrier sales reps, increasing operational efficiency, improving profitability, and strengthening relationships with customers and carriers.

How Virtual Reality is Transforming the Trucking Industry

Kuebix

Virtual reality (VR) is most commonly known for its recreational use in video games. However, the advanced application of technology is beginning to gain traction and be recognized for its improvement of training programs in a multitude of industries.

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Is "Freight-Tech" the future or Has Uber and Lyft Killed the Dream?

10xLogistics

While I personally was unable to attend the annual Freightwaves Transparency19 conference this year I did watch a lot of the clips and I was fascinated by the shear volume of "Freight-tech"(I will abbreviate FT) companies coming out of the woodwork to help shippers ship product. We are in the "golden age" of FT launches, venture capital money and potentially IPOs. Or, as the title stated, has Uber and Lyft killed the dream?

The Only 3 Ways to Improve Your Sales with Steve Elwell

The Logistics of Logistics

A few weeks ago, I had Steve on the podcast to discuss buying behavior. In that interview Steve said something like “there are only 3 ways to improve sales” which I found very intriguing. In today’s podcast, Steve and I will discuss those 3 ways to improve sales.

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How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

Supply Chain Visibility: Beyond “Where’s My Truck?”

Talking Logistics

I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years and achieving timely and accurate supply chain visibility has always been — and continues to be — a top priority for companies across all industries.

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Simple steps you can take so International Roadcheck counts in your favor

Fleet Owner

A clean inspection, after all, benefits your safety score and helps you qualify or remain qualified for electronic bypass programs

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Machine Learning, AI Are Most Impactful Supply Chain Technologies

Material Handling and Logistics

Supply chain executives plan to deploy or test cognitive analytics, AI/ML or digital control tower technology in the next 24 months

Ingredients of a Successful Supply Chain: Transparency, Visibility, and Traceability

Talking Logistics

As the world becomes a more digitally-enabled community of people, things, and services, technology will be embedded in almost everything. People will leverage analytics engines, machine learning, internet-connected sensors, and more to fundamentally boost efficiencies everywhere.

Swine fever set to reduce China’s soybean imports further: USDA

Supply Chain and Logistics

Asim Anand writes in Platts agriculture report that China is suffering from substantial losses in their pig population due to African swine fever (ASF). The pig herd has declined by 20%, and that translates to less need for soybeans. Estimates … Continue reading → Logistics My Research Shipping Supply Chains China economics soybeans supply chains technologies trade transportation

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.

Blockchain is already tracking and securing freight shipments across the globe

Fleet Owner

From frozen food shipments in Florida to ensuring child labor wasn't used to mine cobalt supplies from the Democratic Republic of Congo, blockchain is being used to secure and monitor the supply chain

Tariffs Alter Global Supply Chain

Material Handling and Logistics

Executives are citing the trade war as the final straw in their shift out of China

Supply Chain Quality: A Driver for Digital Transformation

Talking Logistics

Commercialization strategies evolve, supply chains expand, and production rates accelerate. The only way to take control of your future is to double down on quality. Product quality directly impacts the profitability of a company. The cost of poor quality is so closely related to supplier quality and compliance that manufacturers must give the proper attention and resources to the optimization of their upstream partnerships.

Drought forces Panama Canal draught restrictions and pushes up rates

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ian Putzger has a good interview in The Loadstar with Jon Slangerup of AGL (American Global Logistics, a forwarder), who is the former head of the Port of Long Beach. the recent drought has forced the Panama Canal to raise rates, … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Rail Shipping Supply Chains container shipping economics infrastructure panama canal supply chains trade transportation

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.

Understanding blockchain in trucking

Fleet Owner

For freight transportation, the implementation of blockchain is expected to focus on using the technology to reduce or remove third-party costs, better protect connected vehicles, and increase transparency

Ports, Shippers, Companies to Accelerate Blockchain Deployment Across Supply Chains

Material Handling and Logistics

Over 100 organizations and experts representing large shippers, supply chain providers and governments have joined the World Economic Forum project to speed up use of blockchain technology

This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Out with the old, in the with new. It had been almost 4.5 years since we last refreshed the Talking Logistics website, but yesterday at 3:00 pm ET, after weeks of planning and design work, Talking Logistics 3.0 came to life.

Are Supply Chain Executives Prepared For a Supply Chain Talent Crisis?

Cerasis

The supply chain talent crisis is a significant problem that will cause widespread disruption in the industry. More workers are retiring, and there are just not enough members from the newer generations interested in the industry.

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.

FMCSA moves ahead with under 21 driver pilot program

Fleet Owner

Federal government seeking public comment on allowing 18-20-year-old drivers to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce

What Amazon’s One-Day Delivery Promise Means for Supply Chains

Kuebix

Amazon is once again raising the bar for speed of delivery with its announcement on May 13, 2019 that the company’s new goal is to make 1-day delivery standard for Prime customers.

Walmart Matches Amazon With One-Day Shipping on Many Items

Material Handling and Logistics

Walmart said this policy will actually cost the company less, since the items will typically come in just one box from a single warehouse that’s closest to the customer

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Inbound Freight Reporting: 16 Ways to Use Freight Data to Evaluate Spend by Supplier

Cerasis

When shippers grow too comfortable with inbound freight management activities, mistakes occur, and failure to recognize the signs of poor visibility in inbound freight management will result in higher costs.

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.

Why you should read your owner's manual

Fleet Owner

From oil changes to grease programs, your owner’s manual holds the key to maximizing your equipment’s performance. Here are three reasons you should read your owner’s manual today

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Planning accuracy…can you get too much of a good thing?

AIMMS

F ulfilling the need for resi lience to change in long – term planning while providing accuracy in short – term planning can improve business performance and reduce stress levels. . Attempting to forecast the unforecastable is a tendency of many supply chain professionals.

When it comes to the U.S.-China trade war, there is no clear end in sight

Logistics Management

Last week in this space the topic of imminent additional tariffs to be placed on United States-bound imports out of China, part and parcel of the seemingly interminable U.S.-China China trade war was front and center.

5 Steps to Build a Dynamic Routing for Inbound Freight: How to Give Your Vendors a Better Carrier Mix

Cerasis

As explained by Inbound Logistics, the inbound freight routing guide defines carrier selection and mode of transportation criteria for vendors and suppliers to send freight to your business.

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.