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Key Factors to Consider When Planning and Designing Warehouses

Logistics Bureau

Planning a Warehouse Network and Design: Key Factors to Consider. In this post, I’d like to talk about the key factors that will impact on the optimum facility network and design required to meet your warehousing or storage requirements.

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Is It Time To Tidy Up Your Fulfillment Strategy?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Earlier this year, Netflix introduced a popular but polarizing new show. Entitled Tidying Up with Marie Kondo , it follows various families as they systematically cull through their possessions, all spurred by the cleaning guru’s famous advice to keep only what “sparks joy.”.

3 flatbed freight shipping tips.


Hauling flatbed loads has multiple components and it’s important to be prepared. Read these three tips to help you successfully ship flatbed

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How to Combat the Uncertainty and Risks in Today’s Global Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Whether it’s the escalating tariffs between the U.S. and China, what’s happening (or not happening) with Brexit in Europe, or the status of “New NAFTA” and other trade agreements, one thing is clear: there is growing risk and uncertainty in global supply chain management. How are leading companies navigating these risks and uncertainties? That was the focus of a recent global study conducted by LLamasoft.

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.

Toyota Kata and Culture Change

The Lean Thinker

I am still digesting my experience at the Toyota Kata Summit (KataCon) and the TWI Summit but I wanted to reflect on one of the emerging themes, and some of the reactions.

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5 Truckload Shipping Trends For 2019

Logistics Viewpoints

Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. To understand whether demand for truckload capacity will be up or down in the coming year, it’s critical to watch the economy. With slower economic growth forecasted for 2019, we could expect a more historically normal level of truckload market balance than we had last year. In addition to economic growth, there are a variety of factors that will influence […].

Should the State DOT Be the One to Mandate Commercial Vehicle Bans During Weather Events?

Kane is Able

On February 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced plans for a commercial vehicle ban on all major highways in Eastern Pennsylvania in anticipation of a predicted snow-ice mix the following day.

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

Talking Logistics

We didn’t think he would visit us this year, but then came the snow storm early Monday morning, and with schools closed, Billy Bob Joe V finally showed up. My kids, with the help of neighborhood friends, used their muscles and brains (and ladders and shovels) to build the 13 ft. snowman (over 15 ft.

Outsourcing Fulfillment: 3 Marketing Experts Explain the Benefits

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Amware recently sponsored the publication of a Mighty Guide titled 8 Experts on Marketing Fulfillment. In this eBook, marketing executives from a variety of industries share their insights of outsourcing fulfillment and getting the most from their companies’ marketing fulfillment programs.

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.

Is 2019 the Year of Robotic Piece Picking?

Logistics Viewpoints

The overall structure and content of the MHI Promat and Modex events evolves very slowly from year to year. However, a prevalent theme seems to arise each year that differentiates one event from years prior. I’m told that robotic piece picking was the stand-out theme at LogiMAT last month and that theme will surely cross the pond to ProMat next month. I plan to spend a large portion of my time in Chicago at the […]. The post Is 2019 the Year of Robotic Piece Picking?

7 Bold Steps to Ensure Freight Capacity

Kane is Able

Freight capacity has historically been viewed as a commodity. The onus has been on the trucking company to position itself as the customer’s “carrier of choice.”. But if you haven’t noticed, that’s changing. The combination of a growing U.S.

How to Mitigate Additional Costs in Transportation

Talking Logistics

Last year many shippers were caught flat-footed by rising transportation costs and capacity constraints. It’s safe to say that in 2019 shippers will likely be more vigilant and more proactive in looking for opportunities to better manage and control their transportation costs. What are some of these cost-saving opportunities? How can shippers realize them?

Great Shipping and Logistics: Still the Biggest Must-Have for Ecommerce Success


Your customers are willing to tell you exactly what they want and, sometimes much to your chagrin, they’re not going to hold back or walk on eggshells for you. This past holiday season, customer angst was clearly on display, and shipping and order accuracy was a big player in that grief.

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.

Canadian National Goes Green

Logistics Viewpoints

Canadian National is committed to sustainability and outperforms their peers in this area. Canadian National is using fewer railcars and locomotives to ship more freight. Achieving these gains have been aided by some interesting supply chain technologies. This is also good for the bottom line. The post Canadian National Goes Green appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Sustainability Transportation

Enhance Cross-Functional Collaboration With Communities of Practice

Supply Chain Brain

Supply-chain leaders know the importance of collaboration better than most

FedEx SameDay Bot: Will Delivery Robots End Up in the Trash Heap of Ideas?

Talking Logistics

Last week FedEx introduced its FedEx SameDay Bot. Here are some details from the press release: With the bot, retailers will be able to accept orders from nearby customers and deliver them by bot directly to customers’ homes or businesses the same day.

Capturing E-commerce Volumes by Air and by Ocean

Logistics Trends and Insights

According to Accenture, over two billion consumers worldwide will be regularly shopping online by 2020. At over $3.4 trillion of gross merchandise value, global online sales are expected to grow at 14% per year over the next few years with no signs of slowing.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (March 2 – 8)

Logistics Viewpoints

One of the things I like best about the user conference season, other than seeing new innovative technologies and learning from my peers, is the fact that I actually get to watch movies on my flights. I recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the based-on-reality movie about the life and times of Queen and its front man Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek’s transformation into Freddie Mercury, as well as the other actors portraying Brian May, Roger Taylor, and […].

How to Grow Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

The push is rapidly expanding across industries. Here's how to keep up

Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Morai Logistics

Experts say that supply chain management is one of the top industries that will benefit from the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) this year. In February, Morai Logistics discussed the positive impact Artificial Intelligence is forecasted to have on our industry. From robotics and machine learning to delivery optimization to maintenance consistency, the possibilities are endless. According to Statista, in 2025 the global AI market is expected to generate approximately 89, 847.26 billion U.S

Editor’s Pick: 5 Real-Time Visibility Features Required for Predictive Analytics

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post from project44’s blog highlights five real-time visibility features companies should consider when evaluating solutions. Necessities begin as luxuries.

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.

Singapore Locks in Last Mile Delivery

Logistics Viewpoints

Singapore is looking to enable an efficient last mile network by developing a single interoperable platform to facilitate e-commerce. The post Singapore Locks in Last Mile Delivery appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Retail last mile delivery

This Overlooked Marketplace Differentiator May Be Sitting in Your Warehouse

Supply Chain Brain

Well-managed product inventory can be a marketplace differentiator — especially when a product is produced in one country and sold in another

[Infographic] The Skilled Labor Shortage


Employers are struggling to find qualified job candidates. There are currently more open positions than there are job seekers to fill them. Not to mention, the job seekers that do apply often don’t have the skills needed for the job. So what’s causing the skilled labor shortage?

Everything You Need to Know About LTL Freight Class

GoShip Blog

If you have been into the world of less-than-truckload shipping for more than 30 minutes, you probably heard something about LTL freight class. While the general concept of LTL shipping is easily understood, learning what a freight classification is and why it is important may be confusing.

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.