Sat.Mar 30, 2019 - Fri.Apr 05, 2019

Thinking inside the box

Automotive Logistics

Cars have been shipped in containers ever since the modern shipping container was introduced commercially in the late 1950s, but it is only since dedicated racking systems were mass produced to improve loading that there has been a greater adoption of containers for volume shipments. .

5 tips for managing truckload shipping rates in 2019.


Rising truckload shipping rates make building a strategy that puts you in control of your freight, while operating within a strict budget, a challenge. Freightquote shares 5 tips to help you manage rising rates in 2019

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Blockchain for a Better Supply Chain

Material Handling and Logistics

Blockchain provides a secure, paperless solution for tracking products through every stage of their lifecycle

Looking at Parcel Packaging


There’s more to cardboard boxes than meets the eye In today’s eCommerce-fueled world, customers have come to expect a few key things from online retailers. Expectations such as fast and free shipping, competitive pricing, and no-hassle returns all go into the consumer decision-making process.

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.

Straight Talk About Efficient Multi-Channel Fulfillment

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Multi-channel selling is here to stay – and fast and accurate multi-channel fulfillment is critical to your competitive advantage. (In In other news, snow is cold.). What’s less apparent is how to make outstanding fulfillment possible without spreading your inventory or budget too thin.

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The Walmart Effect: More Stringent Inbound Freight Management Demands on the Way


In today’s world of inbound freight management demands, it is easy to get wrapped up in the hype over the Amazon effect. Essentially, Amazon’s continuous push for world domination is forcing shippers and carriers to rethink their strategies. However, another effect exists-the Walmart Effect.

This Week in Logistics News (April 1-5, 2019)

Talking Logistics

“I’m worst at what I do best.”. Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, killed himself 25 years ago today. I remember the first time I saw the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on MTV, back in the days when MTV still played music videos.

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Are Your Marketing Materials Winning New Business?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

This is the seventh in a series of blogs focused on getting the most from your marketing fulfillment program. It includes insights drawn from an Iron Mountain-sponsored Mighty Guide titled 8 Experts on Marketing Fulfillment.

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Supply Chain Blockchain Applications Won’t Work Without Data Standards!

Logistics Viewpoints

Blockchain provides one mechanism for sharing information between supply chain trading partners. Because of the IT security, unchangeable records, and decentralized governance, the technology is getting a lot of attention. But just as clear thinking depends upon carefully defining terms, effective supply chain collaboration requires a defined vocabulary. Business is just easier when you speak the same language as your customers, suppliers and partners.

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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.

The State of Inbound Logistics for Over-the-Road Freight Shippers


The logistics industry is on track for significant changes in 2019. Consumer confidence and spending are up, and companies are enjoying the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Unfortunately, failures to effectively manage inbound freight still exist, and freight costs are rising at record levels.

Key Provisions to be Negotiated in a Construction Purchase Contract

SIPMM Professional Publications

Construction contracts are complicated documents that try to balance the needs of many different parties involved in a project. Contractors face much uncertainty when delivering on their contract responsibilities, so it is important to design contracts that are fair in allocating risk.

Redefining Logistics Management in a Digital World

Talking Logistics

According to the 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report , released in April 2017, 80 percent of executives surveyed believe that digital supply chain will be the predominant model within five years. Sixteen percent think the era of the digital supply chain is already here.

The Warehouse Management System of Today… and Tomorrow

Logistics Viewpoints

WMS product development roadmaps vary by provider, but there is substantial overlap among the development initiatives of leading WMS providers. Key topics include machine learning, optimization, automation integration, and interoperability. This article captures the “essence of the essence” of the development plans of the leadings WMS suppliers today. The post The Warehouse Management System of Today… and Tomorrow appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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.

[WHITE PAPER] The Importance of Inbound Logistics in Effective Freight Management


Fill out the Form Below to Get a Free Copy of the White Paper to Your Inbox! Cerasis is excited to announce the release of an all new, exclusive, & educational resource “The Importance of Inbound Logistics in Effective Freight Management” white paper!

Essential Considerations for Digital Transportation in Logistics Chain

SIPMM Professional Publications

Digital Transport refers to advanced applications designed to provide innovative services for different modes of transport and traffic management, enabling users to get better information, and making transport networks safer, more streamlined and smarter.

Amazon in Italy

Logistics Trends and Insights

by Ian Kerr, Postal Hub Podcast. Amazon is strengthening its presence in Italy thanks to its relationship with national postal operator Poste Italiane.

This Week in Logistics News (March 30 – April 5)

Logistics Viewpoints

On April 1, I saw a very interesting piece of news that I just couldn’t believe. Passel, a sharing economy company that has shoppers (dubbed Passers) deliver goods to other shoppers, made a major announcement on how items would be delivered. The company’s R&D division announced that Passers would have the option of engaging drones to assist with delivery. According to a press release, “Drone Assisted Delivery is a Jet Optimized Kinetic Engagement System (DAD: […].

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.

WMS Best Practices: Implementation Challenges to Overcome and Tips on How to Go-Live Successfully


Implementing a modern warehouse management system (WMS) is useful to ensure the scalability and functionality of supply chains. While numerous WMS applications offer different benefits and capabilities, common threads exist around WMS implementation and go live plans.

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Key Stages for Purchasing Heavy Equipment Parts

SIPMM Professional Publications

Practically there is no one-size-fits-all purchase process. Some organizations require a formal process to suit their complex environment, which is often the case in government or education. In those industries, vendors must comply with strict guidelines.

Container Shipping Can Help Diversify International Sales of U.S. Soybeans

Supply Chain Brain

It’s no coincidence that several expanding markets for U.S. soybeans are taking advantage of beans shipped in containers, rather than bulk


Excel Goes Blockchain (Microsoft and IBM Partnership)

Talking Logistics

Microsoft Excel is arguably the most widely used supply chain and logistics application , while blockchain is one of the most talked about emerging technologies in the industry, promising to transform the way companies share data and execute transactions with their trading partners. It was only a question of time before Excel and blockchain came together.

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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.

[PODCAST] Amazon’s Push to Compete with Logistics Services Providers


Listen to “Amazon’s Push to Compete with Logistics Services Providers” on Spreaker. Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect Amazon Resources Is Amazon In-Sourcing or Creating a New Service? You Already Know Read Blog Post Amazon’s Freight (Train) Is Coming Read Blog Post Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to More.

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Essential Stages of a Procurement Tender for the Services Sector

SIPMM Professional Publications

Tendering means a company or organization wishing to obtain goods or services will first specify requirements. Subsequently, it will open the bidding in a process known as Tendering. Interested companies can submit their proposals to the client within a finite deadline.

Forecast for U.S. Ag Exporters: Continued Pain

Supply Chain Brain

agricultural exporters weathered a tough year in 2018, and the forecast looks no better for the remainder of 2019


Reinventing the Supply Chain: A New Take on an Old Budgeting Technique

Material Handling and Logistics

Follow these four steps to adopting a zero-based mindset across your supply chain

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.