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3 Technologies to Improve Warehouse Efficiency


Warehouse efficiency remains one of the most important strategic goals and differentiators for logistics organizations. The reason is simple: without an efficient warehouse operation, the business is forced to increase its workforce in order to maintain high levels of service.

How times have changed on the road

Fleet Owner

Retired UPS driver Jimmy Howard, who logged 6 million accident-free miles, shares his thoughts on how trucking has changed over the past 40 years

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Subway Restaurants’ Journey to Improved Recalls

Logistics Viewpoints

Traceability is one supply chain application that many pundits argue is a perfect fit for blockchain technologies. Subway and its Franchisee-owned supply chain are on an ongoing journey to improve their recall and traceability capabilities. Not surprisingly, they have taken a hard look at blockchain as a solution for improved traceability. So, what the Subway Franchisee-owned supply chain group have to say about blockchain is worth paying attention to.

Need Warehouse Space in Atlanta?  The Advantages Add Up

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When two of the country’s premiere site selection publications named Georgia as the #1 state for doing business for several years in a row, some people may have been a little surprised. By contrast, all of us at Amware thought, “Yep. Makes total sense to us.”.

Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.

Dropshipping Is Helping to Meet eCommerce Demands

Material Handling and Logistics

A new study from the Center for Supply Chain Research at Lehigh University shows that retailers are expanding their virtual inventory without incurring additional carrying and fulfillment costs by utilizing dropship programs

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How More Effective Inbound Logistics Management Improves Procurement in the Supply Chain


Making changes that promote effective inbound logistics management can have a significant impact on your organization’s procurement department and team members.

Marketing Compliance Nightmares?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

This is the eighth in a series of blogs focused on getting the most from your marketing fulfillment program, with insights drawn from an Amware-sponsored Mighty Guide titled 8 Experts on Marketing Fulfillment. You can download this free ebook here. There’s an old saying, “rules are made to be broken.”

Health Check Your Supply Chain for Inefficiencies

Talking Logistics

Even in 2019 many companies still underestimate the importance of their global supply chain and above all, how their logistics and supply chain performance can beneficially impact their marketing, ultimately leading to healthier financial results.

Connectivity improves fleet efficiency

Fleet Owner

Technology firms have stepped in and are offering digital services to fleets

How is Demand Forecasting changing? How do you compare to your peers?

AIMMS conducted research to assess how supply chain teams perceive the accuracy of their forecast and discover the tools and techniques they are using to upgrade the forecasting process. In this report, you will find helpful benchmarks and insights offered by your peers on the latest demand forecasting techniques, forecast granularity and periodicity, and expectations for the future.

What Is Demand Sensing and Why Supply Chain Executives Need to Know More


Understanding more about the needs and wants of customers can help supply chain leaders make informed decisions, improve inventory management, and increase profitability. In recent months, conversations about how to improve forecasting in the supply chain have focused on a subject: demand sensing.

The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

Supply Chain and Logistics

This Boston Consulting Group report by Massimo Portincaso, Arnaud de la Tour, and Philippe Soussan, discusses seven categories of so-called deep-tech areas of research that are likely to yield new disruptions for businesses of all types. They believe that deep-tech industries are … Continue reading → Advanced Computing entrepreneurship Investing Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains computing innovation Software technology transportation trends

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The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. The research focused on the inventory visibility and optimization challenges that companies face today related to omni-channel fulfillment and the actions they should take to elevate their omni-channel performance. As highlighted in our previous Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders report, many companies are still not performing to their full potential when it comes to omni-channel fulfillment, and they continue to experience challenges related to inventory visibility and optimization. In fact, two-thirds of the companies we surveyed characterized their omni-channel fulfillment performance (relative to peers in their industry) as average or below, with 30 percent characterizing it as below average. In order to improve their omni-channel fulfillment performance, companies need to overcome several challenges that are currently hindering their ability to effectively optimize and manage their supply chain inventory. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy. The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”. Our 2018 study tells us a greater percentage of Above Average Performers have “High Confidence” in inventory accuracy across all supply chain nodes compared to Average & Below Performers. That said, as we further evaluate the data we find even Above Average Performers have significant room for improvement. For example, both Above Average Performers and Average or Below Performers have the best visibility and highest confidence in inventory accuracy at their own distribution centers (or those operated on their behalf by third-party logistics partners). But neither group is close to 100 percent confident, as the chart below illustrates. Source: Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019. What are the main causes of this “confidence gap” in inventory accuracy? Per our survey results, the top two reasons are not having an integrated/consolidated view of inventory across the supply chain and relying on manual data capture processes. This was true for both Above Average Performers and Average or Below Performers. Source: Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 , The reality is that inventory data is spread out across multiple systems, multiple trading partners, and multiple locations. Aggregating, normalizing, and cleansing this data from across the supply chain (in real time or near real time) is not a trivial task. It takes a lot more time, money, and resources to accomplish than simply investing in “supply chain visibility” software. Complicating matters is the fact that many companies still rely on manual processes to capture inventory data. Our survey results align with the findings from the WERC DC Measures 2018 Study : In 2018 almost 35% [of the 549 survey respondents] are still not using a WMS [warehouse management system] to manage the warehouse. Relying instead on manual means such as Excel and disparate modules to run individual warehouse functions. Even 1970s technology hasn’t been fully adopted by many facilities, with 24% not using bar codes and RF scanners. Simply put, it will be very difficult for companies to close the confidence gap in inventory accuracy if they continue to rely on Excel spreadsheets to manage their warehouses instead of using RF-enabled WMS and other automated data capture systems. For more research results, including insights on the role and importance of distributed order management (DOM), download the full report. The post The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap” appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Retail Trends Supply Chain & Logistics Trends Warehouse Management inventory accuracy inventory management LEGACY Supply Chain Services omni-channel Retail

Clean Energy cites natural gas progress with financing plan, 'Redeem' RNG

Fleet Owner

Company says natural gas vehicles have the cleanest emissions profile available today

5 Perceptions on Demand Forecasting and How it's Changing

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS

It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? This webinar shares research findings from a recent survey among supply chain planning professionals to help you answer these questions.

Welcome Amazon to the Freight Brokerage Market

Logistics Trends and Insights

It’s been over a week now since the news broke about Amazon and their freight brokerage business. Honestly, it’s really been one of the industry’s worst kept secrets.

Gartner: Supply chain blockchain pilots stalling because of technology immaturity | Supply Chain Dive

Supply Chain and Logistics

Matt Leonard @Matt_Lnrd has summarized Gartner’s survey in this article, which seems to indicate more clearly that blockchain is a solution chasing problems. The basic problems are “technology immaturity”, “lack of standards”, ‘too ambitious scope”, and a misunderstanding of the use … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Supply Chains blockchain computing Gartner innovation standards technology transportation

What You Need to Know About Calculating Freight Rates


For shippers, calculating freight costs can be one of the hardest expenses to predict and can seriously impact the bottom line. Using a transportation management system (TMS) can help optimize your shipping process and cut freight costs for LTL, truckload, parcel, intermodal, and other shipping modes. There are a variety of factors that impact how […]. The post What You Need to Know About Calculating Freight Rates appeared first on Kuebix. Blog free TMS Technology TMS

Drivers, trucks, fuel economy and your fleet

Fleet Owner

A driver still plays a role in mpg and always will, but advancements have made it easier for drivers to allow technology to be the heaviest contributing factor in fuel economy, according to Fleet Advantage

Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.

4 Things to Know About Propane Forklifts

Material Handling and Logistics

No matter the job or location, propane forklifts provide safe, reliable performance

JB Hunt offering new drop-and-hook service

Supply Chain and Logistics

JB Hunt is a powerhouse in managed logistics. Offering a drop and hook service seems like a reasonable thing to do. Many firms have yard space to keep a spare trailer, and it allows them to load it on their … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking

[WEBINAR] Market Trends and the Case for Adding Parcel Shipping to your Freight TMS


Fill out the Form Below to Register for the Webinar [PODCAST] How Freight Shippers Can Effectively Ship Parcel & Go “Omni-Modal” Click to Listen Cerasis invites you to register for the “Market Trends and the Case for Adding Parcel Shipping to your Freight TMS” Webinar on May 23rd, 2018 a 12 PM CST. In this More. The post [WEBINAR] Market Trends and the Case for Adding Parcel Shipping to your Freight TMS appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Freight Small Package TMS Webinars freight tms

Driver training a key in better fuel efficiency

Fleet Owner

Younger or less-experienced drivers usually achieve higher fuel economy when paired with an experienced driver, compared with driving solo

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.

High Job Satisfaction Among Supply Chain Professionals

Material Handling and Logistics

A new study shows 82% of supply chain professionals said they are likely to stay working in the supply chain field for the next five years

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S&OP – 13 Years On, What Have We Learned and What Has Changed?


In December 2006, I published an article titled “ S&OP or just good supply chain planning ?” The article looked at what Sales and Operations Planning is, what it isn’t, and whether companies were on the right path to implementing it. I wondered: is S& OP just too hard to implement ?

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Profitable Inbound Freight: Evaluating Which Vendors May Be Eating Away at Your Bottom Line


The idea of profitable inbound freight sounds counter-intuitive. Shippers must spend money to obtain products and get them to their locations. Unfortunately, they lose sight of what profitable inbound freight management is about; shippers should have control over their inbound freight spend.

Do alternative fuels have to be about winners and losers?

Fleet Owner

It’s as if people think one power source will be the answer for all trucking applications

Exploring the Supply Chain Revolution

Speaker: Sheri Hinish, Supply Chain Queen, and Deborah Dull, Principal of Supply Chain Product Management at GE Digital

So much change is already underway in the supply chain, but what does this change entail and what does supply chain’s future hold? Join Sheri Hinish, affectionately called the Supply Chain Queen, and Deborah Dull, Principal of Supply Chain Product Management at GE Digital, to discuss Supply Chain 5.0. and trends in supply chain, technology, sustainability, and leadership.