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What does 'the messy middle' really mean?

Fleet Owner

If fleets keep in mind that there is no one right answer to the issue of decarbonization, they will be more willing to jump into the middle—even if it is messy.

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Top Five Transportation Trends

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain disruptions have brought about an age of innovation. From a transportation standpoint, this has included major technological advancements. Last week, I gave the keynote presentation at the Dangerous Goods Symposium , sponsored by LabelMaster and the DG Exchange. In my presentation, I highlighted five key transportation trends that are changing supply chains from a technology standpoint.

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Steering the Next Generation Toward Careers in Trucking

Food Logistics

Attracting young people into professional trucking careers has become a five-alarm fire situation. Learn more at this week's International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)'s Distribution Solutions Conference.

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Fulfillment Outsourcing: 10 Questions to Ask a Fulfillment Center Operator

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Your choice of a fulfillment center partner is one of the most critical choices you will make. But what are the questions to ask a fulfillment center operator? Many fulfillment RFPs regurgitate the same tired questions and fail to get at the core issues. To help prevent this from happening to you, here are questions you might want to consider tossing into your 3PL fulfillment RFP – or into the follow-up conversations you’ll have with your short list of finalists.

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How a Global CPG Leader Optimized $500M of Direct Materials Spend and Exceeded Savings Goal

A Fortune 500 CPG company partnered with GEP to improve end-to-end category management, optimize direct spend categories, and increase strategic focus on tail spend. GEP’s sourcing expertise and market intelligence enabled the company to centralize sourcing and order management processes, strengthen key supplier relationships, and enhance supply chain resilience and agility.

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Video: How warehouse slotting can improve efficiency

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Looking to improve the efficiency of your warehousing operations? You may want to pay closer attention to warehouse slotting. Slotting in the warehouse refers to the placement of products to reflect their velocity and to reduce travel time by order pickers.

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Bad brakes, false logs were most common 2022 Roadcheck violations

Fleet Owner

CVSA’s International Roadcheck put around 12,000 trucks and 4,000 drivers out of service during the North American safety blitz. Brake systems and tires were cited the most on vehicles, while false logs and wrong license class took out the most drivers.

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10 questions to ask an outside service provider

Fleet Owner

If you're going to trust an outside service provider with your equipment, make sure you're asking them these questions.

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How to Calculate Beginning Inventory and Why You Should Track It

Ship Monk

There are a lot of accounting terms thrown around when describing eCommerce inventory: merchandise inventory , WIP inventory , ending inventory , and beginning inventory to name just a few. Unless you’re a CPA, the differences are subtle and can be confusing. Even though you don’t need an accounting degree to run an eCommerce business, it is helpful to know a few important terms, like beginning inventory, and understand why you should track it.

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Will Cloud Computing in Logistics Replace On-Premises Systems for Good?

Logistics Viewpoints

Cloud computing has spurred a revolution in private and business applications over the past decade. Today, data and software programs can be saved or run in any data processing center in the world. Everything is operated via the internet, completely independent of the location or device. Cloud computing has made installation, administration, and updates significantly easier and has thereby laid the foundation for Software as a Service (SaaS).

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Artificial Intelligence and the Transportation Industry

Artificial intelligence has quickly become a feature of everyday life: Using face ID to unlock a phone, communicating with online chatbots, and letting “smart” appliances help manage our homes are just a few of the ways that we interact with AI regularly. Forward-looking businesses are also using AI to transform their operations and gain a competitive edge.

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The TraylorTranspo Story with Brittany Traylor

The Logistics of Logistics

Brittany Traylor and Joe Lynch discuss the TraylorTranspo story. Brittany is the CEO of TraylorTranspo LLC , an asset light brokerage that specializes in power-only moves, which typically means the carrier provides the tractor and the shipper provides the trailer. About Brittany Traylor. Brittany Traylor is the Founder and CEO of TraylorTranspo, an asset-based freight brokerage that streamlines the logistics function and delivers a superior customer experience using consumer-grade freight tech (

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Lowering the Minimum Age of Interstate Truck Drivers to 18

Talking Logistics

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was signed into law in the US last year includes funding for setting up an apprenticeship pilot program for commercial driver’s license holders under the age of 21 to operate in interstate commerce. Last December, we asked members of our Indago supply chain research community — who are. Read more Lowering the Minimum Age of Interstate Truck Drivers to 18.

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Frictionless Freight Forwarding: the Future is Now - Magaya | Logistics Software Solutions | Digital Freight Platform

Logistics Brief Submitted Articles

Sure, you can call frictionless a buzzword. It’s made its share of headlines in the business world. But is it also buzz-worthy? Without a doubt.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Highlights Benefits, Challenges of Trucking Industry

Food Logistics

67% of truck driver surveyed agree that they feel their job is appreciated, yet 83% experience daily challenges with recent increases in fuel prices.

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Scaling Logistics for Success: A White Claw Story

Speaker: Scott Campbell and Molly Feller

As the demand for your products skyrockets 🚀, you're likely experiencing logistical challenges that are preventing you from scaling your business. The sudden surge in demand can be exciting, but it can also put a strain on your supply chain and logistics operations. In this webinar, join Scott Campbell, Vice President, Logistics & Demand at Mark Anthony Services and Molly Feller, VP Logistics as a Service Operations at e2open, as they explore the challenges that arise when companies expe

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Ocean Freight Survival Guide with Nathan Strang

The Logistics of Logistics

Nathan Strang and Joe Lynch discuss the challenging shipping environment and why shippers need an ocean freight survival guide. Nathan is the Director of Ocean Trade Lane Management at Flexport , the operating system for global trade. About Nathan Strang. Nathan Strang is the Director of Ocean Trade Lane Management at Flexport where he actively fights global logistics chaos.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 10 – 16)

Logistics Viewpoints

Earlier this week, I was listening to Morning Addition on WBUR Boston. One of the guests was discussing the new words that were added to the Merriam Webster dictionary in September. In all, 370 new words were added. When many people use a word in the same way, over a long enough period of time, that word becomes eligible for inclusion. As is often the case, many of the new words were slang terms that have worked their way into the American lexicon.

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5 Things a Transportation Management System Can’t Do

Talking Logistics

Think of everything that is happening outside the four walls of any shipper, manufacturer, or distributor. A transportation management system (TMS) acts as the information hub for all things transport related, as well as the software that handles rating, mode and carrier selection, tendering, track and trace, and freight auditing. Logistics service providers (LSPs) also.

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Feds dodging US-flag ship cargo rules, GAO reveals

Supply Chain and Logistics

The General Accounting Office (GAO), the branch of the US government that audits agencies, has found that the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has not been following the Jones Act rules for cabotage.

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How to Conduct Workplace Incident Investigations to Create Safer Workplaces

This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of global workplace incident trends, focusing on the top three biases leading to such incidents. It also highlights the significance of CSA Z1005 as a risk management standard and outlines the ROI of thorough incident investigations, covering emergency response to post-incident interviews. Additionally, it introduces an Investigation Evidence Gathering Matrix.

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3 Freight Trends to Watch with Ryan Schreiber

The Logistics of Logistics

Ryan Schreiber and Joe Lynch discuss 3 freight trends to watch. Ryan is the Vice President, Industry and Growth at Metafora , previously “CarrierDirect”, which is the leading business consulting and software development firm that exclusively serves the Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain space. About Ryan Schreiber. Ryan Schreiber is the Vice President, Industry and Growth, at Metafora in Chicago.

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Is low code the future of software development?

SYSPRO Smarter ERP

Recently the big term on everyone’s lips is this low code concept and I must admit it piqued my interest – even as a test analyst. With the growing advent of digital technologies, it seems to have become impossible for manufacturing and distribution businesses to chart their success in the absence of applications supporting their internal and external functions and code for the future.

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Overdrive's Pride & Polish virtual truck show voting now open

Overdrive Online

Overdrive readers can now vote to determine the finalists in each of seven categories -- Working Bobtail, 2014 & Older; Working Bobtail, 2015 & Newer; Working Combo, 2011 & Older; Working Combo, 2012 & Newer; Antique; Interior; and Limited Mileage.

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IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator comes in for further criticism

Supply Chain and Logistics

A critique of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s new Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) which comes into effect January 1, 2023. The CII assigns a rating to ships based on their carbon efficiency.

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7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024

Procurement and supply chain leaders are presented with their fair share of challenges, with a host of tools and strategies to resolve them. That said, what’s the best path forward to leverage this year’s trends? In this recap of a recent GEP-WBR webinar, 7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024, GEP’s Pramod Sethumadhavan explores seven vital leadership trends that will help guide procurement and supply chain decision-makers.

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Building Digital Resilience With Supply Chain 5.0

Supply Chain Brain

Some visionaries are predicting a Fifth Industrial Revolution: a reconciliation between humans and machines. This is what Supply Chain 5.0 speculates.

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Rail strike would be 'polar vortex-level shock" to freight market

Commercial Carrier Journal

A looming railroad strike could have a historically significant impact on the U.S. economy and will influence every on-highway transport mode to some degree.

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2022 Pride and Polish Voting

Overdrive Online

Dozens of owners submitted photos that make up 77 entries in one or more of seven categories: two each in Working Bobtail and Working Combo; Antique; Interior; and Limited Mileage/Builders. Cast your vote in each category for your favorites now.

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Monopolist gatekeepers keeping warehouse power in the shade

Supply Chain and Logistics

In the UK, using warehouse roofs for solar power could produce over 13 trillion watt-hours of energy. Even one-third of this would fulfill the UK’s commitment for 2030.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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U.S. Railroad Workers Prepare for Strike as Rail Companies See Record Profits

Supply Chain Brain

A strike — the first since 1992 —. could cost the U.S. economy $2bn a day, according to a recently issued Association of American Railroads report, and workers say they will quit an industry already facing staff shortages.

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Diesel tech students maximize opportunity in starving industry

Commercial Carrier Journal

With smartphones in hand, aspiring diesel technicians are quickly finding their best opportunities online in a hot market clamoring for their attention, but wrenching skills for some compared to rookie techs tens years ago may be lacking.

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Top Reasons to Appreciate Truck Drivers

Blue Grace Logistics

In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week , we’re taking a moment to show our gratitude and pay respect to all the professional truck drivers for all that they do. Life just wouldn’t be the same without them. What’s in the article: How the economy relies on Truck Drivers. Sacrifices Truck Drivers and their families Make. Risks associated with being a Truck Driver.

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