Sat.Jul 20, 2019 - Fri.Jul 26, 2019

There are Two Models for Truck Platooning: Which will Win?

Logistics Viewpoints

Increased attention to truck platooning. In platooning, trucks are connected using direct vehicle to vehicle communication to allow trucks to tailgate each other very closely. This drafting creates fuel savings. There are two models for platooning. The opportunistic and the truck train model.

To Outsource or Not to Outsource Your Business Logistics – What should you do?


As a new business, you might wrestle with the decision of whether or not you should outsource your fulfillment. There are a lot of questions that you need to ask yourself and answer appropriately in order to determine whether outsourcing is a good option for you.

5 Alternative Fuels that Will Reenergize the Transportation Industry


The transportation industry relies heavily on diesel to help it successfully transport products from manufacturers to consumers via trucks worldwide.

The Morrow-Roberson road test: Flexport – moving beyond freight forwarding 

The LoadStar

Flexport: the name alone invokes a multitude of commentary in articles, at conferences and on social media – good, and not so good. .

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.

6 Primary Warehouse Processes & How to Optimize Them


The six fundamental warehouse processes comprise receiving, putaway, storage, picking, packing, and shipping. Optimizing these six processes will allow you to streamline your warehouse operation, reduce cost & errors, and achieve a higher perfect order rate.

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Essential Strategies for Public Procurement Practices

SIPMM Professional Publications

For many years, public procurement was perceived as an administrative, back-office function.

UPS to add Sunday pickup, delivery in 2020

Fleet Owner

UPS and rival FedEx, the two largest for-hire fleets in the U.S. are under pressure to speed up deliveries as Amazon morphs into a competitor by building out an overnight cargo-airline service and ground-delivery network

Supply Chain Facing Increased Cyber Attacks

Material Handling and Logistics

With 50% increase in attacks from 2018, the supply chain is very vulnerable to cyber-attacks

Flexport – moving beyond freight forwarding?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article looking at Flexport now appeared recently under Cathy Morrow Roberson’s byline in The Loadstar. We enjoy hearing about what Flexport is doing now. But the idea that they are changing direction to become more like a 4PL is … Continue reading → entrepreneurship Logistics Service Management Supply Chains 3PLs innovation supply chains technology 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.

New Technologies for Effective Food Supply Chain

SIPMM Professional Publications

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Best practices for propane vehicle maintenance

Fleet Owner

Propane’s chemical properties allow it to power an engine while reducing the emissions released into the atmosphere


Inventory Management Mistakes: What Supply Chain Leaders and Managers Need to Know


Inventory management mistakes constitute a significant cost contributor in today’s supply chains. According to Rod Daugherty of, the costliest problem is due in large part to poor inventory visibility and planning.

Brightmark Energy Acquires Biogas Project from Clean Fuel Partners

NGT News

Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, has purchased an anaerobic digester northwest of Madison, Wis., that will convert 90,000 gallons/day of dairy waste from three local farms into biogas and other products.

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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.

Technologies for an Effective Healthcare Supply Chain

SIPMM Professional Publications

In recent years, healthcare expenditure continues to rise worldwide. Healthcare supply chain account for a big portion in the expenditure represents an opportunity to reduce the cost and improve patient care efficiency.

Bringing the future closer

Fleet Owner

Over-the-air updates could change transportation

This Week in Logistics News (July 20 – 26)

Logistics Viewpoints

It happens about as frequently as snow in San Diego, but this week there were two confirmed tornados that touched down on Cape Cod. Cape Cod is a magnet for summer vacationers from the Northeast and is familiar to others that have seen the movies Summer Catch and Jaws.

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Amp Americas Secures New Investment for Dairy RNG Developments

NGT News

Amp Americas is using a new investment of $75 million to fund new dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. The capital commitment is led by EIV Capital and includes participation from existing Amp investors.

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.

How a freight spend analysis can help you save on shipping.


Businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Freightquote discusses how a freight spend analysis can assist

Truck driver shortage on course to double in a decade

Fleet Owner

ATA estimates that 160,000 driver positions will go unfilled over next 10 years

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New and Emerging Technologies for the Food Supply Chain

SIPMM Professional Publications

An annual estimated 30% of food is wastage globally, which is about 1.3 billion tonnes costing US$ 100 Billion yearly. With a projected population increase to 9.7 billion in 2050 from the current 7.7 Billion, the world food supply is certainly straining.

What Are the KPIs of a Transportation Management System


Key performance indicators (KPIs) refer to the targeted goals that rely on metrics to provide a snapshot of the health of your operation. They connect data and metrics with an evaluation of whether your operation performs as expected and what strengths or weaknesses may exist.

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.

Can Micro Learning Offer a Better Way to Train Our Workforce?

Material Handling and Logistics

“Microlearning conveys information in a short, targeted manner that delivers key points of information delivered in a way that our brains work,” explains Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify

FMCSA aims to add new flexibility for CDL testing

Fleet Owner

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing allowing an applicant seeking a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to take general and specialized knowledge tests in a state other than his or her state of residence.


Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (July 26, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Stop me, oh, stop meStop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before Those lyrics by The Smiths from their song (you guessed it) Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before, popped into my head when I read the following headline this week: U.S.

S&OP in Agribusiness: How to Harvest the Benefits with Advanced Analytics


The agribusiness supply chain is highly complex. It’s not limited to managing crops and livestock, but encompasses all equipment, services, and product processing as well as commercialization.

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.