2018

Straight Talk About Low-Cost Shipping for Parcel Deliveries

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When it comes to outsourcing certain parts of your logistics and fulfillment, you have a lot to choose from. When it comes to others, it’s a different story. For instance, with parcel carriers your company is pretty well locked into working with UPS, FedEx, DHL or the USPS.

Choosing a Warehouse Location: 7 Critical Criteria to Consider

Cyzerg

Choosing the right warehouse location can make all the difference in how effective, efficient, and profitable a company is. Leasing or purchasing a warehouse is a major decision, and a wisely located warehouse can significantly enhance a company's ability to compete and effectively serve customers.

Uberization of Logistics Has Arrived

The Logistics of Logistics

For an industry that is forever on the move, the world of logistics is in a perennial state of change, facing numerous challenges and vague demands. Staying ahead in this dynamic landscape can be quite a roller coaster.

It’s Hard to Learn if you Already Know

The Lean Thinker

In this TED Talk, Amy Edmondson of the Harvard Business School talks about “How to turn a group of strangers into a team.” Although long-standing teams are able to perform, our workplaces today require ad-hoc collaboration between diverse groups.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

Seafood shipment completed under blockchain smart contract

DC Velocity

Blockchain platform provider says tech helps avoid fishy behavior. Technology

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Dutch Online Grocery Pilots Hyperloop of Things

Logistics Matter

Introducing the HOTPOD Dutch Online Grocery Startup Picnic has announced they will be testing a new last mile delivery method for online groceries. It is called The Hyperloop of Things, Picnic on Demand: HOTPOD. An App-Only Supermarket Picnic is an online-only supermarket.

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How Self-Driving Vehicles will Shape the Future of Transportation

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog from our friend Jake Rheude, Director of Marketing, with Red Stag Fulfillment. 700 billion – that’s the value of the trucking transportation industry.

Key Techniques for an Effective Supply Contract

SIPMM Professional Publications

The techniques applied to a supply contract vary depending on the type of the work and the nature of the industry.

Collaborate with Carriers to Face the Truck Capacity Crunch

Kane is Able

As the truck capacity pinch grows tighter and tighter, you may have found yourself in a role reversal with your carriers. Freight transport is now largely a seller’s market and, as a shipper, you may find yourself vying to be a “shipper of choice” among carriers with limited capacity. But, the current climate is no walk in the park for carriers either.

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.

The Texas Triangle

The Logistics of Logistics

The other day I was talking with my friends, Kevin and Wayne at Loadtex and they kept referring to the “Texas Triangle.” Being a Yankee from the great state of Michigan, I had never heard of the Texas Triangle, so I asked what it was.

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Amware Acquires Fulfillment Services Unit of Iron Mountain

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Expanded fulfillment network will enable 1–2 day delivery to 98% of the U.S. with economy ground service. Amware Fulfillment has acquired the fulfillment services unit of Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), a multi-billion dollar company known primarily for records storage.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Receiving Process

Cyzerg

It’s not uncommon to see small and mid-size warehouses struggle with operational inefficiencies. In meeting with many warehouse managers and carefully analyzing their warehouse operations , one common problem that surfaces is a lack of standard processes and specialization within the warehouse.

ELD, Driver Fatigue and Safety with Dean Croke

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: Today’s guest is Dean Croke , Chief Analytics Officer at FreightWaves. Growing up in Australia, his family owned and operated a trucking business.

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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.

How Does the Teacher Learn?

The Lean Thinker

In my last post, If the Student Hasn’t Learned… , I made the point ( again ) that sometimes trying too hard to impose a formal structure on a learner can impede their progress.

Big truck brings big smiles to autistic kids

DC Velocity

Teamsters organize truck tour to promote autism awareness. Transportation

21st Century Sales Skills for Transportation and Logistics Professionals

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: In this podcast, Joe Lynch welcomes Ann Holm to the show. Joe and Ann discuss their upcoming sales improvement program. The program, 21st Century Sales Skills for Transportation Logistics Professionals begins Wednesday, September 19th, 1:00 p.m.

All You Need to Know About e-Commerce Returns in Europe

Logistics Matter

Returns rates – how much is coming back? Blame it on the quality of product, the wrong size or having second thoughts: what consumers worldwide buy and then return totals a staggering $642.6 billion per year.

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.

Blockchain in Supply Chain: 2 Ethereum-Based Projects That Demonstrate How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chains

Cerasis

Supply chains are messy. Blockchain in Supply Chain Can Help. A manufacturer in China doesn’t read the specs on an order. A supplier in Mexico mixes up two similar parts. An ecommerce fulfillment warehouse in the USA sends the wrong packages to customers. On top of all that, billions if not trillions of dollars worth of potential working capital are tied up in illiquid assets such as 90-day invoice payouts or even the real estate value of, say, a warehouse or factory building.

Buying and Selling Transportation/Logistics Companies with Peter Stefanovich

The Logistics of Logistics

Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: Today’s guest is Peter Stefanovich, co-founder of Left Lane Associates , a business brokerage specializing in the transportation and logistics business.

Modernizing the Exchange of Supply Chain Data

Kane is Able

About 15 years ago, I changed industries from healthcare to logistics. As I am an IT professional, you might think it was a jump from an antiquated, paper-based world to a high-speed, technologically advanced one. Actually, I’ve been surprised at the extent to which the exchange of supply chain data in the logistics world remains old-school or simply manual. Logistics Systems

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Picking technologies: When inaccuracy leads to lost customers

DC Velocity

The true cost of a mispick is measured in service levels—and by a dwindling customer base when consumer and B2B buyers turn to sources that get orders right. Technology

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.

All The Right Stuffing:  Amware Offers Antidotes For Parcel Shipping Cost Increases

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you’re reading this shortly before your annual Thanksgiving feast, keep your antacids handy, because the country’s largest package carriers have begun rolling out their annual parcel shipping increases, and boy are they cause for heartburn.

5 Common Warehouse Management Mistakes You May be Making

Cyzerg

Managing a warehouse isn’t a piece of pie. It takes meticulous planning, execution, and monitoring to stay on the right track. However, notwithstanding the good intention, there are some common warehouse management mistakes that we, as managers, end up committing without ever realizing that we are.

Ability awareness: interview with Tom Minich

DC Velocity

While many would consider disabilities a liability, Peckham Inc. embraces employees with disabilities as the key to its success as an organization. Strategy

Software Rules

The Lean Thinker

“Turn off the radio, Hal.” “I’m sorry, Mark, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”.

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.