2018

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Blockchain in the Warehouse

Cyzerg

With the sudden rise of Bitcoin at the end of 2017, blockchain has become a mainstream term. But a lot of people still don’t understand the incredible potential this technology holds, especially in its role in the supply chain and the warehouse digitalization movement. This article will be your primer for blockchain technology, its potential in warehouse operations, and how it fares in the industry.

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2019 Trend Watch: Livin' in the future

DC Velocity

The race toward automation continues, as a rise in goods-to-person fulfillment, increased adoption of warehouse execution systems, and greater use of autonomous mobile robots top the list of material handling technology trends to watch in 2019.

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

GlobalTranz

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.

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Distracted driving: An overlooked safety threat

Fleet Owner

No texting and driving. Don't fall asleep behind the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road. We've all heard the cautionary phrases and seen them pasted on billboards dotting every highway.

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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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Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations

Material Handling and Logistics

Learn how to organize your data operations in alignment with supply chain strategy. Forward-thinking supply chain professionals are looking to advanced technologies to streamline processes, improve accuracy, accelerate delivery and reduce costs. Cloud-based supply chain management tools, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are expected to figure prominently in future supply chain operations.

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5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Talking Logistics

Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994. It has been further spurred by the trend of nearshoring over the last decade, as American companies have relocated their manufacturing facilities to Mexico to take advantage of a skilled workforce, improving infrastructure, and proximity to the United States.

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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.

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Remember Webvan? They Weren’t Wrong – Just Early

Logistics Viewpoints

It’s funny how some trends seem to go “full circle.” In 1999, everybody thought they could pick the next big thing. Then after the dot.com bubble burst, it seemed like everybody distanced themselves from their “visionary” pasts. I recall a brief discussion I had around 2002 with a self-described “internet guy.” He commented about the online grocery company Webvan’s business model with the statement “I don’t know what they were thinking – I mean, if you double-bag […].

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Wine Supply Chain Benefits from Improved Handling and Monitoring

Food Logistics

An integrated cold chain combined with advanced software solutions is resulting in less damage to product, along with enhanced customer experience and brand reputation.

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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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Top Logistics & Supply Chain Blogs We Followed in 2018 & Suggest You Follow in 2019

Shipchain

Blockchain technology is a major disruptor in the supply chain. It stands to change the game as we know it by giving companies a better way to ensure traceability throughout vast supply chain networks. In order to properly disrupt the supply chain of today, you need to know everything there is to know about it. At ShipChain, we make it a priority to stay up to date on all of the latest and greatest in supply chain innovation.

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The Logistics News that Shaped 2018

Logistics Management

Every year at this time, group news editor Jeff Berman combs through the mountain of news that was reported, written, and posted by the Logistics Management editorial staff over the course of the year to create the following list. Read below for the Top Logistics News Stories of 2018. Topics include E-commerce innovations, ELD trucking regulation, news from industry giants like UPS, Fedex, Amazon and more.

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Go with the flow to improve fulfillment in the DC

DC Velocity

Waveless fulfillment systems create a continuous flow of orders through the distribution center, answering today's call for more nimble material handling solutions.

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How Self-Driving Vehicles will Shape the Future of Transportation

GlobalTranz

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. The impressive figure shouldn’t be all that surprising, though, given that the transport of goods reaches nearly every corner of the economic landscape in the United States.

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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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Catching fatigue and distractions before they happen

Fleet Owner

There is growing awareness of the danger of fatigue, with that a contributor to as many as 100,000 reported crashes each year. Fleets are also battling the growing crisis of distracted driving, working to detect and prevent both.

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Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes. After a year full of more scandals, indictments, political contentiousness, workplace violence, school shootings and natural disasters, maybe it’s time we all took a collective breath and focused on some of the positives that came out of 2018. The low unemployment rate, for instance, has stimulated the economy to the point that the distinction between shippers and consumers has blurred significantly.

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Key Success Factors for Effective Logistics Practices

SIPMM Professional Publications

Efficient management is the key to success, especially in supply chain management. There are various factors involved in effective logistics management. For example, automation and perfect coordination are always a scope for improvising the process. When your business witnesses growth, you must find ways to streamline logistics planning processes for improving output.

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Bringg - Untitled Article

Bringg

Follow-up $12 million round, which includes automotive leader Dr. Shmuel Harlap, shipping and real estate magnate Eyal Ofer (via O.G. Tech Ventures), and Salesforce Ventures, will help further accelerate Bringg’s international growth. The world’s best-known retailers, CPG companies, restaurant chains and logistics providers, including Cdiscount, Coca-Cola and Panera Bread, are already using Bringg’s delivery logistics platform.

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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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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.

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The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

Technical issues with blockchain for supply chain applications have been largely eliminated. The technology is being widely tested in pilots and proof of concepts but is not yet in every day usage. Experts predict that 2018 will be the year this changes. The post The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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Reduced trucking capacity – the shortage of drivers and its impact

Transporeon

Shippers are feeling the effects of scarce carrier capacity. The driver shortage is affecting available trucking capacity. Since the third quarter of 2017, many manufacturers have been regularly confronted by scarcity in the transportation market – a problem they haven’t encountered in years. Despite long-term contracts and fixed rates, shippers are seeing orders refused by carriers that have reliably transported their freight in the past.

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Q3 Tech Update: Alphas, Betas and Sidechains

Shipchain

It’s the end of Q3, a little over 3 months since our last tech update ! It’s an exciting time here at ShipChain, with full-steam development ongoing across over a dozen codebases and new talent constantly joining our team as we grow into a powerful workforce. We’ve been building some interesting initiatives that we’re excited to share with you, and today, we’re announcing the release of several of them as we invite community feedback and collaboration.

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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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Motor carriers turning down record amounts of freight in current peak season

Logistics Management

Trucking executives report they are rejecting record amounts of freight in this current booming peak freight season.Carrier executives say it’s about time rates were rising. It’s been over a decade, veteran truckers say, since profit margins were much above pennies on the dollar, they say.

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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.

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Logistics and the strangling of strategy

Logistics in War

By David Beaumont. Logistics has long been recognised as vital to a force, but when inefficient a constraint on that force’s freedom to manoeuvre. However, the impact of logistics on strategy is just as significant and ultimately more profound. The modern fixation on high-velocity, nominally ‘efficient’, and usually ‘globalised’ supply chains have introduced significant operational challenges that many strategists fail to fully realise.

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Trucking's dispatching evolution: Analytics now drive efficiency

Fleet Owner

"It used to be a roll of quarters and a fax machine. Now it’s the click of a button. We can kind of see into the future a little bit. We can plan. We can coordinate. We can coach our drivers to optimize their days.

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How Intent Data Helps Marketers Convert A-List Accounts

One of the biggest challenges for any B2B marketer is understanding your prospects’ next move — who is most likely to buy and when. Without these insights, marketing campaigns can feel more like guesswork, with high investment and little return. We’re here to tell you there’s a better way. By tracking buyers’ digital footprints and online activity, such as website visits, product reviews, and spikes in content consumption, you can engage prospects with a message that really resonates.

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7 Tips: A Guide to Mastering Procurement

Material Handling and Logistics

Change can be a good thing, particularly when it comes to getting a better handle on your supply chain spend. 1. Digitization is Your Friend. It’s not news to anyone that digitization is a roaring trend and I’m here to say: embrace it. With the digitization of the source-to-pay process being a key initiative for many chief procurement officers, to the inherent automation which promises to accelerate innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), digitization is growing.

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Effective Techniques for Inventory Stock Control

SIPMM Professional Publications

This article highlights five key techniques for effective inventory stock control of an organisation. Maintaining safety stock is an essential part of capturing opportunistic sales, retaining business and making customers satisfied. The common reason of delay shipment is lack of proper planning for inventory stock control. The safety stock lever is essential especially for those […].

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eCommerce Insights: The Evolution of Consumer Demand

Bringg

Last week, Dotcom Distribution launched their annual eCommerce study. They surveyed over 1,400 online shoppers to analyze their habits, preferences and expectations. The report suggests that customer priorities are shifting, moving away from things such as the use of gift-like packaging or prioritizing fast deliveries over product quality. In fact, the three main things customers are concerned about today are time, experience and quality.

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