2017

Smart City? Smart Logistics!

Logistics Matter

The Netherlands are a hotbed of mobility innovations. We have to be. Just look at the size of our country, the number of people that live there, and the amount of freight moving through it. Thursday September 28 mobility and energy innovations will be the main subjects at the Smart City 2017 event in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. On […]. The post Smart City? Smart Logistics! appeared first on LOGISTICSMATTER. Blog City Logistics Innovation Last Mile Logistics Mobility

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Picking Process

Cyzerg

When optimizing the picking process in a warehouse, it is important to recognize two key concepts. First, no one strategy or technology fits every case. Second, effectively improving warehouse operations requires a combination of data collection, process improvement, and technology. Warehouse Operations

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Intro to APU Weight Exemption

The Logistics of Logistics

Auxiliary power units (APUs) are one of the best tools that you can supply your truck drivers with to combat wasting fuel. The APU makes it possible to power a truck’s heating, air conditioning and other comfort systems without the need to keep the engine idling during rest stops. They help drivers avoid wasting fuel, but they present a different problem because of their weight.

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Mike Rother: The Toyota Kata Practice Guide

The Lean Thinker

When I landed in Detroit last week to visit Menlo Innovations , Mike Rother picked me up at the airport. As soon as I settled in to the passenger’s seat, he handed me my long-anticipated copy of his new book The Toyota Kata Practice Guide. That is the first disclaimer here. The second disclaimer is that last winter he asked if I would do him a favor and take a look through the manuscript with a red pencil. Um… YEAH! Thus, I can’t say this post is an unbiased book review. Quite the opposite.

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain in Times of Disruption

Disruptions expose gaps in the supply chain and amplify problems. What can be done? Research by GEP and North Carolina State University shows how tech can fix the gaps and ensure supply chain resilience and optimization. Download now!

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

GlobalTranz

It is easy to make analytics the cornerstone of warehouse and distribution center management. While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes.

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Bombas Relies on Outsourced Order Fulfillment to Handle Demand

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Lights. Camera. Avalanche. This past October, sock company Bombas , experienced a Black Friday-like business peak after a highly-positive segment on Good Morning America. The TV coverage sparked an immediate 1,600% increase in orders that needed to be fulfilled by Bombas’s outsourced order fulfillment partner, Amware, from its Northeast fulfillment center in Cranbury, NJ

New Paper Published

Supply Chain and Logistics

We just published an article in Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM). It’s called Fleet management for rail car transport of ethanol. The “we” is Khalid Bachkar, Idrissu Aminu, Atif Osmani, and me. The link here is good for … Continue reading → Logistics My Research Supply Chains agriculture biofuel ethanol operations Rail research scholarship supply chains trains transportation

The Future of 3PLs in the Digital Age: Evolve or Face Extinction

Food Logistics

With technology growing exponentially every day, the time to hesitate in the face of innovation has passed. To put it simply, those 3PLs who want to survive need to evolve with the digital age. And fast

How a 3PL Can Benefit Your Business During Disastrous Times

Blue Grace Logistics

Running your Supply Chain can be stressful, especially in times where unforeseen circumstances arise. When working with a 3PL such as BlueGrace during a logistics service disaster, we are able to offer solutions that many businesses don’t have access to. During an emergency, having a 3PL who you trust, with the full tool set of carriers, technology, people and solutions is crucial. This special set of tools became very useful for one of our accounts during Hurricane Irma. Preparing for an impact.

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The Easiest Platform to Manage Shipments

Access Uber Freight’s network of more than 100,000 carriers, generate instant quotes, get competitive rates, tender loads in seconds, automate manual workflows, and track end-to-end load status from any device with this easy-to-use shipper platform.

How Five Digital Experts at Top Logistics Providers Are Preparing For The Future

Freightos

How Five Digital Experts at Top Logistics Providers Are Preparing For The Future. By Eytan Buchman, VP Marketing, Freightos. I’ve been writing about freight digitization for years. For much of that time, a debate raged about whether the freight industry was actually embracing digitization or if it was all just hype. Last week, I realized that this has already been settled. Here’s the proof.

Robots: Pick Orders, Not Fights!

Logistics Matter

Have you seen Terminator? That movie in which robots become self aware and decide to attack the human race? Last week representatives of over 100 robotics and artificial intelligence companies wrote an open letter to the United Nations. They are trying to stop robots like that coming to a city near you. The problem is a serious one. As they […]. The post Robots: Pick Orders, Not Fights! appeared first on LOGISTICSMATTER. Blog Innovation Logistics Robotics Robots Warehousing

9 Scary Challenges a Warehouse Manager Faces Every Day

Cyzerg

I came across a rather interesting fact about warehouse managers in a study by Intermec. It said that 1 out of 6 managers who were in charge of a warehouse were not likely to review their workflow processes unless a customer complaint is raised. And, it’s not hard to believe. However, contrary to what one may be led to believe, it is not always their fault. Warehouse Operations warehouse manager Warehouse

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Do People Skills Matter in the World of Logistics?

The Logistics of Logistics

How you develop your sales team has a big impact on your logistics business. Even as the industry is becoming more data driven than ever before and cutting-edge software is increasingly used to manage freight from start to finish, the development of your sales team is still important. People skills do matter. According to Supply Chain Quarterly , Quarter 4, 2011 issue: “Supply chain scorecards typically focus on operational metrics.

Top 5 Supply Chain Processes That Need Better Collaboration Right Now

A lack of collaboration is a leading cause of supply chain headaches. GEP offers 5 remedies to ease your pain. Download this guide for must-have tools and processes for better supplier interactions.

Toyota Kata and The Menlo Way

The Lean Thinker

I have been telling everyone who will listen to read Rich Sheridan’s book Joy, Inc. ever since I came across and read it in the fall of 2015. Fast forward to earlier this year when Lean Frontiers sent out their request for suggested keynote speakers for KataCon. I wrote to Mike Rother and asked him “Do you think we could get Rich Sheridan?”.

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The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

GlobalTranz

Understanding last mile logistics is only half the battle. Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. This is the only way shippers can safeguard their position in the market and continue to provide products to their consumer basis. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points.

The Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping

Talking Logistics

It’s something we’ve wondered about, along with our customers: do carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more than single-stop, or does it only seem that way? We decided to find out. We worked with MIT graduate students to analyze 5 million truckload and multi-stop truckload tender records collected by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson. What we found provides valuable insights on the effect that additional stops have on price and service.

Fulfillment Year In Review: Most Popular Blogs Of 2017

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

As a father of four, I’ve learned never to play favorites, especially at this time of year. But I’ll make an exception in this case. Following are the three most popular Amware blog posts on warehousing and fulfillment for 2017, based on readership. If you missed them the first time around, give them a read. Fulfillment

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Market Insights Report: Top Trends for 2022 Planning and Beyond

The freight report you need for insights into where the industry is headed and how to stay resilient in 2022.

American Airlines glitch leaves 15,000 Christmas flights without a captain

Supply Chain and Logistics

Got this story by way of the Loadstar. Reading the story I am impressed by the level of incompetence management showed. But in the view of the traveler (customer) the union will be blamed. So more anti-union sentiment will be … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Production Operations airlines economics Jobs transportation unions

Dedicated Milkrun v. Shared Milkrun

Carter Logistics

Dedicated Milkrun v. Shared Milkrun. Having a well-planned and executed network of customers, suppliers, and daily routes is key to a successful supply chain operation. Analyzing the way freight is transported from one location to another is a crucial part of any company’s business plan and can also significantly impact a company’s financials.

BlueGrace Helps Houston With Truckloads Of Clothing

Blue Grace Logistics

We are all aware of the damage inflicted on the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey. The amount of homes and lives destroyed was beyond what any of us could imagine. As a 3PL freight provider, there are many ways we can help; by utilizing our carriers we have had the ability to assist in tragedies like Hurricane Harvey. Trucks can bring the necessary items that people need in times like this and they can do it quickly.

Freightos International Freight Index Update March 5-12 2017 (W10)

Freightos

Freightos Freight Index Update. March 5-12 2017 (W10). By Noam Fraenkel, VP Data & Analytics, Freightos. Weekly insights from the Freightos International Freight Index. Despite talks of a seller’s market, China-US spot rate import prices for 40’ containers have continued to drop ever since peaking prior to the Chinese New Year in January. This continued drop represents a potential market correction and return to 2016 prices.

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GEP Outlook 2022

The GEP Outlook 2022 report explores global business trends and features seven critical leadership themes that will help you proactively prepare for and power through the challenges ahead.

Stockspots Brings the Sharing Economy to Warehousing

Logistics Matter

Logistics is Inefficient In some respects logistics is one of the most inefficient activities in the world. There. I said it. And yes, there is also a lot of efficiency, but not when it comes to assets. Warehouses are built, bought, and leased based on peak level need. Outside of the peak demand period, large parts of these warehouses […]. The post Stockspots Brings the Sharing Economy to Warehousing appeared first on LOGISTICSMATTER. Blog Logistics Startup Warehousing

Warehouse Mobile Solutions: A Path to Operational Efficiency

Cyzerg

In the recent 2017 Promat , show mobile technology took the spotlight once again. This isn’t surprising considering the opportunities that this technology brings to an industry that is always on the move. For companies that have adopted some form of mobile technology, the good news is you’re one step ahead considering that most of the industry is lagging in the adoption of this technology. As an adopter, you’ve established a clear competitive advantage over those that have fallen behind.

The Opposite of Cold Calling

The Logistics of Logistics

The opposite of cold calling may be the key to growing your sales. I talk to companies every week about their frustration with cold calling. It is a painful and inefficient way to get new sales, but for many the alternatives seem daunting and unattainable. Growing your sales without cold calling is challenging, but very doable. The Problems with Cold Calling. When you cold-call someone: They often don’t believe they have a problem (it doesn’t matter if you think they do).

Are You Overproducing Improvements?

The Lean Thinker

Imagine a factory with a large monument machine. It takes several days to set up. When it does run, it runs very fast, much faster than you can actually use its output. Therefore, you take the excess output and store it to use later. Actually, you don’t know how many items you need to make, so you make as many as you can while the machine is available to you.

The Digital Levers You Need to Achieve Sustainable Cost Reduction

For supply chain and procurement pros, cost reduction is is a top priority today. This timely new paper from GEP explores powerful and effective digital levers that can help you to slash costs and create more value for the business. Read it now.