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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. With 7 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) tied up in inventory, reports the 21 st Century Supply Chain Blog , your organization must go beyond the analytics and understand the broad impact

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GEP Procurement & Supply Chain Tech Trends Report

The technological landscape is dynamic and changes quickly. And for procurement and supply chain leaders looking to harness the power of technology to navigate complex challenges and an uncertain business environment, keeping up with the latest trends can be its own obstacle. So, what’s on the technological horizon for procurement and supply chain for the year ahead?

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Future-Proof Parcel Technology

Talking Logistics

Keeping up with consumer-driven demand can be exhausting. As consumers, we’re accustomed to being able to order almost anything we need or want, get it faster than ever, and track its every move. Great for us! But as supply chain professionals, the Amazon effect — with its omni-channel, next-day, full visibility pressures — puts a strain on the operation.

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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.

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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.

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Numbers Don’t Lie—Demand is Driving Industry Growth

Stord

As we all know, the transportation sector is an integral part of the U.S. economy. It employs millions of people and comprises 8.9 percent of the nation’s economic activity as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). Despite advances in automation technology, work related to transportation, logistics and warehousing remains highly labor intensive. According to the Wall Street Journal , trucking companies hired 6,700 workers in March 2018, giving that sector the strongest sector growth since 201

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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.

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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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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.

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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?”. Skip ahead a bit more, and I spent four days last week at Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor – two days “ in the chalk circle ” paying close attention to the ac

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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.

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Supply Chain Network Optimization Technology is Ripe for Disruption

AIMMS

Something struck me after spending a few days in Phoenix at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference. Supply Chain Network Optimization is key to running an efficient and profitable operation today. But while the market has changed, network optimization hasn’t actually advanced much since the 1990s. Yes, there are lots more features and a big increase in computing power.

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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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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.

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Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain. And when recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires began wreaking havoc, many shippers were left asking themselves: “How have recent natural disasters affected our transportation network?” and “What can we do in the future to mitigate these disruptions?

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What is a 3PL & How Can They Benefit Your Business?

CH Robinson Logistics

What is a 3PL & How Can They Benefit Your Business? | Transportfolio. Maybe you’re a relatively new business. Maybe you’ve only recently grown large enough to warrant the need for more transportation options. Whatever the reason, if you’re searching for a third party logistics provider (3PL) for the first time, you’ll want to have a keen understanding of what they are and how they work before choosing one to help with your logistics challenges.

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Welcome Back Wal-Mart - We Missed You Over the Last 5 Years.

10xLogistics

I hesitated writing about the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods as many have written about it already and much is not yet known about how Jeff Bezos is going to use Whole Foods in the continued growth of his retail empire. One thing for sure is whatever he does with it will be completely different than most people think. That is what makes Bezos so brilliant and why no one has been able to beat him.

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How to Create a Blueprint for Fleet Resilience

Speaker: Jeff Dickinson - President and CEO of Railgistixs Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Thought Leader

Despite the ongoing transformation of the supply chain and logistics landscape, the steadfast importance of carrier safety remains a core principle. From prioritizing preventative maintenance to optimizing fleet utilization, the fundamentals persist. If you’re overlooking and neglecting essential safety precautions today, this could result in expensive repairs and potential safety hazards in the future. 🚧 Join Jeff Dickinson for a conversation on how to mitigate risk, enforce compliance,

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Carter Logistics Extends Lanetix with Robust Driver Retention Program

Carter Logistics

Carter Logistics Extends Lanetix with Robust Driver Retention Program. Using process automation, data and analytics to solve an industry problem San Francisco, California ( PRWEB ) December 6, 2017. After two years of success using Lanetix to manage its commercial operations, Carter Logistics has tapped Lanetix to build a more effective driver retention program.

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America’s Top 10 Exports

3PL Insights

Americans hear a lot about the trade deficit. Indeed, for a lot of people the phrase “Made in America” seems to reflect a bygone era as the country’s manufacturing sectors have waned with the rise of the so-called digital economy. However, the United States is still a force to be reckoned with as far as exports go. In 2017, for instance, America sent $1.45 trillion worth of goods and services abroad.

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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.

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Announcing the Freightos International Freight Index

Freightos

Announcing the Freightos International Freight Index. By Noam Fraenkel, VP Data and Analytics, Freightos. Today, Freightos is giving away statistical analysis of some 300 million international freight market data points, launching the Freightos International Freight Index (FIFI). And we’re doing it for free. Here’s Why. As the VP of Data and Analytics at Freightos, I find freight data incredibly exciting.

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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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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.

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Lingmo breaks down language barriers with IBM

PINC

Try to picture this scenario: you are in a foreign country, let’s say China, on a business trip. You don’t speak the language, don’t have any contacts, and are relying on a vanilla translation app on your phone to help you get out and about. Then, something unexpected happens: your passport gets stolen. You rush to the police station, try to communicate with the officers… and let’s just say it doesn’t go very well.

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Catch up on Supply Chain Analytics news with our Summer Reading List

AIMMS

The first half of this year has flown by and for many of us, it’s time for a much needed vacation. We’ve put together a new reading (and watch) list for this summer to help you gather some refreshing ideas as you gear up to plan for 2018. The list includes the best of our blog and news items, our latest webinars and most recent case studies.

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Why OEMs Partnering With Reputable Suppliers Deliver a Desired Product

GlobalTranz

Getting a compatible LED lighting product, such as a power supply, is essential in order to extend the life expectancy and the quality of LED light strips. Unfortunately, the market has now become saturated with sub-par manufacturers and fly-by-night suppliers. OEMs, therefore, need to know why partnering with reputable suppliers delivers the right, desired product.

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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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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.

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KANE Expands National Capability for Wine Logistics with Acquisition of Vintners Logistics

Kane is Able

KANE’s planned acquisition of Vintners Logistics , based in Kennewick, WA, adds to the company’s strong wine logistics expertise. It also expands KANE’s national network, providing a strategic foothold in the Pacific Northwest and giving customers an ability to put product closer to customers.

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Do Your Logistics Problems Need a Consultant?

Logistics Problem Solving

Every company has logistics problems. The most common problem that I hear companies want to solve is understanding how compliant they are with their own routing guide. This includes both outbound and inbound freight. The second most common problem is looking for ways to cut their freight cost. Many companies will try to solve their logistics problems internally, but for a variety of reasons, they never quite get solved completely.