2017

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.

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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.

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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!

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.

New Planning Maturity Assessment

In today's new supply chain paradigm, resilience and agility are key. Is your planning process fit enough to keep up with the pace of change? Is your tech stack helping or hindering your progress? Take AIMMS's new quiz to uncover learnings and benchmark yourself against peers!

Supply Chain Technology Integration: Making the New Technology & Legacy Systems’ Marriage Last

Cerasis

The decision to bring new technology into your existing warehouse operation should not be taken lightly. Modern technology enables a whole new level of collaboration , efficiency and better operations.

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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

Why Are Rates Skyrocketing?

PLS Logistics

Anyone connected with transportation is well aware of the latest market trends and conditions. We have been witnessing a steady increase in truckload rates lately. Experts predict this is only the beginning and spot market rates will keep climbing in the foreseeable future.

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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.

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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

Coronavirus and Your Supply Chain

Speaker: Rob Handfield, PhD, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University

Join this informative webinar with Rob Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University, who will go over how the Coronavirus has impacted supply chains, as well as discussing approaches for preparing your supply chain for future outbreaks of major global disruptions. The world is becoming a riskier place, and it is important to plan for disasters ahead of time.

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.

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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.

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

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.

5 Perceptions on Demand Forecasting and How it's Changing

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS

It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? This webinar shares research findings from a recent survey among supply chain planning professionals to help you answer these questions.

3 Things Logistics Companies Can Do Against Ransomware

Logistics Matter

It has happened. Again. Another ransomware attack has hit companies today. The brunt of the attack was aimed at the Ukraine, but companies worldwide were affected. Parcels and trains held to ransom In May it was FedEx (amongst others) that was affected by the ransomware virus WannaCry.

Why OEMs Partnering With Reputable Suppliers Deliver a Desired Product

Cerasis

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.

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.

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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Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.

How To Make Your Freight More Attractive To Carriers

PLS Logistics

Capacity is tighter than ever; the rates are at all-time high and steadily climbing up – this is no surprise to anyone connected to the transportation industry.

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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.

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

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.

How is Demand Forecasting changing? How do you compare to your peers?

AIMMS conducted research to assess how supply chain teams perceive the accuracy of their forecast and discover the tools and techniques they are using to upgrade the forecasting process. In this report, you will find helpful benchmarks and insights offered by your peers on the latest demand forecasting techniques, forecast granularity and periodicity, and expectations for the future.

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.

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.

Alignment, Synchronization, Communication: Building Successful Relationships in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

When we talk about supply chain and logistics, we often focus on new and emerging business processes and technology — and those are certainly important and critical things for success — but at the end of the day, anyone who has been in this industry for a while recognizes that supply chain management is a relationship business, and relationships are critical for the success of any company. There are many different types of relationships that play an important role in supply chain management, both internal relationships (e.g., between supply chain operations, IT, and the executive management team), and external relationships with suppliers, customers, third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and other trading partners. What defines a healthy relationship between all those functions? What are the main barriers to building strong relationships and how do you overcome them? “When you think about the [various internal functions involved], it boils down to a couple of key things for me,” said Brent Nagy, VP Enterprise Customer Strategy at C.H. Robinson in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. “First is alignment and really understanding the customer and their needs and challenges, and then synchronizing how the work is done and prioritized. You can’t have one function tripping over the other, each with their own agenda, working in silos…It’s really understanding who owns the relationship, how the relationship from an alignment standpoint cascades down to operations, and having clearly defined roles and responsibilities for everyone involved.”. Nagy compared it to the New England Patriots and their formula for success: “The Patriots way of doing things is that everybody on the team understands their role [relative to the overall goal] and they execute on it. It’s no different here. It’s really understanding why you’re doing what you’re doing, why we need you to do what you’re doing, and ultimately how that iterates and changes over the life of the relationship.”. Alignment and synchronization also applies to external relationships, as Nagy explains: Treating your trading partners as an extension of your synchronization and alignment process is just as important. If you stop at your four walls and don’t extend it externally, you’re really opening yourself up to an environment where your partners don’t understand your strategy and needs, and if you compound that problem by myopically focusing on driving down prices, you will miss out on [opportunities to achieve greater value and benefits]. You can have the best and most aligned strategies on the planet internally, but if you don’t translate that externally…you’re opening yourself up to a big risk relative to how well these partner networks align with yours. Of course, you can’t talk about relationships without also talking about the importance of communication. On this point, as you can see in the short clip below, Nagy emphasized the importance of face-to-face communications and not using email and social networking tools as a crutch to avoid having difficult conversations. I encourage you to watch the rest of my conversation with Brent for additional insights and advice on this topic, including how you build trust in relationships and how to overcome problems when they arise. Then post a comment and share your perspective on what it takes to build successful supply chain relationships! 3PL Episode Highlights Brent Nagy C.H. Robinson logistics supplier relationship management supply chain management

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.

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Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.