May, 2020

3 Strategies to Improve your Logistics Recruitment Process

Cyzerg

Logistics recruitment is becoming increasingly difficult. You probably don’t know it yet, but you are in the middle of a talent war in logistics and supply chain management. The transportation industry is working with a scarce pool of talent that is educated, qualified, and willing to work.

Upgrading to One Integrated Suite for all Logistics Operations with Naval Sabharwal

The Logistics of Logistics

Naval Sabharwal and Joe Lynch discuss why using one integrated suite for all logistics operations is the best approach for driving logistics and supply chain efficiency and effectiveness. Utilizing fragmented systems limits logistics companies from fully leveraging the data in their systems.

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Ecommerce Growth Requires Robust Fulfillment and Logistics Infrastructure

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

The folks at Lincoln International recently published an interesting article about retail disruption since COVID-19. The whole piece is well worth a read.

Railroad Carloads Plummet

Supply Chain and Logistics

This nice essay from Escalation Consultants, delivered on 5/21/2020, shows very large decreases in rail carloads after mid-March of 2020, approaching 30% for most carriers. Only Union Pacific is down by only 18%. Another graph shows the differences by commodity.

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

KataCon4 Keynote: The Meta-Patterns of Innovation

The Lean Thinker

Yes – the title isn’t a typo. This goes back to KataCon 4 in Atlanta. Though I had attended all of them, this was the first time I actually spoke at one.

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4 Warehouse Automation Technologies That Are Transforming the Industry

Cyzerg

In recent years, new warehouse automation technologies are gaining momentum because of the need to optimize labor time and reduce operating and order fulfillment costs.

Building a High Growth, Customer Focused 3PL with Betsy Westhafer

The Logistics of Logistics

Betsy Westhafer and Joe Lynch are discussing the strategies logistics companies can use to have deeper, more focused relationships with their customers and to utilize those relationships for company growth.

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If Amazon FBA is Your Plan A, What’s Your Plan B?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets reported that Amazon employees had been using proprietary data collected from some of the company’s third-party sellers to price, develop and launch Amazon products. Alternatives to Amazon FBA Fulfillment Services

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Brazil’s May soybean exports jump 33% in month

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ever since we wrote a paper about exporting soybeans, I’ve been following the contretemps between Brazil and the US regarding soybean exports. China is the largest importer of soybeans from these two countries. Since one is Northern and one is … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Shipping Supply Chains agriculture soybeans

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Meta-Patterns: Thoughts for Discussion

The Lean Thinker

I’ll be sending out the Zoom meeting link this (Wednesday) afternoon (May 6, 2020) for the Thursday (11 am Pacific) open discussion on the Meta-Patterns of Innovation. Wright Brothers’ Experiments with the 1901 Glider.

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Why TMS is Critical for Chemical Companies

Talking Logistics

Why is transportation management more critical than ever for chemical companies? That was one of the key questions Cindi Hane (Vice President, Product Management & General Manager, Elemica Eyefreight) and I addressed in a recent webcast produced by Chemical Week.

When to Invest in Warehouse Technology

Cyzerg

As warehouse digitalization gains traction, a number of doubts and queries gather around it. Is it the right time to adopt a warehouse technology ? Would it bring a value or competitive advantage to the business? Are there any risks associated with adopting this new technology?

The Niches Have Riches with Kevin Hill

The Logistics of Logistics

The Niches Have Riches with Kevin Hill. Kevin Hill and Joe Lynch discuss why the niches have riches, which refers to the advantage of specializing and owning a niche.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Print on Demand: An Earth-Friendly Printing Strategy

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Decades ago, futurists predicted that widespread use of computers would usher in a paperless society. They were wrong. In this digital age, businesses still use some 21 million tons of paper each year, and 50 percent of all business waste is paper. Sales Literature Fulfillment

Top time sucks in ocean shipping

Supply Chain and Logistics

A former VP of Hanjin (currently with K&N) complains quite rightly about two time-wasters in the ocean shipping business– RFQs and bunker surcharges. They overcomplicate the process and add layers of obscurity to straightforward shipping deals. And they confuse customers. … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains contracts ocean shipping

COVID-19 Survival Guide: How to lead your brokerage through this crisis

Parade

Co-authored by Ryan Schreiber and Anthony Sutardja. Ryan is the Director of Engagement at CarrierDirect, a transportation strategy consulting firm. A nthony is CEO at Parade, a freight technology company providing the industry-leading capacity management platform.

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10 Most Effective Tips for Optimizing Your Supply Chain

Cerasis

Supply chains are complex ecosystems of people, tools, and strategies that are getting increasingly difficult to manage efficiently. With so many stakeholders involved in the process, only a comprehensive supply chain management plan can help you improve business results in the long run.

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.

Can Walmart Surpass Amazon?

Logistics Trends and Insights

No, they can not and nor should they even try. Instead, they have an opportunity to reinvent the omnichannel space that Amazon has yet to fully take advantage. “It It is a big advantage being an omnichannel retailer and I think that is showing right now.”.

The 5 Billion Dollar Overcharge with Steve Ferreira

The Logistics of Logistics

The 5 Billion Dollar Overcharge with Steve Ferreira. Steve Ferreira and Joe Lynch discuss the 5 billion dollar overcharge which refers to the amount that ocean shippers are overcharged every year.

Looking for a 3PL in New Jersey?  Advantages of a Cranbury, NJ Warehouse Add Up

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you’re looking for 3PL eCommerce support in the Northeast, you’re not alone. With concerns about the Coronavirus still going strong, online shopping has become a lifesaver for many consumers across the country, especially those who want to purchase non-essentials.

Unblanking and blanking

Supply Chain and Logistics

Blanking voyages has turned into unblanking. Ocean carriers try to match supply with demand on a precise basis, to cut losses. That is a proven technique in industries where you can also vary inventory. But voyages are time-sensitive, and result … Continue reading →

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!

Uber, Amazon, and COVID-19: Shaping the Future of Freight Brokerage

Talking Logistics

COVID-19 is disrupting many aspects of supply chain management. The “glass is half full” perspective, however, is that the pandemic is also serving as a catalyst for innovation and digital transformation. Will COVID-19, for example, lead to an acceleration in digital freight adoption?

Last Mile Communications Depend on Data and Technology

Cerasis

Everyone is looking for a better way to manage last mile logistics. Even freight forwarders suffer from limited communications in the last mile.

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Amazon, FedEx, and UPS Prepare for the Post COVID World

Logistics Viewpoints

On Monday, my home state of Massachusetts announced the official details regarding the state’s four-phase plan to re-open the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Phase 1 comes in a two-wave approach, with some business opening immediately and others opening on May 25.

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Securing the First, Middle and Last Mile with Andrew Kelley

The Logistics of Logistics

Securing the First, Middle and Last Mile with Andrew Kelley. Andrew Kelley and Joe Lynch discuss securing the first, middle and last mile. As supply chains evolve, the need for secure asset transfer increases for both consumers and business to business applications. About Andrew Kelley.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.