May, 2024

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Turning Cold Outreach into Gold with Matt Castriotta

The Logistics of Logistics

Matt Castriotta and Joe Lynch discuss turning cold outreach into gold. Matt is the Founder and CEO of Castriotta Growth Hacking, where they provide B2B demand generation solutions for logistics sales leaders. About Matt Castriotta Matt Castriotta is a Growth Hacking and B2B Marketing/Strategy Expert. Before starting Castriotta Growth Hacking, he spent over 10 years closing some of the biggest logistics freight spends in the world at a family-owned, 3PL.

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If An 18-Year-Old Truck Driver Comes to Pick Up Your Shipment

Talking Logistics

It appears that few carriers are interested in training and hiring truck drivers younger than 21 years old. But that is okay, because it also appears that not many young people are interested in becoming a truck driver anyway. As John Gallagher reported in FreightWaves last month, “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says only. Read more The post If An 18-Year-Old Truck Driver Comes to Pick Up Your Shipment appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Harvesting Success This Produce Season

Food Logistics

A carrier with a strong reputation, the latest technology and equipment, and the ability to scale will be the best partner to handle both the season’s opportunities and challenges.

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Overcoming the 8 Biggest Logistics Challenges E-commerce Brands Face

Stord

Budgets are tight. Consumer expectations are increasing. And every day seemingly brings a new competitor into the mix. If you’re responsible for growing your e-commerce business and/or managing your DTC & B2B supply chain operations , we know you’re facing a slew of challenges. And simply throwing more money or people isn’t an option, even if it would prove effective, which you know likely wouldn’t.

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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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Lucas Systems is more than a Voice Vendor; They are a Warehouse Optimization Solution

Logistics Viewpoints

Lucas Systems Offers Warehouse Optimization Warehouse management systems, once known as supply chain execution systems, have evolved significantly. They have transitioned from mere work executors to planning solutions with optimization capabilities. This transformation was brought about by the incorporation of algorithms that enhanced worker productivity.

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Container Lifecycle Management: Gnosis Freight Streamlines International Logistics with Jake Hoffman

The Logistics of Logistics

Jake Hoffman and Joe Lynch discuss the Gnosis Freight Container Lifecycle Management® Platform and how Gnosis streamlines international logistics. Jake is the Chief Technical Officer at Gnosis Freight , the freight-tech company that pioneered the world’s first Container Lifecycle Management® Platform, which is a supply chain platform focused on the full lifecycle of shipping containers.

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Is China’s Role in Your Supply Chain Increasing or Decreasing?

Talking Logistics

As reported by Paul Wiseman on February 7th, “For the first time in more than two decades, Mexico [in 2023] surpassed China as the leading source of goods imported by the United States.” This news prompted us to ask members of our Indago supply chain research community — who are all supply chain and logistics. Read more The post Is China’s Role in Your Supply Chain Increasing or Decreasing?

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How to pass a DOT roadside inspection

Commercial Carrier Journal

CVSA) Roadside Inspection Specialist Jeremy Disbrow fielded nearly 300 questions submitted by members of the trucking community, and provided an instructional how-to on passing a commercial vehicle roadside inspection.

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Happening Now: Supply Chain Prominence Brings Greater Scrutiny

West Coast and California Logistics

As the role of supply chains has become more prominent in organizational strategy, their leaders are now more integral to and influential within the C-suite. According to Supply Chain Management Review , however, this increased importance has led to greater scrutiny in several areas, including spending, customer experience, and regulatory compliance.

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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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Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD): Addressing the Entire Value Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Following 45 days of negotiations, the European Council approved a watered-down version of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. The EU CSDDD has had a difficult journey, facing delays, changes, and hurdles to overcome. Nonetheless, the direction of travel of European governments is clear: companies need to do more to identify their exposure to unethical practices, human rights abuses, and significant adverse environmental issues , across their value chain.

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Outpacing Disruption by Regionalizing Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

Gartner predicts that by 2028, 70% of companies will adopt regionally diversified supply chain models to improve network resiliency in the face of ongoing global disruptions.

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Charity Champions: Specialized Trucking and a Mission with Joyce Brenny

The Logistics of Logistics

Joyce Brenny and Joe Lynch discuss charity champions: specialized trucking and a mission. Joyce is the CEO & Founder of Brenny Transportation , a Minnesota based trucking company that specializes in the transportation of large, heavy, and bulky items that necessitate specialized handling, equipment, and permits. Summary: Charity Champions: Specialized Trucking and a Mission In this podcast, we explore the world of specialized trucking with Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder of Brenny Transportati

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Saturday Night Live Skit About Fast Fashion: Would You Stop Buying It?

Talking Logistics

As reported last week by BBC Business reporter Charlotte Edwards,“Workers for some suppliers of Chinese fast fashion giant Shein are still working 75 hours a week, despite the company promising to improve conditions, a report [by Swiss advocacy group Public Eye] suggests.” Here’s an excerpt from the BBC article: According to the group, who interviewed.

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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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May 2024 Freight Market Update

Trinity Logistics

Stay up to date on the latest information on conditions impacting the freight market, curated by Trinity Logistics through our Freightwaves Sonar subscription. FREIGHT VOLUMES ARE ACTUALLY UP It seems much of the news clippings have been around freight rates and how they remain suppressed. One could jump to the conclusion that this is a result of freight volumes being down.

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Happening Now: Shift of Cargo to West Coast Gains Momentum

West Coast and California Logistics

According to Supply Chain Dive , Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka recently estimated that 2%-5% of shippers’ cargo has moved back from the East Coast to the West Coast. More cargo is expected to follow, especially if East and Gulf Coast port labor negotiations break down over the summer.

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Probabilistic Planning Helps Master Supply Chain’s Unknowns

Logistics Viewpoints

In our everyday lives, we often navigate uncertainty using a probabilistic approach without even realizing it. Take weather-dependent activities, for instance. When planning your weekend, you might check a 5-day weather forecast, which provides probabilities of rain, sunshine, or cloudy skies. Armed with this information, you make decisions like whether to have a picnic, garden or stay indoors.

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Red Sea Risk Matrix: A Model for Managing Supply Chain Disruption

Supply Chain Brain

If you’re still viewing supply chain disruptions as one-off or random occurrences, you’re doing it wrong. These events are chronic and inevitable.

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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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Triple Bottom Line Logistics with Tom Raftery

The Logistics of Logistics

Tom Raftery and Joe Lynch discuss triple bottom line logistics. Tom is an entrepreneur, sustainability expert, technology executive and all-around thought leader. Tom advises logistics and supply chain companies on technology, sustainability, and communications Summary: Triple Bottom Line Logistics Tom Raftery , a sustainability expert, discusses the importance of triple bottom line logistics in the supply chain industry.

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Labor Shortages: What Are Supply Chain and Logistics Companies Doing to Survive the Challenge?

Talking Logistics

Chris Jones, Executive Vice President, Industry at Descartes Systems Group, has been our guest on Talking Logistics several times to discuss the various challenges associated with labor shortages. In a January 2022 episode we discussed, “The Labor Shortage Problem: Why It’s Bigger Than You Think.” A couple of months ago Chris shared insights from a.

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I-95 in CT closed for 'significant period' after explosion

Overdrive Online

At about 5:30 a.m. on I-95 in Norwalk, Connecticut, a tractor-trailer, a fuel truck and a passenger vehicle collided, causing a massive fire that's shuttered the interstate.

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Happening Now: A sharp spike in container shipping demand

West Coast and California Logistics

According to the JOC , the container shipping market has experienced an unexpected sharp spike in demand, which seems to be an early start to the peak season. This early rush may be driven by shippers' fears of disruptions from labor negotiations on the US East Coast, or due to rerouting services around Africa.

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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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This Week in Logistics News (May 11 – 16)

Logistics Viewpoints

This weekend the PGA Championship, the second of the 4 Majors, is taking place in Louisville, KY. Heading into the tournament, all eyes were on Scottie Scheffler, the world’s number 1 ranked golfer, winner of four of his last five tournaments including the Masters, and one of the favorites to win his third major. This morning, however, all eyes are on Scottie Scheffler for another reason.

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Four Reasons Data Builds a Circular Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

Navigating a linear supply chain is like driving down a one-way, dead-end street — movement is forced down a singular path and there’s only one place to go: the garbage.

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Beyond Invoices: Upwell’s Growth Solutions with Charley Dehoney

The Logistics of Logistics

Charley Dehoney and Joe Lynch discuss beyond invoices – Upwell’s growth solutions. Charley is the CEO and Co-founder of Upwell , a tech firm that streamlines accounts receivable using artificial intelligence. Summary: Beyond Invoices: Upwell’s Growth Solutions Charley Dehoney , CEO and Co-founder of Upwell, shares his journey from multi-sport athlete to successful logistics startup founder.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (May 17, 2024)

Talking Logistics

60 cents. That is all that is separating my son from his college diploma. I received an invoice from Cornell University this week for 60 cents. After paying them a ridiculous $$$,$$$ of my hard-earned money over the past four years, they still want some of the spare change I have in my car. I’m. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (May 17, 2024) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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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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Going digital: B2B eCommerce and what it means for manufacturers and distributors

SYSPRO Smarter ERP

The increasing transition from traditional sales channels to digital commerce isn’t breaking news for manufacturers. It’s a strategic move you’ve likely pondered over countless meetings and budget reviews. There’s also the lingering concern: “Are we just too late to the game?” Over the past three to five years in particular, more manufacturers have identified or accelerated their eCommerce plans.

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Embracing a Growth Mindset: The Key to Freight Agent Succes

Trinity Logistics

As a Freight Agent, you might think proof of your business growth is solely measured based on your revenue size. While that’s not totally inaccurate, there’s more to be seen behind the numbers. Hitting more tangible goals like a certain revenue or office size can be very rewarding. They’re great scorecards to keep track of your business efforts. Yet growth also involves learning to be adaptable, fostering new and creative ideas, and being resilient in the face of adversity.

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The National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy and Plans to Decarbonize Transportation in the US

Logistics Viewpoints

In March 2024, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation released the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy , which aims to decarbonize and advance zero-emission freight along the United States main shipping corridors. This plan’s goal is to advance the deployment of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (ZE-MHDVs) and the infrastructure needed to enable ubiquitous access to charging and hydrogen refueling along our nation’s prominent freight corridors.