March, 2019

Toyota Kata and Culture Change

The Lean Thinker

I am still digesting my experience at the Toyota Kata Summit (KataCon) and the TWI Summit but I wanted to reflect on one of the emerging themes, and some of the reactions.

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A Better Way to Sell Logistics Services with Matt Collins

The Logistics of Logistics

download the audio file. [00:21] 00:21] Opening / Introduction. [00:31] 00:31] Introduce yourself and your company. General Manager of SunAnt Interactive out of Milwaukee, WI. • MBA from the Thunderbird American School of International Management.

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Why Do eCommerce Supply Chains Fail?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Did you know that, according to Bloomberg, 80% of eCommerce businesses fail within the first 18 months? One reason is a lack of focus on product fulfillment operations – the invisible function that gets orders out the door accurately and on time.

2019 Supply Chain Trends

Logistics Viewpoints

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I spent the first week of February in Orlando attending ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum. The event had a heavy focus on how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike.

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Kane Is Able Announces Investment by Harkness Capital Partners

Kane is Able

Affiliates of Harkness Capital Partners have agreed to make an investment in Kane Is Able, Inc. to support KANE’s growth strategy of expanding its services and national presence. KANE News and Awards

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Six Steps to a More Ethical and Sustainable Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

Consumers are more conscientious about their purchases than ever before. They expect organizations to meet a certain set of ethical standards, and supply chains aren’t exempt from scrutiny

5 Reasons Why Parcel Rapid Delivery is to Become the Shipping Standard for 2019

Cerasis

Parcel rapid delivery is used to describe same-day and next-day delivery, but it actually implies any delivery requiring two or fewer days to complete.

Why Collaboration Multiplies Your Marketing Initiatives

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

This is the fourth in a series of blogs focused on getting the most from your marketing fulfillment program. The content is drawn from an Iron Mountain-sponsored Mighty Guide titled 8 Experts on Marketing Fulfillment. Marketing Fulfillment fulfillment operations

5 Truckload Shipping Trends For 2019

Logistics Viewpoints

Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. To understand whether demand for truckload capacity will be up or down in the coming year, it’s critical to watch the economy. With slower economic growth forecasted for 2019, we could expect a more historically normal level of truckload market balance than we had last year. In addition to economic growth, there are a variety of factors that will influence […].

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Dispatches from the Road: John Shepherd

Kane is Able

In our “Dispatches from the Road” feature, the KANE blog will periodically publish interviews with our drivers – the men and women who live and breathe the transportation topics we often write about. In our newest installment, we interview KANE driver John Shepherd, III.

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Robots in Logistics: What Will Humans Do?

Talking Logistics

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), a record number of robots were shipped to companies last year , with more non-automotive companies installing robots than ever before.

The Truth About Supply Chain Costs From a Logistics Perspective

Supply Chain Brain

Let's assume you have a successful product, a well-developed brand and a seamless manufacturing process. Now, you’re ready to take your product to the international stage

64th Annual Food Shippers of America Conference

Carter Logistics

Blog Topics. The Shared Milkrun Mexico & Border Logistics. 64th Annual Food Shippers of America Conference. Sales Manager, Richard Kenney, was fortunate to attend the 64 th Annual Food Shippers of America Conference in Palm Desert, CA from March 3-5, 2019.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Advantages of Marketing Fulfillment Inventory and Online Ordering

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

This is the third in a series of blogs focused on getting the most from your marketing fulfillment inventory program. The content is drawn from a recently published Amware-sponsored eBook titled 8 Experts on Marketing Fulfillment, which you can download here.

The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market is Growing Explosively

Logistics Viewpoints

We just completed the new global market study on the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) market. The market is exploding. In my twenty years of doing market research I have never seen anything like the growth this market is experiencing. The post The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market is Growing Explosively appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Material Handling AMR

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Should the State DOT Be the One to Mandate Commercial Vehicle Bans During Weather Events?

Kane is Able

On February 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced plans for a commercial vehicle ban on all major highways in Eastern Pennsylvania in anticipation of a predicted snow-ice mix the following day.

This Week in Logistics News (March 11-15, 2019)

Talking Logistics

On Wednesday morning I flew down to Miami for a client meeting. It wasn’t until I boarded the airplane and placed my bag under the seat in front of me that I noticed this: Yes, I flew on a Boeing 737-MAX 8 on Wednesday, and a few hours after I landed, the U.S.

Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.

Start. Just Start – PME and the fear of writing.

Logistics in War

By Rebecca Marlow. Through the Logistics in War and over the past two years Dave Beaumont has been challenging logisticians to think and write about their profession. It is important to our profession that we have a robust discussion and challenge perceptions and conceptions there may be about our trade. Earlier this year he challenged all logisticians to write, which had me ponder, ‘why don’t we?’ Sounds easy right? We’re all subject matter experts and we have opinions.

All About TMS: What is it and Why is it Important?

Carter Logistics

Blog Topics. The Shared Milkrun Mexico & Border Logistics. All About TMS: What is it and Why is it Important? TMS stands for Transportation Management System: a system to control and audit the transportation movements in a supply chain, as well as the resource planning of an organization.

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Is It Time To Tidy Up Your Fulfillment Strategy?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Earlier this year, Netflix introduced a popular but polarizing new show. Entitled Tidying Up with Marie Kondo , it follows various families as they systematically cull through their possessions, all spurred by the cleaning guru’s famous advice to keep only what “sparks joy.”.

Is 2019 the Year of Robotic Piece Picking?

Logistics Viewpoints

The overall structure and content of the MHI Promat and Modex events evolves very slowly from year to year. However, a prevalent theme seems to arise each year that differentiates one event from years prior. I’m told that robotic piece picking was the stand-out theme at LogiMAT last month and that theme will surely cross the pond to ProMat next month. I plan to spend a large portion of my time in Chicago at the […]. The post Is 2019 the Year of Robotic Piece Picking?

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

Integrate Product Packaging into Distribution Center Operations

Kane is Able

Specific consumer products look exactly the same when they roll off the manufacturing line. To satisfy retailer requirements, however, these identical products are wrapped, sealed, tied and packed in dozens, even hundreds, of different ways for presentation on the retail shelf.

This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

We didn’t think he would visit us this year, but then came the snow storm early Monday morning, and with schools closed, Billy Bob Joe V finally showed up. My kids, with the help of neighborhood friends, used their muscles and brains (and ladders and shovels) to build the 13 ft. snowman (over 15 ft.

Great Shipping and Logistics: Still the Biggest Must-Have for Ecommerce Success

Cerasis

Your customers are willing to tell you exactly what they want and, sometimes much to your chagrin, they’re not going to hold back or walk on eggshells for you. This past holiday season, customer angst was clearly on display, and shipping and order accuracy was a big player in that grief.

Ocean Carriers Have the Upper Hand Over Shippers — For Now

Supply Chain Brain

In the never-ending struggle for advantage between shippers and ocean carriers, the latter appear to have the upper hand for the moment

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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.