Imagine the car in your driveway. Do you know exactly where it came from? A typical Toyota is comprised of nearly 30,000 moving parts — from the tires down to the smallest screws. Do you know, for certain, that each piece is up to standard?
Many industries, such as transportation and logistics, have deployed enterprise software to help operate and manage work processes for decades now. And, as a result, companies and the solutions providers have collected a treasure trove of information, not only about an individual company, but about the industry as a whole.
If your company seems stuck and can’t get to the level of maturity you would like in your S&OP process, follow Lemonis’ 3 Ps of Success modified for S&OP.
Businesses are increasingly realizing that user experience (UX) correlates closely to user engagement. The implications of a successful UX make it way more than just a satisfaction ranking.
Today’s crop of electric bikes and electric trikes can help meet consumer expectations for both speed and sustainability.
Tracking shipments independent of the carrier or mode of transport provides you with analytics that help you cut through the noise and make sense of the data to improve operational efficiencies.
With e-commerce giants fueling a spike in shipping volumes, to stay competitive logistics companies need to increase efficiency, while reducing costs.
Despite its criticality, most companies are very poor at supply chain planning. Here’s a recipe for dealing with complexity and deploying a set of world-class supply chain planning capabilities.
No hype here. These three technological innovations are already enhancing effectiveness, lowering operational costs, and increasing customer satisfaction in supply chain management.
For businesses that haven't transitioned to new operating systems, time is running out to avoid the costs and risks of business disruptions. If you haven't already made a switch, here are some potential next steps.
Before implementing supply chain visibility software, consider these four actions:
Creating an ongoing logistics/supply chain technology investment strategy can radically advance supply chain efficiency. In a growing economy, it’s essential.
Social media is no longer just for likes and shares. Using AI and extensive datasets, supply chain managers can stay ahead of breaking events to make the most informed decisions to help keep their products and people safe and secure.
Blockchain allows shippers and other supply chain participants to collaborate in a new way, removing significant costs—both hard and soft—out of the supply chain. Here’s how.
For most organizations, it is not a matter of if but when a supply disruption will occur. Yet few have invested in the systems and programs needed to respond.
Right now, there is a disconnect between shippers, carriers, and customers that does not allow for blockchain and deep analytics to be applied. A better platform for collaboration throughout the industry will drive growth and the overall success of the logistics sector.
Blockchain adoption is not as swift as it seems. The industry giants leading the charge are backing closed, permission-based blockchain initiatives, which are bound to limit their effectiveness in the long run. Here’s how to unleash the full potential of blockchain.
Robotic process automation is redrawing the logistics landscape, bringing productivity gains that are compounded across thousands of transactions in supply chains. Find out what it means for buyers of 3PL services.
Seeing what’s happening throughout the supply chain is essential in today’s always-on, omnichannel shipping environment. Here’s how businesses can gain the insight and control they need as they move their goods around the globe.
IoT is creating amazing opportunities for supply chain stakeholders to process data and automate environmental interactions in new ways. Here’s how to manage security risks.
Artificial intelligence is poised to transform supply chains with breakthrough capabilities to process real-time data and make intelligent recommendations. So where should you start?
Industry 4.0, the trend toward smart factories, will touch all aspects of the supply chain, and you should plan your mobile robotic system accordingly.
Maturing systems, implementation expertise, and newly enacted tax incentives bode well for significant leaps in supply chain efficiency. Here’s why 2018 will be the year for technology ROI.
Now that the ELD Mandate has taken effect, grabbing an ELD device off the shelf may seem like a quick and effective fix. It’s not. Here’s what to look for and avoid when making this critical selection.
Many companies handle supply chain anomalies with reactive planning systems, but this approach leaves them vulnerable to disruption. One new approach to dealing with supply chain uncertainty is to use machine learning to predict what might go wrong.
Cloud technologies support innovative supply chain solutions that deliver the right goods to the right place at the right time—as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Here’s why supply chain managers should look to the cloud now.
The clarion call to digitize the supply chain is louder than ever before. In order to meet consumer demands and gain competitive advantage, shippers are retooling their supply chains to be more agile, efficient, and transparent. But where do you start? What steps can you take today?
This case study tells how Weatherford Farms increased efficiency in its delivery network by switching from manual routing to an automated routing system.
Every holiday season, warehouses expand their workforces two times or more to handle peak retail demand that can make or break the entire year. Here’s how augmented reality can help.
TruGolf initially used several providers, resulting in delayed and lost shipments and miscommunication. Not being experts in logistics, TruGolf struggled to find a single point of contact who could guide them in the problem-solving and decision-making process—resulting in ineffective time management and unhappy partners.
Clunky payment processes cause supply chain friction.
Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility.
With more and more companies hopping on the AI bandwagon, the technology will affect supply chain planning across industries. Find out which verticals have the most to gain and how supply chain managers can make smarter decisions.
Cloud-based warehouse management systems have many merits, but don’t presume they offer a cheap, one-size-fits-all option for your organization. In other words, read the fine print.
While the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 set the guidelines and rulemaking for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) in process, there are still gaps in compliance. Here's how to address them.
A new report finds that the fourth-party logistics provider model will get a big boost from supply chain digitalization, a trend that’s expected to shift the balance of power in the logistics sector.
Supply chains must be faster and more agile than ever. Siloed systems can slow down the process, causing frustrated customers to take their business elsewhere, resulting in lost revenue, resources, and time. Here are three signs of siloed supply chains and what to do about them.
Businesses face many challenges when it comes to mobile technology in their supply chain, from application selection to ongoing support. Here’s how to get with the mobile program.
Digital Transformation (DT) is coming of age. Eighty percent of respondents to a recent IFS Digital Change Survey see themselves as “enabled”, “enhanced” or “optimized” to leverage DT.
Terminal operations today leverage highly integrated systems—from vehicle/fleet management, remote crane management, terminal operating systems, gate operation, position detection, and many others. So, how do we make this integration work better? The short answer—simplify and standardize.
Supply chain executives need not consider digital transformation as a large-scale undertaking with an expensive and complex integration process. Applying simple-to-implement steps like document automation can greatly improve productivity and elevate the customer experience.
Integrating external content is becoming more valuable for companies seeking more automation and real-time control over their supply chain planning and execution functions.
Grocers will have to transform aggressively and adapt swiftly if they want to avoid the fate of retailers in other segments. They will need to digitize their stores and consumer experiences. Here's how they should optimize their supply chain.
Managing a business for sustained growth means finding and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges of complex supply chain logistics. To achieve lasting, repeatable innovation, check out these real-world solutions.
VMI is a way for suppliers to manage re-supply by monitoring customer stock levels and forward demand that optimizes working capital with service levels. Use these tips for best managing the VMI relationship.
Silicon Valley and the logistics industry can help each other, and there’s great value to be gained through partnership.
Transplace helped Huhtamaki reduce costs while improving customer service.
Supply chain professionals now have access to more data from more sources than ever before. Here are five ways to utilize data to simplify your supply chain design process:
Keeping your supply chain secure is not complicated but it needs to be done on a regular basis. Here are five tips to help keep your online security strong and virus-proof.
Sometimes, for even the most critical shipments, the shipper receives information for only two data points: when the shipment left their hands and confirmation the shipment has arrived. Here's why so-called black box shipping is on its way out.
Readers consider the near-term prospects of self-driving trucks in the supply chain.
Agilent Technologies, a global high tech life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical company applies sophisticated scientific methods provided by CorpU to implement sweeping new order fulfillment and supply chain strategies. Using the CorpU platform, and its precision tools, procedures and metrics for both engaging and educating employees, Agilent's transition from design to implementation for new supply chain plans was reduced from months to just 10 days.
Powered by the Internet of Things, the next generation control tower will extend supply chain visibility and control tower services down to the level of things – however large, small, or geographically dispersed they may be.
Same-day production and delivery is possible if communications between production and logistics is fully automated. A live experiment showed the path of an urgently needed replacement part as it moved from the initial order through production to final delivery: all in a single day.
The primary use for blockchain is improving supply chain transparency and traceability, according to a new benchmark survey focused on blockchain in supply chain management and trade finance. Other important advantages include transaction cost reductions and enhanced trust between supply chain partners.
A new study reveals growth companies are investing in customer-facing supply chain solutions to improve supply chain efficiencies in the digital era.
Technological advances to improve operations and profit margins are prominent within the supply chain industry. These are the significant technology trends to watch.
Think of wearable technology as consumer facing? Think again. Wearables one-up handheld devices and have real supply chain implications.
Digitization is rapidly transforming the ocean container shipping industry. Here’s how to prepare.
Senior executives have set their sights on digital and automated solutions that cut costs and plan to invest in a number of key areas over the next two years, according to the 2017 State of the Outsourcing, Shared Services, and Operations Industry report.
Supply chain innovation is important for companies of all sizes. With new enabling technologies causing disruptions across the supply chain, the supply chain space is ripe for innovation.
Data from electronic logging devices could close the visibility gap for every party in the transportation industry.
Ready to adopt the "full circle" approach to waste elimination in your supply chain? An Accenture Strategy report finds that while companies welcome this approach, their efforts are often only skin deep. Here's how to capture the full potential of the growing circular economy.
Readers share their IoT forecast on the supply chain.
The Internet of Things will streamline and optimize to never before possible levels, dramatically impacting the supply chain for the better.
Working alongside robots in warehouses is the way of the present, rather than the way of the future.
The Internet of Things will streamline and optimize to never before possible levels, dramatically impacting the supply chain for the better.
When a paper-based order management system slowed a baseball bat manufacturer’s growth, the company digitized for out-of-the-park growth.
When air freight is too expensive and ocean freight too slow, can this drone carry the day?
Stay up to date on the latest products to hit the marketplace.
The right data can create the intelligence required to know where to begin to solve many common problems.
Use these five points to help find a transportation management system
Companies are realizing they must change their mindset to remain competitive. Embracing a global trade network model removes some of the constraints that make global trade management a challenge
Organizations are turning to third party logistics providers and enhanced transportation management technology to deliver the velocity, visibility, predictability, and control they need.
The supply chain is creating more jobs than it can fill. Here's why companies should use technology to change people's perceptions of the field.
Utilizing technology is key to the future of business and IoT has increased the connectivity of all areas of business.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
Use this advice to ensure your mid-market supply chain is supported at the level it deserves.
Organizations are looking to technology to help manage the complexities of the transport operation and to differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive markets they operate in.
Leading logistics providers are driving change – rather than responding to it – by leveraging modern TMS solutions.
Get the most out of a transportation management system by ensuring it provides the following functions.
3PL warehouses are not only in demand, but in a position of strength. This provides 3PL operators a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with key customers, suppliers, and retailers of their choice.
As consumers demand a greater personal experience and more sophisticated product, the digital revolution will prove a competitive advantage to those who embrace it.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions automate complex international supply chain sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade, and regulatory compliance activities.
From location to infrastructure and from workforce to technology, Georgia sets the pace in the logistics race.
Digitization is no longer an option. It is a competitive necessity.
Use these insights to meet the challenges of global shipment compliance.
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
Find the right solutions, carriers and partners to drive efficiency in your supply chain operations and enable your enterprise to navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs of the coming year.
Amazon’s patent to parachute packages sends Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo on a trip down memory lane to an article he wrote 14 years ago predicting such an event.
A YMS can provide significant benefits to your operation. Use these pointers to help select the right YMS.
Data integration across systems can help optimize the supply chain and enable organizations to provide their customers with the best possible service from order to delivery.
A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. Use these tips to get the most out of your routing guide.
Business to consumer demand is set to outpace supply in the marketplace. Those who can solve that problem will be the big winners in the next phase of supply chain management.
An Industry 4.0-enabled supply chain will collect and analyze data across all machines, yielding faster processes that are more flexible and produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs.
As more companies replace legacy technology systems with more sophisticated platforms, the benefits of cloud-based collaboration will increase exponentially.
Another year is upon us and with it comes a new opportunity to do things differently; to do things better. After all, if you are not evolving, you are dying.
Choosing the right shipping software is critical because it impacts your company’s bottom line. Here are eight steps to take to ensure you choose the right solution for your company’s individual needs.
From a Lean and agile supply chain perspective,an optimally designed supply chain can significantly improve margins,support expansion into new markets,enhance the customer experience,and reduce operating costs.
Use this advice to get the most out of your big data.
As wearable technologies, such as smart glasses and augmented reality, grow less expensive and more accessible, an increasing number of companies are exploring whether wearables could benefit their warehouse operation.
Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
Kowalski Sausage implements a new in-house routing and dispatching system to improve how the piggies get to market.
Profile of Joanne Wright, Vice President of Supply Chain, IBM
The driverless truck phenomenon is closer to reality than you might think and that means it’s time to start strategizing how this could impact supply chains. Here are three areas to start considering.
Get ready for a supply chain paradigm shift. These technologies will cause shippers to rethink cost-cutting measures and rewrite logistics strategies.
From item-level inventory data and GPS to condition monitoring and signals from social media, new data sources are augmenting available supply chain data. Find out how to extract value from this influx of information.
How will blockchain technology impact the future of the supply chain?
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security revised almost every section of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) on Sept. 20, 2016. Here’s what shippers need to know.
The Internet of Things is about to shake up the supply chain. Shippers need to develop mid- and long-term IoT strategies.
More companies are relying on expedited shipping a regular part of their inbound transportation planning. However, intelligent systems are helping reduce the need for the Hail Mary emergency moves.
The demand chain model drastically reduces a distribution center’s footprint and associated costs by replacing safety stock with information.
Readers weigh in and pick the disruptive innovation that will rock supply chains.
Profile of Marc Althen, president, Penske Logistics
As a first-time TMS buyer, educate yourself on what a modern TMS can do – and come to the table with high expectations.
Effectively mitigate demurrage and detention fees by taking an integrated approach to logistics, contract management, and supply chain visibility using a global trade management system.
When moving hazardous materials, shippers can’t just send them packing. From preparing for compliance to keeping employees in the loop, here’s how shippers plan for risk-free travels.
The benefits of a multi-tenant software platform are immense. Chris Johnson of LeanLogistics outlines the four areas of value with multi-tenant technology.
The door to an automated brokerage process opens up when a broker strengthens relationships with carriers and customers.
Rick Erickson of U.S. Bank explains how to deal with increasing regulations, demand volatility, and shifting global trade currents.
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.
Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
Presidential nominee stances on transportation infrastructure; New truck standards aim to reduce U.S. carbon emissions; Staffing Agencies and Colleges Work to Make Certain the Supply Chain Stays Supplied
When considering, procuring, and implementing new logistics/supply chain technology, here are three steps to take to ensure a smooth rollout.
This story looks at some recent trends affecting retail supply chains, including demand for speed and flexibility, ongoing emphasis on omnichannel marketing, and globalization.
Supply chain planning systems can greatly benefit from combining artificial intelligence techniques so they become more intelligent, dynamic, and user-friendly.
Social media benefits the supply chain industry in many ways. Companies enhance communication with customers, generate demand, reduce operating costs, mitigate risk, increase productivity, and gain marketplace intelligence through social channels.
If they haven’t already, supply chain executives need to immediately deploy more flexible and agile supply chain management solutions that encompass an enterprise resource planning system.
Denied party screening is of critical importance in shipping and international trade, and essential for minimizing business risk today.
Technology can make the difference between profit and loss in a low-margin environment. As margins squeeze ever tighter, staying current with technology can make the ultimate difference ultimate success or failure.
A company’s ability to efficiently execute a supply chain strategy in today’s environment can be enhanced by logistics outsourcing with a strategic partner.
With schools across the country rapidly increasing the use of technology in the classroom, recent graduates entering into the logistics workforce expect similar atmospheres.
An acceleration of mergers and acquisitions is causing dramatic changes to the supply chain. Are you prepared to manage through this changing environment while managing cost?
Competitive agility and adaptability help shippers win the multi- and omni-channel race to the customer.
When you break down big data, new types of data is found that can be used to benefit customers and build a stronger advantage competitively.
When evaluating your needs for a transportation management system it’s important to look beyond technology and consider who will manage planning and execution. Use this advice to determine if a managed service provider will deliver greater value than developing an in-house team.
How do industry leaders plan to keep up with these unprecedented demands? The short answer is technology investment.
Industry expertise is the most impactful way to positively affect customer service requirements.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years.
A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.
When used effectively, data can help retailers improve customer service, website experience, and overall supply chain and shipping processes.
Kuebix TMS and Managed Services take Weis Markets’ supply chain to the next level of excellence.
Your TMS is the perfect place to start making sense of IoT–giving you the ability to make smarter decisions faster.
Connected, intelligent, scalable, and rapid, the digital supply network is ready to be deployed today. Companies may hold on to the dying linear supply chain, but they are closing themselves off from a strategy that operates at a lower price point and enables growth.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
Wholesale distributor Ideal Supply re-routed its delivery network through the cloud with the help of logistics technology provider Descartes.
Increased funding, bigger ideas, and changing mindsets are setting the stage for the explosive growth of enterprise technology in the logistics sector.
The migration to web, cloud, and SaaS solutions continues, and it's a good thing for shippers. Here's why you'll love getting ahead in the cloud.
Readers weigh in on the future of drones in last-mile logistics.
Before selecting a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), you have to know what drives your company to select features that target your specific needs. Use this advice to select the right WMS.
Robots coming soon to a warehouse near you; The supply chain plays a key role in developing circular economies; OSA-related driver fatigue causes new safety rule proposals
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
Warehouses can use a number of techniques to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) – the ”guaranteed” turnaround time for an order to go out – during peak demand periods.
The warehouse design of tomorrow is flexing to meet the physical needs of basic warehouse operators as well as more highly automated e-commerce fulfillment centers.
This article looks at what’s new and interesting in transportation management systems (TMS).
Waveless fulfillment consistently maximizes warehouse productivity by assigning orders on a real-time basis as resources and fulfillment opportunities become available.
By tapping into outsourced logistics support, shippers arm themselves with the technology, talent, and experience at a lower price than employed resources, which allow companies to invest and focus on their core competencies.
Savings from a TMS deployment can be significant. Here are the benefits of an incremental approach to acquisition.
The best solutions provide clear, regularly reported metrics not just to the shipper, but also to the carriers themselves.
Sapa Extrusions Americas achieves tremendous business benefits by implementing Cloud Logistics’ transportation management system (TMS).
Jim Lambo, director of supplier management and procurement at Insitu, manages procurement and suppliers for all goods and services.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Disruption is coming to the freight and logistics industry. By seeing and understanding the full spectrum of operations, transport-oriented firms can survive and succeed in a dramatically changed environment.
STEM disciplines broaden the field of logistics and industry standards by involving process strategies, planning, implementation tactics, and optimization in supply and demand. This is a fact students are recognizing and capitalizing on.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
Inbound Logistics surveys the market to determine the latest logistics technology trends and chooses 100 IT providers that are leading the way.
To support global initiatives, shippers should consider leveraging a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) TMS with domestic and global functionality.
A customized and strategic platform provides a company with a competitive edge over their competition.
Operators want their solutions to be collaborative and easily integrated with other systems, and providing visibility in the yard should be easy.
Consider these factors and advice when considering switching software.
One of the common gripes voiced by organizations implementing logistics IT solutions is that the solution ends up costing more than expected. Use this advice when looking at prospective providers.
Planners use sophisticated supply chain modeling and simulation to gauge the results of decisions before enacting them and to prepare for a range of possible scenarios. The result is better-prepared companies with a more clear view of themselves and their futures.
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
The warehouse management system (WMS) has emerged as a valuable tool for tracking and streamlining tasks, the workforce, and material/equipment flows. Here are two factors driving its adoption today.
Vulnerable to cargo theft? This monitoring solution provides layers of assurance for shippers and transporters.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions are evolving to meet the new demands of today’s global shippers and consumers.
The cornerstone of collaborative logistics is timely visibility. Data about orders, inventory, transportation, and spend need to all funnel into a common denominator big data repository and be readily accessible.
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
Evolving technologies such as data warehousing, in-memory architecture, and data visualization are helping unlock fleet insights.
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
When an outdated warehouse management system was putting a dent in a distributor’s workflow, it turned to a technology partner to grow its e-commerce business.
For logistics professionals, data is meaningless without context. Dashboards help provide context and enhance decision-making capabilities.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
Young and veteran supply chain professionals alike must acclimate, absorb, and apply fast-approaching technological developments or risk being part of the past.
Where the presidential candidates stand on transportation infrastructure; Amazon announces new air cargo fleet; consumers willing to pay more for sustainability; first successful cross-country trip by a vehicle on autopilot; trucking industry driver shortage reaches 48,000 drivers; shippers rail against railroad mergers; hoverboards illustrate problem with American manufacturing; consumers want package deliveries their way; reducing cargo theft risk; FMCSA passes measure to fight back against driver coercion; skills required for a successful career in supply chain management; Surface Transportation Board gets back on track; FMCSA sets deadline for requiring truckers to install electronic logbooks in all vehicles; technologies to watch in 2016.
Cloud software has many advantages including a fast start up, frequent upgrades, and less overall costs.
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.
Minimizing transportation costs through data analysis can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line
Companies should reevaluate its compliance processes to look at previous set plans and get programs ready for upcoming developments.
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
In today’s global, highly competitive market, the old rules of transportation no longer apply if you want to remain profitable and competitive.
3D printers may alter the supply chain by reducing manufacturing lead times and creating shorter time-to-market for new designs.
A real time tracking platform helps you revolutionize your logistics operations by improving service while reducing costs.
The expense of inbound vendor traffic and its impact on landed cost is overlooked. Use this advice to better managing inbound vendor freight.
The introduction of driverless trucks could be the biggest change the road haulage industry will ever see, and the concept is closer to reality than people think.
To help combat counterfeiting, the premium beverage industry is taking advantage of serial numbers on product packages to uniquely identify each product for increased connectivity throughout packaging operations and the supply chain.
Replacing manual, paper-based processes with fully automated systems that use electronic B2B transactions in place of paper documents is one major step toward a greener supply chain.
The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.
This story examines how supply chain organizations are using three kinds of social media: supply chain operating networks, enterprise social networks, and public social networks.
As cyber crime and data breaches continue to climb, supply chain information is increasingly at risk. Here are ways to assess your vulnerability and keep supply chain data safe from hackers.
Investments in pick/put-to-light technology, wearables, robotic AGVs, high-speed conveyors, voice-directed picking, and a warehouse control system equate to an automated, smart, and efficient distribution center.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
SendOutCards keeps its personal touch while improving its greeting card and gift order fulfillment processes with Snapfulfil’s warehouse management system.
Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
The real value of a software partner can be found in the days and weeks that come after the learning phase. Most customers are looking for a positive experience to happen after the purchase.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Radio Frequency Identification Technology has a multitude of benefits that can have a significant impact on reducing and eliminating waste in the extended supply chain.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
For quickly measuring freight at the point of pick-up, for reclassifying pallets, and for low-volume operations, mobile dimensioning is a low-cost game-changer.
Selecting the right global trade management tool is important when looking to grow your business. Use these tips to select a global trade management tool to elevate your business.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.
As e-commerce continues to surge, the case for automation is now too compelling to ignore. One good way to start can be to automate parcel sorting at local and regional distribution centers.
A system developed by The Smart Cube pulls and aggregates information from all Elizabeth Arden’s contract manufacturers, providing a consolidated, accurate view of data across the company’s supply chain. The cosmetics giant now can see, in real time, the purchases its network of manufacturers makes on its behalf.
Good data assists fleet managers in budgeting short- and long-term costs, determining correct fleet size, and evaluating whether to lease or buy new equipment. Use these tips to get the most out lift truck fleet data.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
It is critical to set meaningful, relevant, and attainable targets to ensure that everyone is focused on a Lean supply chain.
Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service gives industrial buyers a preview of how IoT may impact procurement; Private label sourcing faces new headwinds; Cloud Logistics debuts the latest twist in TMS deployments; CMA CGM launches first smart connected container ship; Automotive parts buyers are leveraging omni-channel options
Intelligent transportation technology provides new sources of competitive advantage through complete supply chain visibility.
Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics are necessary to contribute to an organization’s goal of improved and more informed decision-making.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
An on-board video solution helps fleet managers review driver performance and improve fleet safety.
E-commerce is leaving a trail of brick-and-mortar debris in its wake.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Today's cloud-based inspection systems improve productivity by simplifying the traditional inspection method and compiling important data to be accessed at any time and anyplace.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
The Internet of Things is bringing major changes to the way companies plan and execute supply chain activities as sensors, communications systems, and analytics solutions all become cheaper, faster, and more capable.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technologies will revolutionize transportation by making our road system safer, more efficient, and less dependent upon the human element for effective decision-making.
A little healthy competition between employees can help to improve performance and metrics.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives to prepare to meet the challenges of the next decade.
Big data is a big deal, but what is it? Inbound Logistics asks four industry experts to file their report on big data and its benefits.
Self-driving trucks will result in supply chain disruption; the question is “When?” Here are the essential breakthroughs that have to occur first and how many years it will take before autonomous trucks can help address the driver shortage.
Artificial intelligence (AI) use is accelerating as more businesses look to make the digital transformation leap. Here are three areas in global logistics where AI will be the most impactful.
Shipment-level visibility is just step one. Decisions, at any stage of the product life cycle, can have a direct impact on the cost and on the time it takes for goods to be sold and delivered.
Readers share the logistics mementos and paraphernalia they would preserve in a time capsule for people to open in the year 2067.
When it comes to multimodal logistics moving freight by combining two or more transport modes Europe still lags the more advanced U.S. market, but has made steady progress, according to Colliers International's latest industrial research for the EMEA.
Choosing the third-party logistics partner (3PL) that has the resources and expertise to handle every fulfillment challenge will help suppliers adapt to ever-evolving market conditions and complex customer requirements.
Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market closes today August 28, 2017. Find out what it means today and for retailers in the near future.
Transportation Management Systems’ have the ability to help you be more environmentally responsible. Here are the top five ways a TMS can help your supply chain go green.
The ultimate way to transform logistics is by improving efficiencies through the help of IoT, analytics, and intelligent platforms that run independently. Here's a look into the future.
J.B. Hunt and University of Arkansas' innovation center will enable engineering, computer science, and business researchers and students to work with J.B. Hunt employees in finding solutions to real-world problems through innovative design and technology-driven supply chain solutions.
Effectively managing this temperature-controlled supply chain is more challenging than ever. Here are three technologies that are helping life sciences and healthcare organizations meet the sector's increasingly exacting requirements.
Gelnius’ new technology platform has the ability to save money based on customers achieving reduced transportation cost and better management of administration overhead, as well as cost savings linked to visibility of all freight transactions on a single platform.
The deal comes at a critical time for the Silicon Valley-based electric car company, as it prepares for Model 3 production and readies to face one of the largest growth phases in the company’s history.
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Kuebix TMS greatly improved Holman Parts Distribution’s operations.
Transportation management systems (TMS) streamline the information exchange between shippers and carriers. Cloud technology makes them affordable for many small- and mid-sized firms.
The future of TMS systems is not only to monitor service in real-time, but to properly audit the carrier’s invoice through settlement.
Here is what you need to know about pushback from IT when proposing a TMS implementation.
Yard management systems (YMS) can boost driver efficiency, cut detention costs, and bring visibility to this link in the supply chain.
Ben E. Keith maximized freight management with help from ArrowStream’s Crossbow technology.
This story looks at several ways in which companies are applying Internet of Things (IoT) technology to supply chain management.
Inbound Logistics surveys the market to determine the latest logistics technology trends and chooses 100 IT providers that are leading the way.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton marks a 35-year career anniversary with a look back at how technology changed supply management forever.
Customers expect immediate access to goods and services, and convenient delivery options. In short, it’s an on-demand economy. Companies must adapt and start optimizing their supply chains to stay competitive. Here’s how.
Metrolina Greenhouses integrates ERP and customized, industry-specific tools to improve order, shipping and billing management.
A new class of drones can speed inventory counts, administer life-saving medicine, anticipate your caffeine needs, and keep golfers on course.
News and trends impacting the high-tech and consumer electronics supply chain
Celestica improves visibility, controls costs and seeks greater logistics flexibility with MercuryGate’s transportation management system solutions.
Moving a whole supply chain from push to pull isn’t easy, but the benefits are worth the effort.
After Carter's implements a cloud-based platform, inventory management and supply chain visibility become child's play.
In an effort to apply blockchain to the world’s global supply chain, Maersk Line and IBM have collaborated to develop TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled shipping solution to promote more efficient and secure global trade, bring together supply chain partners to support information sharing and transparency, and encourage industry-wide innovation.
Tech trends enable strategies that are reshaping global supply chains. These new technologies complement each other; used in combination they create synergies far beyond their individual impacts. Here are five key strategies that technologies of the near future will empower.
Virgin Hyperloop One will open a $500-million Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center in Spain, the company's first European development facility.
Due to the sensitive nature of the products Allied exports, the distributor turned to automation to stay on top of increasingly complex and rapidly changing international trade policies, regulations, sanctions, and restricted party lists, which in some cases change overnight.
There is so much effort and capital being directed at wanting to make trucks driverless, but if you don't need the driver, why do you need the truck?
When efficiency is the primary focus in integrated supply chain management, every little bit that helps to tighten both front- and back-end processes helps. Increasingly, companies in a variety of verticals are achieving such efficiencies by leaning on disruptive technologies.
There are value points in managing information gathered from a strong TMS system that can also provide a solid pre-audit program to double check accuracy of bills before payment.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advice for a successful IoT implementation.
Blockchain is the topic of the moment in supply chain. But what can it really do for supply chains today, and where can it take us tomorrow?
Transplace’s technology and expertise helps Brenntag streamline operations and realize greater visibility.
Brace yourself for some mechanical marvels that could punch up DC and factory productivity. Fighting gravity, strain, and injury, these mechanized support systems give warehouse and assembly line workers near-superhero strength and Iron Man-like stamina
Is more always better? When it comes to a shipper's supply chain and big data, more data doesn't necessarily equate to better productivity. How you leverage and utilize the influx of data is what's key. Use these tips to utilize big data to drive performance in their supply chains.
Microsoft has entered a partnership with ocean carrier OOCL to develop artificial intelligence (AI) in shipping, with the goal of helping Microsoft better understand and predict shipping patterns and variables.
Readers reveal the technologies they would rev up to boost supply chain efficiency.
These are the latest supply chain solutions and services you should know about.
Blockchain technology creates a global and trustworthy history of a product—from transaction to production to consumption. It has the potential to revolutionize workflows across international borders, empowering an automated, connected supply chain with simplicity and traceability.
How the rise of big data tools levels the playing field and offers insights across a global supply chain.
Retailers and manufacturers are beginning to seek a solution to eliminate supply chain silos and transcend the restrictions of traditional TMS static rules and rates that lead to customer disruptions and cost inefficiencies.
Carriers, shippers and logistic service providers are facing new challenges today. With digitalization, all players in the supply chain will require instant and efficient response time to their questions or concerns.
SwanLeap’s carrier optimization helped an HVAC supplier increase efficiency and annual savings.
Supporting a multi-channel delivery model requires an agile supply chain and exceptional planning and execution processes and technology to make it work.
Still struggling to get your logistics technology up to speed? You're not alone. See why companies are increasingly outsourcing IT to their third-party logistics providers.
When we said 2017 was one of the most disruptive years for global supply chains in recent years, thanks to natural disasters, geopolitical conflicts, and regulatory upheaval, we couldn’t have foreseen the twists and turns that would take shape in 2018.
It's no secret that data is the foundation for a world class logistics strategy. It's also no secret how to find the right data, yet many companies struggle to find the data they’ve been looking for.
Various uses of robots in the supply chain and the benefits those systems provide.
There is no magic bullet to overcome the challenges associated with the capacity crunch, but the supply chain has proven to be the competitive battleground of the future.
Inbound Logistics surveys the supply chain technology market to evaluate the latest trends and uncover the most innovative providers in their respective fields.
Having tools such as predictive analytics technology integrated with artificial intelligence while still enthusiastically embracing the craft of logistics will be how our industry truly innovates for our clients.
Dedicated truckload fleets fill up on technology solutions that pump crucial data from power units and trailers and deliver it to shippers ready to give their supply chains the gas.
The Internet of Things offers greater differentiation and innovation of the supply chain, which can lead to a competitive advantage.
MIT and JDA Software will team up to advance research on intelligent supply chains, including machine learning, optimization, and consumer behavior modeling. The collaboration leverages both parties' business domain expertise and customer base.
A Georgia senate committee has named Savannah and Augusta as locations for new logistics technology innovation and information technology corridors.
Amazon receives patents for wristband systems to monitor warehouse workers.
Business leaders are divided in their vision of the future of human-machine partnerships.
New supply chain services and solutions
Supply chain technology ecosystems are evolving as once distinct processes for executing TMS, WMS and YMS functions converge. Is the best path forward stitching together a trifecta of best-of-breed technologies, or going all-in on a single instance, single platform for all three?
Vendor-managed inventory partnerships strive to improve efficiency by allowing suppliers to maintain the inventory of their products at the stores and other locations operated by their partners in the supply chain. VMI relies on a tight-knit collaboration between supplier and buyer to improve product availability while decreasing excess inventory.
With the massive scope of supply chain, the benefits that blockchain could provide are well worth exploring, particularly in times of crisis.
What does the digital supply chain mean for your company? More integration, better visibility, a single version of the truth, a clearer view of the future—and maybe a few flying robots.
While machine learning and predictive intelligence will shape this era, creative companies which value collaboration, human expertise and servant leadership can change the game.
This story looks at some ways in which companies are using IoT or IIoT technology along the supply chain and discusses the added value companies will gain as they move from discrete applications to integrated ones.
Shippers with solid TMS platforms in place can save money not only in terms of freight rates, but also in terms of cost avoidance and labor expenses.
It’s time to make inbound freight a priority and begin reaping the benefits of a program that creates win-win rewards for all supply chain partners.
A rapid implementation strategy is ideal for enterprises whom must implement very fast, as well as continuing focus on process improvements.
Blockchain and robotic process automation is the next big bet.
At its core, a TMS is charged with moving an order through your system and settling it in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Regardless of your specific needs, today’s challenges require a new approach for evaluating which TMS is best for your organization.
Eighty-four percent of industrial companies face a disconnect between data from connected devices and strategic decision making and operations, limiting the Internet of Thing's (IoT) digital transformation potential, according to a research study conducted by IFS, a global enterprise applications company.
Unmanned surface and underwater vessels will dominate maritime activity in the United Kingdom and across Europe over the next decade. Peek into the future of autonomous maritime systems.
As ocean shipping becomes increasingly digitized, blockchain will play a key role, providing authenticated data and bringing costs down. Here’s what SMBs should be doing now to get ready for a blockchain future.
Here are five steps to consider when implementing the Internet of Things across the cold chain.
The logistics sector’s reliance on relationships, email, and spreadsheet attachments makes it particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. And the costs are staggering. Find out what shippers can do to make communications more secure.
In a world driven by new technology, industries are finding ways to work faster and smarter.
Shippers are increasingly learning that to uncover efficiencies and forecast effectively they need visibility into their supply chains—including their payment process.
Your next transportation management system will soon serve as your company’s control tower with widespread visibility across all departments in your organization.
Nearly two-thirds of retail supply chain professionals struggle with disconnects between systems, finds Symphony RetailAI's Strengthening the Retail Supply Chain survey of North American retailers.
Applying these tips to your supply chain will boost your overall security. It won't be hackerproof, nothing is, but it will deter plenty of them.
Drone technology company Flytrex, in partnership with Aha.is—Iceland's largest online marketplace—launched 13 new routes for an autonomous on-demand urban drone delivery service to serve nearly half of Reykjavik.
The Internet of Things is set to help transportation and logistics providers significantly reduce emissions, enabling compliance with clean air targets.
The nation’s ports are testing technologies and investing in infrastructure improvements to adapt to a world where the ultimate consumer increasingly embraces Amazon-like expectations.
Investing in new and improved information technology and robotic process automation (RPA), talent shortages, and trade protectionism are predicted to be the top trends in service delivery for 2018 and the next several years, according to the latest quarterly KPMG Global Insights Pulse survey.
There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to managing transportation operations, so each shipper needs to carefully consider each option before making a decision.
With a digital model of the global supply chain, companies can realize collaboration, automation, analytics and flexibility. The result is a transformed global supply chain with improved margins, greater agility, and reduced risk.
With its distribution center approaching capacity, Michael Kors had several options to consider, including one that would expand the existing facility. The fashion company turned to supply chain software company LLamasoft for help evaluating possible solutions. The collaboration also led to Michael Kors developing a core supply chain decision-making capability as well as systems it could use for other purposes.
With one in every six jobs now tied to manufacturing, American-made products are making a profound comeback in today’s progressive U.S. economy. Known as Industry 4.0, this trending wave of innovative disruptors - 3D printing, robotics, big data, and the Internet of Things - is changing the global supply chain and the world's geo-political view of American manufacturing.
Here is a snapshot into the top pain-points and how to deal with these challenges.
Transportation, logistics, and supply chain play an increasingly pivotal role in providing excellent customer service.
In order to drive sustainable, impactful change within your organization, it’s important to have the tools and expertise to turn data into actionable business intelligence.
Amazon receives patent to parachute packages from the sky; Supply chain stakeholders double down on climate change; Retailers losing up to 70 percent of order value to fulfillment costs; U.S. manufacturing, logistics industries grew dramatically over last generation;
The award singled out LG OLED TVs for its design to advance global sustainability.
Use this advice to expand your logistics business into the complex but lucrative Chinese market.
With so many choices available, shippers must truly understand what they want a Transportation Management System to accomplish in order to make the right selection.
Supply chain collaboration (SCC) is vital for companies to make critical decisions quickly and outpace the competition. But, are the key concepts of collaboration a current reality or a myth? This article breaks them down.
When it comes to ASAP, quick-thinking shippers redefine what's possible.