Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Inbound Logistics’ annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what’s going on in the industry. And, the Top 100 Logistics Technology Providers list celebrates best-in-class innovators that are helping shippers revolutionize their supply chains.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
To expand its footprint in the luxury accessories market, Royce Leather indulged in a solution that connects it to new customers and streamlines fulfillment. That’s how Royce rolls.
Five key questions to ask a software vendor to make sure they are the right fit for your operation.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
An integrated warehouse management system improves data flow, efficiency, and accuracy, reducing operational costs.
Create your WMS RFP with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of potential suppliers.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
China and Taiwan depend on one another; Emirates targets multimodal transportation infrastructure investment; Chile port strike ends, concerns remain; Free online returns stoke Canadian consumption but place onus on U.S. retailers; Europe looks to United States for re-shoring inspiration; Mondelez debuts new GS1 standard
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
As the retail supply chain adapts to e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, technology keeps pace.
A Web-based shipping tool helped an Alaskan outfitter develop multichannel fulfillment operations.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.
Retailers who succeed at integrating their inventory intelligence can cut costs, accelerate turns, and build revenue by driving high-fidelity information back into the supply chain, aligning it with shopper demand, write Tyco Retail Solutions’ Karen Bomber and Jim Caudill.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
Judi Griffin, director of logistics at Burkhart Dental, is responsible for three distribution centers, purchasing and customer service teams, and inbound and outbound freight costs.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
Online and mobile commerce has shifted consumer behavior, as well as how products flow through the supply chain to the end user.
Product Lifecycle Management software produces metrics that can help business make sure they are using ethical vendors.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
Retailers need new technologies and capabilities to operate in a new omni-channel world.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Texas places three locations among ATRI’s top-10 congested roadways; Truck size and weight debate is a divisive topic for the transportation and logistics industry; Truck driver shortage raises new concerns and costs for shippers and carriers; Electronics supply chain poses new challenges; Demand planning is still a pain point for shippers
United States gives Mexican truck drivers the green light for cross-border moves; Uber pilots cargo service in Hong Kong; Latin American rail freight market ripe for investment; Panama Canal Authority restructures its toll system; Turkey and Iran toil over truck fees; Global airfreight market set for steady growth; Lithuania railroad faces antitrust inquiry over competitive switching practices
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
Vendor Managed Inventory is shaking off its old-school image and regaining popularity thanks to improved technology, robust communication, tighter demand signal linkage, and a new openness to collaboration that has turbo-charged enterprise benefits.
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
As e-commerce and ominchannel raise expectations, and consumers become more impatient, supply chain practitioners turn to technology to help them perform.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
To mark SmartWay's 10th anniversary, several shipper partners share their best tactics for getting the most out of the program... Sourcing and procurement functions have become areas of core incompetency says new survey.
A good reverse logistics program saves retailers money, makes customers happy, and serves as a competitive advantage.
Crossdocking reduces inventory costs and improves delivery times by eliminating intermediate warehousing activity.
After struggling with outdated software that could not keep pace with increased sales, EAM-Mosca found a solution to streamline shipments.
Investments in technology might just be the way to save Christmas.
Reciprocal switching debate casts a cloud over railroad industry collaboration; Procurement execution gap costs U.S. businesses $1.5 billion per year; Holiday consumers plan to shop sooner to avoid last-minute parcel problems; Trucking costs continue to soar as driver shortage worsens; Amazon Supreme Court case will set a precedent for how companies secure facilities and compensate workers.
Latin America is fast becoming the destination of choice for companies looking to expand their global footprint, and 3PLs with knowledge and regional expertise will be valuable partners.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
Yard management systems provide visibility into yard operations. Here is advice for choosing the right YMS provider and solution to meet your unique needs.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
Pilot program uses drones to deliver time-sensitive goods; Canadian government lines up two new bilateral trade agreements; Labor rights causing supply chain disruption; Using social media to understand carrier usage.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
New technologies simplify hazmat transport regulations to help shippers avoid costly fines and suspended operations.
Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
Manufacturers should view legislation as an opportunity to achieve better control and supply chain integration.
Software-as-a-Service transportation management systems offer many advantages over enterprise software.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Fleet managers increasingly rely on electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to manage fleet data.
Before choosing enterprise solutions, companies should conduct intensive requirements research.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
The Internet of Things can affect supply chain operations by increasing in-transit visibility.
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
Reverse logistics solutions can improve the bottom line, and reduce potential regulatory liabilities.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
CeMAT 2014 showcases the latest materials handling innovations; Alibaba buys stake in Singapore Post; Paris looks to reduce city speed limits; Canadian rail industry begins phasing out DOT-111 tankers amid crude-by-rail boom; EU and China sign Customs agreement; Chinese food imports continue to grow; Nigeria looks to resurrect defunct national steamship line; Latin America is the world’s fastest growing market for software; Maersk Line voice support for Nicaragua Canal proposal.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
Fashion businesses must react instantly to fashion shifts and focus on getting goods to consumers quickly.
Pepsi Logistics Company Inc. automates the creation and delivery of carrier and shipper invoices.
Before adding an ERP system, enlist a cross-functional team, assess operational needs, and revise business processes.
Retailers can identify and eliminate waste from their retail strategy, merchandise management, and store operations.
U.S. companies trading with Latin America face opportunities and challenges, but logistics service providers can help.
Technology trends are transforming the logistics sector, improving safety, efficiency, and competitiveness.
Avoid common inventory issues: inaccurate inventory counts, costly end-of-year write-offs, and lost inventory.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
TOTO’s sustainability commitment covers its entire supply chain; Congestion on U.S. roadways costs the trucking industry $9.2 billion, 141 million hours of lost productivity; US tabbed “rising star,” ranks second to China for manufacturing competitiveness; Supply chain strategy and business strategy integration is key to cost reduction and customer service; Amazon explores last-mile delivery network
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
A transportation management system with fleet management tools facilitates transportation planning for private fleets.
Track sensors monitor rails for signs of buckling or breakage, improving rail freight safety.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Equip employees with the most efficient tools, such as computers, software, and Internet service, to boost productivity.
Companies avoid common obstacles to successful TMS implementation by partnering with an experienced solutions provider.
Best in class companies use a variety of global trade automation tools to lower inbound costs and improve processes.
Companies that effectively integrate trade agreements will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Analyzing supply chain data allows shippers to improve their logistics operations.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Top 100 Logistics IT Providers can equip you with the tools to meet your company's unique supply chain challenges.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
Mobile technologies are helping secure and more effectively manage the supply chain.
NRF’s Big Show unveils trends in the retail industry; Local couriers provide a solution to capacity constraints and empower same-day delivery; Ocean carrier industry beset by imbalances; Global RFID market primed for robust growth; Shippers plan for supply chain exceptions
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Before choosing a bar-code scanning system, consider your facility’s needs and current bar-code technology.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
Global trade management (GTM) solutions help coordinate trade compliance, and allow trading partners to share data.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Developing a business system based on operational analytics requires a focus on decision-making and a clear plan.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Successful software projects require thoughtful planning, the right partners, and flexibility.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
Leveraging data analysis and technology integration can generate powerful insights to transform today’s supply chains.
SKU proliferation tops demand forecasting trends; U.S. government creates National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan; Trucking industry documents HOS impacts; 10 manufacturing and supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2014; 5 tips for mapping the supply chain; Spot market demand stays high into 2014; Logistics sector adopts big data
Mobile technology offers flexible, affordable solutions for supply chain operations.
Implementing tools and processes that enable better shipment visibility and control of in-transit inventory helps improve vendor partner management.
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Companies must identify and eliminate overspending on supply chain IT solutions to free up capital for new projects.
Cloud-based predictive analytics increasingly available to more companies of all sizes; RFID market set for robust growth by 2020; supply chain risk mitigation should be priority for all companies; key trends driving change for enterprises and government in 2014
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Aviation climate emissions agreement signals major progress; Latin American economic growth expected to accelerate despite hinterland connectivity issues; IMO’s container weight verification amendment irks some shipper advocates; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship; Spain and Portugal seek rail freight harmonies
Automating office functions, shipment tracking, and data exchange can help companies cut costs and improve customer service.
Manufacturing in Mexico gives U.S. companies quality control, lower transportation costs, and faster transit times.
Automating supplier payments through commercial cards helps companies facilitate their payment process.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
Technology such as onboard recording devices help trucking companies gain insight and cut costs.
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
Cloud computing offers democracy to logistics and transportation providers, putting small and mid-sized providers on the same playing field as large global companies.
Increasing product traceability requirements are making bar codes an essential part of many supply chains.
GPS tracking devices give shippers shipment visibility, even when cargo is in the air.
An order management system from DF Young and Superior Technology helps Cintron Beverage Company boost inventory accuracy, fulfill orders easily and quickly, and track products throughout the supply chain.
Companies can use the visibility big data provides to improve supply chain processes and meet organizational goals.
Brazil shipper turns to sea shipping amid truck theft concerns; Global trade key to SMB success; FedEx makes strategic acquisition in Africa; Amazon faces labor unrest in Germany and legal constraints in France; China plans canal through Nicaragua; CN critical of Canada’s Fair Rail Freight Service Act
A business-to-employee communications model improves employee productivity through mobile technology and applications.
As consumers embrace bargain hunting, off-price apparel retailers reinvent their supply chains to meet demand.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Beer distributor Crescent Crown’s new appointment scheduling system gives it control over when trucks arrive at its DC.
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
Companies see supply chain expansion opportunities in Latin America’s improving infrastructure and trade policies.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Mid-market shippers who use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) can improve visibility, access report data, and enable EDI carrier integrations while automating the transportation cycle, says Richard G. Piontek of 3PLogic.
Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Hong Kong strike threatens port’s reputation, shakes up competition; DUBAL turns to SAP for inbound control; NAFTA cross-border trade grows for second consecutive year amid recurring safety concerns; Texas pushes for heavier produce trucks from Mexico
Business intelligence tools support supply chain management by helping logistics professionals derive meaning from the data collected by logistics technology solutions.
Managing freight spend and payments challenges many shippers because rules and regulations vary by geography. Supply chain professionals benefit most from a global solution built for freight spend, says Rick Erickson of Syncada.
Maximizing truck utilization, managing Hours of Service regulations, and finding enough drivers pose major challenges for trucking companies, says Scott Vanselous of TMW Systems.
Best practices for transportation management dictate that shippers contact all their carriers and ask for accurate rates per mile for multiple lanes before performing an optimization, says Nick Carretta of Ultra Logistics
Transportation management systems (TMS) have evolved to serve shipper needs, but few options exist for mid-size shippers. New offerings for this market balance ease of use, rapid implementation, and big return on investment, says Mitch Weseley of 3Gtms.
Gathering transport spend data during the freight payment process, then marrying it with transportation management system data, arms shippers with valuable information for monitoring transportation key performance indicators (KPIs), says Shannon Vaillancourt of RateLinx.
Global customs agencies and trade regulations require shippers to obtain and communicate more shipment data. Technology tools help shippers manage and exchange shipment information, says Tracey Leonard of Choice Logistics.
Mobile communications tools track supply chain data such as shipment status, warehouse worker performance, truck location, and driver safety.
Logistics technology provides global supply chain managers with tools that help improve logistics operations. This market research survey and list of leading supply chain technology companies directs logistics professionals to the top software tools for their sector.
Import compliance programs facilitate restricted parties screening, recordkeeping, monitoring, review, and audit processes. A quality import compliance solution by a reputable logistics technology provider can help, says Jim Preuninger of Amber Road.
Today's IT trends -- big data, cloud computing, integration, and visibility -- let business logistics managers harness technology in countless ways to find greater efficiency and economy.
E-commerce presents retailers with challenges and opportunities; Food regulation top of mind for 3PLs and shippers; Daktronics’ lean machine keeps production at home; Nike partners with Bluesign Technologies to facilitate sustainable sourcing program among supply chain partners.
Global trade management software offers greater shipment visibility and control, eases the pain of border-crossing compliance, and streamlines financial transactions—all from your browser.
Sporting goods manufacturers and retailers must manage seasonal peaks to avoid stockouts and meet online customers’ demand for prompt delivery. Supply chain technology helps provide visibility and track items during product recalls.
Monitoring the pallet-level temperature of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods allows shippers and transporters to more effectively manage the quality and safety of products as they move through the supply chain, writes Kevin Payne of Intelleflex.
With the right investments in technology, 3PLs can make their business more attractive to current and potential clients by offering additional value-added services, superior inventory control, and overall cost reduction, writes Chuck Fuerst of HighJump Software.
Automated traceability technology allows companies to locate products anywhere in the supply chain, minimizing the impact of product recalls, writes Tom Kozenski of JDA Software.
Shippers, carriers, brokers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers use electronic loadboards to communicate opportunities, whether it's freight to be shipped or trucks to be filled.
Companies choosing between voice-directed and pick-to-light technology often find that the right choice is a combination of both.
Innovative technologies are helping companies improve visibility into their supply chains and gain better control over inventory, service, and cost.
Yard and dock management systems use real-time and physical data to assist facilities in efficiently managing operations such as loading dock visibility, live and staged trailer coordination, and turn time management, writes Eric Breen of 4SIGHT.
The cloud-based Real Time Value Network enables trading partners to plan, execute, monitor, and synchronize in real time all of the business processes and events that take place throughout their extended supply chains, says Greg Brady of One Network Enterprises.
In a true collaborative relationship between purchasing and logistics, order and routing pattern planning comprises a single, optimized decision process that yields measurable results, writes Bill Michalski of ArrowStream.
Monitoring and tracking tools applied to temperature-controlled shipments ensure that perishables in the cold chain maintain the right conditions, protecting food safety and consumer health, and minimizing product shrink.
Advances in consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets are driving a new generation of rugged mobility innovation for logistics and supply chain applications, writes Tim Eusterman of Intermec Technologies.
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Business Intelligence within the supply chain improves internal efficiencies and accountability while saving time and eliminating costs with metrics-driven decision-making and change management, writes Steve Dowse, International Asset Systems.
Modernizing information technology infrastructure helps companies save money and provide better value for their customers, writes Steve Biondi of Micro Focus.
With store replenishment lagging behind sales growth, potato chip maker Golden Flake deployed a mobile inventory-tracking solution from AT&T to provide stock visibility.
Strong forecasting, careful vendor management, solid partnerships with carriers and optimized use of labor and equipment all help retailers manage the year-end holiday rush.
Velocity is more important than price for some consumers, perhaps giving some retailers another component to consider as they compete, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
The development of new technologies for planning, managing, tracking, and securing shipments never ends, and with new digital options always just around the corner, organizations of all sizes need to stay informed on the latest advances. Pablo Ciano of DHL Express identifies four key business areas where technology makes all the difference.
Shippers and business logistics professionals can easily use bar codes rather than ink stamps to ensure fresh food items are delivered to customers, writes Mark Croxton of Aldata.
Cloud-based supply chain networks allow for real-time data sharing among companies, but rely on high-quality data for effectiveness, writes Greg Kefer of GT Nexus.
Predictive analytics provides large volumes of data to help logistics managers match demand to supply, making predictive analytics a competitive weapon in demand-driven supply chains.
Supply chain visibility helps flag upcoming supply or demand problems, allowing a company either to take action to prevent disasters or to respond by activating backup plans, writes George W. Prest of Material Handling Industry of America.
Transload facilities find great benefits from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that deploy quickly, and easily integrate with existing systems to provide seamless inventory and operations management, and network transport coordination, says Erv Bluemner of RMI.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
Carriers can stand out in the market by providing superior shipment tracking that gives shippers and supply chain partners insight into order status, says Gregory Bellows of Trans-i Technologies.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
An open business planning platform allows business planners, partners, and others to build simple apps that enhance their master Sales & Operations Planning system to adapt their S&OP process for unique – and changing – needs, writes Nari Viswanathan, Steelwedge Software.
Risk management strategies must address the everyday sources of supply chain disruption, and managers must incorporate the identification of potential supply chain risk into their daily practices, writes Mark Humphlett, Infor.
Mobile trucking communications technology signals new productivity gains for truckers, and helps improve truck driver safety.
Far-flung warehouses in remote western Canada created mobile device upgrade issues for wholesaler Federated Co-operatives Limited, but remote support solutions from Wavelink provided instant access and facilitated an upgrade to Psion Omnii handheld computers.
Choosing the right warehouse management system (WMS) for your business requires a firm understanding of its needs and processes, says Kevin Reader of Invata Intralogistics.
Choosing the right mobile powered workstations for your warehouse or distribution center will energize your workforce, and deliver improved accuracy and efficiency, writes Christine Wheeler, Newcastle Systems.
To move ahead of competitors, it is critical that organizations collaborate using electronic, real-time information sharing, merged from multiple partners in a single actionable environment, says John Reichert of TECSYS Inc.
Once cost-prohibitive to all but the largest enterprises, warehouse management systems (WMS) are now available to small and mid-sized companies, offering benefits such as improved inventory accuracy and labor savings, says Ralph Hess, N’Ware Technologies.
Mobile applications give carriers and shipper instant access to transportation management system (TMS) data, resulting in improved supply chain visibility, write Mike Skinner of VistaLogix Global.
As retailers look to grow their business, the challenge of keeping up with the market becomes exponentially greater—especially as new channels emerge, writes Editor Felecia Stratton. Supply chain management can help create balance between supply and demand.
To better define analytics and develop better analytics strategies, consider the three different types of analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive. IBM’s Michael Watson explains each type.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Faced with workflow inefficiencies, paper distributor and converter Roosevelt Paper implemented an automated data collection system from solutions provider Intermec that transformed its shipping and storage operations.
Door manufacturer The WHITING Group replaced siloed systems with integrated ERP, ushering in transparency and real-time decision-making across its multiple divisions.
Information technology tools provide actionable data for supply chain improvements, cost efficiencies, on-time performance, and customer satisfaction, says Gary Neeves, Regal Logistics.
For both third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and retailers, investing in a technology partner that supports customization and flexibility at a moderate cost is a strategy for long-term adaptability and growth, says Chandra Allred of PSCTrac.
Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Supply chain visibility is a valuable result of trading partner collaboration, writes Bobby Kaemmer, Cadre Technologies. On-demand and cloud-based solutions can help supply chain partners share data.
Yard management systems (YMS) help prioritize shipment arrivals, identify trailer contents, reduce the time needed to allocate vehicles to loads, and avoid unnecessary vehicle movements.
Multinational corporations are gambling on the Latin American market's growth potential. But meeting the region's supply chain challenges requires an understanding of local markets, strategic planning, and strong partnerships.
Warehouse managers are using a mix of consumer-grade smartphone technology and rugged mobile devices to optimize their workflow, says Laura Kelleher of Honeywell.
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
Trucking load boards have evolved from bulletin boards in truck stops to sophisticated social networking-style tools on handheld computers. Charles Myers of uShip.com outlines the benefits of the evolved load board.
By highlighting the differences between an organization’s performance and a comparative reference standard, benchmarks can identify improvement opportunities and identify activities required to achieve superior performance.
Tablets offer several advantages over notebook computers and handheld devices, says Chris Wright, DRS Technologies.
Software solutions can help shippers maximize value recovery from inbound shipments of returned material, writes Tamara Dwyer of TAKE Solutions.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
Many ERP vendors have added full-blown supply chain management functionality to their solution suites. Here’s a look at some of their offerings, and at two large companies that are reaping the benefits.
A well-implemented enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can help manufactures remain agile in the ever-changing, volatile economy, with its decreased spending, increased competition, and changing regulations, says Erik Kaas of Sage.
Inbound Logistics' annual logistics technology market research report delivers exclusive insights on logistics technology trends, and reveals this year's best-in-class vendors.
Transportation network modeling isn’t necessary for operations, but it’s an invaluable tool for strategic supply chain decision-making and risk mitigation, writes TMW Systems' Mike Kositzky.
New logistics technology makes supply chain data accessible around the clock, says Tom Heine, Aljex Software.
Collaborative trade communities enable supply chains to react more quickly to strategy changes that are needed to keep the corporation competitive as it reacts market shifts, says Bryn Heimbeck, Trade Tech Inc.
Supply chain executives must think differently about their logistics processes, and implement multi-party technology that gives them and their logistics partners greater control of the supply chain, says Chris Jones of Descartes.
Strategic and practical use of the right supply chain technologies enables sharp pricing competitiveness, creates better customer experiences, reduces expenses, and raises productivity, says Les Hamashima, Transite Technology.
Global logistics technology enables companies to successfully manage all modes of transportation under a common umbrella while providing complete visibility, says Chris Johnson, LeanLogistics.
Having better supply chain visibility improves a business’s ability to sense and react to change faster and more efficiently, says Scott Fenwick of Manhattan Associates.
Logistics technology is a source of competitive advantage, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Using actionable data provided by key performance indicators (KPIs), businesses can automate shipping decisions and identify areas for improvement, writes Steven Shoemaker of Ratelinx.
As multinational companies in the United States and around the world are increasingly influenced by changes in the international economy, global distribution networks must be fluid enough to accommodate unpredictability.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
New e-commerce sites like Groupon and LivingSocial can bring huge sales volume in a very short period of time by reaching a targeted audience with appealing offers. Tod Yazdi of TAGGlogistics explains how shippers can work with fulfillment partners to make the most of this new opportunity.
Logistics can now be aligned with supply chain and manufacturing through solutions that create daily transportation need forecasts by lane/mode/carrier. Robert F. Byrne of Terra Technology outlines the benefits.
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
Ice cream distributor Berliner scoops up savings with an automated direct store delivery solution that helps drivers manage customer information collected along their routes.
Deploying a warehouse management system (WMS) on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis allowed online retailer PetFlow.com to manage its own fulfillment operations without a large capital investment.
Choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that addresses flexibility, scalability, and upgrade and maintenance costs can help provide a smooth solution implementation. David F. Ross of APICS, The Association for Operations Management, offers his advice on selecting the right ERP system.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology helps transportation and logistics organizations gain visibility into their global supply chains and boost return on investment (ROI), writes Ralph Lieberthal, Motorola Solutions.
Air cargo security requires aggressive international mandate and top-down focus on identity verification and data analysis, writes Steve Vinsik of Unisys Corporation.
Logistics technology helps turbo-charged expedited carriers move freight for shippers with an extreme need for speed. Con-way Truckload, FedEx Custom Critical, Old Dominion Freight Line, Schneider National, and UPS share their perspectives.
Tom Heine, CEO, Aljex Software Inc., explains how application programming interfaces (APIs) enrich software users’ experience by connecting them to Web tools.
Viewing order management as an opportunity to add value ensures that 3PLs act as a partner that adds real revenue-side value, and not just another vendor, writes Clyde Mount, 3PL Worldwide.
With the improved visibility supplied by transportation management systems, shippers can leverage shipment data internally to generate top-line revenue, says Geoff Comrie, Transite Technology.
Transportation procurement provides the greatest opportunity to create efficiency in the the Logistics Management Lifecycle, says Martin Hubert, Freightgate.
A comprehensive supply chain labor management solution that automates processes such as hiring, time, and attendance, and scheduling can help control costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, says Malysa O'Connor, Kronos.
Since the events of September 11, the public and private sectors have committed themselves to developing new supply chain security technologies.
Most ports today compete globally with one another and reflect tremendous productivity gains in ocean transport achieved in recent decades. Simon Kaye of Jaguar Freight offers tips on choosing a port with electronic and data processing sophistication.
In the midst of organizational change, furniture retailer Design Within Reach upgrades its demand forecasting and replenishment system to better control inventory.
RFID technologies allow computers, objects, and individuals to interact in new ways, supplying logistics providers and materials handlers with predictable and actionable data to enhance their service offerings and operations, explains Ravi Pappu of ThingMagic.
Equipping shipments with container security devices (CSDs) can help expedite inspections, decrease insurance premiums, and minimize supply chain disruptions. Jim Giermanski of Powers Global Holdings outlines the benefits of CSDs.
Globally interconnected supply chains face challenges such as natural disasters and currency fluctuations, but benefit from the latest logistics technology.
Cloud-based multi-tenant supply chain technology solutions help companies achieve better execution, visibility, cost savings, and collaboration with trading partners across the supply chain.
Rick Pontin, CEO of Airclic, explains how to improve inventory management through better visibility.
To be operationally flexible, freight forwarders need one “go-to" resource for information about what is in the shipment pipeline as well as quick access to customer and shipment data.
As volumes increase and deadlines get shorter, it’s imperative that logistics software systems have out-of-the-box communication with other companies using the same system, and easy setup of communications with companies using other systems.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
Amazon closes Texas distribution facility over sales tax dispute; Robert Guenther of United Fresh Produce Association comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; U.S. General Services Administration rolls out green guidelines for government suppliers; Crossdocking use is on the rise
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
To successfully manage multi-brand and multi-channel selling, retailers need to optimize customer order fulfillment across all brands and channels, writes Jim Bengier of Sterling Commerce.
Industry experts explain how to avoid threats to warehoused goods, conduct a global security assessment, and benefit from renewed government and private sector attention to supply chain security initiatives.
Here are five areas where supply chain executives can find additional return on investment opportunities from their Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) technology and infrastructure is adapting to help businesses more quickly and accurately share information within the corporation and across the supply chain.
Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.
David Bennett of Schneider Logistics addresses how shippers, ocean carriers, and trucking companies are struggling with responsibility for providing chassis for cargo container units at ports; Boeing appoints new VP to handle 787 Dreamliner delays; companies restructure outsourced technology contracts.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
Polymer and fibers manufacturer INVISTA turned to a new inventory planning tool to meet recessionary challenges.
Russia developing a super-heavy cargo plane; Suppliers cannot meet Northern Europe's demand for wind power equipment; United Arab Emirates top re-exporter of rice; Outsourcing grows in Brazil; FedEx Express expands expedited offerings in China; Luxembourg-based 3PL introduces new multimodal hanging garment container to Australian apparel industry.
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
News briefs: U.S. Ports Dig Panama Gold, Reducing the Carton Footprint, SaaS to the Rescue, BNSF Brings Shortlines On Line, Truckers Tackle Credit Crunch
A voice-enabled picking system keeps ice cream company Dreyer's Edy's workers productive and equipment functioning in sub-zero environments.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
Supply chain strategies built around software-as-a-service (SaaS) or Cloud computing eliminate many headaches that often come with supply chain investments. They eliminate the need for presence overseas, cut the time spent integrating systems across internal departments, and greatly reduce the time spent integrating with hundreds of partners and suppliers.
UK duties hit air freight; Prince Rupert's improved performance, Garuda Indonesia rebuilds long-haul international network, Vietnam experiences trade success, US and Switzerland Eye Open Skies pact, New Canadian coalition explores opportunities to build a replacement rail tunnel under the Detroit River; German organizations join forces to support "Cargo Needs the Night" initiative; UPS Lauds US-South Korea free trade agreement, Caterpillar constructs foothold in Brazil, China looks to consolidate air cargo carriers
It is interesting to witness the changes that have occurred in transportation purchasing. For one, the annual bid mentality is gone. With access and visibility to posting boards, SaaS transportation networks, and optimization technologies, transportation procurement has evolved to the point where it is truly a continuous management function.
Manual data inputs. Multiple data sources. Data latency. Point-to-point interfaces. These are just a few key obstacles to achieving supply chain visibility. But, there are solutions available that deliver visibility and intelligence as a service with process, security, and environmental monitoring.
Global supply chain visibility and detail can only be achieved by modern electronic data transmissions that are already available and can reduce the costs of international cargo movement.
Third-party logistics providers that use advanced planning tools to model complex routing operations and streamline the bid process have a significant advantage in both demonstrating results and helping clients cut costs. When they cut modeling time to a fraction of what it was, and utilize new tools, 3PLs can uncover opportunities and quickly implement changes that provide benefit for their clients.
Globally sourced, private label products allow merchants to maximize margins while maintaining price points, ensuring a good return on investment. But sourcing product globally is complex. By focusing on visibility, intelligence and collaboration, retailers, brand owners and wholesalers who globally source private label products can ensure a successful return on investment.
Sometimes it's easier than you think to find hidden profits in your warehouse or transportation operations. Many successful companies are doing more with less by simply optimizing their slotting practices, pick paths, truckloads and delivery routes.
Investing in automated storage and retrieval systems and WMS helps warehouses grow greener and reap financial benefits.
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
Zebra Technologies' David Phillips explains how eliminating excess work-in-process waste improves your supply chain.
Jason Howton, TAKE Supply Chain, outlines strategies for achieving best-in-class crossdocking performance.
Tim Higham of Interstate Transport Inc. predicts that within a few years, many service providers will be offering free TMS technology to help their shipper customers move more freight.
LeanLogistics' Chris Timmer explains how collaborating with trading partners, aided by an on-demand transportation management system, helps increase supply chain efficiencies.
As different countries implement both security and trade-led initiatives around the world, it is critical to improve global regulatory knowledge and visibility, writes Tom Barnes of Integration Point Inc.
Technology-enabled global trade management offers significant benefits for improving supply chain efficiency and increasing profitability, writes Don Mabry of ClearTrack Information Network.
A global trade management system can help support foreign trade zone operations, whether distributing from or manufacturing within the zone, writes Wayne Slossberg of QuestaWeb Inc.
Jim Caudill of Xterprise recommends strategies for matching retail demand to supply, enhancing enterprise scalability, and increasing supply chain efficiencies through sustainability initiatives.
Technology providers identify the transportation and logistics challenges facing shippers; Johnson & Johnson upgrades its quality assurance and supply chain systems
Sharing key information with all parties can lead to decreased waste, increased orders, and new business, writes J. Kenneth Hazen, CTSI-Global.
Rich Wilson of CombineNet Inc. explains the value of strong shipper-carrier relationships.
Inbound Logistics' April 2010 issue presents a fully integrated editorial lineup that embraces different perspectives of the logistics technology space.
Ongoing cooperation with value chain partners is possible with integrated transportation management software for optimal resource utilization, business efficiencies, and cost control, writes Scott Vanselous, TMW Systems Inc.
Growing companies harness a variety of IT solutions to help them maintain outstanding performance.
Fleet optimization software helps you maximize driver, vehicle, and fleet productivity while delivering superior customer service, writes Steve Brown, Intergis LLC.
Proper management and execution are key to a successful RFID implementation project for shipment tracking, according to Scott Thomas of Intel.
For the aftermarket auto parts business, where materials handling is as important to the bottom line as execution, planning begins with implementing a Web-based warehouse and inventory management system, writes Jim Burleigh of SmartTurn.
Acquiring a warehouse and implementing a warehouse management system from Cambar Solutions helped The School Box earn top grades for its distribution operation.
Managers should identify and focus on the most useful warehouse metrics to gather, report, and apply, writes Eric Allais of PathGuide Technologies.
Asia Pacific companies can implement sophisticated supply chain management solutions quickly and effectively via cloud computing, creating visibility to generate logistics business intelligence data.