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.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
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.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
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.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
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.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
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.
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.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
Refugees cause price hike for European Union shippers; East-West shippers see sharp decline in contract rates; technology innovations to transform competitive landscape in global freight forwarding market; home delivery in the United Kingdom
Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Blue Ribbon Panel released its report this month and made a number of recommendations to improve the flow of rail operations in the Chicago area.
Inbound Logistics dredges up data on the leading U.S. container hubs.
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
The pursuit of perfection may seem an impossible goal. But, with the right combination of key elements, four regions in the United States have achieved logistics greatness.
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
As the deadline for PTC implementation looms, Class II and Class III railroads will likely find that the Class Is demand their participation in both PTC capital implementation costs and ongoing maintenance costs.
When every dollar counts, along with every mile, shippers need to know which carriers are keeping them on a course to profitability. That’s why carrier metrics are so important.
Inbound Logistics exclusive trucking market research report delivers shipper and motor carrier insights into trucking challenges and trends.
Temporary bills and lack of investment threaten the future of U.S. roads, bridges, tunnel, and rail infrastructure.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
An on-board video solution helps fleet managers review driver performance and improve fleet safety.
With $20 million in plant products left for dead each year, Bell Nursery had to nourish and grow some better inventory management practices.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
The shortage of qualified drivers threatens the continued growth of the intermodal industry.
As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) can provide analytics that enable companies to more accurately predict ship arrival times.
When downtime impacts a company’s line, outsourcing technology infrastructure to a third party might help.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
The Panama Canal expansion will provide many businesses with opportunities for growth on a global scale.
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.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
Terri Anderson, production warehouse management systems analyst at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, configures, enhances, and tests the company's WMS by the book.
Yokohama senior director Jeremy Kahrs reveals the strategy behind the tire maker’s new distribution center and headquarters.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
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.
To deliver more information to the fans, the NFL turned to a logistics technology provider for help.
If you are driving through Nevada and see a truck driver reading a book…don’t freak out.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
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
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
To grow and evolve, shippers of all sizes need the high-quality data provided by modern technologies.
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.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Shippers making simple, but meaningful changes can go a long way with helping carriers attract and retain drivers.
Tired of being forced off the track, Class I Railroads are taking a stand in court over track-sharing privileges with Amtrak.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
When Sleepy's customers got tired of short notice and missed deliveries, the specialty mattress retailer brought in a technology partner and dreamed up a solution that put those problems to bed.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
Trans Pacific Partnership nears resolution; Indonesia logistics industry fights new capital requirement regulation; China and Pakistan pave way for new trade corridor; Global ocean container trade shows signs of growth despite enduring supply-demand imbalance; European railroads partner around procurement; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
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.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
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.
Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
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.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
Larger container ships pose new risks and liabilities... Peel Group invests in oil and gas business while European interests dry up... Scientists raise concerns about Nicaragua canal environmental impact.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
The United States Postal Services has revised domestic mail regulations for shipping lithium batteries. Here’s what shippers need to know.
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.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Product Lifecycle Management software produces metrics that can help business make sure they are using ethical vendors.
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
From first mile to last mile and every mile in between, truck drivers are the lifeblood of your supply chain. Meet some of these dedicated professionals.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
A route planning systems can drastically reduce the time it takes to plan your transportation schedule. Other benefits include lower mileage and fuel usage, decreased carbon emissions, and increased customer service.
Inclement weather and capacity problems giving your supply chain the winter woes? Chill out! Here are some good reads to keep you up to date on supply chain, logistics, and transportation best practices.
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
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.
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
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
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.
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.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
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.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
Five key questions to ask a software vendor to make sure they are the right fit for your operation.
Investments in technology might just be the way to save Christmas.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
Logistics and transportation companies are finding the flaw in the BYOD movement.
Bad things happen when systems break down. Flights get canceled. Production lines stop. The critical spare parts logistics involved in getting operations running again demand both precision and speed. Here’s how you can become a wizard at critical shipments.
An accurate assessment of real-time ground conditions allows dispatch and operations centers to proactively identify problems and adjust routes, thereby improving efficiencies and keeping drivers safe.
Cargo theft in the United States results in billions of lost dollars. Taking proper precautions can help minimize theft and secure the supply chain.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
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.
North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill.
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
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.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
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.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
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.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
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.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
Fleet managers increasingly rely on electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to manage fleet data.
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
Before choosing enterprise solutions, companies should conduct intensive requirements research.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
The Internet of Things can affect supply chain operations by increasing in-transit visibility.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
An integrated warehouse management system improves data flow, efficiency, and accuracy, reducing operational costs.
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Managing loss and damage claims can be challenging for shippers. Claims processing providers can facilitate and educate.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
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.
Before adding an ERP system, enlist a cross-functional team, assess operational needs, and revise business processes.
Pepsi Logistics Company Inc. automates the creation and delivery of carrier and shipper invoices.
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.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
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.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
Track sensors monitor rails for signs of buckling or breakage, improving rail freight safety.
Mobile technologies are helping secure and more effectively manage the supply chain.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
Freight payment services allow shippers to pay all their freight transactions and get full visibility into the process.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Equip employees with the most efficient tools, such as computers, software, and Internet service, to boost productivity.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Best in class companies use a variety of global trade automation tools to lower inbound costs and improve processes.
Companies avoid common obstacles to successful TMS implementation by partnering with an experienced solutions provider.
Analyzing supply chain data allows shippers to improve their logistics operations.
Companies that effectively integrate trade agreements will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Top 100 Logistics IT Providers can equip you with the tools to meet your company's unique supply chain challenges.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Before choosing a bar-code scanning system, consider your facility’s needs and current bar-code technology.
Global trade management (GTM) solutions help coordinate trade compliance, and allow trading partners to share data.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Developing a business system based on operational analytics requires a focus on decision-making and a clear plan.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
Leveraging data analysis and technology integration can generate powerful insights to transform today’s supply chains.
Successful software projects require thoughtful planning, the right partners, and flexibility.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
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.
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.
Flexible tanks turn dry vans into bulk liquid transportation, creating capacity and increasing backhaul opportunities.
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
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
Automating office functions, shipment tracking, and data exchange can help companies cut costs and improve customer service.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
A resource for information on steamship line service offerings, capabilities, and new developments.
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.
Technology such as onboard recording devices help trucking companies gain insight and cut costs.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
Cloud computing offers democracy to logistics and transportation providers, putting small and mid-sized providers on the same playing field as large global companies.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
As the retail supply chain adapts to e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, technology keeps pace.
Increasing product traceability requirements are making bar codes an essential part of many supply chains.
When choosing a drayage provider, look for on-time delivery history, shipment data availability, and specializations.
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.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can consolidate freight from multiple companies shipping to the same destination.
A Web-based shipping tool helped an Alaskan outfitter develop multichannel fulfillment operations.
Companies can use the visibility big data provides to improve supply chain processes and meet organizational goals.
A business-to-employee communications model improves employee productivity through mobile technology and applications.
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.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
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.
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.
Business intelligence tools support supply chain management by helping logistics professionals derive meaning from the data collected by logistics technology solutions.
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.
Companies shipping high-tech electronics face unique challenges requiring specialized best practices.
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.
Stephanie Miles of Amber Road offers advice on how shippers can manage the growing complexity of international supply chains and their associated increasing transportation costs.
By reviewing shipment history, carrier assignments, and freight invoices, a benchmark study will accurately reveal your company’s transportation costs, writes Mike Challman, VP of North American Operations, ChemLogix.
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.
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.
The success of U.S. agriculture depends on a functional transportation and logistics network that combines efficiencies and economies across all modes.
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.
Understanding transportation liability is not just for lawyers any more. Shippers need to pay closer attention to contract language and the details of shipper and carrier insurance policies.
To ensure cargo security in the global supply chain, understanding the challenges, studying best practices, and putting a comprehensive plan in place are critical components.
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.
Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
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.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
Greyhound partners with One Network to enhance parcel delivery business. Truck driver turnover increases,Urban Outfitters equips Nevada e-fulfillment center with state-of-the-art materials handling system. Shippers turn to spot market to find capacity and compare carrier rates. MSC Beatrice debut in Asia-U.S. trade signals new wave of larger containerships.
The complexity of ocean freight contracts requires shippers to negotiate carefully with carriers so both parties can find beneficial terms.
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.
Inbound Logistics' annual Ocean Carrier Guide outlines where ocean carriers are investing capital, and how they are enhancing fleets, services, solutions, and coverage areas to better meet ocean shipping demands.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba invests in logistics to support online shopping growth; Jamaica looks to transform economy with the development of a global logistics hub; Vietnam faces a dearth of logistics talent and expertise; China grants licenses to UPS and FedEx to provide parcel delivery services in select cities; China Airlines Cargo joins SkyTeam Cargo alliance; Germany debuts JadeWeserPort amid slack container volume growth
Supply chain partners are taking cues from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and making concerted efforts to share and apply security best practices throughout their organizations and supply chain operations, says Howard Finkel of COSCO Container Lines Americas.
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.
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.
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
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.
Reduce your transportation insurance premiums by investing in loss prevention measures, partnering with reputable logistics providers, and keeping your insurer informed about your operations, says Barry Tarnef of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Door manufacturer The WHITING Group replaced siloed systems with integrated ERP, ushering in transparency and real-time decision-making across its multiple divisions.
A rich and robust transportation management system (TMS) plays an important role in a company’s inbound transportation strategy.
Information technology tools provide actionable data for supply chain improvements, cost efficiencies, on-time performance, and customer satisfaction, says Gary Neeves, Regal Logistics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Using International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) in transportation contracts give shippers more control over transport and delivery terms. Simon Kaye, CEO of Jaguar Freight Services, explains how importers can use Incoterms Group F for better shipment control.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
By helping tire importer TBC Corporation convert its inbound transportation to free-on-board (FOB) terms and control freight costs, American Global Logistics rolled out a supply chain transformation.
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.
Urbanization creates need for logistics innovation; Ford expands supplier carbon emissions reporting program; Global 3PLs are growing by region; The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway remains a vital contributor to the U.S. economy; Manufacturers embrace supply chain management with mixed results; Trucking revenue is on the rise.
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.
Outsourcing drayage services to a 3PL can gain shippers significant savings, writes Chris Cline of Corporate Traffic.
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.
Tom Heine, CEO, Aljex Software Inc., explains how application programming interfaces (APIs) enrich software users’ experience by connecting them to Web tools.
Specialized carriers can help shippers cut transportation and fuel costs when moving heavy equipment, writes David Lowry, Bennett Motor Express.
Since the events of September 11, the public and private sectors have committed themselves to developing new supply chain security technologies.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
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.
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.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
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.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
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.
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.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proper management and execution are key to a successful RFID implementation project for shipment tracking, according to Scott Thomas of Intel.
Asia Pacific companies can implement sophisticated supply chain management solutions quickly and effectively via cloud computing, creating visibility to generate logistics business intelligence data.