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How Portable Ergonomic Conveyors Help Improve Loading Dock Operations

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Warehouse, DC, and 3PL operators are turning to portable ergonomic conveyors to improve worker safety and productivity, among other benefits.

The Future of Cargo Measurement Automation

The measurement and weighing of packages and palletized cargo is an ideal target for automation. This is a particularly labor-intensive and time-consuming manual process that is prone to error.

Today’s Pallets: Leaders of the Stack

Market changes highlight the need for a strategic approach to pallet management. With innovative product and service option developments, pallet providers deliver on a wide range of customer demands.

Strip It Down to the Studs?

Our publisher sounds off on Ancora Holdings’ attempted takeover at Norfolk Southern.

Forwarder’s Bill of Lading: What It Is, Key Components, and the Role of Freight Forwarders

In shipping and logistics, documentation reigns supreme, with the bill of lading playing a pivotal role. This legally binding document isn’t just a piece of paper; it’s the backbone of international shipment, encompassing a variety of forms such as the master bill, straight bill, switch bill, charter party bill, and ocean bill. Among these, the […]

6 Types of Wholesaling: A Comprehensive Guide

Wholesaling is vital to the supply chain, connecting manufacturers with retailers and consumers. It involves buying goods in bulk from manufacturers and wholesale selling them in smaller quantities to retailers or other wholesale businesses. There are different types of wholesaling, each serving different purposes and markets.  This comprehensive guide will explore six kinds of wholesaling […]

The Matzo Project Simplifies Operations by Partnering with Echo Global Logistics

Echo fosters transparency and loyalty with The Matzo Project, a fast-growing business, through caring customer service relationships.

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Averitt associates donated $1.5 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support the mission of curing childhood cancers.

As Russia Greases Up Oil Exports, Sanctions Need to Get a Grip

As the U.S. Treasury Department refocuses its efforts to stifle Russia’s war in Ukraine, the latest (and certainly not the last) round of ‘blocking’ sanctions has refreshed the focus on Russian energy and startups in the petroleum market who have, despite all the red tape, managed to maintain a steady stream of income for the Kremlin.

YMS: Your Yard, Optimized

Yard management systems optimize a sometimes-overlooked supply chain link, helping shippers maximize the potential of their yard and strengthen KPIs.

Supply Chain Trends to Watch; Top Retail Logistics Challenges; Other News

Supply chain technology trends to watch for 2024; what are retail logistics professionals most concerned about?; the fallout from the Baltimore bridge collapse; and other logistics and supply chain news.

Avoiding Social Media FOMO

Generating speed-of-light word of mouth, social media can trigger demand surges and trip up supply chain strategies for ecommerce retailers. Here are some approaches that work, even if you aren’t ready to livestream shoppable content just yet:

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Consumers Want More Action on Sustainability

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The 2022 Retail and Sustainability Survey from global business applications firm CGS illustrates the demand for sustainability, even at the cost of losing expedited shipping times.

What’s the biggest supply chain silo?

Readers shine a light on the most significant information lapses and data gaps in the supply chain, from transportation siloes to the lack of visibility into suppliers.

Higher Transport Rates on the Horizon

Fuel surcharges, market forces, and easing truckload growth rates are driving up parcel and LTL rates, says Cowen/AFS’s 2022 Freight Index.

What pandemic-era adjustment will have the greatest supply chain impact?

The acceleration of digital twins. The ability to digitally model a company’s manufacturing and distribution network will allow it to quickly assess the impact of large and small disruptions and take appropriate actions. —Allen Jacques Industry Thought Leader Kinaxis The use of data analytics to help suppliers really understand consumer behavior. Suppliers decided to eliminate […]

NOTED: The Supply Chain In Brief

The latest mergers & acquisitions, logistics contracts, sustainability initiatives, humanitarian logistics efforts and more. Good Works The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, donated $1 million to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation’s Commercial Truck Driving Program. The donation funds driver training programs and helps ensure more drivers are in the pipeline to fill trucking […]

Supply Chain Helps Meet ESG Goals

As corporations become increasingly focused on ESG initiatives, their supply chain and logistics partners respond with tools and services designed to help them grow sustainability and other goals.

2022 75 Green Supply Chain Partners

Inbound Logistics editors select 75 companies going above and beyond to prioritize green initiatives and help global supply chains become more sustainable. These companies are dedicated to developing and implementing best practices that leave a positive footprint on the world.

Chemical Logistics: Critical Challenges Drive Creativity

Chemical shippers and their partners keep critical shipments moving safely and efficiently—refining their strategies and getting creative despite considerable challenges. Here’s how leading providers formulate solutions for the chemical industry.

Vertical Focus: Footwear

China SC Woes Have Footwear Industry Tied In Knots The impact on the supply chain from lockdowns in China was a major themefor footwear retailers in the first half of 2022. Largely reporting lower-than-expected earnings, many major footwear brands pointed a finger at the lockdowns to explain their disappointing performance levels. Strict and extended COVID-19 […]

To Efficiently Unload Trucks, You First Need to Dance: A Winning Collaboration Between DHL Supply Chain and Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics has established a reputation as one of the most innovative and advanced robotics companies in the world. Much of this reputation has grown through the many videos of its dancing robots. And, while the videos are fun, they also serve a very real purpose in spurring innovation and advancing robotic technology. The videos, […]

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Forwarder’s Bill of Lading: What It Is, Key Components, and the Role of Freight Forwarders

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In shipping and logistics, documentation reigns supreme, with the bill of lading playing a pivotal role. This legally binding document isn’t just a piece of paper; it’s the backbone of international shipment, encompassing a variety of forms such as the master bill, straight bill, switch bill, charter party bill, and ocean bill. Among these, the […]

6 Types of Wholesaling: A Comprehensive Guide

Wholesaling is vital to the supply chain, connecting manufacturers with retailers and consumers. It involves buying goods in bulk from manufacturers and wholesale selling them in smaller quantities to retailers or other wholesale businesses. There are different types of wholesaling, each serving different purposes and markets.  This comprehensive guide will explore six kinds of wholesaling […]

Through Bill of Lading: What It Is, Functions, and When to Use It

A Through Bill of Lading is a comprehensive contract for shipping goods across multiple modes of transportation, from origin to final destination. Mastering shipping documentation, including Through Bills of Lading, is important for success in the commercial shipping and logistics industry. 

Sustainable Supply Chain: Definition, Components, and Benefits

Businesses across various industries increasingly prioritize sustainability in commercial shipping and logistics. Sustainable supply chain management now stands at the forefront of strategic planning, driven by consumer demand for environmental responsibility and fair labor practices.  Companies recognize that adopting sustainable practices addresses climate change and social responsibility, leading to cost savings and improved financial performance. […]

Conestoga Trailers: Definition, Types, and Advantages

Conestoga trailers are a testament to innovation in the trucking industry, transforming the way we transport goods with efficiency and care. With their unique retractable tarping system that shelters goods from the elements while facilitating easy loading and unloading, these trailers have become a linchpin in moving freight efficiently.  A survey highlighted that about 65% […]

Bill of Lading vs. Waybill: Their Key Differences

Documentation serves as the backbone of the intricate web of global trade and logistics, ensuring the smooth flow of goods from one point to another.  The bill of lading and the waybill are essential documents in this realm. Understanding the disparities between these documents is essential for anyone involved in shipping and logistics operations. Understanding […]

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