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2024 Supply Chain Predictions

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Pencil in these tips, insider insights, and fearless forecasts from supply chain leaders.

You’re Writing a Book About How to Manage Supply Chains in 2025. What’s the Longest Chapter?

Readers reveal the most voluminous chapters of their imaginary supply chain management manuscripts.

Bringing Automation to Food Production

John Deere and SpaceX have partnered to bring new automation advances to food production. Automation in the food supply chain is nothing new and there are many examples of how automation has driven efficiencies by saving time and keeping costs down. Most of the existing examples are found in the middle mile—the warehouse and DCs—moving […]

4 Things to Expect from Logistics Providers in 2024

The logistics industry, though not quite back to pre-pandemic norms, has successfully weathered much of the chaos into which the pandemic had thrown it. 2023 allowed many companies to take a breath and return to more realistic inventory levels. As consumer spending eased, companies were able to eliminate expensive stockpiles of goods, which enabled logistics […]

What’s the Word? The Language of Logistics

What’s an antifragile supply chain? Should we expect humanoid warehouse workers in 2024? We explore some new logistics terms as well as revisit familiar definitions.

The Supply Chain Benefits of AI-Powered Decision Making

Leaders from eight countries and a range of industries were asked about the challenges and opportunities of AI-powered decision making. Here are the top takeaways.

Backward Integration: Definition, Implementation Process, and Competitive Advantages

In a competitive business world where efficiency and dominance are paramount, backward integration emerges as a strategic linchpin for companies aiming to fortify their market position. This method involves businesses taking command of their supply chain, particularly by securing the production of raw materials. This strategic move elevates profit margins and solidifies a competitive edge […]

The Secrets Behind Today’s Leading Supply Chain Companies

In today’s globalized world, supply chains are the unseen arteries pumping lifeblood into every industry. But behind the seamless delivery of everything from your afternoon candy bar to the latest iPhone lies complex supply chain strategies that incorporate innovation, efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at four of the best supply chains operating today.

What Is a Fulfillment Center? Everything You Need to Know 

In today’s fast-paced world of e-commerce, smooth and efficient order processing is a critical component for businesses to thrive. Fulfillment centers play an essential role in ensuring that online retailers deliver their products to customers promptly and accurately without putting too much burden on the business owners. But what exactly is a fulfillment center? How […]

2024 Winter Reading Guide

Feeling lost in logistics? Fear not! Inbound Logistics has curated a bookshelf of the best supply chain management books, from beginner-friendly guides to advanced strategy tomes. Dive into data-driven insights, uncover industry secrets, and learn to navigate today’s ever-evolving business environment.

Refrigerated Trucks: History, Benefits and Types

Refrigerated trucks, also called reefers, crucial for transporting perishable items under controlled temperatures, are the backbone of delivering fresh food and vital medications. Remarkably, these reefers transport 70% of the food we consume, with around 500,000 units actively maintaining the cold chain across the United States. In this blog, we will discuss the history, benefits, […]

Types of Freight Trains: Definition and Use of Modern Rail Cars

Freight trains have been the backbone of modern industries for centuries, ensuring the seamless movement of commodities from one place to another.  As the transportation landscape evolved, so did the types of freight trains, with rail freight transport growing increasingly sophisticated to handle diverse cargo needs. If you’ve ever wondered about the intricacies of these […]

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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, […]

Managing Your Automated Warehouse

While more than 80% of warehouses are not automated, everyone is thinking about it. As supply chain technology continues to evolve, here’s what to consider if it’s time for you to implement automation and robotics to improve warehouse operations.

Logistics Disasters: Hang On

As extreme weather events increase in number and severity, logistics professionals must overcome some wet and wild challenges to deliver much-needed disaster relief supplies as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Supply Chain Knowledge Center

Backward Integration: Definition, Implementation Process, and Competitive Advantages

Learn More

In a competitive business world where efficiency and dominance are paramount, backward integration emerges as a strategic linchpin for companies aiming to fortify their market position. This method involves businesses taking command of their supply chain, particularly by securing the production of raw materials. This strategic move elevates profit margins and solidifies a competitive edge […]

What Is a Fulfillment Center? Everything You Need to Know 

In today’s fast-paced world of e-commerce, smooth and efficient order processing is a critical component for businesses to thrive. Fulfillment centers play an essential role in ensuring that online retailers deliver their products to customers promptly and accurately without putting too much burden on the business owners. But what exactly is a fulfillment center? How […]

Refrigerated Trucks: History, Benefits and Types

Refrigerated trucks, also called reefers, crucial for transporting perishable items under controlled temperatures, are the backbone of delivering fresh food and vital medications. Remarkably, these reefers transport 70% of the food we consume, with around 500,000 units actively maintaining the cold chain across the United States. In this blog, we will discuss the history, benefits, […]

Types of Freight Trains: Definition and Use of Modern Rail Cars

Freight trains have been the backbone of modern industries for centuries, ensuring the seamless movement of commodities from one place to another.  As the transportation landscape evolved, so did the types of freight trains, with rail freight transport growing increasingly sophisticated to handle diverse cargo needs. If you’ve ever wondered about the intricacies of these […]

Warehousing Process: Steps And Role In Fulfillment Efficacy

Warehousing is essential in today’s fast-paced supply chain, key to efficient order fulfillment and customer satisfaction. This article delves into the warehousing process, examining each step, from receiving goods to distribution, and how they collectively enhance supply chain efficiency. Discover these processes’ crucial roles in boosting your business’s fulfillment success. Primary Warehouse Process Steps: How […]

Warehouse vs. Inventory: Their Roles And Differences

Understanding the crucial differences between warehouses and inventory is essential for operational excellence in supply chain logistics. This article explores the roles and connections between warehouse capacities and inventory management in enhancing overall supply chain efficiency. The Role Of A Warehouse A warehouse is a storage facility that efficiently stores and protects goods until they […]

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