There has been incredible progress in supply chain digitalization over the last several years. Technologies that were considered novel just a few years ago are now common while a host of new solutions have been introduced. Here are just a few examples: Robot-assisted and goods-to-person picking technologies have largely displaced manual each picking. Autonomous pallet […]
New technology solutions are making waves in logistics, especially around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). With huge potential for growth and supply chain improvement, logistics companies are using AI to build upon existing digital solutions and make them even more efficient.
While on-time delivery remains a top answer, industry insiders point out other transportation metrics that merit attention and closer consideration.
If you are in the market for a warehouse management system (WMS) provider, focus on your current business needs with an eye to the future. Here are the factors to consider and questions to ask to ensure you make the right choice.
An entrepreneur at heart, Vanessa Coleman knows it takes 10 shots to score one goal. That’s why she takes risks, stays persistent, talks to people, and is a good listener–all characteristics that helped build Oceanworks’ success.
The trucking sector is a critical logistics component, with businesses relying on it to maintain quick delivery times and carry multiple loads securely worldwide. Trucks ship far more cargo than ships, trains, or aircraft, with 71.6% of the $14.5 trillion value of all goods shipped in the United States. Commodities could only go from rail […]
Navigating the world of vehicle weights can be daunting, with terms like gross weight vs. curb weight often causing confusion. These measurements are more than just numbers; they play a crucial role in determining a vehicle’s performance capability, safety features, and fuel efficacy. This article simplifies these notions by providing clear definitions, outlining their differences, […]
The Panamax ship revolutionized the shipping industry, setting new size standards for vessels traversing the Panama Canal. These unique ship designs were born out of necessity, catering to the canal’s dimension restrictions while maximizing cargo capacity. The term “Panamax,” derived from maximum acceptable dimensions in Panama Canal locks, has spurred significant developments in container ship […]
Sporting equipment makers are under pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of these pressurized rubber balls. Here’s how they’re hitting circular supply chain goals.
From shipper expectations for the last quarter of 2023 to a regulations roundup, here’s how companies can navigate the peak season and keep freight moving while limiting costs.
Technology should enhance your transportation experiences, not replace trusted relationships with experienced agents who can strategically deploy technology to ensure that shipments progress smoothly and provide help when necessary.
Through front-end service and being available when others aren’t, Syfan Logistics helped a heavy machinery manufacturer avoid millions in losses.
The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles they face. In support of this mission, WIT will host its ninth annual Accelerate! event.
Amazon, IKEA, Patagonia, and Major Brands Launch Initiative to Accelerate Transition to Zero-Emission Fuels
Amazon and more than 20 other major global companies launched a tender to accelerate zero-emission shipping. Shipping lines are invited to submit bids for zero-emission shipping services that enable members of the Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA) to reduce supply chain emissions.
Renowned forest products company Arauco is able to plan loads more quickly with MagicLogic’s Cube-IQ software. Additionally, the company sees claims for damaged loads decrease significantly.
The Fast Fashion Fallout: The Circular Economy and the Future of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry
It’s no secret the fashion industry is a top contributor to global textile waste. Every year, millions of tons of textiles are incinerated or placed in landfills where they take hundreds of years to decompose. Fortunately, there is hope as sustainability becomes a priority among young consumers.
If you’re not measuring your performance, how do you judge success, growth, and progress? Most of the time, the answer here is simply “I can’t.” If you’re coming up empty, fret not and read on.
Temperature-controlled shipping is essential for transporting goods requiring specific temperature ranges to maintain quality, safety, and efficacy. As global commerce grows, there’s an increasing need for reliable temperature-controlled freight transportation methods. Temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, perishable foods, or live animals must reach their final destination safely. Recent studies indicate that improper shipping conditions, mainly certain temperature changes, […]
The transportation industry stands at a pivotal crossroads. With increasing concerns about environmental issues, green logistics emerged as a potential solution to tackle rising carbon emissions, waste management, and other challenges associated with conventional logistics operations. This article offers insights into green logistics and its importance in fostering sustainable solutions in the industry and how […]
When 99-year old trucking company Yellow Corporation shut down, with the Teamsters Union planning to file for bankruptcy, we gained some insight into labor and management navigating an economic crucible not of their making. It’s true the players in this sad episode shoulder direct responsibility, but the backdrop of inflation impacted both labor and management […]
Demand planning is pivotal in today’s shipping and customer service industry. This strategic process predicts future demand, optimizes inventory levels, and boosts customer satisfaction. In an era where supply chain efficiency is paramount, understanding demand planning is the difference between a thriving business and one that struggles. Here, we’ll explore this critical component of the […]
In this comprehensive guide on containerized cargo, including definitions, types, and process, we will explore its vital role in global trade. As a professional interested in containerized cargo, you’ll find valuable insights into different types of containers and their specific uses within the supply chain. We will also discuss the intricate process involved in handling […]
Navigating the complex world of logistics management can be a daunting task for many businesses. Did you know different logistics types, such as inbound, outbound, reverse, and third-party logistics, play pivotal roles in creating an efficient supply chain? In this article, you’ll learn about these four major types of logistics management and how they can […]
Warehousing has become a critical part of everyday business. For instance, in the past 2 years, Amazon has acquired more than 50 warehouses across the United States. This is attributable to the fact that when goods are not in transit, they need to be stored safely and securely. However, finding the ideal warehouse can be […]
In logistics, deadhead trucking is a topic that shippers cannot overlook. Understanding deadhead trucking becomes crucial as businesses strive to optimize their supply chain operations and reduce costs. This article delves into the intricacies of the deadhead mile in the trucking industry – from its definition to its drawbacks. It also offers practical tips for […]
Integrating real-time visibility into drayage operations can bring process improvements as well as increase customer satisfaction. Here’s how.
Best-in-class organizations understand that sustainability drives long-term value for whatever form it takes within a business. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics are often used to determine how ethical and sustainable an organization is. Companies that deliver high ESG ratings consistently outperform the market in both the medium and long term, according to McKinsey research.
Have you ever been in a hospital waiting room and wondered where all the equipment and supplies come from and how they got there? Making sure that everything is in its place requires precise supply chain planning, especially when lives are on the line.
You don’t have to give warehouse managers the latest jobs report—they can tell you the state of the economy by looking out over the aisles. Customer demand continues to climb, the supply of potential workers remains stagnant, and the war to attract talent is fierce.
Industry insiders share their controversial opinions on supply chain topics.
With a focus on ecommerce and sustainability demand, visibility, and improved efficiency, packaging systems are rapidly changing with the times.
Cyberattacks in the manufacturing industry and supply chain have increased — here’s how leaders can reduce risk and prepare for responding to an attack today.
What does the current landscape of corporate sustainability efforts look like? Here’s a glimpse at top challenges for emissions reduction initiatives and other supply chain trending topics.
In today’s competitive business landscape, organizations continually seek innovative ways to optimize their supply chain and inventory management. This need serves customers’ expectations, enabling technologies to take over most business operations. Virtual warehouse has not been left behind in this transformation. For instance, in e-commerce businesses, a virtual warehouse is a concept that can make […]
Container shipping plays a pivotal role in the ever-evolving global trade landscape, with ships of various sizes and capacities serving distinct purposes in the supply chain. One class of vessels that has significantly transformed maritime transportation is the Post-Panamax ships. These ships, surpassing the size constraints of the Panama Canal, are instrumental in cargo transportation […]
In the ever-evolving world of global trade, the efficient transportation of goods is paramount. Key players in this logistics dance are feeder ships – versatile vessels designed to bridge the gap between large containerships and smaller regional ports. As we delve into these maritime workhorses, we will uncover their history, design, purpose, and critical role […]
As the gears of industry turn, two types of management keep the machine well-oiled: operations management and production management. Operations management refers to the administration of business activities that lead to the production of goods and services. In contrast, production management is a subset of operations management that focuses on the production process of goods. […]
Understanding the difference between gross and dry weight can be confusing, especially when it involves vehicle towing capacity. Did you know that these weights differ greatly and affect how much load your vehicle can legally carry? This article clarifies the differences by defining key terms, explaining common industry acronyms, and discussing factors influencing towing capabilities. […]
A public warehouse, often recognized as a third-party company location, serves diverse businesses with flexible storage and distribution needs. Its vast enclosed space is rented out to small and medium-sized enterprises for storing and managing their inventory efficiently. With no need to lock capital investment into property or bear associated taxes, a public warehouse emerges […]
Theron Neese is chief operating officer with Integrated Supply Network (ISN), a Lakeland, Florida-based distributor of automotive tools and equipment.
From a pick-by-vision system that uses smart glasses to exoskeletons that provide support during each lifting movement, these wearables and hands-free innovations boost worker safety and productivity in the warehouse.
Businesses can achieve transformational efficiencies and returns on investment with procurement technology platforms. Here’s how one company pulled off its digital transformation.
For ecommerce fulfillment, exceptional customer service is not just about getting orders right but how you handle exceptions when things go awry. It’s critical to have systems to navigate shipment exception challenges and create customer experiences that foster loyalty.
A large third-party logistics provider turned to SMC³’s freight procurement tool, Bid$ense®, to simplify and streamline the procurement event process. The solution saved the 3PL time and money.
Navigating the complexities of transporting perishable cargo can be daunting. Did you know that these goods encompass a vast range of products, from dairy, frozen food and other meat products to live plants and seafood? This article unravels the meaning, examples, and regulations surrounding perishable cargo transportation. What is Perishable Cargo? Perishable items refer to […]
As supply chains evolve to accommodate growing consumer demand and more diverse temperature sensitive products, the importance of specialized storage solutions has become increasingly apparent. One such solution, critical for numerous industries, is the cold storage warehouse. This article delves into the world of cold storage warehousing, outlining what it entails, its significance, its unique […]
Struggling with managing your business operations efficiently? You’re not alone – about 25% of organizations implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to increase their efficiency. This article will guide you through the myriad facets of ERP, its benefits, vulnerabilities, applications, ERP meaning, and much more. What is an ERP? An ERP, or enterprise resource planning, is […]
Understanding what backorders mean, their causes, and how to limit them is essential for businesses and logistics professionals. As supply chain disruptions become more common in today’s global economy, managing backorders effectively can make or break a company’s success. In this article, we explore the ins and outs of back-ordered items to equip businesses with […]
Below is a list of the top paying trucking companies, as ranked by TruckDriversSalary.com. GP Transco and Riverside Transport are among the highest paying trucking companies in the American freight industry. And, before its recent bankruptcy, trucking company Yellow Corp. ranked #82 on the list of highest paying CDL companies. # Company (Click For […]
MSC now calls at Port Everglades, instead of Miami, on its Santana service, which connects Southeast Asia to the United States. The service now includes the following on its rotation: Haiphong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Rodman, Caucedo, Port Everglades, Charleston, Baltimore, New York, Boston, and Singapore.
What’s trending in logistics partnerships in 2023? Our 18th annual 3PL market research report asked both providers and shippers.
AI may better describe augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. While AI systems can help alleviate labor shortages, they often perform best while working alongside people and augmenting human intelligence.
With rising ocean and detention costs, controls and analysis are more important than ever to protect profitability.
The strength of the trade relationship between the neighboring countries is illustrated daily in border crossings, where freight handled by experienced logistics providers moves seamlessly both ways.
Changing the Diaper Market Despite supply chain disruptions, raw material shortages, and inflation, innovation is thriving in the baby diaper market and new brands continue to be born. Although the United States is a mature market for diapers, a Euromonitor report still predicts modest growth for baby diapers over the next five years, driven by […]
Global logistics brings both challenges and opportunities for today’s shippers. Here, we break down the nitty-gritty details every importer and exporter needs to know.
Military veterans are reporting for duty in today’s supply chain workforce. Companies are tapping into this well-trained and disciplined group of employees to help ease driver shortages and translate their hard-earned skills into fulfilling positions in transportation and logistics.
As they steer through increasingly complex supply chain challenges, companies stay laser-focused on navigating the talent war and attracting the right people for the job.
Deploying automation and robotics in the logistics industry has gained in urgency in recent years. No longer just the prerogative of global corporations, automation is also key for small to mid-size companies grappling with ecommerce acceleration and seeking efficiencies in their supply chain operations.
Analytics solutions offer visibility into past, present, and future spot and contract market rates, enabling strategic sourcing, planning, and cost management.
Expected aircraft engine shortages will have a substantial impact on the global supply chain’s cargo capacity and more. Fewer available aircrafts, combined with growing demand for air cargo services, could lead to a surge in freight rates, significantly affecting businesses reliant on air for time-sensitive or high-value goods.
The State of Logistics Report, produced annually for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals by global consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, delivers a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector and its role in overall supply chains.