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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, 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, […]
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 […]
Supply chain management (SCM) has often been perceived through operational metrics, systems, and efficiencies. The unsung hero of this intricate web, however, is communication with empathy. This skill transcends merely conveying information and dives deep into understanding, validating, and addressing the emotions and needs of everyone involved.
Those of us who hoped we’d quickly get back on track after the notoriously shaky supply chains of 2020 and 2021 have been left wanting. A confluence of factors has come together to create further disruption across global supply chains, with some poised to only get worse.
From warehousing to risk assessment, here’s how generative artificial intelligence solutions could help address supply chain complexity and resiliency challenges in 2024 and beyond.
Since 2004, OpenRoad has been empowering companies to achieve more. Here’s the history behind two decades of innovation and adaptability, and the strategy that shapes OpenRoad’s visionary brand refresh.
RSI Logistics developed a custom dashboard tailored to meet its client’s needs with unmatched precision and accuracy, enabling them to make firm, data-driven decisions that ignited confidence.
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 […]
Let’s put last year’s pain and friction points out of our minds and stage for growth this year. We asked our readers what skills we should tune up and emphasize to drive value and maximize growth in 2024. Keep your cool. “Circumstances can turn on a dime and require not only quick, but also clear […]
Manufacturing CEOs are making big plans for 2024, including accelerating investments in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics. Plus, other news shaping the global supply chain.
What are the key disruptions threatening the aerospace industry?
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 […]
About five years ago, when Michael Lin joined Musco Family Olive Co. as senior director of supply chain, he “walked into a tight-running operation,” he says. At the same time, Lin sought to bring greater discipline and automation to many of the company’s logistics and supply chain processes. To work toward these goals, Lin enlisted the help of AFS Logistics, a third-party logistics provider.
Chocolate’s largest manufacturers face spiraling costs for key ingredients like cocoa beans and cocoa butter. The trickle-down effect will hit many consumers in the wallet in the latest example of what can happen if a supply chain isn’t resilient enough.
Origify from Bosch lets manufacturers give sneakers and other high-value products a digital fingerprint as early as the production or packaging phase. The authentication solution photographs each product and converts the image into a binary and non-manipulable data record of a few kilobytes, which is stored in a cloud.
Foodservice providers are reevaluating their operations with manufacturing and logistics playing a key role in driving sustainable change.
Today, more than ever, it is important that we build sustainable supply chains that positively impact business, society, and the planet. To meet customer expectations and be truly sustainable, organizations must ensure responsible business practices internally and across the entire value chain.
As supply chain disruptions and competition increases at a global scale, supply chain visibility has become vital for business success. Lack of visibility along the supply chain not only poses a risk to the seamless flow of goods but also raises concerns about product quality and overall productivity. With only 13% of manufacturers having full visibility into their supply chain network, it’s important to manage this challenge.
The next few years will bring further disruptions to a freight model that the industry spent decades optimizing. In 2024 and beyond, new consumer demands, technological advancements, and broader changes like nearshoring will present new opportunities for logistics leaders from first to final mile.
Another sustainability crisis is brewing in the global supply chain. Ongoing attacks on container ships in the Red Sea by Iran-backed Houthi rebels have caused major shipping companies and oil/gas firms to suspend shipments through the Suez Canal, one of the most active shipping routes in the world. As a result, vessels are forced on […]
In today’s fast-paced business world, efficient supply chain management is critical to success. That’s where third-party logistics (3PL) comes into play. This blog post will explain what 3PL means, the benefits of partnering with a 3PL provider, and the potential challenges that may arise from outsourcing your logistics operations. What Is 3PL? Third-party logistics, or […]
Jessica Yurgaitis is chief executive officer with Industrial Supply Company, which distributes maintenance, repair, operational, and production (MROP) supplies to the construction, manufacturing, mining, government, and industrial markets from eight locations
in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Wyoming.
In the ever-changing world of logistics and order fulfillment, businesses are constantly seeking innovative ways to efficiently meet their customers’ needs. Well, here’s a game-changer for you: Hybrid Fulfillment. This approach allows you to combine and integrate different fulfillment methods, unleashing a world of possibilities for optimizing your fulfillment process. Defining Hybrid Fulfillment and Business […]
Both inbound and outbound logistics play important roles in the processes, comparisons, and optimization of supply chain management that businesses must understand to achieve maximum efficiency. These two types of logistics are essential for the smooth functioning of an organization’s operations. This blog post will provide a thorough overview of inbound and outbound logistics, their […]
Companies must understand some important considerations to ensure they select the best warehouse management system (WMS) for their needs today and the future. These 10 steps can help focus your decision.
Despite persistent supply chain challenges and uncertainties, now is the time to prep your supply chain for future growth. 3PLs have the talent to take you there.
In the sprawling cosmos of logistics and transportation, there’s a vast, uncharted territory: dark data. This term refers to the untapped, unprocessed information that fleets, freight systems, and supply chains generate but never use. Think of it as the digital equivalent of dark matter in the universe—invisible, yet its potential gravity can pull industries into a new era of enlightenment.
Logistics Plus finds a way to “yes” by springing into action and sending employees to help solve inventory and system issues at a client warehouse.
Consumers tend to over-indulge during holiday shopping—and that means lots of returns once the buzz wears off. Instead of antacids and ice packs, retailers find the remedy in smart reverse logistics strategies and solutions.
In the fast-paced world of logistics, where every minute counts and customer satisfaction is paramount, your workers are undeniably your biggest asset. As the frontline ambassadors of your brand, they navigate through the intricacies of mid- and last-mile deliveries and create lasting relationships that can impact your company’s business.
As inflation slows consumer spending, trucking companies are living through the Great Trucking Recession that’s driving large and small carriers to exit the industry.
After nearly 20 years in supply chain roles at Target, Moid Alwy welcomed a new set of challenges in 2022, when he became executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at American Tire Distributors (ATD). “The areas that added complexity at Target have to do with the breadth of the assortment,” Alwy says. “We […]
They used to be just trendy buzzwords, but artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are now poised to have a transformative impact on global supply chain management. If you’ve been shying away from these technologies, it may be time to consider their potential.
The pandemic brought a surge in suppliers invoking force majeure clauses in their contracts. Force majeure removes liability for unforeseeable and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and prevent participants from fulfilling obligations. Buyers, as well as suppliers, understood that the extreme circumstances surrounding the pandemic warranted it.
MD Logistics brought its expertise as a third-party logistics provider within the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry to the southeastern United States.
Modern shippers rely exceedingly on transportation management system (TMS) solutions for several reasons. Staying competitive while curtailing distribution cost tops the list. Supply chains are also more complex, and the need for TMS and efficient freight pricing solutions is being felt more than ever.
The popularity of SaaS apps has skyrocketed, with users having tens of thousands of options from both reputable companies and private developers. Many of these apps, however, contain vulnerabilities or suffer from complex misconfigurations, turning them into a potential Achilles heel for supply chain attacks.
Forward integration is a key strategy for businesses to strengthen their market position and control over their supply chain. This approach involves companies taking charge of distribution or supply activities further down the value chain. This article examines the various strategies, benefits, and risks of forward integration, offering insights for businesses to effectively implement this […]
Third-party logistics companies need much more than a typical WMS to handle inventory. They need a strong warehouse management system that is actually the brain of the warehouse.
The strategic collaboration between ProTrans International and ClearFlame helped an automotive supplier reduce fossil fuel consumption, GHG emissions, and realize significant savings in fuel costs.
Holman partners with OneTrack to bring AI solutions to the issue of forklift accidents.
Unlike third-party logistics (3PL) providers, which focus on specific logistics tasks like warehousing, shipping, and order fulfillment, 4PL providers manage and optimize the entire supply chain.
Understanding how insourcing works and harnessing its advantages allows you to achieve more control over your company’s processes while reaping cost savings.
This guide provides a comprehensive overview of Delivery at Place (DAP), its advantages and disadvantages, and best practices for managing DAP shipments.
In today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving world of logistics, understanding warehouse consolidation is crucial for businesses looking to optimize their supply chain and reduce costs. A consolidated warehouse plays a critical role in streamlining operations by gathering small shipments from various sources, organizing them efficiently, and ensuring timely deliveries. So what exactly is a consolidated warehouse, and […]
In today’s competitive business landscape, efficient warehouse management is crucial for success. As companies look to optimize their logistics operations, many are considering private and public warehousing as a viable solution. We’ll explore the ins and outs of private warehouses, delving into their benefits and challenges and determining which businesses stand to gain the most […]
The MULTILIFT Ultima 28Z from Hiab, part of Cargotec, is a heavy-duty hooklift designed to help companies complete demanding materials handling tasks with fewer hauls. The hooklift provides a low loading angle for handling fragile goods and navigating height-limited environments.
As demand for faster order fulfillment grows, attracting and retaining top logistics talent becomes increasingly essential. Despite the talent shortage, there are strategies you can employ to secure skilled workers and ensure a thriving workforce for the future.
The world’s most expensive fountain pen, Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi, was sold for $8 million at an auction in Shanghai in 2010. The pen includes 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies. It has 16 clips above the small button on the cap and a golden nib for durability. Only one exists in the entire world.
Global trade management systems (GTMS) are some of the best tools that commerce businesses can use. Regardless of the industry, they’re valuable in assisting with international trade. There are dozens of GTMS available, but not all of them are leaders in the industry. Below you’ll find 20 leading global trade management systems providers. What Are […]
In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, on-demand warehousing has emerged as a game-changer in supply chain management and logistics solutions. This innovative approach allows businesses to access warehouse space and fulfillment services when they need them, offering increased flexibility and cost-effectiveness. On-demand warehouses are particularly beneficial for eCommerce companies or those with fluctuating inventory needs. […]
Net weight, tare weight, and gross weight are key terms in the shipping industry. They affect the cost and safety of global trade and transport. Anyone involved in shipping should know the difference between net weight vs gross weight vs tare weight. The Importance of Shipping Weights Shipping weights are indispensable in logistics. They influence […]
Consumer demand for more natural and environmentally friendly cleaning products fueled the growth of Branch Basics, a direct-to-consumer company. The pandemic caused sales to increase exponentially and the e-tailer also realized a growth in subscription sales. Branch Basics needed an experienced third-party logistics provider to help manage distribution, fulfillment and transportation.
Navigating the intricacies of product safety and quality assurance, one often encounters critical terminologies like Certificate of Compliance and Certificate of Analysis. These essential documents play pivotal roles in affirming product quality, safety, and compliance to established standards. While they bear semblances, their applications, and implications are distinct, aligning with specific regulatory landscapes and industry […]
The Bill of Materials (BOM) is a cornerstone document critical to creating any tangible product in the intricate web of modern manufacturing and product development. It is a comprehensive list that catalogs all the components, raw materials, and assemblies needed to construct a finished product. Its accuracy and detail reflect directly on the production process’s […]
In an era where the pace of change is relentless, the concept of a hybrid supply chain has emerged as a beacon of adaptability and resilience in the business world. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in traditional supply chains, leading to an increased interest in hybrid models. According to a survey conducted by McKinsey & […]
In today’s globalized world, understanding the types of transportation in logistics is paramount. With the upsurge in international trade and industries flourishing worldwide, efficiently moving cargo has never been more essential. Knowing how to transport goods across diverse transportation routes cost-effectively and efficiently is crucial for any business. The choices made within the logistics industry […]
Although the pandemic may be over, auto suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are still grappling with supply chain issues such as concern over net-zero promises, the growing EV market, geopolitical conflicts, evolving trade agreements, natural disasters, and high interest rates deterring shoppers.
Supply chain oversight is an indispensable element in the corporate environment for successful functioning. This blog post explores the supply chain monitoring concept to provide valuable insights and help you understand its importance. We will explore supply chain monitoring and how it can benefit businesses. Additionally, we will discuss some common challenges organizations face when […]
Incorporating an expedite strategy can save the aerospace industry billions of dollars in lost time, labor impact, mechanical errors, and passenger chaos.
The relationships that companies have with their carriers play a key role in their long-term success. In this RFP season, the emphasis on dedicated freight will further underline the importance of these partnerships.
Is supply chain management the toughest it has ever been? Or are tech tools so advanced they’re alleviating the uncertainty and guarding against disruptions? Industry insiders have a lot to say.
Brands can reach their carbon goals by working better with suppliers. Let’s stop bombarding them with requests for information and instead encourage them to participate.
Demand planning vs. supply planning remains a cornerstone debate in the logistics sector. Both concepts are integral to supply chain management, determining many businesses’ efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and overall success. Recent studies indicate that organizations that effectively balance demand planning and supply planning see up to a 15% increase in forecast accuracy and a 35% reduction […]
Effective inventory management is the unsung hero of successful business operations, whether in the bustling retail world or in systematic manufacturing processes. It’s a critical component that can dictate a company’s ability to meet customer demand, manage cash flow, and maintain a competitive edge. According to a report by the National Retail Federation, the retail […]
U.S. Ports: Let’s Have Some Funds The U.S. Department of Transportation selected 41 projects to receive $653 million in grant funding under the Port Infrastructure Development Program, part of approximately $17 billion included in a 2021 infrastructure spending bill for ports and waterways. The program was designed to improve U.S. port capacity and efficiency and, in turn, help […]
Over the past decade, supply chains have undergone a substantial digital transformation. One of the most significant factors driving this change has been the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies. As these technologies have become more prominent, however, so too have misconceptions about their impact on supply chain and logistics operations.
MD Logistics implemented a tailored conveyor solution in its warehouse to serve clients in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry. The new configuration boosts flexibility, efficiency, and output.
General cargo sits at the heart of the shipping industry. It’s the backbone of business ventures around the globe. This article defines the complexities of general cargo, its definitions, the different types, and the pros and cons.
High inventories and a pullback of consumer spending signal no imminent relief for the trucking industry which is already on its knees. And this ordeal has posed a stark question: What happens to an economy when its chief logistic artery is under such a strain?