Ocean Spray, a fruit juice, snacks, and sauce retailer, has teamed up with Uber Freight to streamline and improve the transportation of its goods. The company, comprised of more than 700 family-owned farms, decided to partner with the transportation service provider in an effort to stay ahead of industry trends and better serve its customers. […]
Best Buy made its list and checked it twice, and it’s ready to take on the holiday season with a new and improved supply chain.
New facilities in Indianapolis and Reno enable 3PL MD Logistics to support faster time to market for life sciences and pharmaceutical customers.
As part of its warehouse management functionality, ERP systems typically track information about products as they’re picked, packed, and shipped, so that orders can be filled faster and more accurately. However, real-time data can now be collected and analyzed using smart sensors, cloud technology, and self-learning algorithms to generate new insights. Powered by machine learning, […]
When most buyers plan to select a new supplier, they are usually tempted to focus on the best price. But shaving a few cents off the product price is no help if the quality is below standard or the component does not arrive when you need it. Focus on quality by incorporating these 12 tips […]
Make sure information systems, distribution networks, and transportation capabilities work together seamlessly. Perry Belcastro Senior Vice President, Fulfillment Services Saddle Creek Logistics Services Leverage artificial intelligence to identify key drivers causing returns/claims. This can provide insights that can be used to optimize delivery, reduce volume, and provide critical information to engineering to improve products. Tom […]
Evans helped furniture maker Floyd develop a real-time supply chain, centralizing its kitting, packaging, and value-added needs, as well as providing transportation.
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Like their counterparts in many other professions, women have steadily advanced within the logistics and supply chain sector over the past few decades. The women we interviewed are succeeding at the top levels within their companies due to a strong work ethic, a passion for supply chain and logistics, and the ability to be comfortable as one of a few—sometimes the only—women in the room.
Partnering with a 3PL offers a buffer between the shipper and the ever-shifting challenges of the logistics realm.
The managed logistics sector thrives both in times of positive change and in times of uncertainty. We’ve recently had plenty of both. In today’s bipolar economy, it’s no wonder that U.S. 3PLs had their best-ever year in 2018. Forty percent of 3PLs report top-line sales growth of 20% or better in our annual 3PL Perspectives […]
Hub Group helped a mid-size CPG company win its battle against retailer non-compliance.
A majority of U.S. companies (82%) would like to expand into new markets and 36% are considering expansion opportunities in the BRICS and MINT countries, according to a new survey of U.S. business decision makers by connected planning company Vuealta. However, 55% of respondents say political uncertainty and its impact on their supply chains is […]
In the past, air shipping has been somewhat predictable thanks to reoccurring annual events like the holiday season. But recent events have disrupted the typical peaks and valleys we’ve come to expect. Now more than ever you’ll need to find the right strategy to handle out of the ordinary events as well as the typical […]
Effective quality control stretches from manufacturers all the way to the consumer. Historical data and experts claim that quality impacts 30-70 percent of the final cost of the product. This includes things such as: Rejected parts that need to be replaced, returned or fixed Delays impacting the production schedule Customer dissatisfaction after a product is […]
Transportation is evolving rapidly, thanks to supply chain technology powered by data and analytics. Digitization is driving big changes that can help meet the pace of change.
In an environment where unemployment rates are low and freight brokerages saturate the market, establishing culture is key to bringing in quality talent.
The Gas supply chain now extends to your car Recently fueled with more than $15 million in funding and an operating space that has grown from three to 18 cities in less than one year, California-based startup Yoshi offers a monthly subscription service that delivers gas for your car directly to your residence. In addition […]
For the logistics and transportation industries, the evolving on-demand economy means an increased demand for warehouse staff and commercial drivers. Thanks to the smartphone powered e-commerce shopper, perks like free shipping, two-hour shipping, and real-time delivery have fueled the acceleration of driver demand. In fact, the American Trucking Association estimates the commercial trucking industry will […]
Leading with purpose creates an impact that resonates across a business—including employees, customers, partners, and shareholders. It can often be a complicated process, but it doesn’t need to be. For global brands that source raw materials, move products through global supply chains across borders, and ultimately deliver a product or experience to a customer, understanding […]
The manufacturing skills gap may leave a projected 2.4 million positions open in the coming decade, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion. How can manufacturers prepare and fill positions with qualified individuals? What training and ongoing education strategies will enable the necessary skills? Predictive analytics and machine learning can eliminate the guesswork in […]
The St. Louis Regional Freightway and the Port of Savannah are forging a partnership to create a new connection between the St. Louis region and the largest single-terminal container facility in the western hemisphere. In response to record movement of 4.3 million TEUs in fiscal 2017, the Port of Savannah is investing $3 billion to […]
A backhaul is a means of returning drivers and equipment to their origin or domicile. It’s that happy place where sales can command the highest rates for haul and the customer connection is at its best. It stands to reason, however, that one company’s origin point is another company’s wasteland in terms of relationships and […]
Customers in the digital era expect deliveries to be reliable, fast, and transparent; they want to be able to track a delivery, even when it takes only a few hours to reach them. Route planning can help meet this demand. Many businesses employ route-planning systems to gain a competitive advantage. These digital tools consider products, […]
E-commerce’s introduction to the retail industry gave way for a complete shift in the way people shop for goods and services. Today with abundant shopping websites and mobile apps available to consumers, both the demand and expectation for how quickly and where we receive goods continues to expand the reach of e-commerce. Now more than […]
Products Rite-Hite‘s new wall-mount light/fan combines the Rite-Lite LED Dock Light with the CoolMan® 2800 Trailer Fan to provide loading dock workers with more visibility and heat relief inside trailers. The Rite-Lite dock light uses six high-intensity LEDs while the CoolMan 2800 trailer fan has a telescoping arm which can be raised, lowered, and extended. […]
Reverse logistics is usually an afterthought. Heather Jarvis-Gann Logistics & Dispatch Crestwood Midstream Partners LP Defining what supply chain management is for your company is key to writing the right job description and attracting the right talent. Tyler Chamberlain, MBA Supply Chain Manager Capital One Compliance is often viewed as a cost center and is […]
Small and mid-size businesses need to be increasingly nimble to respond to the Amazon effect disrupting today’s marketplace. There’s no better time than now to start rethinking warehouse operations and capitalizing on technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, speed delivery and lower costs. Although e-commerce accounts for slightly less than 10 percent of overall retail […]
As a culture, are we really committed to sustainability? Yes and no. Conventional wisdom can be contradictory. For example, some of you are reading this on paper. BAD! Yet studies show that fast-growth carbon capturing recyclable paper is much more sustainable than the gigawatts of energy and massive server farms needed to deliver Inbound Logistics […]
In a retail environment focused on customer experience and convenience, subscription commerce (subcom) companies are maintaining a foothold. According to the 2019 SnapFulfil and Subscription Trade Association (SUBTA) State of Subscription Commerce survey, 46% of today’s subcom offerings now have 2-5 years of operational experience; 40% have more than 5,000 customers, and 29% have more […]
As the equipment and resources in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers become more technologically complex and sophisticated, well-designed processes and systems can help build a simplified, straightforward operation that is safer and more efficient. Q: How can shippers, especially those in retail and high-volume distribution, accommodate the increasing demands of e-commerce with their warehouse […]
Strategic technology trends have the potential to drive significant disruption and deliver significant opportunity. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must evaluate these trends to identify opportunities, counter threats, and create competitive advantage, according to a recent Gartner report. Key Report Findings Artificial intelligence (AI) opens up a new frontier for digital business. This is […]
CPG manufacturer uses Hub Group’s innovative tech to make better business decisions.
Digital forwarding platforms are rapidly gaining traction in a global forwarding market characterized by uneven change, according to Global Freight Forwarding 2019, a new study from Transport Intelligence. Technology is creating a vast range of forwarding options available to shippers across the globe—from online booking and quotation to visibility tools and control towers. However, “perhaps […]
The competitive e-commerce landscape calls for strategic partnerships between growing businesses and logistics providers that put their customers first. As e-commerce causes structural changes across the shipping and logistics space, it can be challenging for business owners to find a logistics provider that’s as invested in their business’s success as they are. Indeed, with the […]
The impact of evolving consumer shopping behaviors on retailers and manufacturers is the focus of a new supply chain study by DiCentral, a B2B integration services provider, along with the Center for Supply Chain Research at Lehigh University. The study, Supply Chain Collaboration in Transformative Vertical Industries: Implications of Omnichannel and Dropshipping, examines the motivations, […]
Specialty materials company Eastman is demonstrating how its carbon renewal technology can recycle mixed plastics from end-of-life cars and use them to make new vehicles, potentially providing a mainstream circular solution for the automotive supply chain. Eastman is partnering with automotive recycler PADNOS and the United States Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP), a subsidiary of the […]
Managing the baby products supply chain is not child’s play. Here’s how manufacturers in this highly regulated product category stay hyper-vigilant to protect infants and toddlers while constantly adjusting to parents’ ever-changing color, style, and flavor preferences.
Shifting and more demanding consumer expectations are changing the way organizations work. According to the EY Americas Supply Chain Reinvention Survey 2019, 53% of respondents say fast-changing customer preferences require supply chains that can turn on a dime. The survey covers topics including technology adoption, leadership and talent, investment prioritization, sustainability, and other factors in […]
Michael Wasson is chief operations officer of Tosca, which provides reusable packaging solutions for perishable food supply chains. Responsibilities: Lead and direct Tosca’s supply chain and plant operations, including asset management, logistics, supply chain planning, environmental health, and food safety. Experience: Vice president, supply chain and operations, Tosca; several director- and manager-level supply chain planning […]
As someone who specializes in logistics, I see my fair share of Amazon-related studies and reports. One of the most recent — the 2019 Amazon Consumer Behavior Report from Feedvisor — offered some eye-opening statistics. Perhaps most compelling is the degree to which Amazon’s dominance and influence continues to grow. For instance, nearly 9 out […]
From specialized requirements to capacity considerations, formidable challenges face chemical shippers. In reaction, logistics providers are rolling out solutions of substance.
If a transportation route, supplier, customer, or other essential supply chain partner is located in an area at high risk for hurricanes, then your business could risk a major disruption. Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predicts the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will bring 13 named storms—including five hurricanes and two Category 3, 4 […]
Transportation and logistics companies recognize they must strengthen their approaches to cybersecurity but are not yet taking the practical steps to safeguard their industrial Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, according to a study done on behalf of Inmarsat. According to the study, which surveyed 125 businesses across the transport industry, 64% of respondents say their […]
As e-commerce grows, online retailers can benefit greatly from modern automation tools. Choosing the right online inventory management system, for example, can impact both sales and the entire enterprise, and allow e-commerce retailers to retain their competitive advantage. According to Multiorders, here are five factors to consider when selecting an inventory management system. 1. Centralized […]
With heightened consumer demand for rapid delivery of items such as clothing, technology and even food products showing no sign of slowing, companies and their transportation partners are under immense pressure to produce, manage, fulfill and distribute an unprecedented amount of consumer goods, while at the same time deliver positive shopping experiences for customers across […]
Boston Dynamics Handle: This robot uses legs and wheels to provide an agile and small-footprint materials handling solution. Featuring an active counterbalancing system, Handle can pick up and move cases weighing more than 30 pounds. It can tackle pallet building, depalletizing, and truck unloading tasks. Berkshire Grey mobile robotic fulfillment system: Able to pick, pack, […]
Outdated warehouse processes and procedures reduce productivity and raise costs, but some simple changes can help you save money and improve efficiency, according to Realtime Despatch. 1. you don’t use warehouse locations. If you rely on staff knowing where everything is, or having to arrange SKUs in alphabetical order to find them, you’re tying yourself […]
With a goal to modernize freight transportation through intelligent process automation and better access to a network of connected and reliable drivers, SAP SE and Uber Freight have teamed up. The integration of Uber Freight into the SAP Logistics Business Network will let customers access transportation rates from Uber’s digitally activated carrier network and gain […]
A Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, New York, featuring artificial intelligence-enabled cameras, interactive displays, and a massive data center is the retailer’s new Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL). While the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in e-commerce is now table stakes, few companies have physically explored its potential. Until now. Positioned within one of the company’s […]
Germany and Austria retailers display a balanced market of omnichannel practices, reports OrderDynamics’ Omni-2000 Research: Germany|Austria. Collectively, at 43%, the region falls third behind France (50.5%) and the U.K. (64%) in the number of retailers offering buy online pickup in store (BOPIS) services. Germany and Austria lead in active inventory visibility when compared to all […]
To optimize their supply chains, shippers should leverage warehouse innovations, implement an optimal TMS and WMS, and determine the best warehouse site.
Fleets today deal with a huge volume of data — more than they’ve ever collected before — pouring in from ELDs, dashcams and other trucking technology. It’s a double-edged sword. Data has become indispensable because it provides key insights that help inform critical business decisions and, used properly, can boost productivity and minimize expenses. However, […]
Food and beverage, industrial, and cold storage facilities are entering a new era as technological gains lead to new capabilities and new challenges. With improved equipment, those facilities are poised to feature a data-driven operation that is safer and more efficient—both reducing mistakes and more effectively managing resources. Improved technology and equipment also raise the […]
Ethan Frisch is co-founder/co-owner of Burlap & Barrel, a single- origin spice company. Responsibilities: Establishing supply chains linking farmers with chefs and home cooks; sourcing unique spices; building relationships with restaurants and manufacturers. Experience: Co-host, Why Food? podcast; NYC Team Lead and Senior Operations Manager, Zomato; Logistics Manager, Doctors Without Borders; Policy Advisor and National […]
Q: What’s the current state of technology within managed transportation services? A: Growing expectations from consumers and the "Amazon effect" continue to put pressure on today’s supply chains to provide minute-by-minute location updates as goods are delivered directly to the doorstep of a customer within days or even hours. To successfully navigate this increasingly challenging […]
Kingston Technology Company Inc.’s expertise comes from making and selling memory products. The supply chain model that shaped its success didn’t hold up, however, when its high-performance product division, HyperX, got into the gaming peripherals business.
Growth is exciting and generally means increased revenue, but it also presents some new and sometimes unique challenges to overcome, regardless of your industry. It can be difficult to expand operations in order to sustain the additional business. You might also need to make changes to some processes in order to accommodate new or additional […]
Myth: Reducing labor costs is the best way to improve a supply chain operation. Much bigger gains can be made in reducing total supply chain cost by improving service levels and reducing lead times.
Transportation management systems have enhanced their brokerage capabilities while managing the full order-to-cash process in real time and within a single system.
As baby boomers in manufacturing and logistics look toward retirement, there aren’t new workers to take their place. Millennial and Gen-Z workers just aren’t interested in the work—and, as a result, valuable jobs are being left unfilled.
E-commerce is continuing to create opportunity for a range of businesses, but supply chain challenges can limit growth and compromise customer relationships.
The invasion of robots, co-bots, or bots – call them what you will – is coming to a warehouse near you. But, before a sci-fi thriller plays out in your head, think of this as a welcome invasion. In fact, from the 3PL executives charged with making their company’s operations more efficient and cost-effective to […]
Connections 2019 offers thought-provoking supply chain content that benefits every transportation and logistics professional.
Selected by Inbound Logistics editors, these 75 companies go above and beyond to help shippers maintain sustainable, eco-friendly supply chain operations. AAA Cooper Transportation AAACOOPER.COM AAA Cooper is a SmartWay partner. The company installs enhanced/full aerodynamic fairing packages; converts oil to lighter-weight synthetic for better fuel economy; installs tire pressure systems designed for drive tire […]
We are now in a "white water rapids" phase in terms of the global economy, requiring flexibility from the processes, technology, and people in the supply chain to navigate these rough waters. Making the transition to a truly flexible and lean supply chain, especially during these turbulent times, involves changing the three elements necessary for […]
Products The new TD 4 Desktop Thermal Printer Series from mobile and desktop printer maker Brother Mobile Solutions prints barcode labels, tags, or receipts for supply chain applications in warehouses, manufacturing plants, and retail environments. To increase speed for small-to-midsize businesses and warehouses, the printer integrates with warehouse management systems and uses thermal imaging technology. […]
Your warehouse and fulfillment operations—and the people, partners, and processes that make them run—have just gotten monumentally more important, because a series of convergent events are raising national supply chain costs at every touch. Let’s unpack the why. In the industrial and manufacturing sectors, added costs on materials and products impacted by ongoing trade friction […]
A yard management system (YMS) can provide significant benefits to your operation by managing shipments from the yard gate to the dock. A YMS provides real-time visibility into trailer locations and contents to drive efficiencies, improve decision-making, and reduce detention fees. An efficient YMS includes: Yard management. Directs trailers to a specific location in the […]
By utilizing nVision Global’s Impact TMS, a shipper saved more than $38 million by avoiding expedited freight costs and improving transportation planning.
What features do you need? What benefits are you looking to gain? How much should you spend? Answering these questions while managing the implementation process prudently is crucial to selecting the right transportation management system for your organization.
Enterprises are facing either a perfect storm or a perfect opportunity in delivery, depending on how you look at it. With consumers demanding faster delivery, more flexibility and greater convenience, the fastest enterprises to adjust will be catapulted to the top of the pack. The statistics are clear – online e-commerce is growing over 6 […]
The manufacturing industry has its roots intertwined with one of the biggest advances in the history of modern civilization – the Industrial Revolution. The manufacturing process was dramatically transformed, seemingly overnight, from a labor intensive, manual process to one that utilized machines in order to exponentially increase the production of goods. More recently, the manufacturing […]