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Can Your Supply Chain Turn on a Dime?

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 […]

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Who’s Paying for Free Shipping?

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 […]

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Blowing in the Wind

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 […]

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Is Your IoT Deployment Secure?

Is Your IoT Deployment Secure?

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 […]

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What to Look For When Taking Stock of an Inventory Management System

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 […]

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Achieving Transportation and Logistics Success in the On-demand Age

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 […]

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Robots

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, […]

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8 Great Ways to Waste Money in a B2C Warehouse

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 […]

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SAP Requests an Uber

SAP Requests an Uber

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 […]

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Your Next Walmart Run: Don’t Forget the AI

Your Next Walmart Run: Don’t Forget the AI

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 […]

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Germany, Austria Retailers Go for BOPIS

Germany, Austria Retailers Go for BOPIS

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 […]

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How to Get Profitable Insights from Fleet Data

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, […]

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The Bot Revolution: 3PLs Go High-Tech to Streamline Warehouse Operations

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 […]

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IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions-June 2019

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. […]

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Bringing Logistics In-House

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 […]

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Automating AP Processes Takes the Bottleneck out of Manufacturing Supply Chains

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 […]

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