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IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

On behalf of Stena Line, Stena RoRo designed and ordered two hybrid cargo ships from shipyard CMI Jinling in Weihai, China; delivery is scheduled for 2025. The NewMax ships can be powered by methanol or conventional fuel and increase cargo capacity by 80%. The vessels have been designed for Stena Line’s route between Belfast and Heysham on the Irish Sea.

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VERTICAL FOCUS: Alcoholic Beverages

VERTICAL FOCUS: Alcoholic Beverages

3 Tiers of the Wine Supply Chain We can’t talk about wine without mentioning the Volstead Act, which made it illegal to “manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, furnish, or possess” such beverages. Prohibition wasn’t just a temporary blip in alcohol manufacturing; it changed the way the supply chain functions. Prior to Prohibition, the […]

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NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works •  Trailer Bridge and ATS International held a charity golf tournament that raised more than $104,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico, supporting the organization’s efforts to create and preserve home ownership opportunities for low-income individuals and families on the island. •  Technology-driven logistics company TransLoop partnered with Luke Grimes of Yellowstone, Hydroviv, and […]

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NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works •  As part of Combilift’s celebrations for its 25th anniversary, the Irish materials handling specialist donated its 75,000th truck—an Aisle Master articulated forklift—to Convoy of Hope, a non-profit humanitarian and disaster relief organization. •  Maersk Air Cargo donated the airfreight capacity to send 440 pallets of U.S.-donated relief goods to Türkiye in response to two […]

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IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

Products •  Peli BioThermal expanded its reusable Crēdo product line to meet deep frozen requirements for transporting pharmaceutical products. Able to transport temperature-sensitive biologics and time-sensitive cell and gene therapies, the five new Crēdo Cube Dry Ice shippers deliver deep frozen payload protection for up to 144 hours. •  The newest tire from Trelleborg, the XP900, is […]

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Winning the  Data Game

Winning the Data Game

Rates shift as dynamically as the market does so it’s important for shippers to have some benchmarks in place to navigate it as cleanly—and cheaply—as possible. However, that requires investing a lot of time and focus on top of simply getting the job done right. So where can shippers go to manage all the information […]

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Trucking Gets a Tune Up

Trucking Gets a Tune Up

The labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and high fuel prices brought on by the pandemic continue to reverberate in the trucking industry. To identify challenges and potential solutions, Rose Rocket surveyed trucking executives, carriers, and brokers and aggregated usage data from its transportation management system. More than half (53.5%) of those surveyed cite hiring and […]

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A Direct Hit

A Direct Hit

As retail businesses explore all their supply chain options, many find that direct-to-consumer (DTC) models may be the right approach. In fact, two-thirds of North American organizations say their investment in the DTC delivery model has increased since early 2020, according to a new Deposco report, The Rise of Direct-to-Consumer in North America. Respondents from […]

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A Healthier Pharma Supply Chain

A Healthier Pharma Supply Chain

To improve their bottom line, many healthcare providers are applying supply chain know-how to healthcare decisions. One example: Cardinal Health collaborated with Palantir Technologies to design a solution that provides health systems and hospitals with dynamic purchase decision insights. The solution uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze real-time clinical and purchasing data, then […]

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Tear It Down Then Build It Up

Tear It Down Then Build It Up

Recent systemic supply chain challenges have forced some companies to scrap contingency plans and rebuild their supply chains from the ground up. This has created demand for relevant business interruption coverage, according to a new WTW study. The survey polled supply chain risk decision makers in industries including life sciences, semiconductors, food and beverage, agriculture, […]

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Safety and Ergonomics

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Safety and Ergonomics

 •  HeroWear Apex 2: The latest version of HeroWear’s back-assist exosuit helps warehouse workers perform movements such as lifting and sustained or repeated bending. The Apex 2 weighs less than 3 pounds and can take 75 pounds of strain off a typical worker’s back with every lift. It reduces muscle strain and fatigue by up to […]

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VERTICAL FOCUS: Automotive

VERTICAL FOCUS: Automotive

Automotive Industry Steers Toward the Future As the freight forwarding market grows, here’s how the automotive sector is evolving, according to Thomasnet. 1. More reshoring and nearshoring. To mitigate supply chain disruptions and the inflationary impact on the cost of goods, many automotive manufacturers are looking to bring production operations back to the United States […]

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Balancing Shipping Costs with Inventory Carrying Costs

Balancing Shipping Costs with Inventory Carrying Costs

Shippers must learn how to navigate the new balancing act between just-in-time and just-in-case demands, especially as the shipping market increases in complexity. Just-in-time logistics will stay with us in the coming years, but it will be augmented by a slight increase in just-in-case inventory, depending on the industry. However, creating better resilience is far […]

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Remaining Vigilant, Post Pandemic

Remaining Vigilant, Post Pandemic

The supply and demand imbalances wrought during the pandemic magnified deficiencies in public and private infrastructure and investment. And although the pandemic may no longer be throwing logistics operations into upheaval, shippers should remain vigilant. With these challenges in mind, where should shippers focus their attention and what can they do to mitigate these threats? […]

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Playing Nice

Playing Nice

Distributors and manufacturers can find themselves at odds when it comes to supply chain management. Overcoming siloed data streams, friction in workflows, and misalignment on goals can cause tension in partnerships. In worst case scenarios, these disconnects can lead to arguments, disputes, and a lack of customer focus. It pays to focus on a solution. […]

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Are Things Looking Up?

Are Things Looking Up?

As 2023 began, the global economy focused on inflation and recession fears. Now add geopolitical tensions and domestic challenges in key markets that are slowing return to sustained growth, according to KPMG’s latest Global Economic Outlook report. Pressure on global supply chains has eased in 2023 and shipping costs have dropped, which should alleviate some […]

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Turn Up the Tech

Turn Up the Tech

Driven by the need to improve visibility and better manage the workforce, nearly three-quarters of supply chain leaders are increasing technology and innovation investments, finds the 2023 MHI Annual Industry Report, The Responsible Supply Chain: Transparency, Sustainability, and the Case for Business, conducted with Deloitte. Sustainability is also top of mind, as nearly half of […]

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Specialty Retail Hits the Mark

Specialty Retail Hits the Mark

What makes a successful retailer? To answer that question, Manhattan Associates, in partnership with Google Cloud and Zebra Technologies, examined data insight from real purchases, returns, and customer journeys across digital and physical channels to create The Unified Commerce Benchmark for Specialty Retail, a report conducted by Incisiv. The benchmark assesses retailers across 11 specialty […]

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