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2022 Inbound Logistics Perspectives: 3PL Market Research Report

2022 Inbound Logistics Perspectives: 3PL Market Research Report

Our 17th annual 3PL market research report takes a deep-dish dive into the dynamics of logistics partnerships in 2022. Rampant inflation, including high transportation costs. A tight labor market. Commodities shortages. Uncertainties tied to the war in Ukraine and the pandemic. There seems to be no end to the obstacles ready to frustrate shippers as […]

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2022 Top 100 3PLs

2022 Top 100 3PLs

When your enterprise craves logistics, supply chain, and transportation solutions, these partners deliver. In alphabetical order, here are the 100 third-party logistics providers deemed the best of the best by Inbound Logistics editors. Key CRM/SRM: Customer/Supplier Relationship Management DCC: Dedicated Contract Carriage FTZ: Foreign Trade Zone GTM: Global Trade Management IoT/IIoT: Internet of Things/Industrial Internet […]

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ScottsMiracle-Gro: Getting the Right (Logistics) Players in Place for Its Big Game

ScottsMiracle-Gro: Getting the Right (Logistics) Players in Place for Its Big Game

Winning means shelves are stocked full of ScottsMiracle-Gro products right when spring arrives. Here’s how ScottsMiracle-Gro improved delivery performance and logistics with a strategic partnership approach. Like football, many companies and their logistics operations have their own “Big Game”—a peak shipping season with make-or-break importance to their success. And like with every winning team, success […]

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Integrating NFC and Blockchain

Integrating NFC and Blockchain

Counterfeit supply chains cost U.S. manufacturers upwards of $131 million, and the problem is growing amid supply chain shortages. This crisis is also exacerbated by a time of technological advancement—not only are supply chains carrying in-demand products, but they also house incredible amounts of data that are susceptible to breach. Of the many security threats […]

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Data-Driven Supply Chain Optimization

Data-Driven Supply Chain Optimization

Q: What is data-driven supply chain optimization, and why is it important? A: Data-driven supply chain optimization applies prescriptive analytics in mathematical programming and operations research (OR) to provide decision support for supply chain decision-making at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. By properly capturing the decisions to make (decision variables), the performance metric to […]

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The Evolution of Audit Gave Rise to an AI-Driven Smart Audit

The Evolution of Audit Gave Rise to an AI-Driven Smart Audit

Q: What’s in a freight audit? A: It depends on who you ask. Some say a freight audit is a simple process that ensures shippers pay what they’re supposed to. Others consider an audit a vital resource for understanding and making more informed decisions around every shipment. We’ve transformed the traditional freight audit into something […]

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IN BRIEF: New Supply Chain Services & Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Supply Chain Services & Solutions

Stay up to date on the latest transportation, supply chain, logistics and technology solutions. Transportation The Lufthansa Group is expanding the capacity of Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet. The airline has ordered a total of 10 freighters, including three Boeing 777F freighters and seven 777-8F freighters. Boeing’s next-generation aircraft lowers fuel consumption and has 17% more […]

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What pandemic-era adjustment will have the greatest supply chain impact?

What pandemic-era adjustment will have the greatest supply chain impact?

The acceleration of digital twins. The ability to digitally model a company’s manufacturing and distribution network will allow it to quickly assess the impact of large and small disruptions and take appropriate actions. —Allen Jacques Industry Thought Leader Kinaxis The use of data analytics to help suppliers really understand consumer behavior. Suppliers decided to eliminate […]

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