Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
Where the presidential candidates stand on transportation infrastructure; Amazon announces new air cargo fleet; consumers willing to pay more for sustainability; first successful cross-country trip by a vehicle on autopilot; trucking industry driver shortage reaches 48,000 drivers; shippers rail against railroad mergers; hoverboards illustrate problem with American manufacturing; consumers want package deliveries their way; reducing cargo theft risk; FMCSA passes measure to fight back against driver coercion; skills required for a successful career in supply chain management; Surface Transportation Board gets back on track; FMCSA sets deadline for requiring truckers to install electronic logbooks in all vehicles; technologies to watch in 2016.
3D printers may alter the supply chain by reducing manufacturing lead times and creating shorter time-to-market for new designs.
The supply chain is creating more jobs than it can fill. Here's why companies should use technology to change people's perceptions of the field.
Utilizing technology is key to the future of business and IoT has increased the connectivity of all areas of business.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
Use this advice to ensure your mid-market supply chain is supported at the level it deserves.
Organizations are looking to technology to help manage the complexities of the transport operation and to differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive markets they operate in.
Leading logistics providers are driving change – rather than responding to it – by leveraging modern TMS solutions.
Get the most out of a transportation management system by ensuring it provides the following functions.
3PL warehouses are not only in demand, but in a position of strength. This provides 3PL operators a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with key customers, suppliers, and retailers of their choice.
As consumers demand a greater personal experience and more sophisticated product, the digital revolution will prove a competitive advantage to those who embrace it.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions automate complex international supply chain sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade, and regulatory compliance activities.
E-commerce impacts not only consumer supply chains, but business to business supply chains as well.
From location to infrastructure and from workforce to technology, Georgia sets the pace in the logistics race.
Digitization is no longer an option. It is a competitive necessity.
Use these insights to meet the challenges of global shipment compliance.
Find the right solutions, carriers and partners to drive efficiency in your supply chain operations and enable your enterprise to navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs of the coming year.
Amazon’s patent to parachute packages sends Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo on a trip down memory lane to an article he wrote 14 years ago predicting such an event.
A YMS can provide significant benefits to your operation. Use these pointers to help select the right YMS.
Data integration across systems can help optimize the supply chain and enable organizations to provide their customers with the best possible service from order to delivery.
A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. Use these tips to get the most out of your routing guide.
Business to consumer demand is set to outpace supply in the marketplace. Those who can solve that problem will be the big winners in the next phase of supply chain management.
An Industry 4.0-enabled supply chain will collect and analyze data across all machines, yielding faster processes that are more flexible and produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs.
As more companies replace legacy technology systems with more sophisticated platforms, the benefits of cloud-based collaboration will increase exponentially.
Another year is upon us and with it comes a new opportunity to do things differently; to do things better. After all, if you are not evolving, you are dying.
Choosing the right shipping software is critical because it impacts your company’s bottom line. Here are eight steps to take to ensure you choose the right solution for your company’s individual needs.
From a Lean and agile supply chain perspective,an optimally designed supply chain can significantly improve margins,support expansion into new markets,enhance the customer experience,and reduce operating costs.
Use this advice to get the most out of your big data.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
As wearable technologies, such as smart glasses and augmented reality, grow less expensive and more accessible, an increasing number of companies are exploring whether wearables could benefit their warehouse operation.
Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
Kowalski Sausage implements a new in-house routing and dispatching system to improve how the piggies get to market.
High taxes and complex regulations create new choices for manufacturers: Nearshore? Offshore? Sue and settle? No matter what they decide, their supply chains will be impacted.
Profile of Joanne Wright, Vice President of Supply Chain, IBM
The driverless truck phenomenon is closer to reality than you might think and that means it’s time to start strategizing how this could impact supply chains. Here are three areas to start considering.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
How will blockchain technology impact the future of the supply chain?
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security revised almost every section of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) on Sept. 20, 2016. Here’s what shippers need to know.
The Internet of Things is about to shake up the supply chain. Shippers need to develop mid- and long-term IoT strategies.
More companies are relying on expedited shipping a regular part of their inbound transportation planning. However, intelligent systems are helping reduce the need for the Hail Mary emergency moves.
The demand chain model drastically reduces a distribution center’s footprint and associated costs by replacing safety stock with information.
As U.S. firms continue to reshore, new supply chain opportunities are arising for both shippers and providers. Manufacturers and their logistics service providers should understand the reshoring trend and the resources that are available to assist them with both the reshoring decision and process.
The benefits of a multi-tenant software platform are immense. Chris Johnson of LeanLogistics outlines the four areas of value with multi-tenant technology.
The door to an automated brokerage process opens up when a broker strengthens relationships with carriers and customers.
Rick Erickson of U.S. Bank explains how to deal with increasing regulations, demand volatility, and shifting global trade currents.
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.
India-based textile manufacturer accused of providing fraudulent products; Iran seeks to strengthen trade relationships in Latin America; British manufacturers get small boost in wake of Brexit referendum
Presidential nominee stances on transportation infrastructure; New truck standards aim to reduce U.S. carbon emissions; Staffing Agencies and Colleges Work to Make Certain the Supply Chain Stays Supplied
This story looks at some recent trends affecting retail supply chains, including demand for speed and flexibility, ongoing emphasis on omnichannel marketing, and globalization.
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
Supply chain planning systems can greatly benefit from combining artificial intelligence techniques so they become more intelligent, dynamic, and user-friendly.
Social media benefits the supply chain industry in many ways. Companies enhance communication with customers, generate demand, reduce operating costs, mitigate risk, increase productivity, and gain marketplace intelligence through social channels.
If they haven’t already, supply chain executives need to immediately deploy more flexible and agile supply chain management solutions that encompass an enterprise resource planning system.
Denied party screening is of critical importance in shipping and international trade, and essential for minimizing business risk today.
Technology can make the difference between profit and loss in a low-margin environment. As margins squeeze ever tighter, staying current with technology can make the ultimate difference ultimate success or failure.
A company’s ability to efficiently execute a supply chain strategy in today’s environment can be enhanced by logistics outsourcing with a strategic partner.
With schools across the country rapidly increasing the use of technology in the classroom, recent graduates entering into the logistics workforce expect similar atmospheres.
An acceleration of mergers and acquisitions is causing dramatic changes to the supply chain. Are you prepared to manage through this changing environment while managing cost?
Competitive agility and adaptability help shippers win the multi- and omni-channel race to the customer.
When you break down big data, new types of data is found that can be used to benefit customers and build a stronger advantage competitively.
When evaluating your needs for a transportation management system it’s important to look beyond technology and consider who will manage planning and execution. Use this advice to determine if a managed service provider will deliver greater value than developing an in-house team.
How do industry leaders plan to keep up with these unprecedented demands? The short answer is technology investment.
Industry expertise is the most impactful way to positively affect customer service requirements.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years.
A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.
When used effectively, data can help retailers improve customer service, website experience, and overall supply chain and shipping processes.
Kuebix TMS and Managed Services take Weis Markets’ supply chain to the next level of excellence.
Your TMS is the perfect place to start making sense of IoT–giving you the ability to make smarter decisions faster.
Connected, intelligent, scalable, and rapid, the digital supply network is ready to be deployed today. Companies may hold on to the dying linear supply chain, but they are closing themselves off from a strategy that operates at a lower price point and enables growth.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
Wholesale distributor Ideal Supply re-routed its delivery network through the cloud with the help of logistics technology provider Descartes.
The migration to web, cloud, and SaaS solutions continues, and it's a good thing for shippers. Here's why you'll love getting ahead in the cloud.
Robots coming soon to a warehouse near you; The supply chain plays a key role in developing circular economies; OSA-related driver fatigue causes new safety rule proposals
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
Warehouses can use a number of techniques to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) – the ”guaranteed” turnaround time for an order to go out – during peak demand periods.
This article looks at what’s new and interesting in transportation management systems (TMS).
Waveless fulfillment consistently maximizes warehouse productivity by assigning orders on a real-time basis as resources and fulfillment opportunities become available.
By tapping into outsourced logistics support, shippers arm themselves with the technology, talent, and experience at a lower price than employed resources, which allow companies to invest and focus on their core competencies.
Savings from a TMS deployment can be significant. Here are the benefits of an incremental approach to acquisition.
The best solutions provide clear, regularly reported metrics not just to the shipper, but also to the carriers themselves.
Sapa Extrusions Americas achieves tremendous business benefits by implementing Cloud Logistics’ transportation management system (TMS).
Jim Lambo, director of supplier management and procurement at Insitu, manages procurement and suppliers for all goods and services.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Disruption is coming to the freight and logistics industry. By seeing and understanding the full spectrum of operations, transport-oriented firms can survive and succeed in a dramatically changed environment.
STEM disciplines broaden the field of logistics and industry standards by involving process strategies, planning, implementation tactics, and optimization in supply and demand. This is a fact students are recognizing and capitalizing on.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
Inbound Logistics surveys the market to determine the latest logistics technology trends and chooses 100 IT providers that are leading the way.
To support global initiatives, shippers should consider leveraging a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) TMS with domestic and global functionality.
A customized and strategic platform provides a company with a competitive edge over their competition.
Operators want their solutions to be collaborative and easily integrated with other systems, and providing visibility in the yard should be easy.
Consider these factors and advice when considering switching software.
One of the common gripes voiced by organizations implementing logistics IT solutions is that the solution ends up costing more than expected. Use this advice when looking at prospective providers.
Planners use sophisticated supply chain modeling and simulation to gauge the results of decisions before enacting them and to prepare for a range of possible scenarios. The result is better-prepared companies with a more clear view of themselves and their futures.
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
Vulnerable to cargo theft? This monitoring solution provides layers of assurance for shippers and transporters.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions are evolving to meet the new demands of today’s global shippers and consumers.
The cornerstone of collaborative logistics is timely visibility. Data about orders, inventory, transportation, and spend need to all funnel into a common denominator big data repository and be readily accessible.
Driven by the realization that business and society can no longer intersect at the crossroads of profits first and society second, business is embracing a new order that puts the interests of society on a level that is at par with the interests of business. This has prompted a closer look at the supply chain and an increased emphasis on sustainable sourcing.
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
Cloud software has many advantages including a fast start up, frequent upgrades, and less overall costs.
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.
Minimizing transportation costs through data analysis can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line
Companies should reevaluate its compliance processes to look at previous set plans and get programs ready for upcoming developments.
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
In today’s global, highly competitive market, the old rules of transportation no longer apply if you want to remain profitable and competitive.
A real time tracking platform helps you revolutionize your logistics operations by improving service while reducing costs.
The expense of inbound vendor traffic and its impact on landed cost is overlooked. Use this advice to better managing inbound vendor freight.
The introduction of driverless trucks could be the biggest change the road haulage industry will ever see, and the concept is closer to reality than people think.
To help combat counterfeiting, the premium beverage industry is taking advantage of serial numbers on product packages to uniquely identify each product for increased connectivity throughout packaging operations and the supply chain.
The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
The real value of a software partner can be found in the days and weeks that come after the learning phase. Most customers are looking for a positive experience to happen after the purchase.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Radio Frequency Identification Technology has a multitude of benefits that can have a significant impact on reducing and eliminating waste in the extended supply chain.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
Selecting the right global trade management tool is important when looking to grow your business. Use these tips to select a global trade management tool to elevate your business.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.
As e-commerce continues to surge, the case for automation is now too compelling to ignore. One good way to start can be to automate parcel sorting at local and regional distribution centers.
A system developed by The Smart Cube pulls and aggregates information from all Elizabeth Arden’s contract manufacturers, providing a consolidated, accurate view of data across the company’s supply chain. The cosmetics giant now can see, in real time, the purchases its network of manufacturers makes on its behalf.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service gives industrial buyers a preview of how IoT may impact procurement; Private label sourcing faces new headwinds; Cloud Logistics debuts the latest twist in TMS deployments; CMA CGM launches first smart connected container ship; Automotive parts buyers are leveraging omni-channel options
Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics are necessary to contribute to an organization’s goal of improved and more informed decision-making.
The strict regulations governing DG/hazmat shipping are not going away and, in fact, may become even more stringent. Here's how to avoid rejected shipments and manage the process.
Finding the right candidate for your business is a challenge that requires broad advertising, rigorous interviews, and ultimately some give and take. Here are five hacks for outstanding recruiting in supply chain management.
Many companies are finding that value-added logistics services can help to give their supply chain a competitive edge. Use this advice to add value to your supply chain.
Here's a brief description of the 11 commercial transportation terms that comprise Incoterms 2010.
Despite news reports that globalization is dead, other trends will offset the downward spiral. If we redefine what globalization means, we won’t miss the trend again and be surprised by the results.
Readers share the best part about working in the supply chain.
Profile of Manny Calandrino, president and chief operating officer, Consolidated Fastfrate
Profile of Tom Ciepichal, vice president, operational excellence and supply chain, with Dover Energy, a segment of Dover Corporation
Freight railroads frustrated by lack of federal funding to bolster private initiatives; trucking industry posts fifth straight month of driver employment growth after a three month year-on-year decline; Warehouse Management System market to garner $3.112 million globally by 2022, supply chain professionals point to cyber security and changing trade regulations as top concerns in 2017.
Canada and European Union approve CETA; global trade predictions for 2020; air cargo ends 2016 on up note; DHL survey reveals global business priorities for 2017
Classic Distributing increases pick rates by 22% with the Jungheinrich® low-level order picker.
Cath Kidston partnered with SEKO to expand the company’s inbound business from Asia to the UK and its distribution centers in Hong Kong and Shanghai supplying its international franchises.
More and more companies are realizing the benefits of fully managing eligible free trade agreements within the Asian region.
Deploying applications quickly and affordably, and ensuring those systems perform as promised, will be a key to success in tomorrow’s freight and logistics sector.
Predictive analytics utilizes various statistical techniques and models that analyze current and historical facts to make predictions about future.
As organizations continue to outsource, form partnerships and share data with third parties, a strong vendor risk management program that stays ahead or risks in the information supply chain has to be a top priority.
In the life science and pharmaceutical area, an inefficient supply chain can cause serious problems. Here are the benefits in adopting innovative approaches to the pharmaceuticals supply chain.
The e-commerce race is only heating up. Here's what small to mid-size retailers should do to stay in the game.
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
The shared economy leverages shared access to goods and services to allow suppliers and consumers to redistribute and reuse excess capacity. Here's why the 'shareconomy' will be a supply chain game-changer and how professionals can begin moving in that direction.
Selecting effective weighing systems can boost supply chain operations. Time to weigh in on the latest developments and what supply chain professionals should look for in weighing technology.
From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter, simpler supply chain management. Read about the three technologies making the most impact.
IL readers reimagine Mount Rushmore with transportation and logistics visionaries.
Profile of Cliff Otto, president and CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Profile of Jonathan Parks, VP, global logistics and distribution, with Rent-A-Center
Trump Administration makes infrastructure a priority; top locations and methods for cargo theft, 2017 State of the North American Supply Chain survey.
Mexican border wall becomes issue in trade negotiations, e-commerce companies making headway in logistics services marketplace, Agility Emerging Markets Index shows bleak future for free trade.
Millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the supply chain workforce by 2025. To appeal to this generation, companies should follow these five steps during the interview process.
While the rewards of global operations are substantial, so are the risks. Compliance failures delay shipments, disrupt operations, and negatively impact your bottom line. These five tips will help you mitigate risk.
A look at six key competencies that university-based programs foster in students to prepare them for careers in supply chain management.
Most companies have insurance to protect their property and equipment, their vehicles, and their operations from disruptions due to natural disasters and other events. For companies with extensive supply chains, cargo insurance can be an important addition to this list.
The subscription box industry launched by beauty products curator Birchbox in 2010 has expanded to include services for a remarkably wide range of consumer interests. A behind-the-scenes peek at this new e-commerce model reveals a highly complicated business that relies heavily on logistics pros managing everything from inventory to kitting to delivery and returns.
A North Carolina hospital improves patient care by prescribing a lean and healthy supply chain.
Healthful food — organic, vegan, non-GMO, local, sustainably or humanely raised, and allergen free, or any other variety — has captured attention and seen growing demand. Satisfying that demand, however, poses unique supply chain challenges.
Omni-channel retail supply chains are forging new paths to profitability. Here's what they look like.
Will the coming political change reverse slow economic growth many had anticipated for the next 4 years? Many think so.
As the economic rollercoaster trends up quickly, best logistics practices will give your enterprise vitality to scale up quickly without disrupting.
Aaron Leach is senior director of supply chain with Wayne Farms, LLC, in Oakwood, Ga. He has held this position since 2013. Wayne Farms is the sixth largest vertically integrated producer and processor of poultry in the United States.
Profile of Russ Smyth, CEO of HAVI. Also: CEOs in the supply chain sector reveal what it takes to be a great leader.
A closer look at Amazon’s trucking app, Trump’s infrastructure plan may bring much-needed funding, Maersk acquisition of Hamburg Süd faces regulatory hurdles, Congress repeals portion of 34-hour restart requirements, States making progress on FAST Act projects, Foxconn targets U.S. expansion, Self-driving truck makes first successful delivery, Amazon Go cuts check-out lines out of retail process, manufacturers prep for Made in America push, UPS tests artificial intelligence customer service program; Ocean Alliance receives FMC approval
Future of globalization uncertain in current political landscape, Carlos Slim says Trump presidency could be good for Mexico, IATA promotes advancement of air cargo standards, India seeks to expand air cargo infrastructure, 10 supply chain predictions for the future of manufacturing.
MD Logistics leverages FTZ benefits to provide game changing benefits to its customer base.
Jungheinrich® reach trucks help LeanCor’s mission to advance the world’s supply chains.
Freight transportation is your biggest logistics expense, so it’s likely that you’re under constant pressure to drive down these costs. Use these tips to cut costs.
To overcome the challenges that e-commerce presents to the supply chain, shippers need to succeed at omni-channel fulfillment. From leveraging brick-and-mortar stores to deploying an order management system, here’s how they can compete in an e-commerce world.
Today, we face the slow extinction of independent owner-operators. These self-reliant business owners are now dealing with a myriad of regulations that will soon make the owner-operator model impractical, and its survival improbable.
As physical shopping bags are being replaced by virtual ones, it’s important for retailers to update their policies and logistics strategies to align with consumer behavior and expectations.
Suppliers have to be lean, fast, and innovative to meet their clients’ needs. To ensure they’re capable of being exactly that, OEMs need to bring in expertise across the whole business to ensure they get a strategic supply chain partner.
Shippers need to understand the claims process and law since the legal principles are unique to the shipping industry.
The flexible supply chain of the future is full of opportunities and challenges. With the right team and talent on your side, you’ll be well positioned for success. Here’s how to get the right people.
As Americans’ fondness for trucks and automobiles has grown, the specialized parts market represents the fastest growing subset of the automotive aftermarket. The emerging specialized parts sector of the automotive supply chain is vast and complex and requires skilled management.
How powersports manufacturer Monster Moto worked with UPS to redesign its supply chain as it moved its product assembly from China to the U.S.
As product demand continues to rise, companies in all industries are partnering with third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ensure their products are delivered to customers on time and cost effectively.
The logistics of trade between the United States and Mexico has changed significantly in the 20-plus years since NAFTA was enacted. There are still issues, most notably border delays and an imbalance of goods flowing north and south, but there are bright spots supported by an influx of foreign direct investment in Mexico, too.
This story looks at some of the major challenges and practices found in construction logistics, illustrated with stories from experts who work in this field.
Cruise ship provisions must support a small town at sea for a week or more. Supplies are loaded on a docked vessel in four hours or less; there’s no second chance for deliveries that arrive after the ship has sailed.
Franchisees sometimes don’t appreciate how important an efficiently functioning supply chain is until it isn’t there.
While the regulations that govern the movement of goods across borders can (and do) fill volumes, some are of particular importance right now. These include changes to the Harmonized System, revisions to the regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous waste, guidance on voluntary self-disclosures, mandates regarding electronic logging devices, and modifications to Cuba sanctions. This article provides an overview.
How prepared are companies for supply chain disruptions such as fire, a data breach, natural disaster or terrorism? Not as prepared as you’d think, considering what’s at stake.
Today’s logistics and supply chain management students are practical idealists, people who want successful careers that draw on their knowledge, skills and talents while allowing them to make the world — and the workplace — a better place.
Companies that have reverse logistics processes and systems in place to capture all the value possible can beat competitors coming and going.
Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers deployed Janam’s mobile computers and transformed its distribution center operations. From improving efficiency and productivity, find out how the handheld devices boosted inventory control and customer satisfaction for the wholesale distributor.
Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.
Even when the economy isn’t booming, the supply chain offers numerous opportunities for shippers to increase efficiency, save money and enhance revenues. This story looks at some of the bright spots in transportation, technology, global trade and outsourcing.
Readers reveal the issues that could disrupt the supply chain…as well as their sleep.
Food producers, distributors, and retailers need to ensure safe handling procedures are in place to protect the food they handle.
Profile of Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services in Woodbury, Minn.
New Year supply chain health check; DHL uses penguins to train couriers; Ocean Alliance receives FMC approval; Veterans make better truck drivers than non-veterans; Cyberattacks focusing on weak supply chain links
Korea Line Acquires Hanjin Asia-to-U.S. business; President-Elect Trump follows through on campaign promises to kill trade deals; London Heathrow gets third runway.
By managing inbound freight spend, shippers can decouple transportation costs from suppliers’ product charges and gain visibility to the lanes, volumes and synergistic opportunities that exist within their outbound network.
Working with a specialized transportation provider will save you time and headaches while keeping your customers happy and costs down.
An organized and well-prepared Request for Proposal (RFP) can yield a variety of benefits for your company. Here are five tips to consider before starting an RFP.
More accurate forecasts enable better planning, lower inventory and manufacturing costs, and improved service levels.
Are you thinking about pursuing a certificate or certification in the supply management profession to enhance your knowledge and improve your career possibilities? Here’s a checklist to get you started.
A look at the metrics that shippers and their service providers use to evaluate the quality of customer service.
Faculty members from some of the nation’s leading logistics and supply chain education programs share their thoughts about how higher education is preparing tomorrow’s professionals for the challenges ahead.
As larger vessels make their way through the expanded section of the Panama Canal, experts weigh the influence of the canal’s new capacity on global shipping.
Rickenbacker International Airport offers fast, efficient operations.
Get ready for a supply chain paradigm shift. These technologies will cause shippers to rethink cost-cutting measures and rewrite logistics strategies.
From item-level inventory data and GPS to condition monitoring and signals from social media, new data sources are augmenting available supply chain data. Find out how to extract value from this influx of information.
Take your logistics and supply chain career to the next level by understanding how your skills can impact an organization, networking with other industry professionals, and continuing to develop critical skills.
Readers choose between cost and customer service as the most important selection criterion for a carrier or supplier.
Implementing material handling automation within a distribution center requires an experienced systems integration, which acts as a matchmaker to ensure the software communicates fully and freely with the facility’s equipment.
Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
Damaged holiday packages negatively impact brands; Robot cargo pilots successfully tested; Not having procurement department negatively affects bottom line
DHL survey gives insight into international trade; Trade growth expected between Canada and United States; Hanjin Shipping shuts down operations in Europe
These developments are helping the transportation industry to continually evolve.
The emergence of e-commerce as part of a company’s omni-channel marketing program requires not only an agile, lean supply chain but also a strategy to get there.
Offering top-flight cargo facilities and infrastructure, among other features, the following airports are ranked as the nation’s top 10 cargo airports.
Airfreight forwarders face headwinds — from shippers shifting to ocean freight and fewer routes for air cargo shipments — and must learn to leverage opportunities.
Working with a single-source third-party logistics provider offers many benefits. Here are tips for choosing a partner with capabilities that fit your company’s needs.
Readers weigh in and pick the disruptive innovation that will rock supply chains.
Profile of Marc Althen, president, Penske Logistics
As consumers expect increasingly shorter delivery windows, last-mile proximity isn’t just nice to have, it’s a must-have. Will O’Shea of XPO Logistics’ offers these tips to leverage the last mile into a competitive differentiator.
Despite Lean traditionally being thought of as a “pen and pencil” technique, it is in fact a key enabler of a lean supply chain linking lean thinking with available and affordable systems and technologies to get the most out of improved processes.
Profile of Rogerio Branco, senior vice president, supply chain management, with Eaton.
The challenge for shippers considering a new logistics provider is understanding how to evaluate the overall potential of the relationship. Use these key items to ensure success.
Readers weigh in and give the 411 on “4PL.”
Profile of Doug Waggoner, CEO and chairman, Echo Global Logistics
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Throughout the United States, a variety of cities and areas are arising as major logistics hubs and go to sites for distribution centers.
Inbound Logistics talks to carriers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers about sure-fire ways to save money on LTL shipments and serves up a list of 18 tips that will help shippers of all types and sizes.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive trucking market research report explores industry challenges and trends.
Border discussions may be politically incorrect but they are necessary.
Freight remains a key component of most companies’ transportation expense. Along with ensuring the freight bills are accurate and reflect contracted terms—a key capability—freight payment and audit firms can add even greater value.
Instantaneous, insatiable customer need runs the risk of forcing people out of the equation. But some logistics challenges can only be met by people working at ‘people speed.’
Readers weigh in on the August question: Has supply chain impatience gotten out of hand?
Use this advice to get your distribution center prepared before holiday orders come rolling in.
Profile of John Costanzo, president, Purolator International
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
U.S./Mexico Unified Cargo Processing removes border wait times; CRBC struggles to win local support in Kenya; PwC releases Q2 Transportation and Logistics M&A report
Customer retention in today’s competitive marketplace is important. Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide offers the keys to customer retention.
When a company initiates a nearshoring program, it is critical to have a partnership with a transportation and logistics company that understands the dynamics of logistics in that country.
Complying with big-box retailer requirements isn’t always easy, but it pays off in the result of a cohesive 3PL team, satisfied employees and continued business.
It’s all about flexibility and speed in today’s changing retail and e-commerce markets.
Brands who never anticipated going global are finding that they all of a sudden are, thanks to the progression of e-commerce and increasing customer expectations.
Feeling the supply chain talent crunch? Play a role in growing and developing supply chain programs from leading universities to attract your fair share of the talent.
A standards-based supply chain can provide an organization with the speed and accuracy required when it’s needed most—helping to manage risk during normal operations and at times of crisis.
The popularity of meal and meal kit delivery services makes for some very complicated supply chain management.
This story provides a look at what it takes, logistically speaking, to stage various kinds of live entertainment events.
On the water and in the air, by road and by rail, the Sunshine State stands out as a logistics superstar. But stick around awhile – it’s also a great place to live, work, and to keep your products safe for the long haul.
ElectriCities of North Carolina works with companies closely to make sure they weigh electrical service and costs when planning to expand a site or relocate to a new one. Utilities such as ElectriCities must explore the unique circumstances of each company to help them meet their electrical needs in the most effective and cost-efficient way possible.
A lack of route optimization software led to out-of-control logistics costs for Optimum Dental Studio, so the company turned to Maxoptra to optimize routing to serve dental offices and their patients.
With demand for speed and convenience at an all-time high, companies must streamline and speed up order fulfillment. Technology that allows sales reps and customers to rapidly write orders and submit them almost instantaneously for fulfillment is a major competitive advantage.
U.S.-Canada cross-border trade continues to be a mutually beneficial partnership between nations with a long history of friendship.
Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
Logistics professionals explain their jobs in terms a hypothetical five-year-old would appreciate.
Profile of Mike Gardner, CEO of Kane Is Able
Profile of Diandra Hayban, Logistics Shelter Support Program Manager, NYC Emergency Management
Brexit shakes up global supply chain; Amazon invests $3 billion in India; Hyperloop targets Russia as site for science fiction-like transit tube; Australian truckies want better working conditions; Despite the best-laid plans by multinational companies to establish trade compliance, there’s a costly risk gap between knowing and doing that may lead to fines and incarceration.
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers have identified a potential opportunity to reduce working capital by thinning inventory at brick-and-mortar stores—opting instead to maintain major portions of inventory at distribution centers upstream.
Going green is in style for retailers. Here’s how adopting a multi-faceted sustainability strategy can lower costs as well as boost brand loyalty.
The supply chain strategy shift, from business cost efficiency to customer purchase location flexibility, is similar to the Copernican Revolution. Here’s how supply chain managers can increase product velocity using a customer-centric business model.
A recent ranking highlights logistician careers as among the best – yet manufacturers still face a shortage of qualified workers as the demand for skilled logistics professionals grows.
The Panama Canal expansion is finally complete. How will the increased capacity of this global maritime crossroads play out in your shipping and logistics strategy?
If your company’s supply chain isn’t aligned with your overall business competitive strategy, then performance may fall short of expectations, with higher costs, poor execution, and reduced revenue and profits.
Keeping cargo secure requires visibility and the automation technology to enable this view into your shipments. Additionally, immediate access to rapidly changing requirements for import and export activities plays a key role in light of new security concerns.
Outsourcing trade compliance activities does not mean outsourcing trade compliance responsibilities. Here’s how to work with your forwarder to create a ‘win-win’ partnership where compliance is the top goal.
Success in the secondhand phone market requires the ability to spot and adapt quickly to market trends. The right supply chain partners can help maximize earnings and navigate the uncertain terrain ahead.
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
Searching for capacity is sometimes a tough job, but there is always somebody driving where you need to go.
Freight location and status updates, along with advanced predictive analytics capabilities, are making load tracking a valuable tool for shippers, brokers, 3PLs, and carriers
A successful procurement project or event is all about the right preparation.
Using an import express less-than-container service, particularly from China, offers cost savings and faster transit times over traditional consolidated LCL services.
Here are the key facts you need to know about the new Safety of Life at Sea regulation.
As entities responsible for brokering appropriate carrier rates, ensuring accurate quantities of orders and guaranteeing high quality of products, third-party logistics providers are extensions of companies’ brands.
Importers need to know what they’re doing to ensure goods proceed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as smoothly as possible, including understanding the relevant regulations and ensuring such information as the product descriptions and classifications are complete.
Healthcare organizations are transforming how they source supplies and connect with manufacturers and service providers to meet emerging patient demands, address healthcare legislation, support an overall focus on improving patient care, and lower healthcare costs.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
This story examines the secrets behind a successful shipper-3PL relationship, as seen through the eyes of four pairs of successful business partners.
Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.
New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain.
When logistics professionals are tasked with a special project, no matter how enormous, no matter how infeasible, they’re expected to go the distance.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
A handy reading guide summarizing supply chain books and their key takeaways.
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) created and implemented a new way of taking and filling orders for its annual cookie drive. Here’s how it made sure cookie sales didn’t crumble.
Healthy living/clean eating lifestyles are impacting the grocery supply chain. What do food companies need to do to adapt?
Readers weigh in on the characteristics of a great supply chain.
Profile of Angela Eliacostas, founder and CEO of AGT Global Logistics
Profile of Kendra Austin, Director, Supplier Diversity, Express Scripts
Nikola Motor Company announces electric class-8 semi truck; FASTLANE grants aim to improve nation’s infrastructure; In spite of rate-driven financial gains for carriers, utilization drop is evident in most recent transportation industry analysis
Annual report ranks fashion brands by supply chain transparency; Britain’s potential exit from the EU may have unpredictable supply chain impacts
As the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals become more prevalent, the logistics industry will reap the benefits of increased, streamlined trade.
Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide explains the most important aspects in good vendor management and how manufacturers can deal with increasing regulations and security concerns.
When inclement weather affects visibility or traction, commercial drivers must reduce speed and cease operations when those conditions become sufficiently dangerous.
When it comes to attracting millennial job candidates, the supply management sector has a decided advantage, but how can companies retain them? Here are three actions ISM’s ML Peck recommends.
Whether to help the environment or just to cut costs, companies are making lean and green changes with a major impact.
As the chemical industry continues to grow, shippers and their service partners work hard to keep product moving, trouble-free.
The accomplishments of the 2015 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars demonstrate that the future of the supply chain management profession is in good hands.
Increased funding, bigger ideas, and changing mindsets are setting the stage for the explosive growth of enterprise technology in the logistics sector.
Readers weigh in on the future of drones in last-mile logistics.
Profile of John Fay, CEO of the electronic supply chain platform, INTTRA.
Dave Christensen, vice president, supply chain with Glazer’s, Inc., oversees demand planning, replenishment, logistics, and master data management.
Japan earthquakes impact global supply chain; despite economic slowdown, Africa still offers trade opportunities; climate change affects global supply chains
Even though the rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment has had a bevy of delays, quicker and easier data access will benefit government agencies and the trading industry.
Choosing the right pallet is key to streamlining and improving supply chains.
New technology enables new advances in supply chain security. What will security look like in 2025?
Readers weigh in on what hobbies make them better at supply chain and logistics management.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, studies people for a living. Join her team at DSC Logistics, and she'll soon discover what makes you tick.
Chinese investors look to U.S. for economic growth; air cargo industry struggles
Transparency and communication are key in the RFP process to develop a true and lasting partnership with a 3PL provider.
Direct-to-consumer selling is where the omni-channel strategy becomes truly powerful.
This article provides simple but important actions a motor carrier can take to put itself in a position to avoid a jury verdict potentially based on an improper standard or misleading evidence.
The anticipated shifts in the European regulatory landscape introduce new tensions along the world’s supply chains. The establishment of cross-functional teams inside a company’s management structure can help an integrated strategy to succeed.
By offering air, barge, ocean carrier, rail, and trucking services, logistics providers are minimizing the risks involved with transporting goods to, from, and within Alaska.
To compete in this fast-paced economy, companies must look for every efficiency possible within their supply chain.
Working with a third-party logistics partner who also offers foreign trade zones can provide big benefits in the right scenarios.
Inbound Logistics explores the rules and regulations most likely to impact shippers in 2016.
The uncertainty in today’s global economies has a huge impact on how supply chain professionals manage global supply chains.
Inbound Logistics asks readers what fictional character would make a great logistician.
The solution to understanding the 49 Code of Federal Regulations is to take them step-by-step.
Richard Foley, logistics manager at SDI Technologies, controls and helps reduce chargebacks from customers.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
A predicted freight slowdown stalls driver wage increases for 2016; President Obama proposes oil tax to fund infrastructure; Logistics trends of 2016
The 2016 Allianz Risk Barometer identifies top 10 risks for global companies.
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.
Supply chain professionals face increasing complexity. In order to succeed, they must prepare for data security concerns, identify preferred team member attributes, and develop a strong collective financial acumen.
As major airlines implement the eAWB single-process approach in March 2016, industry-wide involvement in the program is encouraged for all participants as paperless air cargo supply chain operations lower costs, increase data accuracy, and improve the customer experience.
Supply chain sustainability, while good for the environment, can also be good for the bottom line if incorporated into a company’s supply chain strategy.
Now is the right time to improve your supply chain’s stability, scalability and resiliency. Transportation providers are seeking collaboration with shippers as their networks have also experienced significant change.
This story provides a look at how e-commerce and logistics information technology help small and medium-sized businesses gain advantages that allow them to compete as though they were larger companies.
To excel in a supply chain management career, students and employees need broad knowledge and skillsets that extend across the entire supply chain function.
Managing your transportation budget is key to operate Lean and find ways to shed excess cost. Use these tips help lower shipping costs.
Profile of Michael Fries, senior business intelligence logistics analyst at U.S. Foods, drills into data to find opportunities to make or save money in the company’s logistics operations.
Profile of Kristy Knichel, president and CEO of Knichel Logistics
Commercial drone programs delayed while FAA establishes deadlines; five challenges facing the pharmaceuticals supply chain; getting the Surface Transportation Board back on track; Retailer investments in e-commerce and supply chain will dominate in 2016
The 2016 Global Infrastructure Report from CG/LA Infrastructure details 100 infrastructure projects in 71 countries across 10 different sectors; Emerging markets take on increasing importance for the supply chain.
Military outsourcing is good in concept but often problematic in practice for several reasons discussed in this article. Contracting for services year after year in support of multi-front contingency operations and train and assist missions, all with no clear end-dates in site, has the potential to be harmful to the “profession of arms” (a vocation comprised of experts certified in the ethical application of combat power, serving under civilian authority, entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and interests of the American people) and cost more than anticipated. This article will discuss why military outsourcing is currently problematic and explore why the military outsources mission-essential services. A comparison of similar outsourcing incentives associated with both military and manufacturing industrial complexes is discussed, along with some advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing with these sectors. The article concludes with a prediction as to what the primary outsourcing drivers will be for future military and manufacturing outsourcing decisions.
For logistics professionals, data is meaningless without context. Dashboards help provide context and enhance decision-making capabilities.
So how prepared is your business to withstand a crisis? Effective risk analysis and crisis preparation is an essential strategy.
Young and veteran supply chain professionals alike must acclimate, absorb, and apply fast-approaching technological developments or risk being part of the past.
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.
Inbound Logistics weigh in on whether their customers or their employees are more important to their supply chain business
Taking steps to become a shipper of choice delivers benefits across the supply chain, and will help sustain and grow your bottom line.
Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.
Profile of Bob Shellman, CEO of Odyssey Logistics & Technology
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
Customer returns are inevitable, and without a clear understanding and plan for managing returns, DIM weight expenses can easily challenge budgets and profitability.
Replacing manual, paper-based processes with fully automated systems that use electronic B2B transactions in place of paper documents is one major step toward a greener supply chain.
Procurement professionals should cultivate and maintain good supplier relationships to ensure profitability.
With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.
Three recent developments—a shift to omni-channel retailing, an increase in manufacturing investment in Mexico, and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—are having a pronounced impact on automotive aftermarket supply chains. Here’s how automakers, auto parts suppliers, and logistics service providers can respond effectively.
As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.
Manufacturers are going back to the drawing board to rethink their temperature-controlled supply chains.
This story examines how supply chain organizations are using three kinds of social media: supply chain operating networks, enterprise social networks, and public social networks.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
Contract manufacturer Apex International had seen its growth halt as it struggled to deliver products on time and provide sufficient quality control. With the help of Simpler Consulting, Apex adopted Lean management principles to transform its culture and return the company to a path of growth.
SendOutCards keeps its personal touch while improving its greeting card and gift order fulfillment processes with Snapfulfil’s warehouse management system.
The true measure of customer service is what team members, carriers, and supply chain partners do when something goes wrong.
Lin Ding, procurement manager at Ultimate Medical Academy, manages a team with a shared focus on procurement, supplier management, and contract management.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one step closer to ratification; harnessing the power of supply chain collaboration; FMC approves new regulations for OTIs; SAP releases inaugural Retail Index
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.
Given the importance of free trade, it is important to know the positive effects of free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy.
Establishing the groundwork and collaboration are vital to developing the solutions needed for the significant workforce challenges faced by the transportation industry. A key part of the mission is to attract women to the traditionally male-dominated transportation profession.
Three retailers explain how they use logistics and other functions to deliver outstanding customer service.
Take these steps to help accelerate your logistics career.
As the Panama Canal's $5.25-billion expansion nears completion, how are shippers and ports preparing?
For quickly measuring freight at the point of pick-up, for reclassifying pallets, and for low-volume operations, mobile dimensioning is a low-cost game-changer.
As the need for the transportation of items with potentially sensitive data increases, companies must assess the data risks and work with an ITAD provider to deliver a secure chain of custody process flow.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
Refugees cause price hike for European Union shippers; East-West shippers see sharp decline in contract rates; technology innovations to transform competitive landscape in global freight forwarding market; home delivery in the United Kingdom
Keep these trends in mind when selecting an air logistics supplier to find the best solution to suits your needs
Reassessing your reverse logistics plan for customer returns and excess inventory is a must in today’s retail environment. Look beyond traditional methods and approach this obsolete merchandise as an opportunity (versus a headache) to positively impact your business margin.
Readers weigh in on this month's question: What's the difference between logistics and supply chain?
Waiting until next week, next month, or next year to address your company’s supply chain vulnerability is a serious mistake, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Use these tips to prepare for potential supply chain disruptions.
It is critical to set meaningful, relevant, and attainable targets to ensure that everyone is focused on a Lean supply chain.
Supply chain continuity planning is critical for global businesses. Armed with an end-to-end digital model of their supply chains, shippers can react rapidly and intelligently when unplanned events occur.
How will XPO’s blockbuster acquisition of Con-way impact the transportation, logistics and supply chain sector?
Active participation in a professional association helps advance career growth and offers continuous learning.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
Intelligent transportation technology provides new sources of competitive advantage through complete supply chain visibility.
In the past 20 years, companies have experienced a profound shift, and have dramatically increased their spending on external suppliers. This places the supply management function in the spotlight as a key driver of profitability. The better supply management teams are at selecting, overseeing, and collaborating with these partners, the stronger their organizations will be.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
In spite of U.S. dollar strength, domestic manufacturing remains competitive globally; UPS tests new electric cargo bikes to handle urban deliveries; Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership promotes commercial shipping along the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; Mercedes-Benz reconfigures its global supply chain; Global Logistic Properties shifts investment from China to United States; Freight rail gains traction in passenger transport-focused China; China debuts the world’s longest freight train route linking the northeast city of Harbin with Hamburg, Germany.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
The Internet of Things is bringing major changes to the way companies plan and execute supply chain activities as sensors, communications systems, and analytics solutions all become cheaper, faster, and more capable.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
A little healthy competition between employees can help to improve performance and metrics.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
A review of the important mile markers in supply chain management that brought us to present day shows we have made progress, but there is more work to be done.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives to prepare to meet the challenges of the next decade.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Big data is a big deal, but what is it? Inbound Logistics asks four industry experts to file their report on big data and its benefits.
North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research.
Companies can mitigate the risk of critical shortages and reduce costs by taking control of inbound logistics. Let’s look at some of the key benefits of doing so.
How big transportation is impacting global economics and mid-size businesses—an expert’s view on Uber Freight’s acquisition of Transplace.
What distinguishes companies that thrived from those that barely survived? The eighth MHI Annual Industry Report uncovers the answers.
When its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution could no longer effectively handle its range of products, as well as the multiple delivery channels it offers its clients, Lawn Equipment Parts Co (LEPCO) found a replacement with VAI.
Google's two new supply chain management solutions—Supply Chain Twin and Supply Chain Pulse—provide a powerful business tool for small and mid-size enterprises.
By focusing on supply-side accuracy and timeliness in your supply chain, you can not only cut down on unnecessary excess inventory and outages, but also plan and meet demand more precisely in this volatile environment.
A network optimization study with Odyssey Logistics & Technology gave a global manufacturer, which spent more than $1 billion annually on shipping, the insight to optimize its global supply chain network.
By taking the right steps, you can position your company for success despite the many challenges. Watch these four trends in 2022, each of which offers opportunities for greater productivity and efficiency.
Here are three key areas where artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can reap significant benefits for both shippers and carriers.
In last-mile logistics, a combination of quality talent, technology and the human touch quickly brings about improved efficiency, increased transparency, and limited freight damage.
What can a great logistics operation do for a company in this economy? Lots more than move boxes around, as it turns out. Dollar Tree's logistics team serves as a great example.
Here's how preventive business models on the front end and back end of the supply chain can help to add value to companies.
The logistics and supply chain industry still is severely affected by the pandemic, from canceled sailings to a shortage of truck drivers. Frustration and anxieties are higher than ever. It’s time to be selective about what software you introduce and implement. How do you choose the right tech? It starts with empathy.
One roadblock to quickness and precision is a lack of visibility. To overcome this challenge, businesses are leveraging data analytics powered by the right technology.
From food delivery robots to recyclable hard drives, here's what's trending in the electronics supply chain.
Companies willing to give AI and ML a chance often get off on the wrong foot. Here’s an effective way to get going.
Enterprises are realizing the growing need for adaptability and responsiveness, and are letting go of redundant, manual business operations, making room for digitization and data-driven processes.
Small companies take big steps to navigate supply chain challenges.
Holman partners with OneTrack to bring AI solutions to the issue of forklift accidents.
The inevitable trend of utilizing artificial intelligence in the supply chain has already started to pay forward. Here's what shippers should do to supercharge their supply chains.
A look at the latest supply chain technologies, products, services, and transportation solutions.
Manufacturing's traditional selling processes are broken. Our next chapter requires a savvy digital approach backed by a deep understanding of buyer expectations.
Cisco Systems earned the number-one spot in Gartner's ranking of the 2021 top 25 supply chains. The technology company's agility and strength helped prioritize critical infrastructure for hospitals and vaccine research.
A look at the latest supply chain technologies, products, services, and transportation solutions.
Yard management systems (YMS) streamline operations by managing shipments from the yard gate to the dock. Find out how to transform your yard into a source of efficiency and use this short list of leading providers to start your search for the right solution.
As more companies involved in supply chain adopt technology out of necessity, it is hard to see them ever turning back. Technology continues to be viewed as beneficial, driving the industry to evolve and flourish.
Scan Global Logistics and TransGroup become one organisation under one name: Scan Global Logistics. The brand transition is a natural step toward a stronger global presence and will provide customers access to an extensive logistics network.
Instead of relying on fine-tuning forecasting models, CPGs would be far better equipped to manage supply chain disruptions by embracing operational agility. Here's how.
A look at the latest supply chain technologies, products, services, and transportation solutions.
Readers tell us the 2021 buzzword for supply chains and why these are the words and phrases to watch.
Acculink Cargo provides a near real-time, visibility, global tracking, and exception-based monitoring solution for high-value and sensitive assets to serve the $30B+ global asset tracking market.
Artificial intelligence spending shows no signs of slowing. Decision-makers should consider the following factors in their digitization strategy.
Technology innovations help supply chain professionals access the qualities that can help them compete in a changed world: safety, visibility, flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability.
Stord, a cloud supply chain services provider for retail and e-commerce brands, raised a $65 million Series C round led by venture capital firm Bond, bringing its total capital raised in the past six months to $100 million.
Supply chain disruptions and workforce challenges are causing industries to accelerate their automation strategies. Yearly robot orders from nonautomotive sectors surpassed automotive robot orders for the first time.
Craft spirit makers like Montanya Distillers are limited to distributing liquor in select states. The Spirit Hub warehouse management platform helps the distiller sell directly to consumers while staying compliant with regulations across the country.
Luxury department store Neiman Marcus is banking on a digital future, investing $85 million to make immediate changes to its supply chain and technology operations.
New mailbox designs involve a technology-enabled container that receives and stores packages delivered via drone in a secure, climate-controlled box accessible only by the recipient.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in February 2021.
With 2020 in the books, Inbound Logistics readers summed up the year with book titles encapsulating the page-turner that was 2020.
Supply chain leaders discuss whether they expect a resurgence in reshoring to the United States.
Future-proof operations, jump e-commerce hurdles, and perfect your digital transformation strategy with these must-listen episodes from our extensive library of discussions with logistics leaders.
To stay competitive, many companies have turned to new solutions like artificial intelligence, IoT, and blockchain for a competitive edge. Many companies, however, failed to address the elephant in the room: the on-premise, decades-old systems they used for core supply chain operations.
Delve into these logistics reads to learn about revitalizing retail, the inner workings of supermarkets, and a playbook for competing in a digital-first environment.
Leaders set their sights on the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to enhance visibility, cut costs, and power growth.
The Open Visibility Network adds in-transit visibility beyond what’s available today, benefitting customers and shippers.
Q&A with Locus Robotics, discussing how shippers can gain the flexible automation needed to meet today's demands and position themselves for growth.
As COVID-19 changes our world, there has been a dramatic shift in how supply chains are viewed within an organization. It's now increasingly recognized as an area where companies have the most to gain or lose.
Interest in reshoring is accelerating, according to Thomas research. Here are three under-reported trends that will help manufacturers speed up their reshoring efforts.
When a company's employee roster includes 100 workers but the products are sold in one dozen countries, accurate sales and inventory data is critical. Business intelligence solutions, however, have traditionally exceeded the budgets of small to mid-sized companies.
When we started Inbound Logistics in 1981, the latest technology was using fax machines to distribute routing guides to vendors. Forty years later, we've advanced to using technology in a pivotal year, empowering the demand-driven enterprise.
There are value points in managing information gathered from a strong TMS system that can also provide a solid pre-audit program to double check accuracy of bills before payment.
The effectiveness of a transition, from switching 3PLs to moving facilities, depends on how well the change is managed. It is essential to have a documented project plan and a dedicated project manager with experience across multiple disciplines.
Verst Logistics helped an arts and crafts supplies company address peak season challenges and growing sales by expanding its supply chain capabilities.
Today's technology empowers brands to offer a range of diverse, quality products, as well as customizable delivery or omni-channel fulfillment options to their customers.
Adopting an integrated transportation management system delivers consistent ROI and helps create a resilient supply chain.
How will digital technologies and automated solutions help your supply chain succeed in this new, post-pandemic reality? For starters, they increase resilience in the face of disruption and support your workforce.
By leveraging DDC FPO's expansive range of programming languages and skill levels, carriers can offer a consistent experience regardless of each shipper’s individual IT investment.
Supply chains are undergoing unprecedented restructuring driven by competition, demand shifts, and trade wars—circumstances further accelerated by COVID-19. Here are five ways to support the digital transformation of logistics by connecting deskless workers:
Modernizing the ecosystems while keeping up the ongoing business operations is the reality of every business. The current ecosystem, future solution expectations, and resource models are the drivers that determine the program's pace.
From manual processes that eat up capital and waste time to a general lack of collaboration between suppliers and retailers, blind spots persist in today's supply chains. All of these issues need to be addressed to make supply chains as resilient and financially sustainable as possible.
Supply chain digital transformation efforts have to come first in order to mitigate disruption and better prepare for the near term. Here are three areas that will undergo the most dramatic transformations in the coming months.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in January 2021.
From preparing for e-commerce growth to auditing cybersecurity practices, supply chain leaders share the adjustments they'd make at the start of 2020 knowing what they know now.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in December 2020.
Buddha Brands partners with TrueCommerce to achieve full integration between its EDI and ERP solutions.
Blockchain delivers the visibility, provenance, and data accuracy to allow for contractual flexibility and facilitate frictionless transactions, which are key as global logistics goes touchless.
How the pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the traditional order-to-cash process across the supply chain.
It's time to look beyond the usual IT enhancements and optimize the supply chain with smart energy management, which offers a triple threat: saving money, adding new revenue streams, and reducing impact on the environment.
Taking on building materials and labor shortages, these startups are demolishing inefficiencies and constructing platforms—both steel and electronic.
C3 Solutions prepared to shift all users from their Adobe Flash product version to a brand new HTML5 platform, a comprehensive project with a firm and non-negotiable deadline
Digitally mature retailers better reacted to COVID-19 disruptions, finds a study by technology company Incisiv. Based on performance along the customer journey, the study names the top North American apparel retailers in digital maturity.
After COVID-19 disrupted Chinese-made supplies of personal protective equipment, reliance on Chinese suppliers was portrayed as a weakness. It's time for companies with suppliers in China to evaluate whether to reshore or nearshore parts of their supply chains. Here are four key points to consider.
Supply chains have been stretched to their limits by COVID-19 lockdowns, border closures, and sudden shifts in consumer demands. Now, they’re facing a growing threat from hackers. The fastest-growing threat is ransomware, which encrypts a company’s data until a ransom is paid to the hackers to decode it.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in November 2020.
Optimizing warehouse efficiencies is an important first step before implementing automation.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain in November 2020.
With more consumers expecting to find, buy, and receive products wherever and however they desire, the need for retailers to optimize and elevate their supply chain capabilities is imperative for maintaining sales and brand loyalty.
With so many components to account for, it can be difficult for supply chain operators to confidently manage them all without the proper tools. To ensure packages are being handled as efficiently as possible and that losses are kept to a minimum, operators need visibility, which they can achieve using the Internet of Things (IoT).
Will the election results clarify supply chain issues and put business leaders in a position to start choosing strategic directions?
Most supply chain professionals can't stay ahead of their challenges as manufacturing and fulfillment complexities continue to grow. Key issues include integrating software and meeting customer expectations.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in October 2020.
GE recently launched its in-house SmartHQ Solutions suite. The SmartHQ Distribution module uses big data and smart warehouse technology to track real-time traffic, reduce product handling, and improve on-time delivery.
Shippers utilizing IoT technology now have more data at their fingertips than ever before. When it comes to optimizing this information to keep workers safe from illnesses such as COVID-19 and injury, here are three tips to keep in mind.
In a post-COVID supply environment, now is the time to revolutionize by taking the best of both worlds and consolidating them into a new approach moving forward: partner-centric procurement.
The latest industrial printers offer a new set of features and advantages, so end-users will not be upgrading just to ensure continued performance and support – they will enable new productivity and efficiency benefits.
Through robotic process automation, Ruan has significantly improved service to its customers.
Global disruption has failed to halt shippers' digitization: 52% of companies say they will increase their spending on digital transformation, and those concerned with economic disruption are 20% more likely to invest. However, these numbers aren't consistent across all industry verticals.
Learn how Brilliant Fulfillment stopped juggling spreadsheets and used WMS automation to grow its order volume by 175% in just one year.
COVID-19 radically changed the workplace and how supply chains operate. Shippers that scale their technical infrastructure, put the customer first, and improve the remote working environment will thrive.
Learn how digital freight matching companies can work together to solve the unique challenges presented by phantom data.
Supply chain disruptions may be a reality the world will continue to contend with. How can shippers weather the COVID-19 storm and maintain a semblance of business continuity during periods of such uncertainty? While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, shipping organizations must take more control of their own destinies. These key business strategies will help shippers secure their supply chain resiliency well into the future.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in August 2020.
Key lessons learned and implemented throughout the years that are vital in not only navigating a pandemic but also being able to do so efficiently.
Supply chain has the capacity to quickly adopt new technologies, adapt to new working conditions, and remain highly productive. The "new" technologies for collaborative work are not really new, however.
Timely deliveries are critical for Tacony, a manufacturer and distributor of sewing and floor care products. Learn how the family-owned company cut costs, streamlined transportation, and boosted service levels by collaborating with Sunset Transportation.
With the shock wearing off and operations starting to stabilize, organizations shift their focus to the future. The overwhelming challenge is navigating the uncertainty. Here are four freight trends worth paying attention to moving forward.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in July 2020.
The majority of retailers say that artificial intelligence and machine learning can add significant value to their demand forecasting processes, and more than half say it will improve other critical supply chain capabilities.
As the country moves toward a new normal, what will the workforce look like?
Looking to streamline load building, True Manufacturing turned to MagicLogic Optimization and integrated Cube-IQ, a software solution that optimizes load planning. The result was reduced work hours and increased efficiency.
From real-time tracking to traffic advisories, 12 supply chain leaders share the technologies they would accelerate.
Profile of Mark Wiese, who works at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as manager of the deep space logistics of the Gateway program.
Whether you're looking for an enlightening read in the sun or taking your book-reading indoors this summer, this 2020 logistics and supply chain reading guide will help you catch the latest wave of discussions.
While there aren’t many quick fixes when it comes to mitigating global disruption, leaders can use solutions that directly address the biggest weaknesses in the supply chain that were highlighted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak: demand, labor, and energy.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in June 2020.
Despite continued impacts across industries, approximately 91% of manufacturers believe that North American manufacturing can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey by Thomas Insights.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain.
As the COVID-19 pandemic redefines consumer behaviors, some nostalgic supply chain practices are making a comeback.
Product Spotlight: Take a look at the latest supply chain labeling solutions, including barcode scanners, printers, software, and inventory management tools.
You've failed at logistics. So says David Segal in his recent article entitled "What Happened to the Great American Logistics Machine?" in The New York Times. So what happened to the Great American Logistics Machine?
Good Question: We asked and you answered—this is the most unexpected supply chain advice our readers have ever received.
To accelerate growth and profitability, shippers need to eliminate manual back-office functions and integrate processing across the entire supply chain with carriers and other trading partners. However, knowing which processes to start with, and deciding what technology to use to automate, is often a challenge.
Extreme Networks’ acquisition spree provided the perfect reason to overhaul its supply chain practices and processes.
Learn about the terms and phrases popping up in the latest logistics conversations and hot topics.
Digital tools that confirm a person's health status can create safe work environments while also protecting personal privacy as businesses and supply chains recover from the COVID-19 disruption.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed holes in traditional linear methods of supply chain reporting, especially when shipments involve multi-tiered transportation models. To make real-time decisions, shippers need reliable, real-time intelligence, such as Mobile IoT.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in May 2020.
Working together with IoT, AI, drones and other advanced technologies, WMS solutions help warehouses gain accuracy, efficiency, and speed.
This is an unprecedented time of disruption and volatility. The pandemic is showing the need to be more diversified. Trucking companies built around a specific customer base shut down when that industry shut down. Oversaturation in one market or customer base means disruptions hit harder. Companies supporting the food and beverage supply chain saw traffic jump exponentially, as grocery stores remained open and in high demand.
Companies are looking for ways to manage more efficiently with less—while reallocating resources to more productive activities and maximizing freight spend value. Logistics operations are a great place to start as even the smallest percentage savings could mean triple digit impact to bottom lines.
Shipping volumes demonstrate the resilience of companies and their ability to produce essential products during disruption, and highlight the important role transportation plays
Looking at what you could have done differently to be better prepared for the supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19? Companies that have fared the best to date did the following 6 things well in advance of the pandemic.
Supply chain leaders pivot their companies in response to anticipated lower volumes of cargo during the COVID-19 outbreak and use innovative solutions to accommodate new delivery options.
It's more important than ever for transportation and logistics companies to have an effective mobility strategy in place. Shippers can adjust their existing protocols with COVID-19-related policies by implementing these technologies and practices.
Companies are increasingly investing in returnable industrial packaging (RIP) to ship products to customers as sustainably as possible, and significantly reduce the amount of packaging-related waste they create, while also improving efficiencies and cutting costs.
Companies in all industries are struggling to ensure they have the PPE on hand to continue operating, and that is no easy feat. Some products and materials are scarce, and visibility into the supply chain is limited. What matters most is speed, agility, and risk mitigation—machine learning can deliver on all three of these important factors.
This story looks at some recent applications of blockchain technology in supply chain management.
With dynamic updates on missed transits, rollovers, arrival notification, and port congestion during COVID-19, shippers can make decisions proactively and avoid inefficient costs due to detention and demurrage, expedited freight, and buffer stock.
Take a look at the latest news and innovations in the electronics supply chain.
Companies in the logistics space are responding to the crisis by providing free goods and services.
We asked and you answered—this is how you think shippers should adjust their supply chain strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take a look at the latest supply chain services and solutions available in April 2020.
Don’t delay. Create an agile, real-time approach. Have an effective communication strategy, one that includes internal users, vendors, and carrier partners. This will have a critical impact on your success.
Although 57% of organizations say they're piloting automation processes and 93% of employees are optimistic automation will make their jobs easier, digital transformation efforts often fall apart. Many companies rely on IT to drive transformation without engaging other departments, creating bottlenecks.
With more and more brick-and-mortar shops temporarily closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s immense pressure on retailers to deliver much-needed supplies to individuals at home. The Internet of Things (IoT) can help mitigate this risk and ensure supply chains operate as swiftly as possible.
The power of centralized organizations must harness and unleash the strengths of decentralized communities to help beat COVID-19. Thousands of supply chain professionals, educators, and inventors have joined The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation (TWSCF) to rethink and change how supply chain operates in 2020 and beyond.
Take a look at some of the newest services and solutions in the supply chain industry.
Stabilizing core business operations, managing risk, and taking steps to perfect and enforce rights under existing agreements should be key priorities in your company’s response to COVID-19. Here are four strategies for supply chain professionals, in-house counsel, and risk managers to keep in mind.
Ever heard of an "always responder"? Take a look at the latest logistics terms and phrases in our lexicon.
Algunas categorías de búsqueda en la plataforma Inbound Logistics han subido más del 108%. ¿Qué buscan las empresas? Soluciones de logística, transportistas, ayuda de cumplimiento, soluciones de almacén, tecnología de gestión y soluciones 3PL, por nombrar algunas. La lucha por soluciones logísticas y experiencia está en marcha.
With a bustling airport, booming ports, and ample highways and railroads, the Peach State is a sweet spot for international logistics.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the scramble for logistics expertise and solutions is on.
Inbound Logistics readers share which supply chain insights they would you share with their younger selves in the March 2020 Good Question.
When it comes to logistics, the speed and convenience of e-commerce has led to changing expectations in the business-to-consumer sector. Meeting these expectations requires hitting an exact sequence of strict targets.
Most supply chain blockchain initiatives will remain at the pilot stage through 2022, requiring a different approach to take off.
The supply chain workplace of today faces significant disruption and begs the question: What should businesses be doing to embrace these changes?
Many shippers anticipate an increase in shipping volume in 2020 compared to 2019.
We asked and you answered—these are the supply chain terms and phrases that you think people often confuse.
Logistics providers, retailers, and other global movers are using technologies and innovative business models to drive the supply chain efficiency and meet tomorrow's package volume demand, according to Deloitte. These are the three key pillars that will likely underpin the next-generation supply chain.
Take a look at some of the newest services and solutions in the supply chain industry.
When applied to manufacturing, artificial intelligence enables companies to meet sustainability targets: workforce of the future, global operations optimization, and value network orchestration.
Using robots to clearly monitor and better match demand to supply pays huge dividends.
The new coronavirus, or COVID-19, has impacted the supply chain by limiting access to employees, closing factories or slowing down manufacturers, and limiting access to logistics to move goods. Here are three ways in which retailers can minimize supply chain disruption as the virus progresses.
Take a look at the new and notable updates in supply chain for January 2020.
Supply chain professionals working in small and mid-sized businesses often operate with little margin for error. Taking calculated, thoughtful risks can pay off.
Next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) technologies have come to the forefront of supply chain management—here are three ERP trends to watch in 2020.
Here are the top three ways data analytics and AI can transform your supply chain.
Security, reliability, and scalability are three barriers that can prevent industrial companies from integrating Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) solutions.
As eCommerce continues to increase globally, shippers have to navigate customs to support their omnichannel strategy.
Take a look at the top ten Inbound Logistics articles that got readers buzzing in 2019.
Bid management software can collect responses automatically within seconds of the carrier submitting them which allows you to focus on strategic initiatives with the time saved.
Cross-industry supply chain models and innovative ways of monetizing assets help shippers and logistics providers drive efficiencies
This story examines three big paradigm shifts that are likely to occur in supply chains in the coming years: technologies to promote greater transformation efficiency; supply chains optimized for sustainability; and the digitized supply chain.
A leadershp profile of Robert Sappio, CEO, SeaCube Container Leasing.
Chemical company BASF Corp. improves real-time visibility of its transportation operations and moves towards predictive supply chain activities with Transplace and Descartes’ MacroPoint solutions.
While Artificial Intelligence is not a new concept, what has changed is the power of computing, cloud-based service options and the applicability of AI to supply chain and logistics.
How beneficial will the fourth industrial revolution be for manufacturers? Adrian Burton, from Harrison Castings, explores three ways Industry 4.0 may help streamline your supply chain.
Shipping and logistics remain among the last industries to undertake digital transformation. The highly fragmented nature of international shipping essentially ensures that there will be a level of complexity beyond that of nearly any other industry.
If you haven’t been tracking this, you may not know that Amazon now delivers more than half of its own packages. The company delivered roughly 3.5 billion packages last year while UPS, which was founded in 1907, delivered 5.2 billion packages in 2018. Jeff Bezos is building his own shipping operation that is on pace to surpass the annual volumes of both FedEx and UPS in a few years.
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This story looks at elements that produce excellent customer service and at some of the technology tools companies use to help them deliver excellent service to their customers.
What's ahead for global manufacturing? Here's what what Manufacturing Insights predicts for the years ahead.
Trade tensions between the United States and China are running high and intensifying with each new week. With no clear resolution in sight, many are questioning the inevitable impact this will have on the global supply chain. While some companies are just beginning to consider changes to their operations, many are deep in the process of either moving production elsewhere or are seeking out alternative schemes.
Preparation is the key to getting any business or community back on track after a natural disaster, and when it comes to hurricane preparation, the old adage that “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” rings very true.
As a result of recent trends in customer preferences, demand for printing and writing paper continues to drop. Over the past decade, production of printing and writing papers has declined by 6% annually.
New and notable events in the supply chain
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Enabling a data-driven approach with forethought to the unique aspects of a network can provide shippers with new efficiencies that saves them money while still satisfying their customers. Transportation used to simply be about execution, now it’s a competitive advantage.
An unusually large customer order drives Hidaka to implement the Mobility Physical Inventory App from AIM Computer Solutions. Along with automating the inventory process, the solution provides accurate and timely information.
Profile of Phil Yeager, president and COO, Hub Group
That's right, if you work in the supply chain management field, and have a decade or so until you retire, it's time to dust off your resume and consider other career paths. That's according to a Harvard Business Review article. Let's do an autopsy.
Many industries use supply chain analytics to drive insight, make better business decisions and verify or disprove existing models or theories.
Real-time technology can help shippers keep abreast of high-impact incidents around the world and provide extra time and context to activate their supply chain risk mitigation strategies.
Transitioning to digital payments would allow companies both large and small to streamline invoice and payment collection, enabling them to speed up operations and improve efficiencies across the supply chain.
Companies are turning “big supply chain data” into real insights that improve efficiency, bring products and services to market faster, and deliver differentiating customer value, all of which are key to remaining competitive in the new digital economy.
We have software to manage household budgets and smart watches to keep us on schedule. And in the manufacturing world, technology can give real-time visibility into the entire supply chain process and empower collaboration with suppliers.
As part of a promotion, FedEx sent out its’ SameDay Bots — also known as Roxos— on the streets of New York City last week.
A supply chain built on speed to the Midwest is a market differentiator. By bypassing congested urban terminals and moving logistics closer to the customer base, shippers can take days out of their supply chain and reduce landed costs.
The age of the digital supply chain is here. And yet, even with technology investments on the upswing, not every company is moving along the digital path at the same pace. Are you up to speed?
A lack of oversight can cost a company tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary freight spend. A transportation management system (TMS) with an integrated freight approval tool could stop these kinds of problems before they occur.
5G will affect many industries, but the sector that stands to benefit most is the logistics industry. The logistics and supply chain industry will be able to provide continuous coverage for monitoring, tracking and theft detection.
The latest supply chain services and solutions
Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ today announce the launch of Walmart Canada's blockchain-based freight and payment network, the world's largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application.
Readers reveal the words and phrases that will have supply chain managers talking in 2020.
A quick rundown of notable events, from sealed deals to green initiatives, in the supply chain
To survive in the modern business landscape, the logistics industry must embrace what Amazon has mastered: transparency. Price discrimination and power dynamics have historically made information-sharing undesirable for some, however the time has come when managing a multi-million dollar supply chain in an Excel vacuum just isn’t feasible anymore.
What are the top supply chain differentiators and innovation drivers? According to the findings of BluJay Solutions' Focus on Customer Experience: Research on Supply Chain Priorities and Investments report, they include the following.
By providing visibility into the assets and processes that historically had no data feedback loop, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has allowed manufacturing organizations to leverage their incoming data to implement crucial initiatives such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.
DHL provides Mio with more control over inbound orders from eight countries to reduce detention and demurrage costs while improving intake planning for distribution centers.
The San Francisco-based company, Uber, has been gradually expanding its services beyond ride hailing in recent years, and announced last month that it would invest US$200-million into its freight division.
Today’s supply chains are among the most exposed to the risks of digital disruption. The complexity and multi-layered nature of supply chains have made them an obvious mark for attack as well as one of the most complex targets to defend.
The modern supply chain is complex, and in order for the world's leading companies to deliver their goods and services in an expedient, cost-conscious, and environmentally friendly fashion, they are increasingly turning to third-party logistics (3PL) companies to achieve these goals. These are among the themes of the 2020 Third-Party Logistics Study.
LANXESS, a global specialty chemicals supplier, selected Odyssey Logistics & Technology to track multiple assets for four business units that provide products across 33 countries.
Tire manufacturer Michelin is a shipper with a massive global footprint and complex demands. With headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin operates 121 production facilities in 17 countries; those facilities produced approximately 190 million tires in 2017. With a presence in 170 countries, distributing products across the globe is a challenging and sophisticated operation.
Readers share what you should look for to find an optimal logistics partner.
Supply Chain 4.0 is an integrative approach to operational digitization, where existing and nascent technology applications are leveraged to transform the supply chain ecosystem. This is seen as an essential response to evolving business requirements and the gradational manifestation of industry 4.0 evolution.
Here's what's happening in the supply chain.
The latest developments and offerings in services and solutions.
Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS), which gives businesses the ability to connect their supply chains through simply an internet browser, will add more fuel to Blockchain adoption.
A small change in Inbound Logistics' tag line – from logistics to enterprises – recognizes the massive business shift in the way shippers drive excellence.
Syfan coordinated 36 full truckloads to ship 6,000 transmissions to its customer’s Allen Park, Michigan, warehouse within the one-week deadline.
A recent CEO survey cited “lack of appropriate talent and capability” as the top most inhibitor to a company’s digital progress. Supply chain organizations are no exception. The gap between the skills needed to compete in an increasingly digital world and those available in the organization is widening.
On October 1st, 2019, UPS was the first company to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for a broad plan to use a fleet of drones to expand its package delivery options.
Most of us have heard of the “Butterfly Effect" — the phenomenon where the flapping of butterfly wings in one location can affect how weather plays out in a distant location. This is an example of nonlinear system behavior, or how a small change in conditions in one location can result in large changes in another. Logistics transportation systems behave the same when they are running near capacity.
Consumers have become accustomed to extremely quick delivery and, as more retailers offer fast, free shipping options, logistics companies will need to adapt to the ever-increasing delivery pressures that align to evolving consumer expectations and preferences.
There isn’t one right answer, unfortunately, or a magic formula for picking ERP software. But there are some best practices that can help you make the right choice.
The battleground for competitive advantage in furniture retailing is shifting from the store aisle to the buyer’s doorstep. Companies that try to manage the complexity and cost of final-mile delivery without the aid of technology are not giving themselves the best chance of success.
These logistics challenges will define the remainder of 2019. Here's how shippers can determine the best approach to overcome them.
Interested in selling your business? This article explores the most common hurdles and key considerations in completing this transaction.
What factors go into creating a successful supply chain? According to the EY Americas Supply Chain Reinvention Survey 2019, which surveyed senior-level supply chain executives on topics ranging from adopting technology, retaining leadership and talent, and prioritizing investment to supporting sustainability, here are the notable trends.
Consider all potential disruptions and ways to design your supply chain to keep it operational in the face of foreseeable and unforeseeable challenges.
Javelin Logistics removed their reliance on manual labor and now thrive in the e-commerce marketplace by partnering with 3PL Central.
CSCMP's annual State of Logistics Report presents an overview of the economy during the past year, key logistics trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for 2018 (see chart). Here are some top takeaways.
Supply chain efficiencies can support brand strategies in key ways.
The popularity of fireworks is in full display with revenues ablaze.
2019 marks 30 years of business for 3PL Sunset Transportation. The future is bright as the 3PL starts its 30s with a new facility and innovative new solutions.
Team Penske’s logistical skills help lead them to victory at the Indy 500.
Here are 10 tips for leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) in the supply chain.
For global manufacturers, managing logistics and carriers across locations, countries, and regions is no easy task. But while shippers can’t control fickle global relations, they need not be at their mercy.
To gain visibility to the location and condition of their shipments, no matter where in the world they might be, and no matter the transport mode, RFS turned to a solution from Tive Inc. that combines a tracker and software.
Here are the latest supply chain services and solutions.
The world’s leading provider of receipt and innovative label solutions turned to GlobalTranz to create visibility, enhance communications, and fully merge acquired businesses.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain.
Material Bank connects interior designers and architects with material manufacturers by streamlining the complex sampling process with the made4net’s warehouse management solution.
From 3D printing to blockchain implementation, these are the trends driving the jewelry industry.
In today’s Amazon Age, retailers must do more than look for incremental improvements. Instead, they need to completely pivot their logistics to remain competitive.
The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), a nonprofit supply chain association, released new standards for instituting a "triple E" supply chain—one that is ethical, ecological, and economical.
As logistics information becomes digitalized, processes move online, and operations involve numerous companies using different technological systems, it’s a perfect storm for cybercriminals.
Regardless of the method a shipper or consignee chooses to take, consolidation is an easy way to get quick wins for your supply chain.
Having strong, accessible data and experienced personnel is essential to managing successful supply chain operations.
An inside look at how project managers rise to the challenges of unique logistics initiatives.
Perhaps the greatest opportunity for blockchain technology is in helping to streamline supply chains.
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.
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.
Women are steadily advancing in supply chain and logistics. Here's how seven leading women in logistics got to the top of the field.
Harnessing Hub Group’s optimization and management expertise, a CPG company received a dynamic and responsive solution that ensured every PO met cost-effective precision service.
A majority of U.S. companies would like to expand into new markets and are considering expansion opportunities in the BRICS and MINT countries.
Integrated Business Planning (IBP) uses an outside in type of thinking approach, which is more appropriate in today’s business world.
Whether you are a company overseeing an entire supply chain or one piece of the puzzle, an investment in a quality control plan including logistics will generate long-term benefits.
Working at a freight brokerage has become an increasingly desirable profession. Here’s how companies can attract and retain top talent.
For the logistics and transportation industries, the evolving on-demand economy means an increased demand for warehouse staff and commercial drivers. In fact, the American Trucking Association estimates the commercial trucking industry will need a million new drivers within the next decade.
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 impact of a supply chain is incredibly valuable.
Applying gig economy principles and predictive analytics capabilities can efficiently and effectively fill manufacturing workforce gaps.
Why supply chain managers need to stop using the word backhaul and simply refer to them as loads.
Profile of Scott Pruneau, CEO of ITS Logistics, Sparks, Nevada
Readers reveal the parts of the supply chain that should gain more notice.
Since barcode labels play essential roles in supply chain operations, making the most of advanced mobile printers and strategically located stationary printers can help small and medium-size businesses strengthen their competitive edge.
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
From Point A to Point Z, the supply chain provides fertile ground for persistent myths. Whether they concern job qualifications or day-to-day business practices, they merit some serious scrutiny.
Digital forwarding platforms are rapidly gaining traction in a global forwarding market characterized by uneven change.
The baby products category is one of the most highly regulated in the world. Rigorous testing and certification are designed to protect the smallest humans from injury and illness caused by everything from loose parts that could cause choking to flammable fabrics or toxic materials. In addition to intense regulation, manufacturers must deal with consumer preferences that change almost as quickly as a parent can diaper a baby.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain.
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.
A look at how robotics are currently being used, as well as how they'll be used in the future.
Transportation and logistics companies recognize they must strengthen their approaches to cybersecurity but are not yet taking the practical steps to safeguard their industrial IoT deployments
New supply chain services and solutions
Innovations in material handling solutions are helping shippers cut costs and boost accuracy.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
With heightened consumer demand for rapid delivery showing no sign of slowing, companies and their transportation partners are under immense pressure to produce an unprecedented amount of consumer goods, while at the same time deliver positive shopping experiences.
Product spotlight on mobile robotic systems
Growth presents some new and sometimes unique challenges to overcome, regardless of your industry. Here’s how to optimize your supply chain during a growth period.
Readers take on the misconceptions that persist about the supply chain and what it takes to be efficient.
3PL executives charged with making their company’s operations more efficient and cost-effective to the associates on the floor who pick the orders, all are singing the praises of the ‘bot revolution.’
The rules that keep goods moving across borders are only going to get more complex. Staying compliant, let alone keeping track and making sense of scores of countries’ customs and compliance rules, international trade agreements, and a host of new pacts that will soon be coming online is a daunting task.
Milestone’s Mobile Warehousing & Storage (MW&S) solution enables a manufacturer to create an efficient distribution process with timely deliveries as drivers did not have to wait for each other and transfer loads between trailers.
Better manage your yard operations with this comprehensive guide. We showcase the providers and systems leading the market.
The latest news and trends impacting the beauty products supply chain
Without an in-house delivery option, enterprises are often held back if they rely on external providers. Even if the third party helps them increase their sales volumes, they can end up being order rich but money and data poor. To provide an answer to these questions, enterprises need a platform that allows them to manage an in-house delivery service, while flexibly deploying third-party solutions as needed.
Boll & Branch promises full comfort with zero chemicals.
If your company is being pressured to lower supply chain management costs, remain competitive with suppliers and protect your business from fraudsters – it’s time to abandon those eighteenth century paper checks and revolutionize your AP processes by transitioning to electronic payments. Consider it a well-placed investment in the next Revolution.
The United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) is critical to ensuring a robust North American economy. The agreement, signed by the respective country’s presidents on November 30, 2018, modernizes and enhances trade relations between the three countries and is now pending ratification by each country’s legislature. Passage is crucial to maintaining a healthy U.S. manufacturing and industrial truck industry.
Readers reveal the first action they would take to address the supply chain talent gap.
Walmart is taking a new approach to their Angus beef supply chain.
Although the trucking industry is slow in changing its traditional models or absorbing new methodologies, the impact and benefits of emergent technologies can no longer be ignored.
Four recent independent Artificial Intelligence (AI) advances indicate that self-aware supply chains, or what some are calling cognitive supply chains, may be closer than we think.
AI’s application in materials inventory and data management will result in systems that are more usable, responsive and capable than ever to support agile supply chains. The emergence of AI is replacing frustration with the ability to leverage data for more strategic, creative opportunities to propel companies forward.
Track & trace data allows for the shipping process to move smoothly and expectedly and provides opportunities for remedies when things don’t go smoothly.
The longer the trade tensions between the United States and other countries persist, the more the U.S. agricultural industry needs to rally around containerized soybean shipping to overseas markets.
New supply chain services and solutions
Inbound Logistics' annual survey highlights key trends in the supply chain technology market and shines a light on the brightest and most innovative providers.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
New tools like blockchain and IoT, as well as advances in existing tools such as RFID, are helping companies gain greater visibility to their supply chains.
A profile of Matt Cantatore, COO of Ollie, a national service that delivers healthy, high-quality pet food that it sells direct-to-consumers.
Successfully tapping into Alaska’s growth depends on the perseverance, innovation, efficiency, and resources of logistics providers whose experience has withstood the test of time and travel in this most extraordinary state.
This year, the World Wide Web celebrated its 30th birthday. In honor of the milestone, we take a look at some of the most fascinating parallels between what launched the Internet’s success and what the supply chain must do to fulfill the same ambitions.
The latest news and trends impacting the steel supply chain
This article profiles Bernice Cannon, supply chain manager with Nouryon Pulp and Performance Chemicals, LLC, a global leader in specialty chemicals and formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.
In the competitive world of business, every organization is seeking an edge—a catchy marketing phrase, an innovative product launch, improvements in efficiency and productivity—something to create a little separation to provide that illusive competitive advantage.
Readers reveal the advice they would give to young people embarking on a supply chain/logistics career.
Leadership profile of Dan Martin, president of IFCO North America.
It is possible to anticipate and plan for future omnichannel retail challenges by following these four rules.
Despite Artificial Intelligence (AI) entering beyond-hype territory, its true value proposition is far from evident for most logistics leaders today.
Women in logistics need support from their companies to succeed in their careers.
Georgia, a leading point of origin for companies to move products to their customers, has an inherent geographical advantage that is enhanced by a superior infrastructure and its status as home to many of the leading logistics companies and practitioners anywhere in the world.
Taking time to invest in a strong relationship with your 3PL can have a remarkable return on investment for your business.
New supply chain services and solutions
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
New supply chain services and solutions
New and noteworthy in the supply chain.
10 tips to help shippers become a “shipper of choice” in today’s logistics marketplace.
We asked faculty at four academic supply chain management programs to describe elements of a curriculum to prepare students for the supply chain challenges found in businesses today.
What supply chain professionals can do to ensure that the skill set you've cultivated over the years is transferred to the next generation of practitioners.
The rules that keep goods moving across borders are only going to get more complex. Staying compliant, let alone keeping track and making sense of scores of countries’ customs and compliance rules, international trade agreements, and a host of new pacts that will soon be coming online is a daunting task.
One of the biggest issues that will quickly come to the forefront in 2019 is cybersecurity for the supply chain.
Readers weigh in on whether the USPS should go private.
Profile of Bob Farrell, executive chairman, GlobalTranz
Logistics and supply chain jobs, by the numbers.
While today the trucking industry faces a supply and demand problem—i.e. the industry is growing at an epic rate and dealing with a severe shortage of drivers—new transportation models and technologies on the horizon are creating demand for new skills and expanding the talent pool.
SMC³, the transportation industry’s leading authority for LTL data, technology and supply chain education, is developing the industry’s only LTL certification program.
A profile of Jennifer Daniel, head of global logistics for Redbubble, an online marketplace that connects independent artists of graphic design, fine art, or photography with customers.
Here are seven global logistics trends that will impact freight forwarding in the next few years.
Supply chain solutions provider Ryder System has successfully transformed its smart warehouses in the Miami, Dallas, and Chicago markets. The facilities feature the four technologies Ryder defines as definitive benchmarks of an effective smart warehouse.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of retail store associates believe that if they are equipped with tablets, they could provide better customer service and improve the shopping experience, according to the results of Zebra Technologies Corporation's 11th annual Global Shopper Study, which analyzes the attitudes, opinions, and expectations of shoppers, retail associates, and retail decision makers.
As the impacts of tariffs increase, companies must find new ways to consider and classify their products and supply chains to minimize costs and other risks
Manufacturing professionals are among the most aware of industry change due to automation, finds The State of Intelligent Process Automation from Nintex. The survey of manufacturing workers finds that 75 percent don't harbor concern for job security amid the rise of new technologies.
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are among those most impacted by the proliferation of delivery channels over the past several years. To succeed in this changing marketplace, successful CGP businesses are refining factory operations and developing new distribution and transportation models.
Aurora Plastics automates resin off-loading process and avoids costly inventory and quality management errors with RFID reader hardware from Janam Technologies and customized software applications from Quest Integrated Solutions.
Enterprises must look to embrace a new wave of innovation and integrate their current employees and operations into agile solutions. From AI to incorporating personal devices, companies need to take full advantage of the advantages mobile technology offers that empowers enterprise leaders to stay competitive in the fast-moving digital environment.
As transportation becomes a larger portion of overall logistics costs, supply chain professionals are taking steps to control the issue. These include partnering with carriers, evaluating all modes, leveraging information systems, and minimizing delays when loading and unloading.
Here are a few of the key trends and topics that logistics buyers can expect to hear and see more of in 2019.
This story examines some of the new models for e-commerce fulfillment that retailers are using today, particularly ones that involve the use of physical stores.
Minimizing costs and even making a profit in reverse logistics is critical to an e-commerce company’s health. Here are some ways to do that.
SmartTEH's container loading system helps a sawmill with a loading challenge.
This article first introduces Jim Bramlett’s Hassle Quotient score and how the internet has changed how companies compete, then focuses on how the Hassle Quotient applies to transportation and logistics.
As pharmaceutical and food supply chains become more global, these two industries are at particular risk for fraud, substitution, and counterfeiting. Consumers are demanding more transparency and safety adherence as these issues arise.
This story examines some of the challenges that are slowing the flow of intermodal containers, and also looks at some technology solutions that help to improve the situation.
Industry professionals share their best supply chain tips.
According to a task force, the USPS troubles stem from providing delivery for commercial entities at below-market rates, lagging volumes of mail delivery and high labor costs, both in compensation and retiree health benefits.
Inbound Logistics continues to provide actionable content to help drive supply chain change.
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Get moving with these actionable tips to jolt your warehousing, transportation, and logistics operations.
Online retailers are winning in the market with all types of consumers, even in manufacturing industrial products.
Digital transformation is truly underway in manufacturing. While digital technologies such as cloud, mobile, big data and analytics, and Internet of Things have been industry drivers for years, manufacturers now have high expectations for the business value of technologies that are in earlier stages of adoption.
10 tips to help navigate through the third-party logistics provider selection process to get the most value out of a 3PL partner.
Despite a shift toward regionalization, the era of complex supply chain ecosystems is far from over.
The trends affecting supply chains require an agile approach
Character is one of the central attributes of a great leader and one of the hardest leadership characteristics to develop.
Profile of Jeff Cohen, chief operating officer, G&D Integrated
A profile of Mark Bakker, head of supply chain operations, Americas, with HP Inc.
Supply chain automation is gaining ground, particularly in warehousing and middle- and last-mile logistics.
Whether they involve moving endangered animals or perishable delicacies, special projects demand teams that know how to plan thoroughly, collaborate with multiple partners and prepare for every eventuality.
A direct, automated EDI connection between its ERP system and retail partners gives eyebobs 20/20 visibility to its omnichannel orders.
Here are ways to reduce freight expense while improving service outside of securing reduced freight rates from LTL, truckload, parcel and expedited services carriers.
Inbound Logistics reveals the 10 articles that drew the largest audience and reader response during 2018.
The Search for a Connected Supply Chain
This story examines factoring, supply chain financing, and variations on those strategies that trading partners use to optimize their cash flows.
Using one qualified company for Customs brokerage and freight forwarding reduces the logistical work on the customer’s end, while also making it easier to deliver Customs compliance and an optimal experience from pick-up to delivery.
New supply chain services and solutions
In the U.S., foreign trade zones (FTZs) may be part of the solution pharmaceutical companies are looking for, but only if manufacturers understand what they are, their potential benefits, and how to best use them.
MD Logistics navigated the application process to become a general-purpose zone operator, providing customers with significant cost savings and allowing their goods to flow to market with greater ease.
Examining the effects of blockchain technology on ocean carriers and shippers.
Finding truckload capacity is on everyone’s minds as the capacity crunch and driver shortage worsens.
The four trends that will have the greatest impact on operations in North America in the coming year, according to DHL Supply Chain.
Hub Group generated savings and efficiency for a leading national retailer.
Each year, billions of dollars of goods flow between Mexico and the U.S. While trade between the countries shows no signs of stopping, recent events may alter the flow. These include the USMCA, which still awaits ratification; decisions by the Mexican administration regarding construction of its ports and airports; trade disputes between the U.S. and China; and the Unified Cargo Processing program.
To improve warehouse utilization and efficiency, dry van trailers can be a cost-effective solution, allowing manufacturers, retailers and distributors to rapidly (in 24 to 48 hours) flex up their warehouse space on a month-to-month basis and at costs savings of 50% over traditional warehouse space.
Top trends impacting the travel and hospitality supply chain
The impact of powerful forces such as digital transformation, Industry 4.0, the current regulatory climate, and automation on U.S. manufacturers is the focus of a new research report from ECi Software Solutions. The findings indicate the role technology is playing in the U.S. manufacturing resurgence.
As supply chains increasingly transition from being viewed as a cost center to a competitive differentiator, optimization and efficiency has become critical to success in today’s world focused on next day delivery. To support this transition, the importance of real-time data and analysis is rising rapidly.
How the TMS should evolve to increase end-to-end transparency and centralize your supply chain’s data.
How businesses plan for market shifts, future tech developments and the use of technology available today, is the key to developing the proper strategy for your supply chain.
The trends affecting supply chains require an agile approach
A lean, agile supply chain helps companies anticipate and minimize the impact of disruptions.
What’s needed is a new retail model for grocery shopping.
Collaborative transportation solutions can strengthen logistics operations by helping both shippers and carriers automate manual processes and gain crucial visibility.
Complying with global regulations regarding pharmaceuticals without collaboration and system interoperability represents a significant challenge for trading partners.
The current emphasis on supply chain performance is not going to go away once the back-and-forth sparring of tariffs and retributions have been resolved. Supply chain management will continue to play an important role in obtaining raw resources in a timely, efficient manner. A non-interrupted flow of materials is a necessity to meet customer expectations and remain competitive.
Shippers need a playbook that charts a strategy for obtaining better operational understanding while improving processes that most directly affect customer satisfaction.
A conversation with a supply chain executive about how he was trying to enhance his company’s inventory management and overall warehouse processes, with a customized AS/400 system in place.
More warehouses are moving “eaches” as well as traditional pallet orders, and facing ever-increasing demands for speed. To manage the diverse product flows in a timely manner, shippers are bringing different technologies to their warehouses, including robotics and robust warehouse management systems. They’re also supplementing mammoth warehouses with smaller “micro-centers” that they can locate closer to population centers.
Three experts from the WiseTech Global family of companies discuss how shippers and 3PLs can improve their cargo chains spanning first-mile pickup, cross-border consolidation, and deconsolidating into last-mile parcel carrier networks.
By improving its business intelligence and more quickly addressing supply chain issues with the help of Transplace, Del Monte has been able to optimize its network and reduce overall transportation spend.
By developing a more holistic view of company operations, businesses can then turn to the channel community to identify real-world, impactful applications for blockchain.
A majority of consumers have moved on to online shopping. According to a report by eMarketer Retail, in 2017, retail ecommerce sales worldwide increased by 25% over the previous year. What has really helped boost e-commerce, is the convenience of quick delivery. This adds to the purchase experience that is vital for sustaining customers over the long term. This is possible only when the retail operations are driven by technology integration and automation, across its entire supply chain.
How the growing millennial market will transform the supply chain sector.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Modernizing your distribution business isn’t just about adopting the latest and greatest technology. From seamless scalability to cost-efficiency to tax benefits, the right solutions can pave the way to significant results.
10 tips for selecting and implementing a SaaS-based TMS solution.
AI is quickly gaining ground in supply chain management, and we’re seeing it applied to demand forecasting to overcome many obstacles.
Profile of Mark Baker, chief technology officer of Pilot Freight Services.
When first engaging in a partnership, shippers and their logistics providers identify a desired outcome and work collaboratively to deliver on those promises. In order to achieve the desired ROI and deliver on the promises made during the sales process, both parties need daily activities to align with that objective.
A profile of Denise Kopko, vice president of operations—commercial, supply chain and logistics, with Veolia North America, an environmental services company focused on designing and providing water, waste and energy management solutions for commercial, municipal and industrial customers.
To many of us, truck driving and virtual reality (VR) using simulation are at the opposite end of the technology spectrum. However, VR using proper simulation is the solution to a major problem that exists in the world of trucking and freight movement.
2018 has been marked by tariffs, trade deals, and technological advancements. Here are the highlights.
Readers get out their crystal balls and reveal the supply chain developments they expect to have the biggest impact in 2019.
Companies have struggled for many years to manage the growing complexities of their supply chains and go-to-market packaging content. Labeling has become more complicated, and Artwork Management has been challenged to meet an increasing number of demands on a global basis.
Christmas tree suppliers and consumers branch out with new online offerings and options.
For Calendar Year 2018 through November, the Port of Savannah has handled 4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, up from 3.72 million over the same period last year. Containers currently booked for December will add approximately 362,000 TEUs to the annual total.
Companies fixating on a single process frees people’s time and energy for other tasks, but established processes can cease to be a means to an end and become ends in-and-of themselves.
Symphony RetailAI, and CPG manufacturers, announced the findings of a benchmark report. The fourth annual study, conducted by Retail Systems Research (RSR) and sponsored by Symphony RetailAI, shows enhanced efficiencies from previous years, but clear room for improvement in fulfillment strategies, demand forecasting, and inventory accuracy and visibility.
A profile of Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management with BassTech International.
Walgreens is striving to become more consumer-friendly in an attempt to compete with e-commerce.
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To better understand when shippers should send their packages during the holiday season, GrandCanals, the market leader in analytics-driven fulfillment, is launching an AI-powered website at where companies can view holiday ship-by predictions for 2018, updated nightly. These predictions are determined by artificial intelligence and consider both historical and current shipping trends across the GrandCanals Delivery Performance tracking network.
A retailer or manufacturer who has a clear monitoring program in place will have peace of mind going through this holiday season. When everyone in the supply chain knows exactly what is going to happen if products are damaged, then the groups can work better together to ensure products arrive safely and consumers are happy.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain.
Companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions do, according to DHL’s latest research report on ground transportation logistics.
Leadership profile of Chris Cassidy, president of global healthcare logistics strategy, UPS.
Mobile weighing technologies meet the emerging “need for speed” trend by providing a means of weighment at the point of loading and unloading. They do this while at the same time immediately communicating a wealth of specific business and logistical data, eliminating inefficient traffic patterns, and improving safety by reducing traffic congestion.
This article recommends 12 strategies companies can implement to speed product flow in the supply chain.
U.S. Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway had one of their busiest months of the season in October. Overall cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 30.5 million metric tons, up four percent over the same period in 2017.
There’s a lot of interest in the industry right now regarding advanced technologies like blockchain and AI and the benefits they could bring to logistics operations – and with good reason. But, for all the promise these appear to hold, there are proven enhancement-focused tools already available – in particular, scorecards – that supply chain managers should take full advantage right now to ensure optimized performance across all supply chain functions.
Among the next-gen technologies set to affect the supply chain, blockchain and artificial intelligence are rapidly emerging with potential for significant impact.
Technology is the backbone of today's logistics systems, and shippers want to make the right choices for mission-critical systems.
American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), an industry-wide organization that provides supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations and other non-profits, offers a few practical do's and don'ts to help during a disaster.
Apple will launch a new first-of-its-kind investment fund in China to connect suppliers with renewable energy sources.
Nearly two-thirds of retail supply chain professionals struggle with disconnects between systems, finds Symphony RetailAI's Strengthening the Retail Supply Chain survey of North American retailers.
These simple steps will keep your supply chain moving forward efficiently, without harming the bottom line of your business or the customers you serve.
In logistics, two Ws are most important — where and when. Choosing the right sites and services is vital in getting your products where they need to go, when they need to get there.
This story provides an update on the state of intermodal transportation in the U.S., including the conditions driving shippers to make greater use of intermodal, moves the railroads are making to improve service, and the factors that help to determine whether a shipment should go intermodal or over the road.
If you think Amazon can't or won't do something, banish the thought. Well-run companies with qualified and competent executives should insist that every effort be made to identify how and when Amazon can impact its business.
Holiday preparations are in high gear with hiring sprees and e-commerce investments reported by retailers and logistics service providers alike.
Peak season is a great opportunity to determine where your warehouse priorities should lie. Here are the biggest stories to watch this holiday season.
Five trends shaping the maritime industry will also impact shippers: carrier consolidation and alliances, the increasing sizes of ships, ports that have become chokepoints, advancing technology, and increasing concerns about the environmental impact of shipping.
Instead of making, using, and disposing of products and materials, leading companies keep components in use in the value chain and logistics process for as long as possible.
Workforce and career development are on the national radar and many companies are stepping up with financial, time and expertise commitments to accomplish the goals of developing the U.S. workforce for tomorrow.
These best practices will help streamline your ocean freight process.
Metrolina Greenhouses integrates ERP and customized, industry-specific tools to improve order, shipping and billing management.
Innovations in logistics technology are making it possible to apply crowdsourcing long used for product design or marketing feedback in ways that are solving new problems that include final mile delivery of groceries and e-commerce orders to homes and businesses.
News and trends impacting the food and beverage supply chain.
When Landstar had to move oversized freight through five states, it developed and executed a plan for a safe and on time delivery.
A profile of Dean Z. Myers, vice president, global supply chain, technical operations and business development, The McDonald’s division of The Coca-Cola Company.
A new class of drones can speed inventory counts, administer life-saving medicine, anticipate your caffeine needs, and keep golfers on course.
An M&A creates an opportunity to derive significant supply chain value. It requires logistics managers to establish partnerships and develop organizational processes that increase operational excellence. Here are 6 supply chain optimization strategies for success.
News and trends impacting the high-tech and consumer electronics supply chain
As a booming economy, an aging and shrinking driver workforce, and the new EDL mandate combine with other factors to create a truckload capacity shortage, shippers have to change how they do business to make sure they can move goods. Experts share how to survive in a new economy where truckers are in the driver’s seat in more ways than one.
Advances in technology, increasing globalization, and the growth of e-commerce are upending the traditional freight bill audit and payment industry.
Readers take sides in the debate on whether to lower the minimum age for getting a CDL to 18 as a way to address the truck driver shortage.
The U.S. government reports strong growth for the GDP and freight in Q2 2018 but will such a growth continue despite truck capacity issues?
Executing against the wrong e-commerce strategy – or not having a strategy at all – is a recipe for higher costs and lower customer satisfaction levels and can have a major negative impact on your business.
Driver wellness programs are relatively easy to implement, don't cost money, and are the right thing to.
Wellness programs keep drivers healthy, and carriers wealthy and wise.
New York City Department of Transportation is keen on collaborating with shippers, transporters, and receivers to rethink their delivery schedule and shift to off-hour deliveries (OHD) with the goal of targeting 900 business establishments by the end of 2019.
The trends affecting supply chains require an agile approach.
Celadon Logistics helps shippers in time-sensitive industries avoid production disruptions while complying with the ELD mandate.
Celestica improves visibility, controls costs and seeks greater logistics flexibility with MercuryGate’s transportation management system solutions.
Crane Solutions optimized a client’s supply chain by implementing a network, which revolved around one primary location to service a group of hub locations around the United States.
Moving a whole supply chain from push to pull isn’t easy, but the benefits are worth the effort.
A home goods retailer turned to Hub Group to secure capacity in the face of a hectic peak season.
Inbound Logistics' annual Top 100 Truckers directory provides an in-depth index of carriers that match shippers' diverse and demanding needs.
Insights collected through Inbound Logistics' exclusive annual survey of shippers and truckers find the industry's most significant trends and challenges.
The fulfillment part of multi-channel e-commerce is tricky; store delivery is one possible last-mile option.
In selecting a specialized carrier, a shipper should evaluate people, processes and performance.
Applying these tips to your supply chain will boost your overall security. It won't be hackerproof, nothing is, but it will deter plenty of them.
Profile of David Goldberg, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding U.S.
A client looked to PLS Logistics for a way to drive real-time visibility, performance and cost savings to allow each of its 200+ office locations to operate effectively.
After Carter's implements a cloud-based platform, inventory management and supply chain visibility become child's play.
Up to 30 percent of e-commerce orders shipped to customers wind up coming back. Here's how smart retailers box up their reverse logistics strategies.
As your suppliers and customers become more geographically diverse, more of your supply chain and customer experience depends on moving shipments through Customs accurately and without delay.
In an effort to apply blockchain to the world’s global supply chain, Maersk Line and IBM have collaborated to develop TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled shipping solution to promote more efficient and secure global trade, bring together supply chain partners to support information sharing and transparency, and encourage industry-wide innovation.
Using technology to gain a clear view into your supply chain can both wipe out costs and pour revenue to your bottom line.
The second-busiest shopping season (after the holidays) gets ports bustling, retailers scrambling, and consumers wallet-busting.
Economic development partners collaborate to create incentive packages tailored to each company's needs.
The war between the retail/e-commerce customer experience and increasing costs is heating up, thanks to the impact that rising transportation prices are having on the retail process. That trend plagues e-commerce players and retailers, both large and small.
Home Depot will spend $1.2 billion to overhaul its supply chain to offer faster delivery for consumers and businesses. Walker Sands' 2018 Future of Retail report offers the home improvement retailer some advice:
Tech trends enable strategies that are reshaping global supply chains. These new technologies complement each other; used in combination they create synergies far beyond their individual impacts. Here are five key strategies that technologies of the near future will empower.
Large shipping losses declined by 38 percent globally over the past decade, but losses in Asia rose year-on-year, with incidents in the South China, Indochina, Indonesia, and Philippine maritime regions rising 25 percent.
No supply chain is immune from risk, and the farther a company's supply chain traverses the globe, the more opportunity for things to go awry.
New York City plans to overhaul its aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments to modernize maritime and rail assets and create new distribution facilities.
Jim Barnes did not have a mentor at the start of his career. "No one taught me how to become a leader," recalls Barnes, chief executive officer of enVista, an Indianapolis-based supply chain consultancy and software firm.
Drone technology company Flytrex, in partnership with Aha.is—Iceland's largest online marketplace—launched 13 new routes for an autonomous on-demand urban drone delivery service to serve nearly half of Reykjavik.
Readers tell us the best ways to manage time with a busy schedule.
On-demand services are becoming so much a part of our daily lives that millennials can't imagine a world before Uber or Postmates. Now, on-demand service is becoming a reality in the logistics real estate sector.
Erik Snyder, president of North America supply and procurement with Diageo, oversees Diageo's end-to-end supply chain and procurement operation in North America, including sourcing raw materials, distillation, manufacturing, packaging, planning, and customer service.
For logistics and manufacturing companies, the Sunshine State is the place to grow.
The Internet of Things is set to help transportation and logistics providers significantly reduce emissions, enabling compliance with clean air targets.
In recent years, a rise in e-commerce sales has led to an increase in the amount of items returned. This increase in returns creates a challenging situation for retailers and an opportunity for their 3PL providers.
Imagine the car in your driveway. Do you know exactly where it came from? A typical Toyota is comprised of nearly 30,000 moving parts — from the tires down to the smallest screws. Do you know, for certain, that each piece is up to standard?
Organizations must have the right processes and strategies in place in order to access that data, analyze it, and then make it actionable.
Virgin Hyperloop One will open a $500-million Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center in Spain, the company's first European development facility.
Cross-brand collaborations seem to be everywhere right now. But why the sudden explosion in collaborations? And why do brands do it?
Many industries, such as transportation and logistics, have deployed enterprise software to help operate and manage work processes for decades now. And, as a result, companies and the solutions providers have collected a treasure trove of information, not only about an individual company, but about the industry as a whole.
When faced with the logistical dilemma created by the truck driver shortage, increased traffic, and the increase from retail to e-commerce, challenges can't be fixed by doing what's always been done.
Supply chains should allocate product across today's complex omni-channel networks to fulfill customer demand.
Do you sometimes feel like cushioning your facilities and workers with bubble wrap to keep them safe? Here are five ways to pop that problem.
The United States and its northern neighbor remain trading partners with staying power.
To help shippers understand UPS's recent surcharge increases, Spend Management Experts, a supply chain spend management consultancy, outlines the carrier's new fees and their potential impact.
Ensuring summer foods make it to consumers fresh and intact ain't no picnic.
With an integrated TMS platform, customers can feel confident that they will get a variety of shipping options and correct pricing based on where they are shipping to.
If your company seems stuck and can’t get to the level of maturity you would like in your S&OP process, follow Lemonis’ 3 Ps of Success modified for S&OP.
Independent footwear chain Browns Shoes reduced order lead time and more quickly filled e-commerce orders with an order management system.
Here are the latest materials handling technologies.
SEKO Logistics helped virtualization technology company Sphere 3D Corp. gain global visibility and reduce warehousing and logistics costs.
With driver shortage and capacity issues affecting trucking, once wary shippers are taking a different view of rail intermodal.
Supply chain managers can maximize their value by upgrading their competencies and business acumen.
The e-commerce space is evolving quickly, and retailers must take care to consider consumers' shifting expectations, especially when dealing with younger shoppers.
Logistics service providers reveal how they treat their customers like VIPs.
Due to the sensitive nature of the products Allied exports, the distributor turned to automation to stay on top of increasingly complex and rapidly changing international trade policies, regulations, sanctions, and restricted party lists, which in some cases change overnight.
What shippers can do to understand the proposed tariffs on imports from China.
Businesses are increasingly realizing that user experience (UX) correlates closely to user engagement. The implications of a successful UX make it way more than just a satisfaction ranking.
Shippers can take several steps to rein in airfreight costs. These include checking that it’s truly necessary, combining air with other modes of transportation, incorporating air into their ongoing logistics planning, and developing strong relationships with freight forwarders.
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, created a severe shortage of IV bags in the continental United States. The reason: Baxter International, one of the major suppliers, manufactures the products in the U.S. territory and was crippled by the loss of electricity to the island. As a result, many hospitals in the United States suffered an acute shortage of the critical resource.
U.S. port authorities identify more than $20 billion in projected multimodal port and rail access needs over the next decade, while one-third cite pressing rail project needs costing at least $50 million for each of their ports, according to a new American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) survey, The State of Freight III.
There is so much effort and capital being directed at wanting to make trucks driverless, but if you don't need the driver, why do you need the truck?
When efficiency is the primary focus in integrated supply chain management, every little bit that helps to tighten both front- and back-end processes helps. Increasingly, companies in a variety of verticals are achieving such efficiencies by leaning on disruptive technologies.
This feature examines the impact of both upcoming and current disruptions on the automotive industry and looks at how automakers and their partners are adjusting to the changes.
Internal audits are the cornerstone of your compliance program. Monitoring your performance, and that of your customs broker, is the only way to determine if the policies and procedures you’ve put in place are effective.
Thirty women have become small business owners in the trucking industry thanks to the efforts of Expediter Services (ES), in conjunction with the Women in Trucking Association.
As e-commerce continues to grow, footwear brands and retailers benefit from continually increasing sales. The challenge for e-tailers is to be profitable while dealing with fickle consumer tastes and product seasonality, a high return rate and large number of SKUs, and packaging that’s larger and bulkier than its parent category, apparel.
Humanitarian supply chains have an opportunity to employ best practices in performance management to make their donor dollars go far further than they do today. If you lead a humanitarian supply chain, what can you do?
Ritrama, an Italian multinational self-adhesive materials producer, chose Ferretto Group's technological solutions for its new automated warehouse located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Clearly, increased trucking costs are the new normal. Also as clear is the other dynamic, which is emphasized a little less these days but all the more important to offset cost increases in other areas: Use your logistics partner strategically and offset rising transport costs.
While many challenges arise from an omnichannel retail strategy, supply chain professionals must rise to the occasion and stay ahead of these changes.
Pharmaceuticals typically require special attention and handling throughout the supply chain. Consider the following attributes in a potential transportation provider.
Slightly fewer than half of fleet operators responding to a Coretex Electronic Logging Device (ELD) satisfaction survey say the mandate is good for the transportation industry. Coretex surveyed 303 U.S. trucking companies of various sizes.
Led by a new crop of innovative executives, modern Class 1 railroads, along with real estate professionals, are responding to new logistics demands and spearheading substantial rail-oriented industrial development projects across the nation.
Nestlé, the world's largest food and drink company, and XPO Logistics, a global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution center at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire, UK.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advice for a successful IoT implementation.
We are evolving to the point where we can share information between members of the supply chain, automate processes such as ordering, quotation and route optimization, and collaboratively work together to manage the exceptions.
Today’s crop of electric bikes and electric trikes can help meet consumer expectations for both speed and sustainability.
For shippers, importing to and exporting from Mexico can present a unique set of challenges. One of the toughest challenges that cross-border shippers in today’s market face is securing high quality capacity on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Logistics professionals called on to execute an outside-the-box project need to think across dimensions and time zones while planning for every eventuality.
When a customer needed help with an inefficient consolidation process, Celadon Logistics created a solution.
U.S.-based low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines flies into the international freight transportation field with the launch of a new Houston-Mexico City route. The carrier plans to add Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas to its network by end of summer 2018.
Retailers may face significant challenges when expanding further into the online/e-commerce business. Some challenges may involve supply chain management issues.
Cargo theft continues to be a challenge to shippers, totaling an estimated $145 million in losses each year in North America. Use these tips to keep your cargo safe.
Shipper of choice and sustainability are trending terms among supply chain managers but they’re nothing new to the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in North America. The company’s logistics operation has a long track record of attracting carriers that share a commitment to customer service, efficiency, and sustainable transportation.
It’s a boon year for third-party logistics providers offering innovative, flexible, and reliable solutions to meet shipper demands. Presented alphabetically, these are the 100 3PLs Inbound Logistics editors chose as the best of the best. Search the 3PL Decision Support Tool for an even deeper dive.
Here are five tips for refocusing your approach to solution design with an end-to-end mindset.
Should you offshore, nearshore, or reshore? It helps to understand how each model impacts the supply chain before you ante up.
A lack of accountability is contributing to the 1.3 billion metric tons of food being wasted along the supply chain every year, equating to one-third of all food produced, attendees heard at the CCA's recent conference in Luxembourg.
How companies are adopting demand segmentation and leveraging its benefits in tackling demand volatility and channel shifts is the subject of a new report, Demand Segmentation Users are Better Equipped to Manage Their Channel Challenges.
The recent massive recall of romaine lettuce teaches some lessons that will be helpful to anyone facing a future recall.
Use this advice to navigate the process of selecting and deploying a TMS solution in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional solutions.
The nation’s ports are testing technologies and investing in infrastructure improvements to adapt to a world where the ultimate consumer increasingly embraces Amazon-like expectations.
Hollingsworth assisted a leading automotive manufacturer with an unexpected surge with strategic negotiations and savvy adjustments to inventory management.
Faced with rapidly-accelerating demand for its products, skin care company Rodan + Fields, an e-commerce merchant, chooses a distribution solution that includes a new location and automation.
Warehouses should use these techniques to maintain service level agreements—the guaranteed turnaround time for an order to go out—during peak demand periods.
Blockchain is the topic of the moment in supply chain. But what can it really do for supply chains today, and where can it take us tomorrow?
Here are the main factors impacting the current freight market and strategies for driving overall cost savings during this historic time.
While technology is helpful in executing specific tasks, it cannot alone replace quality human interaction. Shippers should make sure their 3PL provider is working with them in an efficient, friendly, and attentive manner.
If you’re a small business trying to establish yourself or grow in e-commerce, you know it can be an uphill battle. That doesn’t mean you can’t compete.
Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly demanding, and matching supply to demand is crucial for any successful supply chain.
Jack Buffington, supply chain leader with MillerCoors and professor at the University of Denver, manages a complex beer supply chain.
How John Burke, CEO of Armada reached his position and guides his company.
New supply chain services and solutions.
Each year, the Inbound Logistics Readers’ Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence survey gives shippers the chance to give a shout-out to providers that have taken on so much of their load. Here are the best of the best.
Consolidating three independent operating companies into one at Smithfield Foods is triggering significant changes in the three organizations’ supply chains. Reducing complexity and improving visibility are not only making supply chain processes more efficient, they’re also saving money and helping the corporation achieve its sustainability goals.
By 2019 there could be 224 million digital shoppers in the U.S., and according to research by McKinsey, about 70 percent of those shoppers will choose the cheapest form of home delivery. Why? Because of increased consumer preferences and the evolution of warehouse-to-home delivery systems.
When an electronics store was faced with consistent freight forwarding damage claims they turned to Seko Logistics for a solution.
It could be the best of times – or the worst of times – depending on how you incorporate certain elements of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) into your financial reporting. With proper planning and forecasting, businesses across the manufacturing and logistics industries may reap substantial benefits under the new tax law. However, it all depends on your unique business situation and how you choose to apply some of the different incentives to achieve your financial reporting objectives. Your vigilance and planning could help you take advantage of some of the corporate-positive changes while mitigating any potential negative effects.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, advanced analytics is the key to gaining access to hidden insights about your business that can drive growth and improve performance.
Problems in the global supply chain are the cause of world hunger, but technology can easily fix them.
Inbound Logistics features its annual G75—a carefully curated list of 75 companies that go above and beyond to ensure their global supply chains are sustainable, and their operations are socially and environmentally friendly.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the industry expected a driver shortage of more than 50,000 at the end of 2017. Unfortunately, it’s projected to only get worse. By the ATA’s projections, the shortage could extend to more than 174,000 drivers by 2026.
Small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) struggling for equal footing in the global economy increasingly look to cross-border trade for growth, seeing technology as a way past obstacles in shipping and compliance, according to new research from Shipa Freight.
Tracking shipments independent of the carrier or mode of transport provides you with analytics that help you cut through the noise and make sense of the data to improve operational efficiencies.
Small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) face numerous international trade obstacles, finds a Shipa Freight study.
Despite trade tensions, port business in the United States and Asia is booming, reports the latest Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators (gKNi).
Brace yourself for some mechanical marvels that could punch up DC and factory productivity. Fighting gravity, strain, and injury, these mechanized support systems give warehouse and assembly line workers near-superhero strength and Iron Man-like stamina
Is more always better? When it comes to a shipper's supply chain and big data, more data doesn't necessarily equate to better productivity. How you leverage and utilize the influx of data is what's key. Use these tips to utilize big data to drive performance in their supply chains.
Microsoft has entered a partnership with ocean carrier OOCL to develop artificial intelligence (AI) in shipping, with the goal of helping Microsoft better understand and predict shipping patterns and variables.
The current expansion phase for U.S. industrial and logistics real estate appears poised to surpass the typical lifespan of an economic cycle due to demand from e-commerce companies, according to a new report from CBRE.
5 Ways Warehousing is Going Green
Dan Curtis of BNSF Logistics discusses his leadership strategies and priorities.
Read our latest update on consumer packaged goods.
A new alliance between CEVA Global Logistics and IMS Worldwide (IMSW) offers Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) services to U.S. shippers.
As next-gen supply chain professionals set their career goals, mentoring by seasoned professionals can help them up their game.
Readers reveal the technologies they would rev up to boost supply chain efficiency.
These are good times for chemical manufacturing in the United States. But an active market creates special challenges for companies that need to transport chemical products.
Combined Company Trax Group creates a single global technology platform across all shipping modes and a suite of transportation spend management analytics.
American Airlines becomes the first U.S. passenger carrier to begin cargo service to Cuba.
Clarifying The Business Case For Green Supply Chain Management
To attract women who want to pursue graduate degrees in supply chain management, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics announced a new scholarship in partnership with AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education), an industry-wide organization for senior-level women in the supply chain field.
If you spend too much time clearing privacy protection notices from your email box, thank the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But what exactly is this regulation and how might it impact future supply chain technological innovation?
Transplace helped a frozen pizza business expand its transportation network to increase operational efficiency and maximize financial savings.
There are a lot of moving parts in the production of a product. The key is to value stream your supply chain to make sure everyone understands the risks and rewards in the process.
These are the latest supply chain solutions and services you should know about.
Without great delivery route planning and scheduling, all the smart, powerful technology invested in grinds to a halt at the final hurdle.
With e-commerce giants fueling a spike in shipping volumes, to stay competitive logistics companies need to increase efficiency, while reducing costs.
The talent gap continues to be a concern in the supply chain/logistics sector. To help combat it, many universities and educational institutions are working to attract new students to the sector, and provide appropriate training. One such school is the University of Washington, College of Engineering-Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics master's program.
As technology and innovation continue to enable new options, supply chains will be sure to keep pace and take us to new heights.
Military logisticians may face unique life or death challenges when moving cargo, but in the end, the civilian and military supply chain aren’t so different.
Blockchain technology creates a global and trustworthy history of a product—from transaction to production to consumption. It has the potential to revolutionize workflows across international borders, empowering an automated, connected supply chain with simplicity and traceability.
When an industrial manufacturer needed to reduce supply chain costs they teamed up with Crane Worldwide Logistics for an innovative solution.
With so many choices available, shippers must truly understand what they want a Transportation Management System to accomplish in order to make the right selection.
With a combination of compelling traits, some places are particularly well suited to supply chain operations. Here are 8 characteristics that define a logistics hot spot.
Saddle Creek helped allheart get orders out quickly, control costs, and keep up with demand spikes.
Thanks to its strong global and fast-growing market, the St. Louis region is a leader in freight, setting records and gaining national and global significance.
How the rise of big data tools levels the playing field and offers insights across a global supply chain.
Wood or plastic? Lease or purchase? Whatever your operations need, there's a pallet provider ready to supply it.
Time will tell if subscription retail is a viably long-term innovation for the retail industry as a whole, or merely the next iteration of online shopping. But it’s a retail trend that has certainly not yet reached its peak.
Readers discuss ways to solve the warehouse labor shortage.
Retailers and manufacturers are beginning to seek a solution to eliminate supply chain silos and transcend the restrictions of traditional TMS static rules and rates that lead to customer disruptions and cost inefficiencies.
Despite its criticality, most companies are very poor at supply chain planning. Here’s a recipe for dealing with complexity and deploying a set of world-class supply chain planning capabilities.
The key to supply chain visibility is a common system that all stakeholders can use to plan their moves, be alerted to changes as they occur, and make real time adjustments to keep the supply chain moving smoothly.
Even after adding a third production shift to its foundry, Lodge Manufacturing Company couldn’t manufacture enough cast-iron cookware to fill orders. To meet demand, the family-owned business in southern Tennessee invested $85 million in a second foundry, a modern 212,000-square-foot distribution center, and the company’s first warehouse management system, mobe3 from EVS.
SMC³ will discuss the implications of the rising reliance on reverse logistics during our upcoming educational conference, Connections 2018, held June 25-27 at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
Carriers, shippers and logistic service providers are facing new challenges today. With digitalization, all players in the supply chain will require instant and efficient response time to their questions or concerns.
Here are some warehouse operations moves—some small steps, some not—companies can do to boost their bottom lines and improve customer satisfaction, including layout and organization, docking, picking and receiving, fulfillment, and packaging.
No hype here. These three technological innovations are already enhancing effectiveness, lowering operational costs, and increasing customer satisfaction in supply chain management.
Warehouses who use this philosophy to create disciplined, rigorous strategies were able to achieve superior results.
Use these 10 tips to get the most out of big data.
To find additional capacity, strategic, proactive sourcing methods based on technology specifically created for transportation procurement can uncover hidden carrier capacity by connecting shippers to logistics service providers.
It can be easy to ignore the efficiency of administrative activities in the supply chain but office activities can constitute approximately 50 percent of the order to shipment lead time. Here’s how to apply lean tools to your office.
This second-annual report is designed to help warehouses increase both their market share and profitability by addressing the most dramatic change of all—The Rising Demand for a Superior Customer Experience.
Recruiting Generation Z members is one solution for the truck driver shortage, but companies should gear their recruitment tactics toward this tech-savvy set.
SwanLeap’s carrier optimization helped an HVAC supplier increase efficiency and annual savings.
When Lindsey Graves joined Sunset Transportation in 2006, the founder and CEO—who happens to be her father—asked her to learn the business by spending some time in every possible role. As the years progressed, that didn't mean dealing just with the company's freight operations.
Supporting a multi-channel delivery model requires an agile supply chain and exceptional planning and execution processes and technology to make it work.
For businesses that haven't transitioned to new operating systems, time is running out to avoid the costs and risks of business disruptions. If you haven't already made a switch, here are some potential next steps.
Unyson helped its customer gain improved order predictability and better service at a lower cost.
Direct Relief turns to Newcastle Systems to speed the handling of crucial medicines to people in dire need.
Before implementing supply chain visibility software, consider these four actions:
Creating an ongoing logistics/supply chain technology investment strategy can radically advance supply chain efficiency. In a growing economy, it’s essential.
Social media is no longer just for likes and shares. Using AI and extensive datasets, supply chain managers can stay ahead of breaking events to make the most informed decisions to help keep their products and people safe and secure.
Blockchain allows shippers and other supply chain participants to collaborate in a new way, removing significant costs—both hard and soft—out of the supply chain. Here’s how.
These vending machines dispense with supply chain inefficiency, selling products ranging from cars to champagne bottles.
For most organizations, it is not a matter of if but when a supply disruption will occur. Yet few have invested in the systems and programs needed to respond.
Spotlight on efficiency-boosting products for warehouses and distribution centers.
News and trends impacting the agriculture supply chain.
Profile of Joel Kamp, head of the bulk scheduling center, Americas region, with The Linde Group, a gases and engineering company
Still struggling to get your logistics technology up to speed? You're not alone. See why companies are increasingly outsourcing IT to their third-party logistics providers.
When we said 2017 was one of the most disruptive years for global supply chains in recent years, thanks to natural disasters, geopolitical conflicts, and regulatory upheaval, we couldn’t have foreseen the twists and turns that would take shape in 2018.
A 3PL's cold call leads to a cool technology solution that streamlines processes and minimizes service disruptions
It's no secret that data is the foundation for a world class logistics strategy. It's also no secret how to find the right data, yet many companies struggle to find the data they’ve been looking for.
Right now, there is a disconnect between shippers, carriers, and customers that does not allow for blockchain and deep analytics to be applied. A better platform for collaboration throughout the industry will drive growth and the overall success of the logistics sector.
Various uses of robots in the supply chain and the benefits those systems provide.
Advance ship notices (ASNs) can boost the retail supply chain’s ability to deliver what the consumer wants with speed and accuracy.
As technology and innovation continue to enable new options, supply chains will be sure to keep pace and take us to new heights.
There is no magic bullet to overcome the challenges associated with the capacity crunch, but the supply chain has proven to be the competitive battleground of the future.
Blockchain adoption is not as swift as it seems. The industry giants leading the charge are backing closed, permission-based blockchain initiatives, which are bound to limit their effectiveness in the long run. Here’s how to unleash the full potential of blockchain.
As closer supply chain ties are forged with vendors, logistics managers must increasingly collaborate with procurement. To provide insight, a new study illuminates today's procurement process, and the many challenges purchasing managers face.
A leading industrial manufacturer with multiple warehouses across the globe needed to know when shipments were being delivered so they could adequately staff warehouses to meet volume demands.
Investing in new and improved information technology and robotic process automation (RPA), talent shortages, and trade protectionism are predicted to be the top trends in service delivery for 2018 and the next several years, according to the latest quarterly KPMG Global Insights Pulse survey.
Robotic process automation is redrawing the logistics landscape, bringing productivity gains that are compounded across thousands of transactions in supply chains. Find out what it means for buyers of 3PL services.
News and trends affecting the aerospace industry supply chain
Despite the highly competitive environment, it’s possible to compete with e-commerce giants. It just takes creativity, a strong, optimized supply chain and, of course, excellent customer service.
Readers share the most fun or interesting part about their work in the supply chain.
Profile of Doug Mueller, CEO of Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Are last-mile deliveries being left to ununiformed, lightly skilled, newly hired Uberesque drivers, despite technology upgrades and changing consumer demands?
Inbound Logistics surveys the supply chain technology market to evaluate the latest trends and uncover the most innovative providers in their respective fields.
There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to managing transportation operations, so each shipper needs to carefully consider each option before making a decision.
Profile of Michele van Krieken, global supply chain manager with The Chemours Company
Here are the six most important elements to consider when creating an item-specific supply chain strategy.
Having tools such as predictive analytics technology integrated with artificial intelligence while still enthusiastically embracing the craft of logistics will be how our industry truly innovates for our clients.
A mix of experienced logistics service providers, resilient infrastructure, flexible transportation options, and a seasoned workforce combine to make Alaska a land of promise for companies doing business with the state.
Seeing what’s happening throughout the supply chain is essential in today’s always-on, omnichannel shipping environment. Here’s how businesses can gain the insight and control they need as they move their goods around the globe.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
IoT is creating amazing opportunities for supply chain stakeholders to process data and automate environmental interactions in new ways. Here’s how to manage security risks.
A look at news and trends impacting the global automobile industry.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Readers reveal what they would tell their younger selves about supply chain management.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Every two years, the Olympics bring together some of the best athletes in the world. But in between the games, supply chain professionals, logistics experts, and manufacturers work to bring the event itself together.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
2018 looks to be off to a flying start for the air cargo industry, according to World ACD, but it may be too early to celebrate. Worldwide air cargo yield dropped to USD $1.89 (U.S. dollars) in January 2018, 7.8 percent below December, but 16.8 percent higher than January 2017.
Inbound Logistics' 14th annual Global Logistics Guide presents a transportation and logistics world atlas to help you stay on top of shifting global dynamics and identify and map out continents and countries that require further exploration.
Participating beneficial cargo owners can benefit from enhanced purchasing power, service monitoring, and cost transparency as a result of a new partnership between supply chain consulting company Chainalytics and global shipping consultancy Drewry.
Dedicated truckload fleets fill up on technology solutions that pump crucial data from power units and trailers and deliver it to shippers ready to give their supply chains the gas.
Freightos conducted a survey to reveal how cumbersome logistics remains to American companies importing goods.
Growing cargo thefts across Germany, resulting in product losses valued at $1.3 billion annually, have prompted business associations in the country to launch a joint initiative to tackle the problem.
Seaports are a vital economic engine for the United States and a huge driver of demand for industrial real estate. Imports represented 63 percent of the total loaded cargo volume in 2017 for the top 13 ports in the United States.
A Patterson, California, high school has an answer to the commercial truck driver shortage: kick young students' interest into high gear.
To gauge shipper perspectives on trade in today's world, and particularly about the shift in free trade agreement (FTA) focus, global logistics and transportation solutions company BDP polled U.S. importers and exporters attending its 29th Annual Regulatory Compliance Seminar in Houston in late February.
The rise of e-commerce, coupled with manufacturing and logistics facilities implementing robotics and other emerging technologies in the production process, has caused demand for digitally savvy workers with trade skills to skyrocket.
The nation's top-performing, most cost-effective highways can be found in North Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and South Carolina, according to the latest edition of the Reason Foundation Annual Highway Report.
2017 was another banner year for the industrial real estate market, in large part due to consumer confidence, which hit a 17-year high in December, according to Transwestern's year-end national industrial report.
Shippers express concern about finding capacity, but how do carriers see the situation? To find out, Transporeon Group, a cloud-based supply chain execution platform provider, surveyed its base of more than 3,000 North American logistics service providers.
In the logistics sphere, Georgia offers every important road—as well as air and sea route—to success.
E-commerce is an increasingly powerful engine for growth, and offers the best opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses, according to research conducted by DHL.
Providers that specialize and target a specific industry, geographical market, or will limit their service offering are referred to as niche 3PL’s. Here are some of the advantages to using a niche 3PL over a traditional provider.
E-commerce continues to mow down traditional business practices. To adapt, companies serving manufacturing, industrial, and retail customers are seeding their portfolios with new services, and not letting any grass grow under their feet.
With a digital model of the global supply chain, companies can realize collaboration, automation, analytics and flexibility. The result is a transformed global supply chain with improved margins, greater agility, and reduced risk.
As cargo volumes and the complexity of port operations continue to increase, the Port of Long Beach and GE Transportation are collaborating on a pilot project to improve cargo flow, increase visibility, and enhance real-time decision-making.
Partnering with a 3PL could be the best solution to improved visibility and lower costs over the long haul.
Companies concerned with cost control, competitive differentiation, and innovation are more than ever seeking professionals who can drive substantive change.
The business case for capitalizing on record freight volumes is clear. Here’s how to unlock immense sums of money in the supply chain.
Profile of Frank Guenzerodt, president and CEO, Dachser USA
Shortly after the Trump administration announced the United States would impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Harley-Davidson was among the companies expressing concern.
The Internet of Things offers greater differentiation and innovation of the supply chain, which can lead to a competitive advantage.
Use these tips to obtain end-to-end visibility, and ultimately, ensure a more efficient supply chain.
MIT and JDA Software will team up to advance research on intelligent supply chains, including machine learning, optimization, and consumer behavior modeling. The collaboration leverages both parties' business domain expertise and customer base.
Profile of Mike Parsley, senior vice president of distribution with Tailored Brands, Inc., a U.S.-based retail holding company for Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, and other men’s apparel brands.
A Georgia senate committee has named Savannah and Augusta as locations for new logistics technology innovation and information technology corridors.
Demand-driven logistics can help manage supply chain disruption caused by trade uncertainty, tariffs, protectionism, and retaliation.
Port of Rotterdam and IBM develop the model port of the future.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Artificial intelligence is poised to transform supply chains with breakthrough capabilities to process real-time data and make intelligent recommendations. So where should you start?
Airline confidence stays high, according to IATA’s latest airline business confidence index.
Retailer H&M will increase supply chain investments and continue cost control measures to address slow growth in 2017, and keep pace with e-commerce rivals.
UPS will develop a new operations center in the North American Borderplex.
Global trade continues to grow according to DHL’s new Global Trade Barometer.
Georgia Ports Authority outlines ambitious growth plans.
The 2017 hurricane season serves as a risk management wake-up call.
Amazon receives patents for wristband systems to monitor warehouse workers.
Three main ways that managed security services can save a business from the disaster of data loss.
Business leaders are divided in their vision of the future of human-machine partnerships.
Supply chain professionals need more accurate and effective cost information to help their decision-making.
Truckload shipping costs are skyrocketing. Here are some strategies to help you contain increasing prices.
Profile of Derek Leathers, president and CEO of Werner Enterprises, Omaha, Nebraska
The symbiotic relationship between trade compliance and supply chain is the cornerstone of a shipper’s competitive advantage. You know this well, but you may be unfamiliar with how NAFTA affects your entire supply chain.
As the shipping and transportation landscape adapts to changing business needs and technology capabilities, it’s essential for industry groups to come together and support a sustainable logistics ecosystem.
Profile of Howie Mann, a founder and a board member with the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in New York City
Church’s chicken was in the market to lower packaging material costs so they partnered with a food packaging specialist for a more cost effective solution.
Definitions of supply chain terms we know you won't hear around the conference table
New supply chain services and solutions
In today’s complex marketplace, supply chain professionals need a varied set of skills and competencies to help their employers succeed — everything from a strategic orientation to a comfort with data and an awareness of social and environmental obligations.
Readers tell us what they would buy for their supply chain if budget were not a consideration.
Here’s how to navigate disruptions in the supply chain and turn them into new opportunities.
What does 2018 have in store? Inbound Logistics asked industry watchers what tops their list of terms that will dominate conversations this year. The consensus is that the supply chain community will see these six terms continue to emerge and gain traction in the market.
In the rush to satisfy ever-increasing demands for speed and efficiency, and the clarion calls to deliver your best customer experience, supply chain managers need to consider that impact on the worker experience.
New supply chain services and solutions
Warehouses who use this philosophy to create disciplined, rigorous strategies were able to achieve superior results.
This article examines the special issues that companies encounter when they sell customized products to consumers and describes how some companies handle those challenges.
A provider with these 10 qualities will put your logistics outsourcing on the path for success.
These can't-events dive into the latest innovations and top-of-mind challenges facing supply chain professionals. Come for the insightful perspectives and stay for the thought-provoking discussions.
With its distribution center approaching capacity, Michael Kors had several options to consider, including one that would expand the existing facility. The fashion company turned to supply chain software company LLamasoft for help evaluating possible solutions. The collaboration also led to Michael Kors developing a core supply chain decision-making capability as well as systems it could use for other purposes.
As more and more consumers order delivered meals from restaurants or through pre-packaged meal kits, foodservice companies will need to focus on quality and safety as much as they do speed and cost-efficiency.
Crumbling U.S. transportation infrastructure gets worse every year, and failure to address it soon will leave us in the midst of a crisis we can’t dig out of. There’s no more time to sit on our hands; it’s up to the U.S. government and the private sector to act before we reach a point of no return.
Shipper demands, customer expectations and 3PL capabilities increase, putting supply chain at the forefront.
Industry 4.0, the trend toward smart factories, will touch all aspects of the supply chain, and you should plan your mobile robotic system accordingly.
When moving high-value items, proper packaging and labeling, efficient scheduling, discretion, and a bit of extra effort are key to minimizing the risk of theft or damage.
Technological advances in the past decade have provided shippers with increasingly detailed visibility of their supply chain from end to end. As the tools available to view the supply chain become more sophisticated, shippers are taking advantage of this new level of insight to improve efficiency and better manage their inventory. Shippers no longer view supply chain visibility as a tool designed only to help cut costs – they see it as a potential contributor to growth.
Digital loadboards are transforming the spot market from a people business to a fast-paced online marketplace that matches freight and shippers faster than ever. Shippers can tap into the flexibility of the spot market while working with carriers that meet their standards.
Companies need to develop successful tactics and strategies in the recruitment and retention of drivers in order to remain competitive.
Supply chain financing allows companies to delay paying for transportation or goods while suppliers are still paid quickly – for a fee. While it might seem counterintuitive, participants say it’s a win-win for all. Here’s how it works and trends worth watching.
Supply chain technology ecosystems are evolving as once distinct processes for executing TMS, WMS and YMS functions converge. Is the best path forward stitching together a trifecta of best-of-breed technologies, or going all-in on a single instance, single platform for all three?
Global trade disruptions come in all shapes and sizes, and can wreak havoc on supply chains. Find out what proactive strategies and tactics leading companies are using to tackle the escalating challenge of supply chain risk management.
Artificial intelligence, hidden cameras, robots—These are not part of a new movie, but reflect daily life in a "hurry up" world of impatient consumers. Read how supply chains are adapting to serve a market increasingly driven by e-commerce and Amazon-like business models.
Vendor-managed inventory partnerships strive to improve efficiency by allowing suppliers to maintain the inventory of their products at the stores and other locations operated by their partners in the supply chain. VMI relies on a tight-knit collaboration between supplier and buyer to improve product availability while decreasing excess inventory.
E-commerce is redrawing the landscape for freight transportation. Do truckload carriers have a place in this new world of high-velocity supply chains, especially as shipments get smaller and delivery windows shrink?
With the massive scope of supply chain, the benefits that blockchain could provide are well worth exploring, particularly in times of crisis.
Although serial numbers were initially created to track production, they are an invaluable tool for reverse logistics. Here’s how to get the most out of serial numbers.
Readers reveal the term that will loom large in 2018.
The current U.S. administration is not averse to disruption, and risk professionals in the supply chain and logistics sector need to be prepared to manage political and regulatory unknowns. Here's how.
Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) drive continuous improvement for the shippers they serve through innovative solutions, up-to-date technology, and sheer effort.
There is a great opportunity for growth in many business sectors, and the role of supply chain excellence is fundamentally important in that economic environment.
The perfect storm is here: between the back-to-back hurricanes of 2017, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate going into effect, and the ongoing driver shortage crisis, the transportation industry is experiencing a critical capacity crunch.
Key findings from the 2017 Global Shopper Study
These primary techniques help achieve supply chain optimization.
The Global Food Safety Initiative is working to improve food safety across the globe through GFSI-recognized certification programs and its platform for collaboration, and by reducing redundant audits and developing food safety capacity around the world.
Target acquired same-day delivery company Shipt.
E-commerce has driven a more than doubling of the average footprint of warehouses built in the United States since the early 2000s.
The U.S. healthcare system faces many challenges that efficient supply chain management can help heal.
The pace of transformation in supply chain and logistics shows no signs of stopping in 2018 and changes in commerce, technology, demographics, and regulation will have huge implications on the industry.
Partnering with a third-party logistics company enabled to Velour Imports to sell regional products on a global scale.
What does the digital supply chain mean for your company? More integration, better visibility, a single version of the truth, a clearer view of the future—and maybe a few flying robots.
For the supply chain and warehousing sector, the burgeoning millennial workforce means an increased need for providing more sophisticated and functional mobile solutions.
The widening of the Panama Canal ushers in an era of big ships and big opportunities. Companies with a New Jersey location are well-positioned to capitalize on this exciting new era.
Here is a snapshot into the top pain-points and how to deal with these challenges.
Companies interested in financing transportation equipment in 2018 have a number of product and partner choices.
While machine learning and predictive intelligence will shape this era, creative companies which value collaboration, human expertise and servant leadership can change the game.
This story looks at some ways in which companies are using IoT or IIoT technology along the supply chain and discusses the added value companies will gain as they move from discrete applications to integrated ones.
Shippers with solid TMS platforms in place can save money not only in terms of freight rates, but also in terms of cost avoidance and labor expenses.
A 3PL could offer benefits worth exploring to help you accommodate e-commerce growth.
Here are 10 supply chain threats and trends to look out for.
As more consumers choose e-commerce for a variety of goods, how are less-than-truckload carriers being impacted? Trucking companies are developing new strategies to serve retailers and manufacturers creating the goods that impatient consumers expect fast and free.
It’s time to make inbound freight a priority and begin reaping the benefits of a program that creates win-win rewards for all supply chain partners.
This year, you may want to start your holiday planning earlier with a more structured methodology. Here’s why.
Use this advice to implement a leadership training program.
Profile of Steve Ahern, manager of supply chain operational design with BASF, a leading chemical company
During a supply chain check-up, focusing on a few of the right diagnostics results in healthy cost savings.
Transplace established an LTL consolidation program to increase load capacity and reduce freight costs for a Canadian hardware wholesaler.
High-performing supply chain organizations are differentiated on how well they respond to the unexpected.
The use of analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste, and abuse risk has increased.
Profile of Ryan Wall, president and CEO of FHI (Freight Handlers, Inc.) in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
If you suspect that carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more often than single-stop loads, you’re only partially right.
Today’s world of disruptors and changing consumer behaviors drive companies to continuously revisit their network strategies. Use these tips to create a demand-driven supply chain.
Status quo will not be the norm in 2018 as major and minor changes are brewing in business operations.
Nurturing and maintaining delicate flowers throughout the supply chain is not for the faint-hearted. Here are a few stats showing logistics savvy in full blossom.
Data scientists at fleet management solutions provider Omnitracs recently conducted some research into what the trucking industry looked like in 2016 vs. 2017.
Maturing systems, implementation expertise, and newly enacted tax incentives bode well for significant leaps in supply chain efficiency. Here’s why 2018 will be the year for technology ROI.
Now that the ELD Mandate has taken effect, grabbing an ELD device off the shelf may seem like a quick and effective fix. It’s not. Here’s what to look for and avoid when making this critical selection.
Supply chain collaboration (SCC) is vital for companies to make critical decisions quickly and outpace the competition. But, are the key concepts of collaboration a current reality or a myth? This article breaks them down.
Many companies handle supply chain anomalies with reactive planning systems, but this approach leaves them vulnerable to disruption. One new approach to dealing with supply chain uncertainty is to use machine learning to predict what might go wrong.
A rapid implementation strategy is ideal for enterprises whom must implement very fast, as well as continuing focus on process improvements.
Blockchain and robotic process automation is the next big bet.
A review of the hottest logistics and supply chain books available to help shippers boost their knowledge and skills.
Cloud technologies support innovative supply chain solutions that deliver the right goods to the right place at the right time—as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Here’s why supply chain managers should look to the cloud now.
The clarion call to digitize the supply chain is louder than ever before. In order to meet consumer demands and gain competitive advantage, shippers are retooling their supply chains to be more agile, efficient, and transparent. But where do you start? What steps can you take today?
New IDC research provides manufacturers the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers expected to impact future IT investments; new report on fashion industry outlines a human-centered supply chain; in a workforce being transformed by the rise of the gig economy and the restructuring of industries, what attitudes and behaviors do procurement professionals need to sprint up the career ladder
The inaugural 2018 CSCMP/Penske Young Professionals Survey sheds light on what young professionals are looking for in a career. Understanding their motivators is key to solving the supply chain talent gap.
The rent-over-own consumer mentality is creating a share economy, with end users interested in only spending what’s needed, rather than investing in a depreciating product. Manufacturers – especially those with dealer networks – need to consider a shift in thinking that reflects the shift their customers are making.
Transportation, logistics, and supply chain play an increasingly pivotal role in providing excellent customer service.
Automated trucks will be the solution to the driver shortage—if they ever make it to the highway.
Build-a-bowl restaurants are proliferating. But supply chain professionals have their work cut out for them because the concept creates new challenges.
This case study tells how Weatherford Farms increased efficiency in its delivery network by switching from manual routing to an automated routing system.
Eighty-four percent of industrial companies face a disconnect between data from connected devices and strategic decision making and operations, limiting the Internet of Thing's (IoT) digital transformation potential, according to a research study conducted by IFS, a global enterprise applications company.
Many shippers rely on the Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) in which the supplier alerts you of pending deliveries. You may see a product name, a PO#, and select dates, but the ASN does not contain the details that receiving or warehouse management needs. There is a better way.
Every holiday season, warehouses expand their workforces two times or more to handle peak retail demand that can make or break the entire year. Here’s how augmented reality can help.
Supply chain managers face many types of risk on a daily basis—cargo theft, natural disasters, long lead times, and unpredictable demand. But none is currently at an inflection point quite like debt.
We all know the best way to approach an unguarded railroad crossing is to stop, look, and listen. That same advice applies when examining the economy, which will likely roar through 2018 at full speed.
Simply generating supply chain data doesn’t eliminate waste, reduce costs, or improve service. Shippers should implement systems that give managers insights behind the data. Find a TMS that is available as a customized solution to incorporate your unique industry and supply chain requirements.
The continued migration of people to cities and increase in online shopping will generate more freight deliveries to and within urban areas. Let’s talk about your company’s futureproof strategy to meet the challenges and opportunities of smart city logistics head-on.
TruGolf initially used several providers, resulting in delayed and lost shipments and miscommunication. Not being experts in logistics, TruGolf struggled to find a single point of contact who could guide them in the problem-solving and decision-making process—resulting in ineffective time management and unhappy partners.
Clunky payment processes cause supply chain friction.
Capacity is getting tighter across the board. Some carriers may not be willing to commit capacity in lanes they were previously happy to do so. What’s a shipper to do? Should companies use the spot market less?
Businesses are concerned about the impacts of urbanization; Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility; Hurricanes will cost U.S. GDP about .5% in the third quarter of 2017
Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility.
A statewide, coordinated workforce development effort in Indiana has built a robust talent pipeline. Here’s how the state engages and prepares the next generation of logistics workers.
As the needs of buyers become more unpredictable and complex, and as they begin to demand more frequent product launches and extreme personalization, manufacturers are struggling to keep up, let alone profitably. It’s time for manufacturers to begin creating the ecosystem they’ll need to dominate their markets.
With more and more companies hopping on the AI bandwagon, the technology will affect supply chain planning across industries. Find out which verticals have the most to gain and how supply chain managers can make smarter decisions.
IL Editor Felecia Stratton was lucky to get an annual glimpse into the future of the logistics workforce—and can say with confidence that we’ll be just fine.
Profile of Tim O’Brien, senior director, supply chain, with Purchasing Power, a specialty e-commerce retailer that provides goods and services to customers who make payments through payroll deductions