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Fixing Failed Deliveries

Listed in: E-Commerce, Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Package Delivery

US eCommerce sales were up 44% in 2020– the highest annual growth in at least two decades. With that growth comes certain challenges – most notably, the issue of late or failed deliveries. 62% of consumers say they've experienced a late or failed delivery, likely caused by inaccurate address information. To get to the root of the issue, we surveyed 3,000 global shoppers and 300 retail executives to bring you our latest report: Fixing Failed Deliveries. Download a copy to uncover the true impact failed deliveries are having on your business. Plus, discover our top tips to optimize the customer experience and stamp out failed deliveries for good. 

Toronto Area Trucking Company | Cargo Carrier Montreal

Listed in: Fleet Management, Transportation, Trucking

President Dave Cox and chief technology officer Dave Brajkovich talk about Polaris Transportation's technology investments and how employees have embraced change. "Being comfortable with being uncomfortable" is the new norm as technology advances and continues to make a positive impact on the company's employees and customer experience

From Cookies to Careers: Removing Boundaries for the Next Generation of Supply Chain Talent

Listed in: Supply Chain Execution, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

This episode of DHL Supply Chain's podcast features a conversation with Tammy Wharton, president and CEO, and Jessica Martin, program product director, both of the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Council; and Tim Sprosty, senior vice president of human resources at DHL Supply Chain. Listen to part one of the conversation to get a behind-the-scenes look at the famed Girl Scout Cookie program.

Finder Files: Mystery Materials

Listed in: HazMat, Package Delivery, Transportation

An unmarked cardboard box gets delivered to a business. It looks like nothing special until the box is opened and chemical containers are found. Now what? Logistics and environmental professionals submit this scenario to Lion Technology's Finder Q&A more than you might think. Download this guide for tips to gather information that can help you properly reship or dispose of the package in compliance with regulations for hazardous materials and waste.

Navigating a World Transformed by COVID-19

Listed in: Intermodal, Logistics IT, TMS, Visibility

This third-party research study of logistics professionals, commissioned by Odyssey Logistics & Technology, examines the future of a world transformed due to COVID-19. Insights include: understanding visibility is crucial to vitality, discovering new ways to automate cost management, closing the communications gap, and more.

Fact or Fiction: Temperature-Controlled Shipping

Listed in: Moisture & Temperature Control, Refrigerated Warehousing, Transportation, Trucking

A recent study says that supply chain mishaps cause 40% of food waste in North America. Much of this waste can be avoided by understanding the intricacies of temperature-controlled shipping. Learn about the many misconceptions to set the record straight—after all, an informed supply chain is a successful supply chain. Download this e-book to take control of your operations.


Listed in: E-Commerce, Supply Chain Management & Optimization, TMS

As e-commerce has accelerated, so have customers' expectations. Many shoppers now expect the service they receive online to rival, or exceed, the in-store experience. To meet these growing demands, and to build a flourishing omnichannel e-commerce business, organizations must learn to master five main logistics capabilities.

Why enterprise shippers everywhere are demanding Instant Prebate for truckload RFPs

Listed in: Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking, Trucking-TL

Every year, North American shippers spend an estimated $7 billion on truckload freight that ships with empty space. Is your business one of them? If your organization uses traditional TL RFPs, it might be. Because the standard TL RFP process bases freight rates on a fixed-cost model (rather than load size), shippers pay for more space than their freight needs and trucks move half-empty. This makes no sense, especially when there’s another option. Flock Freight’s alternative to TL RFPs is Instant Prebate. Flock Freight’s Instant Prebate program accounts for load size and gives you a discount on your TL rate every time your freight doesn’t fill a trailer all the way. Download this white paper to see why Instant Prebate is a more efficient, affordable, and sustainable choice than the common TL RFP process.

Plan ahead with transportation market forecasts

Listed in: Transportation & Freight Management

With vaccine distribution underway, shippers are now planning for the slow return to normal life, anticipating the transportation trends in 2021.The report includes data from the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium, a group of leading shippers who use DAT iQ insights to benchmark and inform their transportation operations. Forecasts from the report anticipate a slower rise in contract rates for Q1, and it will likely take a few months for the markets to digest the increases experienced in late Q4. See what this might mean for Q2 in the Pulse Signal Report from DAT iQ.

2021 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry Report

Listed in: 3PL, E-Commerce, Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Logistics IT

In the 2021 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry Report, 3PL Central has detailed five trends to help 3PL warehouses become more resilient in an ever-changing marketplace. Request early access to learn more about: • Ecommerce and Omnichannel Fulfillment: The New Normal for 3PLs • Technology and Integrations: Meeting Customer Demands • IoT and Big Data: End-to-End Visibility • The Amazon Effect: Why 3PLs Need to Prepare • Supply Chain as a Service: The Wave of Outsourcing Sign up now to receive a copy delivered right to your inbox once the report is ready.

How to Reduce Supply Chain Complexity Even as the Industry Becomes More Complicated

Listed in: Demand Planning & Forecasting, Retail

As everything in the retail climate continues to evolve, one thing stays the same, and that is change. Discover the latest industry data and find out a few practical steps you can start implementing today to better position your retail supply chain to withstand future challenges. Download Now. 

Operator Dependency Is Fast-Tracking the Robotics Revolution

Listed in: Materials Handling

Yale surveyed 500 supply chain professionals to understand what's important to them when it comes to robotics. What did it find? Labor shortages, high employee turnover, and absenteeism leave them struggling to keep up with changing customer behavior and surges in demand. How do businesses keep up? Robots to the rescue. Robotic lift trucks can help businesses overcome challenges like labor costs, operator turnover, and volatile demand. Read this whitepaper to learn how.

The Railway Forward

Listed in: Intermodal, Retail, Site Selection

In a competitive business environment, transportation speed, efficiency, and cost-savings have never been more critical. CenterPoint’s rail-proximate properties can make a world of difference. Tenants in our intermodal centers can save 25% to 45% in drayage costs alone, which can add up to millions of dollars saved each year.

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How Resilient Is Your Manufacturing Network After COVID-19?

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

For years, global manufacturing organizations have been lulled into a sense of complacency, prioritizing cost containment and efficiency. This report, produced by Gartner and presented by Nulogy, helps supply chain leaders responsible for operations to build greater resilience in their insourcing and outsourcing strategy to respond to disruptions.

How Technology, Data and Technical Expertise Are Redefining Cold Chain Logistics

Listed in: Cold Chain Logistics, Logistics IT, Sustainability

Global demand for temperature-sensitive pharma products is increasing, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Ensuring the integrity and reliability of time- and temperature-sensitive products is more important than ever. For biopharma clients, keeping products safe and regulated during cold chain distribution is vital. Customers turn to leading temperature control packaging innovators. With a deep understanding of the challenges associated with shipping temperature-sensitive pharma products, Softbox Systems tops the list. Read this free whitepaper to learn how technology, data, and technical expertise are redefining cold chain logistics

Procurement Without the Guesswork

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation & Freight Management

Meeting complex shipping needs in a freight market defined by unrelenting instability ushers in a lot of uncertainty, especially when it comes to your transportation budgets. Historically, most shippers use a few different methods, attempting to crack the code and stay current with freight market trends. Unfortunately, today’s pandemic driven climate has exposed drawbacks in most commonly used strategies. Fortunately, DAT recently acquired FMIC—formerly part of Chainalytics—and created a new service that solves for all the shortcomings of previous tactics, giving you a current 360° view of today's freight market, as well as a look at tomorrow’s.

Thinking Differently About Supply Chain Planning: The Case for Concurrency

Listed in: Visibility

2020 has brought with it unprecedented challenges. Whether you’re dealing with the fallout from COVID-19, an extreme weather event, or any of the other disruptions that compromise your supply chain daily, one thing is for sure. Excel and traditional planning tools are no match for today’s disruptions.Concurrent planning drives end-to-end supply chain visibility, connectivity and alignment to give everyone across your supply chain a single source of truth. The result? No more functional silos and no more ‘I didn’t know’ – just more time to respond to the unexpected. Innovative companies like P&G, Unilever and Ford have seen the difference concurrency makes. Learn more about concurrent planning and how it can drive benefits for your company by reading our comprehensive guide:

A Practical Approach to Robotics Implementation

Listed in: Materials Handling

Supply chains have warmed up to the idea that robotic solutions make real business sense for warehouse and manufacturing operations—especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing labor challenges. But implementation still comes with numerous questions, from ROI and safety to IT, integration, and planning. This whitepaper provides answers to those and more to put you on a practical path to robotics.

Four Ways Digital Freight Networks Improve Shipping

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation & Freight Management

From fluctuating demand to uncertain capacity, 2020 has been a doozy of a year for shippers. Small and midsize businesses have been hit especially hard, with transportation teams scrambling to find new ways to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve customer experience in the ‘new normal’. Download the whitepaper to learn the four ways that digital freight networks are helping small and midsize businesses weather market volatility and improve freight logistics.

Top ways freight technology will cut costs in 2021

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation & Freight Management

In the face of growing e-commerce activity and an uncertain economy, shippers are turning to advanced technology to guarantee a smooth customer experience and reduce costs. This white paper outlines technologies and services that will have a big impact on shipping businesses in 2021 and beyond.

Navigating A Changing Material Handling Industry

Listed in: Materials Handling

A month after the pandemic hit, e-commerce saw a 74 percent rise in demand. Without a doubt, the coronavirus put the logistics industry to the test. But there are advances in intelligent material handling that can help you navigate the new normal.

Gartner ROI Toolkit for Real-Time Visibility Platforms

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation, Visibility

The new 2020 report from Gartner is clear. Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platforms (RTTVPs) are growing rapidly in popularity and driving real results. This guide is a valuable tool for supply chain leaders who are evaluating the benefits of visibility solutions and want to develop a business case for their company.

Selecting a Cloud Warehouse Management System

Listed in: Logistics IT, WMS

The right cloud-based warehouse management system (WMS) can enable your distribution center to meet today’s order complexities while enabling swift connectivity and collaboration. Download the IDC Analyst Connection evaluation for tips on driving operational excellence in the warehouse, features to look for, key questions to ask potential vendors, and pitfalls to avoid during your WMS selection process.

Multi-Shipper Management Tools Help Logistics Solutions Providers

Listed in: Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Last Mile / Final Mile, Parcel

Facing rising B2C shipping volumes, capacity constraints, and costs, shippers are reengineering their fulfillment processes to accommodate last-mile parcel delivery. In turn, many enterprise logistics solution providers offer Multi-Carrier Parcel Management Solutions (MCPMS). An MCPMS with multi-shipper management tools offers more complete and independent control over end-to-end MCPMS deployment, configuration, and support. Learn how the right multi-shipper management solution helps you help shippers ship better.

Why Scalability Is So Critical

Listed in: E-Commerce, Fulfillment / eFulfillment

The Direct to Consumer model is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth. More merchants are beginning to cut out the middlemen, setting the stage for major disruption to traditional in-store retailing practices. New businesses are increasingly opting for a digital-first approach to avoid high overheads, leaving a lasting effect on consumer habits. Is your brand ready to scale? Download this free case study on why scalability is so critical.

Can you leverage your external manufacturing network to manage disruption?

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

For years, global manufacturing organizations have been lulled into a sense of complacency, prioritizing cost containment and efficiency. This research report, produced by Gartner and presented by Nulogy, helps supply chain leaders responsible for operations to build greater resilience in their insourcing and outsourcing strategy to respond to disruptions.

Command Center–The Logistics Grandmaster

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation

Are you struggling with an information overload and don’t know how to best use the wealth of data to derive insights? Read this whitepaper to learn how a command center in your logistics ERP can access multiple sources of real-time data (operational, historical, transient, ecosystem), collates and processes relevant data, and through a forecasting engine provides effective options after scanning all influencers (from weather, driver safety rating, and statutory regulations to route traffic, load, and stakeholder impact)! The Ramco Command Center keeps the suppliers, partners, and customers informed up to the minute with timely and accurate data about the vehicle and shipment as they move through each stage of the supply chain. Sounds too good to be true? Read on to see how you can make it happen!

Planet-Friendly, Temperature Control Packaging That’s Shrinking BioPharma’s Environmental Footprint.

Listed in: Packaging , Sustainability

Often drivers of change, the world’s leading pharma, diagnostic, and med-tech companies have set their sights on finding new ways to protect the planet’s health while protecting our own. These sustainability initiatives are generating a ripple effect, influencing partners, suppliers, and vendors to pursue greener initiatives. With a 25-year track record of helping leading pharmaceutical companies solve complex challenges in record time, Softbox Systems is on a mission to design and produce superior, high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions that protect both product and planet. Discover how the sustainability movement is impacting temperature control packaging and how current TCP solutions stack up when it comes to performance, customer expectations, and practical recyclability.

The Railway Forward

Listed in: Intermodal, Rail, Site Selection

Intermodal solutions improve efficiency and cut costs. In a competitive business environment, transportation speed, efficiency, and cost-savings have never been more critical. CenterPoint’s rail-proximate properties can make a world of difference. Tenants in our intermodal centers can save 25% – 45% in drayage costs alone, which can add up to millions of dollars saved each year!

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2020 Hurricane Prepardeness Guide: It is Hurricane Season, is Your Supply Chain Ready?

Listed in: 3PL, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Experts warn that 2020 will be the worst hurricane season in years. Every company has contingency plans for when things don’t go as expected. Whether it’s a backup supplier or a different carrier for when capacity gets tight. When the weather picks up, will your supply chain be ready to weather the storm? Be Prepared.

6 Reasons Top-performing 3PLs Embrace Technology to Win

Listed in: 3PL, Logistics IT

Demands for faster, more accurate fulfillment of rapidly changing order mixes requires more resources than people on their own can address. Flexible technology is assisting distributors by moving goods and information with an untiring speed and accuracy that people can’t match. Leading 3PLs attract and retain clients by actively evaluating and implementing multi-client technology as part of reengineered flexible processes.

Lift Truck Sanitization Best Practices

Listed in: Lift Trucks / Forklifts, Materials Handling

From daily operation to service calls, personnel interact with lift trucks in several ways, all of which can risk virus transmission without proper sanitization. We’ve compiled a guide, drawing on guidance from the CDC and applying it to lift truck operation, including best practices for equipping personnel with the right supplies, sanitizing lift truck equipment, incorporating sanitization as part of daily routines and managing risk with vendor consolidation. Download now. 

How to Leverage Technology and Your Team to Achieve the Perfect Order

Listed in: 3PL, Logistics IT, WMS

In today’s market, distributors and 3PLs that are implementing advanced technology and deploying it at a rapid pace are winning loyalty from their customers and becoming market leaders.The Tecsys warehouse management system at Delmar International Inc. forms an integral part of the technology platform that empowers its pickers to make quick and accurate decisions, attain flawless execution and deliver excellent customer service.

Omnichannel Retailers Delivering from the Endless Aisle

Listed in: E-Commerce, Parcel, Trucking-LTL

In an effort to improve delivery and control the cost of “free shipping,” logistics professionals are implementing omnichannel shipping strategies that deliver from inventory sources in close proximity to their customers, creating an endless aisle. This means a boon for local delivery service providers, and more to manage for shippers. There are more than 500,000 companies in the courier & delivery services industry worldwide employing 2.8 million people. That’s a lot of carriers for shippers to manage as they try to keep costs down and customers happy. Fill out the form to download our latest eBook, “Omnichannel Retailers Delivering from the Endless Aisle,” for the ins-and-outs of delivering from the endless aisle

Key Differentiators of the Supply Chain Control Tower for Orchestration

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

There is no shortage of Control Tower options, but in today’s demanding, disruptive, and evolving climate, businesses require a supply chain platform that enables systems unification, network-wide collaboration, and process convergence. This paper describes the key differentiators of the Control Tower for Supply Chain Orchestration, which helps businesses dynamically and intelligently partner with their network to stay resilient, adaptive, and better mitigate risk and impact.

Creating a Dynamic Supply Chain

Listed in: Distribution Center Management, Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Materials Handling

Managing and optimizing the supply chain of today is more challenging than ever. The “Future of Fulfillment” educational series continues with “Creating a Dynamic Supply Chain: How Distribution Management Continues to Lead the Way.” Learn how, through a combination of strategic site expansion and optimization, automation, and demand planning, Distribution Management has designed a dynamic supply chain that delivers a best-in-class customer experience and defines DM as an industry leader in deploying new technologies.

Food & Beverage Ecommerce Fulfillment Guide

Listed in: E-Commerce, Food Logistics, Fulfillment / eFulfillment

The coronavirus crisis is driving food and beverage shoppers online. The trend is likely to continue as consumers find their “new normal” in the wake of the pandemic. How will this impact order fulfillment operations? What can retailers and food and beverage companies do to accommodate increased e-commerce volume? This free e-book details effective fulfillment strategies to implement now. Download now.

5 Signs You Need a New Training Provider

Listed in: Education, HazMat, Transportation

Training to handle, manage, and ship dangerous chemicals is not a rote exercise intended to “check a box.” When a mistake can lead to serious injury, death, evacuations, hospitalizations, highway closures, and lasting environmental contamination, training for personnel must meet higher standards for quality, accuracy, and knowledge retention. Download now.

Business Continuity in the Age of COVID-19 Requires an Enterprise Approach to Home Office Shipping

Listed in: Routing, Scheduling & Shipping Technology, TMS, Transportation & Freight Management

The COVID-19 crisis has businesses struggling as employees transition to working from home. Instead of managing four offices, companies must now manage 4,000. Lacking a centralized mailroom, employees are forced to improvise when sending materials to customers, prospects, and other employees. This e-ook shows how a cloud-based multi-carrier management solution maintains centralized control while giving employees tools to ship efficiently, cost-effectively, and safely from home offices. Download now.

Parcel Cargo Chains Coming of Age

Listed in: Last Mile / Final Mile, Parcel, Retail Logistics

Consumers are shopping from merchants around the globe on their smartphones and other devices at the click of a button. Cargo chains are emerging to facilitate and accelerate cross-border last-mile parcel deliveries. The challenge for retailers and supply chain partners is making them seamless to end consumers. Our latest eBook, “Parcel Cargo Chains Coming of Age,” shines a light on building a solid cargo chain.

The Digital Transformation of the US Petrochemical Supply Chain

Listed in: Chemical Logistics, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Get the latest scoop on the digital trends for petrochemical supply chains this 2020 and beyond, just download our full whitepaper for free here now.

2020 Ecommerce Fulfillment Trends Report

Listed in: 3PL, E-Commerce, Fulfillment / eFulfillment

86% of ecommerce merchants sell through multiple online sales channels according to Saddle Creek's new survey. Download their new in-depth report exploring network configuration, technology solutions, delivery options, fulfillment outsourcing and more.

Top 12 Warehouse Operational Metrics

Listed in: Warehousing

Check out the top 12 metrics and best-in-class scores most frequently reported by warehouse professionals, according to the 2019 Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) DC Measures Report. 


Unlocking Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Savings in the Southeast

Listed in: 3PL, Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking-LTL

Check out this eBook offering insights & strategies for managing the complexities of #LTL freight throughout the #Southeast. Learn how to match capacity to cost, measure LTL shipping success and more. #Florida #logistics

The Countdown to Prepare for Brexit

Listed in: Customs Compliance & Duty Drawback, Global Trade

Are you ready for the UK’s departure from the EU? The impact of Brexit on your supply chain could be unpredictable at best, with disruptions and accidental non-compliance as a direct result from ever-changing trade customs rules. It’s time to take the complication out of trade compliance. Discover the world’s most complete source of trade content powered by Cloud Logistics and learn how you can protect your company from Brexit's trade challenges and potential fines in less than 24 hours!

Improving Supply Chain Accuracy, Productivity, and Speed

Listed in:

Download this free white paper from Brother Mobile Solutions to discover one of the smartest & simplest ways to speed productivity. Explore the changing warehouse landscape. Then find out how next-gen barcode printing & labeling solutions can help small & mid-size businesses.

5 Signs You Need a New Training Provider

Listed in: HazMat, Transportation

Training to handle, manage, and ship dangerous chemicals is not a rote exercise intended to “check a box.” When a mistake can lead to serious injury, death, evacuations, hospitalizations, highway closures, and lasting environmental contamination-training for personnel must meet higher standards for quality, accuracy, and knowledge retention.

The Complete KPI Worksheet for Shippers 

Listed in: Sourcing & Negotiations, Transportation, Trucking


As a shipper, you know every mile, every load, every dollar counts. This is where KPIs or Key Performance Indicators come in. KPIs help you determine whether your carriers and transportation partners are delivering the most value for your buisness. The Complete KPI Worksheet for Shippers is the gold standard for carrier scorecards. Shippers can use this template to monitor performance, control costs, and benchmark their carrier network. Download now.

How to Drive More Value from Your 3PLs

Listed in: 3PL

How you define your 3PL relationships is tied directly to your success. Read Gartner’s Report: Helping Logistics Leaders Define Transactional, Preferred and Strategic 3PL Relationships.

The ROI Behind Freight Visibility

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation, Visibility

Download Descartes’ eBook to learn how to measure the value and ROI of freight visibility, plus identify areas of greatest payback in your distribution operations to reduce tracking and detention costs, minimize chargebacks, streamline inbound deliveries and improve customer service. 

Data, Data, Data: How do I harness it? 

Listed in: Logistics IT, Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Transportation & Freight Management

While every shipper understands the importance of data, supply chains can struggle to read and action the insights, even if the information lives in-house. Data management may seem simple, but there are pitfalls to avoid. If a shipper harnesses their data properly, the business can leverage metrics to optimize for reliable capacity and lower operational costs. Data, Data, Data: How do I harness it? will explore the magic of data analysis.

The Master List of Accessorials for Shippers

Listed in: 3PL, Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking

To help cover all your bases, FLS Transportation Services together this Master List of Accessorial Charges. It covers the 28 fees every shipper must address before tendering loads. Avoid unnecessary freight costs and strengthen carrier relationships.

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The New Economics of Freight Brokerage

Listed in: Freight Forwarding, Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking

Defining the new economics of #freightbrokerage. With the swings in capacity, availability and rates of today’s freight brokerage, this whitepaper sets out to better define the #truckload marketplace, carriers and their assets and the role of technology and data in the new economics of freightbrokerage

Take Command of Demand with Retail Solutions

Listed in: 3PL, E-Commerce, Retail Logistics

Consumer purchases used to be limited to what retailers had on their shelves. E-commerce means everything is in stock, and retailers are shifting gears to chase demand. Learn how retailers can optimize their supply chains by working with providers to craft timely forecasts, identify efficiency improvements and modify plans as needed using diverse services and technologies

Utilizing an OMS to Deliver an Outstanding Omnichannel Customer Experience

Listed in:

Could an OMS improve your customers’ buying experience? A new report from Saddle Creek Logistics Services answers key questions: What are the key benefits of an OMS? What should you look for in an OMS? When does it make sense to outsource?

HazMat Autocomplete Challenge:  Part 2

Listed in: Bulk, HazMat, Transportation

In Part 2 of this Hazmat Autocomplete Series, hazmat trainer Flip De Rea gives unscripted answers to five more of the web’s most-asked questions about hazardous materials compliance.

2019 North American Carrier Survey

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

What are carriers saying about the current capacity, pricing and technology situation in the North American logistics market? Carriers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico weigh in on the current economic events that are influencing pricing developments and having the highest impact on their businesses in 2019. Download the results of the most comprehensive survey among North American carriers to see just how much the landscape has shifted over the last year.

Top 100 3PL Providers

Listed in: 3PL

Inbound Logistics' annual Top1003PL editorial awards...providing details on innovative and reliable supplychain solution providers. Find out who made the cut here:

6 signs you need to re-evaluate your lift truck power

Listed in: Lift Trucks / Forklifts, Materials Handling, Sustainability

Power Challenges? Re-evaluate your lift truck power source. Read Yale Materials Handling - North America's white paper to boost efficiency

Hub Group Keeps You Ahead of the Pack During Peak Season

Listed in: Transportation, Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking

Some shippers cringe at the mere thought of peak season, and it’s no wonder why: Retailers and CPG manufacturers have a lot riding on peak running smoothly. Find out steps to take with your providers before and during peak to be ready for surges and minimize costs. Download now.

The Top 4 Benefits of Supply Chain Agility

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

IDC estimates that, by 2020, digitally advanced companies will outperform their peers to the tune of $430 billion in productivity gains. By creating a flexible digital supply chain, organizations can achieve these gains amongst numerous other strengths like increased agility. From centralization to flexibility, the advantages of supply chain agility can provide an enduring competitive advantage to your organization. Learn how implementing a comprehensive digital supply chain can enhance your company’s agility! 

Not Your Mama’s 3PL

Listed in: 3PL, Supply Chain Execution

Being a successful 3PL in this day and age means stepping outside of the box, and finding creative solutions for today’s fulfillment needs. How do you find those creative solutions? What will make you stand out in the traditional 3PL environment? Download our whitepaper to help with developing customer solutions in a variety of industries.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of a First-Time TMS Buyer: Lessons to be Learned Before Purchasing a TMS

Listed in: Logistics IT, TMS

In this whitepaper, we look at some of the key lessons to learn before you embark on a TMS project. From understanding the fundamental differences in design, to knowing the TMS products on the market today, to understanding the how (not the what), and asking for proof of a vendor’s claims, you can arm yourself with a deeper knowledge of the technology and vendor landscape that will help you ask the tougher questions.

3PL Perspectives

Listed in: 3PL

Inbound Logistics’ 14th annual 3PL Market Research Report examines challenges, trends, and future expectations that are driving shippers and logistics providers to change the way they manage logistics and supply chain operations.

U.S.-Canada: Going the Distance

Listed in: Trucking

For all the political rhetoric on the international stage, the relationship between the United States and Canada remains extraordinarily civil and cooperative.

The Ultimate RFP Checklist for Shippers

Listed in: Transportation, Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking

Hey Shippers! Learn how to find the right freight partners, download The Ultimate RFP Checklist. It's your ticket to managing bids, awarding lanes & reducing costs. 

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A CFO's Guide to Transforming the Global Supply Chain

Listed in: Global Logistics, Visibility

In a recent study, 94% of respondents said digital transformation will fundamentally change supply chains, but only 44% of companies had a strategy for achieving their goals of digitization – it's time to close that gap! Spreadsheets, emails, and paper are no longer an effective way to operate and the inherent risk of such increases daily. So, where should you start? Don’t get left behind and lose control of your global supply chain!

Not Your Mama's 3PL

Listed in: 3PL, Supply Chain Execution

Being a successful 3PL in this day and age means stepping outside of the box, and finding creative solutions for today’s fulfillment needs. How do you find those creative solutions? What will make you stand out in the traditional 3PL environment? Download our whitepaper to help with developing customer solutions in a variety of industries.

Beyond Transportation Savings: Leverage Freight and Parcel Audit Data to Unlock Business Insights

Listed in: Freight Payment, Audit & Billing, Transportation

Most companies understand the importance of having reliable freight and parcel audit providers. What they may not understand, however, is how these services can improve strategies and results. Leveraging data provided by transportation insights is the key to unlocking valuable information and shining a light on weak spots in your supply chain. enVista’s latest whitepaper introduces the steps needed to make the most of your freight and parcel audit data, so you can reap the benefits of informed business decisions.

Take the Uncertainty Out of Your Supply Chain

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

As your supply chain grows in intricacies and complexity, more risk is introduced to your business. From the threat of labor shortages to rising transportation costs, the potential for exposure to risk may seem endless. It is critical for supply chain professionals to identify the areas of the potential impact from risk and uncertainty in their operations. Don’t wait until it’s too late, prepare your supply chain now!

Ask the Experts: The Web's 10 Most Asked Hazmat Questions

Listed in: HazMat, Visibility

In our Hazmat Autocomplete Challenge video, we used a popular search engine to collect the web's most-asked questions about hazardous materials compliance. Click play now to watch Lion hazmat instructor Flip De Rea give unscripted, off-the-cuff answers to the questions hazmat shippers are asking online.

Case Study: Direct to Representative Sample Distrubution Services

Listed in: Visibility

Pharmaceutical manufacturers require an efficient sample distribution program that enables sales representatives to be as productive as possible. At the same, they must ensure full compliance with stringent industry regulations while minimizing product loss. Read this case study to discover how the Patheon Logistics team helped design a Direct to Representative sample distribution solution for a client that would optimize efficiency while delivering improved service levels.

Artificial Intelligence: How is Your Company Responding to AI's Continuing Evolution Within the Logistics Industry 

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Although many transportation companies had doubts about the abilities of artificial intelligence, it's already proving to be crucial. Between decreasing unplanned maintenance and repair costs and improving driver safety, AI is delivering impressive, tangible results. As it continues to become more ubiquitous, what do companies need to know to manage expectations and fully embrace the technology? In IL's latest podcast, Jay Allardyce, chief product officer for Uptake, explains his take on the potential promises and pitfalls of AI.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of a First-Time TMS Buyer: Lessons to be Learned Before Purchasing a TMS 

Listed in: Logistics IT, TMS

In this whitepaper, we look at some of the key lessons to learn before you embark on a TMS project. From understanding the fundamental differences in design, to knowing the TMS products on the market today, to understanding the how (not the what), and asking for proof of a vendor’s claims, you can arm yourself with a deeper knowledge of the technology and vendor landscape that will help you ask the tougher questions.

Get Your Supply Chain in Focus with IoT 

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

Supply chains are prime candidates for IoT applications because of their many moving parts. Suppliers, brokers, and carriers all have a hand in your fast-moving supply chain. They need to collaborate with manufacturers, DCs, retailers, and customers as products are being produced, packed, and shipped across borders…but do you have true end-to-end visibility? It’s time to take your supply chain execution to a new level and attain 20/20 vision into your operations.

Case Study: Global Ultra-Cold Clinical Trial Logistics 

Listed in: Cold Chain Logistics

Researchers predict a significant increase in the number of personalized medicines in development over the next five years. These therapies demand a cold supply chain. The globalization of clinical trials, the prevailing infrastructure and regulatory environment can impact the design of that supply chain. Learn how Thermo Fisher Scientific helped a client overcome significant transportation challenges during the expansion of its first cell therapy-based trial.

Opportunities in Direct-to-Consumer Frozen Foods

Listed in: Cold Chain Logistics, Food Logistics

The direct-to-consumer (DTC) frozen foods business is in the early stages of rapid growth. As many food types are becoming increasingly available on a direct to consumer basis, the share of total purchases allocated to frozen foods is higher in e-commerce than in brick-and-mortar sales. Gray Growth Strategies examines the state of the DTC temperature-controlled foods market and its prospects for future growth.

Omnichannel Retailers Delivering from the Endless Aisle 

Listed in: Last Mile / Final Mile, Parcel, Retail Logistics

Trying to improve delivery and control the cost of “free shipping,” logistics professionals are implementing omnichannel shipping strategies that deliver from inventory sources closer to their customers, creating an endless aisle. This means a boon for local delivery service providers, and more to manage for shippers. Our latest eBook, “Omnichannel Retailers Delivering from the Endless Aisle,” delivers the ins-and-outs of shipping from the endless aisle.

AAEI Trade Trends Report 

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade, Logistics IT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and along with it is an influx of global trade troubles. As the challenges continue to stack against you, consider this: How can you leverage technology to overcome emerging and enduring global supply chain management risks? With insights from top industry experts, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy for global supply chain execution

Restructuring Business Models to Satisfy the E-commerce Effect 

Listed in: E-Commerce, Logistics IT

Supply chain professionals everywhere are grappling with the challenges e-commerce has presented. Companies need to find strategic solutions to restructure their business models to accommodate these changes — but where should they begin? This white paper takes an in-depth look at the disruption of e-commerce in the supply chain by examining different markets and processes to offer suggestions for adaptation and prosperity.

The Secret to Becoming a Shipper of Choice 

Listed in: Trucking

As a supply chain professional, you’re likely no stranger to acronyms, shorthands, and buzz phrases. But what about “shipper of choice?” Is it really a title that sets you apart from the competition? More and more, we’re finding the answer is a resounding yes. This guide highlights how to become the go-to shipper of choice by making your freight more desirable and optimizing your processes.

Hazmat Shipper Starter Guide

Listed in: HazMat, Packaging , Security Solutions

This ten-step guide to the basics of hazardous materials shipping is designed for professionals who are new to hazmat shipping or in need of a refresher. From classification to naming, packaging, marking, labeling, documenting, and loading hazmat/dangerous goods shipments, this new guide covers critical points shippers must know to achieve and maintain full compliance with US DOT’s 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

The Future of Fulfillment 

Listed in: E-Commerce, Fulfillment / eFulfillment

In response to today’s online-buying, smartphone-wielding consumer who expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, Zebra Technologies Corporation’s Future of Fulfillment Vision study reveals that 78 percent of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023 and 40 percent anticipate delivery within a two-hour window by 2028. Download the study for more details on how manufacturers, transportation and logistics firms, and retailers are preparing to meet the growing needs of the on-demand economy.

Looking at Your Business in the Face of Decelerating Growth Rates

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To make informed decisions, companies need to align business intelligence with macro insights. To that end, Inbound Logistics sits down with Bobby Holland of U.S. Bank and Bob Costello from the American Trucking Associations to look at the direction and velocity of the industry as reflected in the U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index. Get the latest talk about trends, tariffs, capacity, and inventory/cost management

Overcome the Top 4 Supply Chain Challenges 

Listed in: Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Supply Chain Execution, Warehousing, WMS

Your customers continue to demand new levels of service-faster turnaround times and perfect orders. Your team’s ability to fulfill and ship orders accurately can make or break these valuable customer relationships. When you can’t move orders through your distribution center efficiently, your bottom line is at stake. Fast-paced operations like yours need insights into how to make the most of every minute. In this white paper you’ll discover how to overcome the top 4 challenges in your supply chain.

Don't Just Get in the Game, Win it with the Right Shipping Plays

Listed in: 3PL, E-Commerce, Last Mile / Final Mile, Package Delivery

Global e-commerce is driving unprecedented shipping volumes across a number of industries as consumers expect more for less. As a result, third-party logistics companies (3PLs) are taking center stage as businesses seek guidance from experts who can help them navigate the carrier capacity crunch, spend less time and money on shipping, and spend more time focusing on their core business. Download the The 3PL Parcel Shipping Playbook to find the best plays to help shippers from all industries ship better globally from the first mile to the last inch.

Logistics KnowledgeBase

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Industry experts provide the information you need to drive transformative change.

How Does Your Returns Process Affect Your Retail Business?

Listed in: E-Commerce, Retail Logistics, Reverse Logistics

E-commerce has changed the way consumers shop and put a completely new spin on retail. To differentiate themselves in an ever-competitive market, retailers have chosen to focus on making the returns process faster and easier for consumers. But is it working? Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo, sits down with Brian Bourke of SEKO Logistics to talk about the new retail landscape and how to have many happy returns.

2019 Logistics Planner Company Profile

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Find the right technology solutions and transportation and logistics partners to drive supply chain efficiency. The 2019 Logistics Planner, 27 years strong, is updated with profiles of leaders in supply chain, transportation, technology, logistics, and more who stand ready to help you face upcoming challenges and optimize your enterprise.

The Top 6 Global Supply Chain Expectations for 2019

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade, Supply Chain Execution

It's a new year for global trade: erratic trade policies, sourcing shifts, transportation woes…what else does 2019 have in store for supply chains? And how does your company plan to prepare? With insights and predictions from top industry experts, let's navigate the future route of global trade together! Learn why Collaboration, Automation, and Data Analytics are such critical capabilities for your supply chain moving forward.

Capacity: Tech Solutions That Exist To Help With The Crunch 

Listed in: Logistics IT, Trucking

Today’s supply chain is responding to an increasing capacity crunch that’s challenging companies to find new and better ways to manage their business. From collaboration, to assessing the spot market, to more effective demand planning, technology now exists to help shippers make life easier for their carriers. Patrick Pretorius of Transporeon Group joins us to share his observations on how and where he sees technology making the biggest impact in logistics.

What Shippers Need To Know When Tech Alone Isn't The Answer

Listed in: 3PL, Logistics IT

Rapidly changing customer demands constantly create new challenges for shippers. Some of the most impactful responses can revolve around the implementation of new technology. However, without the proper knowledge behind the switch, are shippers getting the biggest bang for their buck? Ryan O’Halloran of Trinity Logistics joins us to give his take on how technology alone can’t necessarily run the whole logistics program.

Why Did My Hazmat Shipment Get Rejected?

Listed in: HazMat

If a carrier rejects your hazardous materials shipment, your team must spend valuable time re-packaging, re-labeling, re-writing paperwork, or otherwise correcting mistakes big and small. Held-up and rejected shipments disrupt logistics, stall your operations, and can severely impact the bottom line. To prevent rejection and the bad outcomes that follow, let’s review some common causes of hazmat rejection and spot red flags before they cause an issue.

7 Secrets to Fully Monetize 3PL Services

Listed in: 3PL

For many 3PLs, managing multiple clients with unique needs, varying contract rates, different contract rules, and last-minute changes means manual processes and Excel spreadsheets can no longer keep up. The time is now for improved organization, efficiency, and transparency in billing.

4 Signs It’s Time For a New WMS

Listed in: Logistics IT, Warehousing, WMS

Whether your warehouse is just getting by with paper or spreadsheets, or you’re already considering making a change, how do you really know when it’s time for a new WMS? Read the white paper from Snapfulfil to learn four key signs it may be time to upgrade to the next generation of warehouse management systems.

Enhancing Container Visibility

Listed in: 3PL, Transportation, Visibility

To increase savings, business leaders must concentrate on the total cost of the supply chain, rather than just transportation prices. The right company acts like a business partner and takes into consideration transportation, operations and inventory costs to help a network operate more efficiently. What is your transportation and logistics provider doing for you? What should they be doing?

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Forward Thinking on Reverse Logistics

Listed in: Reverse Logistics

With more consumers buying online, managing returns becomes a challenge. And returns of large, bulky items are even more complex. End those headaches by letting DM Transportation handle those large parcel returns that FedEx or UPS won’t touch. DM can pick up from the consumer’s room of choice or curbside, or even break down and pack the item. What distinguishes DM from its competition is attentive customer service – DM contacts the consumer within 24 hours of the return order, and picks up within 48. Once it completes the pickup, DM can donate or recycle the item locally, liquidate it, return it to the vendor, or send it back to the retailer. Check out this video today and get started on improving your reverse logistics program with DM Transportation.

The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road Ahead

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

Now more than ever, ground transportation is a strategic component of business success as seen by respondents to a worldwide survey conducted by DHL Supply Chain. Three quarters of companies surveyed indicated that investing in improving ground transportation will positively impact their sales, and they are willing to pay for and partner with 3PLs for value-added services that can show a measurable ROI.

How to Prepare Your 3PL for the Holidays

Listed in: 3PL, E-Commerce, Retail Logistics

The months leading up to the holiday season can be among the busiest times of year for your 3PL warehouse. Taking the time to ensure your operations are in good shape can provide you with the opportunity to prove how valuable you are to your customers when they need it most. This ebook outlines necessary key steps to optimizing the momentum of the holiday season, including: securing your customer connections, tuning up your e-commerce engines, stepping up your fulfillment game, and locking down your partner relationships. Download this free ebook to learn how your 3PL can get a jump-start on preparing for the holiday rush.

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Why Monitor the Container Freight Market All Year Round?

Listed in: Ocean, Transportation

If you monitor the container freight market only in the RFP season, you’re doing it all wrong. Watch this webinar and learn what you should really focus on to instantly gain a competitive advantage. You’ll learn how to stay ahead of the market and not miss out on opportunities by monitoring the market only in the RFP period; how to make sure your cargo is not at risk of being short shipped; how to implement monitoring strategies, shown live on the Far East to North Europe trade lane; and how to derive useful and actionable information from real-time freight rate data.

5 Ways to Start Cutting Supply Chain Costs

Listed in: Logistics IT, Supply Chain Management & Optimization, WMS

The ultimate challenge for companies trying to remain competitive in a fast-paced distribution environment is being able to meet skyrocketing customer demands while reducing costs. That's a tough ask, and often a seemingly insurmountable task. These heightened expectations may have you wondering: What do my competitors know about keeping supply chain costs down that I don’t? Find out by downloading this new guide. Learn five tried-and-true ways to cut your supply chain costs, and how the right warehouse management system can help you get started on the path to greater efficiency. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you can do with the right technology and the right mindset.

Carrier Snapshot Report 

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

In September 2018 Convoy surveyed over 650 small and mid-sized trucking companies across the United States to collect a snapshot of the industry. Read the highlights to learn how you can optimize your supply chain to be a Shipper of Choice with carriers. 

Navigating the New Trucking Landscape

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

Shippers are up against serious challenges in 2018. Numerous factors are combining to make it difficult for manufacturers and retailers to achieve the increased volume, speed and accuracy demanded by our booming economy. Put simply, constrained capacity has turned transportation into a pain point for many shippers. It's a story we’ve heard before, but this time it's worse than ever. The goal of this White Paper is to not only provide a deeper understanding of the causes of the situation, but also to outline ideas you can apply to your own logistics operation. With a fresh perspective and new information, you'll be able to propose and implement solutions that can turn the situation around, and even contribute to supply chain efficiencies in areas beyond transportation alone.

5 Tips for Improving U.S./Canadian Border Clearance Efficiency 

Listed in: Canada Logistics, Transportation

Download this new whitepaper  to learn about:

Underestimating Border Clearance Processes.  The border customs requirements and mandates have been streamlined and simplified in recent years so many businesses assume it can’t be that complicated…until they realize even a small mistake can lead to big delays.

The Most Common Mistakes. Misclassification of goods is among the top reasons for delays. Examples include: Miscalculating the shipment worth, misstating the shipment origin, and misclassifying the shipment tariff.

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The Practical Guide to Growing Your 3PL Warehouse

Listed in: 3PL, Warehousing

Some 3PLs may view the holiday crunch with a sense of anxiety. But growth-minded 3PLs see the season for it truly is: the single-best time to impress both their clients and their shoppers. Those 3PLs who deliver a superior customer experience when it matters most will win their customers' loyalty for life. To help your 3PL capitalize on this opportunity, download “The Practical Guide to Growing Your 3PL Warehouse.” Filled with real-world tips and actionable advice, this guide will show you how to prepare your 3PL for growth, how to create the ideal processes you need, how to deliver a superior customer experience, and more. 

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The Correlation Between Service And Savings In The Supply Chain

Listed in: 3PL, Transportation

To increase savings, business leaders must concentrate on the total cost of the supply chain, rather than just transportation prices. The right company acts like a business partner and takes into consideration transportation, operations and inventory costs to help a network operate more efficiently. What is your transportation and logistics provider doing for you? What should they be doing?

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Generate and Communicate Actionable Visibility Data for Shippers and Receivers

Listed in: Transportation, Visibility

Today’s shippers and receivers are being challenged to navigate increasingly complex supply chains more efficiently. To succeed, they need the ability to view, analyze, predict and communicate the status of shipments in real time.As a result, supply chain visibility functionality has emerged as an industry requirement.

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Why Businesses Need Route Optimization

Listed in: Logistics IT, Trucking

Route Optimization (RO) is the process of determining the most cost-effective route from point A to point B. However, it is not equivalent to finding the shortest distance between the two points. The best routes for business will depend on a lot of different factors. Download this free guide for a comprehensive look at how RO software can take these factors into account and provide businesses with various benefits.

Taking the Next Step and Gain Total Control of Your Supply Chain

Listed in: TMS, Transportation

TMS has been around for more than 20 years, but supply chain complexity and rapidly evolving technology is driving organizations to seek the next level of logistics and supply chain performance. A real-time, network-based control tower is a proven way to achieve new levels of efficiency and performance. But how do you get from where you are, to where you need to go? Find out where you are in your journey with the quick Control Tower Assessment.

Five Reasons Why 3PL Warehouses Need a Cloud-Based WMS

Listed in: 3PL, Warehousing, WMS

From lower costs to better security–to significantly higher levels of profitability–a cloud-based WMS is the best choice for any 3PL looking to grow their business in today’s ever-changing logistics world. To understand all the incredible benefits of upgrading, download Five Reasons Why 3PL Warehouses Need A Cloud-Based WMS. You’ll learn how a cloud-based WMS can help your 3PL increase profitability by eliminating hidden costs, help your operation scale for seasonal work volumes, and automatically receive the latest software updates. Download now to access your free copy. Or if you’re ready to learn more, request a personalized demo of 3PL Warehouse Manager and see how 3PL Central’s cloud-based WMS can dramatically improve your performance and profitability today.

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How Do I Ship a Lithium Battery?

Listed in: HazMat

For shippers, this complexity and endless change result in hundreds, if not thousands, of man-hours spent searching for specific standards that apply to a given battery shipment. Cut through the confusion! Before you even think about shipping your battery, answer these four simple questions to help you determine how to safely prepare your shipment for transport.

The Do’s and Don’ts of a TMS Selection and Implementation

Listed in: TMS, Transportation, Transportation & Freight Management

Transportation is often the largest supply chain cost for a company. A TMS can yield 6-8 percent savings on transportation costs, yet only a fraction of companies take advantage of a TMS. In this white paper, learn the do’s and don’ts of selecting and effectively implementing the right TMS for your company to realize transportation savings and improve your operations.

It’s Time to Rethink the Box

Listed in: Packaging

Eliminating outer cartons can drastically reduce the dimensional weight of each package, bring down costs, and make shipping additional units in a single load more efficient. Find out how packaging solutions company Sealed Air can accelerate your fulfillment speeds and reduce freight fees with StealthWrap, a customizable automated equipment platform powered by engineered, opaque shrink film that can withstand the rigors of the modern supply chain.

Constantly Connected: How Cellular is Enabling the Digital Supply Chain

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Supply chains grow more and more complex every day. Although there are many technology options when it comes to building a digital supply chain, one stands out as the most reliable and cost-effective: cellular. Cellular tools are the foundation of an effective digital supply chain, and the key to keeping managers constantly connected to their in-transit goods — from end to end. Download the white paper from Tive to learn more.

Proper Tariff Classification – A Vital Part of Customs Compliance

Listed in: Canada Logistics, Global Logistics

Every product entering or leaving the U.S. must have a tariff classification code. It’s a number that identifies the product at a glance. Seems simple, right? It’s part of the Harmonized System with pretty much the whole world in compliance. The problem is that it’s not always easy to determine exactly which one of 9,000+ tariff classification codes applies to a given product. Get it wrong and the border becomes a blockade. Or, worse, you’ve left reduced tariffs on the table due to trade agreements. Or, equally as unpleasant, you just plain overpaid and don’t even know it. Download the new white paper Proper Tariff Classification – A Vital Part of Customs Compliance to help your business better understand the classification system and its role in ensuring proper compliance.

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Optimize Your Supply Chain with Ocean Shipping Best Practices

Listed in: Ocean, Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Transportation

Want to optimize your supply chain? Doing so can feel easier said than done. Shippabo's eBook walks through ocean shipping best practices to help you get started. The eBook includes critical elements of a successful supply chain, eight tips for optimizing your supply chain, and answers to common shipping FAQs. Download it to optimize your supply chainís inventory turn and pre- planning capabilities.

Everything Past the Click

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When establishing your eCommerce store, it may be difficult to find time to do all the tasks that are most important—like providing customer service, marketing, packaging, shipping, order fulfillment, and other store elements. In this white paper, youíll learn how to optimize your online presence, find time for shipping and fulfillment, and most importantly, how a 3PL can help you to amplify your sales.

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Overcoming the Talent Gap in Transportation

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Research suggests the potential for a truck driver shortage of 96,000 by 2020. While raising wages is often presented as a solution – at least until automated vehicles reach commercial viability – the challenge is complex and requires a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond higher wages and signing bonuses. In this paper DHL Supply Chain offers three solutions that can make a difference.

Roadmap to Savings

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Have you heard the one about the family who found $5,000 in coins hidden away in their couch? If only saving money in business were as easy as rummaging through overlooked areas and finding hidden caches of fortune. Actually, with a little creative thinking and refined analysis, your company can do just that. In this white paper, Optimum Expenditures Group LLC uses a specific case study to demonstrate how they were able to help one company save almost 20% off their freight spending budget by simply analyzing various aspects of their supply chainís transportation spending. By asking pointed questions and evaluating both obvious and hidden challenges, they were able to design a financial roadmap that was unique to this specific company. Download now to learn more and find out how Optimum can help you find extra savings.

The Digital Logistics Provider: Delivering a New Level of Service in the Age of IoT

Listed in: 3PL, Logistics IT

As supply chains grow ever more complex, Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) are embracing digital supply chain solutions powered by IoT technologies and data analytics. With a digital supply chain, today's LSPs are able to stay ahead of the game, informing their customers as soon as problems occur and leveraging data-driven insights to optimize from end to end. To learn more about how to stay competitive in the age of IoT, download the white paper.

Radburro: The Built-For-Business Etrike 

Listed in: Last Mile / Final Mile, Sustainability

To meet today’s logistics challenges including urban congestion and lack of parking, rising fuels costs, and consumer expectations for delivery speed, forward-thinking companies are adopting cutting-edge e-cargo solutions, such as the RadBurro, an enterprise-ready mobility and logistics etrike. Featuring 700 pounds of cargo capacity and an estimated 40-80 mile range per charge, the RadBurro offers best-in-class capacity, durability, and battery life. Download this free brochure to learn more.

The Business Case for Transportation Management

Listed in: TMS, Transportation

To meet continually changing consumer demands and expectations in an increasingly competitive market, shippers need a fast, efficient supply chain. Fortunately, as the supply chain has evolved, so too have transportation management systems (TMS) – now providing organizations with greater visibility and control over their supply chain than ever before. Download this new whitepaper to examine how transportation management solutions can help your company reduce risk, improve operational efficiency, and drive meaningful change within your organization.

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Transportation Industry Update

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

In 2018, the transportation industry must navigate a confluence of opportunities and challenges—regulatory pressures, innovative disruptions and changing marketplaces—to capitalize on increasing demand for freight and tightening capacity.  Download this whitepaper for a detailed look at these challenges and suggestions for overcoming them.

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2018 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry 

Listed in: 3PL

From new regulatory requirements, to increasing completion, and emerging technologies, there are extraordinary changes facing the third-party logistics industry. The 2018 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry Report arms your warehouse with the insights and strategies to help you tackle 2018’s most lucrative opportunities head-on, including: tactics to provide exceptional customer support at every touchpoint, how to exceed customer demands through omnichannel fulfillment, how to gain a competitive advantage by harnessing Big Data, and partnering with emerging and non-traditional fulfillment and delivery providers. Access the report for all of these insights, plus bonus strategies and tactics you can implement right away.

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 How Supply Chain Design Leads to Successful Merger and Acquisition Activities

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Consolidations across industries have forced companies to rethink their supply chains. Mergers and acquisitions come with a huge amount of risk, and by optimizing your current and future supply chain you will significantly reduce risk and provide a data-driven roadmap for success. By optimizing the current and future supply chain you will significantly reduce risk and provide a data-driven roadmap for success. Download this ebook to learn where you can leverage modeling across all stages and types of M&A activity including: pre-merger, post-merger, divestiture/spin-off, and brand/product line acquisition.

Digitalization and the Supply Chain: Where Are We and What’s Next?

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Digitalization in the supply chain is happening fast and it’s difficult to keep pace. Disruptive technologies – e.g., next-generation robotics and autonomous vehicles – now integrate with big data analytics, sensors, blockchain and other virtual applications. The opportunities are endless but where are companies on their supply chain digitalization journey? DHL Supply Chain surveyed supply chain and operations professionals around the world to find out.

Managing Freight in a Tight Capacity Market

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In this seller's market for freight, carriers are more selective than ever about the loads they haul. To position your business as a ìshipper of choiceî for carriers, download our free eBook and learn 7 bold steps shippers can take to ensure you can get the freight capacity you need.

Logistics Network Analysis

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Logistics network analysis gets beyond the marketing hype to see whatís really happening throughout your power-gen supply chain. A detailed look at your network and how each segment and carrier performs helps you identify opportunities for improvement and predict performance so you can mitigate potential problems. To learn how to save time and money in your supply chain, download our Logistics Network Analysis whitepaper.

When It Comes to eComm Why Reinvent the Wheel?

Listed in: E-Commerce, Fulfillment / eFulfillment

Flexibility is Key to eComm Fulfillment. As eCommerce fulfillment evolves two things are clear, 1) supply chain must revolve around a consumer who has many buying options, and 2) success comes from flexible and adaptable supply chains. We partnered with Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics on this brief 2-part series.

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The New Landscape of Supply Chain Real Estate

Listed in: Real Estate, Site Selection

DHL Supply Chain conducted a series of qualitative interviews with senior supply chain professionals to discuss the trends that are re-shaping distribution real estate strategies. The key takeaway: A major shift is underway in how businesses deploy real estate to support their operating strategies. This research report discusses that shift, what is driving it, and how it impacts distribution networks and the way in which they are managed.

Recovering Lost Space, Time & Money with Dimensioning 

Listed in: Distribution Center Management, Warehousing

Warehouses, distributors, e-com fulfillment centers and shippers are looking for every edge. They're discovering that dimensioning their inbound and outbound streams maximizes warehouse capacity (20%+), increases operational efficiency (35%), and reduces material and shipping costs (9% or more). The bottom line: If you receive, store, pick, pack, ship, or transport, dimensioning is an easy way to save money. This guide will get you started.

Understanding Customs: Anti-Dumping and Countervailing

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

The current administration has made it clear that "dumping the exporting of goods and manufactured materials into the United States at below fair-trade value will not be tolerated." As a result, more importers will be caught with unwelcome tariffs that may double the cost of items imported. The responsibility for dumping tariffs will fall on the importer, so it's critical to partner with a logistics provider that has the resources, experience, and customs expertise to navigate these sometimes very tricky waters. Download this whitepaper to understand the subject, and determine your potential liability.

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2018 Size & Weight Guide

Listed in: Fleet Management, Trucking

Here's a free reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations. XTRA Lease annually produces this free guide to provide fleets with the most up-to-date resource material for managing size and weight legal limitations. In addition, the guide offers details for where to: register for fuel use tax and order International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) trip permits, register vehicles and order International Registration Plan (IRP) trip permits, register for Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCRA), get hazardous materials/waste permits, and get overweight, oversize permits. The guide provides contact information for state trucking associations and also includes a convenient quick reference chart for all states.

Hey Pallet Geeks! Which Pallet Type is Best for You?

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This whitepaper discusses the functionality characteristics of two wood-based pallet types, but are made from distinctive processes. The pallets are compared for use in one-way shipping include; the innovative 48" x 40" Engineered Molded Wood pallet made with high heat and pressure and the established 48" x 40" GMA-Style pallet made from wood slats and nails. Learn how pallet strength, stiffness and other functionality characteristics impact supply chain efficiencies.

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Overcoming the Talent Gap in Transportation

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Research suggests the potential for a truck driver shortage of 96,000 by 2020. While raising wages is often presented as a solution – at least until automated vehicles reach commercial viability – the challenge is complex and requires a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond higher wages and signing bonuses. In this paper DHL Supply Chain offers three solutions that can make a difference.

Is Your Business Falling Behind in the Parcel Shipping Race?

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Fast and free shipping is the new normal in e-commerce, and Amazon continues to set the pace. How can you keep up? Find the answers in Pierbridge’s latest free e-book: “It Takes an Enterprise to Control Parcel Spending.” Download today to learn how Parcel TMS software can help your business control costs by:

  • Improving parcel planning with an enterprise software approach.
  • Shipping with total control.
  • Utilizing advanced analytics to normalize and store information to gain a complete picture of transportation activity.
  • and more.

Inbound Terms Conversion Best Practices

Listed in: Finance, Transportation

Many companies remain unaware of just how much their inbound freight costs them because these charges are “buried” in the prices they pay for the goods. “Collect” payment terms allow companies to pay for their own inbound transportation costs rather than their vendors. This not only gives a company greater control over their network—often resulting in greater visibility, tracking, and monitoring—but is frequently more cost-effective as well. For details, download this free whitepaper.

Supply Chain Visibility: Illuminating the Path to Responsive and Agile Operations

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

Supply chain visibility is not an end, but a tool. It is the means to achieving true supply chain effectiveness, agility and ultimately, corporate profitability. The purpose of this paper is to take a step back and look at what visibility really means in supply chain operations, what it can do for you and the conditions needed to achieve it. Using real-world case studies, you will also see how true visibility leverages integrated, active and agile technology to enable continuous, real-time decision-making.

 The Right ELD

Listed in: Trucking

With the ELD mandate now in place, do you know which device is right for you? This eBook explores the top concerns fleet managers face today and how to not only comply, but also drive profitability when deciding on an ELD device. Topics include evaluating and choosing the right ELD, driver training, ELD installation, reliability and security, and more.

Do "Favored Shippers" Really Receive Better Pricing and Service? 

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking-TL

Anecdotal evidence and some qualitative research suggests that "favored shippers"—companies for which carriers prefer to haul freight—obtain better pricing and service. But do they? In this paper, Iowa State University researchers explain h, ow they sought to understand the voice of U.S. truckload carriers, how they quantitatively measured the effects of "favored shipper" characteristics on transportation costs, and what characteristics actually make shippers favored in the transportation marketplace.

The Correlation Between Service and Savings in the Supply Chain

Listed in: 3PL, Transportation & Freight Management

To increase savings, business leaders must concentrate on the total cost of the supply chain, rather than just transportation prices. The right company acts like a business partner and takes into consideration transportation, operations and inventory costs to help a network operate more efficiently. What is your transportation and logistics provider doing for you? What should they be doing? Find out by downloading this free whitepaper.

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Examination of On-Time Delivery Service in a JIT Environment 

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Transportation

Adopting just-in-time (JIT) inventory principles has enhanced production operational efficiency, cost effectiveness and customer responsiveness for many organizations. But the real key to success is providing a solution that applies JIT principles to the specifics of each client’s industry and accurately tracks and delivers on-time performance, regardless of industry conditions, leading to the greatest competitive advantage.

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The Supply Chain Talent Shortage: From Gap to Crisis

Listed in: Education, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

The supply chain sector is facing a talent shortage that is quickly escalating from a gap to a potential crisis. In some industries the talent gap could threaten the ability of companies to compete on the global stage. What are organizations doing to address the problem? DHL Supply Chain surveyed 350+ supply chain and operations professionals around the world to find out.

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Winning the Battle for eCommerce Last-Mile Excellence

Listed in: E-Commerce, Transportation

Amazon is driving consumer delivery expectations. Their delivery services are not just the gold standard, they re THE standard by which other retailers are judged. Amazon is the reason people now think 2-day-and-under delivery times are no longer expedited service;  they re expected service. So what's a retailer not named Amazon to do? Make your last mile your best mile. Last-mile service is truly the make-or-break part of a transaction. When a customer is either pleased with delivery services or disappointed if something goes wrong, the appreciation (or the blame) goes not to the logistics provider but to the retailer. There are a host of options and strategies to improve last-mile service, but to make your last-mile service a true competitive advantage, you ll need two things: technology and the right logistics provider. Find out more by downloading this free whitepaper.

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Purchasing and Implementing a Yard Management System

Listed in: Yard Management

You will find everything you need to know about purchasing and implementing a Yard Management System in this practical guide. It aims to help inform the decision to implement a YMS–from investigation to scoping to vendor selection and implementation. The whitepaper covers: who needs a Yard Management System, specific areas where YMS can optimize operations, what to look for when evaluating a YMS, vendor evaluation checklist, ROI considerations, and a blueprint for successful implementation.

Not Your Mama's 3PL

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How do you define a 3PL? There are many definitions as to what a 3PL really is, especially as the capabilities of a 3PL have shifted dramatically throughout the years. But the legal definition of a 3PL was hammered down in 2008, defined as a person who solely receives, holds, or otherwise transports a consumer product.

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A Leaner Supply Chain

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Transportation & Freight Management

Supply chains are inherently complex and interconnected. And the greater the number of products produced or destinations for goods, the greater the potential for complexity and the greater the necessity for systematic, enterprise-level approaches to preserve value for the company at every link in the supply chain. Download this whitepaper to discover how a more integrated supply chain can contribute value to your company.

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Move Inventory Faster: It Starts With The Label

Listed in: Logistics IT

Move Inventory Faster. It Starts with the Label. Think about it...the label connects the supplier to you - well, to your ERP and, equally important, to the inventory itself. What if you could control the labeling outside your 4 walls so that shipments from suppliers and other trading partners were labeled with the information you required? Your data, your barcodes, your instructions, your process? Download Loftware’s report to discover how enterprise labeling can improve your supplier transactions.

Safety in Logistics Operations

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In logistics, the commitment to safety is too often like the half-hearted embrace we give an older aunt we occasionally see at family gatherings. We do it because we have to and it’s expected. But we’re not giving safety the full-on bear-hug it deserves. This eBook examines safety investments from an ROI perspective, and then offers up 4 strategies to improve safety performance in your logistics operation.

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Improving E-Commerce Fulfillment Through Business Integration

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Business integration plays a key role in preparing fulfillment operations for efficiently handling e-commerce orders — far ahead of the click and order confirmation. In this white paper, experts from the fields of retail, marketing and supply chain management discuss how an integrated approach to marketing and logistics can help organizations fully embrace e-commerce and increase profitability.

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New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices

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The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with information about five new innovative technologies that could greatly impact the supply chain: drones, 3-D printing, driverless vehicles, robotics, and wearable technology. The paper delves into the many benefits of each technology as well as some challenges and gives the reader a peek into an amazing future.

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Blueprint 2032: How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping

Listed in: Logistics IT, Ocean

Digitization is rapidly transforming the ocean container shipping industry and the pace of technology innovation is accelerating as businesses seek new and more efficient ways to optimize, according to this new whitepaper. INTTRA sees three technology trends converging near term that will move the ocean container shipping industry forward: Network integration across systems, applications and partners; real-time status of containers and cargo; and artificial intelligence that will enable companies to transition from big data to more accessible business analytics that will suggest higher probability outcomes. INTTRA also outlines several actions that will prepare shippers for the future, including participation in industry-wide working groups to enable standardization; digitizing business processes; and investing in technology to reduce costs and identify new opportunities.

The Evolving Freight Forwarding Market (2017) 

Listed in: Freight Forwarding, Transportation

Digitization is the future for freight forwarders, according to the results of a survey conducted in April 2017 and based on 80 responses. This whitepaper details those results, including how the freight forwarding market is being redefined, critical pain points, what customers value most from their forwarders, market share changes, and more. Technology is leading the way for supply chains and forwarders have taken note: according to the survey, digitization is not a "nice to have" but a "need to have" for all supply chains.

Game Changer – Transportation Spend Intelligence

Listed in: Transportation

Best-in-class analytics can transform transportation cost data into an advantage for any company. Analytics can eliminate the pain involved with managing raw transportation data and converting it into actionable intelligence – reducing the time required to produce analyses or take action. But with such promise comes hype, making it difficult to distinguish between solutions.  In this whitepaper, you'll learn what a best-in-class transportation spend analytics solution should deliver.

Global Visibility Through a Network Control Tower

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In an industry where many logistics providers claim to deliver global visibility, the service frequently delivers little value to the shipper and little else to distinguish the provider from the services rendered within a standard TMS. In this whitepaper, you’ll discover the process of implementing a control tower, its benefits and common pitfalls to avoid.

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Why Freight Visibility is Important

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The global supply chain is always moving, but when it isn’t, it is everyone’s problem. Goods in various stages must be transported to and from raw materials suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers, and end users. One hiccup can affect everyone in the logistics sector, thus the term “supply chain”. Download this whitepaper to learn the consequences of late loads, undeniable importance of freight visibility, how real-time visibility enables exception management, and what to look for in a visibility partner.

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The Rise of the Digital Yard

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Is your yard ready to join the digital revolution? With the millions of trailers nationwide sitting idle and unhooked 80 percent of the time, it’s time to take the yard out of the dark ages and into the digital world. What are digital yards? What does the digital yard mean to the entire supply chain? How do you build the business case and get started? Explore these questions and more in this new whitepaper.

Mastering logistics complexity: taking control with technology

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Very few, if any, logistics planning operations are simple to plan. As customer demands grow and congestion and legislation increases, the variables that transportation planners have to juggle become more complex. Read our white paper to find out how harnessing the latest technology will not only help transportation planners manage these complexities but also turn them to your competitive advantage.

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Examination of an Inbound Web Portal

Listed in: 3PL, Logistics IT

Regardless of the size of a business, everyone is looking to save money and streamline processes. However, often companies overlook the cost of their supply chain, particularly their inbound transportation. Inbound web portals have the ability to bring several companies together in one place to share accurate and necessary information and provide an opportunity for business-to-business growth. Overall, each component of the supply chain—whether it is customers, 3PL providers, carriers or vendors—can reap the rewards of reduced costs, advanced visibility, improved reliability and increased savings.

The Retailer's Guide to Vendor Compliance and Reducing Chargebacks 

Listed in: Retail Logistics, Vendor Compliance

With increasing demands from retail buyers, this whitepaper is aimed at providing tips and best practices that shippers can utilize to help avoid delivery and compliance mishaps. You'll learn several key practices that you can put into action immediately to help boost your ability to meet your retail vendor's compliance requirements. From coordinating warehousing and production to knowing what to ask of your carrier, become empowered to ship retail without the worry of incurring costly chargebacks and fees.

Strategies to Build a More Efficient Automotive Supply Chain in China

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

China represents tremendous opportunities for automakers and the companies that serve them. There are specific qualities that companies should seek in a qualified logistics provider to grasp their best opportunities. This whitepaper explains the top logistics challenges for the automotive industry in China, and how logistics providers can support automotive companies in China.

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Dimensioning Systems: Getting the Most from Your Investment

Listed in: Packaging , Warehousing

As of Jan. 8, 2017, the cost of shipping most packages is now based on their dimensions, not just their weight. Size matters, now more than ever. Without the tools to dimension inbound and outbound parcels, many shippers and warehouses will find themselves at the mercy of their carriers–unable to predict or control costs, or even to audit their invoices. This whitepaper offers a crash course for people who need to start thinking about dimensioning solutions and don't know where to start. 

5 Dirty Secrets of Warehouse Management Systems

Listed in: Logistics IT, Warehousing, WMS

It's a fact: most best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) providers force you to pay every time you require a system change. Uncover five more dirty secrets many warehouse management systems don't want you to know. Download this whitepaper to discover these hidden truths and gain valuable information on considerations for evaluating WMS vendors. Arm yourself with information that will enable you to select a system that will fulfill your requirements today and years from now as your company grows–all at a low total cost of ownership.

Visibility Across the Manufacturing Enterprise

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

Despite recent advancements in manufacturing technology and data management, many manufacturers still use antiquated data systems that store quality data on site at individual plants. While these systems might help to make improvements at a local level, they create data silos, preventing manufacturers from looking across their operations to find opportunities for global improvement. In this whitepaper, InfinityQS advises manufacturers to unify plant-level quality data to attain enterprise visibility. Organizations can use strong quality software and apply new data collection practices and modern analytics to unify disparate data streams and drive sophisticated analyses and improvements across their whole enterprise.

Preventing Product Recalls With Proper Planning and Equipment

Listed in: Food Logistics, Reverse Logistics

This whitepaper informs manufacturers of the reasons and potential costs of product recalls. It details how these can be avoided and offers guidance on choosing the best solutions that can be incorporated into your product quality control programs. The whitepaper addresses five main questions: What does a recall cost? What are the main reasons for recalls? How do you control the controllable? What is the best practice to minimize recalls? What do you need to research?

What Arrives in L.A. Stays in L.A.: DC Bypass Strategies that Leverage the Largest U.S. Gateway

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Centralized distribution can be inefficient and costly for West Coast fulfillment. A well-planned DC bypass strategy can reduce transportation and inventory carrying costs, increase speed to market, delay allocations and take pressure off existing customer distribution centers. With the help of a 3PL, retailers and manufacturers can create a customized DC bypass strategy that supports growth and addresses the increasing time-sensitivity of customer deliveries.

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Where Does Privacy Stop and Publicity Begin in the Logistics Industry?

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A comprehensive look at the complex privacy problems encountered by 3PL providers in the modern logistics industry. While 3PLs search for ways to stand apart from their competition using content marketing and social media, this can present serious privacy concerns for 3PLs and their customers. As such, 3PLs must maintain customer confidentiality when sharing customer focused content across all marketing platforms.

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3 Keys of Direct-to-Consumer Success

Listed in: 3PL, Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Retail Logistics

What are the three keys to direct-to-consumer success, and why do they matter? Download this whitepaper now to discover: How the three keys work together to help you deliver a great brand experience, from online to on-time delivery; the two most inportant questions you should ask your 3PL about how it manages your online orders; the two essential qualities your 3PL must have to ensure same-day fulfillment of every order; and the single most important tool your 3PL needs to select the most cost-effective shipping method for on-time delivery.

Examination of on-time delivery service in a JIT environment

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Adopting just-in-time (JIT) inventory principles has enhanced production operational efficiency, cost effectiveness and customer responsiveness for many organizations. But the real key to success is providing a solution that applies JIT principles to the specifics of each client’s industry and accurately tracks and delivers on-time performance, regardless of industry conditions, leading to the greatest competitive advantage.

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How Leadership Training can Improve Company Culture

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Investments in training, particularly at the leadership level, are scarcely made in organizations. Implementing a training and development program that focuses on developing and empowering an organization of leaders reinforces a positive company culture that will pay dividends for years to come.



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Building the Smarter Warehouse: Warehousing 2020

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How do today’s warehousing managers plan to capitalize on tomorrow’s unprecedented eCommerce opportunities? A recent global survey of over 1300 IT and operations warehouse professionals explores just that. Respondents divulge current practices as well as plans for the year 2020, offering unique insight and perspective into the trends that will shape the landscape of warehousing as we know it. Download this white paper for a detailed analysis of the survey’s findings.

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Ryder and FRAM: Filtering waste for the supply chain

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Being the number one oil filter brand in America, FRAM knows having waste in your engine leads to poor performance. Being a supply chain logistics industry leader, Ryder knows having waste in your supply chain can also lead to poor performance. By collaborating with Ryder, FRAM was able to filter out waste from its supply chain, leading to more efficient processes and cost savings. The results include 100 percent productivity increase, 99.8 percent pick accuracy, and a seven-figure reduction in annual distribution costs.

3PLs Empower Companies of All Sizes

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The market for third-party logistics providers continues to grow, driven by the myriad of services they offer that can help companies of all sizes manage increasingly complex and global supply chains. Several 3PL organizations are based in or have significant operations within the state of Florida.

Don’t Forget About The Most Important Link In The Supply Chain.

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Last mile deliveries comes with a slew of logistical challenges, but many companies often forget to think of the most important link in the supply chain ñ the end-customer. In todayís on- demand environment, customers want to have full visibility over their deliveries, as well as an open line of communication with both the business itself and the person making the delivery.

Oil and Gas Transportation Mistakes and How to Correct Them

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Historically, O&G companies’ soaring profits masked the poor state of logistics operations within their supply chains. Now that profits are thin, they’re rushing to save money wherever they can. O&G companies realize the savings potential in their disordered logistics processes, specifically in transportation management. Many businesses are making the same mistakes over and over, despite the fact that they can be easily avoided.

Inbound Terms Conversion Best Practices

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Many companies remain unaware of just how much their inbound freight costs them because these charges are “buried” in the prices they pay for the goods. “Collect” payment terms allow companies to pay for their own inbound transportation costs rather than their vendors . This not only gives a company greater control over their network—often resulting in greater visibility, tracking, and monitoring—but is frequently more cost-effective as well.

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Understanding Dock Scheduling

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This white paper's objective is to help industry professionals understand the basics of dock scheduling, supported by real industry case studies. It will help you assess whether you need a dock scheduling system, identify your potential cost savings, determine where to start, and evaluate which solution is best for your business. You will also find a comparative table for an easy comparison between different types of dock scheduling systems versus their criteria and benefits.

Examination of an Inbound Web Portal

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Regardless of the size of a business, everyone is looking to save money and streamline processes. However, often companies overlook the cost of their supply chain, particularly their inbound transportation. Inbound web portals have the ability to bring several companies together in one place to share accurate and necessary information and provide an opportunity for business-to-business growth. Overall, each component of the supply chain—whether it is customers, 3PL providers, carriers or vendors—can reap the rewards of reduced costs, advanced visibility, improved reliability and increased savings.

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Global Forwarding: Biggest, Fastest Savings

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It’s mission critical to optimize efficiencies and savings while moving freight around the world. Where can you get the biggest savings in international shipping with the least effort? Start here, by reading this new white paper detailing: How to get more use out of available space with cargo consolidation; How to estimate exposure and manage cargo risk; Why understanding Incoterms®, free trade agreements, and ACE may lead to savings and efficiency improvements, and more.

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Guide to Creating a Customer Centric Supply Chain

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We’ve entered a new age – the age of the empowered consumer. In this environment, there are new expectations and operational requirements of enterprise businesses that deliver – such as package and parcel services and restaurant chains – that must be met in order to stay competitive. Creating a Customer Centric Supply chain can be a tricky thing; while each business has its own operational needs, there are a few concepts that are relatively universal.

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great 3PL Customer

Listed in: 3PL, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Many shippers commoditize the services of third party logistics providers (3PLs), believing that the best result will come from micro-management and constant price pressure. In fact, the opposite is true. The more you, as the outsourcing company, invest in the relationship – as a partner, not an overseer – the more value is delivered. Here are 12 suggestions on 3PL relationship management that, while they create some work for you, pave the way for breakthrough supply chain performance.

Should Your E-Commerce Website Offer Free Shipping?

Listed in: 3PL, Retail Logistics

As much as people enjoy the convenience of being able to shop online, most don't want to wait long or spend much to get their goods delivered. Amazon and other big box retailers have created an environment where free, quick shipping is now the norm. Shipping is a factor for any online retailer, and approaching it in the wrong way may end up costing you.

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Five Ways a TMS Solution Adds Value to Any Shipping Organization

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The business case for supply chain logistics software is compelling to every stakeholder if properly communicated. Download this complimentary eBook which provides five iron-clad arguments in favor of implementing a TMS platform with optimizer tools and private fleet management capabilities. Use these simple, yet effective arguments to build a winning business case for TMS in your organization.

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Bridging the Gap: The Role of Retail 3PLs in the Journey to “Shopping Redefined”

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Are you omni-channel ready? Learn why retail 3PLs are uniquely positioned to help retailers bridge the gap to an omni-channel shopping environment with their expertise in these key capabilities: inventory visibility; optimized fulfillment; and perfect packing.

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7 Critical Mistakes Shippers Make When Negotiating Transportation and Logistics Contracts

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Master the fine art of negotiating transportation and logistics contracts. Download this whitepaper to learn the seven critical mistakes shippers make and how to avoid them. Do it right and you can create a strong strategic alliance that will yield financial rewards and exceptional service and support for the long term.

Cloud or Licensed Supply Chain IT Systems – Which is Right for You?

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As we rely more and more on global visibility into supply chain operations, whether across carriers, modes, or continents, cloud-based SaaS applications will become the standard. Can you trust cloud-based supply chain systems?  This whitepaper compares and contrasts SaaS versus licensed supply chain IT systems offering benchmarks related to cost and security while also exploring functionality, features and vendor Selection advice.

Top 5 Logistics Technologies

Listed in: Logistics IT

The business of Logistics is evolving. While there are a lot of supply chain innovations that have made a big impact on the business of logistics over the years, here are five recent innovations that are revolutionizing the industry: Robotics & Automation; Advanced Inventory Tracking Technologies; Advanced Inventory Management Systems; Collaborative Logistics; Supply Chain Design & Modeling Tools.

Barcode Labeling is Changing. Are you Ready? Top 5 Trends.

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Customer labeling demands increase, are you keeping pace? Label regulations evolve, do you have a strategy? Deployment models are changing, is your labeling ready? This report outlines shifts in barcode labeling that impact global supply chains.

Electronic Logging Device Impact

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a regulation in December 2015 that requires all commercial trucks and buses manufactured after 2000 to be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD). An estimated three million drivers who currently use paper logs will have to convert to a digital log. This may affect HOS compliance and carrier capacity. This executive briefing offers more information about this mandate and how it affects the industry.

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Quiet Revolution: Convergence and the Future Automotive Supply Chain

Listed in: Logistics IT

The century-old way of doing business in the automotive industry is now over. The industry is facing a revolutionary convergence with the technology sector that will transform how it manages its supply chain operations. This whitepaper reveals that the increasingly high-tech composition of vehicles, driven by growing consumer expectation of product innovation, is propelling this convergence between the two industries. Download your free copy for additional details.

The Engagement Stack 

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This extensive whitepaper looks at how brands can effectively utilize their data and technology to engage with customers. The author, Dr. Phil Hendrix, managing director at immr, delves into the seven characteristics that distinguish masters of engagement; case studies with Starbucks, Patagonia and Sephora; and much more. Hendrix also examines the "regret test" by asking: "If your company disappeared today, would anyone really care in six months? Would you be sincerely missed and difficult to replace or would your customers move on to the next thing? Download this free resource to identify how your company can become a "master of engagement."

Considerations for Complying With the ELD Mandate

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

Learn how to get the most return on investment from your fleet while also abiding by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new mandate requiring the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to log drivers' record of duty status. This whitepaper explores what the mandate entails, and the features and functions of ELDs. It also includes advice on how to successfully implement these devices into your existing systems. 

8 Principles of Supply Chain Risk Management

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

It is impossible to completely eliminate risk from your supply chain, but you can minimize exposure to risk with careful planning, tools, and processes to anticipate and manage risk more effectively. This free whitepaper is an accumulation of experiences documented to help guide companies as they mature their supply chain risk management program and make changes to proactively respond to and minimize the impact of risk events. Download this whitepaper to gain new insights into supply chain risk management.

IoT-Enabled Analytic Applications Revolutionize Supply Chain Planning and Execution

Listed in: Logistics IT, Visibility

The Internet of Things (IoT) will "deliver on the promise of true end-to-end supply chain visibility for the first time," reports IDC in this new whitepaper. Want to know how? Download this free resource to learn why milestone-based visibility solutions are no longer acceptable in today's competitive marketplace; how the IoT will impact supply chains with new solutions that provide unprecedented visibility; and why businesses should focus purchasing on "purpose-built applications" rather than toolkits.

A Quick Guide to High-Performing Partner Portals

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Visibility

Are your supply chain partners passionate about your partner portal? It's essential that they are if you want to generate loyalty and increase sales. Your portal is the go-to source for most of your channel partner contact and information, so it needs to provide first-class support, tailoring partner experience to need, avoiding confusion and eliminating frustration. Download this quick guide, which provides best practices for building a successful partner portal.

Wide Open: How the Panama Canal Expansion is Redrawing the Logistics Map 

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

How will the Panama Canal expansion in 2016 impact logistics? You'll find the answers in this new whitepaper, published by C.H. Robinson in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. Among the paper's conclusions: The expansion could shift 10 percent of container traffic between East Asia and the United States from West Coast ports to East Coast ports; the battleground on which U.S. ports compete for customers will move several hundred miles west, to a region that accounts for more than 15 percent of GDP; and shippers and carriers will have to adapt their strategies and operations as logistics grow more complex.

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Can Your Fulfillment Operations Scale?

Listed in: Fulfillment / eFulfillment

Growing companies don’t think far enough ahead about the implications of growth on fulfillment operations. But that lack of planning can backfire if the sales engine outpaces the company’s ability to fulfill orders.  Fast-growing companies would benefit from a scalable, outsourced solution where space, automation and labor adapt to growth requirements, where risk is mitigated, and where distribution costs parallel revenue. Read the eBook.

The Internet of Things and the Modern Supply Chain

Listed in: Logistics IT, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

You have probably heard the term Internet of Things (IoT) quite a bit in the past year. It is frequently mentioned in the same breath as supply chain, with the common observation that it will significantly impact supply chain operations. This whitepaper clarifies what is meant by the IoT, and identifies some ways in which it is expected to, or already is, transforming supply chain operations. It also offers some suggestions on how to best leverage IoT opportunities in your business.

Dimensional Weight: Don't Let It Weigh You Down

Listed in: Packaging , Small Package Services

Dim weight pricing changes do not have to weigh heavily on manufacturers and retailers from a financial or operational perspective. By taking the proactive steps outlined in this whitepaper, companies can help ensure they are protecting their customers' products, their reputations, and their bottom lines.

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Becoming a Shipper of Choice

Listed in: 3PL, Trucking

If you are a shipper relying on for-hire carriers, or an asset-light 3PL, you are no doubt aware that there are at present several significant issues conspiring to make it more expensive and more difficult to get your goods delivered. The solution for many is to become what’s known as a “Shipper of Choice”. This White Paper explains how shippers can sustain and grow their bottom line by becoming carrier friendly.

How Lean is Lean?

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Lean quality improvement programs have driven billions of dollars' worth of value across corporate supply chains. But, if you’re not careful, these programs can become weighed down with bureaucracy, adding time and cost to your quality improvement efforts. This eBook reviews practical ways to make sure Lean program management doesn’t get in the way of getting the work done.

Dwell: How Intermodal Terminal Congestion Impacts Capacity and Service

Listed in: Intermodal, Rail

The railroad industry is experiencing a congestion issue called "dwell" that, when combined with recent and forecast increases in rail volume, impacts capacity, service, and growth. Dwell is the period of time starting when a container is unloaded from the train and ending when the container has departed from the rail facility. This whitepaper examines the problem with dwell, and offers solutions.

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The True Cost of Ownership for Counterbalance Forklifts: Understanding the Impact of Hidden Costs

Listed in: Lift Trucks / Forklifts, Materials Handling

Counterbalance forklift owners seeking to best manage their industrial equipment investment will find this new whitepaper very helpful. It explores how performance and durability, service and maintenance, and ergonomics can impact overall expenses; and illustrates how important it is to take a more comprehensive approach to understanding the true cost of ownership for counterbalance forklifts.

Gearing Up For Petrochemical Export Growth in North America

Listed in: Chemical Logistics, Global Logistics

With plastics export set to triple in the United States by 2020, petrochemical producers need additional storage and transportation capacity to accommodate this growth. This whitepaper offers in-depth analysis into additional storage capacity needed along the supply chain and at ports, and how producers plan to collaborate with stakeholders across the supply chain. It also provides tangible solutions to help companies overcome pressing issues such as storage and transportation capacity, and new infrastructure requirements.

Turn Your Warehouse on its Head: Improve Productivity, Quality and Safety from the Ground Up

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

This whitepaper from the experts at Penske Logistics focuses on a bottom-up approach to successfully launching an effective labor management software program. It offers actionable steps for creating the right culture, phasing in the implementation, and ensuring benchmarks are met. Additionally, it cites an industry success story and lists six steps to assessing the efficiency of your warehouse.

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Transportation Trends and Insights

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

Each month, Penske publishes Transportation Insights--articles designed to inform and enlighten those in the transportation industry. Our downloadable e-book is a collection of some of our best recent Insights, centered on the topics of talent shortage, driver health and well-being, and safety and compliance. Each piece features information from industry insiders or thought leaders, and offers relevant information on some of the key areas that impact your business the most.

How to Reduce Chargebacks in Your Vendor Compliance Program

Listed in: Retail Logistics, Vendor Compliance

Retailer chargeback penalties for non-compliant shipments are a profit-draining reality for many consumer goods manufacturers. Companies with the will and the resources to prevent and refute chargebacks can avoid hundreds of thousands, even millions, in lost profit. This paper provides background on the origins and rationale for chargebacks, followed by a 7-step process for avoiding or overturning these costly penalties.

Changing Metrics – and Mindsets – in the Warehouse

Listed in: Lift Trucks / Forklifts, Materials Handling, Warehousing

Forklift connectivity provides the visibility to manage fleets for greater safety and productivity, and is a key building block of the connected warehouse of the future. This three-part whitepaper series captures the technology adoption best practices Crown's team has observed and implemented in diverse materials handling applications. The purpose of the series is to help accelerate forklift fleet management adoption and prepare the industry for more complex technology initiatives.

Five Steps to Food Safety 

Listed in: Cold Chain Logistics, Food Logistics

 The safety and quality of food have always been important. With recent reports of contamination on the rise, however, it is more vital than ever that food and pharmaceutical manufacturers are equipped with top-quality product inspection equipment. This whitepaper provides food and pharma companies with a five-point checklist to ensure optimal protection against foreign body contaminiation. Topics include understanding regulations, knowing your product, boosting risk awareness, optimizing productivity, and relying on the experts.

Understanding Chain of Responsibility in the Supply Chain 

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

 With increasing traffic congestion, safety on the highways is of great public concern. Recent incidents involving heavy vehicles are influencing the legislative landscape across the world. Regulatory bodies recognize that responsibility for highway safety goes well beyond mere driver compliance to Hours of Service regulations, thus bringing forward the concept of Chain of Responsibility (CoR). This whitepaper explains CoR, how it has been implemented in other jurisdictions, how it may affect your business, and what you need to do to ensure you are prepared and protected.

Common Myths About Dock Scheduling

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The purpose of this whitepaper is to address some of the myths related to dock scheduling. Company visionaries, be they CEOs, warehouse supervisors, IT project managers, or continuous improvement team leaders, often face the challenge, among others, of breaking down myths. The articles included in this whitepaper have been assembled to help these leaders break down the myths related to dock scheduling.

Visibility, Speed and Agility: How M2M is Redefining the Supply Chain and Transportation

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Transportation and supply chain management are critical pillars of global commerce and are facing unprecedented challenges and change. The new and original information in this study sheds light on how executives at transportation and supply chain management companies use or plan to use technology to address these issues and more. Key findings in the survey data reveal that “operational visibility” – knowing where a shipment is and monitoring the environmental conditions in near real-time of cargo in-transit – is becoming a critical tool for the supply chain and the transportation industries.

Doing More With Less: Yard and Dock Management Software ROI

Listed in: Logistics IT, Yard Management

 This whitepaper provides an important analysis for anyone faced with logistics problems in the yard or at the dock, including high operational and labor costs, inefficient processes, security, and other serious issues. It features an overview of several yard management and dock management software solutions and approaches that not only solve the problems facing on-site logistics operations, but ensure timely ROI using a proven and automated "less is more" approach.

The Case for Lowering LTL Limits of Liability 

Listed in: 3PL, Transportation, Trucking-LTL

This publication illustrates why it is in the best interest of third-party logistics providers to work with carriers and reduce limits of liability to $1 per pound in the LTL arena. It also describes the key points that cast 3PLs in a favorable light to ultimately forge stronger, more strategic partnerships with LTL carriers. Delivering an analysis of effective procedures for partnership, this whitepaper outlines specific strategies 3PLs can use to better serve carriers by identifying and working to solve the issues that complicate the existing liability landscape.

Identifying Opportunities With Your Inbound Transportation 

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Transportation, Trucking

An efficient inbound transportation program can reduce costs, improve service, minimize delays, reduce confusion, and raise performance. Get the whitepaper today and learn where you can find savings and eliminate gaps in your inbound program.

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Green Freight Handbook

Listed in: Sustainability, Transportation & Freight Management

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has released its Green Freight Handbook – an easy-to-use guide to making changes that cut emissions and save logistics costs. This free guide can help you understand why green freight practices have become essential for controlling greenhouse gas emissions; establish metrics and measure program success; assess the best opportunities to drive down costs and greenhouse gas emissions; and gain support for initiatives and implement with success.

660 Minutes: How Improving Driver Efficiency Increases Capacity

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

Recent industry research has found that since the July 2014 changes to Hours-of-Service, drivers spend an average of only 390 minutes (6.5 hours) of the 660 minutes of available driving time behind the wheel. There are many pressures acting upon capacity, and many upcoming regulations, which could inhibit driver hours. This whitepaper helps shippers and carriers attain a strong understanding of Hours-of-Service, and helps them pursue best practices for improved driver utilization.

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Understanding New Food Labeling Regulations

Listed in: Food Logistics, Materials Handling

With the release of an overhaul to the BRC Issue 7 Food Safety guidelines, as well as further changes on the horizon for the EU and the United States, Mettler Toledo has compiled all the latest regulations in an easy-to-understand guide that goes through each set of regulations in detail. In addition to giving manufacturers a handy reference tool, this whitepaper also forecasts developments on the horizon, and recommends the best way to ensure compliance with labeling regulations moving forward.

Transportation in the Chain of Custody 

Listed in: Food Logistics, Transportation

Pest infestations while processed foods and raw commmodies are transported are more likely to increase during summer months, which can directly impact food quality and consumer health. Proper transportation of food items is often overlooked, and transportation directly impacts issues such as spoilage, pest infestation, packing integrity, and food quality. Download this free whitepaper to learn proper prevention methods, create a plan to predict pending problems, act swiftly when an issue does arise, have efficient routing systems in place, manage inventories to eliminate surplus, and prevent historical challenges.

Industry Market Barometer

Listed in: Education

The news for the general economy may be mixed, but for manufacturers it's all systems growth. ThomasNet's annual Industry Market Barometer survey shows an upward trajectory for manufacturers as they continue to lead the economy forward. Manufacturers are getting more business from existing markets, increasing production capacity, optimizing operations, and hiring and retraining staff. ThomasNet's latest research helps you stay one step ahead.

Crossing Over: TMS Delivering Big Value for Small Shippers

Listed in: Logistics IT, TMS, Transportation

No matter the size of your shipping operation, the logistics are complicated. Optimizing loads, reducing dock dwell, load tendering, meeting deadlines, and many other issues combine to challenge your business every day. Transportation Management Systems (TMS) have long been a mainstay in large shipping departments, while smaller shippers have been left using manual systems such as spreadsheets, or worse. Not anymore. A SaaS cloud-based TMS will show you the money - with little to no investment up front, and big value to your bottom line. Find out more by downloading this free whitepaper.

Barcode Tracking Simplified for Make-to-Order Manufacturers 

Listed in: Logistics IT, Materials Handling

Make-to-order manufacturers typically make a limited number of basic products, but each one may have different options. If manufacturers assign a different part number to each product made – which may have many different dimensions, colors, or other options – then they can end up with many thousands of part numbers. This whitepaper explores an alternative approach: To assign a smaller number of "product line" part numbers, and then to track attributes such as width, length, color and other options on an item or container basis. This not only makes it easier to track raw, work-in-process and finished goods inventory, but also makes it easier to do cost comparisons for like jobs and to integrate with ERP and accounting systems. 



Doing More with Less: Yard and Dock Management from an ROI Perspective

Listed in: Logistics IT, Supply Chain Management & Optimization, Yard Management

This whitepaper provides an important analysis for anyone faced with logistics challenges – high operational and labor costs, inefficient processes, security and more – in the yard or at the dock. Download this report to learn how integrated yard and dock management systems can help warehouses, manufacturers, retailers and distribution centers do more with less, while realizing a return on investment in as few as 12 to 24 months.

Labor Management Strategies in the Warehouse

Listed in: 3PL

Kane Is Able recently sponsored research with 252 logistics executives on the strategies they employ for managing labor in the distribution center. The results of that research are summarized in this report. Questions explored a range of issues, including use of technology, strategies to drive productivity, and use of third-party labor providers. The report, filled with charts and other data, allows you to compare your approach with your peers.

Work-in-Process Tracking of Materials with Different Widths and Lengths

Listed in: Barcode & RFID, Materials Handling

A big issue for many manufacturers is how to use bar codes to track materials with different lengths and widths. For example, a manufacturer may buy 10 sheets of material that measure 4 x 8 feet, then use 3.5 sheets to make a batch of products. They return the leftover 4 x 4 sheet to stock, and use it again on subsequent jobs. Over time, the manufacturer accumulates many off-cuts of different sizes. If a manufacturer assigns a separate part number to each size of the same material, then it quickly ends up with thousands of part numbers. Find the solution by downloading this free whitepaper today.

Industry Challenges

Listed in: Transportation, Trucking

The transportation industry faces many challenges in 2015 and beyond. Increased recruiting expenses and mileage pay, truck and maintenance costs, preparation for future regulations on equipment, lost productivity due to new regulations, and a precarious market capacity situation are all stressing forces. This whitepaper provides valuable information and insights surrounding the driver shortage, driver retention, tightening regulations and capacity, railroad investment, equipment costs, and overall productivity.

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UPS B2B Purchasing Insights

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Industrial distribution, once dominated by family-owned companies built on generations of personal relationships, has undergone a quiet but dramatic renaissance. Vendor reduction initiatives, widespread mergers and acquisitions, and the inevitable growth in online selling have intensified competition for available dollars. This whitepaper, conducted in partnership with research firm TNS, sheds light on factors driving the purchase decisions of those who buy or influence industrial supplies purchases. Touching on both current and intended purchase behaviors, the study offers distributors a glimpse into their competitive position in the marketplace, as well as potential areas for growth.

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How to Get More Done for Less With a GPS Fleet Tracking System

Listed in: Fleet Management, Transportation

Controlling labor costs doesn’t have to lead to diminished service quality. In fact, with a vehicle tracking solution like Networkfleet®, you can control labor costs and improve service quality at the same time by managing your entire fleet more efficiently and effectively. Combining the data from Networkfleet with a disciplined approach that rewards drivers for efficient driving habits can enable your fleet to drive fewer miles, reduce overtime and other labor expenses, and get more jobs done in less time. To learn more about a vehicle tracking solution can help bring your labor costs under control, download this free whitepaper today.

Be Nimble - Drive a Nimble Supply Chain

Listed in: Trucking

As companies look for ways to stay competitive, evaluating the type of fleet they operate should be considered. There are several factors to consider when choosing between owning a fleet or using a dedicate contract carrier. With many new trends in the trucking industry, here’s how Ryder Dedicated can help your business.

The Complete Guide for Shippers to Process & Master Freight Claims

Listed in: Freight Payment, Audit & Billing, Security Solutions, Transportation

Understanding freight claims is vital to running an efficient transportation and logistics department. Unrecovered freight claims have a direct impact on the bottom line of a company—and the tougher the economic times and thinner the margins the greater the impact.  Download this whitepaper to learn the difference between freight claims and freight liability, tips to mitigate freight damage, steps toward successful freight claims and more.

42 Principles of Forecasting

Listed in: Demand Planning & Forecasting, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Forecasting is a thankless task. You’re always wrong, and your work is never done. Good forecasts aren’t always celebrated, but inaccurate forecasts will always be criticized. While poor forecasts deserve to be critiqued, good forecasts – or consistent improvements in forecast accuracy – equally deserve hosannas and rewards. This new e-book provides practical and actionable tips to help your company improve its forecasting process.

The Value of a TMS and Logistics Services for Effective Inbound Freight Management

Listed in: TMS, Transportation & Freight Management, Trucking-LTL

This whitepaper will help you gain a deep understanding of how to effectively manage and understand the nuances of LTL freight shipping. It covers the challenges logistics executives face in inbound freight shipping; areas to focus on to improve inbound freight management; and the requirements of an effective transportation management system. Learn how deploying an effective inbound freight program reaps benefits including significant cost reductions, improved transportation efficiency, better control over incoming goods, a boost in customer service, reduction in cycle time, and even freedom from legal headaches.

Add Resilience to Supply Chains

Listed in: 3PL, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Natural disasters and other events can disrupt connections between you, suppliers, and customers. You can circumvent disruptions or minimize their impact on the supply chain. This whitepaper explores which companies face the greatest risk for disruption, what supply chain mapping can reveal about risk, and how you can build resilience into your supply chain.

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Enterprise Mobility Management: The Big Bang Theory

Listed in: Wireless/Mobile Technology

The array of choices facing mobile device users can be dizzying. Whether your enterprise needs the entire stack of device, content- and app-management capabilities, and containerization, or just a few, you need some kind of enterprise mobility strategy. This research describes how companies that have deployed enterprise mobility management have been able to overcome many challenges, satisfy employee access demands, secure corporate data, and delight management with new potential for productivity and ROI.

Digital Twin: Manufacturing Excellence Through a Virtual Factory

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Download this whitepaper to learn how a new concept – a “digital twin” – can be used to improve the feedback loop from production back to design. Manufacturers embracing a digital twin strategy can accelerate innovation cycles – and better adjust to continuous process improvement – with greater ease and effectiveness.

Building the Smarter Energy Supply Chain

Listed in: Supply Chain Execution, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

This comprehensive whitepaper provides an overview on building a smarter supply chain in the energy sector. It urges logistics executives to rethink traditional energy supply chain models, and implement a highly integrated approach, before logistics drive up costs and destroy profit margins. The report – based on research by Lisa Harrington, associate director at the Supply Chain Management Center of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland – advocates an orchestrated, data-driven, end-to-end supply chain model that increases visibility and reliability, and reduces costs and risk.

The Alibaba Effect: What Today’s 3PLs Need to Know

Listed in: 3PL, Retail Logistics

Alibaba has burst on to the global scene and is poised to make a huge impact on today’s marketplace. This new player, coupled with increasing customer expectations, means that today’s third-party logistics (3PL) providers need new omni-channel strategies and solutions. Download this new whitepaper to learn how marketplaces such as Alibaba are developing new opportunities for retailers and consumer product companies, and the best ways that 3PLs can provide smart supply chain solutions to support them.

Seven Order Fulfillment Strategies to Fast Track Your E-Commerce Business Growth

Listed in: Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Retail Logistics

Most e-commerce businesses start small, fulfilling daily orders using manual processes and handling growth by simply adding more staff, more shifts and more storage. This approach can work to a limited extent, but with increased success comes increased order volume, lines per order, complexity and the inevitable need to upgrade to a fulfillment facility with some level of automation. This whitepaper shares seven proven order fulfillment growth strategies, and includes tips that can help you get your orders out the door more efficiently, accurately, and cost-effectively as your business grows and seasonal demand occurs.

Big Data in the Supply Chain

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation, Warehousing

Prior to investing resources into "big data" systems, software, and people, firms must understand that data aggregation alone is insufficient. Without a well-thought-out strategy, big data projects can result in confusion between teams, or worse, lead to sunk costs. This article uses three examples to illustrate data-driven improvement opportunities in transportation, warehousing, and network design. The ultimate deliverable of data-oriented efforts should be greater transparency in decision-making.

Dimensional Weight Pricing–A Winning Strategy for Change Charges

Listed in: Transportation

Beginning in 2015, UPS and FedEx are changing their rate structures to use dimensional-weight pricing, a common industry standard, for invoicing all domestically shipped parcels. Before these changes occur, it is important to prepare to avoid future headaches. This new whitepaper explains how the transportation and logistics sector will be impacted, defines dimensional-weight pricing, and offers tips to prepare for the changes. It also explains how an investment in dimensioning technology can pay for itself, and makes transportation and logistics processes easier and more profitable.

The Economics of Transportation Management Systems

Listed in: Logistics IT, TMS, Transportation & Freight Management

Transportation is one of the biggest expenses for companies, and these costs continue to increase. Learn about current industry conditions, the factors that are contributing to these cost increases, and the benefits a Transportation Management System (TMS) can provide. This whitepaper will answer all your questions, from the TMS options available to the return on investment.

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Building Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains

Listed in: 3PL, Sustainability

A company's environmental and sustainability policies strongly influence consumer perception. Environmentally responsible supply chains not only have the potential to sway brand loyalty, but to simultaneously reduce carbon footprint and bottom-line costs through improved efficiency. Download NFI’s whitepaper to learn how sustainable technological improvements and management best practices can help you in transportation and freight management; warehousing and distribution; and property design and construction.

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Choosing a 3PL for Food Product Distribution: 5 Critical Areas to Evaluate

Listed in: 3PL, Cold Chain Logistics, Transportation

You know the perils of food logistics. Let your guard down, and a truckload of perishables turns into an unsellable mess. Or you get stuck with racks full of canned goods nearing their sell-by date. The right third-party logistics provider can help you avoid those pitfalls, while cutting costs and keeping you compliant with relevant government regulations. How do you know which 3PL to trust with your food shipments? Download this free whitepaper to discover the five essential questions every food shipper should ask.

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Mobile Shopping Cliffhanger: Consumers Identify Big Gaps in Retail Shopping Apps

Listed in: Logistics IT, Retail Logistics

New research reveals that consumers are adopting mobile shopping at an impressive rate, but a looming problem exists. A surprising percentage of consumers report struggling with mobile shopping apps. When consumers struggle, 51 percent abandon the shopping cart and leave the app; 20 percent leave the app entirely and never return. Don't leave your mobile shopping customers hanging. Read this free report and find out how you can increase revenue, reduce operating costs, and elevate net promoter scores.

Disruptive Logistics: The New Frontier for e-Commerce

Listed in: 3PL, Logistics IT, Retail Logistics

E-commerce continues to push delivery logistics in new directions. E-tailers of all sizes are looking to “disruptive logistics” – a combination of delivery speed and innovation – as a way to add value, separate themselves from the pack, and keep the customer under their banner throughout the entire shopping process. As a result of these moves, formerly well-defined borders between e-tailing and logistics are dissolving, shifting the entire e-commerce ecosystem in new ways that will impact all businesses in the space. This whitepaper analyzes recent trends in e-commerce logistics and presents strategies for e-tail giants, small and mid-sized companies, and third-party logistics providers.

7 Key Business Drivers for Labeling in Your Global Supply Chain

Listed in: Printers & Labels, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

In today’s fast-paced global economy, it’s critical to identify, understand, and measure how certain business drivers impact your supply chain and your company’s business growth. To do so, you must consider the critical role that labeling plays in meeting the demands of key business drivers. These drivers can have a significant influence and major impact on your business' performance and overall success. Find out how Enterprise Labeling impacts seven key business drivers – regulatory and compliance, customer responsiveness, supply chain efficiency, business continuity, enterprise collaboration, configurability and segmentation, and brand consistency – resulting in improved performance and efficiency across a global supply chain.

Common Myths About Dock Scheduling

Listed in: Logistics IT

This whitepaper addresses some of the myths related to dock scheduling, such as: I Only Need A Basic Appointment Tool Dock Scheduling – My Carriers and Suppliers Will Never Do It; We Can't Afford to Refuse Loads so Why Bother Scheduling?; I Don't Need A Dock Appointment Scheduling Because I Deal With A 3PL; Carriers Won't Respect the Appointment Time; My Vendors Will Never Buy Into the New Scheduling Process; and A Dock Scheduling Software is Too Expensive. Bust these myths by downloading this free whitepaper today.

Cost Model Analysis an Essential Step Toward Mexico Manufacturing Success

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

Manufacturers in the process of selecting new locations in Mexico for their operations need a full understanding of costs to take advantage of the benefits of manufacturing in the country. This whitepaper covers: the benefits of a cost model, an overview of elements included in a cost model and insight into the types of costs manufacturers should plan for, insight into true costs in Mexico, the importance of customizing each cost model, and a review of the factors that make Mexico cost-advantageous compared to other global manufacturing locations.

What's Causing the Capacity Crunch and What Can Shippers Do About It?

Listed in: Trucking, Trucking-TL

Aimed at logistics managers, this whitepaper examines truckload capacity trends from July 2013 onward and responds to a number of questions: What caused the shortage of trucks, how the shortage of capacity affected spot and contract rates, and which market indictors shippers can use to better understand future supply and demand conditions. The paper also outlines how shippers can harness big data to prepare for volatility in the transportation market and forecast truckload capacity and rates on North American lanes.

What is the Value of Real-Time Data in Manufacturing

Listed in: Logistics IT

For some manufacturers, accurate data can only be acquired when a shift ends and production reports are logged, or shop floor data is uploaded, resulting in an eight-hour "real-time" reality. For others, the real-time information range is shorter, depending on reporting software limitations. Competitive manufacturers need to ask themselves, "Why is that an acceptable margin?" The answer is: It's not! When you pull information from your shop floor and back office, reports should be run against live data, not data that is delayed. This whitepaper discusses the importance of actual data, and demonstrates how a lack of real-time information can cause crippling effects throughout the enterprise.

Supply Chain's New World Order

Listed in: Logistics IT, Supply Chain Management & Optimization

This whitepaper from One Network Enterprises offers a crash course in taking your supply chain from good to great by identifying the latest innovations that are impacting supply chains for the better. It also illustrates how companies can leverage the cloud for predictive and actionable supply network operations, integrated financial measurement, and integrated business planning.

The Resiliency Challenge: Constructing the Agile Supply Chain for Heavy Industry

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

The engineering and manufacturing (E&M) industry's supply chains are lagging up to 10 years behind other industries, having been slower to respond to changes in global industry. Those that delay in responding are risking critical damage to their market share from new and more innovative competitors and, ultimately, jeopardizing their bottom lines. This new whitepaper identifies the challenges and opportunities facing the E&M sector globally, and argues that E&M businesses must dramatically reevaluate their approach to supply chain management and effectively respond to their industry’s driving trends in order to remain competitive in today’s volatile business environment.

Customized Innovation: Finding the Tools to Automate

Listed in: Logistics IT

From straightforward pallet wrapper applications to complex and robust distribution systems, automation has a foothold in the competitive, modern manufacturing environment. Through applications that integrate seamlessly into your enterprise software solution, manufacturers are soliciting and creating custom programs that make production faster, easier, and more accurate. But once the project for automation has been identified, where do you turn to get the program started? You have two options: Team up with your ERP vendor or develop it on your own. This new whitepaper discusses the benefits of each option, and offers success stories from manufacturers facing common shop floor challenges.

Bending the Chain: The Surprising Challenge of Integrating Purchasing and Logistics

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Over the last several decades, supply chain professionals have focused on performance issues that have emerged from a lack of commercial/business alignment with supply chain operations. While significant improvements have been made, the biggest SC opportunities have shifted. New University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute research shows that a major strategic integration opportunity exists between purchasing and logistics, and failing to capitalize on this opportunity is clearly causing many firms to miss important opportunities to create value. This whitepaper presents strong evidence that organizations that align procurement and logistics decisions not only vertically with business unit strategy, but also horizontally between functions, enjoy heightened functional and financial performance.

Not all Cloud Solutions are Created Equal: Extracting Value from Wireless Cloud Managment

Listed in: Logistics IT

Cloud-based services play a vital role in reducing networking costs and boosting agility in small to medium -sized enterprises. And not all cloud wi-fi solutions are the same. Download this whitepaper report conducted by Forrester Research Consulting on behalf of Aruba Networks to learn business priorities for enabling a mobile workplace; review critical SaaS-managed WLAN features for a secure, multi-service platform; and evaluate different cloud Wi-Fi solutions. If your organization is considering a WLAN upgrade, don't miss this perspective on why cloud-managed Wi-Fi could be the answer.

Building Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains

Listed in: 3PL

Sixty-one percent of consumers said their perception of a company is strongly influenced by the company's environmental and sustainability policies. Environmentally responsible supply chains not only have the potential to sway brand loyalty, but to simultaneously reduce the carbon footprint and bottom line costs through improved efficiency. Download NFI’s White Paper to learn how sustainable technological improvements and management best practices can help you in: Transportation and Freight Management Warehousing and Distribution Property Design and Construction

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The Next Generation of the Supply Chain Elite - 4PL Providers

Listed in: 3PL, 4PL & LLP

This whitepaper discovers how the next generation of supply chain executors will enable 3PL providers and shippers to strengthen their partnerships. Topics discussed in this whitepaper include:

  • How a 3PL becomes a 4PL
  • The 4PL model
  • Key responsibilities and associated benefits of 4PLs
  • Best-of-breed technology for 4PLs
  • Supply chain planning and execution terminology
  • Five keys to forging a successful 4PL partnership

Best Practices for Chemical Inventory Management

Listed in: Chemical Logistics

One of the most persistent challenges to research organizations is effi cient chemical inventory management. Material isn’t where it should be. There’s not enough for research. Inventory reports aren’t correct. When chemical inventory reports are inaccurate, and research materials aren’t available, the entire lab suffers. There’s a solution. This whitepaper examines the reasons why systems fail or succeed, as well as best practices that optimize chemical inventory workfl ows to ensure accurate inventory data.

Aligning Supply Chains with Business Strategy

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Nearly 80 percent of respondents to a recent Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium survey believe that supply chain is an enabler of business strategy. Aligning Supply Chains with Business Strategy, a new report based on the survey findings, explores how companies can overcome alignment challenges to build stronger bridges.

Is Now the Time for Cloud WMS?

Listed in: Logistics IT, WMS

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have been late to the cloud game, and suitable only for simple DC operations. The times have changed. Cloud-based supply chain solutions are rapidly gaining share, and will likely prove the dominant approach in just a few years. Learn how the barriers to warehouse management in the cloud are dropping, and why companies are taking advantage of its power right now.

Pool Distribution: Shippers of Temperature-Controlled Freight Collaborate to Save

Listed in: 3PL, Cold Chain Logistics, Transportation

Shippers of temperature-controlled freight, particularly those that ship smaller orders, continue to rely on national less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers for deliveries across the United States. Instead, they should consider a pool distribution strategy that consolidates freight with like shippers, and delivers it in truckload volumes directly to key markets — no stops — for fi nal-mile service. This paper covers the benefi ts and keys to success in implementing such a strategy.

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Optimizing Distribution Networks for a Competitive Advantage

Listed in: Distribution Center Management, Warehousing

Today, more and more companies are finding value in optimizing their distribution network. By taking a strategic approach to network configuration, they are improving service levels, better managing their inventory and reducing transportation costs. Less demanding in terms of infrastructure, systems, cost, and time than full-scale supply chain optimization, this targeted approach delivers remarkable results. Download this new report for a closer look at how distribution network configuration can imact supply chain effectiveness.

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3PL Perspectives: Drafting a Blueprint for Growth

Listed in: 3PL, Warehousing

Inbound Logistics’ ninth-annual 3PL Perspectives market research report documents how third-party logistics providers are differentiating their value proposition beyond transactional services–creating an outsourcing blueprint for shippers to grow, in spite of economic uncertainties.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Transforming U.S. Trade

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

When it comes to global economic competitiveness, the United States is not as strong as it once was. To help mitigate this trend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made transforming customs procedures to better align with modern business practices a priority. The Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) are an integral part of those efforts. This whitepaper examines what the CEEs mean for importers and brokers, what changes they can expect, and how the CEEs might enable more streamlined and efficient customs processes in the future.

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Can JIT and Global Sourcing Strategies Co-exist? Understanding the Transformational Power of Cloud-based Supply Chain Visibility in Global Manufacturing

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

Just-in-time inventory strategies are at odds with global sourcing, but the two can coexist with the right technology. A cloud-based supply chain platform can mitigate the risk of sourcing globally without weighing down the supply chain with excess inventory and costs. Learn how cloud can:

  • Reduce buffer stock with in-transit visibility
  • Reallocate to meet changing demand requirements
  • Avoid hidden costs along the supply chain route
  • Reduce emergency expediting costs

Choosing a 3PL for Food Product Distribution: 5 Critical Areas to Evaluate

Listed in: 3PL

You know the perils of food logistics. Let your guard down, and a truckload of perishables turns into an unsellable mess. Or you get stuck with racks full of canned goods nearing their sell-by date. The right 3PL can help you avoid those pitfalls, while cutting your costs and keeping you compliant with relevant government regulations. How do you know which 3PL to trust with your food shipments? Here are five essential questions every food shipper should ask.

The Management Guide to Making a Routing Software Decision

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation

Routing software technologies really do work. They lower costs and improve the service levels you offer your customers, while bringing practical and efficient planning solutions to your fleet operations. The keys to making a successful software decision include approaching it as a powerful business improvement benefit — not just a way to replace or reduce staff.

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Holistic Supply Chain Management: A Focused Approach to Supply Chain Management through the Lens of Working Capital Management

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

There's been a renewal of interest in the past few years around optimizing working capital in the supply chain, and cloud technology makes it easier. Visibility on a cloud-based platform and having standardized, electronic documentation over the network gives managers the tools they need to free up as much cash as possible in the supply chain.

Trust & Verify - Best Practices: Financial Due Diligence and the Outsourcing of Freight Bill Audit and Payment

Listed in: Freight Payment, Audit & Billing

There are billions of dollars circulated globally for the movement of goods. Transportation costs can be higher than any other expense. It is critical that companies carefully choose their freight payment provider. Performing due diligence on the vendor's financials not only protects the company's funds, but also reassures they'll not lose money and be indebted to any carrier. This whitepaper highlights a number of steps that can be taken to ensure a successful relationship, and protect and minimize the financial risk to the outsourcer.

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Gaining a Competitive Advantage: The Need for Global Management of Mission-Critical Service Parts

Listed in: 3PL

As corporate budgets shrink, spending on high-tech equipment decreases, challenging high-tech manufacturers and service providers with greater demands on repair and maintenance. A reliable supply chain is essential for parts availability to meet aggressive service level agreements (SLAs), especially for mission-critical systems. Learn why organizations are enlisting outside experts to establish a comprehensive service parts logistics strategy, encompassing a global IT platform, real-time visibility and flexible scalability.

Globally Local: The New Face of Right-Shoring

Listed in: Global Logistics, Global Trade

There is a revolution in today's supply chain as global corporations find more risk than reward in manufacturing thousands of miles away from customers. As a result, companies are shifting toward globally local supply chain operations or "right-shoring." In this whitepaper, Exel explores right-shoring, highlighting what it means for supply chain operations across geographies and industries.

Evaluating Your Inbound Supply Chain

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

How is your supply chain performing? The inability to do the necessary supply chain analysis can have consequences, both financially and operationally. Smart companies follow a repeatable, consistent approach that determines whether a change can be implemented, and identifies the associated risks. Download Evaluating Your Inbound Supply Chain to discover our process for evaluating supply chains.

Inbound Transportation Management and Control: Low Hanging Fruit and How to Grab It

Listed in: Transportation, Vendor Compliance

When it comes to managing your transportation program, the overriding theme must be control, yet many organizations have not applied the same efforts to inbound transportation management as they have to outbound management, making it a great opportunity for efficiency and cost savings. This whitepaper will identify and discuss the most important, perhaps simplest of steps necessary, to improve Inbound Transportation Management, as well as the opportunities that this improvement will yield.

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Border Hassles That Can Put the Canadian Market Out of Reach: What Your Business Should Know

Listed in: Canada Logistics, Global Logistics

This whitepaper discusses regulatory and logistical hurdles U.S. businesses must be aware of when shipping across the U.S./Canadian border. These challenges must be understood and addressed as part of the cross-border experience. Transporting goods into Canada is a complicated process. Regulations and protocols are constantly changing and U.S. businesses must entrust their Canadian-bound shipments to a qualified logistics provider that ensures shipments are afforded every trade enhancement, priority clearance review, and duty/ tax reduction to which they are entitled.

Logistics Flow Control: Gaining Command of the Inbound Supply Chain

Listed in: Logistics IT

Retailers want their goods to seamlessly flow through their distribution network. To meet retailers' inbound supply chain needs, Descartes created Logistics Flow Control, a comprehensive, cloud-based, multi-party solution that spans the entire process to collaboratively bring together all of the parties to simultaneously manage commercial, logistics and customs inbound processes.

2012 Temperature-Controlled Transportation Report

Listed in: Moisture & Temperature Control, Transportation

This study, based on a survey of North American shippers, examines the top challenges faced in temperature-controlled transportation. It provides interesting insights and information about best practices, common challenges, and emerging trends in today's temperature-controlled market. The report is provided by RWI Transportation, an asset-based logistics company offering temperature-controlled transportation. RWI manages in excess of 100,000 shipments annually, including both temperature-controlled and dry freight.

Adopting a Values-Driven Corporate Culture to Create Resiliency

Listed in: 3PL

The present economy has served as a reminder that there are no guarantees in business. Many companies are finding themselves struggling to stay afloat, and many are sinking. In better economic days, a company could survive with a moderate profit margin achieved through dedicated attention to its bottom line. Focusing on values increases performance levels, improves service, reduces employee variability, and supports sustainability.

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The Perfect Labor Management Storm – Steering Clear of Driver Hazards, Cost Damage, and Areas of Poor Visibility

Listed in: Supply Chain Management & Optimization

Growing pressures including driver shortages, HOS regulations, and increasing competition are causing capacity shortages and escalating costs, cutting into already razor-thin profit margins. While some issues, such as weak economic recovery and rising fuel prices, are out of your control, labor is not. Discover how labor management solutions can help you optimize your labor resources by uncovering hidden capacity, consistently enforcing attendance and safety policies, improving hiring efficiency, and controlling costs to boost profit margins. Download this whitepaper today!

Going Global: Building a Sustainable Logistics Model in the Age of Globalization

Listed in: Global Logistics

Globalization has created boundless opportunities for both large and small companies around the world and has also ushered in a more competitive business environment. This C.H. Robinson whitepaper reviews the essential areas of expertise that a company must master in transportation and logistics in order to capitalize on these opportunities. Topics include:

  • Understanding globalization and the changing world.
  • Global transportation essentials.
  • Why global business requires a global TMS.
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Rethinking Your Reslotting Strategy

Listed in: Warehousing

This whitepaper focuses on the elements that go into achieving a solid reslotting strategy. Slot maintenance performed in sync with distribution center dynamics helps achieve optimal slotting. Leveraging opportunities such as product volume and mix changes, seasonal demands, and promotions allows for reslotting that increases picking efficiency. Identifying inflection points and reslotting at the appropriate time using underutilized labor at standard rates minimizes costs and improves payback cycles. Once a company determines its slotting strategy and establishes business rules, it can employ slotting technology to achieve a reslotting strategy that minimizes costs and optimizes efficiency. Find out more by downloading this free whitepaper.

Inventory in Motion: A Direct Alternative to Global Fulfillment

Listed in: Fulfillment / eFulfillment, Global Logistics

Logistics visionaries have talked for years about eliminating or at least reducing the role of inventory in modern supply chains. What is appealing in this vision is the reduction in logistics costs and the fulfillment cycle. Learn how a direct-to-store or distribution bypass approach to global fulfillment can lead to a leaner supply chain by downloading this free whitepaper today.

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