Supply Chain Insights
A collection of the latest logistics and supply chain management industry whitepapers, eBooks, case studies and more.
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Warehouse management system (WMS) software ranked as the most implemented technology in warehouses at 84%, but taking the leap to digitize operations with this type of automation is no small decision. For many, the central challenge of technology adoption is the perceived cost; but many times, this ignores the return on investment (ROI) from implementing new, innovative technologies. Ready to see what a WMS will do for your bottom line?
ProVision Warehouse Management Systems by Ahearn & Soper enables distributors and 3PLs to reap the benefits of leading-edge technologies, including barcode scanning, wireless networks, voice recognition, RFID, robotics, IoT, cloud computing and links to other software systems.
Modern retail runs on e-commerce. Trends show that e-commerce will continue to rise in prominence in the coming years – making now the best time to start streamlining your shipping strategy. You don’t have to do it alone! Our e-book, How to Streamline Your E-Commerce Shipping Strategy, explores how the e-commerce market has evolved in recent years, where it’s headed, and the best strategies to get ahead of the competition.
Last year, nearly 155 million Americans shopped during Black Friday and retail sales totaled $886.7 billion. Are you ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders? To help ecommerce brands prepare, Extensiv has put together a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Tool Kit packed with handy checklists and tips. We even have some tips on how to optimize your warehouse, logistics, operations, and workflow. If you don’t feel ready for Black Friday, download our Tool Kit today!
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain All Business. No Boundaries.™ podcast features a conversation with Sasko Cuklev, Head of On-Road Solutions, Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Jim Monkmeyer, President of Transportation, DHL Supply Chain. Listen in as they discuss the use cases of autonomous trucks, the progress toward a fully autonomous truck, and the partnership between DHL Supply Chain and Volvo.
With substantial market growth in recent years, many are turning to the international market to expand their e-commerce businesses. But with that growth has come changes that impact brands both small and large–and EasyPost’s suite of shipping APIs are here to help companies optimize their shipping operations domestically and internationally.
An RFP is like a moving target, but with the right strategy and analytics, you can bring confidence and clarity into the RFP process. Soon, the bullseye comes into sight and stays within range. The transportation experts at DAT iQ have created a checklist to optimize the RFP process.
The bar for sustainability is continually being raised for businesses – are you equipped to meet your stakeholders’ demands? Find out how supply chain offers one of the most impactful methods for reducing your emissions and how Hub Group can offer the expertise, plans and visibility to keep you ahead of the curve.
To help eliminate waste of hours and cost across multiple modes, AFS implemented its Managed Transportation services for Musco, taking ownership of the entire life cycle of their shipments and converting their manual processes to an automated transportation management system that fully integrated with their enterprise resource planning (ERP).
With U.S. ecommerce spending expected to surpass $1 trillion for the first time ever by the end of 2022, this year’s peak season is sure to set records. If you are uncertain about what you need to do to prepare for peak season, help has arrived.
With Penske’s free Shipper’s Guide to Freight Management, you’ll never wonder if you’re spending too much on freight again. Using helpful cost checklists and featuring expert guidance, Penske spells out exactly what you need for your business. We break it down with no confusion, so you know exactly the right steps to take to keep moving your business ahead.
Demand planning is key to driving profits and maintaining customer satisfaction. It also helps prevent stockouts, excess inventory, and backorders.
Tive Tag is a reusable, paper-thin logger that provides end-to-end cold chain monitoring of temperature-sensitive shipments at half the cost of a traditional data logger. Simply stick, tap, and ship.
With new 3PLs emerging, competition in logistics has increased dramatically. What can 3PLs do to attract and retain more ecommerce business?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the supply chain industry has been completely thrown off, with ever-changing rules and regulations. As a result, it’s getting harder and harder to plan accordingly. That’s why it is of the utmost importance to have a strong shipment and fulfillment plan. Our ebook 7 Steps to Improving your Peak Shipping Season details current trends, where the industry is headed, and steps to succeed.
Explore FTL and LTL shipping, understand the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and which works best for your organization. Follow along as we take a deep dive into how both strategies can be used in conjunction to make carriers more efficient and save shippers money.
The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) publishes an annual report with top distribution center (DC) metrics and real-world performance benchmarks. But once you know where you stand, how can you elevate to best-in-class performance? This white paper explores how to leverage lift truck fleets to boost performance according to key metrics like on-time shipments, warehouse capacity used, and more.
Visibility into an organization’s data is where optimization, better performance and long-term cost savings begin. In this e-Book, you will learn the five key steps to network optimization, how to build a supply chain digital twin, the impact of powerful business intelligence tools and the potential outcomes of a successful network optimization project.
Carhartt worked with DHL Supply Chain to find a way to scale and close their capacity gap to improve distribution and speed. DHL recommended the Locus solution to reduce cycles and lessen the amount of walking for associates. “We saw an immediate impact to productivity and throughput on day one as well as a big boost in employee morale,” said Tim Dolchich, Director of Engineering, DHL.
Fulfillment Automation Guide: How to Keep Pace with the Speed of Ecommerce and Customer Expectations
Download our whitepaper, Fulfillment Automation Guide: How to Keep Pace with the Speed of Ecommerce and Customer Expectations to learn: the drawbacks of manual processes for owners, CEOs/COOs, and operations managers; the advantages and benefits of automation for warehouse workers, front office/back office, management, and c-suite; tips on how to talk to your staff about implementing automation and generating time-saving ideas; and your lifecycle stage to help determine which automated order management functionality you need now and into the future.
Warehousing, distribution and fulfillment operations are undergoing a modern-day makeover as they transform to meet the growing demands of the world’s instant gratification, on-demand economy.Faced with an evolving omnichannel landscape, ever-increasing volumes, faster delivery requirements and a global shortage of workers, industry leaders must modernize to keep pace. This report provides the best practices you need to adapt and succeed in this new reality.
Explore how automated dock appointment scheduling platforms that collect actionable data are transforming dock management – and bottom line performance.
Read Why Connected Commerce Will End the Reign of ERP to learn: why systems of the past are failing to serve brands and 3PLs well; how to escape the manual system upgrade hamster wheel; and what to look for in software for connected solutions and success. Download to learn tips to improve collaboration with brands.
Download this guide to learn how exception management paired with ocean visibility can help you quickly adjust your transportation plans and mitigate the negative impacts of exceptions. You’ll learn best practices from FourKites’ customers on how they’ve reduced demurrage and detention fees, improved customer service and ensured that their product arrives on-time and in-full.
Drayage is an important component in the logistics and supply chain industry – in fact, it accounts for a significant part of the $50 billion port logistics market. However, there is a surprising amount of inefficiencies and lost opportunities at ports, due to the lack of focus on drayage. Follow along as we dive into drayage and see exactly how it could impact your bottom line.
Midsize freight shippers: Ever find yourself choosing between price, service quality and speed when shipping 10-28 linear feet of freight? You’re not alone. The good news is your partials can: ship faster, incur less damage, and cost less to ship. The solution? Shared truckload. Rather than force you into a trade-off, shared truckload lets you have your cake and eat it too. Learn how your partials can get the priority they deserve.
In today’s increasingly competitive market, companies realize the importance of supply chain management. An efficient and secure supply chain is the foundation for overall success, ensuring optimal product visibility and lowering costs. With advanced technology resources in the industry, suppliers can guarantee full-cycle visibility and flexible distribution operations, leading to a seamless transformation with digital technology.
Advantages of a Flexible Sortation Solution in the Age of E-Commerce – The Key to Unlocking your R.O.I. Potential
As e-commerce companies grow, many of them face the same challenge: how to increase capacity in the current facility, while reducing costs and maximizing customer service. Far too often, companies sacrifice one for another. They find themselves asking, “how do we reduce costs and improve capacity and the customer experience at the same time?” The secret to this problem lies within the four walls of the fulfillment center.
Today, the trucking industry grapples with both truck and driver shortages. In addition to the strain these shortages create for the economy at large, they also present problems for companies with commercial vehicles: vehicle downtime, profit losses, and additional parking costs. Download this how-to-guide to see how fleet owners and investors are transforming today’s challenges of the commercial vehicle industry into opportunities for innovation and new income streams.
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain All Business. No Boundaries.™ podcast features a conversation with Tony Gariety, VP of Logistics and Distribution, Carhartt and Omer Rashid, VP of Operations Development, DHL Supply Chain. Listen in as they discuss how Carhartt managed its rapid growth with an assisted-picking robotic solution and partnership with DHL Supply Chain.
Ryder’s new infographic highlights the most important elements to navigate disruption and keep your goods moving. Learn how the combination of talent and technology, lead best-in-class brokerages and optimize the movement of your freight.
3PL warehouses seeking to improve profitability must be at the top of their game in every area. The Warehouse Profitability Checklist can help you identify gaps, evaluate new technologies, and position your warehouse for success.
Shippers can identify many benefits to relying on an experienced third-party logistics (3PL) provider to manage their transportation and logistics processes, including full network visibility, route optimization, carrier management, access to performance benchmarks and metrics, and more. Making the change, however, can be daunting, and shippers should ensure they choose an experienced partner—one who understands that having a detailed change management plan can mean the difference between a successful transition and a complete disaster. Ruan’s experts have identified three keys to effectively managing a transition to an outsourced transportation management solution.
The contract packing industry is becoming more complex with each passing day. In order to adapt and thrive, you need to choose the correct software platform to meet the needs of your value-added services. Scaling your contract packing operation for the future requires preparation—for risks as well as opportunities.
Globally, supply chains are facing unprecedented levels of disruption. Shippers and carriers are challenged more than ever to keep goods moving, while ensuring customer needs are met. Ryder’s new infographic explores the foundation to a successful freight brokerage. Learn what the fundamental areas needed for success are and what to look for in a freight broker to keep your goods moving while navigating disruption.
Sometimes it takes a commercial business to step back and identify a need for educational resources. For those beginning a career in freight management, there exists a dozen or more respected logistics or supply chain management educational courses. But, there has been a notable gap in LTL educational resources to bring newcomers up to a competitive level of excellence or enable industry veterans to expand their knowledge base.
Are you spending hours a day onboarding new clients, chasing down inventory, and wading through hundreds of contracts to find billing answers? See how to redeploy those resources into revenue-generating activities, like services tailored by client and self-serve billing and order tracking. This guide shows how 3PLs have cut the billing cycle by 35%, increased shipping volume by 63%, and boosted labor efficiency up to 60%.
Buying software shouldn’t be hard. Yet, every year third-party logistics warehouses struggle to make decisions about technology infrastructure that will help them grow and meet their customer needs. In this year’s In the Complete Guide to Evaluating Warehouse Management Software, we will share a step-by-step guide on how to best evaluate, select, and implement WMS software.
Are production deficits from unplanned labor shortages increasing your labor costs and cutting into your profit margins? Since the start of the pandemic, many manufacturing or distribution and fulfillment (D&F) operations have dealt with waves of staff illnesses that have put production behind schedule and led to excessive overtime hours. Many site managers are turning to capacity planning models to break the cycle. Learn how modern labor management software (LMS) is leveraging data science techniques to deliver more accurate and prescriptive capacity planning forecasts.
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain All Business. No Boundaries.™ podcast features a conversation with Marc Theermann, chief strategy officer at Boston Dynamics, and Sally Miller, chief information officer, DHL Supply Chain. Listen in to learn how the two companies are teaming up to further automate warehousing in North America.
Optimizing your lift truck fleet according to business requirements can help protect slim margins and maximize productivity. This white paper examines the value of a fleet management program and how to evaluate it for ongoing success."
Are you using best practices to increase accuracy and profitability? Now is the time to improve your warehouse operations. One of the easiest ways to enhance productivity and improve accuracy is to implement pick and pack best practices throughout your warehouse. In this year’s To help, we’ve created an easy-to-use checklist of picking and packing best practices to get you started on the right foot.
What does 2022 have in store for 3PLs, warehouses, and their partners? From combatting supply chain disruptions and creating new omnichannel fulfillment strategies to benefitting from the evolution of 3PLs, 4PLs, and cutting-edge technology, 2022 could be one of the most important years ever for businesses looking to play a pivotal role in how consumers receive goods.
The pandemic disruptions to the global supply chain will linger for years. Some experts say it will never return to normal. Bar Code Direct is a Leader in mobility solutions for supply chain Logistics. With our partner Zebra, we have conducted an extensive study to gather best practices for the best way to adapt and succeed in this new reality.
If you’re a Shipper that wants to navigate the rate, volume and market shifts of the spring season better, this is a definitive live event you won’t want to miss. Hosted in partnership with DAT iQ – this is a must-attend, 1-hour webinar: The Spring Shipping Surge’s Far-Reaching Market Impacts – June 1 at 1:00pm EST. REGISTER NOW!
Don’t get left behind. Now more than ever, retailers have to up their shipping game to keep up with the competition. Shoppers expect a smooth online shopping experience, and to make that happen businesses need to have an effective (and affordable) shipping ecosystem in place.
This Calls for a Toast: JobsOhio Beverage System and DHL Supply Chains Top Shelf Partnership [PODCAST]
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain All Business. No Boundaries.™ podcast features a conversation with Lorraine Terry, Managing Director, JobsOhio Beverage System and Jason Rowe, Senior Director of Operations, DHL Supply Chain. Listen in as they explore the importance of partnership when developing an impactful supply chain.
Holiday 2022 is just around the corner. Are you prepared for a record year? If you need to fine-tune order fulfillment operations before you deck the halls, check out our Peak Season Survival Guide. You’ll learn useful tips from fulfillment experts on solution design, inventory management, information systems, labor management, parcel shipping, reverse logistics, and more.
Port congestion is a standout topic in current conversations surrounding logistics and the supply chain. With consumer demand and e-commerce at an all-time high, huge spikes in U.S. imports have led to severe backups that have hobbled many companies utilizing West Coast ports. This report, built from extensive survey data from a myriad of shippers and logistics providers, shines light on visibility gaps that have contributed to the current crisis of port congestion.