Supply Chain Insights
A collection of the latest logistics and supply chain management industry whitepapers, eBooks, case studies and more.
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A Look at Supply Chain Operations with Danone and DHL
From Sustainability to Diversity and Inclusion: What to Expect for Supply Chains in 2023
Toward a Zero-Waste Pharma Supply Chain
9 Statistics About 3PLs That Brands Should Know
Lift Truck Technology Gives Operators a Hand
The Future of Local Freight: How Companies Can Save Time With Technology
Expedited Transport: From Dirty Little Secret to Hidden Gem
For far too long, shippers have viewed expedited transport as something to avoid unless absolutely necessary. But when done correctly, expedited brings crucial benefits and can serve as an integral part of your overall transportation strategy. Learn how to use expedited wisely and cost effectively in this report.
Increase Efficiency and Visibility with Analytics
At C3 Solutions, we learn a lot from our customers as their requirements often promote creative ideas that make our software even better applied to real-world applications. Aware that our software solutions aren’t the only answer for companies desiring to become shippers of choice, this case study is a great example of how a small software configuration change made a big difference.
Easily Scale for Peak Season with Warehouse Robots
Faced with exploding customer volumes, increasing business complexity, and industry-wide challenges of the peak season from October to December, iForce needed a flexible and scalable warehouse automation solution that would de-risk their ability to deliver for their clients. Read how the Locus Robotics’ autonomous mobile robots (AMR) solution helped iForce seamlessly scale as demand spiked, doubling the fleet across the two sites during peak, and achieving 1 million picks in just 10 weeks.
How Winit Condensed Storage, Enhanced Efficiencies, and Perfected On-Time Order Delivery with 1 Solution
Download this case study explore how WINIT achieved these competitive advantages and more by turning to Hai Robotics’ intelligent case picking robotic system as the core technology to alleviate labor woes, advance their facility, and create operational resilience that helped propel the company’s international success over the last 2 years.
The Complete Guide to Navigating Peak Season
This 2022 peak season is shaping up to have its own unique set of challenges. Are you handling conditions in the best way possible? Our new ebook, The Complete Guide to Navigating Peak Shipping Season and What It Means for Your Online Business, is a great resource as you move through peak season, suggesting changes that will get you where you need to be.
Exclusion: Your First Line of Defense Against Pests
If you’re tired of pests slipping through the cracks at your warehouse, exclusion techniques are the best way to help keep them out before they drain your mental and financial resources. This free download is filled with expert advice from Orkin Pros that teaches you what exclusion means, gives you a breakdown of best practices and services, and outlines how to help guard your facility against trespassing pests.
Super Charge Your Supply Chain: Removing Barriers to Electrification
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain All Business. No Boundaries.™ podcast features a conversation with Devin Sclater, Business Development Manager, ABB and Stephan Schablinski, Vice President of GoGreen, DHL Supply Chain. Listen in as they discuss the future of electric fleets, the benefits electric trucks could provide and how to overcome barriers to implementation.
The real-time control tower: A critical capability for a connected and agile supply chain
Controlant and PwC business leaders share insights into how the real-time control tower is transforming the pharma supply chain. With IoT to enable decision-making based on real-time insights, the control tower offers significant benefits in operational and strategic returns. A supply chain data repository, no matter how comprehensive, is not valuable until it is presented in a practical framework of actionable insights.
Calculating ROI for Warehouse Management System Software
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?
The Secret to Modern Warehouse Management
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.
How to Streamline Your E-Commerce Shipping Strategy
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.
How to prepare for Black Friday: Tool Kit
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!
PODCAST: Full Speed Ahead: Breaking Barriers to Autonomous Trucking with Volvo
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.
Conquering Cross-Border Shipping
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.
6 Practices that Add Confidence and Clarity to the RFP
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 Easiest Way to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint
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.
Olive it when you save on transportation – Case Study
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).
2022 Peak Season Playbook
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.
A Shipper’s Guide to Freight Management
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.
Need a Demand Planning Checklist?
Demand planning is key to driving profits and maintaining customer satisfaction. It also helps prevent stockouts, excess inventory, and backorders.
The Cold Chain is Heating Up
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.
3PL Growth Strategies
With new 3PLs emerging, competition in logistics has increased dramatically. What can 3PLs do to attract and retain more ecommerce business?
7 Steps to Improving your Peak Shipping Season
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.
The Ultimate Guide to Full Truckload & LTL Transportation
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.
12 Metrics To Measure – and Optimize – Your Warehouse Performance
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.
Network Optimization on the Path to Improving Operations & Reducing Costs
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 Sees UPH Productivity Double with LocusBots
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.
Best Practices to Modernize Your Warehouse Operations
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.
2022 Gartner® Market Guide for Intralogistics Smart Robotics
Managing Your Dock Scheduling to Get Your Data Right
Explore how automated dock appointment scheduling platforms that collect actionable data are transforming dock management – and bottom line performance.
Why Connected Commerce Will End the Reign of ERP
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.
A Must-Have Guide for Managing Exceptions with Ocean Visibility
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.
The First Mile: The Ins and Outs of Drayage
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.
Prioritizing Partials: Taking Midsize From Overlooked to Always Booked
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.
How 3PL Firms are Helping Distributors Prepare for the Future of Logistics
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.
A Roadmap for Navigating Supply Chain Issues
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.
[Podcast] Best Co-Worker Ever – Partnering People and Technology for the Warehouse of the Future
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.
Foundation for a Successful Freight Brokerage
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.
Warehouse Profitability Checklist: Proven Ways to Improve 3PL Profitability
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.
Effective Change Management Process Critical to a Successful Transportation Transition
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.
Three Ways Configured Software Prepares Your Business for the Future
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.
Merging Technology & Talent
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.