Supply Chain Insights
A collection of the latest logistics and supply chain management industry whitepapers, eBooks, case studies and more.
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The success of your brand will depend on how quickly you can pivot to both meet the needs of the new buyer and respond to global disruptions. Many CPG supply chain networks, however, are built upon rigid infrastructures whose inflexibility renders them vulnerable to external forces. The brittleness of these supply chains exposes them to avoidable risk and business costs.
Supply chains are under increasing pressure and the need for good Load Planning software is increasingly important. Choosing the right software can help a company to continue to grow and thrive. Learn how MagicLogic software solutions load cartons, pallets, shipping containers, ULDs, and railcars optimally and safely. Reduce your company’s labor and shipping costs, and carbon footprint with Cube-IQ® and BlackBox® Cartonization and Palletization software.
Using real-life customer examples, this e-book will help you learn how to tell when your organization is ready for network optimization, five key steps to implementation, how to build a supply chain "digital twin," the impact powerful business intelligence tools can have, and potential outcomes of network optimization programs.
The pandemic caused a whole host of issues for the pharmaceutical logistics and supply chain industry. For many logistics leaders, it is a crash course in crisis management and a stark warning of the need to build resilience. Learn how more than 100 directors of management from pharma companies worldwide increase visibility across their global supply chain and logistics partners through technology.
As the global economy grows more connected, opportunities for 3PL warehouses continue to expand. These opportunities also bring new challenges, but it is possible to mitigate risk and maximize profits when your warehouse practices a continuous process to improve its profitability.
Sustainability strategies and technologies have evolved to the point where well-executed initiatives are having a positive impact on both the environment and on the bottom line. Here are a few strategies to consider, depending on your industry and needs.
Without real-time visibility into your pharma shipment’s location and temps, you risk costly failures. Learn how Tive’s notification system prevented one company from losing $500,000 worth of goods
Procuring truckload capacity is unique compared to other commodities, and the recent spikes in truckload shipping costs have brought extra attention to budgets and operations. Given all the uncertainties that still exist in the marketplace, how can you successfully plan and execute on a transportation budget? Download the eBook to find strategies for balancing predictability and flexibility in your transportation spending.
JoAnn Stores had miles of fabric and millions of buttons, and with that came nearly as many shipping challenges. With 5,000 ocean container shipments annually from Asia and the Middle East, the craft retailer was in urgent need of a smart, automated prepayment audit solution. Read how Acuitive’s portal helped provide a transparent and accurate ocean freight audit function with seamless utility and appearance.
In the United States alone, transportation emits 1.9 billion tons of carbon every year on average, and about 23% of these emissions come from medium- and heavy-duty freight trucks. With continued expansion of global markets, many scientists believe freight-trucking emissions could skyrocket in the coming years. Learn how companies like C.L. Services actively work to reduce emissions and build a more sustainable future. Download this e-book to take control of your supply chain.
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain All Business. No Boundaries.™ podcast features a conversation with Brian Gaunt, Senior Director of Accelerated Digitalization, DHL Supply Chain North America, and Steven Grover, Director of Data and Analytics, DHL Supply Chain. In this episode, recorded at the 2021 CSCMP Edge conference, Brian and Steven discuss the front-runners of accelerating digitalization, from collaborative robots to software-based automation.
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.
Fast-paced rate life cycles brought by the pandemic make invoice discipline increasingly important. Learn how retailer PVH uncovered the risks realized when a carrier contract isn’t managed, and how to prevent liquidated damages with digital rates and contracts. Listen now.
Previously, many companies only shipped B2B. But with e-commerce booming, supply chains face increased pressure and rising costs, especially for packaging. Often, packages are awkwardly shaped or must follow complex loading rules. Learn how MagicLogic Optimization develops efficient loading solutions for all types of packaging. The solutions are suitable for B2B and direct-to-consumer sales, increasing supply chain resilience and reducing costs.
Enabling resiliency with technology is more critical than ever. Listen in to hear panelists from Generix Group, Barcoding, and Browns Shoes unpack the three fundamentals for a strong ROI, how to upgrade your warehouse, and overcoming pandemic challenges.
Odyssey Managed Logistics Services optimize every aspect of logistics and supply chain operations. The Door-to-Done process takes care of everything from Point A to Point Z, providing clients control, 24/7 shipment visibility, informed decision-making, ongoing process improvements, sustained cost savings, and superior value. Learn how, for LANXESS, Door-to-Done means a custom-designed logistics control tower that integrates multiple data points and provides real-time intelligence, improving efficiency and saving money.
Consumer packaged goods companies face mounting pressures on all sides, such as retailer demands, supply shortages, and consumer preference shifts. It’s no small feat to juggle these market forces while managing an external network of manufacturers and packagers. This guide outlines the benefits and rewards of a successful digital transformation strategy and the obstacles encountered along the way.
Accelerate your own approach to supply chain planning and explore the benefits of concurrency with research from IDC, Supply Chain Insights, Texas Christian University professor Morgan Swink, and more in this new e-book. Plus, you’ll learn new techniques to increase your supply chain planning performance in 12 weeks or less. Start reading to learn more about how Kinaxis helps supply chain innovators drive a new era of planning.
Did you know less than 10% of companies invest in agility? The number one strategy for improving resilience and agility is to deepen collaborative relationships with key customers and suppliers, according to Gartner, and yet less than 10% of companies pursue agility investments in areas like collaboration. Find out how your company can stay nimble in this e-book.
Establishing an efficient supply chain and shipping strategy can sometimes seem like a never-ending battle. If you aren’t periodically evaluating your shipping and supply chain procedures, you could be losing potential business and overpaying for services. Download our e-book to learn what you could be doing to make the most of your supply chain and transportation budget.
From surging e-commerce demands to labor shortages, compliance concerns, and budget burdens, the pressures for today’s warehouses are plentiful. But as e-commerce soars, so can your warehouse. Read this whitepaper to find out where to focus your time, attention, and resources so you can act faster and operate better—today and in every season to come.
Multienterprise supply chain business networks (MESCBNs) connect retailers and manufacturers with their industry business partners to drive digital transformation and supply chain resilience. The 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks report provides a wide-angle view of the supply chain software market, helping business leaders better understand the strengths, challenges, and overall capabilities of key software vendors in the space. Get your complimentary copy today.
This episode of the DHL Supply Chain "All Business. No Boundaries" podcast features a conversation with academic leaders in the supply chain industry, including Brian Gibson, Wilson Family professor of supply chain management and executive director for supply chain innovation at Auburn University, and James Hill, chair of the management sciences department at The Ohio State University. They discuss supply chain education with Dave Ames, vice president of talent acquisition, talent management, learning & development, and hourly recruiting at DHL Supply Chain.
As you continue to focus on navigating your supply chain through today’s challenges, it’s also time to start thinking about peak season. Capacity shortages and increased demand are projected to continue through the second half of this year—is your business prepared? Find out how Hub Group is already hard at work making sure its customers are ready to meet this season’s peak head on.
Effective supplier collaboration offers substantial opportunities to improve operational excellence and business growth, but it is imperative for supply chain leaders to lay out a framework for leveraging the partnerships within their networks. This research report, produced by Gartner and presented by Nulogy, outlines key activities that procurement professionals should follow to execute an effective supplier collaboration strategy. Download this report to form your own strategic framework for more effective supplier collaboration.
The acceleration of online buying behaviors has altered the face of e-commerce logistics. Brands already optimizing their supply chains before the pandemic were more aligned with their omnichannel consumers and have leapt ahead. With the right approach, you can achieve greater flexibility, personalized support, and enhanced visibility to surpass competitors and create a long-standing competitive advantage. Learn how.
Rapidly growing online sales activity that shows no signs of slowing is having a profound effect on imports and port congestion. Retailers and logistics companies are seeking higher transportation efficiency and lower drayage costs as they fight to keep pace. See how CenterPoint Properties has been preparing for this moment for years by strategically assembling a robust portfolio of port-proximate industrial properties coast to coast.
When you ship hazardous materials, accurate and complete shipping papers are critical to prevent logistics delays. Mistakes as minor as a missing word or an incorrect phone number can result in rejected shipments, time-consuming corrections, and delayed deliveries. This guide lays out five of the most frequently penalized mistakes shippers make, and how to avoid them.
It’s time for change. Volatility and uncertainty demand quick action, your teams and your budget are overstretched, and another disruption could threaten the entire business. Turn to a trusted advisor for the solution. The Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions has recognized Kinaxis as a leader and positioned the company furthest on completeness of vision within that quadrant. Read the full report.
When Polaris Transportation Group, a Canadian-based logistics company, made a strategic shift to not just embrace technology but become industry leaders in it, the move was driven by the company’s unique position in the marketplace. Click to read the full whitepaper.
With high e-commerce growth comes certain challenges, such as late or failed deliveries, which are often caused by inaccurate address information. Download this whitepaper to uncover the true impact failed deliveries are having on your business. Plus, discover top tips to optimize the customer experience and stamp out failed deliveries for good.
You want a capable, experienced, and safe third-party logistics provider (3PL) managing your supply chain. No two 3PLs are the same, and many factors play into your decision. Think beyond the bottom line. Consider how your company and a 3PL partner might align in culture and shared objectives. Explore four questions you should ask when evaluating 3PL partners to manage your supply chain.
Recent e-commerce growth has forced many fulfillment operations into overdrive. To keep customers satisfied, record order volume must be filled quickly, seamlessly and cost-effectively—no easy task. Often, third-party logistics providers can help retailers and brands to navigate the increasing complexity. Read this new e-book to learn about today’s top fulfillment challenges and find outsourcing strategies to help overcome them.
Hyperconnected customers and a fast-paced, post-pandemic world pose various challenges to how businesses manage their warehouses today. Digital brings all the answers with the ever-evolving WMS. But in the sea of vendors and WMS features, what is the correct way to select the best solution for your business? Download this guide to better understand your needs, identify gaps, and formulate a fool-proof selection strategy.
The Biden Administration recently ordered a review of U.S. supply chains to prevent shortages, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. This whitepaper analyzes the current situation to offer a perspective into what the Biden Administration’s review could reveal, and provides insights to all companies—not just U.S. businesses—on how to mitigate supply chain risk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.