Supply Chain Insights

A collection of the latest logistics and supply chain management industry whitepapers, eBooks, case studies and more.

 

The Top 4 Benefits of Supply Chain Agility
Offered By: Amber Road

The Top 4 Benefits of Supply Chain Agility

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! 

Also from Amber Road
Beyond Transportation Savings: Leverage Freight and Parcel Audit Data to Unlock Business Insights
Offered By: enVista

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

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.

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Not Your Mama’s 3PL
Offered By: Evans Distribution

Not Your Mama’s 3PL

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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A CFO’s Guide to Transforming the Global Supply Chain
Offered By: Amber Road

A CFO’s Guide to Transforming the Global Supply Chain

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!

Also from Amber Road
Artificial Intelligence: How is Your Company Responding to AI’s Continuing Evolution Within the Logistics Industry 
Offered By: Uptake

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

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.

Case Study: Direct to Representative Sample Distrubution Services
Offered By: Patheon

Case Study: Direct to Representative Sample Distrubution Services

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.

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Ask the Experts: The Web’s 10 Most Asked Hazmat Questions
Offered By: Lion Technology

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

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.

Also from Lion Technology
Take the Uncertainty Out of Your Supply Chain
Offered By: Amber Road

Take the Uncertainty Out of Your Supply Chain

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!

Also from Amber Road
Opportunities in Direct-to-Consumer Frozen Foods
Offered By: Gray Growth Strategies

Opportunities in Direct-to-Consumer Frozen Foods

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.

Case Study: Global Ultra-Cold Clinical Trial Logistics 
Offered By: Patheon

Case Study: Global Ultra-Cold Clinical Trial 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.

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Get Your Supply Chain in Focus with IoT 
Offered By: Amber Road

Get Your Supply Chain in Focus with IoT 

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.

Also from Amber Road
Avoiding the Pitfalls of a First-Time TMS Buyer: Lessons to be Learned Before Purchasing a TMS 
Offered By: 3Gtms

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

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The Secret to Becoming a Shipper of Choice 
Offered By: Convoy

The Secret to Becoming a Shipper of Choice 

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.

Also from Convoy
Restructuring Business Models to Satisfy the E-commerce Effect 
Offered By: C3 Solutions

Restructuring Business Models to Satisfy the E-commerce Effect 

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.

Also from C3 Solutions
AAEI Trade Trends Report 
Offered By: Amber Road

AAEI Trade Trends Report 

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

Also from Amber Road
Omnichannel Retailers Delivering from the Endless Aisle 
Offered By: Pierbridge

Omnichannel Retailers Delivering from the Endless Aisle 

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.

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Overcome the Top 4 Supply Chain Challenges 
Offered By: TECSYS

Overcome the Top 4 Supply Chain Challenges 

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.

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Looking at Your Business in the Face of Decelerating Growth Rates
Offered By: U.S. Bank

Looking at Your Business in the Face of Decelerating Growth Rates

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

The Future of Fulfillment 
Offered By: Zebra Technologies

The Future of Fulfillment 

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.

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Hazmat Shipper Starter Guide
Offered By: Lion Technology

Hazmat Shipper Starter Guide

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).

Also from Lion Technology
2019 Logistics Planner Company Profile
Offered By: Inbound Logistics

2019 Logistics Planner Company Profile

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.

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How Does Your Returns Process Affect Your Retail Business?
Offered By: SEKO Logistics

How Does Your Returns Process Affect Your Retail Business?

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.

Don’t Just Get in the Game, Win it with the Right Shipping Plays
Offered By: Pierbridge

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

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.

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What Shippers Need To Know When Tech Alone Isn’t The Answer
Offered By: Trinity Logistics

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

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.

Capacity: Tech Solutions That Exist To Help With The Crunch 
Offered By: Transporeon Group

Capacity: Tech Solutions That Exist To Help With The Crunch 

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.

The Top 6 Global Supply Chain Expectations for 2019
Offered By: Amber Road

The Top 6 Global Supply Chain Expectations for 2019

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.

Also from Amber Road
7 Secrets to Fully Monetize 3PL Services
Offered By: TECSYS

7 Secrets to Fully Monetize 3PL Services

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.

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Why Did My Hazmat Shipment Get Rejected?
Offered By: Lion Technology

Why Did My Hazmat Shipment Get Rejected?

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.

Also from Lion Technology
The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road Ahead
Offered By: DHL

The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road Ahead

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.

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Enhancing Container Visibility
Offered By: Hub Group

Enhancing Container 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?

Also from Hub Group
4 Signs It’s Time For a New WMS
Offered By: Snapfulfil

4 Signs It’s Time For a New 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.

The Correlation Between Service And Savings In The Supply Chain
Offered By: Hub Group

The Correlation Between Service And Savings In The Supply Chain

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?

Also from Hub Group
An Inside Look at Drop Shipping
Offered By: enVista

An Inside Look at Drop Shipping

Retailers that expand their item assortment can dramatically increase customer satisfaction and sales. Vendor drop shipping enables retailers to easily add and test SKUs – without taking on additional inventory carrying costs. Read our white paper to find out how to develop an optimal vendor drop ship strategy and how to enable ship from vendor – in a matter of months!

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5 Tips for Improving U.S./Canadian Border Clearance Efficiency 
Offered By: Purolator International

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

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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Navigating the New Trucking Landscape
Offered By: C3 Solutions

Navigating the New Trucking Landscape

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.

Also from C3 Solutions
Taking the Next Step and Gain Total Control of Your Supply Chain
Offered By: One Network

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

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.

How Do I Ship a Lithium Battery?
Offered By: Lion Technology

How Do I Ship a Lithium Battery?

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.

Also from Lion Technology
The Digital Logistics Provider: Delivering a New Level of Service in the Age of IoT
Offered By: Tive

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

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.

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Roadmap to Savings
Offered By: Optimum Expenditures

Roadmap to Savings

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.

Overcoming the Talent Gap in Transportation
Offered By: DHL

Overcoming the Talent Gap in Transportation

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.

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Everything Past the Click
Offered By: Evans Distribution

Everything Past the Click

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.

Also from Evans Distribution
Proper Tariff Classification – A Vital Part of Customs Compliance
Offered By: Purolator International

Proper Tariff Classification – A Vital Part of Customs Compliance

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.

Also from Purolator International
Logistics Network Analysis
Offered By: Spotsee

Logistics Network Analysis

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.

Managing Freight in a Tight Capacity Market
Offered By: Kane Is Able

Managing Freight in a Tight Capacity Market

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.

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

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

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.

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 How Supply Chain Design Leads to Successful Merger and Acquisition Activities
Offered By: LLamasoft

 How Supply Chain Design Leads to Successful Merger and Acquisition Activities

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.

Transportation Industry Update
Offered By: Ruan

Transportation Industry Update

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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The Business Case for Transportation Management
Offered By: Transplace

The Business Case for Transportation Management

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.