Supply Chain Insights

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

 

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.

Also from Kane Is Able
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.

Also from DHL
 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.

Also from Ruan
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.

Radburro: The Built-For-Business Etrike 
Offered By: Rad Power Bikes

Radburro: The Built-For-Business Etrike 

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.

2018 Size & Weight Guide
Offered By: XTRA Lease

2018 Size & Weight Guide

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.

Understanding Customs: Anti-Dumping and Countervailing
Offered By: Purolator International

Understanding Customs: Anti-Dumping and Countervailing

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.

Also from Purolator International
Recovering Lost Space, Time & Money with Dimensioning 
Offered By: QubeVu

Recovering Lost Space, Time & Money with Dimensioning 

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.

Also from QubeVu
The New Landscape of Supply Chain Real Estate
Offered By: DHL Supply Chain

The New Landscape of Supply Chain Real Estate

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.

Also from DHL Supply Chain
Is Your Business Falling Behind in the Parcel Shipping Race?
Offered By: Pierbridge

Is Your Business Falling Behind in the Parcel Shipping Race?

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.
Also from Pierbridge
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.

Also from DHL
Hey Pallet Geeks! Which Pallet Type is Best for You?
Offered By: Litco International, Inc.

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

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.

Do "Favored Shippers" Really Receive Better Pricing and Service? 
Offered By: C.H. Robinson

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

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.

Also from C.H. Robinson
 The Right ELD
Offered By: FleetUp

 The Right ELD

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.

Find the Money: How a Transportation Spend Diagram Can Help
Offered By: enVista

Find the Money: How a Transportation Spend Diagram Can Help

Transportation leaders are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs while improving service levels as they conduct strategic assessments. Using the Spend Diagram to document freight flows and costs on a single page is the best way for a transportation team to collect data and focus their efforts. Read enVista’s whitepaper to learn how a Spend Diagram can identify savings opportunities throughout your transportation operations.

Also from enVista
Purchasing and Implementing a Yard Management System
Offered By: C3 Solutions

Purchasing and Implementing a Yard Management System

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.

Also from C3 Solutions
Winning the Battle for eCommerce  Last-Mile Excellence
Offered By: Purolator International

Winning the Battle for eCommerce Last-Mile Excellence

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.

Also from Purolator International
The Supply Chain Talent Shortage: From Gap to Crisis
Offered By: DHL Supply Chain

The Supply Chain Talent Shortage: From Gap to Crisis

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.

Also from DHL Supply Chain
Examination of On-Time Delivery Service in a JIT Environment 
Offered By: Unyson

Examination of On-Time Delivery Service in a JIT Environment 

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.

Also from Unyson
Think Like a Big Shipper
Offered By: enVista

Think Like a Big Shipper

Many small and mid-sized shippers suffer from the mindset of, “I’m not Walmart.” This approach assumes that size and sophistication are necessary to achieve meaningful transportation costs savings. However, shippers of all sizes can always develop and implement strategies that have a return on investment. You don’t have to be a big shipper to obtain similar savings – simply think and act like one. Read this whitepaper to learn more.

Also from enVista
A Leaner Supply Chain
Offered By: J.B. Hunt

A Leaner Supply Chain

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.

Also from J.B. Hunt
Safety in Logistics Operations
Offered By: Kane is Able, Inc

Safety in Logistics Operations

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.

Offered By: Logistics Trends and Insights

The Evolving Freight Forwarding Market (2017) 

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.

Offered By: INTTRA

Blueprint 2032: How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping

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.

New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices
Offered By: Kenco

New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices

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.

Also from Kenco
Improving E-Commerce Fulfillment Through Business Integration
Offered By: GENCO, A FedEx Company

Improving E-Commerce Fulfillment Through Business Integration

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.

The Rise of the Digital Yard
Offered By: PINC Solutions

The Rise of the Digital Yard

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.

Why Freight Visibility is Important
Offered By: MacroPoint

Why Freight Visibility is Important

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.

Global Visibility Through a Network Control Tower
Offered By: Unyson Logistics

Global Visibility Through a Network Control Tower

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.

Also from Unyson Logistics
Now is the Time for a TMS Heres Why
Offered By: enVista

Now is the Time for a TMS Heres Why

Deploying a Transportation Management System (TMS) can provide many benefits as companies seek to optimize their shipping management, including improved transportation planning, increased execution accuracy, and greater shipment visibility. Read enVista’s white paper to find out why now is the time for a TMS.

Also from enVista
Game Changer – Transportation Spend Intelligence
Offered By: Veraction

Game Changer – Transportation Spend Intelligence

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.

Mastering logistics complexity: taking control with technology
Offered By: Paragon Software

Mastering logistics complexity: taking control with technology

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.

Find the Money: How a Transportation Spend Diagram Can Help
Offered By: enVista

Find the Money: How a Transportation Spend Diagram Can Help

Transportation leaders are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs while improving service levels as they conduct strategic assessments. Using the Spend Diagram to document freight flows and costs on a single page is the best way for a transportation team to collect data and focus their efforts. Read our white paper to learn how a Spend Diagram can identify savings opportunities throughout your transportation operations.

Also from enVista
Preventing Product Recalls With Proper Planning and Equipment
Offered By: Mettler Toledo

Preventing Product Recalls With Proper Planning and Equipment

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?

Also from Mettler Toledo
Visibility Across the Manufacturing Enterprise
Offered By: InfinityQS

Visibility Across the Manufacturing Enterprise

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.

5 Dirty Secrets of Warehouse Management Systems
Offered By: HighJump

5 Dirty Secrets of Warehouse Management Systems

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.

Dimensioning Systems: Getting the Most from Your Investment
Offered By: QubeVu

Dimensioning Systems: Getting the Most from Your Investment

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. 

Also from QubeVu
Strategies to Build a More Efficient Automotive Supply Chain in China
Offered By: C.H. Robinson

Strategies to Build a More Efficient Automotive Supply Chain in China

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.

Also from C.H. Robinson
The Retailer’s Guide to Vendor Compliance and Reducing Chargebacks 
Offered By: Averitt

The Retailer’s Guide to Vendor Compliance and Reducing Chargebacks 

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.

3 Keys of Direct-to-Consumer Success
Offered By: Tagg Logistics

3 Keys of Direct-to-Consumer Success

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.

Where Does Privacy Stop and Publicity Begin in the Logistics  Industry?
Offered By: MD Logistics

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

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.

Also from MD Logistics
What Arrives in L.A. Stays in L.A.: DC Bypass Strategies that Leverage the Largest U.S. Gateway
Offered By: Port Logistics Group

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

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.

Also from Port Logistics Group
Offered By: Zebra Technologies

Building the Smarter Warehouse: Warehousing 2020

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.

Also from Zebra Technologies
Examination of on-time delivery service in a JIT environment
Offered By: Unyson

Examination of on-time delivery service in a JIT environment

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.

Also from Unyson
Ryder and FRAM: Filtering waste for the supply  chain
Offered By: Ryder System, Inc.

Ryder and FRAM: Filtering waste for the supply chain

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.

Inbound Terms Conversion Best Practices
Offered By: Unyson

Inbound Terms Conversion Best Practices

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.

Also from Unyson
Oil and Gas Transportation Mistakes and How to Correct Them
Offered By: PLS Logistics

Oil and Gas Transportation Mistakes and How to Correct Them

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.