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Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?

Talking Logistics

With Black Friday on the horizon, consumer goods of all kinds are making their way from manufacturers to distribution centers and retail locations across the country. As shoppers count down the days until they can score deals on the hottest products, cargo thieves are counting on cashing in on opportunities to swipe unattended trailers and shipments. Is the drop yard gated? Guarded? Well-lit?

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Case Study Reveals 3 Musts for Fleet Safety


Fleet safety can make or break a business. If your industry must abide by stringent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, mismanagement could cost you thousands in fines, as well as lost productivity. Impacts — big or small — carry serious repercussions: Safety risks to employees. Costs of workmen’s compensation. Slowed productivity. Equipment and operator tracking.

LeanCor Hires Supply Chain Consulting Industry Leader, Dan Avila, to Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions


FLORENCE, KY--(BUSINESS WIRE)—LeanCor Supply Chain Group, a trusted partner in end-to-end supply chain management and logistics, today announced it has hired Dan Avila to Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions. Careers at LeanCor supply chain insights supply chain consulting

TMS for SMB: A Case Study with Carhartt

Talking Logistics

What defines the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market for transportation management systems (TMS)? Is SMB defined by a company’s annual revenues? Its freight spend? Its annual shipment volume? The answer, as I’ve argued before, is that we can’t view the SMB market as a “one-size-fits-all” category, especially when it comes to TMS requirements. Carhartt is a great example. As Ms. Modeling.

Understanding Yard Management Systems

This white paper’s objective is to help industry professionals understand the basics of yard management solutions. It helps understand: Who is investing in yard management and why? What kind of operations benefit from yard management software? What are the economic benefits realized? What should be taken into account when buying a yard management solution?

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Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE) vs. S&OP


S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning) and SI&OP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning) are two well know acronyms. Now Gartner has added an acronym with a distinctly different twist, Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE). In supply chain, as in life, what you plan for and what actually happens can be two very different things. The No. S&OE offers a dampening effect.

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Telematics in 5 Years — The Benefit of Artificial Intelligence to Warehouse and Fleet Management


Want to be more proactive than reactive in managing your warehouse and fleet? Within the next five years, artificial intelligence from advanced telematics could be telling you exactly how to achieve your objectives. Without a doubt, today’s telematics platforms have revolutionized how we do business. An Intelligent Future. The benefits. Think of Google alternate routes.).

Walmart, IBM and Tsinghua University Explore the Use of Blockchain in the Supply Chain

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Global retailer joins pilot project with academics and technology experts to showcase leadership in food traceability efforts and help bring safer food to dinner tables across China

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Loftware Partners with PTC, Announces Medical Device Solution


New Solution Streamlines Entire Label Process, Offers Operational Control and Improves Quality. Labeling

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The Next Big Thing In Supply Chain Decision Making

What if you could make supply chain decisions based not only on what has occurred or is likely to occur in the future, but through recommendations based on why and how things happen? Prescriptive analytics help you find the best course of action for your specific business objectives and situation. They suggest the optimal way to handle what is likely to happen in the future by factoring in specific scenarios, resources and other inputs. Download the report to learn more

4 Ideas To Make Your Supply Chain More Agile and Give Consumers Flexible Shopping Options


Traditional supply chains have survived a long time without requiring too much deviation. Today’s consumers are changing all that. Adding flexibility to your supply chain is now a must-have to stay relevant with your customers. helped a friend purchase a grill a few months back, and her story crystalized this predicament for me. She started the shopping process on her laptop.

Better Fleet Traffic Management through Advanced Locationing


Accidents happen, but what if you could predict where, when, and even why they occur? Advanced locationing provides those insights so managers can gain ultimate control over fleet traffic management and warehouse safety. Over the past few years, advances in telematics have helped warehouses improve safety. Today’s warehouse managers can prevent many impacts and injuries before they occur. The U.S.

Consumer Demand Helping Drive 3PL Industry Growth

Talking Logistics

In recent years, shippers have encountered new standards of velocity, market choice and cost for their products. Consumers are demanding better variety and greater availability at the lowest possible cost. These demands put increasing pressure on retailers, who in turn, pass that burden onto their suppliers – further increasing complexity and intensifying pressure on supply chains. This has created what some in the industry are referring to as “supply chain impatience.”. Today’s Next-Gen TMS Meets Today’s Supply Chain Needs. Today’s supply chain requirements demand more advanced tools.

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Oct. 21, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon OnLine Share is Even Bigger than We Thought, US Truckload and Intermodal Rates Down Yet Again, Container Shipping Industry May have Hit Bottom, Drones Take Yard Inventories in Minutes

Boost your Supply Chain Agility- Make your Data Actionable with Prescriptive Analytics

According to a recent Supply Chain Insights Report, while business is changing quickly, supply chain processes are evolving slowly. The average supply chain organization is 15-years old, and one out of three companies state that there is room for improvement in their supply chain.

Skills Gap: Why It’s Creating New Manufacturing Opportunities


The manufacturing industry of a country is directly proportional to its gross domestic product (GDP). In the U.S., every dollar spent on manufacturing adds $1.32 to the economy, and the industry supports more than 17 million workers, reports the  Deloitte University Press. Meanwhile, the U.S. manufacturing industry faces a serious crisis, the skills gap. More than 3.5 million jobs are at stake over the next decade, and 2.7 million manufacturing workers are expected to retire as well. Manufacturers Can Re-evaluate Factory Processes.  . billion evaluation as well. The Big Picture. .

Consumer Direct Shipping: The New Directive?

Fidelitone Logistics

Traditionally, when a manufacturer or wholesaler sells products through a retail giant they ship items via full pallet truckloads from a distribution center (DC) to the retailer.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 17-21, 2016)

Talking Logistics

How was the JDRF Death Valley Ride ? Brutal, exhilarating, and inspiring! Imagine hell during a heat wave, then add 35-50 mph crosswinds — those were the conditions we faced during the first 40 miles. It took me 7:09 to finish. It was exhilarating and inspiring to see so many people – my teammates, other riders, coaches, and volunteers – coming together for this great cause.

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Will Cuba be the Next Major Transportation Hub?

PLS Logistics

For cargo shipping, focus is on the Cuban port, Container Terminal Mariel (TC Mariel) which opened in January 2014. The Obama Administration has made it easier for container services to add Cuba as a port of call since they’ve reopened embassies and ended a 54-year diplomatic standstill with the country. Shipping Ocean

Transforming Supply Chain and Logistics into Demand Networks

Companies need to move to a network approach, evolving linear supply chains into demand networks, where the customer is at the center.

LTL Rates, Capacity, and Fuel: The General Outlook for 2017


Since 2014, the shipping industry has suffered numerous setbacks. Rebounding freight volumes and the proximity of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate are set to change the industry in 2017, reports Sean Kilcarr of FleetOwner. Unlike the all-time highs of 2014, 2017 will reveal an industry on the cusp of restoring order and LTL rates to acceptable, reasonable levels. Final Thoughts.  .

Will the Shipping Industry Be the Next Financial Crisis?

More Than Shipping

With the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, which was the seventh largest ocean carrier, many experts believe that this is only the beginning of an industry-wide crash. Low oil prices, the slowdown of global trade, and the residual effects of the 2008 economic crisis are just a few factors that contribute to this crisis. The World Trade Organization (WTO) said trade growth is at its slowest since the global financial crisis. German banks alone have up to $100 billion of shipping debt out of $400 billion worldwide. Does this mean that more banks will stop supporting carriers? How can MTS help you?

Digital Transformation and the Intelligent Enterprise

Enterra Insights

“While 2016 is unlikely to provide robots that are able to sense, respond and adapt to people,” wrote Frank Palermo … Continued. The post Digital Transformation and the Intelligent Enterprise appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

The Flexibility Inside: Addressing Diverse Industry Requirements in a Supply Chain Operating Network

Talking Logistics

Live Episode: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm ET. All industries (and the companies within them) have their own unique business processes and requirements. The introduction of new regulations and different operating realities by country add more layers of requirements and complexity. What’s the difference between customization and configuration ?

Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage

Are you leveraging your extended supply chain?

Drewry’s Declaration that the Global Shipping Market has Bottomed

Supply Chain Matters

This week, noted maritime and shipping industry research firm Drewry Maritime Research declared that the ocean container shipping market has now bottomed out.  The recent ongoing Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy and receivership development is noted as representing the trough of the container shipping market and that a gradual market recovery is now expected. While Supply Chain […].

FedEx Express Expands Paris-Charles de Gaulle Distribution Hub

Supply Chain 24/7

FedEx unveiled plans for a $220 million expansion of one of its principal European hubs, outside Paris, with French officials touting the expansion and a new 30-year lease as a $1.54 billion vote of confidence in France in the wake of Britain's decision to exit the European Union

Impact of Robots in China’s Supply Chain and Logistics

More Than Shipping

Robots already have a significant impact on logistics and supply chains, and that will only get more and more as technology advances. China’s increasing labor costs have pushed manufacturers to invest and use robotics more in their daily operations. All these countries’ human labor cost is less than half of what it costs in China’s urban centers. They have mostly been used to increase productivity.

Education must Prepare Students for Jobs that Don’t Exist

Enterra Insights

One of the primary purposes of education is to prepare students to succeed in life. Success is partially measured by … Continued. The post Education must Prepare Students for Jobs that Don’t Exist appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Education Enterra Solutions Project for STEM Competitiveness Stephen DeAngelis

20/20 Vision for Outsourced Manufacturing

Outsourcing manufacturing continues to remain an important topic in the supply chain industry.

Megatrends, Strategic Technology Trends, Robots, and Autonomous Vehicles


Logistics in the News – Week 42 A lot of interesting things in the news again last week, which you may have missed. Please find a roundup of the main news and background items for the past week below. You can read the full articles by clicking the link in the tweets. Robots in factories and warehouses GE and Caterpillar […].

Track and trace visibility in smart manufacturing

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Rising customer demands, increasing complexities and an ever-growing army of competitors – no industry is safe from the challenges of modern business. A new guide from Zebra Technologies outlines how, with the right technologies and the right approach, you can overcome the hurdles and build a factory of the future

How Do We Accelerate the Adoption of Optimization and Analytics? Part II

Sourcing Innovation

In Part I, we began by noting that every organization that adopts Strategic Sourcing saves time, money, and reputation but that any organization that adopts Advanced Sourcing processes and platforms saves more. A lot more. Only advanced sourcing, based on analytics and optimization, saves an organization an average of 10%+ year after year after year, even when traditional sourcing methods fail. This caused us to ask why they still aren’t being adopted. So what’s the real reason? The sad fact is all of these are true to some extent. People aren’t getting the message.