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10 Most Effective Tips for Optimizing Your Supply Chain

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Supply chains are complex ecosystems of people, tools, and strategies that are getting increasingly difficult to manage efficiently. With so many stakeholders involved in the process, only a comprehensive supply chain management plan can help you improve business results in the long run.

Quick Tips for Optimizing Loading and Unloading Operations

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The demand for package delivery continues to grow as consumers do more of their shopping online. At the same time, the supply chain is increasingly moving toward just-in-time delivery, meaning logistics companies have less room for error.

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9 of the Most Useful Tips on How to Negotiate Freight Rates

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest article from Laura Jelen with negotiations.com who discusses some useful tips on how companies can negotiate freight rates a bit better. Shipping costs are a significant part of the supply chain expense.

Delivery Logistics: Why Final Mile Is Where It Comes to a Head

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Maintaining proper controls in freight within the final mile has always been a top concern for supply chain executives. Failures within the final mile delivery logistics are both the most visible to consumers and poorly visible to supply chain leaders.

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

Last Mile Health: 5 Disruption Prevention Strategies That Work

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Last mile has never been more important than today. During times of massive disruption, the right supply chain management strategies can boost visibility, lower risk, and increase speed of service.

Final Mile Differentiation: M&As to Increase Demand for Better Last Mile Service

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Organizations across the globe continue to rethink their supply chain strategies, and as a result, more mergers and acquisitions are reshaping the way in which supply chains handle final mile logistics.

Collaborative Logistics is the Only Way Forward for the Industry

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Collaborative logistics is the future (and the now) of successful, risk-managed logistics and supply chain management. There is no greater demand than what market forces, competitors, and Black Swan supply chain events 3PLs and freight brokers have to meet the challenges shippers face.

Last Mile Visibility: Why It’s Not Really Changing Much Post COVID-19

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The throes of COVID-19 remain an unprecedented challenge for supply chain management. However, the traditional concerns of efficiency within the supply chain continue to set the standard for operational efficiency.

Improve Supply Chain Processes During Peak Shopping Seasons

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What does it take to improve supply chain processes? That is a loaded question. Increased order fulfillment, improved customer satisfaction, validating order details and contents before packaging, automating repetitive processes, and other factors can significantly improve supply chain processes.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

The Ever-Expanding Role of AI and AR in Food Logistics

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The food supply chain is unlike any other. While electronics, automotive, and consumer goods’ supply chains promote their products, the food supply chain represents a basic human necessity–food.

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Last Mile Problem: Preparation and Visibility Overcome All Obstacles

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The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the global and domestic transportation markets in new and profound ways. The standards used for traditional freight management have revealed significant risks lurking just below the surface of modern supply chain management, and for shippers, time is of the essence.

5 Key Steps to Improve Your Distribution Network

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The strategies of supply chain management are of paramount importance when it comes to boosting the profitability of the business and distribution network.

How to Improve Last Mile Service With Better Trucker Relationships

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Last mile service might have finally reached a point where it is more important than even freight delivery to the brick-and-mortar stores.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

What Supply Chain Data Should I Track in 2020?

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Supply chain data management requires attention to detail and a mechanism in place that provides analytics, or insights, to gain actionable knowledge. Risk exists around data when it is incorrectly or inaccurately collected and shared.

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Blockchain in Supply Chain: 2 Ethereum-Based Projects That Demonstrate How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chains

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Supply chains are messy. Blockchain in Supply Chain Can Help. A manufacturer in China doesn’t read the specs on an order. A supplier in Mexico mixes up two similar parts. An ecommerce fulfillment warehouse in the USA sends the wrong packages to customers. On top of all that, billions if not trillions of dollars worth of potential working capital are tied up in illiquid assets such as 90-day invoice payouts or even the real estate value of, say, a warehouse or factory building.

Freight & Transportation Management Trends for 2020 to Know

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The transportation management trends for 2020 reflect a growing consensus that new technology and visibility will define the successes of the future supply chain.

The Go-To List of Ways to Improve Inventory Management

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Today’s warehouse managers need better inventory management strategies. Shareholders want to increase profitability. Customers wish for better customer service. Amazon wants to take over the world.

Coronavirus and Your Supply Chain

Speaker: Rob Handfield, PhD, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University

Join this informative webinar with Rob Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University, who will go over how the Coronavirus has impacted supply chains, as well as discussing approaches for preparing your supply chain for future outbreaks of major global disruptions. The world is becoming a riskier place, and it is important to plan for disasters ahead of time.

As Retailers Eye Last-Mile Strategies, They Launch BOPIS to Neutralize Costs

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Many retailers have implemented buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) strategies without realizing it. Although the name invokes the fears of coding and advanced systems, it refers to the process of buying a product online and picking it up in the store, i.e., BOPIS.

Trends in Last-Mile for 2020

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Take a moment to think about the state of last-mile logistics in the last year. An argument does exist for the continued support of last-mile innovation and a relentless push to build better customer experiences within the final mile.

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Supply Chain Technology Integration: Making the New Technology & Legacy Systems’ Marriage Last

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The decision to bring new technology into your existing warehouse operation should not be taken lightly. Modern technology enables a whole new level of collaboration , efficiency and better operations.

E-Commerce Freight Shipping in 2020: Is This the Year Heavier Freight in E-Commerce Proliferates?

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The state of e-commerce continues to move more toward heavier, non-traditional online purchases. The trend has been evident in recent years, but heavier freight remained on the fringe of e-commerce shipping.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

5 Ways to Go Green with Carbon-Neutral Shipping

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Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from a guest author, Michael Gorman, who shares five different ways of going green with carbon-neutral shipping. Global warming is affecting almost every aspect of life because of the climate repercussions caused by carbon emissions.

Automation in the Supply Chain and Its Impact on Scalability

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Automation is coming of age in the supply chain. Where supply chain leaders once viewed automation capabilities as science fiction fantasy, automation’s real-world applications are becoming evident.

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

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It is easy to make analytics the cornerstone of warehouse and distribution center management. While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes.

5 Impacts of Autonomous Trucking on Supply Chains

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The flying car of the future might still be out of reach, but autonomous trucking is moving quickly into view for many businesses. Trucks manned by technology, with no human drivers, are currently being tested around the globe.

New Planning Maturity Assessment

In today's new supply chain paradigm, resilience and agility are key. Is your planning process fit enough to keep up with the pace of change? Is your tech stack helping or hindering your progress? Take AIMMS's new quiz to uncover learnings and benchmark yourself against peers!

Supply Chain Disruptions: How Stronger Collaboration Will Have a Big Impact on the Future of Warehouse Management

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From Walmart to Amazon, the positive role of collaboration in warehouse management is undisputed, and collaboration is on track to revolutionize tomorrow’s warehouse management standards.

Supply Chain Automation Is the Cornerstone of Supply Chain Success

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Supply chain management evolves, and supply chain leaders have a grand opportunity to leverage supply chain automation and drive success. However, many leaders approach automation with a poor understanding of its capabilities, not to mention potential risks during implementation.

Big Data Analytics to Improve Supply Chain Resilience

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Supply chains across the globe need a better mousetrap to keep freight spend under control and efficiently manage freight.

Top 10 Metrics to Track and Manage Risk in the Supply Chain – Part 1

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Under the current COVID-19 global pandemic, managing risk in the supply chain has taken on a renewed importance. Procurement teams continue to struggle with finding available suppliers and shipping capacity to enable supply chain responsiveness.

Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.