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Why Is Supply Chain Visibility Becoming More Important?

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Clear visibility of all processes is important for any business – you cannot run your business efficiently with your eyes closed. Good business runs as a well-oiled machine, and you cannot achieve that without the full visibility – especially when it comes to managing your supply chain.

How to Build a Strong Relationship with Your 3PL

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More and more companies of all sizes are turning to 3PLs for help with their transportation management. Supply chains are becoming more complex, and securing capacity has become a challenge. 3PLs bring their expertise and solid resources to help shippers improve their logistics operations, while also driving cost savings, and generally make shippers’ day-to-day transportation challenges easier. 3PL Ecommerce Relationship

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When To Replace Your TMS System

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Deciding when you should replace your transportation management system (TMS) can be tricky. You don’t want to wait until the software begins to hold you back and affects the visibility of your supply chain. Many companies TMS’s enable some planning, optimization and routing tasks. Many new systems are delivering so much more than what is necessary to help make your job easier.

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How to Compete with E-Commerce Giants

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Today it seems like e-commerce giants are taking over the industry. It is possible for small and mid-sized companies to compete with these e-commerce companies with a little bit of creativity, a strong supply chain and great customer service. Companies like Amazon can often seem difficult to compete with, but following these helpful tips can help your business stand out among these companies and bring in customers. e-commerce

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Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

Omnichannel Takes on Food Industry, Gains Consumer Support

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There is a shift in how consumers are approaching grocery shopping, using more channels than ever before. Grocery is an $800 billion market – online grocery sales are expected to grow, becoming a $24 billion industry in 2017.

Benefits of a Transportation Management System (TMS)

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Many companies could easily improve their supply chains by utilizing a transportation management system (TMS). Some companies chose not to use a TMS, and other companies may just not have a good understanding of what exactly a TMS is. It is important to know exactly what a TMS is and how it can help your company save money and time.

Market Update: Seasonal Freight Surge and Consumer Forecast

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Adobe Digital Intelligence says that 31% of consumers start shopping before November 1, and 27% will start before Thanksgiving, so the supply chain plans for the holiday season for months and months in advance.

Disruption from Your Supply Chain: Product Recalls

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A product recall is the process of retrieving and replacing defective or unsafe consumer goods. When a company issues a recall, the company or manufacturer absorbs the cost of replacing and fixing those defective or unsafe products.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Shippers: Don't Believe These 4 Myths about TMS Software

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A software as a service (SaaS) transportation management system (TMS) solution doesn’t add value, is expensive, and doesn’t present ROI for years. A TMS sanctions effective and fast decision making.

Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Efficiency, Effectiveness

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Supply chains are multifaceted and can be a noteworthy source of competitive advantage. To improve efficiency and effectiveness, companies have to improve predictability, optimize costs, minimize working capital, mitigate risk, and analyze data.

What Your Inventory Reveals about Your Reverse Logistics

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Supply chains share common goals: increase productivity, reduce costs, mitigate risks. Common goals for reverse logistics are to improve customer satisfaction, cut costs, maximize return on assets.

3 Technology Applications to Advance Your Supply Chain

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The fast e-commerce environment, which is increasing competition, and the initiative to use data to analyze trends and operational efficiency are contributing to the demand for hi-tech logistics solutions. Technology is the key driver to an organization’s supply chain efficiency and success.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

7 Trending Transportation Updates: November 2016

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Little Change in Economy, but Rate Increase Coming. Next year, the US economy won’t change much, growth expected to be about 2%. FTR predicts more of the same, but when you factor in low expectations, 2017 will feel like a good year.

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How to Use a TMS to Manage Inbound Transportation (And Gain Visibility)

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Inbound freight management is multifaceted and can eat up more than 40% of the average organization’s annual freight budget, according to Aberdeen Group.

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4 Tips to become an Eco-Friendly Shipper

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The circulation of goods is a vital part of our lives, even if we don’t realize it. If your job is logistics-related – you know how much freight is moving around the country and across the globe on daily basis. The environmental impact cannot be underestimated.

8 Fascinating Statistics from Shippers about 3PLs

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3PLs have two fundamental responsibilities – leading customer relationships that focus on supply chain services and providing the management of those services.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Supply Chain Collaboration: Benefits of Partnering with Your Competition

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Supply chain relationships have evolved to be central to the success of 3PLs and their customers.

The Top 6 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2017

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Globalization. The supply chain is affected by the globalization of business, and those who work with international suppliers don’t have the same competitive advantage they once had. More markets are emerging in the global economy, and traditional supply and demand is changing.

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4 Tips to Ensure On-time Shipping for Small Businesses

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On time delivery is a crucial in any industry. This final touchpoint in the supply chain represents your ability to fulfill your customer’s needs competently. It’s especially important for small businesses to delivery products on-time, as a good reputation is essential to their bottom-line.

Automakers Succeed with Lean and Resilient Supply Chains

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The automotive industry has a lot of moving parts and experiences ebb and flow as demand and economic conditions shift. Most US automakers outperformed December expectations, selling 17.55 million new vehicles, ending 2016 on a high note. In 2015, US markets set a sales record of just under 17.5

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Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

5 Secrets to Master Supply Chain Visibility

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The 3 main goals of supply chain visibility are 1) to reduce business and supply chain threats, 2) to improve performance and service, 3) and to identify inefficiencies and opportunities in the supply chain.

Data-Driven Decisions Rule the Modern Supply Chain

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Shifting capacity, increased shipper demands and unpredictable disruptions make informed decision-making a top priority for logistics professionals. For shippers trying to optimize the supply chain, efficiency is the number one priority, and analytics drives results.

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LTL Carrier Liability: Is your freight covered?

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We all hope we never have to deal with freight claims. It always seems very hypothetical and unreal – until your first shipment is lost or damaged. Unfortunately, if you are an active supply chain participant, you will most likely end up with a freight claim at some point in your career. However, we are not entirely helpless when it comes to potential freight loss or damage. You can learn more about a few tips for minimizing your risk of freight damage in one of our previous blogs.

4 Ways to Maximize Your Logistics Professionals

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With the continuous evolvement of global supply chains, there is a greater emphasis on investing in experienced logistics and supply chain managers. This industry movement has caused 4 key trends in logistics and supply chain education and career development for managers to look out for.

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

5 Benefits a 3PL Can Offer Smaller Businesses

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Are you a small business owner? Then you know that sometimes you can be overwhelmed with all the orders and the urgent need to meet all the delivery requirements, whether it’s the material needed for production or a final delivery to your customer.

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The Importance of Our Truck Drivers

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The world is in constant growth and it’s difficult to keep up sometimes. We as a population grow, and as we grow, the more is needed. Everything from building materials for homes, consumer goods for pleasure, and barrels of oil for our vehicles are circulated around the world. But how do we keep up with such a demand? Well, the answer is the same that we have had in the past, truck drivers.

LTL Quotes for Beginners

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We have covered the benefits of LTL shipping in a few previous blog posts – now it’s time to get down to practice! Here you are with a few pallets you are planning to ship as less-than-truckload, but you have never quoted any LTL loads before – where should you start?

Your Top 5 Questions on NOx Standards Answered

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing a rule that would set new standards to reduce NOx emissions from heavy-duty truck engines beginning in 2024. The agency last tightened its NOx standards for truck engines in 2010 to 0.2 gram per brake horsepower-hour.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Why Shippers Love Supply Chain Visibility

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Visibility refers to understanding what goes on between the start and end of a process. With supply chain visibility, companies can analyze data and evaluate suppliers, processes and prices. Freight Supply Chain Shipments Visibility Supply Chain Disruptions