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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.

The 3 Most Popular Uses of TMS Technology

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Supply chains are increasingly complex, and companies who leverage technology find competitive rates, enhanced operations, greater flexibility, and cost reductions. Logistics providers continue to work in order to provide added value to their client’s supply chain processes.

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4 Tips for a Sustainable Supply Chain

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Pressure to push sustainability into the supply chain has significantly increased in recent years. Having a sustainable supply chain is quickly becoming a necessary part of every business model.

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for Hurricane Season

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The intense hurricane season in 2017 was historical not only because of the massive scale and great number of storms, but also how destructive each storm was to the communities. What have supply chain managers and business leaders learned from last year’s hurricanes?

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How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

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.

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.

Why Cybersecurity is Important to Your Supply Chain

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As digitalization takes over the world, there is a raging demand for transferring loads of data to cloud storage. The transportation industry is no exception, considering the exponential growth of the e-commerce sector.

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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.

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.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

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.

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.

The Future of the Freight Supply Chain

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The Future of the Freight Supply Chain. From drones for online fulfillment to mobile robots in warehouses, the current supply chain is undergoing a major transformation.

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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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

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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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.

How IoT Will Completely Change Supply Chain

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You might not realize it, but we live in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution , where the internet integrates with physical objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly becoming the reality; millions of smart devices connect to the internet and communicate with one another seamlessly.

Why is Logistics Management Important?

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Increase Lead Times, Decrease Costs

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The concept of lead time when booking loads is a commonly overlooked factor when delivering freight efficiently and economically. You may have heard your logistics partner say that providing more notice days or lead time for a shipment could help lower costs. Supply Chain Visibility strategy economy Industry Shipment Trucking Third Party Logistics Transporation Truck Drivers Truckers supply chain management freight visibility shipping mistakes Lead Times

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.

July Transportation News Round Up

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We’ve been keeping track of the various news stories affecting the transportation, supply chain and logistics industries. Here is a quick look at some of the most talked about topics: Transportation Regulations News Technology

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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Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

5 Challenges Logistics Managers Face Every Day

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In present day global economics, logistics plays a key role in facilitating trade and, by extension, ensuring the success of business operations. Logistics managers have seen increasing challenges to create and keep efficient and effective logistics and supply chain methods. Here we discuss five of the biggest logistics challenges faced on a daily basis.

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.

Trending Transportation Updates: July 2018

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July was full of many newsworthy transportation, shipping and logistic developments. Here are some of July's top trending transportation updates: Supply Chain News transportation news Drivers Uber Industry truck Trucking 2018 Transporation Trucker Trending transportation topics NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement Politics Truck Drivers Truckers supply chain management truck driver DHL Boeing Recall

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What is a Digital Supply Chain?

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The term digital supply chain is very prevalent in current logistics and supply chain news, but it is a term that many people are still unfamiliar with. It is important to understand what a digital supply chain consists of and how it could potentially save your company money, time and even your environmental footprint. In order to decide if it could be right for your company, we will break down what it means to have a digital supply chain.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

How to Prepare Transportation for Holiday Returns

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The holiday season is upon us, and retailers must be prepared to avoid seasonal challenges. One major obstacle facing retailers: the rising number of e-commerce returns. Return rates have amplified as the percentage of internet sales continues to develop.

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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September Transportation News Recap

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Here is a quick summary of some of the most talked about transportation, supply chain and logistics topics from September 2015: Diesel Prices Fluctuating. The US average retail diesel price dropped 4.7 cents a gallon in early September - this was the 14 th straight week of declines.

4 Tips for a More Dynamic Supply Chain

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Businesses today face a continuously changing supply chain environment. There is a perpetual factor of change, whether it’s supply chain disruptions or unpredictable customer demands, that must be managed quickly and effectively to stay competitive in the marketplace.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.