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5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

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Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994.

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Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

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It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain. And when recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires began wreaking havoc, many shippers were left asking themselves: “How have recent natural disasters affected our transportation network?”

Future-Proof Parcel Technology

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Keeping up with consumer-driven demand can be exhausting. As consumers, we’re accustomed to being able to order almost anything we need or want, get it faster than ever, and track its every move. Great for us!

Inventory Management in Service Logistics Industry

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What is Inventory Management? Is it about optimization? Is it about having enough stock? Or is it about having no stock? The answer varies from function to function in the supply chain. For Sales it’s about product availability at all times.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

This Week in Logistics News (September 3-7, 2018)

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I joined Snapchat this week. Not because I really wanted to, but because it’s the only way I can communicate with my daughter in college. I tried calling, texting, and emailing her, but she doesn’t respond via those channels. Send her a snap, however, and she gets back to you fairly quickly.

Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit

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I haven’t attended an industry conference over the past year, or participated in a client meeting, where blockchain — along with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — hasn’t been part of the conversation.

The Digital Transformation Journey: The Alignment of Industry, Company, and Technology

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In today’s market, it is imperative for process businesses to pursue digital transformations to meet changing customer expectations, global market demands, and increased competition. Process industry businesses that embark on digital transformation journeys are becoming disruptors in the industry.

Lessons from Disrupted Companies

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“Disruptive technology doesn’t sneak up on anybody; it’s nearly always loudly heralded long before its victims fall prey to it.”. That is one of the observations that Thornton A. May, a futurist and author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics , makes after researching why market leaders sometimes fall prey to disruptive technology.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

The Secrets of Top Performers: Fleet Management as a Competitive Weapon

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From changing regulatory requirements and increasing freight congestion to excessive detention time and driver shortages , shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) are struggling to balance the multiple issues impacting fleet management today.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 9-13, 2018)

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My voice is a little sore this morning. It could be from all the cheering last night. My son’s Little League All-Star team advanced to the District Championship with a thrilling win last night. If the team wins tomorrow, they advance to the next round of the State Championship tournament.

Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

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From May 2016 through the end of August 2017, “17 CEOs of public Big Food manufacturers and retailers had departed, or announced their intention to,” according to an article published last September in Fortune.

With Tariffs In Flux, Digital Inventory Technology Might Be The Solution To Holiday Bloated Inventory Levels

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The tariff situation has companies in a quandary as they debate whether to “load up” on inventory now — to ward off the impacts of potentially-higher tariffs on imported goods — or hold off for now and hope that the political environment calms and things get to back to “normal.”

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.

This Week in Logistics News (July 23-27, 2018)

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Cyberattack and hacker threats. Robots and self-driving cars. Same-day delivery. Blockchain. Tariffs. Just another typical week in the world of supply chain and logistics. Here’s the news that caught my attention: China’s Cosco Shipping Hit by Cyberattack in U.S. WSJ – sub. req’d).

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This Week in Logistics News (August 13-17, 2018)

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I’m back from vacation. Well, back physically. Getting back mentally has been a very slow process. My family and I spent more than a week in Costa Rica, where everyone greets you with “Pura Vida,” which means “Pure Life” in Spanish.

Research: What Leading Shippers Do to Obtain Better Truckload Rates and Performance

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No doubt about it: this trucking environment is sending plenty of truckload budgets into the red. What can shippers do to navigate this market? Take your cue from the latest findings of MIT researchers. Using data from TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson , the researchers examined the best practices that separate Leaders from Laggards in getting better truckload rates and performance. The researchers used TMC data for 40 shippers and looked at over a million loads.

This Week in Logistics News (August 20-24, 2018)

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As you read this, my wife and I will be on the road, driving our oldest daughter H to begin her freshman year in college. Per the advice of friends, I put two boxes of tissues in the car.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a research report published last week , “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation.”

Start Managing Your Inbound Freight More Effectively Today

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It’s time to make inbound freight a priority and begin reaping the benefits of a program that creates win-win rewards for all supply chain partners.

Finding a Warehouse in Today’s High-Demand Market

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Finding the right warehouse is arguably one of the most important decisions your company will make. It has the potential to be not only be a powerful, industry-leading storage and shipping center, but also the literal hub of your logistics — including returns, reshipments, and other nuanced supply chain tasks.

Material Handling and Fleet Management: Uncovering Opportunities for Cost Savings and Other Business Benefits

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Supply Chain and Logistics executives are under a great deal of pressure to not only meet today’s more demanding customer expectations, but to do so in a cost-effective manner. Therefore, finding opportunities to minimize costs and improve productivity are more important than ever. One area that many companies overlook for potential benefits is material handling and fleet management. What are some of those opportunities and how do you capture those benefits?

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.

This Week in Logistics News (August 27-31, 2018)

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I’m on borrowed time this morning, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week, which was dominated by M&A, new startups, and investments news. MercuryGate International Acquired by Growth Equity Investor Summit Partners. Trump Reaches Revised Trade Deal With Mexico, Threatening to Leave Out Canada (New York Times). Trump Seeks Changes in the International Postal Rate System (Bloomberg).

The Data Needed to Transform Supply Chains

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Last fall after attending the CSCMP conference in Atlanta, I shared my observation that digital transformation is now a central theme in the industry. Many of you have had the same observation. This isn’t breaking news, but it is new for the industry.

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Protect Your Bottom Line With a Smart Supply Chain Design Strategy

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A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal Logistics Report highlighted how rising logistics costs are squeezing the food and beverage industry.

How Disruptive is Global E-Commerce? More Than You Think

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It only takes a simple example to remind you how e-commerce continues to evolve and the potential it has to disrupt traditional markets, supply chains and even governments.

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CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Alignment, Synchronization, Communication: Building Successful Relationships in Supply Chain Management

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How to Create a Truckload Strategy That Works in Any Market

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For most individuals, surprises can be wonderful—but, as a shipper, you try to avoid them at all costs. Because in supply chains, surprises tend to mean wasted time and added expense. Your best bet to avoid unexpected trouble?

Closing the Gaps in Supply Chain Visibility

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Not having adequate visibility to your shipments, orders, or products is an ongoing challenge for many companies. You may have very good visibility in some areas of your supply chain, but have poor visibility or blind spots in other areas such as transportation. How do you go about identifying and closing those visibility gaps? How are new technology capabilities helping in this effort? What are the benefits?

Solving Final Mile Logistics and Earning Customer Loyalty

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Understanding customer expectations is a priority for businesses in all verticals and meeting (or, ideally, exceeding) those expectations is crucial to winning customer loyalty. This is true of your customers and your customers’ customers.

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.