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Ingredients of a Successful Supply Chain: Transparency, Visibility, and Traceability

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As the world becomes a more digitally-enabled community of people, things, and services, technology will be embedded in almost everything. People will leverage analytics engines, machine learning, internet-connected sensors, and more to fundamentally boost efficiencies everywhere.

Supply Chain Visibility: Beyond “Where’s My Truck?”

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I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years and achieving timely and accurate supply chain visibility has always been — and continues to be — a top priority for companies across all industries.

Transportation Market Update Outlook – Where Are We Headed?

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Current Capacity Outlook. Despite a difficult first three quarters of 2018, the market began to show signs of softening and improved capacity in Q4. This softening and improved truckload and intermodal capacity has continued into 2019, and the outlook for a steadier market has remained.

Health Check Your Supply Chain for Inefficiencies

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Even in 2019 many companies still underestimate the importance of their global supply chain and above all, how their logistics and supply chain performance can beneficially impact their marketing, ultimately leading to healthier financial results.

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.

Top E-Commerce Trends in 2019

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For consumers e-commerce is increasingly the preferred method for shopping. Younger shoppers already embrace it and more frequently older shoppers are as well. As e-commerce continues to grow, companies need to adjust their approaches in order to win customer loyalty.

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Supply Chain Quality: A Driver for Digital Transformation

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Commercialization strategies evolve, supply chains expand, and production rates accelerate. The only way to take control of your future is to double down on quality. Product quality directly impacts the profitability of a company. The cost of poor quality is so closely related to supplier quality and compliance that manufacturers must give the proper attention and resources to the optimization of their upstream partnerships.

Another Way to Transform the Customer Experience

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We just finished our conference, Descartes Evolution 2019, where the theme was Transforming the Customer Experience. I reflected on a session where our customer explained how they were transforming the customer experience in a unique way in logistics: by extending the planning horizon.

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?”

Be Uncommon

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“There’s a way to do it better — find it.” ” — Thomas Edison. I love that quote by Thomas Edison. There is always room for improvement in whatever you do. Finding a better way, doing it better, is what drives entrepreneurs, athletes, scientists, and so many others.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

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More than ever, shippers today are feeling the pressure from both customers and carriers.

Blockchain is Coming to Transportation – Here’s How

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The transportation industry has long discussed blockchain with a healthy dose of skepticism or has taken a wait-and-see approach to its adoption.

Last Mile Shipping Success Requires a Holistic Approach

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Crowdsourcing apps, same-day delivery, and ecommerce trends continue to impact last mile delivery expectations. With this ever-changing landscape, cost-effective management of the last mile has become a challenge that needs a broader view. Last mile home deliveries were once considered special handling services because they were infrequent and required special considerations to deliver a product to a consumer’s home. But not anymore.

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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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

This Week in Logistics News (April 22-26, 2019)

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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!

This Week in Logistics News (March 18-22, 2019)

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I arrived at Penn Station in Newark, NJ yesterday for a client meeting. My initial thought was to grab an Uber to my hotel, but since there were already a line of taxis parked outside, I decided to hop in one.

Supply Chain Cyber Attacks: How Prepared Are You?

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Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro was the latest company to fall victim to a cyber attack. On March 19 the company “halted some of its production and switched other units to manual operation after hackers blocked its systems with ransomware,” as reported by Reuters.

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.

The Evolution of Retail and Customer Expectations

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As the evolution of retail and the way consumers purchase goods continues to change, meeting the challenge to effectively serve both consumers and retailers is a strategic challenge for both shippers and carriers.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 25-29, 2019)

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“I am playing rugby this semester,” my daughter, a freshman in college, announced a few weeks ago. I don’t know anything about rugby, other than it kinda looks like American football, except it’s played with no helmets and pads, the ball is a bit bigger, and there’s a lot of diving into the end zone.

This Week in Logistics News (April 8-12, 2019)

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Today’s post was written by a robot. Well, not really, but robots are already writing news stories. As Nicole Martin (a human, I believe) highlighted in a recent Forbes article , “The Washington Post has a robot reporting program called Heliograf.

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2019)

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Based on the top Talking Logistics posts and videos this quarter, it’s clear that transportation management remains a hot topic of interest — everything from how to navigate the twists and turns of the market to how to leverage transportation management systems (TMS) and emerging technologies to drive continuous improvement. Even our most popular post, which dealt with excess inventory and yard management, had a transportation bent to it.

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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.

The Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping

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It’s something we’ve wondered about, along with our customers: do carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more than single-stop, or does it only seem that way? We decided to find out.

Redefining Logistics Management in a Digital World

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According to the 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report , released in April 2017, 80 percent of executives surveyed believe that digital supply chain will be the predominant model within five years. Sixteen percent think the era of the digital supply chain is already here.

Deliver On-Time and In-Full with a Retail Consolidation Program

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The pace of change in today’s retail environment is faster than ever. E-commerce and shifting, more demanding consumer behaviors have led retailers to tighten requirements for shippers across the board. Penalties for late or partial shipments are steep and can make or break a shipper’s relationship with a retailer. Shippers can mitigate this challenge with a retail consolidation program. So what is a retail consolidation program? How does it work? And what are the benefits to shippers?

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The Missing Bookmark: Customer Experience vs. Expectations

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Last week, at the Four Seasons resort in Orlando, I attended a meeting organized by a leading logistics service provider for its sales executives. I moderated several workshops and a fireside chat with the attendees. One of the topics that we discussed was customer experience.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (April 1-5, 2019)

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“I’m worst at what I do best.”. Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, killed himself 25 years ago today. I remember the first time I saw the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on MTV, back in the days when MTV still played music videos.

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Have You Missed the Most Valuable Aspect of Your Transportation Management System (TMS)?

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Transportation cost savings is usually cited as the number one reason companies invest in a transportation management system (TMS), but does the value go beyond that? When it comes to getting the most value from a TMS, what can we learn from leaders in the industry? Those are the main questions I discussed with Chris Jones, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Services at Descartes Systems Group , during a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

This Week in Logistics News (March 11-15, 2019)

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On Wednesday morning I flew down to Miami for a client meeting. It wasn’t until I boarded the airplane and placed my bag under the seat in front of me that I noticed this: Yes, I flew on a Boeing 737-MAX 8 on Wednesday, and a few hours after I landed, the U.S.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

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I was in Orlando, Florida this week moderating workshops for a logistics service provider client. I was hoping for 70F+ weather, but even Florida fell victim to the Polar Vortex, with temperatures only in the 50s (which felt tropical, nonetheless, compared to Chicago and Boston).

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

How the Latest Government Shutdown Affects Today’s Transportation Professionals

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Whenever a government shutdown happens, there are bound to be areas of disruption within our industry. As it currently stands, the December 2018 shutdown is only a partial closing.