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Preparing Your Supply Chain for the Holidays

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For most companies with supply chains to manage, the holiday season from Halloween through New Year’s Eve is an incredibly busy time. Shoppers stock up on everything from costumes to cranberry sauce to candy canes, and suppliers need to be prepared to meet the peaks and valleys of consumer demand.

This Week in Logistics News (November 5-9, 2018)

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The minivan passed me as I was cycling up a never-ending hill, arms waving from open windows. The van pulled over a few hundred feet ahead, arms still waving from the windows. They must want to high-five me , I thought, so I raised my arm as I passed them and slapped their hands.

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?”

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

This Week in Logistics News (October 22-26, 2018)

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What does it feel like to cycle in 29F weather going 17.2 mph for 27 miles? I found out this past Monday when I went out for my final training ride before shipping my bike to Santa Fe, NM for the JDRF Ride to Cure.

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!

Still Managing Exceptions Manually? How a TMS Can Help

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In the good old days, your transportation management system (TMS) could manage nearly all of your transportation workflows. For the exceptions that did pop up, you could dutifully handle them manually, which took some effort but wasn’t a colossal burden on your time.

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Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Visibility

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Do a Delivery Network Re-Route Now

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Despite the value of dynamic daily routing, many distribution-oriented companies cannot take advantage of it because of customer delivery window, driver or commercial restrictions.

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

Last Mile Programs Deliver for Seasonal Surges

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Holidays are synonymous with food-centric gatherings, from traditional family feasts to social soirees.

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.

Bucking the Trend in Transportation – Simultaneously Cap Rate Growth and Beat Capacity Constraints

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Successful TMS Implementations Begin 6 Months Before Project Kick-off

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Why do transportation management systems (TMS) implementations get off track? When the implementation team doesn’t know what they don’t know.

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 (October 15-19, 2018)

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How cold does it have to get inside your house before you accept reality and turn on the heat? Is wearing a jacket and hat while watching the Red Sox game in your family room a visual cue that the time has come?

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.

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

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More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on.

This Week in Logistics News (October 8-12, 2018)

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The VP of Supply Chain and Logistics at our house (aka my wife) has been out of the country this week.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

This Week in Logistics News (October 29 – November 2, 2018)

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I’m in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico this morning. As you read this, I’ll be doing a short tune-up ride in preparation for tomorrow’s JDRF Ride to Cure cycling event. Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,200 feet.

This Week in Logistics News (October 1-5, 2018)

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7 years ago yesterday, my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11. It’s not an anniversary that we celebrate, but one that reminds of us of the sharp turns and potholes we sometimes encounter on the road of life, usually when we least expect them.

Editor’s Pick: Be a Digital Disruptor and Win

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Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post from Elemica’s blog discusses the role of Digital Supply Networks in enabling digital transformation journeys. A digital disruption is a transformation that is caused by emerging digital technologies and business models.

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 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 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.

Navigating Tariff Changes and the Global Trade Environment

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It’s not often that global trade news repeatedly makes it into the headlines, but that’s been the case this year as the U.S. and China impose tit-for-tat tariffs on each other, NAFTA gets renegotiated, and the uncertainty around Brexit continues (among many other trade-related developments). What impact are these changes having on importers and exporters? What actions should companies take in response to these tariff changes and associated risks?

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This Week in Logistics News (September 24-28, 2018)

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Since I’ll be speaking in three sessions at next week’s CSCMP Edge 2018 conference , I’ll be busy today finalizing my preparations. It’s also the end of the month and the end of the quarter, which means I need to put on my finance and payroll hats later today to complete those administrative tasks.

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.

Get more “aha” moments in 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.

This Week in Logistics News (September 17-21, 2018)

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Another Friday, another flight home from a conference. This time I’ll be returning from enVista’s FUEL 2018 conference where I am giving a keynote presentation this morning on Defining Your Own Logistics Competitive Weapon. Stay tuned for my takeaways from the conference in a future post.

The New NAFTA: What’s Changed? What’s the Impact?

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Renegotiating the almost 25-year-old NAFTA trade agreement has been a priority of the current U.S. administration, and after a lot of back and forth negotiations between the US, Mexico, and Canada over the past year, a new agreement has been reached which is set to be signed soon. What’s changed? How will these changes impact companies, particularly those that trade with Mexico? What actions should shippers take in response?

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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).

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.

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