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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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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.

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!

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?”

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.

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?

This Week in Logistics News (July 2-6, 2018)

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It’s been a long hot week here in Boston, and even though we had the 4th of July holiday tucked in the middle, I still feel like I need another break.

Real-time Capacity Matching: Making Brokers More Efficient

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The real-time freight visibility space was particularly hot in 2017, with two major acquisitions announced last year, including Descartes’s acquisition of MacroPoint in August 2017. Demand for these solutions, from both shippers and brokers, continues to grow because companies want to identify and implement better ways to plan and execute their transportation and logistics operations, which is what ultimately delivers value.

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.

Offer 2-Day Shipping to Your Customers by Distributing Your Inventory

ShipBob isn’t a traditional 3PL. They offer 2-day shipping using integrated technology and by splitting inventory across fulfillment centers in the largest US cities to ship orders from locations closer to customers, reducing costs and time in transit.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (June 18-22, 2018)

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Earlier this month, I retired my old headshot photo and starting using a new one. Today, I’m temporarily replacing it with this drawing of me that my daughter — the one heading to college this fall — drew way back when she was 2 years old.

Logistics Center of Excellence: Delivering Value to Organizations

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Perhaps the most overworked word in the supply chain management lexicon is “visibility.” Yet it’s difficult to overstate the importance of a view into what’s going on in the supply chain. After all, you can’t source, make, move, store, deliver, measure or improve what you can’t see.

This Week in Logistics News (June 11-15, 2018)

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If you were stranded on a desert island with a boom box and one music cassette, which band and album would you be listening to? It’s an easy question for me to answer: Depeche Mode and Violator.

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 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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IoT Speeds Over-the-Road Shipment Tracking

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If you’re a global supply chain executive, you’ve got a challenging job. A job that was once as simple as moving goods around now involves managing relationships with suppliers and service providers all around the globe, while also keeping track of the goods as your shipments move closer to their destination.

Delivery is the Product: Takeaways from Transplace’s Shipper Symposium 2018

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“Consumers are the disruptive force today, not technology.”. So stated Ken Hughes , a leading consumer and shopper behaviouralist, in his keynote presentation at Trasnsplace’s 16th Annual Shipper Symposium a couple of weeks ago.

This Week in Logistics News (June 4-8, 2018)

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I graduated from high school 30 years ago. I was co-valedictorian, but if you ask me what I spoke about that day, I honestly don’t remember — other than a vague recollection of either me or my classmate referencing Billy Joel’s song, “This Is the Time,” in our speech.

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.

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.

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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This Week in Logistics News (May 28 – June 1, 2018)

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I’ve been using the same headshot photo for over 16 years. Whenever I email it to conference organizers for speaking engagements , I expect them to reply back with a “Come on Adrian, are you kidding me?!” — but I keep getting away with it.

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What’s Driving the Increase in Transportation Management Technology Spend?

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DC Velocity and Descartes have conducted a transportation benchmark study for the last two years to help transportation professionals understand what is driving the market, and how the strategy and tactics of top performers differ from the rest of the pack.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Tariffs and Trade War: What Should Supply Chain Executives Do?

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Trade Wars! It’s on everyone’s mind, especially with the new tariffs the United States and China have imposed on each other. It’s not like there aren’t already enough risks and disruptive forces in supply chains and logistics. Why should supply chain executives care about these threats? What actions should they take today to respond effectively? What capabilities are required to adequately explore and analyze the many “What If” questions companies should be asking?

The Answer Isn’t More Truck Drivers – It’s More Information

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The Trump Administration’s new infrastructure plan is making for a booming construction industry. Great news, however, there is a downside; the high demand of materials mixed with decreasing numbers of truck drivers – it just doesn’t add up.

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

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Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2017

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Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Most of the conferences on our list are in the U.S., although some are in Europe, South America, and Asia.

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 (May 14-18, 2018)

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Editor’s Pick: TMS Best Practices – Your Strategy For Modern Technology

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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. In this post, the project44 team highlights the importance of network connectivity, real-time information, and business intelligence and analytics in maximizing the value delivered by transportation management systems (TMS).

Time to Replace Your TMS? Three Ways to Tell

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Deciding whether and when to replace a piece of supply chain software is a tricky balance: You can’t wait until your operations (or customers) are significantly affected by cumbersome processes or the lack of visibility, yet you know the inefficiencies of your current software are holding you back.

Combating Intermodal Market Challenges & Costs

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It’s both an interesting and rather chaotic time in the intermodal market. The electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate is in full effect, and there have been some widespread market changes as a result.

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.