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Uberization of Logistics Has Arrived

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For an industry that is forever on the move, the world of logistics is in a perennial state of change, facing numerous challenges and vague demands. Staying ahead in this dynamic landscape can be quite a roller coaster.

We Have Lift Off!

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The Logistics of Logistics magazine has officially launched! While, Elon Musk and his SpaceX crew launching a Tesla into space got a little more press than our launch, my merry band of collaborators and I are thrilled none the less. So Why Launch a Magazine?

Blockchain Basics Webinar

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Beyond Buzzwords – An Introduction to Blockchain for Business Leaders. With all the buzzwords flying around, it can be difficult to separate Blockchain hype from business reality.

Do People Skills Matter in the World of Logistics?

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How you develop your sales team has a big impact on your logistics business. Even as the industry is becoming more data driven than ever before and cutting-edge software is increasingly used to manage freight from start to finish, the development of your sales team is still important.

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.

Cold Chain – Why Is It Growing So Fast?

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The Cold Chain is Booming. Between now and 2020, the cold chain is predicted to grow 15% CAGR according to industry analysts. It is growing much faster than the world’s economy and the rest of the logistics sector. So what exactly is the cold chain and why is it growing so fast? Cold Chain – A Brief Overview. A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain for perishable food products, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals in order to maintain their quality and increase their shelf-life.

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What are the main 3PL Services?

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Admiral E. King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics.

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Food Safety Modernization Act in a Nutshell

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is detailed and complicated. I like simple, so I decided to write a simple overview of the FSMA. What Is The Food Safety Modernization Act?

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Digital Ship Announces The Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam With A Special Focus On The Digital Supply Chain And Logistics Market

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PRESS RELEASE 15.06.2017. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Digitalisation is re-shaping the world and creating increased opportunity for development and innovation. Revolutionary concepts plus the evolution and advancement of existing platforms are providing unparalleled growth opportunities for shipping and related transport and supply chain infrastructure.

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.

Patterson Pope’s 5 KPIs for Managing a Warehouse

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The warehouse is one of the most important links of the supply chain. It’s crucial to optimize warehouse management operations in order to compete with other businesses. Key performance indicators (KPIs) give you a means to measure how well you are doing and make the right adjustments. They allow you to set benchmarks and improve your business practices. The better you can quantify warehouse functions, the more you can increase output and improve the bottom line.

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ELD, Driver Fatigue and Safety with Dean Croke

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Download the audio file. Podcast Summary: Today’s guest is Dean Croke , Chief Analytics Officer at FreightWaves. Growing up in Australia, his family owned and operated a trucking business.

3PL Sales Platform Interview

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Recently, I was interviewed by my friend and colleague, Dustin Mattison. Dustin is a supply chain expert who blogs about logistics and supply chain topics for Kinaxis. Transcripts from the Interview: It’s been several months since we did our last interview.

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Cold Chain – Why Is It Growing So Fast?

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The Cold Chain is Booming. Between now and 2020, the cold chain is predicted to grow 15% CAGR according to industry analysts. It is growing much faster than the world’s economy and the rest of the logistics sector. So what exactly is the cold chain and why is it growing so fast? Cold Chain – A Brief Overview. A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain for perishable food products, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals in order to maintain their quality and increase their shelf-life.

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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.

How to find a great freight forwarder

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I often hear from novice shippers: “How can I find a great freight forwarder?”. The truth is that finding a great freight forwarder is actually rather easy. Here are nine items to look for when searching for the best freight forwarder for your company: Research, Research, Research.

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Retail Internet Convergence

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Retail Internet Convergence is the explosive arrival and growth of mobile commerce that will have a significant impact on the way businesses are managed in the future, from revenue and logistics to the supply chain and bottom line.

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TMS Study 2015

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The smart folks at Software Advice have published an insightful new transportation management software study titled Transportation Management Software – Small Business BuyerView. What is a Transportation Management Software?

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Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014

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Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014. Order fulfillment has seen a rise in technology in 2014 and there is now a large offering of advanced products to help make your warehouse function more efficient. With software plugged into your warehouse management system, picking and shipping orders has become a lot more accurate. The result is a better operation that will save you both time and money.

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.

What are the main 3PL Services?

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Admiral E. King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. We have the same problem in the 3PL business.

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Food Safety Modernization Act in a Nutshell

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is detailed and complicated. I like simple, so I decided to write a simple overview of the FSMA. What Is The Food Safety Modernization Act? The Food Safety Modernization Act is the biggest overhaul of food safety oversight in the history of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The goal is to make food safer from farm to fork. The law also covers imported food, which now accounts for about 15% of the food consumed in the United States.

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Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

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Introduction. Although UPS and Fedex may seem like the best options due to their prevalence, it’s important to look into alternative small parcel carriers. These carriers may be able to provide greater flexibility at a similar or lower price.

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10 Ways to Minimize the Impact of LTL Rate Increases

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LTL rate increases are here and I believe they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. The price and tonnage increases for the carriers is a good thing. Of course, no shipper or 3PL wants to pay more, but we all need good healthy carriers.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Cold Chain – Why Is It Growing So Fast?

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The Cold Chain is Booming. Between now and 2020, the cold chain is predicted to grow 15% CAGR according to industry analysts. It is growing much faster than the world’s economy and the rest of the logistics sector. So what exactly is the cold chain and why is it growing so fast? Cold Chain – A Brief Overview. A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain for perishable food products, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals in order to maintain their quality and increase their shelf-life.

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Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends of 2014

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Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends. These trends stand to impact the transportation and logistics industry, with some already taking hold and others unfolding gradually. Each trend has the potential to transform the logistics industry. Trend #1: Cloud Computing Becomes the New Way of Doing Business. Cloud computing shows promise for further growth and transformation in 2014. Cloud computing offers newer, better, and more flexible ERP solutions.

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The 5 Largest LTL Carriers

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The 5 largest LTL carriers together have $16.2 billion in annual revenues and 46.4% market share. Each of the top five companies has a national footprint with tons of resources and top notch teams. There is a brief profile of each of the carriers below. The 5 Largest LTL Carriers. Largest LTL Carrier: FedEx Freight. FedEx Freight is the largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $5.3B in sales (estimated 2012). FedEx Freight has a market share of 14.9%.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

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Highly effective 3PLs have developed the right habits, culture and processes to deliver excellent service to their clients. Innovation and new technology are obviously important, but when evaluating a 3PL, go with the one that excels at blocking and tackling. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs. Habit 1 – Excellent Communication. The best 3PLs do a great job of communicating with their clients and logistics partners.

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.

How To Find a Great Freight Forwarder

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I often hear from novice shippers: “How can I find a great freight forwarder?”. The truth is that finding a great freight forwarder is actually rather easy. Here are nine items to look for when searching for the best freight forwarder for your company: Research, Research, Research. Before seeking out a great freight forwarder, it would make sense for a shipper to understand what a freight forwarder does. By using the web, a shipper can research a freight forwarder’s legal requirements.

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

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Every industry seems to have its silver bullet for creating improvement. If you know the buzzwords and “tools” for the system of choice you can become a guru, sitting on top of the mountain dispensing golden pearls of wisdom for all to wonder at. At least, that’s the idea. My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. A good friend of mine recently introduced me to the Art of Agile Development for software projects.

TMS Study 2015

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The smart folks at TMS software research firm Software Advice have published an insightful new transportation management software study titled Transportation Management Software – Small Business BuyerView. What is a Transportation Management Software? A transportation management software (TMS) is a subset of Supply Chain Management (SCM) software focused on transport logistics. The TMS serves as the logistics hub in a collaborative network of shippers, carriers and customers.

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TMS Study 2015

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The smart folks at TMS software research firm Software Advice have published an insightful new transportation management software study titled Transportation Management Software – Small Business BuyerView. What is a Transportation Management Software? A transportation management software (TMS) is a subset of Supply Chain Management (SCM) software focused on transport logistics. The TMS serves as the logistics hub in a collaborative network of shippers, carriers and customers.

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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.