This Week in Logistics News (July 13-17, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Now, this week’s supply chain and logistics news, which was dominated by transportation-related items: Are Imports Moving to the East Coast? And here’s a chart they included in the post: Source: [link]. When it comes to transportation infrastructure funding, it’s the same old story.

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7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

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

Talking Logistics

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). Uber Freight: Transportation Facility Brand Managers.

This Week in Logistics News (April 11-15, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, a sad and scary day, especially those of us living in the Boston area. May their memory continue to be a source of strength and comfort to their families and friends and us all.

How to Move Forward with Reverse Logistics

Talking Logistics

The critical difference is that transportation is the last step in forward logistics and the first with reverse, which can cause problems. Mr. Bentz has more than four decades in supply chain consulting, transportation and logistics, and currently leads Transplace Consulting Services.

This Week in Logistics News (April 3-7, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Rapid temperature cycling due to crazy Boston weather. It didn’t take long for the recently rebranded BluJay Solutions to make its first acquisition: Blackbay , “a leading provider of mobility-enabled solutions for the transport and logistics industry.” My garage door is crumpled.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 27-31, 2015)

Talking Logistics

I’m taking the day off from work today, heading to Boston with my mom and my wife and kids, and we’re just going to pass the day in the city. Source: Amazon. Regulations Robots This Week in News Transportation Management Systems Amazon C.H.

Why CPG Demand Forecasting Has Hit a Ceiling


Boston Consulting Group talks about how the “endless aisles” of the internet and omni-channel sales increase product assortment. Identifying the sources of error in the forecast builds greater accountability for the forecast. Most CPG companies have hit a demand forecasting ceiling.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy


In May, 2014 Raytheon gathered a group of its largest suppliers in Boston, MA to discuss the launch of the company’s Supplier Advisory Council. Supply chain concepts are generally understood in a linear pattern of consecutive planning in the form of plan-source-make-distribute-return/dispose.

Is The Creative Class Coming To A City Near You?

Supply Chain Insights

Aside from a short stint living in Europe, I’ve always lived in Boston, MA. As I got older, and progressed in my career, I stayed in Boston because of different reasons. Cities with creative knowledge workers will redefine transportation, commerce, and social systems.

10 Ways IoT Can Improve Supply Chains


By 2020, Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Utilities industries are projected to spend $40B each on IoT platforms, systems, and services. IoT adoption is flourishing in manufacturing, transportation & logistics and utilities.

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

Talking Logistics

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.

Is Mexico the World's Next Manufacturing Hub?


In addition, per the Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing in Mexico is about 4 percent cheaper now than in China — compared to being 6 percent more expensive over a decade ago. Mexico may become the global manufacturing nerve center if the country plays its cards right.

The Efficient Frontier Awaits


You would be amazed at the gains you can achieve by identifying sources of inventory and optimizing buffers based on where you are now. This is also a good time to evaluate transportation costs. of Boston University and Michael Martin of Stanley Black & Decker.

Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

Material Handling & Logistics

Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. A look at the supply chain readiness of several major U.S. cities, and their adoption of smart-city technologies.

How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need


They will deliver free, fresh salads and bowls to hospitals in the cities they serve: DC Area, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, and Houston. H&M , the world’s second largest fashion retailer, said it would use its supply network to source personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) evolving at such a rapid pace, the ShipBob team wants to help those in need.

Are Mexican Trucks and Drivers Safe on U.S. Roads?

Talking Logistics

After an almost 20-year delay, The Department of Transportation announced last Friday that Mexican trucking companies will soon be able to to apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States. Regulations Transportation Management

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The end of just-in-time?


Companies traditionally focused on optimizing inventory, leveraging offshore sourcing and just-in-time processes to reduce costs. Both were exposed badly during the crisis,” notes Rajesh Shetty, Associate Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

This Week in Logistics News (February 19-23, 2018)

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Apple in talks with miners to secure cobalt supplies: sources (Reuters). Transplace Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance. For another case study example, see The Boston Globe: A Home Delivery and Outsourcing Failure.).

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

CH Robinson Transportfolio

These observations were made in the white paper by Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Source: Boston Consulting Group. Global Transportation Logistics Panama Canal Ports Shippers

The things we’ve seen, in 2019

DELMIA Quintiq

Thus far, we’ve shared seven stories of individuals who are working hard towards their sustainability goals, in a wide range of sectors: medicine, farming, transportation and more. Here we are, just about to turn the calendar to 2020. As we end the year (and the decade!)

50 expert tips on supply chain management

6 River Systems

One is time to recover (TTR), the time it would take for a particular node in the supply chain — a supplier facility, a distribution center, or a transportation hub — to be restored to full functionality after a disruption. Develop alternative sources and diversify value chains.

America’s Manufacturing Future: Hope or Hype?

Enterra Insights

Trade wars, renegotiated trade deals, technology advancements, rising transportation costs, and a growing global middle class have all contributed to a more complex international economic environment. 2] Boston Consulting Group analysts, Harold L. “For the past few decades,” they write, “the scramble for competitive advantage in manufacturing has largely revolved around finding new and abundant sources of low-cost labor.

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

CH Robinson Transportfolio

These observations were made in the white paper by Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Source: Boston Consulting Group. Global Transportation Logistics Panama Canal Ports ShippersEast and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion.Transportfolio.

Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

Supply Chain @ MIT

The Lab is part of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. The other members of the consortium are the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which leads the current initiative, the Boston Children’s Hospital, Avenir Analytics, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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Freight Rates Drop as Overcapacity Continues to Rise

GTG Technology Group

The Boston Consulting Group points to increasing container capacity and projects the gap between the demand for goods and the oversupply in vessels will be 2 million to 3.3 Sources: [link]. Industry News CONTAINER OVERCAPACITY gtg technology group intermodal transportation logistics management OVERCAPACITY Transportation industryContainer Shipping Overcapacity Expected to Increase.

28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

As if this wasn’t enough, transportation costs are rising and forcing companies to constantly adjust and optimize. And because transportation costs are easily one of our bigger expenses, we’re always looking for ways we can do things more efficiently.

Four Strategies To Deploy As Supply Chain Hits Main Street

Supply Chain Shaman

Most are clueless about driving a better-planned order flow from tactical planning to procurement or transportation planning or how to improve forecast-value-added (FVA) processes. Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, Cap Gemini, Deloitte, E&Y, IBM, and McKinsey, they get more of the same.

Next-Gen Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

But, if we are to truly transform supply chain management, we do need the ability to envision, design, and blueprint a solution for operationalizing e-2-e transportation management, if not for the entire supply chain. Transportation now accounts for about 63% of total supply chain cost, so it is vital to get right. Mr. Bentz has more than four decades in supply chain consulting, transportation and logistics, and currently leads Transplace Consulting Services.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 9 Progressive Information Technology Movements Moving Manufacturing into Industry 4.0


This is a summary post of the 9 pillars of technological advance report from Boston Consulting Group. I came across a great primer from Boston Consulting Group that neatly describes the nine pillars of technological advancement that underpin Industry 4.0,