The Boston Globe: A Home Delivery and Outsourcing Failure

Talking Logistics

It’s a story that made the headlines in The Boston Globe this week, but about 10 percent of the newspaper’s subscribers weren’t able to read about it because, well, they were the victims of this story. As reported by the Globe: [Boston Globe CEO] Sheehan, in two interviews, acknowledged ACI warned of disruptions, but not of the level of vast failure Globe subscribers are experiencing. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

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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? Robinson and the Boston Consulting Group published a research report on the potential impact the Panama Canal expansion could have on logistics strategies and operations (watch my conversation with two of the authors in a recent episode of Talking Logistics ). When it comes to transportation infrastructure funding, it’s the same old story.

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Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2016)

Talking Logistics

It’s hard to believe that we’re more than a quarter of the way through 2016 already — and that it’s snowing here in Boston today, the first Monday in April. The Boston Globe: A Home Delivery and Outsourcing Failure. 3PL Transportation Management Transportation Management Systems augmented reality Chipotle omni-channel parcel shipping Sears SOLAS The Boston Globe TMS top episodes top posts transportation workforce planning

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How Do Supply Chain & Transportation Leaders Get Started Using Their Big Data Strategy?


As explained by the Boston Consulting Group , supply chain leaders should gather all stakeholders from an organization. Alternatively, managers may want to implement big data in areas that would not necessarily require much change management, such as the actual transportation of goods and products after leaving the facility. LinkedIn The post How Do Supply Chain & Transportation Leaders Get Started Using Their Big Data Strategy? Data Supply Chain Transportation

Is Your Supply Chain Weatherproof?

Logistics Viewpoints

I learned this first-hand last week after record snowfall in the Boston area. Inventory Management Supply Chain Network Design Transportation Individuals living in the higher latitudes will tell you that ice dams on your roof are an omen of bad things to come. To minimize future damage, I set out to purchase a roof rake to clear the snow off of my […].

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Research: How the Panama Canal Expansion Will Impact U.S. Logistics

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Shippers should pay attention to this study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. The investment and routing decisions of rail and truck carriers, and the location of distribution centers, are likely to change, based on trade-offs that shippers make between the cost and speed of transportation. Global Transportation Logistics Supply Chain Transportation Market Transportation Policy Boston Consulting Group Panama Canal Expansion Ports Post-Panamax White Paper

Tive partners with Skyhook Wireless


Skyhook Wireless , a Boston based location technology company, had a vision over a decade ago: deliver a way to get hyper-accurate location data based on WiFi signals from access points where GPS is unreliable.

Supply Chain Movement 20 – Trends & Consulting

Supply Chain Movement

12 | Profile Hans Willems, Vice President Supply Chain Europe, Boston Scientific. A Boston Scientific medical device is used somewhere in the world every two seconds, but the company is much more than a medical device manufacturer. A decade of internal costsaving measures at Boston Scientific has led to creative, state-of-the-art solutions such as a genetic algorithm that calculates the optimum packaging size to minimise the amount of empty space being shipped.

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (July 19, 2019)

Talking Logistics

We’re getting ready for a heat wave here in Boston. News This Week in News Transportation Management Systems Death Valley Descartes MacroPoint drones ELD mandate JDRF Manhattan Associates Merck Newmine Nippon Express real-time freight visibility TMS Transplace transportation management systemsTemperatures are supposed to reach 100F tomorrow and Sunday.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

Transportation has followed the same evolutionary pattern, moving upstream from day-to-day freight transactions to an integral component of top-level corporate planning and procurement strategy. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging. Given the current market conditions, it is more critical than ever to elevate transportation procurement from a tactical to a strategic level.

6 Ways to Lower Your Inbound Transportation Cost

Freight Plus

Consider this, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group, a research firm in Boston. If you're buying on prepaid or delivered terms you're essentially allowing your suppliers to manage your freight and profit off the transportation costs. Transportation Management System. "Am I paying too much for my inbound freight?" - John C. Granby, CT.

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. February 2016 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 0.7 3PL Global Trade This Week in News Transportation Management Amazon CargoSmart Descartes Freight Transportation Services Index GT Nexus ocean shipping Omnitracs Paragon Software Systems SOLAS

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. Prior to joining Transplace, Mr. Bentz spent 21 years with Andersen Consulting/Accenture, where he was a managing director in supply chain management, responsible for supply chain transportation.

ToolsGroup’s Michael Haiber and Stefano Novati Named Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” for 2021


BOSTON, March 17, 2021 – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, is proud to announce that ToolsGroup Director of Professional Services for Europe, Michael Haiber, and Vice President of Professional Services, Stefano Novati, were both named 2021 “Pros to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

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6 Things to Consider as You Plan Your 2016 Budget

Talking Logistics

You can read more on the topic in our recent white paper, Wide Open: How the Panama Canal Expansion Is Redrawing the Logistics Map [DK1] , which was written collaboratively with Boston Consulting Group. Sri is responsible for the global strategy, volumes and revenue for the ocean transportation. Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - CH Robinson Supply Chain & Logistics Trends Transportation Management bunker cost C.H.

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Supply chain gender gap the topic of focus at MIT event


by Leah McGuire Leah McGuire, Kerry Currier and Francini Ortiz at the 2019 MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Women in Supply Chain Summit, where the gender gap in supply chain was the topic of focus. Converse shoe display, Converse headquarter's lobby, Boston, MA. « ‹ 1 of 3 › ».

Expert Advice When Transitioning From A Manual Environment For The First Time

Freight Plus

joins the podcast to share her advice for a transportation operation ready to begin the transition from a manual environment to a digital one. Click here to attend the TransTech2020 forum on October 10, 2019 in Boston, MA. Get your free transportation data report at. Jill Clifford, President at Aborn & Co., Jill can be reached on. LinkedIn. Future proof your supply chain. today! Day01. Subscribe now on. iTunes. Spotify. ,

How to Create a Valuable Carrier Scorecard

Freight Plus

Click here to attend the TransTech2020 forum on October 10, 2019 in Boston, MA. Get your free transportation data report at. Jill Clifford, President at Aborn & Co., explains how to create a valuable scorecard when measuring carriers. Jill can be reached on. LinkedIn. Future proof your supply chain. today! Day01. Subscribe now on. iTunes. Spotify. , or simply search your favorite podcast player for Consulting Logistics

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. As reported by Transport Topics , “Truck drivers using the Uber Freight load-booking app can now rate shippers’ and receivers’ facilities and share feedback on factors such as wait times and amenities.”

This Week in Logistics News (September 8-12, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Roadnet Transportation Suite 3.6.7 July 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The two companies will pilot the in-store pickup option at select Austin and Boston stores in the next month…In the coming months, Instacart and Whole Foods Market expect to expand the in-store pickup option to all [15] cities Instacart serves. Moving on to software news, Roadnet Technologies launched Roadnet Transportation Suite version 3.6.

This Week in Logistics News (May 15-19, 2017)

Talking Logistics

The weather finally warmed up in Boston, although temperatures in the 90s so early in the season is not what I had hoped for. Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation launch solution to digitize maritime shipping. Supply Vision Launches New Transportation Management System Software, Supply Vision 3.0.

This Week in Logistics News (June 15-19, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Moving on to technology news, Cloud Logistics announced new enhancements to its transportation management system (TMS), including: Advanced third party logistics (3PL) capabilities to support complex hierarchical relationships and shipping rules. Finally, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Goods shipped from East Asia through West Coast ports are currently transported by rail and truck as far east as the Ohio River Valley.

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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.” Mobile technologies in transportation and logistics have come a long way over the past decade — that is, since the iPhone was first introduced, followed by Android devices. My garage door is crumpled. How did it happen?

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Supply Chain Education on a Global Scale [podcast]

Freight Plus

Work/life at John Deere in a developing nation.and the brutality of Boston winters. Get your free transportation data report at. Supply chain education has gone global! Listen in this week as Manish Patwal - a graduate student from MIT's Global SCALE Network and engineer at john Deere India joins us. We'll discuss studying abroad in India, Malaysia, and the USA. Future proof your supply chain. today! Day01. Subscribe now on. iTunes. Spotify. ,

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Marten Transport Ltd. Shippers are under enormous pressure to cut transportation costs and seem not to be satisfied with the massive fuel surcharge reductions racked up over the past year and a half.”. The orders are being fulfilled from about 160 Best Buy stores in markets that include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington.

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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. This is more than just birds of a feather flocking together in a few places on the planet (Silicon Valley, Boston’s Route 128, The Triangle in North Carolina, Austin, Seattle, Bangalore, Dublin and Sweden to name a few) and having an impact.

7 Factors of Solid Supply Chain Network Design

Supply Chain Opz

3) Mode of Transportation : since material flows from one point to another, you need to identify the mode of transportation that you''re currently using. Moreover, rate for " Boston to Chicago " may not be the same as " Chicago to Boston " 5) Warehousing Costs : fixed cost is relatively easy to find but variable costs such as labor cost can be tricky because it is not static.

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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. Moving on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Descartes Signs Agreement With SAP to Enhance Transportation Management Connectivity, Collaboration and Regulatory Compliance. Regulations Robots This Week in News Transportation Management Systems Amazon C.H.

The White House Shines a Light on Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Reports are required from the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of Agriculture. If America is going to reduce its reliance on China, Boston Consulting Group analysts assert wrenching decisions will have to be made. By now, most people have heard that a shortage of computer chips has significantly affected automobile production.

[e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management


Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group, a research firm in Boston. In this all new e-book, shippers will take away an understanding of inbound freight management to reduce costs, increase control, and gain more visibility into the front end of the supply chain function of transportation. How Big Is the Problem Of Inbound Freight Management?

Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

Talking Logistics

While these approaches can certainly deliver a significant return on investment (ROI), other strategies that can positively impact their transportation network are often overlooked – for example, thinking more strategically about capacity. It may be time to evaluate your transportation network and approach to procurement and make the move from simply fixing logistics problems as they present themselves to a more strategic, scalable model derived from analytics and not simply rates.

Shoveling Snow with a Dustpan (Takeaways from BluJay Solutions’ SOAR 2017 Conference)

Talking Logistics

This past April 1st, it snowed over 6 inches here in Boston. BluJay’s solution footprint is relatively broad, comprised of warehousing, transportation, commerce, and compliance applications, and following its acquisition of Blackbay last month , the company now has a suite of mobile applications (and a mobile development platform) too. Supply Chain Technology Trends Transportation Management Systems BluJay Solutions global trade network SOAR 2017 supply chain operating network

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. The Boston Consulting Group said at the 2015 Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Marketing Institute (GMA/FMI) supply chain conference that 22% of polled respondents said less accurate forecasts were one of their top hurdles to improving service. Most CPG companies have hit a demand forecasting ceiling. The good ones are breaking through.

Supply Chain Trends in 2016: A Year of Defining Change

CH Robinson Transportfolio

It’s been a big year for the transportation industry. They continue to span beyond an organization’s transportation professionals. Shippers want their people to be able to locate the trucks, see what’s on them, and know how they’re getting to their distribution centers—all without having to call the transportation department. Supply chains are complicated and we’re exposed to more risk with global transportation.

A Guide to Shipping Personal Items Overseas

I.C.E. Transport

If you’re moving overseas, you already have a ton on your mind—packing up your household, arranging transportation, maybe nailing down details about a job, or where you’ll live—and on and on.