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

Talking Logistics

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.

Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive


shippers need an efficient and effective Distribution Center (DC) to support this consumer spending peak that takes place typically at this time of the year. Benchmark DC Systems to Handle the Volume.

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Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive


shippers need an efficient and effective Distribution Center (DC) to support this consumer spending peak that takes place typically at this time of the year. Benchmark DC Systems to Handle the Volume.

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8 DC and Warehouse Slotting Considerations for More Efficient Warehouse Operations


First Things First, Do You have all The Tools To Set You Up for DC Or Warehouse Slotting? Your Warehouse Management System (WMS) must reflect these storage locations for proper location control in your warehouse or DC. All we’re doing here, in the kitchen example, is making sure those things we use the most frequently are the most easily accessible in the warehouse or DC. You should concentrate on this 20% and have them available for picking upfront in your warehouse or DC.

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Consider This When Choosing Your Next DC Location

PLS Logistics

When a company outgrows its distribution capacity, it expands by opening a new distribution center (DC). The best approach to choosing your new DC location is to evaluate your entire logistics strategy. Transportation Capacity Managed Transportation distribution

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DC Velocity: For Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and LeanCor Supply Chain Group, the Feeling is Mutual


Carrier Management Transportation Management supply chain insightsMitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and LeanCor Supply Chain Group simultaneously act as buyer and supplier to each other—to the benefit of both.

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Four Signs It’s Time to Optimize Your Distribution Center


But growth can severely strain an outmoded distribution center (DC), hampering productivity and fulfillment capabilities. In this two part blog series, I’ll offer some thoughts on the best way to optimize your existing and future DC to meet growing demands. It should be noted that a DC optimization […]. Blog Service Supply Chain Supply Chain Design Supply Chain Operations Transportation What's New DC Distribution Optimization Richard Koch SCOPs Supply Chain

Four Truths About DC Robots, Jobs, And Warehouse Execution


As robots find their place in the DC, warehouse operators will face new challenges in coordinating and optimizing the work of humans and their robotic coworkers. Robots Are Not Killing DC Jobs. And I doubt that robots will have dire effects on DC employment in the next five years.

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Weseley Discusses the Need for TMS Creativity in DC Velocity


The fast-changing world of transportation is facing issues not thought of 15-20 years ago, when most TMS systems were designed. Read the full article, Keep Calm and Let the TMS Decide , at DC Velocity.

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4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Talking Logistics

Managing transportation — the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations — is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party.

Dedicated Fleet: A Growing Piece of the Transportation Puzzle

Talking Logistics

A month earlier, in a post titled “ What is the Future of Truckload Transportation? ,” I highlighted how leading carriers like JB Hunt and Swift Transportation were prioritizing intermodal, dedicated, and brokerage services over generic truckload services. Fast forward to today and the puzzle pieces of transportation are still changing. Hunt Transport Services Inc., Swift Transportation Co. Is it time to redesign your transportation network?

Toys“R”Us, Canada partners with SCI Logistics to Open New DC

Supply Chain Network

The company operates an extensive national distribution infrastructure, coupled with the most comprehensive parcel delivery and transportation network in the country, serviced by over 1200 team members. To better accommodate its customers in Western Canada, Toys“R”Us, Canada has partnered with SCI Logistics to open a new distribution centre in Delta, British Columbia. The 180,000 sq.

Supply Chain News on Trip Report for the enVista Fuel Conference

Supply Chain Digest

Omnichannel Strategies, DC Labor Crisis, Transportation Cost Containment, More

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ChainLink Research: Agile Retailer - Linking Allocation and Transportation


Think about it: If inventory is constantly in motion, then shouldn’t the transportation strategy be linked to this more dynamic allocation strategy ? Linking Transportation to Allocation. Transportation was not a big focus area for most retailers, but that is beginning to change.

E-Commerce DC Site Selection: Connecting the Dots

Inbound Logistics

E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure

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Increasing Transportation and Logistics Sales Using CRM with Troy Goode

The Logistics of Logistics

Podcast Summary: In this podcast, Joe interviews Troy Goode, Co-Founder and CTO of Lanetix, about increasing transportation and logistics sales for companies using customer relationship management (CRM). Lanetix catering only to the transportation and logistics industry.

Transportation Providers are not All Happy About Visibility


At a recent CSCMP meeting, I attended a session of transportation providers called “Supply Chain Visibility and the Possible Legal Implications” – and the participants shared some insights into their serious concerns about the implications of visibility in the transport world. Jason Beardall, from England Logistics , Tamara Goorevitz , a lawyer who deals with lawsuits and litigation around transportation, shared insights into this issue.

Transportation Network Planning: Public and Private Common Ground

Supply Chain View from the Field

I spent the day in Washington DC listening to a variety of really intelligent people talk about transportation planning models. As a result of the sudden explosion in the need for this sand, which has a very specific quality characteristic that is required, the entire transportation landscape is changing, wiht increased pressure on railroads and highways never seen before. Analytics Logistics Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Strategy Transportation Planning

The Latest on Transportation Funding and Regulations

Talking Logistics

Transportation is a hot topic in Washington, DC right now, as debate continues on Hours of Service and how to fix the Highway Trust Fund. Robinson , will provide an update on what’s happening with transportation funding and several important regulations, and he’ll discuss why this matters for shippers and carriers and what they should do to today to stay ahead of the curve. Live Episode: Thursday, July 10 at 12:00 ET.

Transportation Strategy in a Constrained Infrastructure: 30th SCRC Meeting Kicks Off Today

Supply Chain View from the Field

The 30 th SCRC meeting kicked off today with a theme on “Transportation Strategy in an Infrastructure Constrained Environment”. This is a theme that was discussed a year ago at a conference in DC on Transportation Infrastructure, over coffee with William Lucas from Caterpillar. We talked about focusing on transportation as an issue that needs to be specifically addressed.

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

Talking Logistics

Your company wants to know the potential impact of: DC location and capability changes. Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Descartes Transportation Management Transportation Management Systems Descartes Systems Group dynamic routing fleet management TMS vehicle routing

Supply Chain News on Analysts at Baird Say We May See Amazon Transportation and Logistics Soon, as it Continues to Open DCs at Frantic Pace

Supply Chain Digest

Opportunity is There, Baird Says, for Numerous Amazon 3PL Services, While Company DC Count Up 21 in Last Yeaer to 173

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Top 12 logistics influencers on Twitter


From logistics service providers to news publications to industry bloggers, these experts will keep you updated with the latest news and insights from the world of logistics and transportation. Cerasis, a 3PL servicing North America, is no stranger to the transportation and shipping industry.

What Distribution Centers Need to Enhance Speed and Accuracy

PLS Logistics

The survey respondents included hundreds of logistics, DC and IT professionals across the US and Europe. Transportation Supply Chain Productivity TechnologyA recent study by Honeywell and YouGov indicates the substantial impact e-commerce demands have on warehouse design and technology adoption. The survey predicts that adoption of mobile and voice-recognition solutions will increase in the next five years.

Why a Demand Signal Repository is key to a shelf-connected supply chain

The Network Effect

Mirroring store-level ordering policies by writing algorithms that estimate store order policy logic at the DC so that CPG companies can optimize both replenishment and transportation. Yuko Honda/Flickr.

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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.

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2016)

Talking Logistics

Why Use Augmented Reality in Your Warehouse or DC? 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 planningIt’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.

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Distribution in China takes a detour

Supply Chain Movement

Regional DC. It therefore opened a regional distribution centre (DC) for those three countries, based in the same free trade zone as its existing factory. From there the pushchairs are shipped to local DCs in China, Japan and South Korea for crossdocking and transport to retailers.

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Bucking the 80/20 Trend: 4 Key Benefits of Adopting a Digital Yard

Talking Logistics

Now, because of the costs involved in transporting freight, companies have a tendency to focus their attention and capital around the actual movement of goods. Two dock doors aren’t operating properly and, as a result, the inflow of goods into the DC is slower than usual.

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Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency


Warehouse management rests at the heart of an effective transportation management strategy , and an inefficient, error-laden system results in poor shipping procedures, poor customer satisfaction, and deviations from best practices. Fortunately, a dedicated transportation management system (TMS) in combination with a warehouse management system (WMS) can reduce, if not eliminate, these errors. However, the distribution center (DC) or warehouse sees this as an additional cost.

Does Your TMS Support Rail’s Unique Requirements?

Talking Logistics

If rail is a key part of your transportation plan, how can you be sure your TMS effectively supports rail’s unique requirements? Simply put, if rail is a key part of your transportation plan, make sure that the TMS solutions you evaluate can support rail’s unique requirements.

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The Final-Mile Blind Spot in Omni-Channel Planning

Logistics Viewpoints

In either case, as manufacturers, retailers and 3PLs invest millions of dollars to provide a truly seamless, fully integrated buying experience, many continue to overlook the significant costs and complexities of the “final mile” between DC and the […].

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The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. Over the past five years, our transportation department in Mexico has demonstrated continued improvement in the area of efficiency. Packaging Regulations Sustainability Transportation Management C.H. Last Friday, the U.S.

Early ‘Internet of Things’ Pilots Proved Supply Chain Benefits of RFID Pallets

Supply Chain Network

Key to both of these pilots were RFID enabled pallets and the first project was the SCN Grocery Pilot which was carried out utilizing RFID at the pallet level for automated Distribution Centre (DC) receiving.

Case Musti Group: Thriving in a Complex, Multinational, Supply Chain Environment

RELEX Solutions

The stores are replenished from two distribution centers (DCs), main DC in Sweden and other one in Finland. They also have a DC in Riihimäki which serves e-commerce customers and two DCs for frozen food. For instance, when the project started, the main DC was in Finland.