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Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Our “ Research in Focus ” series highlights research conducted by select partners on timely and important trends impacting supply chain and logistics professionals today. Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. Subscribe to our blog to receive the full blog series via email and stay informed about the latest global logistics news and insight. .

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LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans

Cerasis

Black swans in the supply chain refer to unexpected, unusual disruptions within the supply chain, reports Melanie Nuce of Inbound Logistics. Shippers need to know why freight black swans are increasing, how using LTL to intermodal shipping options can reduce their incidence, and a few best practices to keep the use of intermodal from becoming a black swan itself. DOWNLOAD THE FREE RESOURCE HERE. DOWNLOAD CALCULATOR.

Unlocking the Value in Blockchain for Logistics

Cerasis

The value in blockchain for logistics is about more than just retaining information. Blockchain technology builds value in the supply chain through better transparency and process standardization, but it holds additional value through new logistics services and business models. Supply Chain Leaders May Underestimate the Value in Blockchain for Logistics The modern logistics industry includes more than 500,000 trucking companies in the U.S., DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER.

Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

Zipline Logistics

Though some blame retailers for creating too challenging a logistics environment for their suppliers, there is well-founded reasoning behind their increasingly stringent delivery standards. What Does that Mean for Your Retail Shipping Efforts? Having a logistics function that can meet and exceed retail delivery requirements is necessary for success in today’s business landscape. There are many moving parts in retail shipping. Complete Guide to Costco Shipping.

23 logistics professionals share the #1 way to reduce logistics costs

6 River Systems

According to the 30th Annual State of Logistics Report by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), companies spent $1.64 trillion on logistics and transportation services in the United States in 2018, an increase of 11.4%

Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain & Logistics: Looking to Examples Across Industries for Better Understanding

Cerasis

Even JP Morgan, Microsoft, and Google, reports Jonathan Chester of Forbes , are working to increase blockchain development and innovation, and supply chain leaders need to understand how the use of blockchain in supply chain and logistics will bring about lasting change and improvements in efficiency. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER. Blockchain Logistics Supply ChainThe days of managing supply chains through databases and changing information are over.

Food Logistics Tips for Making Sure Perishable Foods Are Safe During Transit

Cerasis

Four Food Logistics Tips to Keep Perishables and Foods Safe During Transit It’s vital that food shippers make certain transportation methods are safe, secure and reliable. Here are some quick food logistics tips to help you get things in order. The Top Logistics Trends that Will Impact Logistics Management in 2018?. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER. Logistics

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Avoid These Parcel Shipping Mistakes to Reap Big Benefits

BluJay Solutions

What if I told you I could help your company save thousands of dollars in parcel shipping costs? In a single carrier environment, you limit your ability to find the best shipping option. Having a multi-carrier shipping solution solves this first mistake. When margins are tight and budgets are thin, where do you find the money to invest in a carrier agnostic, third party shipping application? Download our eBook- Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges.

Selling on Shopify for Beginners: Sourcing, Designing, and More

ShipBob

What’s my shipping strategy? Source your products. Before you build an online store, you need to source your products. There are several avenues you can take to source products from working with local stores or suppliers to wholesale distributor options.

The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog

Freightos

Logistics is the prime example of a changing industry – colossal, ripe for disruption and utterly opaque. Enough to go through every single article published in the top tech blogs – Techcrunch, Verge, Mashable and Recode – since 2007 to count how often articles about logistics startups, freight or cargo were published. It’s no coincidence that Transport Intelligence just emailed me an invitation to The Future of Logistics conference. Logistics.

Applying Blockchain in Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 5 Reasons Why Supply Chain Execs Need to Know More

Cerasis

Although it may seem counterintuitive for a third-party logistics provider (3PL), like Cerasis, to trumpet such prospects, the resounding impact will drive greater efficiencies in supply chains. Applying blockchain in logistics and supply chain management is about doing more with less, a common concept in business, and shippers need to know a few things about how it could add value to the shipping ecosystem. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER. Blockchain Logistics Supply Chain

Supply Chain And Logistics Trends That Could Be Big In 2020

Logistics Bureau

Rob O’Byrne makes an early start with his round-up of supply chain and logistics trends that might make industry headlines in the coming year. His observations include trends in first and last-mile logistics, and the increase in SMEs entering global markets. 2020 Supply Chain and Logistics Trends: What’s Around the Corner? SMEs find it hard to identify and engage suitable logistics partners. Logistics providers, in general, are slow to respond to the needs of SMEs.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics can be traced all the way back to the Greek and Roman empires , but it’s undergone several major transformations as new technologies provide opportunities to more efficiently manage the movement and storage of goods. In the digital transformation age, logistics is once again undergoing a major shift. These technologies also contribute to a rise in big data and analytics in the logistics field. ” Meet Our Panel of Logistics Pros: Brian Jessup.

Logistics Industry Responds to Rise and Rise of e-Commerce

BluJay Solutions

With the estimated value of the global B2C e-commerce market in 2012 running at €825bn and mobile commerce growing by 300% in the same period (source: IMRG ), it’s hardly surprising that the logistics industry is sharpening its offering and launching services specifically aimed at meeting the fast-changing needs of the multichannel retail market (click here to read Kewill's 2012 whitepaper on the impact of the rise and rise of multichannel retail).

How to Improve Freight Labeling for Transport and Logistics Management

Cerasis

To combat the problem here’s a way to improve freight labeling for transport and logistics management. Incorrect or missing labels are a source of frustration for packers, handlers, freight forwarders, customs officers, haulers and those receiving the goods. Goods in’ depots are unlikely to receive mislabelled freight, while incorrect shipping details could result in cargo ending up at the wrong delivery address. Freight Logistics

Freight Consolidation for Full Truckload: The Hidden Gem of Full Truckload Shipping

Cerasis

Full truckload shipping is generally less expensive than other over the road transportation modes. Instead of throwing in the towel, shippers can leverage full truckload shipping to ship LTL shipments in the back of a full-size van or trailer. Unfortunately, the surrounding LTL shipping has resulted in an unusual problem; shippers are turning to LTL-exclusive shipments, which can significantly drive up freight spend. Download Here.

The Benefits of Full Truckload Shipping: How to Make Sure You Are Getting More Bang for Your Buck

Cerasis

The capacity crunch has arrived, and shippers are scrambling to find ways to make a profit in logistics. The wrong strategy or blend of transportation modes will result in losses, and since consumers only see product costs through Amazonian eyes, increasing product price points and shipping charges is unacceptable. However, the benefits of full truckload shipping can be accessed by approaching logistics from a strategic vantage point, understanding the mode more thoroughly.

Logistics Services Providers Make Progress against Green Targets

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement from Maersk Line the world's largest container shipping company, that it has reached its 2020 target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% from its benchmark 2007 levels a whole 7 years early, and is increasing the 2020 target to 40%, provides clear evidence that logistics services providers (LSPs) are increasingly taking green issues seriously. Download Kewill’s White Paper: Fighting Back Against Rising Fuel Costs.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

FedEx Helps Small Businesses Streamline Shipping with fedex.com Integration Manager. Labor and management work out deal at Port of LA/Long Beach ( Logistics Management ). The Navisphere customer app can be downloaded for free at the Apple App Store on iTunes , Google Play and Amazon Marketplace. Transplace delivered more than 50 customer solutions in 2012 using the CombineNet sourcing technology, in industries including consumer goods, chemicals, manufacturing, and retail.

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3 Ways to Master Omnichannel through Logistics—and Why You Should

FLEXE

However, shipping times were longer, giving retailers more time to source and transport products. To do omnichannel successfully, retailers need a strong logistics strategy. Here are three ways retailers are mastering omnichannel retail by leading with their logistics strategy and why you should, too: Revamping Retail Formats. Buy online with standard shipping, or two-day shipping, or maybe even same-day. Free shipping.

11 Ways Tech Will Change Logistics in 2017

Freightos

11 Ways Tech Will Change Logistics in 2017. This year, supply chains reached Silicon Valley (and not just in the form of logistics startups ). Tracking Freightos’ LogTech summaries showed one overarching trend: logistics companies are eyeing tech solutions; tech companies are eyeing logistics markets. We’re wrapping up 2016 with a recap of eleven logistics technology trends that shaped the year; and will change how goods are produced, shipped and consumed in 2017.

What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower?

Freightos

Any Logistics Manager or 3PL manager has gotta be impressed. The most significant role of a control tower is to provide a live view into the vitality of the complete chain, across many functions – manufacturing, inventory, demand planning, logistics, customs clearance, etc. Its mission is to gather and integrate data from various sources and orchestrate it in such a way that it enhances supply chain visibility and efficiency. Control towers and logistics.

Moving Up The Corporate Ladder, Does Your Freight Spend Have A Seat At The Table?

4WL Consulting

The previous decade has seen many companies, mainly those handling manufacturing operations, change how sourcing of direct materials is executed – from an administrative function to a somewhat strategic procurement approach that has seen the creation of a new position “the Chief Procurement Officer.” Both Large and Mid-sized shipping companies rely on procurement personnel. Why not download your FREE easy-to-read Return on Logistics eBook.

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Is Google the most innovative supply chain company in the world?

Freightos

Inventory management and replenishment as well as reverse logistics can now be managed by mobile as well as payments. What started out as an app to obtain taxi service, its name has now become synonymous for instant, real-time fulfillment whether its ordering Chinese take-out, socks or flowers, one simply downloads an app, place an order, track it in real time and in many cases rate the experience and/or driver or delivery person. million units shipped.

Amazon’s 3D Printing Trucks: A Quixotic Quest for Zero Delivery Time?

Talking Logistics

Source: Amazon patent filing. It discusses, for example, the inclusion of 3D manufacturing instructions in a product catalog associated with an electronic marketplace (such as Amazon.com), which customers can buy and download for their own uses, as well as other fulfillment scenarios, such as customers printing the ordered items at home with their own 3D printers: In embodiments, the service provider can instruct delivery of the MOD [Manufactured-On-Demand] item to the users.

Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

Talking Logistics

The research, produced by Adelante SCM and presented by BluJay Solutions (a Talking Logistics sponsor), was conducted to explore the links between supply chain management innovation, customer experience, technology adoption, and company performance. You can read and download the full report at [link]. To gain insights on that question and more, Adelante SCM and BluJay Solutions conducted a web survey of supply chain and logistics professionals in March 2018.

Countdown to Black Friday: It’s the Final Countdown, So Get Your Shipments Up in the Air

CH Robinson Transportfolio

To thoroughly prepare for major logistics events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, roadmap it out with your third party logistics (3PL) provider. In addition, consider the ancillary services that happen behind the scenes, such as customs clearance and distribution/delivery sourcing. To learn more about how air cargo can help optimize your global supply chain, download: Optimizing Your Supply Chain with Air Cargo. Global Transportation Air Black Friday Shipping

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Supply Chain Digest Presents the Best in Supply Chain Content.

Supply Chain Digest

Global Logistics. Parcel Shipping. Wireless in Logistics. Lean Logistics. Watch our companion Video and download others Megatrend Executive Briefs at www.scdigest.com/Supply_Chain_Megatrends.php. Supply Chain Digest is the industry’s premier interactive knowledge source, providing timely, relevant, in-context information. Search. or Search by TOPIC. Select Topic. Bar Coding/Label Printing. Compliance Networks. Consumer Goods and Retail Supp.

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LTL Capacity Best Practices in Times of Tight Freight Capacity

Cerasis

LTL capacity has routinely been used as a source of added capacity when full truckload becomes unavailable. The Problem With Securing LTL in the Midst of a Capacity Crunch As explained by Jeff Berman via Logistics Management , LTL capacity woes are increasing. LTL carriers have always been seen as a way to navigate tight capacity in full truckload, but the increased use of LTL capacity today means the ability to respond to on-demand shipping is diminished.

Holiday Sales Lead to Further Omni-Channel Growth. But can the Supply Chain Keep Pace?

BluJay Solutions

electronics giant Best Buy, with heavy promotion of seasonal deals being swiftly followed by thousands of cancelled orders in mid-December due to stock shortages, with customers given little time to source replacement gifts. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges - to read our hints and tips on avoiding the logistics nightmares we will no doubt begin to read about shortly.

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Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. By adopting a logistics efficiency management approach, logistics related costs as a percentage of sales drops to 4% to 7% depending on industry sector. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains.

Transportation for the International Last Mile – How Easy is Global Parcel Carrier Coverage to Achieve?

BluJay Solutions

Parcel shipping solution providers such as Kewill look at carriers in two ways; those they invest in creating, developing and maintaining (core carriers) and others that might be created as a project carrier to meet the needs of a specific customer that are not maintained (non-core carriers). This complexity means it is impossible for any parcel shipping solution vendor to support all carriers globally. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges.

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The War Against Returns – Is the Retail Supply Chain Winning?

BluJay Solutions

As online and mobile sales grow exponentially, so do returns, and the headache (and cost) of dealing with them, for retailers , their suppliers and their logistics partners. . Source: BBC News, Jan 2013 , Retail Technology, Sept 2013. Research has proven that reducing returns by 1% increases net profits by 1% (Source: Retail Technology, September 2013 ), proving the importance of this area to the bottom line.

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Renewed Focus on Supply Chain Security as Hackers Target Container Terminals

BluJay Solutions

While there is no suggestion that the freight forwarders responsible for shipping the containers had any involvement, this case does highlight the ongoing risks associated with, as well as the weak links in, global supply chain security. Europol are warning that they expect this type of attack to increase, as criminals look for new ways of shipping illegal drugs into the region in bulk, so freight forwarders and their road transportation partners need to take the threat seriously.