Wed.Jun 13, 2018

Realities and Misconceptions of 4PL Relationships

Talking Logistics

The needs and expectations of manufacturers and retailers for their logistics partners have changed significantly over the years, and confusion and misconceptions remain in the marketplace concerning what third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and fourth party logistics providers (4PLs) are and the services they offer. What are some of those misconceptions? What defines a successful 4PL-customer relationship today? Is going the 4PL route a one-way street?

Supply Chains Need to Transform: Into What?

Enterra Insights

I read a lot of articles about the need for supply chain transformation. Most of the articles discuss the importance of leveraging digital technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT); the cloud; 3D printing; robotics, blockchain, and cognitive computing. What they don’t often discuss is the end game. Dan Gilmore, editor-in-chief of Supply Chain Digest , asserts supply chain transformation is only beginning to catch the attention of many CEOs.

Question and Answer – Accelerate Supply Chain Performance Using Advanced Analytics


The ability to rapidly evaluate multiple scenarios and drive smart business decisions faster can be the difference between success and failure.

What’s eating the meat industry: The disassembly dilemma


Worldwide meat production has doubled over the last three decades and increased 20% in just the last 10 years. As meat consumption rises , the pressure is on meat producers to fullfill demand. To accomplish that, they need to be efficient at every step of their supply chain.

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.

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Case Minimani: Hypermarket Chain Cuts Food Waste Through Supply Chain Optimization

RELEX Solutions

Case Minimani: Hypermarket Chain Cuts Food Waste Through Supply Chain Optimization. Resources » Case Studies. Background. Minimani is a Finnish hypermarket chain offering grocery and convenience goods at low prices. Minimani is slightly unusual in that it only has five stores but four of those are major hypermarkets, along with one smaller store and an e-commerce channel together accounting for more than €100M in sales.

Global Supply Chain News on CEO of Container Carrier Says Sulfur Emissions Rule will Cause Some Carriers to Go Bust

Supply Chain Digest

Carriers have Shown they Cannot Recover Higher Fuel Costs from Shippers

The Food Industry Embraces Artificial (Intelligence, That Is)


As the volume of data that businesses have available at their fingertips continues to grow exponentially, the ability to distill actionable insight from these mountains of information becomes both ever-more valuable, and ever-more challenging. Herein lies the power of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Supply Chain New on Will Autonomous Trucks and Drivers Happily CoExist

Supply Chain Digest

Short and Even Medium Term Impact on Driver Jobs Looks Modest at Best

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.

Utilizing WMS (Warehouse Management System): Top Ways to Get the Most out of Your WMS Investment


Across retail, the push to get more products to more consumers in less time is growing. Today, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of individual warehouse management systems (WMSs) available, but how do you reap the real-world features within this innovative type of supply chain management systems? How do you know utilizing a WMS in your company is really working to benefit your enterprise?

Sales Personality Type with Ann Holm

The Logistics of Logistics

download the audio file. Podcast Summary: Joe is joined by Ann Holm , who Joe first met as his Executive Coach many years ago. Since then, she began to collaborate with him on many different projects. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Speech, and Hearing as well as a Master’s of Science in Speech, Language, and Pathology, both from the University of Michigan. She provides insight on the importance of sales personalities and how to communicate with the different types.

Free webinar: The Iconomization of the Last Mile


Localz and eyefortransport have joined forces to talk to over 300 global executives in supply chain and logistics. This webinar gives you the opportunity to hear insight on the biggest challenges with last mile in 2018, measures implemented to improve customer service and what the future holds for last mile delivery. Webinar: Wednesday 20th June 2018, 3pm GMT. The last mile has become the melting pot of customer expectations.

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Pressure Rises on Truck Load Freight in May: DAT Freight Barometers

DAT Solutions

Demand continues to escalate for trucks equipped with dry van trailers, and capacity is still constrained, as we head into a seasonal peak in June. Looking back a few months, we see that these trends began to accelerate in January.

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.

Use Prescriptive Analytics to Make Decisions that Will Help Your Company Make More Money

River Logic

Efficiency Gains and Cost Savings Don’t Always Drop to the Bottom Line. Prescriptive Analytics Can Explain Why and What to Do About It. How prescriptive analytics can help manufacturers set priorities and realize greater financial gains from capital investments and improvement efforts. During employee team meetings, the CEO of one of our clients would always make a point of reviewing how the company made money. “We

Freight Brokers Enjoy Record Operating Profits in April

DAT Solutions

Operating profits were more than nine times higher for freight brokers in April, compared to the same month in 2017. Total revenue rose 67%, but labor expense increased only 30% and non-labor expense edged up 3%, to 51% and 16% of net revenue, respectively.

Advice from Our Dads

Supply Chain Nation

The world is full of people wanting to give us advice – often unsolicited! But when it comes from our parents we tend to give it our full attention. This week, in recognition of Father’s Day this coming Sunday, June 17 in the U.S., we wanted to share advice from our fathers.

Reefer Truck Shortages Push Rates Higher

DAT Solutions

Trucks have been in short supply so far in June, and that's been especially true in many of the major reefer markets. To get an idea of just how tight capacity has been, reefer truck posts on DAT load boards were down 9% last week compare to the previous week.

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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.

Take Warehouse Productivity to the Next Level with Mobile Computing


Mobile Computing Deployment Options that Improve Warehouse Productivity Many logistics and shipping operations still rely on desktop computers and stationary workstations to manage fulfillment.