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Shippers Caused the Truck Driver Shortage

Logistics Viewpoints

Land O’Lakes Chief Supply Chain Officer, Yone Dewberry, told an audience at eft’s 3PL and Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta in on June 6th, “We’ve created it” (the truck driver shortage). “As As an industry” (shippers), “we’ve done this to ourselves.” Land O’ Lakes is a member owned cooperative with revenues of $15 billion. The company is best known for dairy products, particularly butter, but the company also has divisions devoted to animal nutrition and seeds/crop […].

Why Millennials Must Live at the Heart of Your Supply Chain Strategy

ModusLink Corporation

Today’s brands are up against a rapidly evolving the commercial landscape — with consumer behavior shifting toward online shopping and consumers, themselves, changing. Of course, the new shopper on every brand’s mind is the millennial.

Are you ready to unlock opportunities in the poultry industry?


The chicken industry, especially in the United States, is one of the most successful sectors in agriculture.

Congratulating the Supply Chains to Admire Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

This afternoon, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen congratulation emails to the Supply Chains to Admire award winners. This is the fun part of my job.

How to Achieve Six-Figure Benefits from Digitizing Paper-Based Supply Chain Operations

The traditional paper-based approach to supply chain operations presents serious challenges and perils. Digitization, in turn, offers a bounty of benefits – up to and including six-figure cost savings and significant efficiency and revenue gains. Here’s how.

How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity


The use of full truckload shipping is rising in popularity, resulting from its lower cost as compared to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. Unfortunately, the use of full truckload shipments and expenditures have hit an all-time high, reports Kate Patrick of Supply Chain Dive.

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A time of transition: 3 key trends for oil & gas in 2018


The fall in oil prices transformed the global oil & gas industry. In the wake of its devastating consequences, companies have formed new business partnerships and become more open to embracing innovation.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 18-22, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Earlier this month, I retired my old headshot photo and starting using a new one. Today, I’m temporarily replacing it with this drawing of me that my daughter — the one heading to college this fall — drew way back when she was 2 years old.

2018 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

River Logic

Gartner's release of its 14th annual Supply Chain Top 25 provides an inside view of the elite corporations and their advanced practices that make them the best in the world. In the Supply Chain Top 25 ranking, Unilever retains its number one spot with a composite score based on six categories, like Gartner and peer opinions, inventory turns, revenue growth, and more. Gartner

Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?


Most companies are still trying to use Excel to optimize their inventories. Supply Chain Insights’ 2018 Inventory Optimization Technologies Study suggests the number may be as high as 75%.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

Many Companies on the Yellow Brick Road to the Digital Supply Chain remain in Munchkin Country

Enterra Insights

In the movie the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions are told the answers they seek are found in the Emerald City. To get there, all they need to do is follow the yellow brick road. The road begins in the land of the Munchkins then heads out into forests and fields before ending at the doors of the Emerald City. Many companies seem to think there is a yellow brick road that will lead them through transformation processes directly to a digital supply chain.

Logistics Center of Excellence: Delivering Value to Organizations

Talking Logistics

Perhaps the most overworked word in the supply chain management lexicon is “visibility.” Yet it’s difficult to overstate the importance of a view into what’s going on in the supply chain. After all, you can’t source, make, move, store, deliver, measure or improve what you can’t see.

3 Ways a TMS Platform Offsets Inflated Shipping Costs

Supply Chain Collaborator

“Companies Spent a Record $1.5 TRILLION on Shipping Costs in 2017” blares the headline from the Wall Street Journal Logistics Report article. Up a whopping 6.2% from the year before, shippers have been absorbing the costs of rising interest rates and labor costs, higher fuel costs, and soon, high tariffs on imported goods. The pace of cost increases is unsustainable. Supply chain experts point to broader carrier relationship development as critical to surviving and remaining competitive.

Supply Chain Risk Management: Three Tips to Consider

Supply Chain Link

From the quick shipment of products to emerging technologies, society is moving faster than ever. Despite these rapid technological advancements, uncertainties of supply chain disruption still remain.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Advanced Analytics: The Ante into Today’s Business Game

Enterra Insights

Companies are always looking for a competitive edge and many organizations believe Big Data and advanced analytics can help them find one. The truth of the matter is so many organizations are now leveraging Big Data and advanced analytics that finding an edge is becoming increasingly difficult. Sam Ransbotham ( @Ransbotham ), David Kiron ( @DavidKiron1 ), and Pamela Kirk Prentice ( @pamelakprentice ) assert, “Competitive advantage with analytics is waning.

Don’t Let Past Mistakes Define You

Talking Logistics

It was my youngest son’s Bar Mitzvah this past Saturday, and as is customary at our congregation, he prepared a brief sermon reflecting on what he learned from that day’s Torah reading. He centered his talk on the following question: If you do something wrong, does that define who you are or what you can be forever? I’m taking a break today from writing about supply chain and logistics to share with you his insights on not letting your past mistakes define you.

Supply Chain’s Future


The future of business and the overhaul of supply chain management currently is limited by legacy technologies, but soon will be transformed by digital technology

ABC Segmentation for Inventory Management


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Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

Cutting Down Deforestation in Supply Chains


Palm oil, cocoa, beef. They are all weekly, if not daily, parts of the average American’s diet. Yet when not sourced carefully, they’re also some of the biggest threats to the world’s forests. We all depend on products like these that are sourced from around the world. But more and more, we're also facing the consequences of a supply chain where transparency gets lost in a confusing network of suppliers.

Digital Transformation in the Heavy Building Materials Industry

Talking Logistics

Virtually all industries today are undergoing digital transformation, but the opportunities for cost savings, as well as productivity and service improvements, are arguably greatest in the Heavy Building Materials (HBM) industry because of all of their current manual and paper-based processes. How is digitization starting to transform this industry? What’s the value proposition for contractors, haulers, and suppliers in this industry?

Gaining Supply Chain Efficiency With Artificial Intelligence

Supply Chain 24/7

Without taking advantage of the latest technology, supply chains become inefficient and unable to compete, and with higher consumer expectations and demands throughout the supply chain for faster turnarounds, industry requires the improvements that Artificial Intelligence can provide

Why Communication is the Most Important Part of Your Supply Chain


One of the tricky things about managing a supply chain is that even the smallest problems don't happen in a vacuum. One issue at any stage in the change creates a ripple effect in the worst possible way. Supply chains are also getting more complex all the time, which only compounds this idea.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Retail’s Not Dead: Changing the Conversation about the Evolving Retail Experience

Supply Chain Nation

These days, it seems like almost every time a retail chain shuts underperforming stores or has a leadership change, many in the news media and industry press rush to ask the same question: Is this another sign of the “Retail Apocalypse?”. But retailers and industry experts know that this rush to print gloom-and-doom headlines often ignores other factors, such as debt and customer experience.

Cutting Down Deforestation in Supply Chains


Palm oil, cocoa, beef. They are all weekly, if not daily, parts of the average American’s diet. Yet when not sourced carefully, they’re also some of the biggest threats to the world’s forests. We all depend on products like these that are sourced from around the world. But more and more, we're also facing the consequences of a supply chain where transparency gets lost in a confusing network of suppliers.

Software Support Specialist

Supply Chain Collaborator

Software Support Specialist. Job Description. The entry level position responsible for taking support calls for UltraShipTMS. They will either resolve the issue reported or escalate to a senior staff member for resolution. UltraShipTMS offers award winning software-as-a-service solutions to leading shippers in food production, packaging, retail and other industries.

How Logistics Workforce should change in Industry 4.0


In one of our last articles , we mentioned the possibility of robot taking the place of human jobs. Specifically, technology is already replacing human in doing repetitive tasks in major industries like manufacturing, transportation, logistics, etc. The Industry 4.0 era is at the beginning.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.