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Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

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Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. Today, there are many top 3PL warehousing companies that handle warehousing, fulfillment, logistics and distribution services for companies of all sizes. Møller Mærsk Group.

A Comprehensive Warehouse Safety Guide!

Supply Chain Game Changer

When it comes to the state of working in America, warehouses have seen a huge increase of workers with over 1,000,000 total since the start of 2018. Warehouses, often full of moving machinery carrying heavy loads, are inherently one of the most dangerous places to work. If you’re a warehouse manager, failing to control these risks can lead to high employee turnover, decreased productivity, legal issues, and, at worst, injury or fatality. The Importance of Warehouse Safety.

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Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider. Unloading of local freight and de-stuffing and palletising of international freight.

50 expert warehouse optimization tips and techniques

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Optimizing your warehouse means examining every corner of your infrastructure and every facet of your workflows and processes to identify and correct inefficiencies. Not only does warehouse optimization result in a healthier bottom line, but it also improves key warehouse metrics like accurate orders and on-time delivery. Of course, warehouse optimization isn’t something you do just once; it’s an ongoing process, and a complex one at that.

50 expert tips on improving warehouse efficiency & productivity

6 River Systems

Most warehouses are on an ongoing mission to maximize productivity by optimizing workflows, automating processes and reducing waste (both time and resources). Warehouses are complex operations with many moving parts and functions happening simultaneously, so while there are plenty of areas to improve productivity, it’s not always easy to determine where your efforts will pay off. More than 50% of your warehouse labor is in pick and pack, so start there.

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

NC State SCRC

A group of executive joined SCRC faculty and staff for a one-day workshop held on February 28, 2019. The shortage of workers is causing companies to look at non-traditional sources, including individual with a criminal record. Freight rates are on the rise, and there are signs that the shortage are unlikely to abate. Once we hire them, keeping them in the warehouse is a whole other issue!

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The Great Maersk Shift

Freightos

The following is a 5,000 word exploration of Maersk’s strategic shift to end-to-end logistics services, based on open sources. Demand for ocean freight was lower than anticipated, and Hanjin Shipping, another top ten ocean liner, was already teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.

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

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From investing in smart automation solutions like collaborative mobile robots to improve warehouse productivity to route and supplier optimization and outsourcing logistics to a 3PL , there are several strategies that can help companies reduce logistics costs. Efficient warehouse operations.

This Week in Logistics News (October 29 – November 2, 2018)

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UPS Tells Shippers to Prepare for Freight Strike (WSJ – sub. The world’s first humanless warehouse is run only by robots and is a model for the future (CNBC). Firm linked to Alibaba opens China’s biggest robot warehouse (CNBC). Kroger set to place warehouse order with partner Ocado (Reuters). Deutsche Post DHL Group and S.F. Robots and AI in the Warehouse. “A I’m in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico this morning.

This Week in Logistics News (April 3-7, 2017)

Talking Logistics

LLamasoft Offers Customers Access to FLEXE Marketplace for On-Demand Warehousing Services. Fuel-Cell Maker to Help Amazon Improve Warehouse Efficiency (WSJ – sub. Delivery Connect is designed to manage the movement of freight from the shipper to the end receiver, including scanning, proof of delivery (PoD), exception management, cross dock and in-depot activities through to job dispatch, customer service and reporting. My garage door is crumpled. How did it happen?

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28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. For example, if my contract manufacturer is late with an order it can cause me to incur excess costs with the freighting and warehousing companies, respectively. This initially necessitated the expansion of our warehousing provision, revision of our stock rotation and warehousing policies and associated costs, which we had to bear.

The Ultimate Guide to Pick and Pack Methods!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Your eCommerce sales channels are integrated with your warehouse systems. When one of your customers places an order, the software at your fulfillment warehouse generates a packing slip. A warehouse worker takes the packing slip and picks the items for the order from the warehouse shelves. You move around the warehouse, picking the items for the order off the shelves. Each batch of orders is for items that are in the same area of the warehouse.

TMS: The Mighty Software What Is TMS and How Does It Work?

GTG Technology Group

Broken down, this basically means it’s an aid for truck drivers to move supplies for companies from point A (usually a warehouse) to point B (usually a store). The TMS system works throughout multiple companies at one time to ensure each person involved has the information required to do their job correctly and move freight for any company where it needs to go. Each type has its pros and cons that could make it right or wrong for the specific needs of the individual or group.

This Week in Logistics News (October 1-5, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Robinson , Descartes Systems Group , and MercuryGate ), as well as our supporting sponsors ( Paragon , TMSA , and TranzAct Technologies ) and family and friends, we have raised over $52,000 for JDRF so far this year. HighJump Launches Warehouse Control System at CSCMP Edge 2018. Two “on the edge” solutions that are getting the most attention today, and where project44 is focusing its R&D and money on, are real-time freight visibility and carrier connectivity.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

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“A centralized group can also help to resolve another common concern: it’s hard for an expert to have credibility across the company when he or she is remote and attached to a particular business unit. “Users can easily now look at your global or regional supply situation and quickly source alternates when required, but the key here is to practice your response. Think about how your warehouse might look in 2030. Warehouse Operations

What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower?

Freightos

The following article was contributed by Batool Iqbal, from Damco Pakistan – a subsidiary of Ap-Moller Maersk Group. 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. Giant retailers source from all over the world, and are typically designing and building robust, resilient solutions that control supply chain flows, and deal with disruptions, in real time.

Five Benefits of Upgrading Your Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Many supply chain and transportation management problems begin at the warehouse. Drivers burn less fuel idling on the highway and warehouses avoid costly miscalculations at the unloading dock. When the ARC Advisory Group surveyed logistics managers, more than 40 percent said if they had to shut down their TMS and return to previous processes, their overall costs would increase between 5 percent and 10 percent. Sources: [link].

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Click the links below to compare this year's innovations to those from previous years: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017 : exoskeletons, autonomous forklifts, flying warehouses, last-mile delivery, and more. Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016 : robot pickers, bridge-inspecting drones, autonomous freight shuttles, and more. Warehouse Automation. Source ID. Content Summary: Honeywell and Carnegie Mellon Partner to Bring AI to the Warehouse. Source ID.

COVID-19 accelerates four trends and changes within global supply chains

Proxima

Whether warehousing, automation, freight, retail or e-commerce, business leaders needed to evaluate and address many or all in order to maintain their supply chains and keep up with the demand, which in turn, was drastically altered by the pandemic.

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

One of my first clients back in 1999 was Descartes Systems Group. Source: Google. Descartes Systems Group Revenue 2006-2018 (Source: macrotrends). Real-time freight visibility is quickly becoming a “must have” capability for transportation managers. Simply put, real-time freight visibility is hot right now, with both customers and investors. presented a great case study on the company’s journey and success with real-time freight visibility.

Justifying Investments in Risk Avoidance

Supply Chain @ MIT

I gave the example of Sun Microsystems, which suffered a spate of freight thefts in Europe. Consider, for example, Amazon’s drive to build more warehouses throughout the US. Another benefit, albeit unintended, is increased resilience because Amazon’s beefed up warehouse network enables the retailer to recover quickly if one facility suffers a disruption. Being part of industry groups is another strategy that can build resilience. Replacement sources were soon found.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Source: Evan, Flikr. “I SophiaTX Open Source Platform to Integrate SAP, Blockchain. If they actually follow through on their promise and oil prices continue to rise next year, how will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in response? The real-time freight visibility space was particularly hot this year, with two major acquisitions completed in recent months ( Descartes acquired MacroPoint and Trimble acquired 10-4 Systems ).

Surviving Disruptions – an opportunity for supply chains to thrive with people and technology – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

This has proved to be a major source of risk. Poor business continuity planning, lack of risk management programs and single source suppliers, have magnified the impact of such risks. Build-In supplier network redundancies: Single-source dependency is high risk.

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Something for Everyone: TMS, the Everything Software

GTG Technology Group

TMS is a software that aids in the company’s cash flow, freight bills, customer satisfaction, and warehouse production. This system makes it easier for a company to keep track of their finances, inventory, deliveries, and freight companies through one easy program. Allowing for freight management and payment, customer service advancements, financial organization, inventory numbers, and warehouse production, this product serves every business to the fullest.

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

My first focus was on China sourcing. The healthcare value chain was slow to respond—the majority of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was in Chinese warehouses. China was the source of over 90% of PPE.) To adapt, I recommend that companies form two groups: Operational/Business Continuity Group. The design of the second group is to analyze and reformat the supply chain for economic recovery. Today, I am reflective.

Top 15 Biggest 3PLs in the US - 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

The service most frequently outsourced to a 3PL is transportation management (24%), followed by warehouse management (19%). Source ID. CEVA Logistics provides both freight management and contract logistics services for a range of customers across all sectors. The company provides comprehensive freight forwarding services across all modes, domestic and international, including customs house brokerage and door-to-door ground services. Source ID. Source ID.

Artificial Intelligence is Driving Real Supply Chain Improvement

Logistics Bureau

Statistic: Companies that use TMD applications have achieved freight cost savings of up to 8%. Source: ARC Advisory Group Strategic Report. However, with the integration of AI technology, new platforms are taking TMS capabilities to unprecedented heights, offering even more potential for companies to gain efficiency in transportation and reduce freight costs. Integrated AI in Warehouse Management Systems. Source: MHI/Deloitte, 2019 Annual Industry Report.

Procurement – How to Enable Spend Aggregation!

Supply Chain Game Changer

You may be trying to aggregate spend within your company or across companies, or you are trying to outsource this to a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Or perhaps a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) came knocking at your door with a compelling value proposition. freight, I/T, materials, professional services) then you have no control. And your source of data can not be Accounts Payable. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Robinson, Descartes Systems Group, and MercuryGate. Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon to invest in French firm’s technology for self-driving forklifts (Reuters) Warehouses Test a New Breed of AI Robots (WSJ – sub. Robots in the Warehouse. Source: “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation,” Adelante SCM & BluJay Solutions, 2018.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Strategic Sourcing. Although there are many definitions, teamwork essentially consists of a group of individuals, each with unique talents, working toward a common goal. Strategic Sourcing. Moreover, from a logistics point of view, strategic sourcing strategies have significant impact on logistics functions. Accordingly, all decisions regarding suppliers and sourcing need to be front and center on the logistics radar screen.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Accessibility — The ability of a carrier to provide service for a freight order. Accessorial Charges — Fees added to a freight bill for additional services that the carrier might provide. Air Freight — Transportation of products via air transportation methods. Audit — In logistics, an audit refers to the process of examining, adjusting, and verifying freight bills for accuracy. Chargeable Weight — A shipment’s weight that is used to determining freight pricing.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

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Logistics technologies such as robotic warehouse systems make automation a reality, while drones improve last-mile delivery capabilities and better tracking with tools like RFID tags improve visibility throughout the supply chain. RFID tags and robotic warehouse systems generate and transmit data that, when combined with other data sources, allow companies to optimize the supply chain and make better predictions and forecasts to improve efficiency and boost the bottom line.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

It’s just the latest in a string of patents that span the gamut from smart stores to flying warehouses. Amazon is even entering the transportation space, signing agreements with the Air Transport Services Group and the Chinese government to enter into the freight cargo business – effectively cutting out the middleman. It’s great to offer same day shipping, but what happens if there’s a catastrophic level disruption at the origin source?

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Discussing the FreightTech 25 with Andrew Cox

The Logistics of Logistics

Andrew Cox and Joe Lynch discuss the FreightTech 25, which is a list of 25 freight technology companies that have been recognized by FreightWaves as the most innovative. Prior to his current role, Andrew was a research analyst in the Freight Intel Group at FreightWaves.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

And here’s to hoping that 2018 results in even more significant advancements in the state of warehousing and transportation technology. Click the links below to compare this year's innovations to those from previous years: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016 : robot pickers, bridge-inspecting drones, autonomous freight shuttles, and more. Source ID. Source ID. Content Summary: Exoskeletons Help Take a Load Off for Warehouse Workers. Source ID.