This Week in Logistics News (February 5-9, 2018)

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CX North America Expands Driver Mobile App with Digital Proof of Delivery Update. Shipping with Amazon. Here are some more details from the article: Dubbed “Shipping with Amazon,” or SWA, the new service will entail the tech giant picking up packages from businesses and shipping them to consumers, according to people familiar with the matter. Manufacturers like P&G are having to do the same too. Our guinea pig Cow died this morning.

How Lot Traceability Can Help Your Business


If you’re the manager of a manufacturing business , you’ll do whatever it takes to keep a factory running without a hitch. Technology plays a key part in the manufacturing world. Lot traceability is a group or “lot” of goods that were made together in the same manufacturing run and produced using the same materials. With lot traceability, you can have stronger inventory control processes in your manufacturing facilities.

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The 7 Best Events For Freight Shipping in 2015


Are you up-to-date with the latest events in freight shipping and logistics? Staying current in the world of shipping and freight also takes strong networking and communication. Conferences and expos are a chance for you to hear from the industry’s top players, and most importantly, build relationships with other freight shipping professionals. 7 of the Best Freight Shipping Events to Attend in 2015. Freight freight shipping

From Exports to Delivery: Simplifying PPE Shipping

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Policy 12 created a white and blacklist of manufacturers and suppliers. For a closer look at how China’s regulations impact PPE shipping, check out our recent PPE exporting video featuring our director of product development, Vincent Wong. And due to the nature of the shipping industry, these regulations can change quickly—especially for medical grade equipment. As you might imagine, this has drastically changed normal market conditions for air shipping.

Sustainable Manufacturing is the New Key to Profitability


Just a few years ago, sustainability in manufacturing was seen as a nice-to-have. Today, sustainable manufacturing is becoming a critical factor in a manufacturer’s ability to compete and maximize profitability. She noted that the research firm used to give sustainability a weight of 10% in scoring the top 25 manufacturing companies; this year the weight is 15%, and next year, it will be 20%. Sustainable Manufacturing Initiatives that Drive Cost Savings.

Trade Wars Put U.S. Small Business on the Front Line

Supply Chain Brain

Of the nearly 73,000 manufacturing firms in the United States that exported in 2015, more than 70,000 (or 96.4 percent) were categorized as small or medium-sized manufacturers, of which more than 44,000 (or nearly 61 percent) were manufacturers with fewer than 100 employees. Often relying on one foreign market (58 percent of smaller manufacturers) and one product category, trade restrictions and tariffs can close the doors to some of these companies. North America

Frost & Sullivan: Freightera Among Key Automated Freight Solutions in North America


Frost & Sullivan places Freightera among ‘Key Automated On-Demand Brokerage Solutions in North America’ along with Uber Freight and Convoy. The exception may be North America, where Frost & Sullivan predicts that it will be shared by several leading solutions. Freightera is creating a unified global marketplace for freight shipping. Over 9,000 manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers in the U.S.

Freightera to Build North America’s First Low Emission Freight Marketplace


Freightera to Build North America’s First Low Emission Freight Marketplace, Partners with SmartWay to Showcase Certified Carriers. Freightera’s Go Green option now allows shippers to choose freight quotes by lower emission, in addition to price and shipping time. Freightera Logistics’ award-winning online freight marketplace has partnered with Natural Resources Canada’s SmartWay program, to help create the North American Low Emission Freight Marketplace.

Bonus: Top 11 thru 20 Most Popular Manufacturing Blog Posts


However, with most of our customer base in the manufacturing field, with the remaining in distribution and other industries, we thought it was vital that we featured some of the other manufacturing blog posts that were also popular in 2014. We featured out of our 200 plus blog posts in 2014, over 50 blog posts in the manufacturing category. You might ask yourself, “Why does a third party logistics company create Manufacturing content?

Is Mexico the World's Next Manufacturing Hub?


Mexico may become the global manufacturing nerve center if the country plays its cards right. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, Mexico ranks number eight out of 40 countries including Canada, Sweden, and Vietnam. Deloitte has also highlighted the country as a major manufacturer of electronics parts , machinery, and appliances, among others. Challenges or not, manufacturers of another key industry, plastics, are betting on Mexico.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Shipping Containers


As a logistics service provider, focusing on over-the-road surface transportation management solutions via technology and managed transportation services, we find the following information on the history of shipping containers of great significance to the logistics and supply chain community at large. There are two ways to view the History of Shipping Containers. Below, you can also view the history of shipping containers in one infographic. Shipping between Europe, S.E.

How to Expand Your Global Shipping to Meet Growing Indian Markets

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Only one of them is outside North America: China. If projections and recent rhetoric are to be believed, India will join China as the only non-North American countries in the $500 billion club by 2025. How is Global Shipping Growing in India?

Made In USA Sweepstakes: Logistics Company & Documentary Filmmaker Join Forces to Spread Manufacturing Awareness


in a blog post ahead of his visit to Made in USA manufacturer, UCAN Zippers USA. Since Cerasis supports manufacturing in general, and due to the fact our company was "Made in the USA" and that we service companies who ship freight in North America, we were drawn to this documentary and more importantly to the resurgence of American Manufacturing and “Made In USA.”. What is Manufacturing Day 2015? Manufacturing made in usa

What’s Driving Flatbed Shipping Demand and Is It Here to Stay?

CH Robinson Logistics

After a strong finish in 2017, flatbed demand has continued to soar in 2018 resulting in historic supply and demand imbalances across North America. Flatbed shipping is known for its cyclical and seasonal trends, fragmented marketplace and carrier demographics, and variability in demand. However, if you’re shipping material on open deck trailers, these topics aren’t the primary drivers of flatbed demand. Manufacturing and automotive industry.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] Mohawk’s SVP of supply chain John Angleson described the scale of the challenge: “The relationship between the manufacturer and distributor in the paper business has typically been characterized by various forms of manipulation, both positive and negative.

Don’t Get Caught Off-Guard: Preparing for July 2016 SOLAS Shipper Mandates

Talking Logistics

Shippers are required to communicate verified weights in a shipping document. According to the World Shipping Council’s guidelines on the law, “In order to address safety problems at sea and on shore arising from container shipments that have incorrect weight declarations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI Regulation 2 – Cargo information regarding a mandatory container gross weight verification.”.

What’s Next for a Bubbling Freight Market?

Zipline Logistics

In addition to individual and household spending, supply chain managers at CPG manufacturers around the country have recently brought additional safety stock into their networks to mitigate any potential future issues with supply.

As Fuel Prices Rise, Here's How Supply Chains Can Cut Transportation Costs


This go-to-market strategy makes manufacturing far more cost efficient. Around a 26 percent increase is expected for this trend, significantly in Europe, while onshoring will increase in North America. Shippers pay attention to what they call shipment consolidation, examining their own shipping patterns to find opportunities to consolidate shipments, potential leverage to be gained from using a third-party logistics provider (3PL), and optimizing better vehicle utilization.

The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Manufacturers make toilet paper based on those demand signals in a very predictive manner. The majority of toilet paper sold in North America is manufactured in North America. Given that there has not been a massive shutdown in America factories the lack of supply cannot be attributed to temporary factory closures. There is also nothing particularly challenging or unique about the manufacture of toilet paper nor its Supply Chain.

As Fuel Prices Rise, Here's How Supply Chains Can Cut Transportation Costs


This go-to-market strategy makes manufacturing far more cost efficient. Around a 26 percent increase is expected for this trend, significantly in Europe, while onshoring will increase in North America. Shippers pay attention to what they call shipment consolidation, examining their own shipping patterns to find opportunities to consolidate shipments, potential leverage to be gained from using a third-party logistics provider (3PL), and optimizing better vehicle utilization.

Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth


Like manufacturing, warehouses, and the systems that manage them, are going through an inflection point. The fastest growing manufacturers are integrating these four technologies through their entire supply chains to achieve higher levels of accuracy and responsiveness relative to competitors.

USMCA Takes Effect

3PL Insights

On July 1, 2020 the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). What does this mean for trade and manufacturing in North America? The North American Auto Industry. of the material used to make the vehicle produced in North America. The USMCA will provide $600 million dedicated to fixing environmental problems caused by trades and manufacturing between the three countries.

Is Business ‘Transformation’ a Dirty Word?


I think that many companies, especially in the manufacturing world, have come to mistake the “blind task” or “haircut” cost-cutting approach for transformation. Companies that had different operational processes in everything from accounts payable to shipping and receiving. Featured Manufacturing Trends Change erp manufacturing Mergers & acquisitions operations planning process map Processes Purchasing process strategy synergy Systems Transformation

Florence Et Al.

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North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. Each state has a rich manufacturing economy. It is now closed at the start of a busy shipping season as companies prepare for holiday inventory builds.

What Freight Brokers Should Expect in 2015


2014 was a dynamic year for shipping and freight, and 2015 might present us with some surprising changes as well. One month in, here are our predictions for freight brokers in 2015: Manufacturing Comes Home. Companies have shifted manufacturing outside of North America , and shipping has been consolidated to large, central import locations. Some new players on the scene might change the face of shipping, and the role of freight brokers, even more in 2015.

Helping You Plan Ahead During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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and globally, staying close to our contract carriers and discussing continuity plans in the event shipping trajectories need to be adjusted due to disruptions or closures at any ports. We continue to see elevated cases in developed nations that have a heavy reliance on manufacturing outside of the U.S., Supply Chain Smart Solutions Transportation Market Global forwarding International shipping

Managing the Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain with Technology


In the recent “Cold Chain’s Hot Innovations” webinar , Thermo King North America’s Scott Bates discussed improving energy and fuel efficiency (particularly in transportation), reducing food waste and extending shelf-life, assuring FSMA compliance; and promoting food safety.

BluJay and Uber Freight Partner to Optimize Global Shipping

BluJay Solutions

Early adopters of API integration include food manufacturers, essential product providers. The integration allows businesses that use BluJay’s Transportation Management application in North America and soon, Europe, to tap into Uber Freight’s pricing insights and vast network of over 50,000 carriers. For example, we were able to stand up the platform and push the first load tender all inside of a single business day for one of our food manufacturer shippers.

This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2018)

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Passport, a customer service company focused on shipping, has raised $3 million in seed funding (TechCrunch). Ryder Expands Last-Mile Delivery Network in 11 North American Markets. Intel partners with Rolls-Royce to develop autonomous cargo ships (VentureBeat).

ANCA Streamlines Procurement with the QAD Supplier Portal


It’s a niche industry, but also one of the cornerstones of discrete parts manufacturing. They’re complex machines assembled from thousands of parts, many purchased from highly specialized manufacturers. Each part must be manufactured to the highest standards possible if the assembled machine is to deliver the speed, precision and surface finish that users demand. ANCA builds CNC tool grinding machines.

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity

DELMIA Quintiq

The West Coast port congestion in North America proved to be a game changer for businesses, with preparation being the winning factor. How do you avoid spending additional millions to cover extra inventory costs and shipping delays? Textile manufacturer, Vlisco, reduced production lead time by 50 percent. You’ve just been analyzing your supply chain’s performance over the last 2 quarters. It’s not looking too good.

How AEI Tags Are Changing the Way Freight Moves!

Supply Chain Game Changer

In the shipping industry, automatic equipment identification (AEI) tags are the lifeblood of data collecting. Railyards and trucking companies place the AEI tags on their freight cars and tractors to help track shipping all over North America. How AEI Tags Help Shipping Companies. When shipping companies receive data about their trucks and rail cars, they can instantly update their customers who can then prepare for incoming loads. Subscribe Here!

An Interview with Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser

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I’m speaking, of course, of the growing number of companies who are either making a choice to manufacture in America by never offshoring in the first place or moving manufacturing back to America from overseas. Moser: I’ve spent 45 years involved in the manufacturing industry in one way or another. My ties to manufacturing date back to my grandfather. Supply Chain Manufacturing Reshoring

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


North America Market. The expectation is that two mega ships will arrive at the ports to pick up empties this week as the equipment is needed in China. Industrial and chemical sectors are maintaining at seasonally expected shipping volumes as of this time. Finding equipment and shipping through the Laredo, TX and McAllen, TX border crossing points could quickly get worse. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China.

6 Steps to an Optimized Oil and Gas Supply Chain

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With multiple freight handoffs, service gaps, and surging demands, global ceramic proppant manufacturers have one of the most complex supply chains in the oil and gas industry. In the “before” diagram below, you’ll see a typical supply chain experience when a manufacturer ships ceramic proppant from China to North America. 6 Steps to an Optimized Oil and Gas Supply Chain.