Taking the “Ouch” Out of Transportation Costs

Talking Logistics

And this global trip isn’t just for sightseeing – leading companies find that a diversified sourcing base and far-flung manufacturing can help cut production costs, increasing the bottom line. However, the biggest pain point for these global supply chains is the one that seems inescapable – transportation costs. Pain Points Increasing Transportation Costs. Here are just a few pain points that are increasing transportation costs: Container shipping headaches.

The Definitive Guide on Produce Season Transportation Impacts

Zipline Logistics

Produce season transportation can have an impact on your freight, even if you do not ship grains, fruits, or vegetables. Even if you don’t grow or ship produce, your transportation performance and spend can still be directly impacted. When crops are moved at high volume, available capacity is diminished as carriers devote a sizable portion of their fleets to produce season transportation. How Produce Season Transportation Affects Rates and Capacity – State by State.


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7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

Shipping Steel: I.C.E. Transport Operation Moves 132-Foot Rails

I.C.E. Transport

A major rail line in the New York Metro area was able to source the steel rail it needed in the UK. The company arranged ocean transport to the Port of NY/NJ, but transporting the steel rail from New Jersey to Connecticut was going to be a challenge since some of the rail sections were 132 feet long.

How Locally Grown Products are Disrupting F&B Manufacturing


It means buying food that is sourced and/or grown within a geographical location that could be considered “local”. For example, a food label in a store in New York might read “ New York State Grown and Certified ”. The “locally grown” movement has been fueled by the perception that locally grown, produced and sourced foods contain many benefits. Some of the benefits often associated with buying locally sourced products include: Fresher products.

Rwanda Heads Technology Revolution in Africa

The Network Effect

Source: ReCode.net. Thus, according to the New York Times , one of the world’s smallest and poorest countries, “will be the first… to establish a commercial drone delivery network — putting it ahead of places like the United States.” Sources. New York Times. Supply Chain Management Technology Transportation delivery drones drugs healthcare medical network One Network pharmaceuticals supply chain zip zipline

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IoT Speeds Over-the-Road Shipment Tracking

Talking Logistics

According to a 2017 Michigan State University Supply Chain Management study , “supply chain and product complexity possess a number of sources that vex supply chain operations…customer accommodation is the first,” including the demand for speed and visibility into shipments. In response to this growing complexity, companies moving goods around the world are embracing digital supply chain solutions, powered by new tracking technologies and data analytics.

How to Protect Your Freight From Cargo Thieves

GTG Technology Group

Do your research when selecting transportation routes. Smart transportation management software can help you determine routes through safer neighborhoods, based on crime heat maps and collected data. A few areas with high rates of cargo theft are Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Miami, Houston, and Chicago. Make Smart Use of Transportation Technology. Sources: [link]. 5 Tips for Protecting Your Freight Against Cargo Thieves.

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This Week in Logistics News (May 4-8, 2015)

Talking Logistics

It has 253 employees and is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel; Dublin, Ireland; and Brighton, England. We are supporting mobile connectivity for our clients and their carrier partners, allowing updates to come directly from the source that is performing the activities and removing several layers that are present today in EDI or manual processes ”. Ever get a song stuck in your head?

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Agriculture in the City

Enterra Insights

Readers old enough to remember the 1960s, might recall the television show “Green Acres” starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a country farm. ”[4] They go to note, “Growing food in cities is not a new concept.” Food grown close to consumers reduces both transportation costs and food waste.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities. Source ID. Source ID. Content Summary: Personal Mover Transports Employees around BMW Plant. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Content Summary: New Electronic Vehicle Export Process Debuts at Port Everglades. Source ID. Source ID.

Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

Material Handling & Logistics

New York City. New York City. Source ID. Content Summary: New York ranks number 1 among the seven metro areas in the number of Fortune 1000 companies with supply chain leaders located in the metro area; in the number of supply chain and technology programs in a 200-mile radius; in the number of supply chain and technology awards conferred in programs in a 200-mile radius; in transportation infrastructure (e.g., Source ID. Source ID.

How to Stop Disruption in the Supply Chain From the Coronavirus

Veridian Solutions

Although not as sizable as other Chinese cities, Wuhan has more than 11 million people, making it considerably larger than New York City. One of the many reasons that Wuhan is critical to the international supply chain is due to its role in shipping and transportation. As of today, Chinese authorities shut down transportation for more than a dozen cities, effectively putting nearly 60 million people under severe travel restrictions.

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COP21 – Freight and Climate Change


Click the button on the right to see our sources. SEE CALCULATION × Sources for Freight Emissions The following facts are from disparate sources, but tell a consistent story. North American estimates for freight transportation’s share of national emissions: 7.8% (US), 8% (Canada), 18% (Mexico). UK estimate for freight transportation’s share of national emissions: 6%, split by Road 92%, Rail and Waterborne 8%, Air 0%.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


Transplace is closely monitoring the outbreak and the impact the reaction is having on the transportation market. Toward that end, we would like to provide you with four types of updates: 1) what we are seeing in the transportation marketplace, 2) what our customers are experiencing, 3) some best practices we recommend with regard to bidding, and 4) the actions we are taking to protect our employees and community. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update.

Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers


Troy-Bilt : Troy, New York: Manufactured and assembled various sizes of roto-tillers called: “Horse”, “Pony”, etc. For any new purchases a red Traveling Requisition (TR) was used. Purchasing was tasked with Cost Reduction, Sourcing and Purchase Orders. 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

The Importance of Transparency in Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Consumers, activists, and investors increasingly want to know the products they buy are sourced sustainably and ethically. Transparency, on the other hand, involves moral and ethical dimensions of activities associated with sourcing and manufacturing. sources of raw materials. The fallout has resulted in a raft of new laws pertaining to transparency. In the information age, it’s difficult to hide things you would prefer to remain undiscovered.

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Rhode Island Named Bottom State for Infrastructure and Transportation as US Underinvestment Takes Toll


To address these problems the tiny state is taking on a $5 billion programme to try and overhaul the transportation network by 2025, a cost equivalent to nearly $5,000 per citizen. Other poor performers alongside Rhode Island in both reports include Maine, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Connecticut, Mississippi, and, surprisingly, Massachusetts, all of which came in the bottom 10 in both reports. US News Best States for Transportation Rank. New Mexico. New York. #28.

Building predictive analytics in an unpredictable age


With wild demand fluctuations and consistent disruptions to both production and transportation, supply chain managers are in dire need of accurate modelling and predictions. A small change in a plan, or a forecast may have big impacts on suppliers, on physical transportation, etc.,

Building predictive analytics in an unpredictable age


With wild demand fluctuations and consistent disruptions to both production and transportation, supply chain managers are in dire need of accurate modelling and predictions. A small change in a plan, or a forecast may have big impacts on suppliers, on physical transportation, etc.,

The Trucking Industry In The COVID-19 Era


In particular, new and emerging technologies, like blockchain, can be beneficial. As per Jennifer Smith at the Wall Street Journal , the trucking industry now faces the daunting task of replenishing these supplies as quickly as possible, all while facing new obstacles caused by COVID-19 including closed truck stops, a lack of sanitizing equipment and protective gear, and increased scrutiny at border crossings.

This Week in Logistics News (April 1-5, 2019)

Talking Logistics

It was a clear sign that even he recognized this was new and different and the beginning of something, even if we could not name it. We see this all the time with weather storms and the havoc they create on transportation and distribution operations. Today the threat is border closings, tomorrow it could be Congress not approving the USMCA (“new NAFTA”) trade agreement. “I’m worst at what I do best.”. Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, killed himself 25 years ago today.

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The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog


It’s no coincidence that Transport Intelligence just emailed me an invitation to The Future of Logistics conference. So I spoke to everyone I knew in the field and looked through some other sources (Crunchbase, Jonathan Wichmann’s great list of logistics startups site, CB Insights and more) to come up with the ULTIMATE LIST of disruptive logistics startups. Drone transportation for short deliveries, including last mile. New York only.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources


So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. Transport Intelligence, the well-respected U.K. is one of the industry’s most respected logistics sources. Transport Topics. With over 60,000 monthly viewers, Transport Topics is a prime destination for freight buffs, especially those who specialize in trucking.

Port Problems Punish Retailers – 3 Ways to Find Relief

Supply Chain Collaborator

Guest Blogger, Rich Chrzanowski — Container volume at US ports hit an all-time high in 2014 and a DOT transportation study projects volume to more than triple in coming years. There are creative ways retailers can mitigate the awful impact of these conditions, but only if they are maximizing their utilization of cutting edge transportation management solutions. Shippers may also consider sourcing more of their products domestically instead of from overseas.

How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need


Fashion designer Christian Siriano is offering to make free face masks for medical service workers amidst the coronavirus outbreak relief efforts in New York. H&M , the world’s second largest fashion retailer, said it would use its supply network to source personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here are some new ways to know where to be discovered.

Why investors are looking at supply chain technologies in 2020


No one’s saying we’re going to replace them any time soon, so the CFO can continue to get his financial and inventory data, but we can better manage execution decisions in transportation or a planning decision around inventory positioning using AI/ML and real-time data.”.

Smart Supply Chains Adapt to Overcome COVID-19 Challenges

Logistics Bureau

Almost 75 percent of US companies are experiencing capacity shortfalls in their supply chains, due to Coronavirus-linked transport disruptions , a new study has shown. Those that look for new marketing opportunities despite the brittle trading conditions. Indeed, the use of drones to deliver medical supplies and transport medical samples for analysis is fast gaining pace in the beleaguered country.

Stuck in Traffic: Dealing With The High Cost of Congestion

Talking Logistics

According to research released earlier this year by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), traffic congestion on the U.S. Here are some additional details from the press release: Utilizing a variety of data sources including its unique truck GPS database, ATRI calculated delay on the NHS totaling more than 996 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 362,243 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.

Supply Chain Alone Can’t Solve Sustainability But it Has a Part to Play!

Supply Chain Game Changer

climate summit convened in New York. It saw leaders from around the world pledging new initiatives to address the ongoing climate crisis, including a $60 Billion renewable energy commitment from Germany, and 15 countries including Britain, Norway and Costa Rica pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. It’s also poised to deliver those changes in a way that will provide value to business, instead of becoming a new cost centre. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Amazon Prime Now – The Cost of Expediting the Last Mile

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Sortation centers were introduced in 2014 and function primarily as hubs to aggregate outbound shipments, minimize third party transportation costs, and enable shipment on Sundays using the US Postal Service. In Q1 2015 there were reports saying that Amazon had opened Prime Now warehouses in Austin and New York City. Assuming that each of these new Prime Now warehouses has about 350K square feet, then the additional annual operation cost would be $70M (350K * 2 * 100 = $70M).

Mitigating the Impact of the Coronavirus on Supply Chains with Machine Learning and Real-Time Visibility


A New York Times article from August 2019 highlights how much artificial intelligence (AI) is indebted to humans. Because the virus is so new and there is very little historical data, Blue Yonder’s data science team is very busy feeding data into the AI-driven control tower to help visualize and predict current and future impacts of the coronavirus. That is because lots and lots of people are needed to help an AI system learn so that it can eventually act on its own.

Truck Driver Shortage: Getting Better, Worse, or No Problem at All?

Talking Logistics

There’s been a driver shortage for as long as I’ve been in the industry, yet we always manage to ship our products and get them to our customers on time,” is what I often hear from transportation executives at manufacturing and retail companies who are skeptical about the problem. That’s true, but so are these troubling trends and statistics from ATRI : Source: “Analysis of Truck Driver Age Demographics Across Two Decades,” ATRI, December 2014.

Supply Chain Management Challenges All Businesses Need to Understand

USC Consulting Group

Organizations that cultivate and maintain reliable yet malleable logistics channels can source the material needed to produce impactful products with minimal overhead and deliver these items swiftly to anticipative consumers. In fact, 62% of logistics, supply chain, and transportation executives say their companies are undergoing profound supply chain transformation , according to a 2019 report from Forbes Insights.

The Perilous State of Healthcare Supply Chains Today: How Did We End Up Here?


Hospitals in New York will be impacted first, but others throughout the country will be increasingly facing many shortages by mid-April to early May, when the peak is expected to occur. Of course, it is faster to repurpose current drugs than develop new ones, but rigorous testing is required. Stockpiling supplies and/or creating redundant sources of supply is one of the most often cited strategies associated with pre-emergency planning.