4 Features of an Improving Supply Chain

Supply Chain @ MIT

Technology could improve New York’s taxi system. The new technology enabled IT departments to collect immense amounts of data about assembly line operation, but they could not see beyond these new databases. Promote integration and cooperation In Manhattan, New York City, USA, there are about 13,000 official medallion taxis. Yet New York City is increasing the number of taxis by 2000 cabs.

The Future of Transportation: The New Airships

The Network Effect

The Hindenburg over Manhattan, New York, 1937 (courtesy Associated Press). When thinking of airships, or “skyliners” as they were often called, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed by visions of the Hindenburg going down in flames in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937. A number of companies are working on versions of airships, and see advantages to this mode of transport. Airships are a relatively cheap form of transport as they are self-lifting.

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Taking the “Ouch” Out of Transportation Costs

Talking Logistics

However, the biggest pain point for these global supply chains is the one that seems inescapable – transportation costs. Pain Points Increasing Transportation Costs. No matter how much can be saved from sourcing globally, transportation costs continue to creep in to seriously affect a product’s profit margin. A 2017 Global Sourcing study from American Shipper magazine found that 58% of shippers said their highest concern today is rising transportation costs.

Creating Transportation Visibility

Logistics Viewpoints

No, this is not yet another article about capturing network milestones or establishing better carrier connectivity, but rather the more strategic issue of how companies can raise the visibility of transportation within the domain of corporate initiatives. I recently attended the American Shipper Executive Summit in New York City and early in the agenda, Eric […]. Guest Commentary Transportation Transportation Management Systems

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Warehouse Management Set to Take Center Stage in Warehouse Automation

Cerasis

The writing is on the wall for traditional, manual-based processes in supply chain management, says Cade Metz of The New York Times. The post Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Warehouse Management Set to Take Center Stage in Warehouse Automation appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. While Amazon leads the way, other companies, including carriers such as FedEx and DHL, are testing and developing robotic-based systems to speed operations.

Loadsmart and One Network Help Shippers Secure Reliable Transportation at the Lowest Cost

The Network Effect

Loadsmart and One Network Partner to Create a Seamless and Automated Freight Brokering Experience New York, July 23, 2019 — The post Loadsmart and One Network Help Shippers Secure Reliable Transportation at the Lowest Cost appeared first on The Network Effect. Logistics Transportation freight logistics transportation management

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.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

Transportation has followed the same evolutionary pattern, moving upstream from day-to-day freight transactions to an integral component of top-level corporate planning and procurement strategy. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging. Given the current market conditions, it is more critical than ever to elevate transportation procurement from a tactical to a strategic level.

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.

What the Government Shutdown Means for Transportation Operations

Kuebix

The New York Times says, “While some essential work, such as mail delivery and […]. The post What the Government Shutdown Means for Transportation Operations appeared first on Kuebix. As we enter day 32 of the government shutdown, it was reported in the WSJ that agencies that oversee the flow of goods are starting to cut back services and working hours at some sites, raising concerns that delays can spread.

Transportation Trends: What’s Ahead for Trucking with California’s Gig Economy Bill?

PINC

It’s a “move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure,” the New York Times reports. Under the measure, which is expected to go into effect January 1, 2020, if a company exerts control over how they perform their tasks—or if their work is part of a company’s regular business—then workers must be designated as “employees” versus “contractors,” according to the New York Times.

4 Trending Transportation Updates: February 2017

PLS Logistics

The Exchange would use a similar process to the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. Read Next: 6 Trending Transportation Updates: January 2017. “Trucking Futures Exchange” Could Launch This Summer: DAT Solutions and Transvix have teamed up to create a futures exchange that will allow trucking companies, 3PL’s, and shippers to better combat spot market rate uncertainty.

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What Is Drayage Shipping and When Do You Need It?

PLS Logistics

Drayage transportation is handled by trucks and is usually part of intermodal transport. The service is in extremely high demand in large port cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Baltimore, […]. Blog drayage drayage services intermodal intermodal freight intermodal transportationDrayage shipping is moving container freight over short distances, mainly in the same metropolitan area between ports, facilities, rail yards or other shipping hubs.

Rwanda Heads Technology Revolution in Africa

The Network Effect

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.” 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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Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2017

Talking Logistics

Will I learn something new, particularly in an area that I don’t know much about today but is critically important for my career and leadership development? If you’re a transportation professional, for example, and all you know is transportation, your opportunities for advancement are limited compared to someone who has a broader supply chain perspective. Simplicity-as-a-Service: A New Value Proposition for Software Vendors and 3PLs?

Identity Theft, Trucking Style

Talking Logistics

Here’s how the scheme works, as described in an AP article published last October ( Thieves Pose as Truckers to Steal Huge Cargo Loads ): Thieves assume the identity of a trucking company, often by reactivating a dormant Department of Transportation carrier number from a government website for as little as $300. Significant fictitious pick-up activity has also been reported in Florida, Texas and New Jersey. A couple of years ago, I was a victim of identity theft.

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Will NYSHEX Lift Container Shipping Service Levels?

Supply Chain @ MIT

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), due to be piloted in January 2016, aims to overcome the chronic inefficiencies that afflict ocean transportation and add cost to global supply chains. Gordon Downes, Founder and CEO of NYSHEX, explained the rationale behind the new market in a presentation at MIT CTL’s Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2015, […].

This Week in Logistics News (April 13-17, 2015)

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Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact ( New York Times ). Robinson and MIT Develop New Model for Carbon Emissions. DAT Keypoint Software Adds Powerful New Reporting Feature. Here are some excerpts from the press release: The current methods of calculating carbon emissions can be highly inaccurate, and determining emissions for LTL is more challenging than for other types of transportation.

Ready For the Next Port Crisis?

Talking Logistics

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative new 5-year agreement late on Friday, so the West Coast ports resumed full operations this past weekend. Long Beach is the highest-ranked port in the United States (20th in the world) with a berth productivity of 88, compared to 130 for Tianjin (China), 104 for Shanghai, 86 for Rotterdam (Netherlands), 78 for New York-New Jersey, and 71 for Charleston (South Carolina).

Enabling Supply Chain Flexibility: Two Important (But Often Overlooked) Factors

Talking Logistics

And last month, we witnessed the havoc that winter storm Jonas unleashed along the east coast , dumping more than two feet of snow in Washington, DC, New York City, and other major cities, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and gridlock on the roads. 3PL Episode Highlights Global Trade Management Supply Chain Risk Management Transportation Management C.H.

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Takeaways from Roadnet perform 2014 User Conference

Talking Logistics

FreshDirect , an online grocer serving the New York City metropolitan area, is a great example. Customers place orders via the web store and select from a list of 2-hour delivery time windows; they can place new orders, or modify existing ones, until a cut-off time. Supply Chain Technology Trends Transportation Management Systems continuous optimization FreshDirect mobile technologies Omnitracs Roadnet routing and scheduling TMS transportation management system

Disrupting Logistics Ain’t Easy

Talking Logistics

But Uber never expanded beyond the initial three cities [New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago]…Uber also faced stiff competition in same-day deliveries from a variety of startups and larger rivals, including Deliv Inc. As Erica Phillips reported recently in the Wall Street Journal : In an effort to attract drivers, Uber Freight this week launched an incentive program offering discounts on fuel, tires, maintenance and the purchase of new and used vehicles.

BluJay and Loadsmart Announce Strategic Partnership Enabling Access to Instantly Bookable Rates and Capacity for TMS Users

BluJay Solutions

Integration offers shippers new tools to improve efficiency and gain superior visibility for their shipments. and NEW YORK – April 8, 2020 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of global supply chain software and services, and Loadsmart , a digital freight technology company, today announced a strategic and technical partnership that delivers greater transportation efficiency and visibility to shippers.

This Week in Logistics News (October 12-16, 2015)

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SMC³ Acquires Transportation Costing Group. August 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Moving on to disruptive technologies and services, Uber announced this week that UberRUSH, its same-day/same-hour delivery service, is now open for business in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. I was up late last night watching the Mets beat the Dodgers in the National League Divisional Series.

This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013)

Talking Logistics

First, Descartes unveiled new optimization technology at its user conference that “helps retailers and distributors make deliveries the same day an order is taken.” Using real-time GPS-based fleet statuses Descartes’ same-day delivery optimization technology can more accurately predict new delivery times and drive greater delivery efficiencies. . Here are a couple of notable quotes from the article: “Who made up these [new HOS] rules,” he asked, shaking his head.

IoT Speeds Over-the-Road Shipment Tracking

Talking Logistics

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. These connected tracking devices feed into transportation management and supply chain platforms to provide critical information at the pallet and package level. Gary received a BS from the State University of New York and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Moravian College.

The New Reality of Amazon FBA with Ephraim Ausch

The Logistics of Logistics

The New Reality of Amazon FBA with Ephraim Ausch. Ephraim Ausch and Joe Lynch discuss the new reality of Amazon FBA, also known as Fulfillment by Amazon. Ephraim started his career at a bulk candy company that had retail locations in New York.

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. 5 Tips for Protecting Your Freight Against Cargo Thieves.

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Research: How the Panama Canal Expansion Will Impact U.S. Logistics

CH Robinson Transportfolio

When the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2016, it will have new locks and wider, deeper channels that can accommodate Post-Panamax vessels and more traffic. The port at New York-New Jersey is raising a bridge so the 160-foot-high vessels can reach the docks. Global Transportation Logistics Supply Chain Transportation Market Transportation Policy Boston Consulting Group Panama Canal Expansion Ports Post-Panamax White Paper

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2016

Talking Logistics

Will I learn something new, particularly in an area that I don’t know much about today but is critically important for my career and leadership development? If you’re a transportation professional, for example, and all you know is transportation, your opportunities for advancement are limited compared to someone who has a broader supply chain perspective. The New JDA: Focused on the 3PL Industry (Takeaways from FOCUS 2015 Conference).

Digitized Trucking: Turning The Logistics Value Chain Upside Down

Cerasis

Imagine that you own a truck and you receive an order from a soft drink manufacturer in Missouri to transport around 5000 kilograms of freight. The order states that you leave Missouri with the 5000 kilograms, drop 2000 kilograms in New York, then head towards Atlanta and drop around 1800 kilograms there and finally, the remaining 1200 kilograms need to be dropped in Washington. Freight Technology Transportation

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. That last point gets to the heart of this solution’s value proposition: getting more timely and accurate visibility to transportation activities. Ever get a song stuck in your head? According to a study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, the best way to get it out of your head is to…[answer at the end of the post].

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This Week in Logistics News (October 6-10, 2014)

Talking Logistics

August 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). across from the Empire State Building in Midtown [and on the same busy street as Macy’s flagship store], would function as a mini warehouse, with limited inventory for same-day delivery within New York, product returns and exchanges, and pickups of online orders. If it is successful, however, the New York location could presage a rollout to other U.S. Life is good in freight transportation.

This Week in Logistics News (September 28 – October 2, 2015)

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enVista Unveils New Direct Store Delivery Solution for the Beverage Industry. Yes, Amazon is taking a page from Uber’s playbook and creating a new delivery network comprised of you and me — i.e., anybody with a car and a desire to earn a few bucks to deliver packages (after undergoing a vetting process, of course). It will be available soon in New York, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Portland.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted. Our first guinea pig, Bubbles, had passed away a few weeks earlier (after bringing us much joy and laughs for over four years), so we were very excited to bring Milo and Otis home and begin a new chapter of memories. Manhattan Associates Empowers Warehouse Managers With New E-Commerce Capabilities. Marten Transport Ltd.

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