COVID-19 Disrupts an Efficient Supply Chain

There was a time when Mumbai’s dabbawalas (lunchbox carriers) were known for their efficient supply chain and logistics.  But the COVID-19 incursion changed the lives and livelihoods of Mumbai’s dabbawalas.  Their lives can neatly be compartmentalized into BC and AC – before COVID-19 and after COVID-19. Scenario Before COVID-19 Mumbai’s dabbawala service was legendary for its reliability.  This service was started in 1890 by a Parsi banker who wanted to have home-cooked food in office […]

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A Socially Responsible Manufacturer Thrives Despite Coronavirus

Being a socially responsible company can create a strong brand, a committed workforce, and loyal customers. It comes at a cost. The products will generally be more expensive, limiting sales. Progressive companies are often small, requiring them to use less-than-truckload.  Less-than-truckload has adverse service and environmental impacts. In short, fair trade and environmental initiatives lead to socially responsible manufacturers having more complex supply chains.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 25 – 31)

As my colleague Clint Reiser pointed out in last week’s news round-up, baseball is back. And while the season will look a lot different than in years past, it is back. At least until it isn’t. Unlike the NHL and NBA which chose to use bubble cities to contain the teams, baseball teams are still traveling for games. And while the league is somewhat limiting travel by only having teams play in their geographic division, […]

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Editor’s Choice: 5 Ingredients for Predicting Accurate Shipment ETAs

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article comes from Vivek Vaid, CTO at FourKites, and examines how to predict accurate shipments ETAs. Predictive intelligence is a big deal these days. In talking to one of our customers, it occurred to me that despite the advances FourKites has demonstrated in machine learning and data science, […]

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The TMS Outlook: 2020 Update

I recently wrapped up my Transportation Management Systems market study which looks at the total size of the market, the forecasted growth through 2024, and the leading suppliers across a number of categories including industry, region, and customer size. The study includes a holistic view of the TMS outlook. I was recently interviewed by ARC Advisory Group’s Allen Avery to take a deeper look into the TMS outlook for the foreseeable future and identify some of the larger trends in the TMS market.

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What will Last Mile Delivery Look like Post-Pandemic?

Ecommerce sales have boomed during the pandemic. Young technologies that support last mile deliveries are getting increased attention. Which of these technologies have the most potential post-Coronavirus?

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This Week in Logistics News (July 18 – 24)

The 2020 Major League Baseball season began last night, Thursday, July 23rd, almost four months behind schedule. This year’s delayed season will also be shortened from the typical 162 games to just 60 – turning a marathon into a 10k. This change significantly reduces the importance of endurance and roster depth. And it will be different in a number of additional ways, as well. Fenway Park, the home field of my beloved Boston Red Sox, always had great energy due to the […]

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Modern WMS: The Nerve Center for A Differentiated Customer Experience

Modern WMS is essential, as warehouses are becoming critical nerve centers to deliver a differentiated customer experience across product availability, buying avenues, and speed of delivery without adding cost. Warehouse leaders will need to think about how they transform their operations to become strategic assets that deliver best-in-class customer experience as a key differentiator. Customers want a frictionless experience, which in the pandemic environment, means contactless for more of their transactions.

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Dow’s Artificial Intelligence Journey in International Trade

Dow Chemical is in the midst of a digital transformation. They have set up to test out new and emerging technologies. They have had success in developing valuable intellectual property based on artificial intelligence in the area of trade classifications.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 11 – 17)

It is always interesting to me to see the creative ways that companies try to collect data about their customers. Over the last few years I have seen an increasing number of “challenges” being shared on Facebook that in reality are simply ways to gather more information about its users. These include picture challenges, such as the “10 Days of Being a Mom Challenge” or the “Here’s How I’ll Look When I’m Old” challenge, as […]

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