The 3 Things that Matter in Delivery Productivity

For all who are familiar with the saying “There are 3 things that matter in realty: location, location, location”, there are also 3 “Ls” for delivery productivity: less, less and less. Time is the enemy of delivery productivity and the less loading, less unloading and less driving time spent, the more deliveries can be made. While much emphasis has been spent on minimizing drive times—and more will be covered here—there are tremendous opportunities to minimize […]

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Clorox Drives Value by Implementing Value Chain Segmentation

The idea behind supply chain segmentation is that not all customers or consumers should be served with a one size fits all supply chain. Clorox has shown that implementing this strategy can drive great value. But it is not easy.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 3 – 9)

Amazon has finally decided upon its second headquarters. Or has it? According to multiple reports, Amazon will build out two smaller “headquarters” as supplements to the main headquarters in Seattle, WA. The location of the two outposts, Long Island City, NY and Arlington, VA, are not overly surprising, considering the interest from the Washington, DC and New York City areas. However, many critics cite the whole second headquarters search as nothing more than a publicity […]

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How Humans and Robots Will Work Together in the Supply Chain

Humans and robots can work in harmony to create a safer, more efficient working world. Here’s what that might look like. In Robots in the Supply Chain: The Perfect Employee? Merril Douglas paints a picture of a time in the near future when robots and humans will work side-by-side to help companies gain speed, increase accuracy, cut costs, and handle the grunt work. “We’re sitting in the middle of a perfect storm for robots in […]

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A Senior Leader’s Take on TMS Implementations

One of the major trends driving TMS implementations is the technology’s proven ROI. Primarily, a TMS can save companies money by lowering their freight spend. An ARC survey on the ROI of TMS found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 8 percent with the use of a TMS application, a 2 percent improvement from the last time ARC surveyed TMS users. Of these savings, 60 percent of users indicated that less than 10 percent […]

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Shippers Look to Unify Transportation Systems to Manage Soaring Parcel Volume

The approaching holiday season is shining a bright light on transportation operations of retail companies both large and small. The rise of ecommerce has created loftier expectations of modern consumers for faster, on-time, perfect deliveries. Managing the deluge of parcel shipments is a serious challenge and many retailers and their suppliers are already straining to keep up. Global parcel volume in 2017 grew to 74.4 billion parcels, a 17 percent increase over 2016, according to […]

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The Road To Autonomous Truck Viability Begins To Clear

When it comes to driving autonomous trucks on the interstate, there are several issues that need to be solved. A startup called Wavesense has solved one key problem. The CEO of Wavesense talks with ARC about the other issues that need to be solved.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 27 – November 2)

For the 4th time in the last 15 years, the Red Sox are the World Series champs! The funny thing is I made a very specific bet a long time ago. To be exact, the year the was 2001, at the beginning of the baseball season and the end of my senior year of college. One of my best friends, who had developed the nickname Yogi because he always wore a Yankees hat, and I […]

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Here’s Why You Can Stop Dreading TMS Integrations

Managing logistics can’t happen in a vacuum; you need visibility and awareness of internal and external partners, systems and resources. The problem is that integration and visibility are a big hurdle for most transportation management systems (TMS). According to the Transportation Planning and Execution Benchmark Study by American Shipper, for example, 61 percent of respondents said the biggest challenge of their TMS was system connectivity. Rethinking Integrations and TMS Building tight integrations between your TMS, […]

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Maximizing Man and Machine In The Modern Warehouse

The impact of digital transformation and connected commerce are resounding across industries. Forward-thinking companies around the world are challenging themselves to serve more customers, more quickly, more directly and more personally. In other words, omnichannel distribution projects aren’t just for retailers anymore, and warehouse technologies need to keep up. Supply chain leaders have noted the benefits other businesses have gained and are taking action. It’s no longer acceptable to operate channels with segregated warehouse space, […]

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