Top 10 Logistics Stories of 2017

2017 is just about in the books, and it has been a busy year for the supply chain industry. Let’s look back at ten of the top logistics stories of the year. Drones 2017 has been the year of the drone. There’s been a lot of interest in using drones for last mile deliveries. In the US, an easing of FAA regulations could finally make it a reality, which is good news for the likes […]

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LTL Trends and Challenges: Density-Based Pricing

Within the last few years, less-than-truckload (LTL) rates and capacity have fluctuated. Many carriers have shifted from the traditional National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) rate-setting formula to density-based pricing, which prices freight according to the amount of space the shipment uses in the truck. This new pricing model, along with other recent industry trends, has had a significant impact on shippers – making it important to understand the new pricing methods for LTL shipments, what’s […]

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Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018

There are several key supply chain trends to watch in 2018. Omnichannel Revenue Management The retail supply chain has been going through a massive transformation. Traditional brick and mortar retailers seek to leverage their stores to better compete against Amazon and other ecommerce retailers. ARC’s Chris Cunnane does an annual survey omnichannel retail in conjunction with DC Velocity.  The main reason retailers invest in expensive omnichannel initiatives is to increase sales, increase market share, and […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 2 – 8)

Earlier this week, a camera on board the Mars Curiosity captured a photo of a round, stone-like object. Now, just what that object was, remains to be seen. It all depends on who you ask. NASA deems these strange spheres to be Martian “blueberries,” which applies to many of these round objects. According to NASA, the “peculiar objects are the result of a natural phenomenon called concretion, in which minerals gather and harden inside water-soaked […]

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Fleet Management Strategies of Top Performers

Fleets are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they can be a competitive differentiator for companies that compete on delivery service. On the other hand, they can be expensive to operate. So, what makes for a successful fleet operator? In our Fleet Management Strategies of Top Performers, Descartes recently surveyed 130 companies with fleets across the globe to determine how leaders think differently. Some of the results are simple but surprising, and the charts tell […]

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Terex AWP: New Yard Management System Works like a Charm

Terex is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products. The Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) business unit sells many of its products under the well-known Genie brand name. Genie customers are mostly equipment rental companies that purchase high-volumes of units on an annual basis. Terex AWP operates its largest Genie finished product transfer center in North Bend, Washington. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dirk Becker and Marsha Hudson of Terex […]

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Artificial Intelligence in Demand Planning

There is an arms race to incorporate artificial intelligence in demand planning solutions. Many new data sources, features, and tools are being explored. A new demand modeling tool has been introduced which will make it easier to analyze new data sources to see if they can be used to improve forecasts.

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What was Hot in Supply Chain Technology in 2017?

What was hot in supply chain technology? A look at 3D Printing, robots, autonomous trucks, the use of Social-News-Event-Media data for risk management, and the Uberization of Freight with ARC’s assessment of the maturity of these technologies.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 25 – December 1)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are once again in the books. And not surprisingly, more and more shoppers are heading to the internet rather than the mall. Plenty of brick and mortar retailers offered deep in-store discounts to drive consumer traffic, but the web reigned supreme. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online. The end numbers are staggering. While […]

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Supply Chain Planning in the Chemical Industry: Complexities Abound

Supply chain planning in the chemical industry is difficult because of the complexities associated with this industry. Optimization depends on models. The models for the chemical industry tend to be much more complex and detailed than in most other industries.

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