This Week in Logistics News (March 16 – 22)

I spent the majority of this week in Las Vegas attending the Oracle Modern Business Experience conference at the Mandalay Bay. From a supply chain perspective, the conference looked into how disruptive technologies like IoT and blockchain are impacting supply chain management and the benefits and efficiencies they can add. The sessions were both informative and thought provoking at the same time. But I’ll have more on these topics at a later date. The conference […]

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Defining a Balanced Supply Chain Network: Are Your “Walls” and “Wheels” Where They Need to Be?

Two of the biggest and often overlooked challenges facing enterprises today are knowing where to set up shop and how to best leverage enterprise assets across the supply chain network. In the globalized economy, most supply chains are complex and geographically dispersed, serving multiple markets. However, even the small business owner – who markets “farm-to-table” products – faces similar supply chain decision points, albeit fewer in number. Deciding where to locate a hub, where to […]

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The Warehouse Labor Gap is Unsustainable

US warehousing and storage industry (3PL) employment grew from 779 million in January 2015 to 1.2 billion in December 2018, a CAGR of 11% from 2015 through 2018. At the same time, US unemployment is at historic lows. This suggests that the warehousing and storage industry must hire workers from other industries. Stories about individual warehouses paints a picture of high demand for labor, low availability, and high turnover rates. Something has to “give”.

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The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market is Growing Explosively

We just completed the new global market study on the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) market. The market is exploding. In my twenty years of doing market research I have never seen anything like the growth this market is experiencing.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 9 – 15)

St Patrick’s Day is this weekend, where everyone is a little bit Irish. And it wouldn’t be a holiday without Americans spending a lot of money. So just how much money will be spent this year? According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey on St Patrick’s Day, about 55 percent of Americans plan to celebrate. The average consumer plans to spend about $40, which equates to roughly $5.61 billion in total spending. The […]

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The Elements of a Successful Transportation Management Competency Center

Too many larger transportation projects fail to deliver value over time or end up being scrapped because there was inadequate investment in a long-term post-go-live support and growth strategy. The most successful enterprise-wide transportation management programs don’t stop with the successful rollout of the system. Instead, they go on indefinitely, delivering more business value over time. To sustain and grow their transportation management success, companies need to implement a competency center. This post summarizes the […]

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2019 Supply Chain Trends

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I spent the first week of February in Orlando attending ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum. The event had a heavy focus on how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview a few ARC analysts including Craig Resnick, Greg Gorbach, Larry O’Brien, Mike Guilfoyle, Harry Forbes, Will Hastings, and […]

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The High Cost of The One Percent Inventory Accuracy in Your Supply Chain

If your company is experiencing inventory accuracy problems, the problem extends across your entire logistics network—and right to your end customer. Here’s how digital inventory technologies are helping companies solve those challenges. The supply chain industry is going through a transformation because customers’ expectations are changing and labor is hard to find and retain. If you add to that the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in […]

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HighJump Elevate is a Wrap

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, wrapped up its annual user conference, HighJump Elevate, last week. HighJump is a leading provider of warehouse management systems (WMS), but their solution portfolio is broader.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 2 – 8)

One of the things I like best about the user conference season, other than seeing new innovative technologies and learning from my peers, is the fact that I actually get to watch movies on my flights. I recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the based-on-reality movie about the life and times of Queen and its front man Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek’s transformation into Freddie Mercury, as well as the other actors portraying Brian May, Roger Taylor, and […]

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