This Week in Logistics News (April 15 – 21)

Patriots’ Day is one of the best days of the year in Boston. For those of you that don’t know what Patriots’ Day is, I’ll tell you. It is a state holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April, and kicks off school vacation week. There are war re-enactments and parades to celebrate. It is […]

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Are We at a Tipping Point for Logistics Technology Value?

I’m beginning to wonder if we have hit an inflection point where investment in logistics technology will broadly create business performance gaps. We recently partnered with several organizations to look at business strategies, tactics and logistics technology. The message was clear – investing in technology was the number one strategy. However, success doesn’t necessarily look so certain as there was clearly a difference in spending between the “haves” and “have nots”. Will we see a […]

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Centralized Routing Fuels Cost Reductions

Safety-Kleen, a subsidiary of Good Harbors, has made the decision to centralize routing of their trucks. There was no consistent message or process, as every branch would route their trucks differently. The drivers would essentially design their own routes based on their daily tickets that had come in. The initial phase of the process had 100 of the 200 branches switch over to centralized routing. In the 18 months since the roll-out, on-time performance has improved 78 percent. In the first year, revenue and gallons per mile have improved 19%. On top of that, the total first year cost reductions are nearly $6 million.

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Lost in Deployment Model Jargon?

The logistics world is full of jargon and sometimes we only have a vague understanding of what certain terms mean, especially when it comes to software. Some of the most confusing ones pop up in conversations about transportation management system (TMS) deployment model options: SaaS, private cloud, or on-premise are common ones. These terms are understandably confusing to the “normal” person who doesn’t live and breathe software every day. The best model for your organization […]

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Fighting Carrier’s Complex DIM Weight Rules to Save Money

In 2015 when the largest parcel carriers introduced DIM Weight rules, making smart decisions on parcel shipments got much harder. Saving money on ecommerce shipping requires concurrently optimizing across various carrier services, their DIM rate rules, and clever cartonization. A new solution solves this complex problem.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 8 – 14)

I saw over the weekend that Norway is planning on building the world’s first ship tunnel to bypass part of the ocean. The tunnel will be a 5,610-feet passageway dug through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea. The tunnel will be 118 feet wide, 162 feet tall, and will accommodate cruise and freight ships weighing up to 16,000 tons. The tunnel, if it remains on […]

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ProMat 2017- A Balance of Practical and Technical Innovations

Last week’s ProMat trade show in Chicago exhibited many more interesting warehouse technologies than I could possibly view in one day. Thankfully, I was able to touch upon most, but not all, of my “must see technologies.” My high-level take away is that the show exhibited everything from the next high-profile, technical innovations to those that deliver less of a “gee wiz” emotional response, but also are likely to deliver a quicker payback to those companies […]

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3PL Market Witnesses Slight Recovery in Q4 2016

The third-party logistics (3PL) market – encompassing non-asset-based transportation, warehousing, and integrated supply chain services – experienced a year-over-year growth of 2.8 percent in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016.  This growth was primarily driven by acquisitions.  Organic growth (without the effect of acquisitions) of 3PL market grew by 0.7 percent in Q4 16 but declined by 5.3 percent in the FY16. Categories of 3PLs The scope of coverage includes the following non-asset-based transportation […]

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New IoT Applications for the Warehouse

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about using sensor data to make better decisions. The use of sensor data to make better decisions is nothing new in warehousing. Warehouse management systems (WMS) have for decades relied on scans from barcode scanners to confirm floor level activities have occurred correctly. In the last ten years, we’ve seen other automatic identification technologies to achieve the same sorts of process reliability. Another historical IoT use case is […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 1- 7)

The boys are back! That’s right, the Bruins are back in the playoffs after suffering season-ending collapses the last two years. On top of that, baseball season officially kicked off this week, and the Red Sox opened up the season with a two-game winning streak against the Pirates. The weather has not exactly cooperated with us for baseball season, given the low temperatures and yesterday’s rainout. But, playoff hockey and baseball season mean two things: […]

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