Are You Prepared for Tight Truckload Capacity?

In the aftermath of Harvey and Irma, truckload capacity is tighter than it has been for years, giving some shippers challenges in covering freight. Here are the factors at work, along with some suggestions for what you can do now to prepare yourself for the market ahead. What’s causing tight truckload capacity Keep in mind, these are only some of the factors contributing to the tight market, but enough to give you a clear picture: […]

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The Latest Buzz on Bees and the Supply Chain

The life of bees is a fascinating one. One interesting fact is that bees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans. And that is one of the most troubling aspects of colony collapse disorder (CCD), which is the rapid decline in bee populations around the world. It is not just the supply of honey that is at risk. Bees are responsible for cross-pollinating plants, which in turn, enables fruits and vegetables to grow. Without bees, a food shortage is all but inevitable.

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Rail Freight is Losing Market Share: How Can It Improve?

Rail is losing market share to faster and more reliable modes. But technologies exist that can improve throughput substantially. Why aren’t the Class 1 railroads investing in it?

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Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 7 – 13)

This was a disappointing sports week around these parts. On Monday, the Red Sox were oh so close to forcing a deciding game 5 in the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, only to have their bullpen implode and blow a late game lead. This, of course, lead to their second straight opening round loss in the playoffs, and the firing of manager John Farrell. Also on Monday, I took my son to […]

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Lots of Noise around Blockchain in the Supply Chain, But Lots of Challenges

From a cybersecurity perspective, blockchain offers great advantages. The technology is being investigated for a variety of supply chain applications. But there are also challenges.

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Warehouse Automation & Control Systems: Market Update

I concluded and published ARC’s research on the Worldwide Global Trade Management (GTM) Systems market about midway through last month. The feeling of accomplishment was short-lived because I woke up the next day and began the update to ARC’s Worldwide Warehouse Automation & Control Systems market research study. ARC Advisory Group’s research into the warehouse automation & control market (let’s call it WAC for short) is an in-depth process that includes the analysis of large amounts […]

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The Real Value of Logistics Solutions May Not Be in Logistics

Most logistics technology projects have their return-on-investment (ROI) center around the benefit they provide to the logistics organization (e.g. lower transportation costs or improved delivery service). For many companies, this can represent millions of dollars in savings and happier customers. This is good news, but what if that were just a piece of the bigger value story? There are many significant business-value opportunities if you think outside the logistics box. Many instances immediately come to […]

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Buffett Bets Against Autonomous Trucks

Warren Buffett made a multibillion dollar bet against the viability of autonomous trucks anytime soon. This was a good bet. The technological hurdles in getting to fully autonomous trucks remain substantial.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 30-October 6)

This has been a tough week. The senseless shooting in Las Vegas has left me grasping for something to write. But I just don’t even know what to say. However, this is not the appropriate place for me to step up on my soapbox, so I’ll share something my colleague Steve Banker said in his opening keynote at MercuryGate’s user conference in Las Vegas earlier this week. Steve said he was glad that the conference […]

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