This Week in Logistics News (September 12 – 18)

Over the last six-plus months, the coronavirus pandemic has changed virtually every aspect of our lives. We have dealt with the health implications of COVID as well as economic hardships, the closing of schools and businesses, delays and changes to our daily schedules, and a pivot in how many of us work, just to name a few. Outside of the core components of our lives, there have also been interruptions to the luxuries that we […]

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Editor’s Choice – FMCSA HOS Final Rule: What to Know

On June 1, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised the hours of service (HOS) regulations for motor carriers. The HOS final rule will go into effect on September 29th, 2020.
The FMCSA HOS final rule is intended to provide drivers flexibility while promoting safety for drivers on the road. As shippers contend with rising freight rates and managing heightened shipment volumes, while at the same time preparing for retail peak season, understanding the potential impact of the new ruling on truckload capacity is critical to success now and through the end of 2020.

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Picking Up the Pace: The Acceleration of Kindred AI

My first introduction to Kindred AI occurred at the Manhattan Associates booth at Promat 2019. There I learned about the company’s partnerships with automation vendors and the forthcoming Manhattan Automation Network certification. As I stated back in 2019, I found the partnership with Kindred and the integration with Kindred Sort particularly interesting. I had the opportunity to speak with Kindred AI’s CEO, Marin Tchakarov earlier this month and jumped on the opportunity to discuss the details of this company’s offering and exciting journey. Marin, what capabilities do you believe differentiate your solution from others that I have seen on display at trade shows and […]

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No Industry Has A Better Success Metric than Baseball

Baseball has a key performance indicator that is unrivaled. The Wins Above Replacement Value tells a team exactly what they need to do to succeed. In business, and the supply chain realm, no other success metric has this clarity.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 5 – 11)

Over the last few months, I’ve seen stories about people receiving random, unidentified seeds in the mail. Usually, the package came from China and had something else listed as the contents on the outside. However, once it was opened, there were just seeds with no description. The USDA in July said the packages were most likely part of a “brushing” scam, in which people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false positive […]

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Thought You Knew Everything About Delivery/Service Appointment Scheduling?

Delivery and service appointment scheduling strategies have been aggressively evolving for more than 10 years. In my conversations with customers, I continue to learn how far they have advanced and the expanding impact that logistics technology can have on the enterprise. TyresOnTheDrive.com, now Halfords Mobile Expert (HME) part of Halfords Group PLC, a UK provider of automotive and cycling products and services, is a great example of taking delivery and service appointment scheduling to another […]

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Transportation 101: Understanding How to Manage Your Freight Spend

When it comes to managing your freight spend, there are a few options to consider. The three traditional methods are the use of a transportation management system (TMS), transportation execution system (TES), and managed transportation services (MTS). Ultimately it comes down to whether shippers want to manage their freight spend in-house or outsource it. We have created a handy Supply Chain 101 cheat sheet, but this article will go into a little more depth. The […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 29 – September 4)

As the COVID pandemic continues, we have written a number of articles about the supply chain impact and the shortages of products and supplies that has ensued. Recently, there was a concern that there would be a shortage of glass vials for a vaccine that could hinder production. And I just read about another shortage that could impact the vaccine timeline: monkeys. Yes, monkeys. Over the past seven months, more than 100 COVID-19 vaccines, therapies, […]

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E-Commerce Is Booming: Is Your Final Mile Strategy Up to The Challenge?

While retailers welcome the surge of online orders, the increased sales of big and bulky items pose unique final mile delivery changes. As the name implies, final mile (also known as last mile) logistics is a specialized mode focused squarely on the final leg of a shipment’s journey to its destination. Final mile arose as a standalone mode due to the complexities in delivering to locations that lack loading docks and other receiving and storage infrastructure.

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Warehouse Automation Global Market Update: Steady as She Goes

The warehouse automation market the market didn’t grow as much in 2019 as I had expected, while 2020 is looking better than I had anticipated. Warehouse automation demand from most direct-to-consumer channels remained active, with some growing very rapidly. Furthermore, warehouse automation suppliers went into 2020 with a substantial backlog of orders to buffer any short-term decrease in demand for project business, but […]

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