Most Popular So Far

Most PopularAs of Friday, the year is half over. So what better time to examine what have been the most popular Logistics Viewpoints articles for the first half of the year? It’s nice to see a wide range of topics on the list, including the 3PL market, last mile deliveries, robotics in the warehouse, predictive analytics, machine learning, and procurement. It’s also nice to see that the co-written articles by Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and myself have been popular – especially our bold predictions piece at the beginning of the year. We will have to re-visit that article to see whether our predictions became a reality. So without any further ado, here are the most popular Logistics Viewpoints articles so far this year.

  1. Logistics and Supply Chain Trends to Monitor in 2016 by Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and Chris Cunnane
    Writing about trends is tough. Many trends are slow moving trains. Sometimes few people question that the trend is underway, they just want to know when it will impact them…
  2. 3PL Market Continues to Shrink by Neelam Singh
    The third-party logistics (3PL) market – encompassing non-asset-based transportation, warehousing, and integrated supply chain services – witnessed a decline of 8.9 percent in organic growth…
  3. The Uberization of Last Mile Freight by Steve Banker
    Uber has disrupted the taxi industry. Can anyone copy the Uber model and disrupt the freight market? That question is generating a great deal of discussion among logistics executives with the “last mile” freight market generating the most buzz…
  4. Autonomous Mobile Robotics in the Warehouse TODAY? By Clint Reiser
    Last year, ARC Advisory Group published its first formalized research study on the global warehouse automation & control market. The publication was well-received by market participants. Due to the high level of demand, ARC has decided to update the study this year…
  5. Predictive Analytics Comes to the Logistics Industry by Steve Banker
    Big Data has led to a discussion of predictive analytics in supply chain management. I’m not sure we have a good understanding in the field of how predictive analytics differs from forecasting…
  6. What is Machine Learning? How will this Technology Change Supply Chain Solutions? by Steve Banker
    My colleague at the ARC Advisory Group, David White, wrote an interesting strategic report in which he explained how machine learning is helping support more efficient supply chains. Machine learning is being discussed more often in supply chain contexts because of the buzz created by the Internet of Things (IoT). But I was not quite sure what machine learning was…
  7. Hostess Brands Builds a Unique, New Supply Chain by Steve Banker
    Hostess went bankrupt. But Hostess products are back in stores. This happened after the brands and certain factories were purchased out of bankruptcy in April of 2013…
  8. Is Amazon Building a First Mover Advantage in Logistics? by Steve Banker
    Amazon undoubtedly reaped first mover advantages in e-commerce. In recent years we have seen Amazon make giant investments in logistics assets. Are those investments aimed at making their traditional business more “profitable” or are they designed to turn Amazon into a leading logistics company?
  9. Top Young Tech Companies Poised to Transform Supply Chain Management by Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and Chris Cunnane
    The young companies that are poised to transform the supply chain management profession fall into a relatively few categories. The most interesting start-ups we are seeing have business models based on the sharing economy, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and robotics…
  10. Strategic Planning is Critical to Dow Chemical’s Supply Chain by Steve Banker
    Most logistics case studies focus on the actions a company took to improve their existing supply chain. But when it comes to bulk shipments of commodities, strategic planning is even more important than day to day operations…

 

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  1. How Transportation and Procurement Can Improve Spend by Steve Raetz
    Negotiating truckload rates has always been a key element to transportation relationships and budgeting—and it always will be. But lately, I’ve seen what feels like a trend: corporate procurement leaders either assuming control of truckload negotiations or partnering with transportation teams to conduct negotiations…
  2. 3 Market Challenges Overcome Through Freight Consolidation Services by Jeff McDermott
    Flashback to 2013, just three short years ago, and you will be reminded of an unstable shipping market with high freight demand and capacity issues for shippers. Today, the slowing global growth of the economy and success of the omni-channel world have shifted those challenges…
  3. Improving on Strategic Sourcing by Jeremy Becker
    These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity…
  4. High-Quality Data: The Best Fuel for Supply Chain Change by Richard Koch
    As supply chain consultants, we often help clients navigate complex change–from adjusting to cost or competitive pressures to unique challenges like an M&A. These challenges all demand careful analysis of multiple financial and operational outcomes…
  5. Use Modeling Technology to Design and Test Omni-Channel Strategy by Toby Brzoznowski
    Redesigning overall retail strategy through the eyes of the consumer with a seamless shopping experience at the core, necessitates an ‘outside-in’ supply chain perspective and often big adjustments to supply chain operations…

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