Author Archive for Steve Banker

A Socially Responsible Manufacturer Thrives Despite Coronavirus

Being a socially responsible company can create a strong brand, a committed workforce, and loyal customers. It comes at a cost. The products will generally be more expensive, limiting sales. Progressive companies are often small, requiring them to use less-than-truckload.  Less-than-truckload has adverse service and environmental impacts. In short, fair trade and environmental initiatives lead to socially responsible manufacturers having more complex supply chains.

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What will Last Mile Delivery Look like Post-Pandemic?

Ecommerce sales have boomed during the pandemic. Young technologies that support last mile deliveries are getting increased attention. Which of these technologies have the most potential post-Coronavirus?

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COVID-19’s Beneficial Effects on the Consumer Goods Supply Chain

COVID-19 has put supply chain organizations under great strain. But there has been one nice side effect in the consumer goods supply chain. SKU proliferation has been reversed.

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Medtronic’s Digital Twin Journey

Medtronic MDT has been engaged in a digital transformation. This includes building out a digital twin of their end-to-end supply chain to make it easier for people to make better and faster supply chain decisions. The company has built a data lake to feed LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Analytics Platform, llama.ai, to create their supply chain digital twin. The solution has already been rolled out to support distribution flow path analyses. The solution allows them to make […]

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Managed Transportation Service Providers Compete on their Tech Stack

Managed transportation service providers compete on their tech stack. The transportation management system is core, but the platforms also have complementary applications, visibility and advanced analytics.

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Managed Transportation Experts Speak on Digital Freight

With the rise of Uber Freight, digital freight brokerages have gotten a good deal of investor and shipper attention. A digital freight brokerage uses technology to make the process of working with a broker to secure a move more automated and less time consuming.

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A Managed Transportation Success Story

Managed transportation services providers have planners in a control tower using TMS technology, who plan and execute loads on behalf of their customers. The main reason shippers enter into these arrangements is for freight savings. But as this case study makes clear, managed transportation can drive service imporvements. These can be strategic.

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Supporting Supply Chain Agility: Simple Concepts, Complex Technology

Supply chain control towers have come of age. The concepts that allow modern control towers to support agility are easy to describe. The technology that empowers these concepts are quite complex.

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COVID-19 and Managed Transportation: Providers Work to Handle Shipping Volatility

There are companies that have seen their shipping volumes surge during this global recession and pandemic. Many work with managed trans providers to secure capacity. This article describes the different tools managed trans providers use to secure transportation capacity.

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What Are Your Risks of Getting Infected by COVID? If Infected, How Likely Are You to Die?

Every few weeks I read a particularly well written and researched article on COVID. An article from the BBC – called Coronavirus: How scared should we be? – is the most insightful from the last month or so.  The author, Nick Triggle, writes “There are two factors that influence the risk we face from coronavirus – our risk of becoming infected and, once infected, our risk of dying or becoming seriously ill.” For the first […]

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