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How to Put Data Science to Work for Your Supply Chain

Driving operational growth and increasing supply chain efficiency in today’s ever-changing business world is a top priority for many companies. In order to grow in a rapidly evolving marketplace, organizations must possess the ability to use advanced algorithms and data analytics to generate the next wave of supply chain value. With the abundant data available and the advanced technologies now accessible to help harness it, organizations must establish effective strategies to curate data, produce and […]

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Solving the Supply Planning Crisis

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. If your home was on fire, would you want firefighters to attempt to douse the flames with an old manual bucket line? Of course not. You would want them to use the most modern, effective equipment available. So why are you asking your supply planners to fight the fires […]

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Expect Uncertainty for Inbound Shipments into Asia and China

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Geopolitical uncertainties such as Brexit, the China-U.S. trade war, and the trade conflict between Japan-Korea all impact today’s shipping market. A lot of C.H. Robinson’s coverage of these and other disruptions has focused on what it means for companies shipping into North America. But these same disruptions are also […]

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Editor’s Choice: Brexit Status

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. As the EU puts pressure on the UK Government to put proposals for a new deal in writing within the next two weeks and the Commons leader reported as saying that the Prime Minister was on course to deliver a “fundamentally different” Brexit deal to ensure the UK leaves […]

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Transportation Trends: First Autonomous Spotters, Then Autonomous Trucks.

Autonomous vehicles, such as yard and shuttle trucks that operate in in controlled environments, such as ports, manufacturing plants, and distribution center yards will be the first to go mainstream. ZF revealed autonomous Terminal Yard Tractor to the world last year. Running defined lanes within a restricted area, the yard trucks present an easy use case for moving freight from point A to point B autonomously.

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How The Modern Retail Store Is Wreaking Havoc on Wholesalers

Connected commerce has affected change at every echelon of inventory asset management. Retailer requirements now demand that wholesalers offer a new set of capabilities to fulfill their role in delivering on the customer value chain. As a result, wholesalers must implement a strategic inventory management solution to facilitate replenishment for their tier-one customers.

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4 Workforce Management Jobs that Can’t be Ignored

You know the drill. The order comes in at 3:59pm and company policy says anything ordered by 4:00 gets shipped the same day. You immediately assign it to your workforce to fulfill. But it’s not like the workforce you had when you became a manager 5 or 10 years ago. Whether you call them Millennials or Generation X, Y or Z, they’re just different. They have different lifestyles, different motivations and different attitudes about work. […]

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Editor’s Choice: Advantages of a Digital Supply Chain in a Perpetually Connected World

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. When driving by a busy seaport, I’m always awed at the hulking towers of shipping containers stacked eight to ten high in the yards surrounding the terminals. Every ocean container full of goods has a starting point well before products become freight. In fact, a product’s journey begins before […]

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Editor’s Choice: Maintaining Healthy Profit Margins Through Technology and Creative Processes

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This blog comes from MercuryGate. We recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the 81st Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Conference. Justin Sachs, director of operational excellence at Schneider Transportation Management was joined by MercuryGate’s Todd Bucher, vice president of fleet and carrier management and […]

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How Math is Becoming Cool in Supply Chain – Again!

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. When I started my career in the late ’90s, supply chain was a cool place for math geeks! As a discipline supply chain was not really that big in the universities. The traditional pathway into supply chain was through a major in operations research, industrial engineering, or business, often […]

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