Archive for Guest Commentary

Tariff Impact: What You Can Do Now to Manage Risk

As U.S. importers, we live in interesting times. It can seem overwhelming just to keep up with what’s changing in tariffs, let alone know the full impact of those changes on your business. This quick summary brings you up to date on what’s happened in U.S. tariffs this year so far. It also provides ideas that can help you manage potential disruptions to your supply chain as developments continue to unfold. First, a quick recap […]

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Put Your Best e-Fulfillment Foot Forward with Dynamic Slotting

Two Kardashians just Tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of your product. A tidal wave of online orders spiked your system. Is your warehouse ready? Is it ready to deliver same-day? This might sound extreme, but it’s exactly where we are today in supply chain. Agility and rapid fulfillment no longer fall into the “buzzword” category—they’re the expectations of your customers. The key to delivering next-day or same-day fulfillment effectively and profitably is cut differently for […]

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Adapt to the New Normal with Shipment Visibility

With the advent of electronic logging devices and supporting technology, shippers can take advantage of unprecedented shipment visibility into their supply chain. Connected to most commercial trucks, ELDs are generating a flood of data that gives shippers who are also using a robust, modern TMS solution a new level of strategic insight into their supply chain. An ELD-equipped truck generates 100 to 150 data points per load, a far cry from a phone call a […]

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How Importers Can Prepare for Uncertainty in Global Trade

Tariffs and duties and data – oh my. The need for digitization grows as importers struggle to mitigate the impact of shifting trade policy, demand fluctuations, compliance risks, and duty exposure. In an uncertain international trade environment, “trade war” has become a buzzword sending importers into a frenzy on how to prepare their supply chains for the unknown and mitigate risk to their forecast. Proposed tariffs, retaliatory trade restrictions, or even temporary reductions on tariffs […]

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The 3 Things that Matter in Delivery Productivity

For all who are familiar with the saying “There are 3 things that matter in realty: location, location, location”, there are also 3 “Ls” for delivery productivity: less, less and less. Time is the enemy of delivery productivity and the less loading, less unloading and less driving time spent, the more deliveries can be made. While much emphasis has been spent on minimizing drive times—and more will be covered here—there are tremendous opportunities to minimize […]

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Shippers Look to Unify Transportation Systems to Manage Soaring Parcel Volume

The approaching holiday season is shining a bright light on transportation operations of retail companies both large and small. The rise of ecommerce has created loftier expectations of modern consumers for faster, on-time, perfect deliveries. Managing the deluge of parcel shipments is a serious challenge and many retailers and their suppliers are already straining to keep up. Global parcel volume in 2017 grew to 74.4 billion parcels, a 17 percent increase over 2016, according to […]

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Here’s Why You Can Stop Dreading TMS Integrations

Managing logistics can’t happen in a vacuum; you need visibility and awareness of internal and external partners, systems and resources. The problem is that integration and visibility are a big hurdle for most transportation management systems (TMS). According to the Transportation Planning and Execution Benchmark Study by American Shipper, for example, 61 percent of respondents said the biggest challenge of their TMS was system connectivity. Rethinking Integrations and TMS Building tight integrations between your TMS, […]

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4 Steps to Improving Supply Chain Design Maturity

The supply chain industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace, with rapidly-changing customer expectations, the introduction of disruptive technologies and ongoing economic and geopolitical uncertainties worldwide. To survive — and thrive — businesses need to be increasingly agile and responsive to the market around them. And the ability to do that often starts with having a well-designed supply chain. Competent supply chain design is often the secret behind why some organizations thrive and adapt while […]

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Steps for Manufacturing Shippers to Adjust to Market Growth

October 5th was National Manufacturing Day. This yearly celebration of modern manufacturing strives to address common misperceptions about the industry and give manufacturers a day to showcase what they do and examine some of the most important aspects of their world. But taking time to focus on what’s going on in the world of manufacturing is more than just a fun celebration. It’s important to effectively adapting to changing market conditions in order to maintain […]

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Powering the Smart Warehouse

Consumer behaviors are evolving in an increasingly digitalized marketplace with substantial impacts taking hold in the warehouse, including accelerating service levels, shifting order profiles, and increased personalization and value-added services. The need to respond to these challenges is provoking heightened interest in warehouse management system (WMS) platforms with a focus on preparing for market challenges that lie ahead. Vendors are preparing for the next level of customer expectations in a digital supply chain landscape by […]

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