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The Real Value of Logistics Solutions May Not Be in Logistics

Most logistics technology projects have their return-on-investment (ROI) center around the benefit they provide to the logistics organization (e.g. lower transportation costs or improved delivery service). For many companies, this can represent millions of dollars in savings and happier customers. This is good news, but what if that were just a piece of the bigger value story? There are many significant business-value opportunities if you think outside the logistics box. Many instances immediately come to […]

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An Aggressive, Four-Point Plan to Solve the Driver Shortage

The best approach to solving the driver shortage requires the freight industry to embrace and implement a four-part plan that focuses on young age groups to ensure a steady flow of skilled and energized individuals that see the profession in a new light. Mindful that the average age of a trucker in the U.S. is 56, it’s imperative trucking companies use the latest technology to attract and train prospects, recruit the recruited, target young problem […]

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Supply Chain Technology and Airline MRO: Why Now and How

Supply chain solutions aren’t accruing many frequent flyer miles. While airlines are interested in upgrading their IT systems, only two out of five prioritize supply chain execution (2016 Aviation Week and IATA Survey). This is because the unique demands of airline maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) shadow supply chain solutions’ benefits. From inspectors, to parts control, to distribution center and warehouse managers, a strict system of checks is in place to guarantee every part is […]

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Transportation Strategy During a Tight Market Shift

The long-predicted shift in the transportation market is currently here. We started to see pricing change as early as June 2017, then rates were sparked by the July 4th holiday, exacerbated by recent hurricanes, and prolonged by a “perfect storm” of looming regulations, shrinking capacity, and driver demands. September 2017 has been a particularly interesting time. Rates for spot market freight are at a 2-year high, as reported by DAT Solutions. Will this across-the-board rate […]

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How Accurate are Your Demand Predictions? Five Reasons to Consider Demand Modeling

How confident are you in your ability to predict future customer demand? How do external factors such as economics and weather influence that demand next month or next year?? If you’re uncertain how to account for changing demand, how can you confidently design your supply chain to support your customers in the future? You could be leaving significant opportunity on the table, or risking inventory and capacity disasters. In today’s increasingly competitive and demand-driven marketplace, […]

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Are You Ready for Some Football (and Freight Spend Management)?

As football season is now upon us, I can’t help but notice the critical role that coaching plays in the on-field success of a team. A truly immense amount of thought and effort by a dedicated and sleep-deprived coaching staff fuels the performance of the players on a weekly basis. Having come to appreciate this, I also can’t help but notice how similar the role of technology in the success of a logistics organization’s freight […]

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Bucking the 80/20 Trend: 4 Key Benefits of Adopting a Digital Yard

Also known as “the 80/20 rule,” the Pareto Principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first paper, “Cours d’économie politique.” The same 80/20 principle can be applied in the supply chain, where […]

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Improving Cost and Service in the Canadian Transportation Market

As the second largest geographical country in the world, and the 10th largest economy, Canadian supply chains face different operational challenges than those in the U.S. So it’s important to examine the current trends and challenges in the Canadian transportation industry and identify strategies and best practices to reduce supply chain costs and improve operations. Transportation’s Impact in Canada In 2015, transportation spend in Canada accounted for $45-$55 billion The supply chain industry accounts for […]

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How to Know if a Parcel Solution Will Scale with Your Business

With opportunities to expand volume, channels, geography, services – or all of the above – many shippers find themselves considering a parcel management solution to support growth. While it’s natural to focus on solving the specific pain points of today, this “tunnel vision” approach can lead to short-sighted decisions. Imagine the light at the end of the tunnel revealing a treacherous bridge to cross, versus a wide-open highway with no speed limits. Which would you […]

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How Transparent Is Your 3PL Network?

When dealing with the nuances of complex transportation networks, an organization often relies upon multiple transportation-focused 3PL providers, ultimately resulting in a fragmented network that lacks visibility and effective communication. Often this isn’t by design, but organically manifests itself due to different parts of the business being run by different groups. Furthermore, it can be seen frequently in companies that have grown through acquisition or consolidation. In these instances, one business unit used 3PL A […]

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