Archive for Logistics Service Providers

The Warehouse Labor Gap is Unsustainable

US warehousing and storage industry (3PL) employment grew from 779 million in January 2015 to 1.2 billion in December 2018, a CAGR of 11% from 2015 through 2018. At the same time, US unemployment is at historic lows. This suggests that the warehousing and storage industry must hire workers from other industries. Stories about individual warehouses paints a picture of high demand for labor, low availability, and high turnover rates. Something has to “give”.

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Achieving Energy Savings through a Digital Transformation: The Vopak Case Study

Vopak, a leading operator of tank terminals, is undergoing a digital transformation. One of their projects occurred at their Savannah terminal. New sensors, machine learning, and optimization drove significant energy savings.

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DHL Supply Chain’s Massive Investment in Emerging Technologies

DHL Supply Chain recently announced plans to deploy emerging technologies in 350 of its 430 facilities in North America. This is a $300 million investment. ARC had an opportunity to dive deeper into these investments with DHL’s North American leadership team.

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Is Uber Freight a Going Concern?

Is Uber Freight a going concern? Recent losses at the company, the shut down of UberRush, and the loss of key executives makes this a valid question. Experienced logistics executives are not surprised.

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DHL Parcel Metro Creates Critical Alternative for Last-Mile Delivery

The “Uberization of Freight” is a hot topic in logistics circles. My colleague Steve Banker wrote an LV blog post in 2016 that discussed the topic and its merits (see The Uberization of Last Mile Freight). It is a business concept that has been receiving large amounts of venture capital funding due to the great growth potential. After all, it is an economical solution to last-mile delivery of e-commerce orders – one of the most […]

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Transportation Strategies for Emerging Brands

Emerging brands have very distinctive needs, including a different approach to transportation. Zipline Logistics has developed a distinctive niche for serving emerging brands.

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A Warehouse Labor Shortage? Robots to the Rescue

There is a looming warehouse labor shortage.  Logistics service providers (LSPs) are beginning to think that robots are the answer.

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Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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A Garment Manufacturer Saves Money and Improves Service with an Unusual 4PL Arrangement

A global garment manufacturer entered an unusual Lead Logistics Provider relationship with their service provider, they actually allowed the 3PL to integrate into their systems and see who they were selling their products to. This unusual level of trust allowed the 3PL to provide not just warehousing and transportation services, but also robust inventory optimization to their customer. The results were fantastic.

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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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