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How to Buy Your First Autonomous Robot

Take a calculated approach to robotics procurement and you’ll stand the best chance of successfully aligning it with your company’s mission, values, and future plans. In Robots in the Supply Chain: The Perfect Employee? Merril Douglas paints a picture of a time in the near future when robots and humans will work side-by-side to help companies gain speed, increase accuracy, cut costs, and handle the grunt work. “We’re sitting in the middle of a perfect storm […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 18 – 24)

It is the bane of my work week. Each week I waste more time there than anywhere else. What is this place that is the sinkhole of my productivity? I’ll give you a hint – it’s the sinkhole of productivity for much of the East Coast of the US. Yup, that’s right – Interstate 95.  There is a stretch of I-95 in the metropolitan Boston area that is always congested and always under construction. It […]

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Control the Cost of Free Shipping with Parcel TMS Analytics

E-commerce is driving the demand for smaller, more frequent last-mile deliveries. As a result, parcel rates are soaring at twice the rate of inflation. At the same time, Amazon continues to reinforce consumer expectations for free shipping and more delivery options, even as it loses billions of dollars on shipping. Shippers large and small need to look more closely at parcel transportation costs and are turning to enterprise shipping software with data-driven analytics for answers. […]

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The Cloud-based WMS: An Inevitable Business Decision

The ultimate goal of implementing any warehouse management system (WMS) is an increase in operational efficiency, accuracy, and productivity. Leveraging a cloud-based WMS achieves this on a new level A cloud-based WMS eliminates the need to maintain infrastructure, allowing your IT department to focus on further enabling your business. Furthermore, there is no need to buy your own servers, undergo costly upgrades, and manage fluctuating capacity. Additionally, for distribution operations with complex requirements and unique […]

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The Importance of Data in Managing Carrier Relationships

Strong partnerships between carriers and shippers are critical for freight operations to run smoothly and cost effectively. When shippers and carriers work together as a team, a win-win partnership is created that leads to continuous improvement in logistics efficiency and customer service. This all sounds good, but unfortunately the traditional method of the carrier salesperson bringing donuts on a Monday morning does little to ensure a good service relationship. Real partnerships take effort and hard work […]

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Rail Freight is Losing Market Share: How Can it Improve?

Rail freight is losing market share to faster and more reliable modes. Better technology can be part of the solution.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 9 – 15)

Today is September 15. It’s neither October, November, nor December 15. It is September 15. That means it is still “officially” summer, but I can go along with the notion of fall. The days are getting shorter, the early mornings and nights cooler. It’s the perfect time for a fire pit. It also means I don’t mind seeing people enjoying a pumpkin latte or pumpkin beer now that Labor Day is over. However, I’m already […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 8 -14)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, and how it plays into its bigger rivalry with Walmart. New details have emerged about the acquisition, namely that Amazon beat out six other suitors to land Whole Foods. Whole Foods was initially approached by four private equity firms and two unnamed companies about an acquisition. The two unnamed companies were only identified as “Company X” and “Company Y,” with reports indicating that […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 1 – 7)

I hope everyone in the US had a happy 4th of July holiday. Earlier this week I learned a couple new fun facts about US Independence Day. First, I considered buying a US flag that had thirteen white stars on a blue background and 13 red and white stripes representing the 13 colonies that became the original 13 United States of America. I thought it would be appropriate to fly the original US flag on […]

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Supply Chain Planning Limitations and the Emergence of a New Paradigm

Every large global company has implemented enterprise planning systems to help keep their supply chains running, and research shows that billions of dollars are spent each year on upgrades and new implementations of these planning systems. So why does nearly every company still do much of their actual “planning” using offline spreadsheets or rely on small groups of data scientists to provide critical insight and business analysis?  Shouldn’t this be addressed by the expensive enterprise […]

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