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New IoT Applications for the Warehouse

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about using sensor data to make better decisions. The use of sensor data to make better decisions is nothing new in warehousing. Warehouse management systems (WMS) have for decades relied on scans from barcode scanners to confirm floor level activities have occurred correctly. In the last ten years, we’ve seen other automatic identification technologies to achieve the same sorts of process reliability. Another historical IoT use case is […]

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Supply Chain Visibility: How to Navigate Today’s Complex Landscape

Today’s global supply chain network is a labyrinth. Whether handled internally, outsourced, or a mix of the two, unanticipated roadblocks to the delivery of goods pop up left and right. These disruptions and inefficiencies hinder quality of service for customers and add costs to suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers. The map to avoid these obstacles is supply chain visibility (SCV). Visibility: The Game Changer Defined Visibility is the ease with which stakeholders, ranging from the suppliers […]

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Cocoa Producers Join the Fight to End Deforestation

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about sustainability, green initiatives, and the reduction of carbon emissions from major companies around the globe. This is especially true as companies look at their supply chain. In the same light of making supply chains more responsible, a growing trend is the fight to end deforestation. As the term implies, deforestation is the removal of forests or woodlands for non-forest use. There are […]

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The Future of Omni-Channel

Last year, I wrote extensively about omni-channel fulfillment, including data from both my strategic research and market study. The market study was a labor of love which incorporated total revenues from transportation management, warehouse management, distributed order management, inventory management / store replenishment, and demand planning. Key Trends Omni-channel is perhaps the hottest trend in retail supply chain management right now. With e-commerce continuing to grow, there is more focus on Web commerce than brick […]

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Why Supply Chain Talent Management Needs to Be a Top Priority

The well-known business adage that people are a company’s most important asset has taken on new significance in the supply chain industry over recent years. Companies have always needed smart, motivated professionals to design, build, and manage their supply chains. But in today’s ever-changing, complex global landscape, professional talent has become even more important as a competitive differentiator. In this blog post, I’ll explore why supply chain talent management should be a top priority for […]

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The Top Supply Chain Stories of 2016

It’s been another fast and busy year here at Logistics Viewpoints. Today’s column is our final column of the year, as we take a few weeks to rest and re-energize to bring you more exciting articles in the new year. For today’s column, I want to revisit some of the top supply chain and logistics stories that occurred in 2016 and will continue to shape the industry in 2017 and beyond. Trump Wins the Election […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 10 – 16)

And like that, the year is basically over. I’d like to thank all of our readers, sponsors, guest bloggers, and of course, my fellow Logistics Viewpoints contributing authors for another great year. This is our last Logistics Viewpoints weekly news roundup. We’ll have a new article for you on Monday, but then we are going to take a few weeks to rest and re-energize to continue bringing you all the hard hitting news, analysis, and […]

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The Top Ten Logistics Viewpoints Articles of 2016

Much like the last few years, we here at Logistics Viewpoints thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2016 posts obtained the most views over the year. It is nice to see articles written throughout the whole year garnering so many views, not just those that have been on the site since the beginning of the year. It’s also nice to see articles written by various Logistics Viewpoints contributing authors. The most popular […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 1 – 7)

I heard a fascinating piece on NPR this week about why dogs have such an incredible sense of smell. It turns out that dogs essentially have “stereo smelling,” which means that they are able to use each nostril independently to take in scents. Additionally, dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. The long snout on most dogs, and it turns out that the longer […]

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Multicarrier Solutions save Shippers Money

Recently, I’ve talked to several executives at transportation execution software companies. One type of transportation execution solution is called a multicarrier solution. These are also known as parcel solutions. In today’s article I will focus on the functionality and technology associated with these solutions and their ROI. These software solutions allow shippers to rate shop among different types of small package services (next day vs. two day ground, for example) and carriers (FedEx, UPS, DHL, […]

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