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Leveraging Network Effects to Improve Managed Transportation

Jeff McDermott, the Sr. Vice President of Transportation at GEODIS, made the point in a conversation with me that there have been several new entrants providing managed transportation services. “Cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) have lowered the barriers of entry in this field. But small players don’t have the economies of scale.” By economies of scale, Mr. McDermott is referring to network effects; being able to leverage visibility to large numbers of transportation moves and […]

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Are Your Yards Connected to the Supply Chain Ecosystem?

By definition, an ecosystem is a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. The same concept applies in the supply chain, where networks of organizations—including manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, customers, and carriers—are all involved in the hands-on delivery of a specific product or service. While few would argue the important role that the manufacturing plant, warehouse, distribution center, and transportation channel play in getting goods from […]

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Manhattan Momentum 2017 – A Quick Takeaway and Case Study

As Steve Banker mentioned in his post earlier this week, the two of us attended the Manhattan Associates user conference in Las Vegas last week. The theme of the conference was “active solutions for an active world.” It was a pretty fitting theme when you consider how active today’s supply chain and commerce environments are, and how rapidly they are shifting and changing. During the conference, Manhattan’s CEO Eddie Capel introduced the new product strategy […]

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New Cartonization Technology Reduces Shipping Costs

Shippers surprised by unexpected dimensional weight fees The growth of eCommerce has put a premium on parcel carrier capacity.  In response, UPS and FedEx have continued to lower the bar for when they will apply dimensional weight rating to cartons, which means more shippers will pay more for cartons that are light relative to their size.   In response, shippers are looking for new ways to more efficiently and cost-effectively manage carton packing to either avoid […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 29 – May 5)

It has been an incredibly busy week. I am working on getting my latest Transportation Management Systems market study completed, while prepping to launch my annual omni-channel fulfillment survey, as well as an omni-channel order management market study. On top of that, it is conference season. Which means lots of travel. As I mentioned in my Wednesday article, I spent the beginning of the week in Chicago attending the BluJay Solutions user conference. I’ll be […]

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Takeaways from BluJay Solutions SOAR 2017

BluJay has launched a new product strategy that groups products into portfolios, rather than simply stand-alone products. The different product groups are part of the Global Trade Network (GTN), which encompasses 40,000 participants, including shippers, carriers, forwarders, and technology partners. BluJay CEO Doug Braun gave an overview of the GTN, and added that the goal is to add 50,000+ new members to make it more robust.

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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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