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Managed Transportation Service Providers Compete on their Tech Stack

Managed transportation service providers compete on their tech stack. The transportation management system is core, but the platforms also have complementary applications, visibility and advanced analytics.

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BD’s Control Tower Implementation

What BD’s Control Tower can do seems almost magical. But the control tower’s capabilities are a result of the technology and the implementation design. This article describes the design and implementation of BD’s control tower.

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Post Covid-19 Fulfillment Channels – Predicting Tomorrow’s New Normal

The Covid-19 pandemic s causing a massive increase in e-grocery and consumer good demand, paired with home delivery or pick-up at store. This rapid increase is overwhelming the direct-to-consumer channel capacities of many retailers including Amazon. But how much of this increase will remain, and how much will revert to the prior state once the pandemic recedes?

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The CARES Act – A Supply Chain Perspective

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the ‘‘CARES Act’ includes many provisions directed at the supply chain and logistics function. Namely, modifications to the medical supply chain and support for air carriers are directly supported. The directives on the medical supply chain have potential to stimulate broad-based and long lasting changes. The air carrier directives are focused on bridging the current gap, both operationally and financially.

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Thanksgiving Causes Logistics Headaches

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, which as I pointed out last year, is a time for FFFTT –  family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Thanksgiving is also a time for logistics headaches. The holiday is centered around the big family meal, and the food supply chain tied to that meal is complex. But there are a number of other areas that can result in logistics headaches as well. Let’s examine some of them. Feast Logistics Headaches […]

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P&G Embraces Continuous Planning and Execution

P&G is respected for having one of the best supply chains in the world. They rarely speak about their approach to supply chain management in any detail. So, it was a treat to hear Bob Herzog, the Global Planning Digitization Leader for Supply Chain, and Pedro Noriega, Planning Director, North American Product Supply, speak at Kinaxis’ Kinexions 2019 user conference. P&G has developed one of the world’s most agile supply chains. To accomplish this, P&G embraced digital tools, a new network, and citizen developers.

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5 Reasons Why 5G Adds Value to Your Supply Chain

5G connectivity will shape tomorrow’s fulfillment operations – nullifying latency, extending the cloud’s reach, enabling real-time inventory status updates, supporting real-time analytics and more. It will provide at least ten times faster data transfer compared to 4G cellular networks. Event management of in-transit goods offers a great example of 5G’s value.

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What Truck Driver Shortage?

The ATA, an association for truck carriers, has been reporting a truck driver shortage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this widely reported shortage does not exist. We as an industry have been too willing to accept the research of a self-interested body as credible. We should have known better.

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People and Processes Drive Supply Chain Improvements at Honeywell

Honeywell leveraged managed transportation services, or a people-plus-technology model, to drive substantial supply chain improvements. The improvement processes included in-depth evaluations and the establishment of freight processes and controls to drive down logistics costs while also improving service to customers. The results and areas of improvement include the following:

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Four Transportation Management Trends to Watch

The Transportation Management System market continues to grow at an impressive rate. I’ll get to the main factors that are driving this growth in another article, but the main reason is the robust ROI attributed to a TMS. Companies buy a TMS to achieve freight savings which can be attributed to simulation and network design, load consolidation and lower cost mode selections, and multi-stop route optimization. There are a number of key trends that are […]

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