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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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How to Mitigate the Impact of Product Recalls in Your Supply Chain

Product recalls are a regular occurrence, making the headlines on a monthly, even weekly basis. They affect not only the consumers of potentially harmful products, but also manufacturers, retailers, transportation providers, and others throughout the supply chain. However, with a reliable technology platform and transportation network, shippers can mitigate the impact of widespread issues across supply chain functions and get operations back on track more quickly. Recalls can vary from a few thousand pounds of […]

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The Fastest Route to Better Efficiency Starts with a Modern TMS

Every day, many medium to large shippers face a challenge. At any given moment, they have a fortune on the highway, with significant capital in materials and inventory at stake. And yet, they don’t have the means to know where it all is located.  Meanwhile, fuel costs are up, and delayed shipments can have a significant negative economic effect on shippers and receivers. The lack of visibility from a legacy transportation management system (TMS) only […]

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What happens When Everyone is the “Shipper of Choice”?

The over-the-road capacity challenges of the last year have caused a lot of shippers to rethink their carrier acquisition and retention strategies. While the capacity situation is better than in 2018, the capacity challenge never goes away and carriers across the board have learned to become more particular about which shippers they will do business with. Leading shippers and logistics services providers (LSPs) have realized that price beat down, erratic volumes and poor coordination dramatically […]

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Warehousing in China Displays Distinct Dynamics

The industry dynamics of warehousing in China differ substantially from those in North America and Europe. My discussion with professor Xiande Zhao of CEIBS and his panel at a digital innovation forum organized by CEIBS and Z-Park provided me with the pulse of warehousing in China. The Suning.com insights were particularly informative.

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