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How Supply Chain is (Still) Underappreciated

Supply chain advancements are credited with efficiency improvements within organizations but are often overlooked for their beneficial economic side-effects. For example, supply chain software may contribute more to productivity than traditional measures such as GDP suggest. One example is the Great Moderation. Another is the inability of economic models to capture the rapid improvement of software over time. This inaccurate measurement leads to underreporting of quality improvements. This underreporting is supported by the deflationary nature of software products.

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The (New) Future of Fulfillment: How Warehouses are Transforming Operations

It was three years ago that Logistics Viewpoints and DC Velocity launched a survey of logistics practitioners to evaluate the future direction fulfillment facilities, technologies, and practices. The survey’s format evaluated past, present state, and expectations for three years into the future. The findings, published on Logistics Viewpoints and on DCVelocity.com, were well received. Last week Logistics Viewpoints (ARC Advisory Group) launched a new survey (The Future of Warehousing and Fulfillment) that will serve as a […]

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Supply Chain Planning Systems Become Increasingly Intelligent

While Machine learning is hot and customers  want to know how these technologies will be used in future SCP solutions, the truth is that machine learning is just one form of intelligence that can be embedded in supply chain planning applications. SCP solutions are smart.

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Delivery Robots Show Promise in Supply Chain Management and Logistics

With competition for more efficient and effective warehouse management and supply chain management solutions on the rise, the topic of autonomous delivery robots is increasingly being seen as a potentially disruptive force for retail deliveries. Innovation by robotics and drone companies continues at a torrid pace.   At the same time, some delivery companies and logistics firms are conducting tests, or unveiling early production models, to identify areas where robots can best be used to assist […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 8 – 14)

This is the end of the line. And by the end of the line, I mean this is our last news round-up for the year. And what a year it is has been. In my article earlier this week, I highlighted the top articles of the year, which included our takes on Amazon and Tesla’s supply chains, warehouse automation,crowdsourcing for last mile deliveries, blockchain, and more. On top of that, I have also learned a […]

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Warehouse Labor: Are You Fully Leveraging This Critical Asset?

As companies strive to improve warehouse efficiency and service while cutting costs, a lot of attention is focused on the role of leading-edge technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics — and rightfully so. These emerging capabilities are moving companies toward achieving the vision of the Autonomous Supply Chain, which senses and responds to disruptions automatically. But equally important are the warehouse employees who control and implement these technology solutions on a daily […]

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Most Popular Articles of 2018

We have entered the final weeks of the Logistics Viewpoints year. As always, it was a busy year covering the latest supply chain and logistics trends, emerging technologies, mergers and acquisitions, major news announcements, and more. Like in years past, we wanted to look back at the Top 10 most popular articles written this year and see what our readers found to be the most interesting. So, without further ado, here are Logistics Viewpoints’ most […]

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Mass Export Expo Captures National Trade Sentiments

The Massachusetts Export Center hosted its ninth annual Mass Export Expo on Friday, December 7th. Although the conference was regional in nature, the topics of discussion are currently of great interest to businesses across the country and even across the globe. There were a number of sessions on topics ranging from US-China trade, US economic sanctions, the recently established USMCA, and much more. The panels included a number of corporate compliance officers and attorneys that […]

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Why Fleets Will Drive Adoption of Electric Vehicles

The economics of elective vehicles will prove particularly favorable for fleet operations. This is particularly true for full-battery electric vehicles as opposed to plug-in hybrid vehicles. This article summarizes the economics of electric vehicles for freight delivery in urban environments.

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Becoming a Shipper of Choice

Many shippers are talking about becoming a shipper of choice to protect their service levels. But what do you have to do to become a shipper of choice? Does being a shipper of choice increase your costs? Does being a shipper of choice even matter? What does the research show?

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