Land O’Lakes Combats Supply Chain Variability with Visibility

Land O’Lakes implemented a supply chain real-time visibility to improve their supply chain. Visibility and velocity are key to combating the natural variability that occurs in all supply chains. Once the solution was implemented, customer service has improved. Now Land O’Lakes is looking to use the network visibility to improve colalboration with key partners.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 26 – November 1)

It looked like the Houston Astros were finally going to end the bizarre pattern of World Series games this fall. And by that, I mean the home team would finally win a game. But the visiting Washington Nationals had other ideas, and for the first time ever, the visiting team won every game of a World Series. With a two-run lead in the seventh inning, the Astros were 8 outs away from winning their second […]

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The Cutting Edge of Fulfillment Automation

Earlier today I came across a CNBC article about a “secret” logistics summit hosted by Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The reported objective was to “explore potential business models and investment opportunities in the e-commerce space with a focus in logistics and fulfillment.” The article and the meeting that it discusses gives me the impression that logistics is being viewed as a game changing competitive differentiator. I like that! A few weeks ago, I […]

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Digital Transformation of your Supply Chain Network in the Age of AI

Trying to understand and implement artificial intelligence (AI) for your supply chain network during your digital transformation efforts, or let alone finding the right partner in your journey, is like walking in an enchanted forest full of myths, ogres, and lost souls trying to find a way out. Finding the right path in there to an eternal bliss starts with knowing what is not right. Implementing AI is not a small feat and you may get bombarded with vague definitions and stories about how AI makes the world a better place. Let’s look at a few common myths you may come face to face with in your quest to transform your supply chain network by using AI while going digital in your organization.

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A Loophole Protecting Impaired Truck Drivers is About to Close

A loophole in a law designed to keep drunk and drug impaired truck drivers off the road is finally about to close. This will improve road safety by preventing 900 crashes. The trucking industry has long been in favor of this regulation.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 19 – 25)

As the old adage goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But what happens when that imitation comes from the person they are imitating? And what happens when that form of imitation is seen as copyright infringement on a band’s song? Well, in 1988, John Fogerty faced a very rare court case in which he was accused of plagiarizing himself. Yes, you read that correctly. In 1985, after a hiatus of several years from […]

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The Connection Between Trade Compliance and Logistics

Historically, governments have focused on the exporter of record when looking for sanction or embargo violations, including of the movement of sensitive dual-use products and technologies across borders. However, all parties to an export transaction, including freight forwarders and carriers, are subject to the same rules, and as such must be aware of what is required of them in the transaction. The scope of their due diligence must include destination controls, export licenses and restricted […]

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Transportation Execution Snapshot

I am finishing up my latest market study on global transportation execution and visibility systems. Transportation Execution Solutions (TE) allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system. Visibility solutions allow real-time asset tracking across the entire distribution network. This enables improved estimated arrival times of goods. Visibility solutions are playing a larger role in the market, as real-time tracking of assets becomes more important. Suppliers of visibility […]

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When it Came to Omnichannel, “We Were So Far Behind, We Were Actually Ahead”

Distributed order management systems, used to enable omnichannel retail, have a bad rap. One retailer believes the technology is getting much better.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 12 – 18)

Stranger Things has been one of the better shows around in recent years. And now, an iconic piece of the show is up for sale. Most of the Georgia mall heavily featured in the third season of the show is going up for sale. Moonbeam Capital Partners is ready to sell its portion of the long-struggling Gwinnett Place Mall. This is just another example of a mall going into a state of disrepair as more […]

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