The “New” Digital Control Tower: Modern, Resilient, Intuitive

Control towers emerged in the 1990s as the logistics industry—specifically 3PLs—needed a mechanism to provide visibility to their clients.  Successfully addressing the challenge of accounting for inventory in motion/at rest was a differentiator for all players (3PLs, distributors, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers). Thus, the foundation was laid for what is known today as digital control towers (DCTs). While the last three decades of supply chain innovation were transformative in many ways, progress has been slow […]

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SummerCon 2018: A Great Supply Chain Conference

There is terrific payback from supply chain design solutions. At GM, the supply chain design team is an in-house consulting group. Annually, the projects they take on save between 5 to 10 percent of the in scope spend. They have done many projects in the logistics area, some on an ongoing basis. Logistics costs as a percentage of revenue decreased every year from 2013 to 2018. That is a remarkable feat in today’s freight environment. Considering the size of GM’s transportation spend, $6.5 billion, and the length of time they have been at this, it would not surprise me at all if this small team has saved GM over a billion dollars.

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Will Delivery Bots Revolutionize Last Mile Deliveries?

Starship Technologies has designed delivery bots that make last mile deliveries. They are not the only company operating in this space, but they are the only company, that has moved beyond the pilot stage to actual commercial operations. To revolutionize last mile deliveries, continuing funding will be needed.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 16 – 22)

After nearly 10 months (including 5 snow days), today marks the last day of school for my kids. I’m sure they will come pouring out the front door with screams of excitement, knowing that vacation has officially begun. This vacation will consist of camps, the pool, a few trips, no homework, and most importantly, the carefree days of just being a kid. To say that I am jealous would be an understatement. But it is […]

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Voice – The Interface Between Supply Chain Tech and Humans

It’s the era of the new consumer. We must adapt supply chains rapidly to meet customer expectations. Trends like reverse logistics, same-day-delivery and mobility result in new business models, stressed logistics systems and deconsolidating networks. We’re also in the midst of a shrinking talent pool. Competing with rising wages and attractive employment alternatives for this generation is pivotal in landing the top talent. How do we handle this? By evolving our operations with the tools […]

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Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems: A Market Poised for Growth

I am currently finishing up my latest market study on global transportation execution and visibility systems solutions. 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 […]

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Shippers Caused the Truck Driver Shortage

Land O’Lakes Chief Supply Chain Officer, Yone Dewberry, told an audience at eft’s 3PL and Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta in on June 6th, “We’ve created it” (the truck driver shortage). “As an industry” (shippers), “we’ve done this to ourselves.” Land O’ Lakes is a member owned cooperative with revenues of $15 billion. The company is best known for dairy products, particularly butter, but the company also has divisions devoted to animal nutrition and seeds/crop […]

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Manhattan Associate’s Warehouse Management Solution Changes the Rules of Automation

Manhattan Associates made significant enhancements to their warehouse solution. They have changed the rules of automation, employed significant forms of optimization not currently used in warehouse management systems (WMS), and greatly improved the ability to fulfill e-commerce orders.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 9 – 15)

Last weekend, at the Belmont Stakes, Justify made history. The American thoroughbred racehorse became just the thirteenth American Triple Crown winner. For those of you unfamiliar with the Triple Crown, it means winning the three biggest races in the US – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. While the last Triple Crown occurred in 2015 with American Pharoah, it is certainly a rarity in the sport. In fact, prior to American Pharoah, […]

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The Final Mile: Challenge or Opportunity?

Final mile logistics is attracting a lot of interest for many reasons, but the most obvious is the growth in e-commerce markets. While companies have opportunities to gain new customers by offering more buying and delivery options, these often same-day home deliveries do not come without challenges. In fact, final mile deliveries can be among the most expensive transportation segments in a supply chain. There are costs associated with scheduling times for appointments. If a […]

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