Creating a More Stable Environment for Navigating Demand and Rate Changes Using Transportation Optimization

A sophisticated transportation management system (TMS) can help companies overcome the challenges of modern shipping. Transportation modeling technology can help shippers evaluate the effects of uncertainty and variability in their networks. In this way, they can effectively manage logistics across an entire, dispersed ecosystem. Modeling helps users to understand and prepare for the impact of any potential changes before they are operationalized. These changes can range from expanding networks to carrier flux or even to growing businesses, all of which require adjustments to logistics.

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The Top Ten Logistics Viewpoints Articles of 2016

Much like the last few years, we here at Logistics Viewpoints thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2016 posts obtained the most views over the year. It is nice to see articles written throughout the whole year garnering so many views, not just those that have been on the site since the beginning of the year. It’s also nice to see articles written by various Logistics Viewpoints contributing authors. The most popular […]

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What Does Demand Sensing Teach Us About IoT Projects?

If demand management teaches us anything about learning to leverage the Big Data generated by sensors, it is that leveraging IoT data is likely to be a lengthy maturation process.

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This Week in Logistics News (December 3 – 9)

Tom Brady is the GOAT. And by GOAT, I mean the greatest of all time. At least according to some people. And according to some stats. The one stat that people are referencing are his record setting 201st win, collected last Sunday afternoon against the LA Rams. This win put Brady one win ahead of his rival Peyton Manning to become the winningest quarterback of all-time, if you include regular season and post season wins. […]

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Getting (Even) More from Your Transportation Management Solution

Getting benefits from a modern transportation management solution that has just gone live is just the first wave of value available. There’s a lot more that can be gained when companies recognize that transportation management solutions are more than execution systems. With the ability to model alternate scenarios, logistics organizations can more accurately model the benefits and challenges of proposed changes to transportation strategies and processes, and continue to enhance the business value they receive […]

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How The Warehouse Automation Market is Evolving to Meet Practitioners’ Needs

The warehouse automation market has certainly evolved over the last two years. Thankfully, I believe most of the changes are advancements that allow suppliers to better meet customers’ needs. I will categorize the market’s evolution into three high-level categories – more holistic solutions, greater system adaptability, and greater system intelligence. Warehouse automation vendors have purchased other companies within the industry to expand their offerings, with recent examples including Dematic’s acquisition of SDI Group, obtaining its garment-on-hanger system, and Vanderlande’s acquisition of Dinamic, extending its portfolio of conveyors. The rapid growth of e-commerce; the heterogeneous nature of today’s items, orders, and loads; and the unpredictable business environment have made system adaptability and fulfillment flexibility increasingly important to fulfillment operations. Shuttle systems have been the ideal solution to meet these needs.

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Business Intelligence in 3PL: Mining the Value of Data

In today’s business world, “information” is a renewable resource and virtually a product in itself. Business intelligence technology enables businesses to capture historical, current and predictive views of their operations, incorporating such functions as reporting, real-time analytics, data and process mining, performance management, predictive analytics, and more. Thus, information in its various forms and locations possesses genuine inherent value. In the real world of warehousing, the availability of detailed, up-to-the minute information on virtually every […]

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Donald Trump and the “Made in America” Supply Chain

Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect. On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose punitive damages on goods made in China.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 26 – December 2)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books. And by all accounts, Americans spent a lot of money. Call it the Amazon effect if you want, but more and more consumers are flocking to the Web for holiday deals than in stores. And traditional retailers are pushing their online inventory to keep up with customer demand. According to a survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF), an estimated 108.5 million Americans shopped online […]

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8 Things Keeping Supply Chain Professionals up at Night

As 2017 fast approaches, shippers are hard at work forecasting what the new year may bring. Unfortunately, with this planning comes a host of trends and challenges that leave supply chain professionals feeling uneasy. Pressure to reduce transportation costs, adapt to changing customer demands and a constantly changing, uncertain market are constantly on the minds of shippers, but here are a few trends and challenges that are keeping supply chain professionals up at night. The […]

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