Visibility and Omni-Channel: A Winning Combo

I’ve been researching and studying omni-channel commerce, logistics, and fulfillment for the last eight years, and once again, I am getting ready to publish my annual omni-channel fulfillment strategic report. This year, I put a little different spin on things. While I looked at the current status and likely future development of the numerous elements in this dynamic environment, I also took a deeper dive into inventory management as part of the omni-channel paradigm. Part […]

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The Supply Chain Design Movement and How It’s Driving Measurable Improvements for Large Businesses

Why Is Supply Chain Design Important? There’s been a fundamental change in the way global manufacturers and distributers operate. The modern supply chain is an increasingly complex and volatile network making the impacts of change harder to determine and increasing the risks involved with being unprepared. The supply chain is a huge opportunity for competitive advantage—and risk. Supply chain design is now a must-have capability for businesses to keep up with the pace of change […]

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Using Analytics to Predict Which Truck Drivers Will Have an Accident

Predictive analytics are being employed in interesting new ways to improve safety. Telematics solutions have long monitored events like hard braking and speeding to flag unsafe driver behaviors. But today, this driver event data is being enriched with other data streams to actually predict the likelihood of a specific driver having an accident. Omnitracs’ Critical Event Reporting is one such solution. According to Kevin Haugh, Chief Strategy and Product Officer for Omnitracs, “These are sophisticated […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 5 – 11)

In what most people are calling a shocking upset, Donald Trump has won the 2016 Presidential Election. Almost everybody was predicting that Hillary Clinton would become the country’s first female president, but it was not to be. So on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president. This, of course, is barring a move from “faithless electors” on December 19, when the Electoral College officially casts their votes. It will […]

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SingPost – A Smart Transformation to E-Commerce Logistics Solutions

Two decades ago, I didn’t know postal operators in foreign countries unless I had a pen pal in the region. The role and range of services offered by postal companies have changed considerably since the advent of e-mail, the internet, and most importantly, the exponential growth of e-commerce. Singapore Post (SingPost) is one such domestic provider that has been in the press for its increasing presence in today’s digital economy. In 2014, Chinese e-commerce giant […]

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Why Has Amway Invested 100s of Millions of Dollars in U.S. Manufacturing? It’s Not Altruism

Many of Amway’s products that are largely sold overseas, actually leverage “Made in America” as a key selling point. This has led to a global network of plants which prioritizes investment in the U.S.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 29 – November 4)

Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win! I’m being serious – the Cubs won the World Series. Let that sink in. And like that, the 108 year old curse is broken. This World Series was already great, featuring two teams with a combined 174 years of heartache and baseball agony. But game seven was the type of back and forth battle that MLB executives dream about when they envision a World Series. When the Indians tied […]

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Will Logistics Provide a Good Career Path for Young Grads?

In this Presidential election, trade as a destroyer of jobs has been one of the few issues actually discussed. But automation kills many more jobs than trade. For young grads, based on automation trends, will logistics remain a solid career?

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Selecting a TMS: Where Does One Start?

Earlier this year, ARC developed a supplier selection tool for Transportation Management Systems. The selection guide contains general guidance, around 200 specific selection criteria, ROI data, market data, and supplier profiles to help an organization’s team members make more informed, fact-based decisions.  This version of the guide has been updated with extensive criteria related to routing and managing private and dedicated fleets.  It can help a technology selection team find common ground, with lower risk […]

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Social License to Operate Not a Given

Many ARC reports touch on topics that relate to an industrial facility’s basic “license to operate.”  In the US, this typically requires the organization to demonstrate its ability to comply with regulations established and/or enforced by a variety of regulatory agencies such as EPA, OSHA, DOT, FTC, CSB, etc.  But we’ve been a little remiss when it comes to discussing topics that relate to a company’s social license to operate (SLO), which in many cases, can be just […]

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