B2B Companies Also Need to Improve their Multichannel Capabilities

Companies with B2B order flows have been slower to understand the important role a distributed order management system can play in increasing customer satisfaction, sales, and helping to insure orders flow to customers in the most profitable way possible.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 29 – August 4)

Yesterday afternoon, I went to my town’s transfer station to drop off recycling and garbage. As I was dropping off my recycling, my car door was open and the Beastie Boys were playing on the radio. I was approached by a 15-year-old (give or take) who looked at me and said “Is that the Beastie Boys? My dad loves them.” I instantaneously felt old. But I also had a moment of nostalgia. I was just […]

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Robust Benchmarking of the Demand Management Process is Possible

Robust benchmarking is difficult. It is now possible to do robust benchmarking of the demand management process. That is much harder to do than you might think.

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TMS Success: Strategies for Buyers and Suppliers

In May, I provided an overview of one of the biggest trends (cloud) driving TMS market growth, as well as some regional, industry, and complementary market trends. I want to revisit some of that TMS research, and highlight another megatrend as well as a few strategies for both TMS buyers and suppliers. One of the other megatrends that is driving the market is the proven ROI tied to TMS. A TMS saves companies money by […]

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CSX’s Turnaround Strategy Faces Challenges

Hunter Harrison, the new CEO of CSX is seeking to turnaround his fourth railway. His operating philosophy is known at “Precision Railroading.” The Industrial Internet of Things will undoubtedly play a role.

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Put SAP Leonardo Live on the List of Must Attend Supply Chain Conferences

Most of the shows I attend have users speaking about how they use established solutions to reduce supply chain costs or improve service. End users speaking about how they are using evolving technologies to transform their business are rare.  The number of stories focused on transformation at Leonardo Live was impressive.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 22 – 28)

The 2017 Tour de France concluded this past Sunday after 23 days, 21 stages, 2,200 miles, and over 86 hours of riding. To put some perspective on the logistics behind the Tour, the race consisted of 198 riders, 167 of whom would finish the race. There are generally somewhere in the range of 10 to 12 million spectators that will line the roads during the course of the event. There are 40+ team cars, dozens […]

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America’s Infrastructure Remains a Topic of Spirited Debate: How Can TMS Help Users of the Nation’s Highways Avoid Potholes?

Infrastructure is a topic most of us don’t think about. We just expect it to work in the same way we expect the lights to come on when we flip a switch. However, there has been increasing concern by trucking companies, shippers, and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the infrastructure we all count on – safe roads, bridges, waterways–  is showing its age and in need of repair. That is not surprising when […]

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Most Popular Articles of 2017

As hard as it is to believe, the year is already more than half-way over. Which makes this the perfect time to look back at what have been the most popular Logistics Viewpoints articles for the first half of the year. It’s nice to see a wide range of topics on the list, as well as the variety of authors on the list. All three regular contributors (Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and myself) are included, […]

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Collaborating Across Supply Chains Is Here. I’ll Show You How.

We’re all operating in a social world and communicating through software. It’s what we do. So where the old days of logistics management were focused on getting cheaper carrier rates, companies operating in today’s freight environment must focus on collaboration—both with carriers and with one another. So how can a company go about gaining new efficiencies by collaborating across supply chains without disrupting current logistics processes? The Answer Lies in the Cloud Cloud-based transportation software […]

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