This Week in Logistics News (April 1- 7)

The boys are back! That’s right, the Bruins are back in the playoffs after suffering season-ending collapses the last two years. On top of that, baseball season officially kicked off this week, and the Red Sox opened up the season with a two-game winning streak against the Pirates. The weather has not exactly cooperated with us for baseball season, given the low temperatures and yesterday’s rainout. But, playoff hockey and baseball season mean two things: […]

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#1 Way to Save on Global Forwarding

Want a quick “win” in global forwarding costs? Look at ocean cargo consolidation (less than container load, or LCL). It enables you to take the best advantage of space. But you’ll need to work with a forwarder that has specific LCL capabilities to get the greatest possible savings. The third party logistics (3PL) provider you choose with LCL capabilities will combine complementary freight from multiple shippers into a single container. The idea is to use […]

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Descartes Evolution – Logistics Excellence: Now and in the E-Future

Last week, I attended the annual Descartes Systems Group User conference in sunny West Palm Beach, FL. This was my second time attending the event, and once again, it did not disappoint. This was the largest event yet for Descartes, with well over 400 attendees at this year’s conference. I managed to catch some really interesting sessions featuring Descartes employees as well as some great case study sessions, including Clean Harbors, BC Sands, and CVS. […]

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3 Ways to Plug Supply Chain Revenue Leaks

Do any of these situations sound familiar? The salesperson that expedites an order to overnight airfreight because a customer calls to see why it hasn’t arrived yet. The supplier that isn’t being held accountable for its inability to fulfill an order on time. The carrier that consistently fails to meet shipment delivery expectations. What do all three have in common? Each one is adding costs to their companies’ supply chains and eating up profits in […]

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Home Appliance Firm Implements a “Sharp” Planning Process!

What does it take to do Integrated Business Planning well? Sharp Home Electronics Company of America does it very well and this case study imparts some key lessons.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 25 – 31)

After a cold and dreary winter in Boston, I was excited to spend a little bit of time in the sun. Luckily for me, I went to West Palm Beach, FL for the first half of the week to attend the Descartes Users Conference. The conference itself was fantastic, with lots of great sessions, and opportunities to learn. In fact, you’ll be hearing more about it over the next few weeks. As much as I […]

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ERP + TMS: The Best of Both Worlds

Does your business need a Transportation Management System (TMS) or an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system? For supply chain managers, the answer to this question is increasingly becoming “all of the above.” Over the last 30 years, Enterprise Resourcing Planning (ERP) systems have evolved into large-scale systems that form the foundation for most modern businesses. The ERP is a nearly ubiquitous system used by thousands of organizations to manage business information, providing a high-level view […]

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Global Trade Management Software –Execution, Visibility, Compliance …and that Darn Tax Wedge

Global trade and free trade agreements – they’re hot topics today and they are responsible for tectonic shifts in various industries and the economic welfare of many. But they’re also topics that require ongoing management by today’s multinational companies and their trading, logistics, and finance partners. Luckily, there is a software application for that. A quick primer as I embark on the update to ARC’s Global Trade Management Market Research Study Trade Compliance That darn tax wedge. I consider trade […]

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Supply Chain Visibility: How to Navigate Today’s Complex Landscape

Today’s global supply chain network is a labyrinth. Whether handled internally, outsourced, or a mix of the two, unanticipated roadblocks to the delivery of goods pop up left and right. These disruptions and inefficiencies hinder quality of service for customers and add costs to suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers. The map to avoid these obstacles is supply chain visibility (SCV). Visibility: The Game Changer Defined Visibility is the ease with which stakeholders, ranging from the suppliers […]

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Controlling Robots, Easier Said than Done

The use of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses is set to explode. Their are very different viewpoints of the best way to optimally manage the combination of robots and humans.

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