The Other Side of the Coin for Crowdsourced Deliveries

A few months ago, I wrote an article about using crowdsourced deliveries for last mile success. In the article, I touched upon a few key points regarding crowdsourced deliveries. First was the rapidly expanding market for crowdsourced deliveries. Major retailers such as Target, BestBuy, Macy’s, Staples, and Walgreens, to name a few, are currently offering crowdsourced deliveries to their customers. But the market has moved beyond traditional retailers, as restaurants that typically have not offered […]

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Control the Cost of Free Shipping with Parcel TMS Analytics

E-commerce is driving the demand for smaller, more frequent last-mile deliveries. As a result, parcel rates are soaring at twice the rate of inflation. At the same time, Amazon continues to reinforce consumer expectations for free shipping and more delivery options, even as it loses billions of dollars on shipping. Shippers large and small need to look more closely at parcel transportation costs and are turning to enterprise shipping software with data-driven analytics for answers. […]

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Recent Supply Chain Case Studies from Logistics Viewpoints

I recently attempted to read a white paper from McKinsey that talked about the value a digitization program can provide; the problem was that after reading the article for ten minutes I still had no idea how they defined “digitization.” Sometimes I get fed up with theory. What follows are ten supply chain case studies published over the last year in Logistics Viewpoints that provide a practical approach to improving supply chain capabilities. Click on […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 31 – April 6)

It’s Masters Weekend – one of the most glorious weekends of the year for golf fans. This year’s tournament marks the return of Tiger Woods, who will be competing in his first Masters since 2015, when he finished tied for 17th. While Tiger will clearly be a dominant storyline, one of the feel-good stories has to be Matt Parziale, who is an amateur golfer and firefighter from Brockton, MA. Parziale quialified for the Masters after […]

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Drone-Powered Digital Inventory

Even though 90% of inventory is stationary in the supply chain, inventory accuracy at distribution centers, warehouses, and plants ranges from 89% to 99%*. In retail stores, this number drops to below 60%**. That’s because most of the inventory management process is still a manual activity. Knowing what inventory is on hand at any given time in the supply chain—and then tying that data to transportation and delivery—is a never-ending challenge for most companies. Overcoming […]

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Machine Learning in Today’s Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

While speaking with a number of WMS product managers, I began to notice that machine learning was called out as a focal point for WMS product development efforts. In general, machine learning is a hot topic in the world of supply chain technologies. Just last week, Chris Cunnane wrote about machine learning for transportation execution. And Steve Banker recently wrote  about Vecna Robots use of machine learning to improve its vision system. Naturally, I wanted […]

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Is Uber Freight a Going Concern?

Is Uber Freight a going concern? Recent losses at the company, the shut down of UberRush, and the loss of key executives makes this a valid question. Experienced logistics executives are not surprised.

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Convoy of Hope’s Journey to Logistics Maturity

When it comes to enterprise software, a truism is that the software contains “best practices.” Companies should change their processes to fit the best practices contained within the software. This will lead not just to better efficiency but makes the software easier to implement and upgrade. But as one company’s journey to logistics maturity shows, this often works better in theory than in practice. Some organizations have processes that need to be different and DO […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 24 – 30)

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about drone deliveries, and whether or not they were actually close to a reality. In that article, I outlined a few practical applications for drones, as well as some of the more hypothetical uses. Well, this week has shown us that aside form practical uses, companies are looking towards the future for possible applications. Amazon, for example, filed yet another patent for a drone system. This time, […]

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The Oil & Gas Supply Chain: Oil Tank Storage and Movement Best Practices

The oil and gas supply chain is complex. One set of complexities involves tank farms. The often-massive storage tanks and extensive auxiliary equipment and instrumentation represent expensive assets.  Achieving operational flexibility involves coordinating a large set of technologies and business functions. This article describes oil tank storage and movement best practices.

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