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This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2012)

I didn’t win the $585 million PowerBall jackpot this week, which is not surprising, because when it comes to lotteries, taking shortcuts through town when I’m late, and picking the fastest checkout lines, I’m like Hemingway’s old man: “salao, which is the worst form of unlucky.” On to the news, which is dominated this week by transportation management technology. LeanLogistics Announces On-Demand TMS SuiteApp for Netsuite’s Suitecloud Computing Platform C.H. Robinson Introduces Navisphere® Technology Platform […]

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Guest Commentary: Is Community Cloud the Future of Logistics?

Are you saturated by all the cloud hype? Recently, a leading analyst firm published a report on cloud computing that listed 24 variations. It’s tough to name a vendor that does not claim to have a cloud offering. With all of the confusion, it’s hard to identify what part of cloud technology will really benefit logistics and other sophisticated ecosystems. I believe that community cloud has the potential to transform not only company performance, but […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 12-16, 2012)

Get your Twinkies and Wonder Bread while they last. Hostess Brands is going out of business. In more important news… Descartes Acquires Exentra Descartes Community Cloud-Based Service Unveiled at Descartes’ Global User & Partner Conference LeanLogistics Releases On-Demand TMS® v.12.3.0 E2open Announces Availability of Next-Generation E2 Cloud Connectivity UPS Introduces New Cloud-Based Technology Platform to Improve International Supply Chain Management Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 Million Miles Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 17-21, 2012)

Lots of news this week, so let’s get started. FedEx Corp. Reports First Quarter Results Oracle Reports Q1 GAAP EPS Up 15% to 41 Cents; Q1 Non-GAAP EPS Up 11% to 53 Cents ILA, USMX agree to 90-day extension in labor negotiations (Logistics Management) Descartes as an IATA Strategic Partner Facilitates Air Cargo Innovation With Technology Bridge between Cargo-XML and Cargo-IMP Oracle Introduces Mobile Point-of-Service for Retailers SAP Opens New Mobility Design Center to Conceptualize, […]

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Guest Commentary: Why Do Only 1/3 of Companies in North America Have a TMS?

Independent research groups report that a transportation management system (TMS) can save a company anywhere from 3-20% of transportation spend as compared to manual management. It is easy to see why many companies that currently do not have a TMS are now searching for one for their business. But why have so many companies waited so long? I believe there are eight reasons why many companies delay their decision to integrate a TMS into their […]

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JDA Software Focuses on Time to Value

All too often, when companies buy and implement supply chain software, you hear a similar story: the implementation took longer than planned and the company grossly underinvested in training. Also, the needed software customization made future upgrades costly and time consuming to the point where upgrade cost and effort often rivaled a brand new implementation. Because of this, companies understandably delay upgrades for years, thus foregoing the latest product enhancements. In the meantime, power users […]

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Guest Commentary: Does the Supply Chain Department Need the IT Department?

HighJump Software is just completing an internal implementation of a new ERP package that covers CRM, financials and customer service. The project touched nearly every business process in our organization, and was driven completely by business function owners and business subject matter experts. Involvement from the IT organization was limited to a few security reviews. I have been involved in several ERP implementations in my career and have never seen a software project so independent […]

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Guest Commentary: Is Cloud-Based WMS a Real Option for Complex Distribution Centers?

Three years ago, I thought the probability of using an outsourced warehouse management system (WMS) to run a complex distribution center was low. Today, my perspective on this topic has dramatically changed. The pervasiveness of virtualization technologies, which now enable infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), has ushered in a new computing platform, “the cloud,” which is perfect for WMS deployment. A few years ago, SaaS transportation management systems (TMS) were emerging as a credible option for enterprises of […]

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Guest Commentary: Solving Logistics Service Provider Business Problems with Cloud Computing

The overall business model for most logistics service providers (LSPs) is not that complex. The LSP provides services to their clients that, in turn, generate revenue for the LSP. A key challenge for most LSPs is that the difference between the revenue and expense (their margin) is so small, it must be relentlessly scrutinized. Additionally, given that many customers view LSP services as a commodity, LSPs are constantly challenged to differentiate their offerings against the […]

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What Defines a Mature Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Application?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is researching how software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and cloud computing are being used and deployed today and how these technologies will evolve in the future. Because SaaS is so prevalent in the transportation management systems (TMS) and mobile resource management (MRM) markets, I thought it would be worthwhile to dive into NIST’s research and writings on this topic. My first reaction is that the term “cloud computing” makes […]

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