Archive for Cloud Logistics

Guest Commentary: Challenges with Global Logistics Workflows

Global supply chain networks have become more complex over the past several years, increasing the hunger for end-to-end visibility and supporting data at both the order detail and shipment level. The force behind this has been the desire to calculate precise inventory arrival dates and times to coincide with special promotions, replenish store inventory, and keep DC safety stock to a minimum, while ultimately increasing customer satisfaction and profit margins. In an effort to become […]

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Continuous Moves (Part 1)

I’m working on developing a supplier selection tool for Transportation Management Systems (TMS), and one form of optimization a TMS can support is “continuous moves.”  I wanted to learn more about continuous moves and so I called several of our Logistics Viewpoints sponsors to discuss this topic. First of all, what is a continuous move? Continuous moves involve a shipper stringing loads together for their carrier, so that the carrier can better utilize a particular […]

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Will Supply Chain Software Vendors Start Competing on Design?

One of the things supply chain software users like to complain about the most is the user interface (UI). This was true 15 years ago when I started as an industry analyst, and it’s true today. Simply put, many user interfaces… are crammed with too many features and too much information that users don’t need or want to accomplish their tasks; have non-intuitive workflows that don’t align with the way users are accustomed to working […]

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Guest Commentary: Improved Logistics is in Your Pocket

With today’s smartphones, you can sharpen your game by juggling a multitude of tasks each day without letting anything slip through the cracks. How could you handle hundreds of emails, phone calls, text messages and meeting schedules each day without it? Improved mobile coverage and Wi-Fi connectivity make sure that you are connected at all times to all of this necessary information. When you travel on business, various apps — weather, maps, music, clock, camera, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 18-22, 2013)

#TwitterTurnedSevenYesterday #MostSupplyChainExecsStillDontGetIt In other news… FedEx Corp. Reports Third Quarter Earnings Oracle Reports Q3 GAAP EPS Up 6% to 52 Cents Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Acquires Open Mile, Inc. Intelligrated acquires Datria Postmaster Launches a Simple, Intelligent API to Help SMBs Optimize and Save on Small Parcel Shipments Transplace Mexico Achieves C-TPAT Certification U.S., Canada launch truck cargo pre-inspection program (Logistics Management) Ryder Exceeds Veteran Recruiting Goal with More Than 1,000 Hires ATA Truck Tonnage […]

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Guest Commentary: 6 Impacts of Social and Mobile on Supply Chain Management

You wake up in the morning and grab your smartphone. You notice you have 5 notifications from your network about important events pending. You quickly scan your news feed to see what conversations and key updates you missed during the night. A key topic catches your eye and you jump into a discussion with a group of people around the world. You accept an invitation from a pending request to connect. You see that a […]

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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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