Archive for Cloud/Software-as-a-Service – Page 2

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2012

If you predicted that we would publish a “predictions for 2012” piece today, then congratulations, you are a true visionary! Of course, it was a safe bet to make because we always share what we see in our crystal balls this time of the year (click here and here for our 2011 and 2010 predictions, respectively). Our predictions don’t always hit the mark, but our main goal is not to be 100 percent accurate (or […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 5-9, 2011)

Let’s get right to the news… SAP to Accelerate Cloud Strategy with Acquisition of SuccessFactors Descartes to Enhance its Cloud-Based Logistics Technology Platform to Address New U.S. – Canada “Beyond the Border” Security Declaration West Coast Container Traffic Down 6 Percent (from JOC Sailings) West Coast ports get ready for “Occupation” (from Logistics Management) U.S. Postal Service seeks to end next-day mail (from Reuters) Factory Orders Decline (from Wall Street Journal) It wasn’t too long […]

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Guest Commentary: Logistics Flow Control: How to Control What You Don’t Control

Who would think that the movie Forrest Gump would provide a great analogy for logistics operations? Unfortunately, the movie quote “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” applies to the inbound operations of too many retail and distribution companies. Despite the best laid plans using concepts such as collaborative planning, the flow of products from suppliers too often fails to match the requested quantities or delivery dates. Our […]

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Guest Commentary: The Future of Logistics Networks

Logistics networks have been around for 30 years in many forms, from cargo community systems to mode-specific and general value-added networks (VAN). In the beginning, these networks were built on highly proprietary technology that required complex integration. Their use was limited to the largest and most technologically sophisticated companies. The Internet weaned companies away from the use of proprietary networking technology, and portals made the networks more accessible to the “low tech” organizations, albeit in […]

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Guest Commentary: Dannon Saves Time and Money by Gaining Visibility into Transportation Process

As part of a webinar series on software-as-a-service (SaaS) TMS, the Director of Transportation at one of our clients, The Dannon Company, provided an overview of the benefits the company achieved by gaining greater visibility and control of its transportation process. Here are some of the highlights of what he presented. Dannon, which is headquartered in White Plains, New York, is one of the top manufacturers and distributors of fresh yogurt in the United States. […]

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SAP Acquires Crossgate: The Growing Importance of B2B Connectivity

One of my predictions for 2011 was validated yesterday. Here is what I wrote last December: More companies and solution providers will recognize the importance of B2B connectivity. It’s not new, it’s not sexy, but B2B connectivity is coming out of the shadows and becoming an important factor in creating an end-to-end supply chain solution. This year [2010], IBM acquired Sterling Commerce and Highjump acquired TrueCommerce. In recent years, Oracle and SAP have also established […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 8-12, 2011)

Thanks to the roller coaster ride on Wall Street this week, my dream of retiring at 82.5 has been torn to pieces, just like the Powerball lottery ticket I tossed in the trash after not winning the jackpot on Wednesday—heck, I didn’t even get a single number! And so I blog… White House Announces First Ever Oil Savings Standards for Heavy Duty Trucks, Buses LeanLogistics Launches LeanFleet™ for Fleet Routing and Optimization FedEx Freight Announces […]

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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: TMS–Build vs. Buy?

A few months back, the spring on my garage door broke. My wife told me that I had the skills to repair the garage door and she said, “Wouldn’t it be a nice weekend project?” As I sized up the situation and repair job, I could envision the weekend ahead of me: reviewing repair websites, making multiple trips to the hardware store, calling in favors from friends…essentially spending the entire weekend tackling the project. I […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 11-15, 2011)

My daughter attended “Camp Invention” this week, where the campers learned about science and got to invent things. She had to bring an item to take apart and tinker with, so I donated my double tape deck that had been collecting dust in the basement since the late 90s, when CDs came of age and my Frankie Goes to Hollywood tape got entangled in the left deck’s gears. So many mix tapes, so many memories. […]

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