Archive for Descartes – Page 2

This Week in Logistics News (October 14-18, 2013)

Several years ago, I interviewed CIOs and IT executives from leading third party logistics (3PL) companies, and one of the most interesting findings was that their teams spent a majority of their time fixing and cleansing data. I’m sure if I conducted those interviews again today, the story would still be the same. Therefore, I wasn’t surprised by an article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how faulty data is hindering the HealthCare.gov rollout. Here’s […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 9-13, 2013)

Document less, experience more. That was the key takeaway from a great HBR article by Daniel Gulati published in April 2012. I was reminded of that article when I came across the video below this week, which saddened me and made me realize that I need to work harder on keeping my phone in my pocket. Moving on, here’s the news from the past two weeks that caught my attention: Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 Second […]

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Continuous Moves (Part 2)

Last week, I discussed continuous moves in networks where they could be planned with a high degree of certainty. But there is another form of continuous moves — a more ad hoc, opportunistic type of move — that can be very difficult to operationalize. There are several reasons for this. First, when a carrier commits to a lane rate, the rate is based on the carrier balancing its network. A shipper is often getting an […]

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Ready for Full Enforcement of Importer Security Filing?

Starting on July 9, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin the liquidated damages phase of Importer Security Filing (ISF) enforcement. According to the press release: CBP may issue liquidated damages of $5,000 per violation for the submission of an inaccurate, incomplete or untimely filing. Liquidated damages in simplified terms refer to a penalty secured by a bond. If goods for which an ISF has not been filed arrive in the U.S., CBP […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 3-7, 2013)

Welcome to June. We’re quickly approaching the midpoint of the year, which means it’s time to start planning for 2014 — at least that’s what I heard at my sister’s surprise birthday party last weekend, where some of her co-workers in finance were talking about getting started with 2014 budgets. Just like political campaigns, the budget planning process never ends. In this week’s news… UPS Freight Announces 2013 Rate Adjustment 3Gtms and Tompkins International Partner […]

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Ariba: At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks

Last week at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference, I led a discussion session titled “At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks” with about fifty senior executives in supply chain and procurement. I made the case that we are currently seeing the rise of supply chain operating networks, the business equivalents of Facebook and LinkedIn, which are enabling communities of trading partners to communicate, collaborate, and execute business processes in more efficient, scalable, and innovative […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 29 – May 3, 2013)

It’s the beginning of May and the Red Sox have the best record in baseball. I know it’s a long season, but after a disappointing two years, I can’t help but feel good about this team. If they remain competitive the rest of the season, I think the team will prove something that is also true in the workplace: a few rotten apples can spoil the bunch, so it’s sometimes necessary to remove them from […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2013)

I spent several nights this week in Little League baseball tryouts and meetings, culminating in the Majors draft last night. And this morning I woke up to snow, at least a foot of it, with more falling. Welcome to baseball in New England, where you pray the snow melts by opening day (at least in the infield), and the players wear jackets on the field and warm their hands and sip hot chocolate on the […]

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Guest Commentary: Bakers Shoes Implements DC Bypass

In the retail supply chain, it is common practice for a foreign manufacturer to ship goods directly to a retailer’s domestic distribution centers (DCs), where goods are stored until being shipped to individual stores. In its simplest form, “DC bypass” takes one link out of the supply chain. Bakers Shoes, a specialty retailer of fashion footwear, worked with Descartes, a provider of supply chain execution solutions (and a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor), Transmodal, a provider of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 4-8, 2013)

Schools are closed, the roads are empty, and we’re all just waiting for the blizzard to arrive. It’s a stay-at-home-in-your-pajamas kind of day, my favorite. And the fact that it’s Friday makes it even better. I’m not looking forward to shoveling two feet of snow tomorrow, but there is something undeniably beautiful about seeing the world outside covered in white, and your kids laughing and playing in it, with their red cheeks and noses, shovels […]

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