Archive for GPS

East Coast Warehouse Takes Yard Operations to the Next Level with Advanced YMS

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution (ECW) is an integrated temperature-controlled logistics provider to the food and beverage industry. The company’s primary site is at Port Elizabeth, NJ. This site is both large and complex. It is 60 acres in size, including about 14.5 acres for customs and 1.5 million square feet of refrigerated facility space. Furthermore, it spans six lots, three main buildings, and holds 1,100 containers and a large number of chassis. The services […]

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Dow Chemical’s Distribution and Transportation Risk Management Program

Large chemical and oil and gas companies are, in general, far more advanced in their supply chain risk management practices than companies in other industries. But my coverage of this area convinces me that Dow Chemical, in particular, is one of the most advanced companies in the world in supply chain risk management. Dow Chemical has revenues of $57 billion and employs 54,000 people around the world. It makes and ships agricultural, plastics and chemical […]

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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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Next Generation Transportation Management Solutions

I believe that the next generation of transportation management solutions will leverage GPS and telematics technologies in much more robust ways than we are seeing today. For example, I was recently briefed by Esri, which provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a platform/toolkit called ArcGIS that allows users to combine geographic data, including real-time and historical GPS data, with applications based upon relational databases. I feel more certain now that companies can do more interesting […]

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What Can We Learn from the Field of Military Logistics?

Recently, I’ve been reading some articles in Army Sustainment, a logistics publication for the US army. “Sustainment” refers to sustaining troops in the field. I began reading this publication with the hope of learning something from the field of military logistics that companies in the private sector could apply in their supply chains. The military has been a leader in logistics for decades. The US military uses sensors and electronic wizardry to engage in something […]

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Guest Commentary: Want Your Mobile Initiative to Succeed? Tie Use to Compensation

One of the biggest challenges to large-scale mobile rollouts is consistent use by the workers in the field. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual to hear that companies have mobile initiatives that are struggling or stalled because they cannot get their mobile workers or drivers to consistently use their mobile applications. While as leaders and managers we can talk about the business benefits of mobile technology, many field workers are slow to adopt them as they can […]

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Guest Commentary: Preventing Cargo Theft in the Supply Chain

Today’s economy is driven by a global supply chain where goods move around the world 24/7. As supply chains grow more complex, so does the ability to secure goods. One of the biggest challenges affecting businesses today is cargo theft, and the resulting potential disruption of the supply chain. How large is this problem? While difficult to quantify, the FBI estimates cargo theft amounts to $15 to $30 billion a year. However, this figure does […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation and Mobility – On the Truck, in the Warehouse, and with the Workforce

Supply chain operators put food on their tables every night by considering enhancements in efficiency. So when the word “transportation” comes up in a meeting, most people think first about planes, boats, trains, trucks, deliveries and packages. However, the fact is that efficient transportation is at the heart of every supply chain process – not only on a delivery route, but also in the warehouse and in the store. And that’s the reason mobile technology […]

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Guest Commentary: Real-World Business Cases For Real-Time Visibility Across the Oil and Gas Supply Chain

As I highlighted in a previous posting, without accurate and timely information about the location and integrity of needed parts, equipment, tools and supplies, Oil and Gas owner/operators and their partners  face a number of major risks, including environmental and safety risks, operational  risks as well as economic and compliance risks. Today, I want to turn the spotlight on some industry-leading projects that are leveraging innovative and practical solutions to address these challenges and risks. […]

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Visualizing Next Generation Routing

The New England Roundtable of CSCMP recently organized a tour of Walgreens’ Northeast Distribution Center (DC). What an amazing facility! Because I live in a Boston suburb and the DC is in Connecticut, I used MapQuest to get turn-by-turn directions and it told me that the trip would take just under 2 hours. I made it to the tour on time, but it involved significant speeding and stress. The problem was that MapQuest does not […]

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