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This Week in Logistics News (May 20-24, 2013)

I’m still recovering from my red-eye flight back from Las Vegas earlier this week. Sleep deprivation was a small price to pay to get home in time for my son’s “moon-bounce-in-my-backyard” birthday party. Take a huge plastic structure, fill it with air, and toss a group of 8-year olds in it — a recipe for hours of ear-piercing fun and laughter. Luckily, no tears were shed, and no bones were broken. I’m now wondering if […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

“We’re toast,” said one of my son’s baseball teammates from the bench last night, as their team quickly fell behind 8-0 against the best team in the league. From my beach chair on the sidelines, I thought the same thing. Then came the bottom of the fifth inning, when my son hit a 2-run home run with two outs, followed by more hits and more runs, and when the dust settled in the infield, the […]

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Guest Commentary: Lifestyle Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

In the supply chain software industry, uncertainty is certain and anticipating what’s next is what makes our days interesting. The innovations we develop must meet constantly shifting market demands and customer priorities, and it’s important to not only understand that the changes are happening, but also the drivers behind those changes. Here are a few of the macro-level lifestyle trends we are seeing influence supply chain management and software solutions. The consumerization of IT: Thanks […]

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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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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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Guest Commentary: Five Supply Chain Resolutions for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions are easier to make when you know they will save you time and money. To that end, here are five areas of your supply chain you should take a fresh look at in 2013: Warehouse Management System: Is it time for an upgrade or replacement? Consider whether your current system is strengthening or hindering your ability to execute business strategies. Your WMS should free up your IT department to focus on customer-facing […]

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Yard Management Solutions Impose Control on an Inherently Chaotic Process

As Chris Jones from Descartes said in a Logistics Viewpoints column, the Forrest Gump quote — “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get” — applies to the challenge of managing a yard, particularly inbound dock operations. A yard management system (YMS) controls the yard attached to a warehouse or distribution center (DC). YMS functionality includes dock door scheduling, check in and check out, location of trailers in the […]

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Guest Commentary: Three Things the Next President Needs to Know about Logistics

The Presidential election is looming, and even though the topic of infrastructure occasionally gets a brief mention, specifics are usually absent. Here are the three top challenges facing the logistics industry that the next president needs to understand in order to keep America competitive. Supply disruptions: The cost of oil, raw materials and many household items continues to climb. Unstable economies and political situations around the world affect us, such as the jump in oil […]

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The Dreaded Platform Upgrade

A while back I wrote a posting where I claimed that if a top-tier Warehouse Management System (WMS) has not been too heavily customized, the costs associated with an upgrade would be about 15-20 percent of the original implementation cost. But this is only true if we are not talking about the dreaded platform “upgrade”. What is a platform upgrade? Things change. And things in technology change particularly quickly. I won’t list all the significant […]

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Guest Commentary: Adapting and Thriving in an Uncertain World

A 21st century supply chain cannot be static. The pressures from changing regulations, supplier needs, world economic instability and natural disasters have led to a volatile and uncertain industry. While we are not able to predict every interruption and challenge, we must embrace a new business climate in which adaptability is not only a source of competitive advantage, it is core to the survival of a company. But a company can’t just survive: It must […]

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