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Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017

It is time to start thinking about the supply chain shows you will be attending in 2017. Here is a list of the key supply chain events of 2017.

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UPS and Additive Manufacturing: Managing a Megatrend

UPS Invests in a 3D Printing Firm to Learn UPS actively monitors emerging technologies including 3D Printing. 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, was not that interesting to UPS initially. But as industrial manufacturers began making components, not prototypes for R&D, but direct material components used in finished products, UPS began to become interested. In time, they realized that this could be a megatrend that could reshape the face of the logistics industry. Alan […]

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A Most Impressive IoT Project

Over 9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) are transported through the port every year, and this is forecast to double by 2025. But the Hamburg Port is located in an urban area and they cannot increase the size of the port to handle increased traffic. To handle shipments efficiently, the HPA must operate smarter. To help with this, this Port has undertaken one of the most impressive IoT projects this writer has seen.

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The Logistics Service Provider Industry is Notorious for High Employee Turnover: Does that Really Matter?

The Logistics Services Provider (LSP) is notorious for its high employee turnover. Does this matter? A leading LSP believes if you want happy customers you need happy employees.

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Predictive Analytics Comes to the Logistics Industry

In logistics, we have not seen all that many examples of Big Data analytics. But it is clear we will see many more solutions in the not so distant future.

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Sustainable Logistics: Beware the Tsunami

Sustainable logistics is like a tsunami that is building far out at sea. Right now, the impact of sustainability on the lives of most logisticians is nonexistent. But eventually that tidal wave reaches the coast and things are never the same. In an analysis completed last June by the Governance & Accountability Institute, seventy two percent (72%) of the companies included in The S&P 500 Index were found to have published a sustainability or corporate […]

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Indonesia Looks to Infrastructure to Give Logistics Boost

I wrote previously on this blog about how Singapore’s superior infrastructure has helped to make it a stand-out performer in logistics in the Asia region and, indeed, globally. But you don’t have to go very away from the Lion City to find a country that is conversely hampered by inadequate infrastructure and poor logistics performance. I am talking about Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world by population (250 million), the biggest economy in […]

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Most Popular So Far

The year is half over.  The most popular columns published by ARC Analysts so far this year include: Best Supply Chain Conferences to Attend in 2015 5 Supply Chain Predictions for 2015 E-Commerce Growth Brings Last Mile Headaches Amazon, Google, and Crowdsourcing: The Battle for the Last Mile The Key Attributes of Supply Chain Leadership Logistics Viewpoints is supported by our sponsors.  So far this year, these are the most popular columns from our sponsors. […]

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Walmart Executives discuss their Omni-channel Logistics Initiatives

Kevin X. Jones, the Vice President of Inbound Transportation at Walmart, and Sheila Taylor, the Vice President of Logistics at Sam’s Club, discussed Walmart’s approach to omni-channel logistics at the eft (eyefortransport) conference last week. Walmart’s ultimate goal is to understand their customers’ expectations, and yet be able to meet these expectations in a profitable manner.  “We are expected to make a profit,” Kevin said. The task is not trivial.  In the first quarter of […]

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Creating the Customer-Facing Supply Chain in Home Delivery

Last October, I wrote a post introducing the concept of the Customer Facing Supply Chain and how it expands the value of the supply chain in the enterprise. There has been a lot of interest in understanding how to create a customer-facing supply chain. The following is such an example for retailers and their home delivery operations. Enhance the Entire Shipping Experience Let’s start with the customer-facing supply chain fundamentals for home delivery. The most […]

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