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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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Dell and Caterpillar Reduce Freight Costs with Mode Shift

The CSCMP Annual Global Conference, the most important supply chain conference of the year, had some nice mode-shift case studies. Speakers from Dell (Rob McIntosh, Global Reverse Logistics Director) and Caterpillar (Tom France, Director of Global Transportation) shared their insights and experiences last Monday. In the case of Dell, a manufacturer of personal computers (PCs) and other electronics-based technology products and solutions, the shift meant moving from flying international bulk air to increasingly making use […]

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Ocean Contract Management is Complex

One choice international shippers face is whether to sign long-term contracts with ocean carriers or use freight forwarders and pay spot market rates. In the current environment, spot market rates are often lower, but shippers may face a service penalty when capacity tightens. Just as airlines overbook, so do ocean carriers. However, while airlines reward those who give up their spot, ocean carriers don’t. In an overbooking situation, ocean carriers are likely to reward shippers […]

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