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Can Intermodal Become a Preferred Destination for Europe’s Freight Industry?

  Can Intermodal Become a Preferred Destination for Europe’s Freight Industry?

The European Union’s rich mix of cultures and working practices is one of its strengths. But in intermodal transportation these differences can impede future growth. One of the main goals of an EU-backed project called SMART-RAIL is to remove attitudinal and other barriers that prevent more freight from switching to intermodal in Europe.

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Europe-Wide Roadmap Charts the Future of Transportation

  Europe-Wide Roadmap Charts the Future of Transportation

Many socio-economic and environmental trends shape the evolution of freight and passenger transportation, especially within an enormous geographic region such as Europe. The European Union has launched a major project to build a roadmap of these trends up to 2030, that will ultimately be used to develop a toolkit for policymakers.

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Optimization Tools Lighten the Load on Stressed Freight Networks

  Optimization Tools Lighten the Load on Stressed Freight Networks

Freight transportation networks are increasing in complexity at a time when companies are under immense pressure to improve service levels. Investing in more efficient infrastructure is one response to this challenge, especially in countries such as the United States where deteriorating transportation systems are struggling to keep up with rising traffic volumes. But there is another response to the problem: a new generation of powerful transportation planning solutions that optimize cargo flows across regional, national, and local networks.

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Does it have to be complicated to get a lean warehouse production?

  Does it have to be complicated to get a lean warehouse production?

Many executives believes it is an expensive, long and complicated process of implementing lean in the warehouse. In my experience, it does not have to be that way. What you need is the right kind of leadership, curiosity and courage.
Today’s modern approach to warehousing or as I want to call it warehouse production put high demands not only on continuous improvement but also continuous cost reduction. One of the greatest tools in my opinion to meet those demands is lean.

Lean is a wonderful tool. You can use it in almost every business from hospitals, administrations, productions or in warehouses for example. Many people want to complicate lean but in my opinion it does not have to be complicated and you don´t need an expensive education to start a lean implementation in your warehouse. You can start with inspiration from colleagues in the same business for example.

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Optimizing Weighing Processes in Supply Chain Warehouses

  Optimizing Weighing Processes in Supply Chain Warehouses

Weighing raw materials and goods is a part of every manufacturing unit and supply chain warehouse. Initially, goods were weighed before they were loaded and after being unloaded. Chances of discrepancies in such cases were higher which impacted the company. Thus, weighing processes had to be optimized in warehouses to achieve efficiency, productivity and profitability.

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Warehouse vs Distribution Center – What’s the Difference?

  Warehouse vs Distribution Center – What’s the Difference?

A lot of logistics professionals use the terms warehouse and distribution center interchangeably. Some of them even say that “there is effectively no difference between a warehouse and a distribution center”. So, how different is a distribution center from a warehouse? Let me tell you upfront that they are as different as a modern 21st century supply chain is from a traditional supply chain.

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Shipping Agreements: ‘Cost Modeling’ Your Way to a Better Deal

Ignorance is a profit center for carriers. There—it’s been said.
Getting the best shipping rates for your company is an impossible task if you don’t know what the carriers really want out of you. To put it simply, you just want a good deal and the carrier wants a good margin. But who has the advantage in contract negotiations?

The less you know about the carrier’s cost and pricing structure, the less likely you are to optimize your end of the deal. Continue reading to learn about carrier cost models and how you can position your company for a better shipping agreement.

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3PLs and Logistics Service Providers – Is the Future Changing?

  3PLs and Logistics Service Providers – Is the Future Changing?

Reverse outsourcing. Cutting out the middle man. Not using the usual suspects. These are what shippers retailers, manufacturers, and others are doing. At the same time, 3PLs and logistics service providers (LSPs) are dealing with and competing in a commoditized industry where price is the key differentiator.

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Deliver the Goods: How Automated Picking Solutions Help DCs Meet Consumer Demand

  Deliver the Goods: How Automated Picking Solutions Help DCs Meet Consumer Demand

Goods-to-person technology facilitates more accurate and efficient order fulfillment, with goods-to-robot solutions hot on its heels.

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Towards a Freight-Friendlier Rail System in Europe

  Towards a Freight-Friendlier Rail System in Europe

The European Smart-Rail project launched this May with nearly 6 million Euros (around $7 million) of funding from the European Commission (EC), aims to make the mode a better option for commercial freight in Europe.

Nineteen organizations are participating in the project, which has an overarching goal of improving freight logistics rail services from the point of view of the shipper in five key areas of performance: reliability, delivery time, cost, flexibility, and visibility. The project is divided into work packages that are coordinated by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

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