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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.

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.

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).

24th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Serving up friendly freight

While many companies chase the lowest cost carrier for their freight moves, the performance data suggest that this is a short-term gain that has serious long-term implications for service. This fact was also confirmed by all of the shippers that are interviewed for this year’s study.

Truck Drivers: The Backbone of Every Supply Chain

Just about every supply chain uses trucks to move their goods. In fact, 70% of all freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Until driverless trucks pick up momentum in the marketplace, that means that 70% of all freight tonnage is in the hands of a truck driver (or truck drivers) at some point in the journey from origin to destination. At a basic level, truck drivers are the essential foundation for supply chain expertise.

Assume Nothing: 5 Tests Every Manufacturer Should Run Quarterly

5 Tests Every Manufacturer Should Run Quarterly. Addressing these readiness factors won't always be comfortable. But for the enterprising factory manager building a business, they're crucial and unavoidable.

Building a Smarter Warehouse

Warehouse perceptions have changed considerably over the past two decades. It wasn't long ago that users perceived the four walls as just that a fixed, immovable force that served as the nexus for any distribution network. Today, such representations are increasingly obsolete largely because of forces beyond the four walls. Cloud computing, e-commerce, omnichannel management, big data, and last-mile logistics are reshaping today's distribution facility.

The Changing Face of the Warehouse Workforce

How does a warehouse manager transform a group of people with different backgrounds, outlooks, and abilities into a high-powered workforce?

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Robot Trucks or Autonomous Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Most supply chain professionals do not completely understand the disruption and upgrades that autonomous vehicles, specifically what I call robot trucks, will create. Most cannot get past the pitfalls and possible barriers to robot trucks. I define robot trucks with a much broader perspective. I include trucks of all sizes and even internal plant material handling equipment like fork-lifts and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs). The biggest leap is that robot trucks will learn! Many doubters just cannot get past this. Although not complete artificial intelligence (AI), robot trucks will adapt on their own, to conditions and circumstances, and build an open memory of what to do.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel

The world is in the early stages of a global supply chain revolution. The Amazon Effect. The Internet of Things. Platform Businesses. The new supply chain will grow beyond omnichannel. It will cross into other industries and markets and will incorporate supply chains of products, information, and finance. All the elements of the New Supply Chain tie together. They are not separate steps. They are not to be selectively chosen or excluded. These are inter-related. The New Supply Chain brings performance excellence.

The 4 Supply Chain Metrics

Metrics are a way to measure performance; and, in turn, communicate that information to key executives in the company.  Their value is how supply chain management is supporting the direction and strategy of the business.  It is important that they present a strategic and tactical understanding of what is happening and how well it is happening. KPIs (key performance indicators) must be measurable.  As a result, numerous metrics are about the logistics components.  Some of these are good.  However, they do not present a view of the total supply chain.  Plus, many have little or no usefulness for the C-suite.   Assessing logistics parts is a node-link approach and does not recognize the supply chain process.