Over the last few months, I’ve heard the term greenwashing over and over again. Greenwashing is a form of advertising or marketing spin in which green PR and green marketing are deceptively used to persuade the public that an organization’s products, aims and policies are environmentally friendly. A notable example of greenwashing is when McDonald’s […]
Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Today’s article comes from Descartes and looks at how EDI can streamline supply chain operations. For those unsure of what EDI is, it stands for electronic data interchange, is […]
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My colleague Fox Chen and I just kicked-off the update to ARC Advisory Group’s research on the global mobile warehouse robotics market. Fox is located in Singapore, and I am in Boston. With a solid 12-hour time zone difference between him and me, together we should be able to speak with any robotics provider at […]
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Supply chain resiliency and sustainability are top priorities for CEOs today. To achieve these goals, corporate leadership must focus on two key areas: shift from internally focused supply chains to collaborative supply networks and actively design their supply chains. Resiliency, which is the ability to withstand supply chain shocks and bounce back quickly, has become […]
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COVID wreaked havoc with Blue Diamond Grower’s supply chain. Blue Diamond is the largest almond processor and marketer in the world. To fix their supply chain, the company implemented SAP’s Transportation Management (TM) and SAP Business Network for Logistics (SBNL) solution to complement their SAP Integrated Business Planning solution. For Blue Diamond, bringing together demand […]
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At its annual event, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 15 lineup. And while the company touted upgrades such as better cameras, better processors, and smaller borders around the screen, the big news was the charging port. The new version of the iPhone will drop the company’s proprietary Lightning port in favor of European-mandated USB-C ports. […]
Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Today’s article comes from Greca Manuzzi, Senior Expert Product Marketing at Kinaxis, and explores breaking down silos in material and transportation planning. In the fast-paced VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity […]
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Last week I attended FourKites Visibility 2023 in Chicago, IL. The conference as a whole was fantastic, from the location and networking events to the conversations I had and sessions I attended. This was the largest conference that FourKites has put on to date, with nearly 800 customers, partners, prospects, and thought leaders descending on the […]
How to Persuade Top Brass that Now Is the Time to Invest in a Modern Transportation Management System In simplest terms, a transportation management system (TMS) is an integrated transportation software solution that helps you plan, execute, and optimize the physical movement of orders coming into and going out of your distribution center (DC). Most […]
Earlier this morning I was thinking about something different, yet interesting to discuss in the intro paragraph of this week in logistics news. Then it occurred to me, why not talk about what I want to discuss? So I will. I will use this paragraph as an inquiry for my own selfish interests. I am […]
Amazon’s patent for anticipatory shipping generated quite the media buzz a decade ago. My first impression at that time was the mental image it provoked – a delivery truck pulling up to my house and placing a package that I hadn’t ordered on my front door, but ultimately decided to keep. My second impression was […]
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Procuring transportation for freight is much different than any other procurement category. There are different tools, goals, and market dynamics. Transportation procurement needs to support both customer service and a company’s internal supply chain goals. The freight market is mercurial. It can move quickly from a situation where there is too much capacity in the […]
As Labor Day approaches, I can only think about kids going back to school. And when I think of going back to school, I think of a rite of passage that most kids enjoyed: watching the Price is Right on a sick day. Earlier this week, longtime host of the Price is Right, Bob Barker, […]
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Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Today’s article comes from Kyle Franklin, Senior Solutions Consultant, Lucas Systems, and looks at warehouse distribution errors. Being a veteran of the warehouse industry throughout my career has given […]
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A transportation management system (TMS) helps companies move freight from origin to destination efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively. The primary reason companies buy a TMS is for freight savings. These freight savings can be attributed to simulation and network design, load consolidation and lower cost mode selections, and multi-stop route optimization. As freight costs have continued […]
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Last week, the Teamsters, one of the largest unions in the US, voted to ratify a contract with UPS. The five-year deal includes wage increases and historic new protections for working in high temperatures for UPS’s employees. UPS is the largest parcel delivery company in North America. The company generated over $100 billion in revenue […]
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Here we are closing out the last full week of August. To me, the end of summer feels like the end of a year (more so than December). It must be due to the school year beginning each September. Afterall, this was the case for the vast majority of my youth. I know it is coming when the nights start to get cooler, the sun sets sooner, and it becomes a lot easier to find shade in [...]
ARC Advisory Group’s research on the global WMS consulting market is almost complete. This research is focused on WMS specialists - those organizations that derive a substantial amount of their business from WMS-related consulting. Although the market is still fragmented, it's not as much as I thought prior to conducting the research, and not nearly to the degree it was back in 2020. These WMS specialist consultants are very often responsible for the WMS implementations of contracts attributed to large, multinational IT consultancies [...]
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From Real-Time Visibility to Real-Time Decisions: Data’s Value Is Propagating Across Global Supply Chains
Real-time transportation visibility - leveraging real-time data, ML and AI to help countless companies - has elevated visibility toa foundational technology. Real-time supply chain data is increasingly being felt far beyond transportation logistics to enable real-time decision-making with positive implications for supply chain teams spanning sourcing & procurement, to production, to yard & DC operations [...]
In the course of doing ARC’s latest global market study on Global Trade Compliance, I came across important changes in trade regulation occurring that supply chain professionals need to be aware of. Environmental, social and governance issues are increasingly finding their way into trade policy. Increases in business process outsourcing means that human rights and […]
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