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How Will Successes in Industrial IoT Translate to Consumers?

Businesses are rushing to embrace internet of things (IoT) technology, but consumers hesitate. According to Statista, companies in manufacturing, logistics, and utilities plan to invest a projected $40B in IoT platforms and services by 2020.

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2019: An opportunity for shippers and truckers to create long-term balance

seb creativo 197860 unsplashAfter a rapid trucking rate escalation in 2018, the spot trucking market began 2019 with excess capacity in many lanes. Analysis of the trucking market can be knee-jerk. When the market is tight, pundits predict that shippers will be unable to secure capacity. As the market cools, pundits proclaim that the capacity crunch always was a myth. The truth lies in the middle.

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How trucking and logistics in the USA are changing due to technology in 2019

future logisticsIn 2019 many industries are expected to experience changes due to new technologies and changes in regulations in the United States. One major industry that won’t be left out is that of trucking and logistics. They can expect that recent advancement in technology will help simplify processes, automate tasks and yield positive results.

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Big Investments in Supply Chain Tech from DHL

vn core pr 05302018Robotics, AI, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy all grab headlines and promise great things as we move into the next year. Some of the projects that are in play are truly remarkable in the ways they are expected to change how we do things. The supply chain runs in the background of consumer activities and is more complex than most people who aren’t involved with the supply chain imagine. But when issues slow the process of getting goods to their final destinations everyone has opinions about what should be done to make things better. Global delivery giant DHL has some ideas of their own that leverage its presence and the technology available.

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Supply chain logistics are increasingly integrated with ERP systems

logistics erpThere was a time when supply chain software was tightly focused on managing the transactions that went into processing orders. The software providers were specialized in EDI transactions - data files formatted according to the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standard. EDI files associated with logistics have become integral to the process. These electronic documents were originally separate from inventory control, shipping manifests, and payment processing, but the volume of transactions and the number of companies doing business electronically has made integration between supply chain logistics and ERP systems more common than ever.

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How Global Trade Blockchain Platforms Could Help Streamline Freight Movements from Cargo Ship to Big Rig to Your Door

Transportation heroIn early August, IBM and Maersk unveiled TradeLens, a global trade blockchain platform seeking to bring efficiency and transparency to international shipping. After months of testing with port operators, customs authorities, logistics companies, and carriers, TradeLens hopes to be fully commercially available by the end of 2018. The platform is being billed as an open and neutral ecosystem, designed to integrate with other Hyperledger Fabric blockchains. While only time will tell if IBM and Maersk are truly dedicated to collaboration, the possibility of multiple blockchain platforms interacting and integrating could revolutionize shipping from the open ocean to the open road.

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Voice is the new interface

voice recognitionIf you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device in your home or office it’s no surprise that voice command has become powerful and accurate. But for the most part voice is still part of the consumer realm. Part of the reason may be because enterprises are not entirely comfortable allowing voice control of orders and process at the scale of business. But it seems that the trend is expanding as companies like HighJump and other supply chain software providers explore adding capabilities to their platforms.

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The Impact of Reverse Logistics

reverse logistics minThe retail industry faces a growing challenge in managing the billions of products consumers return every year. These returns can result in both financial losses as well as potential negative environmental impact such as waste. With the increase in online shopping, return rates have increased exponentially. As painful as it is for retailers, returns have been absorbed as a cost of doing business and until recently, the environmental impacts have been ignored.

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Will electric trucks change transport?

tesla semi 1This week Tesla announced its new line of Tesla Semi electric trucks. The company does an interesting job of reverse-hype in the ‘promise less / deliver more’ kind of way and according to those attending the event this introduction was no exception. Semis are the mainstay of logistics company around the world and while it’s too soon to know how big an impact Tesla’s all-electric vehicles will have, it’s safe to say they will change the vehicle industry. But will it make any noticeable changes to the supply chain?

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How The Global Logistics Software Market Is Growing Significantly – And What This Means

logisticsAccording to Gartner, one of the world’s top business research firms, the global logistics software market is growing at a faster rate with each passing year. Just take a look at the numbers: from 2012 to 2013, the supply chain management (SCM) software market grew by 7.3% to $8.96 billion. In 2014, it grew by 10.8% to $9.92 billion.

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