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Logistics (73)

Robots Are Running The Shipments

shipping robotThink Logistics, a Canadian-based third party provider of supply chain products saw the handwriting on the wall a while back. Its parent company was a successful optical disk manufacturer for years, but as the industry has become heavily focused on digital and downloads, the future of optical became uncertain and it needed to find a way to stay relevant. Read more...

Dropship and the Logistics Provider

dropshippingIn 2012, I wrote about the end delivery process in drop shipping. Next, my target was to walk back up the chain and find a company that was manufacturing something then shipping it. Read more...

Be A Successful Shipper

shipping successTaking some ideas and attitudes that have been around for a while I developed this document for a 3PL logistics provider in Zimbabwe. It really applies to any company who ships or any company who hires a 3PL to ship for them. With everything going on in Supply Chain Management (control towers, etc) and the "Omni-Channel Revolution" underway, we can at least make our shipping process more effective. Read more...

Supply Chain Management And Logistics Risk

disaster planAs supply chains grow in size and importance, your company will need to pay closer attention to production facilities around the world. What if a disaster forced a shut down at a critical plant thousands of miles from your headquarters? Do you have a process in place to deal with it? Read more...

Transportation Management Critical to Supply Chain Success

TMS systemsVigilant management of transportation and finding the most optimal movement for their shipments is something manufacturers and retailers need to think about today more than ever. In order to work with partners to switch away from prepaid to collect freight terms, they must have a process in place to manage these shipments. This generally means investing in a Transportation Management System (TMS), which is used to calculate the scheduled inbound shipments and build out a trailer.

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Global Logistics Increasing by 25%

CO-transportationWhen asked about predictions for 2013 in the global logistics sector Gartner estimated that software as a service (SaaS) and cloud TMS will command 25 percent of the total addressable TMS market. This represents significant growth potential. It also says transportation and logistics is in a state of transition. Read more...

Why You Should Be Using EDI With Your 3PL's

logisticsUsing EDI with your transportation providers or 3PL's is an element of business that is often overlooked, although it shouldn't be. Even business owners who are already utilizing EDI for other aspects of their business, might not be using it with their transportation providers. There are many benefits of using EDI with your 3PL's, and today we are going to focus on a few of those. Read more...

7PL Logistics Update

what is 7plLast year we talked about how a Fourth-party logistics provider (abbreviated 4PL) PLUS a Third-party logistics provider (3PL) might be regarded as a Seventh-Party logistics provider. But what is a LEAD LOGISTICS PROVIDER? Do we have too many layers, or does each add value? Is anybody, other than supply chain theory people embracing the 7PL concept? Read more...

Stay Flexible as Fuel Prices Fluctuate

logisticstruckThe only thing that’s a given when it comes to gas prices is that they are in a constant state of flux, supplies are unpredictable and therefore new models have to be considered. Companies can be proactive, though, when it comes to their supply chain strategies. It is critical to have a dynamic, rather than static supply chain strategy in a time of rising oil prices.

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Robots are Driving 3PL Automation

robot drivingI’ve covered supply chain and third-party logistics (3PL) automation technologies for years. There’s been a variety of “cool” solutions, many of them featuring robots, RFID, sensors and the like. But many of these solutions labor in the shadows of mainstream logistics operations, and some aren’t even that lucky. RFID – arguably thanks to the Wal-Mart mandate in the early 2000s – has perhaps made the most inroads. But there’s another automated logistics solution that’s getting some attention, and it comes in the form of little orange bots. Read more...

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