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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...

Logistics Trends

shiptrackingAnnual revenues of U.S.-based 3PL providers are $60 billion, and the good news is that figure is projected to grow, as 3PL providers increase their service offerings. The next logical step from there is for them to improve customer service. As technology continues to rapidly change, 3PLs “must focus on management and relationship processes, global offerings, comprehensive solutions for the entire supply chain and information technology,’’ says Pamela Gabor, group manager, Logistics Sales, at SPS Commerce.

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The Drop Ship Dilemma

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As a retailer or etailer, you know what I mean when I say “the consumer is driving the bus”. Your customers are always connected, they buy through multiple channels, price shopping has become a competitive sport, and they want their stuff immediately. In fact, if they could have their products magically pop out of their laptop after placing their order, they’d want that, too (I think Google is working on it). Oh yeah, they also want to be able to track their order from the moment they place it until it’s delivered.

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Growing Your Business by Using 3PLs

LogisticsWarehousingThe world is changing, and consumers’ ability to get information and buy products from their mobile devices anywhere, anytime, is having a trickle down effect on the supply chain—they want their items delivered quickly and at a competitive price. So retailers now have to re-examine how they are sourcing their products and where to get them cheaper in order to bring something more to the table.

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Go For Remote

Distributed TeamsWe have had a lot of interest this year in “remote workers”. Now is the time to talk more about the possibilities of extending this practice. We have the positive support of workers: they love the idea. Let's address the data security people: my response is, as expected if you have read what I write, is the CLOUD. Now the immediate managers: it is no different than any other project you have managed (watch me, I will show you). Top level management: think of the savings in these huge buildings you have: funding a remote worker is less than your square foot charge to house him.

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It's Risky Out There

risk2I help my buddy Buzz select articles for the Supply Chain Buzz page every week (our motto: “we read ‘em so you don’t have to!”). We review a range of stories and blogs on the subjects of supply chain, electronic commerce, ERP, continuous improvement, and general management. Since there’s a great diversity of jobs, departments, and company sizes among our readers, not all will be on target. However, we noticed a few themes that cut across nearly all jobs and organizations. Let’s take a look at a prominent one: risk.

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