• Editor’s Choice: 6 Reasons Why Companies Need IoT

    Editor’s Choice: 6 Reasons Why Companies Need IoT
    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. This article is from Kirk Carlsen, Director of PLM Product Marketing at Oracle, and looks at the importance of IoT.
    During my time as a professional cyclist, I learned that the more information and technology I could leverage, the faster I rode. As technology improved, the data and insights I collected from dai
  • The Power of the Network: ERP vs. Spend Management

    The Power of the Network: ERP vs. Spend Management
    Alex Zhong, Director Product Marketing at GEP
    GEP and the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Supply Chain Resource Cooperative surveyed supply chain, procurement and IT professionals across a range of industries to gain insight into their priorities and strategies regarding supply chain resilience and optimization. The survey’s results suggest a series of misalignments where gaps in process, technology and information flow can be a drag on productivity and optimization. Of the professi
  • Do You See What I See? How to Select a TMS Visibility Platform for Improved Speed, Quality, and Cost

    Do You See What I See? How to Select a TMS Visibility Platform for Improved Speed, Quality, and Cost
    To test the thinking and visibility of his students, Socrates held up a white ball in front of his student and asked, “What color is the ball?”
    Almost without thinking, the student answered, “The ball is white, teacher.”
    Socrates then slowly turned the ball around to reveal the back of the ball, painted black. “Next time, before you answer,” said Socrates, “examine both sides.”
    In today’s supply chain business, where customers increasingly ex
  • The Race for Last Mile Drones

    The Race for Last Mile Drones
    One of the most difficult and expensive aspects of the supply chain is last mile and home delivery. However, from a customer experience standpoint, it is also the most memorable and possibly important. Autonomous last mile deliveries are part of the answer to the e-commerce boom that we are experiencing. I have already written about autonomous mobile robots and how they are changing last mile deliveries. Today, I want to look at last mile drones and what the future holds.
    The use of last mile dr
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  • Better Inventory Management Requires International Suppliers To Step Up to Digital Transformation and Collaboration

    Better Inventory Management Requires International Suppliers  To Step Up to Digital Transformation and Collaboration
    Some of the world’s biggest retailers and their partners are once again feeling the sting of “the bullwhip effect” – a term of art amongst supply chain professionals that describes how changes in demand at the retail level can reverberate and amplify issues throughout the supply chain.
    For months, retailers have been stockpiling massive amounts of goods to meet surging consumer demand, and compensate for ongoing supply and logistics issues. (Just last year many were chart
  • Transforming Freight Benchmarking

    Transforming Freight Benchmarking
    Most supply chain suppliers have solutions that are very similar to each other. Occasionally, a cool vendor emerges – a vendor solving an important problem in a new way. Emerge is that kind of company.
    Emerge has an interesting new platform to deal with the problems shippers are having procuring truck capacity. There is a need for a more nimble, continuous bidding process. And there is a need to understand what a fair price for a move is.
    The vocabulary used in transportation can be confu
  • Can Improving Forecast Accuracy Address Our Demand Planning Woes?

    Can Improving Forecast Accuracy Address Our Demand Planning Woes?
    If “the forecast is always wrong,” is improving forecast accuracy even the solution to our demand planning woes? In times that continue to defy our ability to predict them, the words of famous statistician George Box have never been more right: “All models are wrong, but some are useful.” So what can we do to make models more useful? Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) can improve forecast accuracy, but a bigger problem is the failure to set accurate expe
  • The Global Warehouse Automation Market is “En Fuego”

    The Global Warehouse Automation Market is “En Fuego”
    Earlier this week I saw an investor video discussing growth stock performance. It included all of the usual suspects – Amazon,  Alphabet (Google), Tesla, and other household technology names. This was on a day I was busy analyzing the global warehouse automation market. I had just reviewed KION Group’s financials that showed the Supply Chain Solutions segment (Dematic) grew by 44 percent in 2021. Similarly, a Honeywell investor presentation stated that its Intelligrated business
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  • Don’t Fear What is Outside Your Box – It Can’t Bite You!

    Don’t Fear What is Outside Your Box – It Can’t Bite You!
    The only way to drive business is to embrace change; in today’s uncertain world, this is more valid than ever. Still, we can see that it is hard for many companies to go outside of their box and challenge the status quo. I have seen a lot of scary examples where a company wants to stay in the old box and connect new technologies and innovation……..and they fail, again and again and again.
    To improve your supply chain capacities, you must embrace emerging and disruptive digital
  • Sustainability’s Inconvenient Truth

    Sustainability’s Inconvenient Truth
    A book called How the World Really Works argues that “we are a fossil-fueled civilization whose technical and scientific advances, quality of life, and prosperity rest on the combustion of huge quantities of fossil carbon. The author, the polymath Vaclev Smil, declares it will take at a minimum several decades, but perhaps well over a century, to move away from our dependance on fossil fuels. This conclusion is based on a scientific examination of industries that rely on carbon-based fuel
  • Gamification and Robotics Level Up Employee Engagement

    Gamification and Robotics Level Up Employee Engagement
    Across the global business ecosystem, sourcing and retaining top talent labor is of utmost importance. This is no less true of the supply chain industry, which must manage high customer demand while simultaneously experiencing unprecedented labor issues. What’s more, the physical rigors and repetitive nature of supply chain work are creating massive challenges when it comes to employee retention. The difficulties are pushing companies to come up with creative strategies that help encourage
  • Chameleon Carriers Threaten Our Safety

    Chameleon Carriers Threaten Our Safety
    The nation’s highways can be a dangerous place. A few years back, my colleague Steve Banker wrote an article highlighting a very important loophole protecting impaired truckers that was about to close. The closing of this loophole was a very important step towards highway safety. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve read about another danger on US roadways: chameleon carriers. I had never heard the term before, but it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
    Tracking and complia
  • EVRI LAUNCHES COLLABORATION WITH VINTED

    Evri, the consumer delivery specialist, has entered into a strategic partnership with Vinted, the largest online consumer-to-consumer marketplace in Europe dedicated to second-hand fashion. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Supply Chain Digitization Gains Favor as Disruptions Continue

    Supply Chain Digitization Gains Favor as Disruptions Continue
    Supply chains have experienced significant disruptions in the first half of 2022, from a global pandemic to wars, rising fuel costs, and a potential recession. Throughout the past six months, rates and capacity have been highly volatile as the industry deals with other ongoing challenges. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to rank driver shortages, driver retention, and the costs of extensive regulatory compliance on carrier operations as top concerns for carriers.
    S
  • Digital Transformations Are Not Just for the Big Guys

    Digital Transformations Are Not Just for the Big Guys
    Nathan Sanders, CEO of Brook Furniture Retail
    When you think about digital transformation, you probably think of multinational giants like McDonald’s or Sephora. But it’s the small to midsize companies that often reap the most rewards from such transformation. Case in point: Brook Furniture Rental has invested in new technologies to undertake a true digital evolution, significantly improving customer service and reducing operational costs along the way.
    Brook Reimagines Furniture Ren
  • Cool Logistics Vendor: Locanis Offers a Differentiated Path to Warehouse Efficiency

    Cool Logistics Vendor: Locanis Offers a Differentiated Path to Warehouse Efficiency
    Locanis is a warehouse technology supplier headquartered in Germany with clients located in Europe, North America, and Asia. It is likely that many of you are not familiar with how Locanis optimizes warehouse operations. This is because Locanis’ solution, Site Optimizer 3600, doesn’t fit neatly into the category of a WMS. It is reasonable to call it a WMS. But this term does not clearly describe how the solution delivers its results. It is equally reasonable to call it a warehouse co
  • ARROWXL TO DELIVER AMBIENT HEATING SOLUTIONS TO CUSTOMERS ACROSS THE UK

    ArrowXL, the UK’s largest and longest established 2-person home delivery specialist has been awarded a contract with Purmo Group UK, one of the world’s leading suppliers of indoor climate comfort solutions, to deliver designer radiators to homes across the UK. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • EVRI PLEDGES ANOTHER £150K TO SUPPORT SMES USING ITS APPRENTICESHIP LEVY FUNDING

    Evri, one of the UK’s leading consumer delivery companies, has pledged over £150k of its apprenticeship levy funds to help support SMEs for the second year running. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • The Best Supply Chain Company You Have Never Heard Of

    The Best Supply Chain Company You Have Never Heard Of
    Michael Jacobs, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Ferguson
    Ferguson PLC, value added distributor of plumbing and heating products, came out with their third quarter results on June 14th.  In the nine months ending April 30th they generated over $20 billion in revenues, grew by 27 per cent, and generated three quarters of a billion in operating profit. Despite their size, few people outside their industry have heard of them.
    Following their earnings, Michael Jacobs was made available for i
  • This Week in Logistics News (July 9 – 15)

    This Week in Logistics News (July 9 – 15)
    The other day I noticed a bug in my house and quickly said to my brother-in-law standing next to me “look at that bug! nasty.” He quickly replied as I moved toward it with a paper towel “don’t smush it. It’s a stink bug.” I said, “what is a stink bug?” He went on to inform me about stink bugs and how they smell terrible when smushed. I was naïve to this type of bug I had never seen and decided to Google it. It turns out that these bugs were re
  • Making the Connection: The Real-World Value of Logistics Digitalization

    Making the Connection: The Real-World Value of Logistics Digitalization
    Today’s logistics teams are operating in an environment characterized by uncertainty on three fronts. Customers’ needs and expectations are constantly changing. The available talent pool of drivers, warehouse associates and other employees is small, which creates staffing volatility. And their operating conditions are extremely challenging and unpredictable, from skyrocketing fuel costs and tariffs to blocked shipping lanes and ongoing geo-political conflict.
    Minute by minute, logist
  • Supply Chain Fraud 101

    Supply Chain Fraud 101
    Supply chain disruptions are continuing to occur for a variety of reasons. Weather delays can affect shipping lanes, manufacturers face product shortages, demand continues to spike for certain products, containers are difficult to acquire, and the trucking industry faces a driver and capacity shortage, just to name a few. One issue that does not get talked about as much, however, is supply chain fraud.
    What exactly do I mean by supply chain fraud? Well, there are a number of different types of s
  • Reducing the Impact of High Fuel Costs Goes Beyond the Transportation Department

    Reducing the Impact of High Fuel Costs Goes Beyond the Transportation Department
    The rise in fuel costs, especially diesel, is significantly impacting the bottom line of many B2B companies such as distributors and wholesalers. While the transportation department bears the brunt of high fuel costs, it may not have much ability to mitigate the impact of these costs on the broader business as many of the causes of high fuel consumption come from outside the transportation department. Instead, transportation and logistics organizations need to make fuel cost mitigation a company
  • Amazon Puts the Best Possible Spin on an Overbuilt Network

    Amazon Puts the Best Possible Spin on an Overbuilt Network
    Goods-to-Man Robot at an Amazon Warehouse
    Last Tuesday, Amazon issued a press release that highlighted the company’s investments across its global operations network to provide fast delivery for customers. Prime Day is July 12th and 13th. On Prime Day, Prime members in 20 countries have access to deals on everything from top national brands to products from third-party sellers. The press release cites the investment the company has made in their infrastructure to prepare for this surge in
  • There is No Planet B: Can Supply Chains Save the World?

    There is No Planet B: Can Supply Chains Save the World?
    Climate change. Resource scarcity. Population growth. Urbanization. Air and water pollution. When it comes to sustainability, many business leaders are feeling the pressure to act. Customers, investors, and regulatory agencies are demanding that companies actively address the climate crisis. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities impact every facet of business and will determine the market leaders of tomorrow. But the challenge of figuring out where to begin leaves business leade
  • Inflation in 2022: Is the Bullwhip Effect to Blame for Retail Inventory Glut?

    Inflation in 2022: Is the Bullwhip Effect to Blame for Retail Inventory Glut?
    Last week I saw a news headline from the Washington Post stating Michael Burry’s ‘Bullwhip’ Tweet Deserves Serious Attention. Michael Burry (@michaeljburry) is most well-known as the hedge fund manager portrayed by Christian Bale in the movie “The Big Short.” His track record justifiably garners many followers on Twitter – 895,000 according to the account. Michael Burry’s tweet stated that the supply glut at retail is a result of the Bullwhip Effect and
  • What Does it Cost to Implement a Transportation Management System? How Long Do the Projects Take?

    What Does it Cost to Implement a Transportation Management System? How Long Do the Projects Take?
    ARC has recently completed a study on the transportation management system integration market. We have previously done a study of transportation management system (TMS) market and transportation execution and visibility system markets, and interviewed TMS vendors. Finally, we have surveyed and interviewed TMS customers. Interviewing the system integrators (SIs), that implement the different types of transportation software solutions, allowed us to complete our 360-degree review of freight trans
  • Holiday Supply Chains: Are you prepared?

    Holiday Supply Chains: Are you prepared?
    We’ve only just entered the second half of the year and people haven’t even taken their summer vacations yet, so why are we talking about holiday supply chains now?
    Last year, retailers started encouraging holiday shoppers to shop early. As a result, the holiday season got front loaded sometime in September. Given the challenges we’ve had since, I’m gearing up for my holiday shopping to start in July. I am only saying this in half jest.
    With our supply chains clogged and
  • Understanding Supply Chain Sustainability

    Understanding Supply Chain Sustainability
    Supply chain sustainability can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. As I have written about before, supply chain sustainability, or the notion of going green, is a hot topic as companies and countries look at their overall carbon footprint and look for ways to be more environmentally friendly. A few ways companies can begin to offset their carbon footprint is to take a deeper look at product packaging, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, route optimization, and returns and recycling progr
  • Editor’s Choice: Frequent Assessments Needed to Maintain Supply Chain Resilience Amid Emerging Waves of Disruptions

    Editor’s Choice: Frequent Assessments Needed to Maintain Supply Chain Resilience Amid Emerging Waves of Disruptions
    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. This article is from Alfred Hille at Descartes, and looks at supply chain resilience during waves of disruption.
    In today’s world where major global trade disruptions are more the norm than the exception, organizations are increasingly understanding that they have to assess their international business st
  • Convoy Big Rigs Will Be the First Class 8 Autonomous Trucks to Reach the Market

    Convoy Big Rigs Will Be the First Class 8 Autonomous Trucks to Reach the Market
    Convoy Trucks with the Follower Truck in Autonomous Mode
    There is no doubt that autonomous semi-trucks will change the face of logistics. But there are questions that many would like clarity on around this cutting-edge technology. What kind of trucks will they be? When will we see autonomous trucks on the road? And how fast will the rollout be?
    The answer to these questions depends in part on how we define autonomy. On a six-point scale from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), driving aut
  • Driving Growth Through Increased Efficiency in the Last-Mile

    Driving Growth Through Increased Efficiency in the Last-Mile
    As retailers across the U.S. struggle with disrupted supply chains and volatile economic markets, returning a profit has become more challenging. Retail executives are prioritizing investment in technology that can increase supply chain efficiency and their profits. They want technology to deliver last-mile efficiency along with a great customer experience and they want it now.
    The growth of e-commerce and its impact on retailers
    E-commerce continues to grow yearly and it’s estimated that
  • Why are WMS Sales so Persistent? Here is How I Learned of WMS’ Ongoing Importance

    Why are WMS Sales so Persistent? Here is How I Learned of WMS’ Ongoing Importance
    Its All About the Details
    I am currently finishing up this year’s version of ARC Advisory Group’s annual WMS market research study. It struck me as I reviewed past growth rates how persistent WMS sales growth has been. I then questioned if there is some other factor at play in the technology’s persistent growth. I decided to take a step back and propose an organizational explanation of why I believe WMS sales growth is so persistent.
    My Learning Path
    I started researching suppl
  • The VF Corporation Invested in Supply Chain Agility Before COVID Made “Agility” the New Buzzword

    The VF Corporation Invested in Supply Chain Agility Before COVID Made “Agility” the New Buzzword
    VF Corporation is Building a Highly Automated DC on the West Coast
    Anytime you have a chance to talk to an executive vice president in charge of the global supply chain of a nearly $12 billion corporation, you know you will learn some things. Cameron Bailey, EVP of Global Supply Chain at VF Corporation, did not disappoint. Mr. Bailey has worked most of his career at VF – as an industrial engineer in facilities, in strategic sourcing, running offshore operations, and now as the person in ch
  • Editor’s Choice: 5 Steps to Creating a Profitable Same-Day Fulfilment

    Editor’s Choice: 5 Steps to Creating a Profitable Same-Day Fulfilment
    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. This article is from Wayne Snyder at Blue Yonder, and looks at the intricacies of the ever-growing same-day delivery market.
    The same-day delivery market is forecast to double over the next three years. According to a survey by Gatepoint Research, 40% of retailers are focusing on this as one of their 2022 prior
  • Gordon Food Services Conquers the Last Mile

    Gordon Food Services Conquers the Last Mile
    Over the last couple of years, as the Covid pandemic has changed the way consumers interact and shop with retailers, brands, and consumer goods companies, last mile delivery has become increasingly important. Customer expectations for expedited delivery are becoming more commonplace, in both the B2B and B2C world. And as the lines continue to blur between B2B and B2C, and the model expands to a B2B2C focus, order fulfillment processes become more complex. I recently interviewed Al Contreras, Inn
  • Editor’s Choice: How Walmart Transportation is Working to Reduce Emissions Now and in the Future

    Editor’s Choice: How Walmart Transportation is Working to Reduce Emissions Now and in the Future
    At Logistics Viewpoints, we have written about how companies are looking to reduce carbon emissions, especially when it comes to transportation. More and more global companies are pledging to make their supply chains and their operations net-zero or carbon neutral. The following Editor’s Choice article comes from Fernando Cortes, Senior Vice President, Transportation at Walmart, and addresses how Walmart is working to reduce emissions through their transportation practices and operations.
  • Walgreens’ Digital Commerce Evolution: Microservices to the Rescue

    Walgreens’ Digital Commerce Evolution: Microservices to the Rescue
    Brian Amend, Senior Director of Supply Chain Systems at Walgreens
    You hear the term “digital transformation” everywhere. That means different things to different people. But one thing many would agree it means is putting in new applications where none exist, or perhaps more often, tearing out old legacy applications and replacing them with more modern software platforms. But rip and replace is expensive, time consuming, and risky. Isn’t there a better way? Walgreens thought so.
  • Logistics Software: How to Make Handling Peak Times Easy

    Logistics Software: How to Make Handling Peak Times Easy
    Transparent data prepared especially for your logistics operation will get you easily through your peaks
    Peaks are all so different
    During the summer months, in one sector the demand for sun cream explodes while in another, it’s the demand for mineral water. Everyone is familiar with such seasonal demands. The result is often a peak sales volume for a specific group of items. The good news is that these peaks come at about the same time every year and can therefore be easily planned for.
    T
  • Demand Forecasting in an Inflationary, Supply-Constrained, Semi-Post-Pandemic Environment

    Demand Forecasting in an Inflationary, Supply-Constrained, Semi-Post-Pandemic Environment
    Ratios, Comparables, Substitutes, Voodoo, and a Touch of Luck
    When Recent History Isn’t Much Help (change in US total capital expenditures. For illustrative purposes only)
    It is hard to believe it has been two years since I was faced with forecasting WMS and warehouse automation market growth rates in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, I wrote about the COVID pandemic, and how similar events occur that elevate the uncertainty of the market. These events make accurate forecas
  • Why Supply Chain Convergence is Critical to Greater Agility and Resilience

    Why Supply Chain Convergence is Critical to Greater Agility and Resilience
    Having an effective supply chain practice has always been a difficult balancing act, even in relatively stable times. Many factors need to align for an organization to be able to source materials, produce a product and put it in the hands of customers.
    However, the last few years have been defined by disruption. The pandemic has exposed flaws in business practices across industries, which have been acutely felt in their supply chain and procurement operations. Furthermore, inflation has become a
  • Cutting Emissions Through Better Transportation Planning

    Cutting Emissions Through Better Transportation Planning
    Oracle Fusion Cloud Transportation Management offers a solution that allows transportation planners to see estimated emissions – carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides, and particulate matter – before a trip is executed. Transportation is, of course, a major source of green house emissions. According to the environmental protection agency, in the US, the transportation sector accounts for 29% of all greenhouse gas emissions. That is more than any other sector.
    A transportation management sy
  • Editor’s Choice: Why Modern Retail Demands Cloud-Native Technology

    Editor’s Choice: Why Modern Retail Demands Cloud-Native Technology
    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. This article is from Manhattan Associates and looks at the changing nature of retail.
    Making predictions about the future of retail – or anything – can be a fool’s errand. However, retail as a whole has experienced a period where the future is being thrust upon it at an alarming rate. As that
  • A Look at the Warehouse Labor Market

    A Look at the Warehouse Labor Market
    As my colleague Clint Reiser wrote about a few months back, warehouse labor has been in the news quite a bit lately. Of course, virtually everyone relied upon direct-to-consumer fulfillment at some point during the COVID-19 lockdowns, placing widespread reliance on warehousing capabilities. In the longer term, warehouse labor has been increasingly in high demand as retail shifts more and more from stores to e-commerce fulfillment. Most recently, attempts at unionization at a number of Amazon war
  • Want to Succeed at a Large Firm? Become an Entrepreneur

    Want to Succeed at a Large Firm? Become an Entrepreneur
    Lizet Tymon, the senior supply chain management director at Jabil
    Lizet Tymon, the senior supply chain management director at Jabil, has an interesting story to tell about how she advanced from being one of hundreds of managers at Jabil to being a senior director at this Fortune 500 company.
    Jabil (NYSE: JBL) is headquartered in the United States. The company engages in contract manufacturing services for companies. Jabil’s 450 clients – across 15 different industries – have br
  • Reimagining Logistics: Focusing on What’s Ahead, Not What Happened

    Reimagining Logistics: Focusing on What’s Ahead, Not What Happened
    A great deal already has been written about the impact of the pandemic, fully socializing jargon such as “new normal,” “next normal,” “unprecedented disruption,” etc.  Changes in our lives, economies and supply chains are ubiquitous and well embedded now. It’s time to focus on how we innovate and optimize our businesses and operations in this permanently altered world.
    Challenges drive dramatic shifts in supply chain and logistics
    Across many of our
  • Manhattan Associates Momentum 2022 Conference

    Manhattan Associates Momentum 2022 Conference
    Manhattan Associates hosted its annual user conference, Manhattan Momentum, in Hollywood, Florida from May 23rd through today, May 25. “Assemble Agents of Change” was the theme of the conference. And it was good to assemble in person again after two years of virtual conferences due to COVID-19 restrictions. The topic of change is certainly as relevant as ever. Of course, change is always occurring. But it has certainly been more pronounced recently within the supply chain world. Thi
  • WMS + SaaS + Automation = Smooth Operations

    WMS + SaaS + Automation = Smooth Operations
    Surviving or Thriving? It starts with your first form of Automation, Warehouse Management
    As anyone who’s experienced change in supply chain technology over the past five-to-ten years can attest, we’ve come a long way, baby.
    Artificial intelligence, neural networks, machine learning, robotics, mobile apps, big data, the cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). All have reshaped the way goods travel from dock to doorstep, especially in today’s hyperactive, direct-to-consumer, e-c
  • Improved Supply Chain Visibility Requires an End-to-End Solutions

    Improved Supply Chain Visibility Requires an End-to-End Solutions
    Happag-Lloyd will track all their container shipments
    There have been massive supply chain disruptions since the pandemic began. These disruptions have driven up prices and led to shortages of goods. Congestion at ports has certainly played a role in these disruptions. The world’s fleet consists of approximately 6,000 ships. These ships carried nearly 150 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers last year. Last October, over 100 ships, including 70 container ships, we
  • Better Ways to Address Trade-Offs with Supply Chain Optimization

    Better Ways to Address Trade-Offs with Supply Chain Optimization
    Malcolm McLean, a trucker from North Carolina, was tired of waiting. He had a load full of cotton bales, and while idling away hours at a shipyard watching stevedores load other cargo onto ships he dreamed up containers that transformed global supply chains. Loading and unloading trucks was inefficient, so his frustration led to the commercialization of containers that could be moved on and off trucks easily. Containerization eventually reduced shipping and loading costs by at least 75%. The tra

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