• Investing in Warehouse Automation? Who Isn’t.

    Investing in Warehouse Automation? Who Isn’t.
    Warehouse automation is becoming an increasingly desirable option for fufifllment operations. And investments in these technologies are top of mind for today's logistics executives.Our research indicates that both well-established technologies and emerging technologies are currently being considered to varying degrees. More specifically, practitioners. [...]
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  • Editor’s Choice: Never Normal is the New Normal

    Editor’s Choice: Never Normal is the New Normal
    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 week’s blog comes from Oracle, and examines how the global supply chain responds to turmoil. Disruptions can come in many sizes. From those smaller, everyday disruptions of machines going down, unexpected orders, suppliers missing, or shorting shipments – issues businesses deal with every day,
  • International Freight Forwarding Services 2020 Market By: Industry Size,Growth,Trends,Analysis,Opportunities, And Forecasts To 2024

    WiseGuyReports.com Publish A New Market Research Report on –“ International Freight Forwarding Services 2020 Market By: Industry Size,Growth,Trends,Analysis,Opportunities, And Forecasts To 2024”. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Medtronic’s Digital Twin Journey

    Medtronic’s Digital Twin Journey
    Medtronic MDT has been engaged in a digital transformation. This includes building out a digital twin of their end-to-end supply chain to make it easier for people to make better and faster supply chain decisions. The company has built a data lake to feed LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Analytics Platform, llama.ai, to create their supply chain digital twin. The solution has already been rolled out to support distribution flow path analyses. The solution allows them to make […]
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  • Intelligent Transportation System Market 2020 Global Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Trends, Opportunities and Forecast to 2026

    Wiseguyreports.Com Publish New Market Research Report On-“Covid-19 Impact on Intelligent Transportation System Market 2020 Global Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities and Growth, Forecast 2026” Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • TMS and Digital Freight: The Experts Speak

    TMS and Digital Freight: The Experts Speak
    When it comes to TMS and digital freight, there is a lot of interest. More and more TMS suppliers are integrating digital marketplaces into their core TMS offering. As the supply chain world continues down its digital transformation path, digital brokers can play an integral role in easing capacity constraints, opening up new lanes, and providing a benchmarking tool for shippers. It is certainly an exciting time for the TMS market.
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  • 4 Ways Supply Chain Modeling Enhances Enterprise Resilience

    4 Ways Supply Chain Modeling Enhances Enterprise Resilience
    Supply chain modeling is essential to substantiated resiliency analysis and to the planning of risk responses. A supply chain model is the digital representation of the structure, product flows and policies of a physical supply chain. It is created by transforming data into predetermined structures, so that such data templates can be used in conjunction with mathematical algorithms, to determine improved future state structures, product flows and policies. Here’s a look at four areas of ri
  • Managed Transportation Service Providers Compete on their Tech Stack

    Managed transportation service providers compete on their tech stack.The transportation management systemis core, but the platforms also have complementary applications, visibility and advanced analytics.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (June 20 -26)

    Baseball is back! Well, sort of. After a long series of negotiations, Major League Baseball and its players have finally agreed on a format to begin the 2020 season. The season is set to begin in late July and will be condensed to a 60-game schedule with a number of changes from a normal season. Unlike a normal season where every team plays every other team, this year, teams will only play teams from their […]
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  • Integrated Assortment Planning: A Vital Capability for Retailers

    In today’s changing market dynamics, the retail business is getting more competitive by the day. Increasing competition by online marketplaces, along with evolving consumer expectations and shopping patterns are making the category management decisions more complex.As customers’ options increase, so do their expectations. Assortment planning decisions made by these teams need to be more dynamic and localized as manual analysis based on broad assumptions and averages do not suffice an
  • The Warehouse of Tomorrow: Sensing and Adapting to Change

    Warehouse robotics are truly reshaping the way organizations are handling materials within the four walls of their warehouse. Leveraging digital technologies that are connected to physical assets, but managed by a central software application, delivers the level of visibility required to sense and respond more effectively than you can if you’re operating in silos. The best practice is to tie them into the WMS to obtain a fully automated workflow.
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  • Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Border Trade

    U.S. companies that conduct significant volumes of cross-border manufacturing and trade with Mexico have had to contend with a variety of challenges since 2019, including tariff threats, the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain and the subsequent challenges of restarting idled manufacturing, and the forthcoming implementation of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
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  • Managed Transportation Experts Speak on Digital Freight

    Managed Transportation Experts Speak on Digital Freight
    With the rise of Uber Freight, digital freight brokerages have gotten a good deal of investor and shipper attention. A digital freight brokerage uses technology to make the process of working with a broker to secure a move more automated and less time consuming.
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  • Why Supply Chain Complexity Isn’t a Bad Thing

    Why Supply Chain Complexity Isn’t a Bad Thing
    When I started my career the term “supply chain” was just emerging. Most professionals I interacted with during my early days in this industry were still referring to “materials management” and “procurement” when they spoke of what we call “supply chain” today. We also had a role called a “master planner” who was typically an APICS certified genius who could schedule a factory, inbound supply schedule and procurement plan via grease boa
  • Cloud WMS: A Platform for Reliability, Scalability, and Performance

    Cloud WMS: A Platform for Reliability, Scalability, and Performance
    WMS ia a mission-critical application, the backbone of warehouse operations.Cloud applications running on leading enterprise cloud infrastructure offer extremely high availability. The architecture and algorithms dynamically scale cloud computing capacity to handle customers’ increasing volumes. Oracle WMS Cloud, for example, is a zero-downtime application.The post Cloud WMS: A Platform for Reliability, Scalability, and Performance appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • Cloud-Native WMS: Key Characteristics and Considerations

    Cloud-Native WMS: Key Characteristics and Considerations
    Consumer and enterprise software has gone through a significant evolution over the last five years. Consumers have reached a point where software as a service (SaaS) has become an imperceptible norm. One might assume designing a SaaS-based WMS is as simple as taking a legacy WMS, deploying it in a public cloud, wrapping it up with managed services, and re-branding the offering as SaaS WMS. But to truly understand the benefits of being a cloud-native WMS, we have to look a little deeper. There ar
  • A Managed Transportation Success Story

    A Managed Transportation Success Story
    Managed transportation services providers have planners in a control tower using TMS technology, who plan and execute loads on behalf of their customers. The main reason shippers enter into these arrangements is for freight savings. But as this case study makes clear, managed transportation can drive service imporvements. These can be strategic.
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  • If You are a Distributor, Do You Look Like This?

    If You are a Distributor, Do You Look Like This?
    As more of the economy comes back online, distribution-oriented companies find their business in one of the following situations: volumes are up but costs have risen faster or, volumes are down considerably, and they don’t appear to be coming back any time soon. In both cases, the objective is to right-size distribution operations to drive down costs and dramatically improve productivity. Now is the time for distribution companies to look hard at their current fleet strategies, tactics and
  • A CEO’s Take on Transportation and Coronavirus

    A CEO’s Take on Transportation and Coronavirus
    Transportation and coronavirus have been getting a lot of attention lately. The global supply chain is becoming more complex due to increased regulations, trade wars, cross-border commerce, and most recently, the impact of coronavirus. FourKites founder and CEO Matt Elenjickal shares his thoughts on transportation and coronavirus.
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  • How Voice Picking Stacks Up Against Paper, RF Scanning, and Pick-to-Light

    How Voice Picking Stacks Up Against Paper, RF Scanning, and Pick-to-Light
    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 week’s blog comes from HighJump – now Körber, and examines various warehouse picking technologies and how they compare to voice picking. Warehouse order picking describes the process of selecting and pulling an item from inventory to fulfill a customer’s order. The labor, materials,
  • Editor’s Choice: How Voice Picking Stacks Up Against Paper, RF Scanning, and Pick-to-Light

    Editor’s Choice: How Voice Picking Stacks Up Against Paper, RF Scanning, and Pick-to-Light
    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 week’s blog comes from HighJump – now Körber, and examines various warehouse picking technologies and how they compare to voice picking. Warehouse order picking describes the process of selecting and pulling an item from inventory to fulfill a customer’s order. The labor, materials,
  • Supporting Supply Chain Agility: Simple Concepts, Complex Technology

    Supporting Supply Chain Agility: Simple Concepts, Complex Technology
    Supply chain control towers have come of age. The concepts that allow modern control towers to support agility are easy to describe. The technology that empowers these concepts are quite complex.
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  • AQUALINE TURNS TO ARROWXL TO SUPPORT SIGNIFICANT GROWTH AS THE UK FOCUSES ON HEALTH & WELLBEING 

    Aqualine Saunas, the leading supplier of top brand saunas and steam rooms in the UK, has appointed a new delivery partner to support its significant growth which has seen sales rise by over 50% since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Editor’s Choice: Retailers: Is Your Transportation Strategy Ready for Peak Season?

    Editor’s Choice: Retailers: Is Your Transportation Strategy Ready for Peak Season?
    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 week's post comes from Logitsyx Technologies. Now is the right time for retailers to review their transportation strategy and consider the lessons they’re learning during the coronavirus pandemic.  For example, is the transportation strategy flexible? Is it scalable?  Has it met t
  • The Future of Drones is Now

    The Future of Drones is Now
    Is the future of drones here? There have been plenty of trials that would indicate that home delivery drones are right around the corner. The FAA has loosened restrictions and selected eight companies to help establish technical requirements for home delivery. However, there are still a number of obstacles to overcome. But, for other uses, drones are getting the job done. This includes inventory management within warehouses and yards, monitoring equipment at ports, farms, and job sites, and re-s
  • Why Supply Chain Agility Needs to be the Next Normal

    Why Supply Chain Agility Needs to be the Next Normal
    The rug has been pulled out from beneath us. Doing things the same way we’ve always done them will no longer serve us, so we can’t simply put it back in its place. In fact, the definition of pulling the rug out from underneath someone is that doing so causes their plans to fail, because they have little recourse or time to respond adequately. It’s a fitting metaphor for the world’s supply chains, which have […]
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  • HERMES LAUNCHES MYPLACES 

    Hermes UK, the leading consumer delivery company, has introduced ‘MyPlaces’ in a move designed to further support its commitment to ‘contactless delivery’ during the pandemic and help provide an accurate first-time delivery option for when people are not in. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • COVID-19 and Managed Transportation: Providers Work to Handle Shipping Volatility

    COVID-19 and Managed Transportation: Providers Work to Handle Shipping Volatility
    There are companies that have seen their shipping volumes surge during this global recession and pandemic. Many work with managed trans providers to secure capacity. This article describes the different tools managed trans providers use to secure transportation capacity.The post COVID-19 and Managed Transportation: Providers Work to Handle Shipping Volatility appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • ARROWXL TO DELIVER FOR INSIDEOUT LIVING

    InsideOut Living, an online retailer that provides a carefully curated range of fresh products, for inside and outside the home, has chosen ArrowXL, the leading 2-person delivery company, as its partner to support the next phase of its growth. The contract is worth in excess of £250k. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • What Are Your Risks of Getting Infected by COVID? If Infected, How Likely Are You to Die?

    What Are Your Risks of Getting Infected by COVID? If Infected, How Likely Are You to Die?
    Every few weeks I read a particularly well written and researched article on COVID. An article from the BBC – called Coronavirus: How scared should we be? – is the most insightful from the last month or so.  The author, Nick Triggle, writes “There are two factors that influence the risk we face from coronavirus – our risk of becoming infected and, once infected, our risk of dying or becoming seriously ill.” For the first […]
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  • Manhattan Associates WMS Goes Cloud-Native

    Manhattan Associates WMS Goes Cloud-Native
    Manhattan Associated unveiled its latest WMS, Manhattan Active Warehouse Management. The WMS incorporates a broad range of enhancements including the new cloud-native architecture, redesigned user experience, and a list of productivity enhancements that enable holistic management, optimization, and execution. The unified planning and optimization capabilities enable simultaneous planning for inventory, orders, labor, automation, and transportation elements.
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  • GE Appliances Deploys Autonomous Mobile Robots

    GE Appliances Deploys Autonomous Mobile Robots
    GE Appliance sought to automate the movement of materials from the dock to the production line. They piloted AMRs from Agilox. That pilot was successful and GE Appliance is now deploying these robots at scale.The post GE Appliances Deploys Autonomous Mobile Robots appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • A Labor Management System that Drives Worker Engagement? Who are You Kidding?

    A Labor Management System that Drives Worker Engagement? Who are You Kidding?
    Manhattan’s Active Labor Management built in new features supporting worker engagement. Historically, a labor management system was more like a slap than a hug. The way they have gamified the system is one of the drivers of their approach to worker engagement.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (May 16 – 22)

    This Week in Logistics News (May 16 – 22)
    This Monday is an important day. It is Memorial Day, a US federal holiday to honor and mourn the military personnel who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. But that is not the only important thing happening on Monday. It is also my birthday. And while this is exciting, there is still one more important thing happening. On Monday, May 25, 2020, as the Massachusetts economy opens in its multi-phase plan, barber shops […]
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  • Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain

    Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain
    Digitalization is accelerating the pace of business and transforming global supply chains. In a freewheeling discussion at the ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, I spoke with Richard Howells, Vice President Marketing Digital Supply Chain at SAP about the trends, customer expectations, the challenges, and imperatives of digital transformation in the supply chain. Supply Chain: Trends and Challenges “Today’s supply chain is very volatile.  Whether we’re talking about Brexit or t
  • Amazon, FedEx, and UPS Prepare for the Post COVID World

    Amazon, FedEx, and UPS Prepare for the Post COVID World
    On Monday, my home state of Massachusetts announced the official details regarding the state’s four-phase plan to re-open the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Phase 1 comes in a two-wave approach, with some business opening immediately and others opening on May 25. One group that found the approach disappointing is retailers. Many Massachusetts retailers see this plan as potentially too little too late. According to the new guidelines, nonessential retail stores will be allowed to
  • HERMES TO EXPAND DEPOT NETWORK CREATING OVER 100 JOBS

    Hermes UK, the leading consumer delivery company, has announced it is to open a new depot in Nottingham; creating over 100 new jobs in the area. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Near Term Forecasting powered by AI

    Near Term Forecasting powered by AI
    One thing that I find interesting in the AI movement is the creative use of data and algorithms to solve old problems in a new way or to solve new problems. My colleague, Vikram Srinivasan talked about one such new problem in a previous blog post:  AI is Changing Everything We Thought About Forecasting Demand. Vik discussed how AI is helping improve demand forecasting with additional data and new algorithms. Digging deeper, he mentioned an […]
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  • BD’s Control Tower Implementation

    BD’s Control Tower Implementation
    What BD's Control Tower can do seems almost magical. But the control tower's capabilities are a result of the technology and the implementation design. This article describes the design and implementation of BD's control tower.
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  • Telematics data from VisionTrack highlights increased levels of speeding amongst fleet and road transport drivers

    Vehicle data taken from VisionTrack’s IoT platform backs recent motoring research and Police figures that points towards drivers increasingly flouting the speed limit during the coronavirus crisis.Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Voice Technology – The Bridge Between Today and Tomorrow’s Logistics Systems

    Voice Technology – The Bridge Between Today and Tomorrow’s Logistics Systems
    When you think about future and modern technologies, or digitization in supply chain, what comes to mind? Robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), drones, self-driving trucks, and exoskeletons all carry a “futurey” feel—even if many of them are quickly becoming common. But, instead of these incredible new technologies, it might be a technology with over 30 years of history creating the bridge to the future of warehouse operations. Voice technology is commonly associated with pic
  • Blue Yonder WMS: Vision, Enhancements, and Adoption

    Blue Yonder WMS: Vision, Enhancements, and Adoption
    Blue Yonder's WMS track in its virtual user conference featured content on WMS enhancements, vision, and customer adoption. While architectural advancements were the engine of change, Frictionless SaaS, Luminate Warehouse Tasking, and Blue Yonder Robotics Hub were key initiatives within the WMS agenda.The post Blue Yonder WMS: Vision, Enhancements, and Adoption appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • GALLERY DIRECT CHOOSES ARROWXL TO SUPPORT IN HOUSE DELIVERY TEAMS

    Gallery Direct, the leading British based designer, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of furniture, home décor and accessories has chosen leading two-person delivery company, ArrowXL to support its in house delivery teams in the next phase of its growth. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Employees Awarded for Long Service

    A flagship Worcester company that has been a major employer across the city for more than 30 years, has honoured some of its longest serving members.  Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Transportation in the Time of a Pandemic

    Transportation in the Time of a Pandemic
    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-haul transportation industry has been tested daily. The biggest issue? Fluctuations in supply and demand. Spot loads quadrupled in the last month with outbound tender volumes at their highest since 2018. In April, freight volumes increased from 100,000 loads per weekday to 150,000 loads at its peak, loads remained consistently above 130,000 each day early in the month. Volumes have since cooled; however, volatility prevails as manufacturing [&hellip
  • BD’s Medical Supplies Control Tower Powers their Response to Covid-19

    BD’s Medical Supplies Control Tower Powers their Response to Covid-19
    BD's Control Tower provides end-to-end visibility of their supply chain. This has been of great value during the pandemic. This project is key to BD's digital transformation. And with machine learning applied to Big Data, the solution will only get better with time.The post BD’s Medical Supplies Control Tower Powers their Response to Covid-19 appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • Applying The Hard Lessons of COVID-19 to Build a More Resilient Supply Chain

    Applying The Hard Lessons of COVID-19 to Build a More Resilient Supply Chain
    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reexamine so much of what society took for granted before the virus outbreak. What lessons have we learned to date that will prepare us when the next crisis hits? It’s a critical question for those of us in the industry. The pandemic completely exposed the world’s dependence upon a highly complex, fragmented and inefficient global supply chain. As we look past the current pandemic, it’s clear that we need a more resilient supply chain - on
  • Blue Yonder ICON: Supply Chains Can Save the World

    Blue Yonder ICON: Supply Chains Can Save the World
    As an analyst at ARC Advisory Group, this is normally my busy travel time of the year. Along with my colleagues Steve Banker and Clint Reiser, I am usually attending a number of industry and customer events across the country. However, this year things are very different; coronavirus is pushing these events to online virtual affairs. Yesterday, I attended Day 1 of Blue Yonder ICON and DEVCON, the company’s virtual user conference initially scheduled to […]
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  • Worker Safety: Decontamination Robots to the Rescue

    Worker Safety: Decontamination Robots to the Rescue
    Workers across many industries don't feel safe during this pandemic. Autonomous mobile robots emitting UV light can help kill COVID-19 microbes and keep workers safe.The post Worker Safety: Decontamination Robots to the Rescue appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • Digital Transformation in Retail

    A few months ago, I attended the ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum in Orlando. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview a few ARC analysts including Craig Resnick, Harry Forbes, Inderpreet Shoker, and Jim Frazier. I also had the opportunity to sit down with Ed O’Brien and discuss digital transformation in the changing retail landscape. Specifically, I asked Ed about three main things. First, the role of digital transformation […]
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