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RFID in the Supply Chain

As companies expand their operations, their supply chains grow with the company.  The processes become more complex, which stresses the importance of accuracy at each link in the supply chain. Restricted visibility along with inaccuracies can halt production and limit a company’s overall efficiency, so companies are looking for solutions to avoid any additional supply […]

Date: May 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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Improving E-commerce Fulfillment through Business Integration

The marketplace today isn’t quite what it used to be.  With the development of technology, consumers no longer need to leave the comfort of their own home to shop for anything and everything.  E-commerce businesses are growing faster, and quickly replacing the traditional retail experience. E-commerce businesses are growing and the owners of these businesses […]

Date: May 9, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Prediction vs. Tracking: The Race for Complete Visibility and Blockchain-Based Supply Chains

As supply chains continue to become increasingly globalized, industry players are looking to technology for solutions to address the growing complexity. One of the biggest problems facing managers today is visibility within supply chains and freight transportation. There are two main avenues experts are pursuing to increase visibility: prediction through data analytics and improved tracking. […]

Date: March 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Is a Smart Warehouse?

In today’s fast-paced technological world there are a few “smart” items that we rely on every day. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a smartphone within arm’s reach at all times. And smart homes with central units to control heating and cooling, lights, security and more are becoming increasingly common. When it […]

Date: February 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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Freight-Sharing Apps: The Uberization of Supply Chains

The success of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have many players within the freight industry looking to replicate the technology in their own supply chains. As supply chains become ever more tech-driven, success in the industry will largely be determined by how quickly and effectively companies can embrace current and future technological trends. […]

Date: February 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software | Technology

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Last Mile Technology

Last mile logistics is constantly changing as e-commerce businesses are looking to improve their service offerings to customers. Last mile solutions are becoming cheaper and more consumer-friendly, driven by data and user experience. The last mile is the transport leg closest to the consumer. This means it’s ripe for opportunities to win over the customer—or […]

Date: January 31, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Technology

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Last Mile Automation

The dreaded Last Mile, in Supply Chain Management terms, is the transportation of goods from a high-capacity port to their final destination (e.g. your home or office). Despite being just a fraction of the total distance traveled by freight, the last mile leg of the supply chain can eat up to 28% of the total […]

Date: January 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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Rising Transportation Demand: Too much of a Good Thing?

The demand for trucking has increased over the past few quarters. While this is good news for some carriers, others are beginning to worry about the effects on total capacity, especially with the ELD mandate being implemented. We have discussed the potential of a capacity crunch as well as analyzed the potential effects of the […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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The Robot Anchor: Is Automation the Future of the Last Mile?

Robotics is one of those subjects that captures the imagination. Sci-Fi futures where robots are commonplace regularly show up on the silver screen and on the pages of novels. But how close are we to this vision of the future? The answer may be closer than we think. Many startups and giants within the supply […]

Date: January 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Supply Chain in 2018: Trends That Will Define the New Year

Previously we looked back at 2017 and the disruptions that rocked the transportation industry. Now let’s take the time to analyze the trends that will most likely play a huge role in the upcoming year. There are a great many factors that supply chain managers will have to consider for 2018, some being a carryover […]

Date: January 10, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Will The Release Of The Tesla Electric Semi-Truck Affect The Trucking Industry?

On November 16, 2017, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk drove up in the cab of the new Tesla Semi to unveil their new electric semi-truck. Tesla has been working diligently to roll out a Class 8 equivalent truck that is fully electric and semi-autonomous—and it’s finally here. Elon Musk expects that the Semi will create […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Technology

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What Are The Advantages Of Blockchain For Your Supply Chain?

The supply chain is the backbone of your business. Whether you’re selling goods on Amazon or you’re offering a digital cryptocurrency, you need to move your product from the source to the consumer with as little friction as possible. But today’s global ecosystem has complicated the supply chain. A number of partners—each with their own […]

Date: January 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Blockchain: The Future Of The Supply Chain

Our global and interconnected economy has built complex, intricate supply chains. Whether it’s creating a product or trading stocks, moving a unit from source to customer has become a complicated process. The largest problem for supply chains today is a lack of transparency. Up until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for supply chain […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Blockchain and the Supply Chain

There is a new technology that is the driving force behind the booming cryptocurrency market, and it is called Blockchain. Blockchain technology was created specifically for Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has recently made the Winklevoss twins digital billionaires. Blockchain technology has many other possible applications as well, quite specifically in Supply Chain. But what is […]

Date: December 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Why And How To Implement ELDs Into Your Trucking Fleet

By December 18, 2017, all fleets will need to have implemented certified electronic logging devices (ELDs) in order to remain compliant with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. Not only are all fleets—small and large alike—mandated to use ELD tech, but also these devices are proven safer and more cost-effective than other forms of tracking and logging. […]

Date: December 13, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Technology

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How Dimensionalizers will Change LTL Shipping Rates

The LTL industry is not generally known as a rapidly changing industry, subscribing instead to the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This is perhaps best evidenced by the still widely used rates classification system – the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system, a rate calculating formula practically unchanged since the […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Differences Between the Canadian and U.S. ELD Mandate

What is an ELD? An ELD is an Electronic Logging Device. What does it do? It is a device used to automatically collect a driver’s Hours of Service data. Recently there was a new ELD mandate passed for the United States that is set to take effect December 18th, 2017. Canada is also in the process […]

Date: December 6, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Technology

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Reefer vs Fridge Box for LTL Shipping

Shipping perishable or temperature-sensitive goods can be a challenge. You need to balance freshness, timing, and cost to ensure your freight is delivered on time to the consumer. This is true for cold freight as well as other types of goods that require temperature and environmental controls. So how do you guarantee the best-controlled shipment? […]

Date: October 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Technology

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Last Mile Logistics and eCommerce Growth

The hefty burst in eCommerce has brought with it a change in transportation management and supply chain analytics. Consumers are demanding more reliability and efficiency from their companies, requesting same-day deliveries and on-the-go package tracking. This eCommerce consumer demand has, in turn, changed the landscape of last-mile logistics for logistics departments. Understanding Last Mile Logistics […]

Date: October 11, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain

I think we can safely assume by now that anyone working in logistics is well aware of the immense technological advances that have permanently altered supply chain management. State of the art technology gives unparalleled insight into what makes supply chains tick, including areas prime for optimization and or automation so that suppliers are better […]

Date: August 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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Hidden Dollars: How Supply Chain Analytics Create Value

As technology continues to improve our ability to gather data in near real-time, businesses are left with the task of figuring out how to leverage this data and apply it to intelligent business decisions. At times this can feel like an overwhelming task, with data coming in at faster rates and in higher volumes than […]

Date: July 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Mobile Technology and the Supply Chain

Devices such as smartphones and other handheld devices are reshaping the business landscape and transforming many current processes and operations. The standard smartphone in your pocket has more computing power than the computers used in the moon landings. Now many forward-thinking businesses are directing this power towards improving the efficiencies of their supply chains. Three […]

Date: July 25, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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Direct to Carrier vs. Working with a Freight Management Company

For many companies who ship material consistently, the choice of whether to work directly with the carrier or outsource freight management to a 3PL is one that greatly concerns operations managers. There are advantages associated with either option, however, you may find that it is more beneficial to employ the outsourcing strategy. Especially if your […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Technology

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How to Make Your Supply Chain More Agile

Every company who transports goods appreciates the need for agility within their supply chain. For those who don’t know, supply chain agility is the ability for a supply chain to respond effectively to unforeseen circumstances, whether it be environmental, economic, customer, competition, governmental, or a combination of all five. While most companies understand the need for […]

Date: July 7, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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How the IoT (Internet of Things) Affects the Supply Chain

Although a fairly new term, IoT—or the Internet of Things—has become part of many of our individual lives over the last couple of years. Many of the things you use every day, like an activity tracker to count your steps or a Bluetooth enabled electric toothbrush, are all part of the IoT. What is the […]

Date: June 29, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Analysis of Autonomous Vehicles and Job Loss: Disaster or Opportunity?

Though most consider the mainstream saturation of autonomous vehicles to be decades away, there is a growing trend within the automotive and transportation industries towards self-driving vehicles. So, what does this trend mean for the future of the transportation industry? First, we will examine the current state of the transportation industry and why it is […]

Date: June 21, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Automation | Technology

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How You Could Benefit from Using Cloud-Based Freight Management Software

As any business who relies on freight transportation knows, managing it correctly can be the difference between happy customers and continued growth and logistical missteps that hinder progress and leave companies scrambling to keep up. But cloud-based freight management software provides a way to effectively manage freight to maximize operational efficiency. What is ‘The Cloud’? […]

Date: June 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What is the Impact of Big Data on the Supply Chain & Transportation Industries?

Whether you’re part of a business that’s already leapt into the world of Big Data or if you’re still in the process of learning how to use it to your advantage, there’s no denying that Big Data is here to stay and changing the landscape of the transportation industry and the way supply chains are […]

Date: May 31, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Reporting | Supply Chain | Technology

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Less than Truckload (LTL) Track & Trace

When you pass your shipment off to a carrier, you are trusting them to ensure that your shipment arrives at your customer on time. There are standard transit times, and you expect that if they say a shipment will make it to its final destination in three days, that it will. This is especially important […]

Date: March 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Technology

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Application Programming Interface (API): What it is and How it is Utilized in the Transportation Industry

In the previous article, we discussed Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and its use within the transportation industry. In this article, we will discuss another, more recently adapted, yet very popular integration method known as Application Programming Interface (API). What is API? Application Programming Interface (API) in its simplest form is code that allows for two […]

Date: February 21, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Technology

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