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The Top Challenges that Occur with AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Logistics

The integration of artificial intelligence solutions in logistics appears to be approaching – sooner than many would like. Although the concept of AI is appealing to shippers, carriers, warehouse providers and others within the supply chain, there are several challenges that will occur with AI in Logistics that needs to be carefully considered. Noted below […]

Date: October 2, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What is API and How Does it Streamline Freight and Logistics?

In the good old days of shipping and logistics, manual processes controlled the industry. Mechanical systems like land-line telephones, fax machines and other electronic data interchanges (EDI’s) were responsible for most communication methods between shippers, carriers, and others in the supply chain. The introduction of application program interfaces or API’s revolutionized the logistics industry by […]

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

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Freight Management Systems – Why a Small to Mid-Size Shipper Should Utilize One

Today – information and the methods on how a company gathers it makes all the difference. This is especially true with freight management systems and the way they help small to midsized shippers improve efficiency across multiple platforms. Freight Management Software solutions or FMS is a robust management software solution that is typically cloud-based – […]

Date: September 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Difference Between Lean and Agile Manufacturing

In logistics, waste significantly impacts the bottom line. Whether it’s in using inferior materials or inefficient manufacturing processes, wasted resources need to be identified, and resolved for a company to be profitable. This is where lean and agile manufacturing comes into place. Determining the source of waste and then activating a lean or agile manufacturing […]

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

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Benefits of a TMS (or FMS) Automation

Logistics professionals have utilized transportation management systems for several years. As technology has improved, TMS solutions have evolved – converting from hardware to cloud-based systems that focus on all aspects of the supply chain; including automation. A growing trend in logistics planning is integrating TMS or FMS solutions with a focus on integrating automation into […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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How to use Automation to Combat Tariff Spikes

There has been a lot of discussions lately of tariff spikes due to evolving conflict between the Trump Administration and foreign countries. While fair trade has been the elephant in the room that no politician has wanted to touch or improve in decades, it has become a reality recently. Tariff spikes deliver multiple hurdles for […]

Date: September 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Do I Need a Freight Forwarder for my eCommerce Store?

As eCommerce evolves, so does the need for reliable shipping solutions. Customers today demand quick, affordable, and efficient shipping of items they purchase online. Whether it’s through Amazon.com or a Shopify platform, serving the customer’s needs for shipping services can make or break an eCommerce business. Due to this fact, many eCommerce leaders have reached […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Blockchain for Omnichannel Supply Chains

Whether it’s IBM finding new industries to target, or the industries themselves looking for ways to integrate this revolutionary digital ledger into their day-to-day, blockchain is getting a lot of press recently. A growing conversation in the logistics and retail world is how blockchain for omnichannel supply chains will work – or if it has […]

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

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The Current and Future State of the Omnichannel Supply Chain

The retail landscape has undergone an extensive transformation in the past few years as eCommerce has spurred heightened expectations and demands from customers. Traditional retailers must modify their way of doing business to compete with emerging companies that have taken advantage of the possibilities afforded by the digital age or risk being left behind. Creating […]

Date: September 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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An Autonomous Supply Chain: Is It Possible?

A growing question in today’s automated society is whether an autonomous supply chain is possible – and if so, when will it become a reality. While the transportation industry is spending billions of dollars in developing autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, the concept of a completely automated supply chain seems to be more science fiction than […]

Date: August 23, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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How IBM Watson Can Support Your Supply Chain

For years, logistics companies have been searching for a more efficient way to streamline the supply chain process. Whether it’s through cloud-based CRM solutions, or evolving best practice standards, it’s generally understood that as technology improves – so will supply chain optimization. The new kid on the block is IBM’s Watson – a question-answering computer […]

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

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How Blockchain Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Watson isn’t the only secret weapon in IBM’s technology arsenal. Blockchain is the new kid on the supply chain solutions block. This new software solution allows organizations to track inventory and assets, complete payment and audits with better efficiency than other solutions. This advanced IBM solution empowers companies to anticipate, control and react to supply […]

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

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LTL Carriers Boosting Dimension Use to Improve Pricing Accuracy

A major misconception within the less than truckload (LTL) industry is the reasoning for integrating new technology in their operations. While it’s assumed that profit margin is the number one factor, the truth is that most LTL carriers are looking for accuracy and consistency throughout their business. When it comes to pricing accuracy, the inclusion […]

Date: August 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Uber Shuts Down Self Driving Truck Unit

It’s been a bad year for Uber’s self-driving division. After a tragic accident in Tempe, Arizona earlier in 2018, and a few recent hick-ups from its self-driving truck division, Uber has announced that it will be shutting down the self-driving truck division to focus exclusively on cars. However, this decision will not impact Uber Freight, […]

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

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ELD Hardware – What Do You Need to Become ELD Compliant?

For many smaller LTL and FTL carriers, or private owner/operators, the ELD Mandate has created more questions than answers. While there is a lot of information about electronic logging devices out there, weeding through the sea of ELD product advertisements have created some confusion. To simplify the facts about ELD Hardware and what do you […]

Date: July 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Distribution Center Best Practices to Implement

Regardless of its size, a distribution center is a vital component within the supply chain. From juggling staffing issues, receiving and shipping out products, and inventory control issues, running a distribution center is incredibly complex. To maintain a finely-tuned operation, successful distribution managers follow a series of operational best practices. Noted below are nine distribution […]

Date: July 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Automation | Supply Chain

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Future of Transportation Technologies And How It Will Change the Industry

As technology evolves, so does commerce. Like any other industry, transportation and logistics depend on advancements in technology to efficiently ship freight across the globe daily. While society has generally become accustomed to slow-moving freight, today’s fast-paced business demands improvements to expedite the process. To improve the customer experience, logistics leaders will focus on the […]

Date: July 18, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | 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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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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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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8 Common ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate Myths

Will you be compliant with the 516-page ELD mandate by December 16, 2017? That’s right. The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) will be active by the end of this year. But this isn’t something to be scared about. In fact, this mandate is expected to benefit the entire […]

Date: October 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software

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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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Key Supply Chain Technologies Needed to Go Omnichannel

In today’s marketplace consumers are expecting more than ever from the companies they do business with. This is creating an intense race to keep up with—and surpass—competitors in order to best serve your existing customer bases and to acquire new customers. So how can you do this? Go omnichannel. Or, in other words, provide a […]

Date: June 23, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software

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