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Food, it’s a basic necessity. Whether you’re consuming it at a restaurant, buying it at a grocery store, or getting it at a food bank, the logistics behind the food industry is critically important. As with other industries, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the food industry, creating both challenges and opportunities. What changes is the ... Rea…
 
Trucking has traditionally gotten the lion’s share of attention in transportation, but all eyes are on ocean shipping today — especially on all those cargo ships anchored offshore waiting to be unloaded. How are companies navigating through this challenging environment, both in securing capacity and controlling costs? What should companies expect m…
 
Although companies are dealing with a lot of supply chain and transportation issues at the moment, like port congestion and tight capacity in trucking, many of them remain focused on corporate sustainability initiatives too. One area that requires more attention is Scope 3 emissions. What are they? How do you set a target for their ... Read more[Vi…
 
There’s been a number of headlines recently about whether the current supply chain problems will cancel Christmas. While those headlines are a bit of a hyperbole, the fact remains that there are a lot of intricate and interconnected processes involved in global supply chain management, from the first mile at the country of origin to ... Read more[V…
 
One of the things that makes supply chain management so complex and challenging is that there are so many dimensions to it. One of those dimensions is inbound logistics and supplier management, which often doesn’t get as much attention as the outbound side. What are the main challenges companies face with supplier management and the ... Read more[V…
 
The summer Olympics are wrapping up this week and there have been many great competitions for gold. But when it comes to securing reliable and secure freight capacity, and winning carrier loyalty, the battle continues. What are the biggest challenges brokers face in winning that battle? How can technology help build carrier loyalty? And how ... Rea…
 
As we all know, supply chains are a complex system, and one of the most complex parts of it is global trade management and trade compliance. And none of it is getting any easier either. What’s changed or different today with trade compliance? Why is conducting a self audit important? What’s involved with a self ... Read more[Video] Why You Should C…
 
In the not too distant past, before the rise of e-commerce, “Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery” was the standard lead time for just about anything you ordered via mail or telephone. Even a book or clothing item took that long to deliver. A lot has changed since then. Today, last-mile delivery is one of ... Read more[Video] Finding The Right Balan…
 
Over the past few years, especially since the pandemic, companies have learned that “the way we have always done it” is not going to work any more. This is particularly true when it comes to reverse logistics and returns management, which I’ve called the migraine headache of e-commerce. Why is transforming returns management more important ... Read…
 
It’s no secret that we’re in a very constrained transportation environment right now. There are about 7 to 8 loads for every truck available in the market. So, what does it take to secure reliable and repeat capacity today? How do you build carrier loyalty? What is the role of TMS and freight matching and ... Read more[Video] Leveraging Digital Fre…
 
In the 22 years that I have been an industry analyst, I have seen a lot of innovation in supply chain technology driven by the Internet, web services, mobile technologies, GPS, cloud computing, and so many other developments. What is the next evolution in supply chain technology? What factors are driving it and why is ... Read more[Video] The Next …
 
In the supply chain and logistics world, we often talk about the importance of people, process, and technology. The people side, however, often gets overshadowed by the other two, especially technology. The reality is that developing and retaining supply chain talent is more important than ever. Why is that so? What are some of the ... Read more[Vi…
 
We’re more than halfway through 2021 and it’s been a very challenging year for transportation executives, to put it mildly. There is a great imbalance between freight demand and capacity across all modes. This is forcing shippers to consider new or different strategies in how they get their goods from Point A to Point B. ... Read more[Video] Using …
 
We hear a lot about the importance of having an “agile” supply chain, especially in the context of disruptions like the pandemic or the Suez Canal incident. What does having an agile supply chain mean? How is it linked to order orchestration? What actions should companies take to better prepare for the next disruption? Those ... Read more[Video] Or…
 
Technology certainly hogs the spotlight in the logistics industry, but anyone who has been in the industry long enough understands that relationships — with shippers, carriers, and employees — matter too. Is that still the case in this age of digital transformation? Does technology play a role in building relationships? Is it part of the ... Read m…
 
One the one hand, the quest to achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility continues to get more difficult as supply chains become more global and fragmented. On the other hand, advancements in technology are helping companies to overcome these challenges and automate their processes. What hurdles still remain? Why is changing the status quo so impo…
 
The question “Why is digital transformation important?” was answered loud and clear in 2020: because you can’t grow your business profitably, and you can’t meet the changing needs and expectations of your customers unless you do. But how do you get started on this journey? What is the destination? How do customers, carriers, and employees ... Read …
 
“How are you doing?” is a question we often ask friends and colleagues. “How are we doing?” is a question companies often ask themselves. But in order to answer that question as completely as possible, companies need to look beyond internal metrics. They need to know how they’re doing compared to others in the industry ... Read more[Video] Benchmar…
 
Last year, the pandemic disrupted the transportation market, throwing supply and demand off balance. That imbalance continues today, resulting in tight capacity, increased rates, and ongoing uncertainty for shippers. What are the main factors impacting the transportation market today? How can shippers find capacity without killing their budget? How…
 
Back on February 24, President Biden issued the “Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains” which requires a review of potential vulnerabilities in the U.S. supply chains of key industries to prevent future occurrences of shortages that we experienced during the coronavirus pandemic. What defines supply chain vulnerability? What tools and capabili…
 
Many companies are focusing on sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint. To achieve their goals, they have to understand the role and impact of their transportation operations. What are some of the challenges companies face in measuring transportation’s contribution to carbon emissions? What tools or capabilities are required? How are com…
 
Analysts and others have been talking about the importance of digital transformation for many years. But the message didn’t hit home for many companies until 2020, as they struggled to respond effectively to the disruptions caused by the pandemic. Now, digital transformation is a priority, especially for logistics service providers. Why is having a…
 
More than 15 years ago, Walmart’s CEO at the time, Lee Scott, gave a speech titled “Twenty First Century Leadership” that arguably kicked off the supply chain sustainability era. Over the years, some companies have made sustainability a priority while others have not. What is the current state of supply chain sustainability? Is there a ... Read mor…
 
There’s never a dull moment for transportation professionals. Whether it’s finding capacity, managing costs, meeting more stringent service requirements, or creating a more resilient operation — the list of challenges is long. Fortunately, ongoing innovations in technology are helping shippers keep pace with changing market dynamics and customer re…
 
All of the words we used to talk about with regards to supply chain and logistics — agile, responsive, flexible — went from concepts to strategic imperatives last year due to the pandemic. This is true for all stakeholders in the industry, including logistics service providers, and it has sparked a renewed focus on digital ... Read more[Video] Scal…
 
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