NEXT GENERATION 01

Several factors will drive the next-generation warehouse, including demand for more visibility.

– By Matt Davidson

 Supply chain operations are largely based around when events are expected to happen in a controlled environment, with little or no ability to react in real-time to the millions of micro-disruptions that may occur. These daily disturbances, even as simple as delayed arrival of a shipment due to traffic, create billions of dollars of lost productivity every year in the supply chain. As the perception of supply chains shifts from a cost burden to a competitive differentiator, optimization and efficiency have become essential to success in today’s world focused on fast delivery. To support this transition, the importance of real-time data and analysis is rising rapidly.

 TOP 4 MISTAKES 02

Here are the top four mistakes companies can make when searching MRP/ERP software.

– By Karl Lauri

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, sometimes called MRP when designed for and used in a manufacturing setting, can be complex and comes in a variety of sizes and flavors. Choosing the best solution is one that senior management wrestles with, especially within small and mid-sized companies, which are less likely to have the resources to tweak the software to their unique specifications. The payoff is too great for a growing number of companies to pass up. ERP (or MRP) offers the opportunity for information to be shared across departments company-wide, and to better manage the manufacturing and supply chain, allowing for more efficient and smarter operations.  

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Here are ways that companies can build highly collaborative supplier relationships.

– By Marisa Brown

As supply chains become more complex and interconnected, procurement professionals will need to rethink the ways they build and manage supplier relationships. Organizations are increasingly dependent on suppliers to help reduce inefficiencies and excess cost, drive innovation, mitigate risk and maintain competitive advantage. With the advance of blockchain, e-procurement and automated transactions, the need for trust and transparency between buyers and suppliers is greater than ever. 

 FINANCING 3PL 01The industry has seen an increase in the number of acquisitions by 3PL companies. 

By Peter Lewin

The transportation sector is undergoing a dramatic shift. The intersection of a strong economy and the generational turnover of truck drivers, combined with technology mandates from the federal government, has upended assumptions that have shaped the industry for decades. As these changes reverberate through the industry, they are influencing both the demand for financing and the nature of funding that transportation companies are seeking. One area in which these changes are particularly evident is in third-party logistics (3PL).

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES 02Here are some steps that will help in setting the stage for autonomous vehicles. 

By Wally Stegall

From manufacturing plants to fast-food restaurants, automation is making its mark on almost every industry. And trucking is no exception. Earlier this year a Swedish startup unveiled an autonomous, electric-powered truck known as the T-log. 

 DATAMIR TRANSPORTATION 01The use of AI and social media can help your company gain a competitive advantage within the marketplace. 

By Ed Monan

It should come as no surprise that, given the importance of social media as a subset of Big Data, companies are starting to rely heavily on Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a way to make meaningful decisions based on this increasingly essential data set. 

TRUCKER SHORTAGEAs the trucker shortage becomes more intense, companies look for new ways to keep trucks on the road.

By Patrick Owens and Stephen Washkalavitch

Across the country, a significant trucker shortage is causing a ripple effect throughout the economy. It’s projected to only get worse. Currently, according to the American Trucking Associations, there are 51,000 open positions – up from 20,000 in 2013 – and that number is estimated to nearly double to 100,000 job vacancies over the next three years. 

 CHATBOT EVOLUTION 01Automation can do a lot for you, as chatbots have gone more mainstream and are expanding.

By C. Prasanna Venkatesan

Take a guess. How many of your recent online interactions involved a bot? If you were asking routine questions or checking the status of a package, then that number is probably higher than you think. 

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