TRANSFORMING 3PLModernization taps into smart software robots to improve processes and service.

By Russ Gould

Automation is picking up speed across the logistics landscape, playing a powerful role in improving the customer experience. Addressing the need to automate processes and high personnel costs, technology such as robotic process automation (RPA) is driving remarkable change in improving capabilities, services and end-user satisfaction. In an industry long hindered by extensive manual processes, it’s a transformation that is long overdue and poised for steady growth.

 SAFER ROAD TECHAs the logistics and supply chain industry grows, technology will be an anchor for fleet management safety programs.

By David Braunstein

Many companies are making progress in their environment, health and safety (EHS) programs, helping to deliver benefits to companies and the communities in which they operate. The logistics and supply chain industry in particular deserves kudos for managing fleets to be safer on the world’s roads. 

 JOURNEY TO THE CLOUDThe Cloud provides an agile and cost-effective approach to decision making in transportation and logistics.

 By Ted Francisco

When I began helping my clients with their business issues related to transportation and logistics, most people were trying to use old tattered paper notebooks or spreadsheets to try to plan their network design. That was three decades ago and before we developed the technology that we use today. It has been an enjoyable and educational journey. Whether driven by cost reduction, a merger or acquisition, or by new business strategies, rethinking your distribution network has become more important than ever before.  

 FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLESFully autonomous commercial vehicles raise questions of being a danger or a solution.

By Susan Beardslee

Long-haul trucking remains challenged by the ability to hire and retain enough skilled drivers. As e-commerce continues to increase exponentially, drivers are aging out and the driver shortage will grow from 50,000 today, in the United States alone, to more than 174,000 over the next eight years, according to the American Trucking Associations, with turnover at larger fleets at 88 percent, despite increasing wages and incentives. Trucking companies, focusing on sufficient profitability, while battling price competition may need to seek new solutions. 

 CYBER ATTACKSHaul trucking is becoming a target for cyber attacks.

By Zach Thompson

Tesla, Yahoo and Equifax. Some of the most sophisticated companies and organizations on the cutting edge of technology are falling victim to malicious cyber attacks and evolving cryptocurrency threats.  

WINTERIZECompanies need to take frigid weather into consideration when shipping.

By Randy Swart

When shippers choose a transportation provider, generally they look at the provider’s rate of on-time deliveries, service area and the solutions offered for the types of products to be shipped. Different products have different shipping needs; for example, a shipment of lumber is going to have different shipping requirements than a load of frozen vegetables. However, some products will have different shipping needs during different seasons, which shippers need to keep in mind when selecting a carrier.

VERIZON TELEMATICSYou can leverage technology to help create a safety culture.

By Todd Ewing

The National Safety Council estimates that 2016 may have been the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007, with more than 40,000 fatalities. Millions of people across the United States use the roads every day for work, but this daily activity can come with a high risk of injury or death. For anyone who drives for a living, or business owners and managers who send workers driving out in the field, this harsh reality has major implications on their organizations.

TAX REFORMYou can capitalize on the Tax Reform’s opportunities with thorough planning.

By Randolph Smith, Douglas Wood and Russell Norris

Now that the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017 has officially been signed into law, there is a clearer picture of the effect it will have on transportation and logistics companies. The new tax law greatly reduces corporate rates, sets new limits on the deductibility of interest, offers full expensing on qualifying new and used equipment purchases, repeals like-kind exchanges on equipment and the itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee driver expenses, and has a number of international taxation implications. These complex changes require detailed analysis and provide ample tax-planning opportunities. Many tax decisions made during 2018 will have long-term ramifications, making it essential for companies to understand the nuances of tax reform and how each item will affect their business.

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