RAJANT PORTS 01Seaports can improve productivity, enhance safety and enable automation with the right communications network.

 By Gary Anderson

According to the International Chamber of Shipping, approximately 90 percent of the world’s trade is carried by more than 50,000 merchant ships transporting every kind of cargo. This makes seaports vital to – and the focal point of – the flow of commodities and capital worldwide. 

 POSITIVE TRAIN 01Positive Train Control will impact freight traffic on railroads.

By David Thurston

There are a lot of people that talk about Positive Train Control (PTC), and how it will help the freight rail community, but what really is PTC?  Truth be told, it is just an overlay over all existing types of train control (either signals along the tracks or paper based forms), and only has four functions: Prevent train to train collisions, protect employees on the ground, stop trains before they go over a switch that is not in the correct position and prevent trains from going too fast for curves.  All of this is still dependent on the existing train control to perform most of the underlying safety functions.  

 OKELLY 01Dock-to-stock optimization is the key to getting products on and off the truck faster.

By John O’Kelly

Like most logistics operations, yours might point to “receiving” as the main starting point in your operation. Either because it’s a process that often begins earlier in the day with the overnight arrival of trucks delivering products from all parts of the country, or simply because it’s the point in which materials enter your facility thus setting the stage for all other processes.

 GOFFMAN 01Supply chain organizations are discovering the benefits of integrated business planning.

By Neal Goffman

Executive teams need accurate forecasts to set performance benchmarks and optimize targets for revenue, profit, territory, pipeline opportunity and more. Production and procurement teams need them to optimize required resources such as raw materials, people and equipment. Finance needs them to weigh capital investments against liquidity needs. Wouldn’t it be great if every functional team in the organization could share the same, statistically derived, continually updated, cloud-based demand data? 

Fuel Relief FundTrucking companies have joined Fuel Relief Fund to provide help after disasters.

 By Alan Dorich 

When natural disasters occur, people often think of the essentials that one needs to survive, such as food and water. But another very important resource is fuel, which Fuel Relief Fund (FRF) strives to make sure people have.

Van GrootelThere are technology tools to manage ready-mix fleets. 

By Jeffery Van Grootel

In the world of ready-mix concrete – where the material a driver transports turns to solid and becomes unusable within three hours – timing is crucial. Project managers depend on getting the materials they need exactly when they need it, and at the right consistency. To ensure a quality pour, the material’s journey from the batching plant to the jobsite must include the proper rotation of the mixer drum, and the correct ratio of water versus cementitious material. 

SpaceTimeOptimization models must run closer to execution and provide value to operations.

By Chris Horacek

A key benefit of e-commerce is that it allows sellers to more tightly integrate with their customers. Whether providing products to consumers or businesses, shipments have become smaller and more frequent and are now delivered to more locations at specific times based on customer demand.

QuintiqGoing the legacy route can be an expensive mistake.

By Robert Oliver

It’s hard to resist “free.” Many organizations already have route planning tools in place. Others may have transportation management systems (TMS), which often offer low-cost or free routing capabilities. This gives rise to questions such as: Why spend money on a new system when you already have one in place? Why pay for a system when you can implement one that you have a free or low-cost license for? Why fix something that isn’t broken?

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