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Logistics Technology Trends for the Supply Chain in 2022

Technology impacts almost every aspect of our lives, and the supply chain is no exception. For example, logistics technology is advancing to meet the ever-increasing demand during the pandemic. Companies that deploy innovative technology will stay ahead of the curve—a trend that will continue throughout 2022. Here’s what to look out for this year. Blockchain …

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TMS for E-commerce Is a Must for Smaller Suppliers to Compete with Online Retail Giants

A strong transportation management system (TMS) for e-commerce lays the foundation for the latest and greatest logistics applications that allow small suppliers to maximize supply chain management. But online retail giants like Amazon and Walmart dominate the global supply chain using advanced TMS, leaving smaller suppliers feverishly trying to compete. That puts small suppliers at …

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All Eyes on Supply Chain Issues: How Public Policy Transforms Logistics

As the new year rolls in, public interest in supply chain issues is at an all-time high—and it has supply chain leaders everywhere eager to address last year’s lingering problems and mitigate new risks. The spotlight on logistic management comes with increasing urgency and pressure to build a more resilient supply chain after unprecedented strain. …

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UPS and FedEx GRIs and Service Guide Changes for 2022

Shippers can expect increased shipping expenses as UPS and FedEx have announced significant General Rate Increases (GRI) for 2022. Customers who use FedEx Freight shipping services FXF PZONE and FXF EZONE should expect an average increase of 5.9%. For those using FXF 1000 and 501, the number will rise to 7.9%. In addition, shippers using …

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How an Automated TMS Saves Time in Logistics Environments

Though it feels like technology is developing at a rapid pace, the reality is that automation and robotics have been around for decades. The automobile industry coined the term automation in 1946 as a way to describe how automatic devices could increase efficiency across production lines. Robots have also worked alongside humans for years to …

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Successfully Recovering Freight Loss and Damage Claims

For any shipper or carrier, loss and damage to a cargo unit is unfortunately unavoidable. But the process of successfully resolving freight loss and damage claims doesn’t seem worth the headache. Most shippers don’t take the time to file a claim because carriers deny 95% of claims. To change those odds, shippers need to take …

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How Spot Quotes Have Changed the Shipping Landscape During The Pandemic

The Year of the Spot Quote When quick shipments are necessary, and supply chain managers don’t have enough carriers with capacity, the spot quote has long been a reliable tool to pull out in a pinch. Whether it’s the holiday season or a special event, spot quotes dominate the market if shipments need to be …

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Efficient Logistics Operations Counter Warehousing Woes

Warehouse vacancy rates in the U.S. have reached a record low of 3.6%, according to recent data from CBRE, an American commercial real estate services, and investment firm. Between rising demand, labor shortages, and limited warehouse capacity, there’s no shortage of challenges for the logistics industry. As retailers look ahead to the holiday season, the …

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Three Ways Shippers Can be Competitive in the Face of Disruption

There is no understating the level of disruption that the Covid-19 pandemic has created for global trade. For over a year and a half, shippers have been fighting a battle on all fronts with fluctuating demand, labor, and goods shortages, snarled supply chains, and reduced capacity courtesy of lockdowns and closures. The resulting chaos highlighted …

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How Logistics Teams Can Transform the Supply Chain with AI and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), for logistics management, promises to free up employees from tedious, repetitive tasks that aren’t leveraging their unique skills—to reclaim time for teams to focus on strategic matters. After all, AI and AL are proven tools that can reduce human error, increase efficiency, and scale operations across industries. In …

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How to Reduce Labor Costs in Shipping Operations

It’s always the right time to think about how to make a supply chain more cost-efficient, and finding ways to reduce labor costs is an integral part of that equation. Developing partnerships through long-term contracts with carriers make all of the difference in service quality and cost-effectiveness. If a carrier expects to work with a …

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A Solution to the Ongoing Shipping Container Crisis

The ongoing supply chain crisis has prompted some large companies to chart their own course—quite literally. Amazon drastically increased its Prime Air flights over the last six months to deal with ongoing congestion and supply chain bottlenecks. Walmart is chartering its own ships, reportedly to the tune of up to $50,000 per day. And since …

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Eurozone Inflation and Its Impact on Freight Rates

For the past 18 months, the skyrocketing shipping costs and disruptions on global supply chains have put pressure on shippers, manufacturers, retailers, and governments. That crunch, coupled with surging consumer demand, rising energy prices, and a peak shipping season defined by labor and equipment shortages—along with crowded ports is pushing up prices and causing a …

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The State of the Domestic Supply Chain

Conversations about supply chain bottlenecks are commonplace. Product shortages, reduced warehouse capacity, and delays are unfortunately the new normal—and logistics teams bear the brunt of most of these challenges. The silver lining? The pandemic has given rise to new opportunities to rebuild a more efficient and resilient supply chain. From the Supply Chain Task Force …

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Why Growing B2B eCommerce Needs Automated Logistics

ECommerce growth is on a rapid upward trajectory. With over 70% revenue growth from 2019 and 75% of people shopping online at least once a month, eCommerce is becoming the dominant segment in global shopping. And consumers have gotten used to quick eCommerce deliveries. After clicking “Buy Now,” online shoppers expect to see a package …

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How Suppliers Can Better Deal with the Driver Shortages

There simply aren’t enough truck drivers—or so it seems. For over a decade, there have been claims of a truck driver shortage, and the perceived gap between jobs and workers continues to widen as freight growth increases. The American Trucking Associations reported a shortage of 80,000 drivers in 2021, with a projected deficit of 160,000 by …

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Why America Supports the medical supply chain

Why America Supports the Medical Supply Chain Like Never Before

Recent events have shown that the healthcare supply chain needs to be agile, flexible, and resilient enough to accommodate evolving needs. A global pandemic is a reminder of the consequences of delays, contamination, and shortages—especially for vaccines. For healthcare logistics managers, this presents a high-stakes challenge. Transporting and distributing time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals is no …

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How to Prevent Supply Chain Disruption During Labor Shortages

As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages pose significant challenges that threaten an already vulnerable supply chain. For example, roughly 3% of the US workforce quit in August 2021—the highest number ever recorded—and another 55% plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months. In other words, …

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Five Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a Freight Audit and Payment (FAP) Provider

Invoicing errors or discrepancies in billing charges are the last things shippers need during this tumultuous time for the supply chain. Yet an estimated 20 to 25% of an organization’s shipping invoices have errors that can potentially raise costs. The challenge for many shippers is how to address these errors quickly and painlessly. Manually editing …

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Europe’s Truck Driver Shortage: Why it’s Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

Europe has long been short on truck drivers, but the pandemic has pushed that shortage to crisis levels. As a result, supply chains across the continent are stretched thin by delayed shipments and reduced overland transport capacity. And the knock-on effects from the HGV (heavy goods vehicle) driver shortage have awakened governments, firms, and the …

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How to Resolve Peak Season Challenges

Prepping for the most uncertain holiday season in recent history involves risk management, and it starts with learning from the ghosts of holiday shipping past.
Shipping Container Shortage and European Supply Chains

The Shipping Container Shortage and European Supply Chains: Navigating Long Waits and Soaring Costs

Throughout the summer and fall of 2021, coverage on the fallout from the global shipping container shortage focused on the spectacle of cargo vessels lining up to enter crowded ports in the US and Asia. Now, the fourth quarter’s peak shipping season has brought those lengthy queues to European ports, and supply chains across the …

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Is Managed TMS Right for You?

Learn how a managed TMS solution helps supply chain leaders address unique business needs.
Supply Chain Managers Spark Innovation in Their Teams

How Supply Chain Managers Can Spark Innovation in Their Teams

With this period of uncertainty comes a unique opportunity to drive innovative thinking—and create a more resilient supply chain in the process.

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