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Supply chain trends to watch for as pressure is predicted to continue through the 2022 peak season.

4 Supply Chain Trends To Watch For 2022’s Peak Season

Not long ago, shippers were eagerly awaiting the summer of 2022. It was supposed to be when supply chains would begin to unscramble, and the industry would start seeing some semblance of regularity. But Covid’s unrelenting grip on the globe—combined with the war on Ukraine and growing inflation—has shippers tempering their expectations. As 2022’s peak …

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Now is the time to prepare for peak season to avoid bottlenecks.

The Time Is Now to Prepare for Peak Season

These are challenging times for everyone—suppliers and distributors alike. Chinese factories are still in lockdown. Fuel pricing is affecting ocean transport. Airlines that would usually fly over Russia are rerouting to avoid conflict zones. Planning and executing a resilient supply chain is critical. Although the holidays are months away, it’s time to prepare for peak …

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Shippers and carriers face challenges with ocean freight so they must adapt more advanced supply chain operations.

The Future of Ocean Freight: Implications for Shippers, Carriers, and Beyond

Ocean freight is a vital component of global supply chains—with trade volumes expected to increase threefold by 2050. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic prompted global port shutdowns, the industry has been overrun with an unrelenting sequence of obstacles. After the reopening of international trade, a wave of record-high imports and exports has resulted in industry-wide …

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Supply chain event management systems can help reduce shortfalls in visibility and traceability.

Supply Chain Event Management: Leveraging Improved Visibility Into Efficiency

The unprecedented pressures affecting supply chains have awakened shippers to the importance of building more visibility into their operations. Combined with the disruptions and uncertainty that have characterized supply chains for the past three years, poor visibility has further hampered firms’ responsiveness and, in many cases, contributed to significant losses. Poor supply chain visibility has …

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There may not be a normal supply chain in 2023.

Expectations For Supply Chains To Normalize in 2023 May Not Be Realized

After two years of pandemic-related disruptions, shippers hope for a normal supply chain by 2023. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like normalcy will return next year. Forty-five percent of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal in October 2021 estimated bottlenecks would ease by the second half of 2022. Now it’s May, and many shippers don’t …

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Logistics teams can leverage TMS technology to build better carrier partnerships.

Why Logistics Teams Need Winning Carrier Partnerships

For companies of all sizes, reliable carrier partnerships are essential. After all, profits, efficiency, and customer satisfaction depend on them—as do new business opportunities in global markets. Today, that’s especially true—and both businesses and carriers need help. Thanks to the pandemic, supply chain disruptions are rising, with carriers struggling to accommodate volume after a long …

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Technology For Omnichannel Fulfillment Drives Customer Satisfaction

In unprecedented times, businesses must find new strategies to stay competitive. With a global crisis disrupting supply chains and consumer expectations transformed by new technology, many companies eagerly embraced omnichannel fulfillment in 2021. Due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic, companies found front-end fulfillment more difficult. Surviving these disruptions, and those that will …

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5 Actions To Minimize The Impact of Carrier Disruptions

Last year, nearly every carrier experienced significant operational disruptions. Fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic was to blame for backlogged supply chains that snowballed into unprecedented delays and shortages of goods throughout the globe. Other threats are taking center stage as we enter what promises to be a less acute phase of the pandemic. For example, …

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A greener earth drives logistics technology for more sustainable supply chains.

Powerful Logistics Tech Drives Sustainable Supply Chains

With global warming and ethical sourcing concerns on the rise, the environmental impact of businesses has attracted an unprecedented amount of attention. In light of this growing awareness, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming a priority for firms worldwide—and sustainable practices are a vital component of the effort. Many logistics teams continue to seek scalable …

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How Manufacturers Can Minimize Supply Chain Risks with a TMS

In an era of global supply chains, opportunities for manufacturers to drive growth and expand into international markets are abundant. Unfortunately, this global reach also comes with various supply chain risks, presenting challenges for modern logistics teams. Thankfully, the right tools can help teams manage these risks and avoid costly shipping mistakes. Automated TMSes can …

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Climate Change: How to Weather Supply Chain Disruptions

Climate change makes natural disasters more frequent, so shippers must respond to continuous supply chain disruptions. It’s drastically increasing the likelihood for extreme weather to cause supply disruptions, increases in resource scarcity, and health crises. Shippers can minimize these risks by understanding how climate change will affect supply. Climate Change Disrupts Working Conditions Extreme weather …

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Ocean freight increases but auditing freight invoices can be tricky.

Auditing Ocean Invoices: What You Need To Know To Get It Right

Auditing ocean invoices is a highly error-prone process. It involves extensive steps that often require manual entry of each international freight invoice, creating an increasingly inefficient and costly challenge. Duplicated invoices and payments are too common as well, which also allows room for human error. These invoice inaccuracies lead to increased labor costs, mishandled products, …

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A globe and mask highlight familiar references to the global pandemic, creating the need for better supply chain risk management.

Three Lessons on Supply Chain Risk Management from the Pandemic

The events from the past two years highlighted the vulnerabilities of global supply chains. They also mark a shift toward a climate dominated by volatility and risk. As disruption transitions from isolated episodes to the status quo, it’s essential that firms transform the hard-learned lessons from the pandemic into more adaptable business models and improved …

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A manufacturer's warehouse that uses a TMS to optimize logistics workflows and obtain cost-effective transportation for every shipment.

TMS Performs Seamless Carrier Management for Manufacturers

Automation and robotics are indispensable technology for manufacturers who want to reduce manual warehouse tasks and lower costs. But when it comes to managing a manufacturer’s carrier network, logistics teams are still burdened with outdated and inefficient processes. For example, some teams still use PDFs and spreadsheets to store records and compare carriers for new …

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3 Key Components to a Successful Shipment Execution Strategy

Effective load planning and order management means nothing without a proper execution strategy. Execution means putting that strategy into play to efficiently and economically move freight from one place to another. But effectively executing requires ongoing communication with carriers. Appropriate documentation, record-keeping, and proper forecasting are also essential to anticipate bumps in the road before …

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Shockproof: Strengthening Supply Chains Through Digital Transformation

The list of unpredictable shocks to supply chains—a global pandemic, work shortages, cyberattacks, and more— just keeps growing. What seems like the perfect storm is compounded by the global knock-on effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rising oil prices, continued delays, constrained capacity, and risk premiums have added to shippers’ headaches and increased operational …

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New US DOT’s supply chain report examines supply chain resilience on the first anniversary of the executive order on supply chains.

US DOT Supply Chain Report Reexamines Supply Chain Resilience

As ports continue to close and freight rates remain inconsistent, shippers are too familiar with insecure supply chains. Last month, the global supply chain discussion continued. On the first anniversary of President Biden’s Executive Order on Supply Chains, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a report on the overall state of the nation’s supply chain. …

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Outsourced Logistics Management: How to Combat Ongoing Labor Shortages

Ongoing labor shortages strain manufacturers’ ability to drive growth and reduce costs, adding to current supply bottlenecks and rising prices. Manufacturers who rely on in-house logistics risk backed-up supply, inefficient logistics operations, and delayed reactions to market volatility as drivers and employees increasingly become hard to find. With labor shortages, manufacturers must maintain strong supply …

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Informed Decisions, Efficient Processes: Unpacking Load Optimization

A supply chain is only as successful as its team, technology, and the preparation behind it. Efficiently moving freight begins with a solid plan or in logistics lingo, proper order management, and load optimization. Load optimization describes the process of consolidating cargo to maximize the capacity of every truck and driver. Maximizing capacity ensures multiple …

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Shipping fuel prices rise as oil prices are forecasted to reach $200 a barrel.

Sky-High: What’s Behind the Spike in Ship Fuel Prices?

Since last year, shippers and consumers have felt the burn from sky-high energy prices. Pandemic-related disruptions and lingering uncertainty have caused price increases for oil, gas, and other energy sources throughout most of 2021—contributing to record-breaking inflation rates across the globe. Those stresses have continued to accrue in the first few months of 2022. January …

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Supply chains are at risk during wartime conflict as represented here by cargo and plains.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Conflict Response for the Supply Chain

The war in Ukraine and resulting sanctions on Russia create new obstacles for shippers worldwide—magnifying the importance of a conflict response for the supply chain. Experts warn these sanctions on Russian banks, oil refineries, and military exports could have consequences here at home, especially regarding gas prices. That means supply chain managers must now prepare …

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Supply Chain Rules and Regulations Every Supply Team Should Know

Supply chain rules and regulations are a minefield that even the best teams struggle to navigate. Failure to manage, record, and cross-border document legalities can result in delays that slow or halt the production process. One misstep—from tariffs to social responsibility to corruption—can result in cost increases and inefficiency. The team that properly manages the …

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Multi-model shipping involves transport that moves freight over rail, road, air, or ocean.

5 Key Components of a Multimodal TMS Solution

Multi-modal shipping, also known as combined transport, is the double threat of shipping—featuring at least two modes of transportation. This term refers to a single contractual agreement between a carrier and shipping company that involves more than one mode of transport to move freight, including rail, road, air, or ocean. Paired with an effective multimodal …

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Power Up Teamwork and Boost Productivity with Workflow Automation

Properly configured workflows can significantly impact the efficiency and productivity of the enterprise. Automated workflows can streamline tasks, build consistency, encourage collaboration, and allow managers a more comprehensive view of their team’s activities. And, for supply chain managers dealing with multiple carriers, hundreds of tasks, and fluctuating conditions, supply chain automation can mark the difference …

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Deep automation—fueled by robust data and clever analytics—will power the supply chain and freight industries of the 21st century.