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  • Cloud-Based Supply Chain Solutions

    Mar 30, 2015

    The cloud—through web-based interfaces—makes it easier to connect through cloud-based solutions to customers and suppliers. Whereas the traditional license models with client-server architectures are not very extensible, the newer cloud-based solutions...

    Written by: Lora Cecere

  • The Logistics of Epidemics: How the Supply Chain Can Help… Or Hinder

    Mar 27, 2015

    The flow of essential medical supplies, transportation activities and demand for medical personnel are some of the logistics-oriented features that depend on the available information regarding disease’s progression. Highly sophisticated systems in...

    Written by: Kelli Saunders

  • Strategy For Logistics Service Providers

    Mar 26, 2015

    A strategy identifies challenges, issues and risks with markets and their dynamics; and, going forward, can set the direction where the company is going for new markets and new business and customers to grow sales and profits

    Written by: Tom Craig

  • Improving Quality of Life with the Internet of Everything

    Mar 24, 2015

    For many local governments in the U.S., the IoE is key to boosting their residents'' well-being.

    Written by: EFT Editor

  • How to Choose the Right Co-packer for Your Supply Chain Needs

    Mar 23, 2015

    Whether you’re evaluating your existing co-pack supplier, or you’re gauging a potential partnership with a new supplier, the following will give you insights into what to look for to find the best co-packer for your needs.

    Written by: Anonymous

  • Coming and Going: A Look at Employee Turnover in the Logistics Industry

    Mar 19, 2015

    Data from the American Trucking Association (ATA) shows that the turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose one percentage point to an annualized rate of 97% in the third quarter of 2014.

    Written by: Kelli Saunders

  • Getting the Full Value Add from 3PL Services by Avoiding Commoditization or Transactionalism

    Mar 19, 2015

    If you are a logistics manager seeking options for a partnership with a 3PL services provider or looking to optimize the 3PL solution, then understanding the expansion of the holistic approach that some 3PLs offer will help you select an option that best...

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Considerations You Need to Know Before Selecting a Warehouse Facility

    Mar 13, 2015

    Picking a warehouse is a huge task. Selecting the right warehouse can save your business time and money. While choosing a subpar facility can lead to total disruption of the supply chain. This article includes a list of considerations for selecting...

    Written by: EFT Editor

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    Supply Chain Excellence by the Numbers

    Mar 13, 2015

    One in three companies have a supply chain center of excellence, but only one in two is successful. These are grim statistics. This is especially true when the word “excellence” drips off of the lips of the supply chain leaders that I meet.

    Written by: Lora Cecere

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    State of Logistics Outsourcing: Plenty of Room for Growth as Shipper Dissatisfaction & Technology Expectations Increase

    Mar 11, 2015

    3PL companies are starting to rise to meet the challenge. Already, a number of 3PL companies are using augmented reality and a few have even started experimenting with drone delivery. Considering the emerging markets, availability of technologies and the...

    Written by: Adam Robinson

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    What if Your Supply Chain was Your Competitive Advantage?

    Mar 10, 2015

    Your supply chain is getting the job done, but is it giving your company a competitive advantage? The global marketplace gives customers a plethora of choices, and that means that the competition is fierce.

    Written by: Chris O'Brien

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    13 Key Considerations when Selecting a 3PL & 3PL vs 4PL

    Mar 9, 2015

    When it comes to efficient and cost-effective over the road transportation management, it is absolutely crucial that you be working with a trustworthy 3PL. Understanding the potential value of a 3PL early in the process is crucial to saving money and...

    Written by: Adam Robinson

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    Manage Your Information

    Mar 3, 2015

    This is the final of the third part series by Donn Deffebach. Find out how to manage your information.

    Written by: Donn Deffebach

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    A promising future for truck drivers: “Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way”

    Feb 24, 2015

    Unfortunately, many drivers are rather gloomy about the future. Is their lack of optimism justified? I don’t think so. Soon enough, they will once again serve as the calling card of their transport company.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

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    Long-range Itinerary Generation Enhances Operation

    Feb 24, 2015

    This is a second of the third part series by Donn Deffebach. Find out what the benefits of looking farther ahead during the planning cycle are.

    Written by: Donn Deffebach

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    To Meet your Customers you Need to be Online

    Feb 24, 2015

    The internet has provided customers with new methods for finding and researching companies as well as new methods for finding, researching, and products.

    Written by: Kate Lee

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    Japan’s Kintetsu World Express pays premium to bag APL Logistics purchase

    Feb 17, 2015

    Singapore’s NOL today sealed the sale of its APL Logistics division to Japanese logistics provider Kintetsu World Express (KWE), in one of the largest logistics acquisitions in recent history.

    Written by: Gavin van Marle

  • Innovation is… ACTION

    Feb 5, 2015

    Successful Innovations come from identifying the need (even if one never knew the need existed), building the right teams, and conducting the proper analysis to be able to implement them properly.

    Written by: Steve Brady

  • How Do You Turn Track-And-Trace Information into a USP?

    Feb 3, 2015

    Parcel delivery services and web stores are presenting new mobile apps for the ultimate customer experience. Their apps keep us informed of where orders are, minute by minute. But to be able to provide customers with a valuable service, these apps should...

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • Air Freight: Learning the Basics to Optimize Your Global Supply Chain

    Jan 29, 2015

    The three primary air shipping options are next flight out, consolidated, and deferred. Any one (or all) may work for your business. There are other options to consider as well, like air charter, which can help secure the capacity you need and allows you...

    Written by: Matt Castle

  • Lessons from West Coast Ports Delays: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Predictable Events

    Jan 26, 2015

    The first step in developing a contingency plan is deciding what type of event a shipper needs to prepare for. There are two broad types of supply chain disruption events: predictable and unpredictable. We will look at the former in this post.

    Written by: Maria Llamas

  • How to Overcome Social Media Challenges

    Jan 26, 2015

    In order to overcome your social media challenges you need to take a data-informed approach. You need to track and measure metrics, and you need to use the data collected to take action.

    Written by: Kate Lee

  • Waste Logistics Needs to Become Cleaner, Smarter and More Valuable

    Jan 22, 2015

    We need to make the city's waste valuable again through smarter and cleaner waste collection. That would enhance the livability of neighborhoods, but it would also enable more reuse of goods. The waste chain of the city center needs to be reinvented.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • 2015 Logistics & Transportation Industry Forecast

    Jan 21, 2015

    John Wagner's latest article explores some of the critical factors to watch for this year; and overviews how they might affect the logistics and transportation landscapes.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

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    Supply Chain Agility - How To Achieve It

    Jan 21, 2015

    Today, 2 in 5 companies believe their S&OP process is effective. Only 1 in 5 companies has a balanced process, and most companies struggle to get to data. Only 1/3 report that they are able to execute the S&OP plan. Most companies lack the...

    Written by: Lora Cecere

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