The Role of Technology in the Logistics Industry’s Evolution

“In the future, highly functional systems operating as a single application – covering every aspect of operations from pricing, order management, shipping, warehousing and transportation management – will emerge. These will be available as subscription services in the public ‘Cloud,’ accessible via a variety of computing platforms.” Ken Lyon, Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd   The functional…

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Managing the Complexities of Parcel Shipping

In case you weren’t able to listen in, I got together last week for a webcast with Talking Logistics’ Adrian Gonzalez to discuss how to deal with the complexities of parcel shipping as part of a broader supply chain strategy. Parcel is becoming more important for manufacturers and retailers due to the rapid growth of…

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The Importance of Flexibility in Parcel Shipping

Last month we shared the exciting news that three-quarters of the 100 largest for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada are already part of the Kewill Carrier Network. This means the minute Kewill Transport comes online for a new customer, that customer has direct access to nearly all of the big players in the…

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Kewill Transport TMS Gets Cozy with Trucking Industry Titans

Three-quarters of large carriers in the United States and Canada are already part of the Kewill carrier network One of the things that sets Kewill Transport apart in the transportation management system [TMS] space is its built-in carrier network – the largest in the United States with 16,000+ carriers and growing. That includes most of…

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16½ Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

Here’s a prediction we just know is going to come true. Next year at this time people will be writing – and reading – a slew of predictions articles/blogs/essays for 2017. Bank on it. Everyone loves predictions. Just look at you. Out of the gazillion other things you could be reading right now, you made…

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Carrier Connectivity: The Heartbeat of a Healthy TMS

Kewill recently published a white paper with Supply Chain Management Review that explains the importance of collaboration in effective transportation management and highlights the value in building a TMS based on carrier connectivity. This blog summarizes key points from the full paper, “Carrier Connectivity: The Critical Component of Transportation Management.” A transportation management system [TMS]…

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eLog Jam: New ELD Ruling Could Further Constrict Capacity

Next week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to issue a new rule requiring truck drivers to begin using new electronic logging devices [ELDs or “eLogs”] to track their hours behind the wheel. Why is this noteworthy? Because by and large, the drivers hate this proposal, with many threatening to bolt the business…

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Is It Time to Bring Your TMS Back to the Future?

Remember the 1980s? If you lived through them, the answer is probably “how could I forget?” It was an interesting time. Technology was making huge advances even as it was becoming more accessible, with giant mainframe computers morphing into desktop PCs. Back then tech breakthroughs seemed momentous. Now we just chuckle when we think back…

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Warm Up to the Iceberg Principle When Buying a TMS

When it comes to shipping [of the high seas variety], it’s always best to not approach icebergs. But when buying a TMS for shipping, the iceberg approach can be a good thing. Let me explain. Whenever shopping for a big-ticket item it’s human nature to get distracted by the bells and whistles. With a house,…

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How the Cloud Helps Improve the Supply Chain for Manufacturers

Kewill CMO Evan Puzey recently sat down with Manufacturing Global to share his thoughts on the best ways for manufacturers to take advantage of the Cloud. Here’s a recap of that discussion.  In a recent IDC study, 41 percent of manufacturers in the United States said they have transitioned at least some IT services over…

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The Future of IoT in Manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly moving beyond being just a trendy, hyped technology to reality. In fact, Gartner has forecasted that 26 billion connected devices will be installed by 2020. Gartner also believes that IoT will have an enormous impact on how the supply chain operates and with the information available to supply…

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