A Whole New World: Is Digitalization the Answer?

Just a decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to be able to generate revenue without any assets. Yet, some of the world’s largest companies today do just that; Uber does not own taxis, Airbnb does not own real estate and Facebook does not create content.

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The Consumerization of Shipping in the Supply Chain

Today’s customer expects quick, personalized service. For an industry like the supply chain, this means new technologies and solutions need to be adopted to stay both relevant and competitive. The complete consumerization of the supply chain will be here faster than we think, as experts are already adopting on-demand technologies, the use of mobile platforms…

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The Importance of Visibility in Your Supply Chain

As many supply chains involve a multitude of different partners, managing them is sometimes allocated to 4PLs or Lead Logistics Providers (LLPs). These organisations have overall responsibility for coordinating and managing all of the parties used to operate the supply chain on behalf of the principal or supply chain owner. The key to managing anything…

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How to Thwart the Growing Menace of Cargo Theft

While piracy on the high seas regularly makes headlines, the inland version – cargo theft – has quietly been on the rise for years. One needs to look no further than the FBI, which began tracking cargo theft statistics a few years ago after recognizing its impact on the economy – and realizing it also…

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The Five A’s of Supply Chain Visibility

Global supply chains continue to expand and evolve, accelerating the pace of change and resulting in more partners to collaborate with and greater volumes of data to manage. Adherence to tight shipment schedules and stringent customer SLAs are the keys to success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. To ensure the high levels of visibility and…

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A Five-Step Blueprint for 3PL Success

Companies are always on the lookout for ways to tweak their supply chain operations and make them more efficient. But 3PLs, in particular, face the unique challenge of regularly improving how they work with shippers, and, in the face of regular rate increases, finding new ways to reduce freight costs to keep prices down for…

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The Danger of Turning a Blind Eye to Visibility

Many businesses have been pursuing better visibility in their supply chains for some time in order to optimize their operations, save money and improve customer service and satisfaction. Unfortunately, a new study indicates they still have a long way to go. A recent survey of 537 companies worldwide found that 72 percent do not have…

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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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Plenty to be Thankful for in the Supply Chain Universe

Let’s face it: the supply chain world often gives off a glass-half-empty vibe. Companies tend to fixate on their shortcomings rather than celebrating their successes – and trying to learn from what they’re doing right. They lament poor performance, failure to execute or gaps in their strategy and spend a lot of time obsessing over…

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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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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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