Technology

Supply Chain Integration: How API-Led Connectivity Is Transforming the Logistics Industry

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Eric Rempel | REDWOOD LOGISTICS In the logistics world, real-time information provides the ultimate advantage. This is especially true for third party logistics (3PL) providers who specialize in improving efficiencies across the supply chain. The demand for granular supply chain visibility, from the moment a shipment leaves a warehouse until it’s placed on the shelf at a local store, continues ...

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What Is the Port-to-Store Movement – and Why Should You Pay Attention?

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FAQs Answered Shawntell Kroese | LOUP LOGISTICS In the culinary world, the farm-to-table movement is the latest trend. But for 3PLs, the “port-to-store” movement is the trend to watch. What is port-to-store? And why should you care? Let’s answer these and the other most frequently asked questions about the movement. What Is “Port–to-Store”? Port–to-store is the management and visibility of ...

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New Tech to Build Freight Lanes in Future

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Aaron Huff | Commercial Carrier Journal Increasingly, the trends in transportation technology are being driven by e-commerce and the “Amazon Effect.” Transportation companies are investing in new IT systems to fulfill orders with compressed lead times and higher service requirements. AFN Logistics, a Chicago-based 3PL that specializes in supply chain fulfillment for major retailers, is using technology to thrive in ...

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Brokers Turn to Technology to Maximize Truckload Capacity

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Mark Cubine | McLeod Software Brokers are tapping into data and technology to harvest more truckload capacity during the work day, creating a win-win solution for all parties within the supply chain and making brokers more competitive. “We have to document capacity, know it is there and proactively reach out to carriers before they reach out to our competition,” said ...

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Load Booking Automation: Winners Are Digitizing

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Russell Jones | Cargo Chief Information Leads to Satisfied Customers In the history of mankind, the right information makes the difference between success and failure: finding water, where to farm, how to lay a railway, how to build a fighter jet. For today’s freight brokerages, knowing which trucking carriers do a good job and have availability for a certain lane ...

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Best Practices for Preventing Email Cyberthreats

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PART III IN A THREE-PART SERIES FOCUSED ON CYBERSECURITY Chuck Cook | RenovoData Two articles in recent issues of 3PL Perspectives outlined the challenges posed by email phishing attacks. The first described the most prevalent types of threats and the second explained how to identify them. This article illustrates the best practices for protecting 3PLs and trucking companies from those attacks. ...

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When Buying a TMS, Know the Limits of an RFP Process

J.P. Wiggins | 3Gtms To help you deliver freight at the lowest cost that meets customer requirements, a transportation management system (TMS) has to learn and understand the complexities of your particular business. This level of intimacy, however, is often not appreciated by first-time TMS purchasers. Many companies make their TMS vendor selection as if they were buying accounting, HR ...

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What Users Should Know About Email Cyberthreats

PART I IN A THREE-PART SERIES FOCUSED ON CYBERSECURITY Michelle Vayle | RenovoData Effective cybersecurity relies on good network planning and a range of high-level, protective products. However, some of the most effective guardians of networks and data are users themselves, because they can thwart many of today’s email-based threats as well as those on the horizon. In the next ...

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Drones, Autonomous Vehicles on Course to Disrupt the Supply Chain

Grant E. Goldsmith | Roanoke Insurance Group Earlier this year, General Motors introduced its latest self-driving car – a car with no steering wheel or foot pedals – that’s expected to hit the streets in 2019. GM’s car is meant to drive itself with no assistance (hence no steering wheel) from the driver. This is the future – driverless vehicles. ...

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Four Reasons Why Freight Visibility Should Be a Top Focus

Dan Cicerchi | Descartes MacroPoint Despite the immediate benefits to the supply chain, there is still a lack of knowledge about the competitive advantages of real-time freight visibility. Below are four reasons why indicators such as freight status and location will become even more essential in the coming year – and how technology can help close the gap. As the ...

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