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New Robot Containers Could Ship Aquaculture Products

A group of Norwegian graduates have spent their summer developing smart "robot containers" with cooling systems that can sail to ports without any human interaction. »


Cargo Handler Implements Virtual Reality Training for New Staff

Cargo handler Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) has launched a virtual reality training program, called COSAC-VR, to provide new staff with a virtual experience in ramp handling before they are introduced to the real-life, fast-paced operations. »


Four Barriers to Outsourcing: A Challenge for Logistics Service Providers

Four Barriers to Outsourcing: A Challenge for Logistics Service Providers

The success of logistics service providers (LSPs) rises and falls with the ever-shifting strategies of the manufacturers, suppliers and retailers that make up their customer base. Today, outsourcing is on the ascent. But can LSPs keep supporting the demand? »


Opinion: Supply Chain Visibility Acquisition Market Is Heating Up

News of Descartes Systems Group's acquisition of MacroPoint LLC hit me right in the middle of a research effort vetting several of the more notable players that dominate the exact same solution space. I walked into the project wondering why there hadn't been more M&A activity; more specifically,... »


Stymied by Water Footprint Assessment? This New Guide Can Help

A new handbook from the International Organization for Standardization aims to help companies understand how to undertake a water footprint assessment. »


Q&A: In-Store Replenishment and Other Retail Fulfillment Concerns

Q&A: In-Store Replenishment and Other Retail Fulfillment Concerns

It's no secret that Amazon is the greatest disruptor in the history of retail. The question is, how can traditional retailers, even very large ones, compete against a giant that can plow hundreds of millions into warehousing, order fulfillment and delivery? Customer satisfaction - and possibly the... »


Six Ways Companies Can Maximize 3-D Printing's Potential

Six Ways Companies Can Maximize 3-D Printing's Potential

Now that 3-D printing is safely beyond the hype phase and has become an established part of many companies' product development and manufacturing processes, there has been a greater understanding of the technology's technical and business advantages. With that, more users are benefitting from... »


Grocers Are Embracing IoT to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

More than a third of food and grocery companies are using or trialling Internet of Things (IoT) technology, research has showed. »


Current State of Supply Chain Planning

APQC continuously conducts research on the current status of supply chain planning. This infographic highlights some of the key findings from this year’s study, including data on supply chain planning structures, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), collaboration, risk sharing, and more. Download... »


Executive Briefing: Optimizing Your Workforce Through Labor Management

Executive Briefing: Optimizing Your Workforce Through Labor Management

Broadly speaking, a labor management system, manages the labor force in a warehouse or distribution center. More specifically, it reports on the productivity level of an employee or group of workers in those facilities. »


Manufacturer Finds Acquisition Brings Unlimited ERP Seats

Manufacturer Finds Acquisition Brings Unlimited ERP Seats

Taking over companies can bring IT expense as well as new business opportunities. So an electrical supply manufacturer was delighted that a merger brought unlimited licenses at no extra cost. »


When a Small Company Needs Help in Hauling Big Equipment

When a Small Company Needs Help in Hauling Big Equipment

Ameri-Green Automotive LLC buys and refurbishes all manner of used trucks and trailers at its facility in Georgia. It needed a skilled, reliable 3PL to arrange for movement of the equipment from locations throughout the U.S. »


TV Home-Shopping Retailer Benefits From EDI Managed Service

TV Home-Shopping Retailer Benefits From EDI Managed Service

As U.K.-based television home shopping company experienced explosive growth, it needed to consolidate all electronic data interchange operations onto one platform and integrate with its back office. »


When Growth Mandates Change: Blue Diamond Reevaluates Its Supply Chain

When Growth Mandates Change: Blue Diamond Reevaluates Its Supply Chain

The growers' cooperative, a dominant processor and marketer of almonds and related products, seeks to reconfigure its forward distribution network, to reflect current and future demand from retailers. »


Opinion: Logistics Business Rivals Agree on Policy

At a time when the U.S. needs unity and bold reforms, American businesses must be partners in building the future. While the business community has diverse interests, every company should agree on basic policy priorities if we want to be globally competitive. »


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