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The Art of Inbound: 11 Ways to Save Money and Increase Efficiencies on Your Inbound Freight

The Art of Inbound: 11 Ways to Save Money and Increase Efficiencies on Your Inbound Freight

Traditionally inbound shipping costs and operations have been a challenge to control. Most companies have not developed a comprehensive strategy to manage their inbound freight. Shipments arrive from their suppliers without a plan to drive the lowest shipping and unloading costs, or to consolidate...[more]


The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Transportation Management Systems: The 12 Must-Ask Questions You Need Answered First

The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Transportation Management Systems: The 12 Must-Ask Questions You Need Answered First

A TMS can be the solution for any supply chain. TMS’s have become essential tools for managing the challenges that come with shipping freight. The right TMS must integrate with your existing ERP system and offer valuable insights into tangible ways to reduce your freight spend, improve your...[more]


How Shippers Can Beat the Tech Jitters and Choose a Winning Supply-Chain Partner

How Shippers Can Beat the Tech Jitters and Choose a Winning Supply-Chain Partner

Whether you’re in the business of retail, CPG, food and beverage or manufacturing, logistics technology probably isn’t your main field of expertise, and it shouldn’t have to be. First and foremost, choosing the right transportation technology partner involves being able to understand the services...[more]


Why Retailers Need to Take a More Holistic Approach to Improving Supply Chain Efficiency

Why Retailers Need to Take a More Holistic Approach to Improving Supply Chain Efficiency

Supply chain managers’ traditional focus on increasing efficiency by reducing costs, for example on transactional line items such as freight rates, is no longer delivering significant benefits. However, an innovative transportation management partner can deliver ground-breaking ways to increase...[more]


Seven Steps to Export Success: Top Considerations Before Reaching Out to International Markets

Seven Steps to Export Success: Top Considerations Before Reaching Out to International Markets

Did you know that the biggest reason U.S. businesses fail in international markets is because they don’t do the required market research, or put together a comprehensive export strategy? Or that the top reason shipments are delayed at the border is because of missing or incomplete documentation?...[more]


Winning the Battle for eCommerce Last-Mile Excellence

Winning the Battle for eCommerce Last-Mile Excellence

Last mile logistics are the latest battleground as e-commerce shoppers continue to raise the stakes with regard to delivery and service expectations. Today’s e-commerce retailer must embrace the need to provide low cost -- preferably free -- shipping, highly flexible delivery options, advanced...[more]


eBook: Turning Home Delivery into a Competitive Advantage

eBook: Turning Home Delivery into a Competitive Advantage

Home delivery has become the new “battle ground” for competitive advantage. Not only is it a key driver of customer experience, but often a profit generator and brand differentiator. Descartes’ latest Home Delivery Benchmark Study delves into the strategies and tactics used by industry leaders,...[more]


Why Freight Visibility is Important

Why Freight Visibility is Important

Just how important is freight visibility to you and your business? We recently published a white paper explaining the extreme importance of 100% freight visibility and the competitive advantages it provides to those who have it. What You'll Learn: •  The potential consequences of late loads...[more]


Supply Chain Analysis -- Sourcing Optimization Driving Supply Chain Decision Making

Supply Chain Analysis -- Sourcing Optimization Driving Supply Chain Decision Making

Sourcing optimization projects rely on collaboration across the organization and between external stakeholders. Optimization analyses not only determine optimal decisions based on cost, but also quantify and evaluate strategic business objectives. Utilizing an analytical and comprehensive approach...[more]


Transportation Management Benchmark Survey

Transportation Management Benchmark Survey

What are the market conditions and key elements that make for transportation management success? The objective of this Descartes benchmark study was not only to identify the key trends impacting shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs), but to examine their practices and compare their...[more]


Enterprise Labeling for Dummies

Enterprise Labeling for Dummies

This book is the definitive source on Enterprise Labeling for Dummies! It offers an easy-to-understand explanation of Enterprise Labeling and how it can help a company streamline their supply chain processes through better labeling. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:•    Learn how to automate and...[more]


Peak Volumes: Can Your Systems Handle The Pressure?

Peak Volumes: Can Your Systems Handle The Pressure?

Load-testing technology offers today's overworked logistics executive a powerful weapon in the fight against risk of supply chain disaster. As broader globalization, increased complexity, and shorter fulfillment times continue to increase pressure on supply chain operations, the range of possible...[more]


Three Ideal Areas for Automation Investment in Retail Distribution Centers

Three Ideal Areas for Automation Investment in Retail Distribution Centers

This white paper explores three areas within a retail order fulfillment operation where automated storage and retrieval systems can make a key impact on an organization’s ability to stock more diverse inventory and remain cost-competitive while meeting customer expectations—regardless of the...[more]


Three Ways to Cost Justify Investment in Freezer-Automation

Three Ways to Cost Justify Investment in Freezer-Automation

We take it for granted that we can regularly fill our freezers with frozen food. Vegetables, pizza, ice cream — a perfect cold chain ensures high-quality food. The cold chain does not start at the grocery store, however, but much earlier, at the distribution center.  These distribution centers...[more]


Data: Blessing or Curse?”

Data: Blessing or Curse?”

Benefits and pitfalls of leveraging data in the supply chain[more]


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