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August 2016

Stratus Updates: Sunday, August 28th

This Sunday, August 28, 2016, we will be making updates to IntelliTrack Stratus products. The updates will take approximately one hour, during which time the site will be unavailable. Once the updates have been made, we will provide a detailed summary of what was done to ensure that users will know exactly what to expect. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but look forward to releasing some great new features. If you have any questions regarding this update, please feel [...]

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UPS’s Innovative Solution To Logistics Problems Posed By Urbanization

It is estimated that by the year 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in a city. Being home to a lot of people is nothing new for most cities, with port cities in particular being thriving hubs for thousands of years. However, the ways in which people live and commerce operates have changed dramatically over the years, and not all cities can accommodate a big influx of modern dwellers smoothly and without environmental repercussions. As the site [...]

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How Can Logistics Stay On Top Of The Ecommerce Boom?

As online purchases reach new heights, an ecommerce boom is well and truly underway. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that online sales rose by an estimated 15.1 percent year-on-year between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016. Online sales totaled $86.3 billion, making up 11.1 percent of overall retail sales, which is a record-breaking ecommerce penetration level. Next-day delivery and even same-day delivery are becoming the norm, and the increased demand is posing some big challenges to retailers and transportation providers. [...]

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Achieving Sustainability Is Not As Out Of Reach As Some Small Businesses Believe

For many small businesses, sustainability is something that is nice in theory, but when it comes time to pay the bills and the payroll, it tends to fall way down on the list of priorities. Customer satisfaction and quality are the big focuses, and rightly so. Staying on top of sustainability can use up valuable resources and time that many businesses simply cannot afford to spare. However, what many of these businesses fail to realize is that there are ways [...]

Friday Roundup

Check out this weeks roundup below: Read on ways the supply chain can help save lives (via Devex). Could intermediary financial services be the next big thing? Check out this article by HBR to learn why “Fintech” services are increasing in the logistics industry. Are computers in manufacturing a help or a hindrance? Check out this article or comment below with your thoughts! Check out this article by Barcoding, Inc. – How getting Olympic horses to Rio requires impressive logistics feats!    

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The Future Of The Logistics Industry Is Tied Strongly To IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) has entered the scene with a bang, and its effects are likely to be felt for a long time in the logistics industry. IoT is about a lot more than internet-connected thermostats and wearable health monitors. In fact, the logistics industry has been on board with the concept for a long time, with FedEx introducing package tracking decades ago and Walmart using RFID tags in its pallets for the past ten years. This is just [...]

Procurement Approaches Are Often Fundamentally Flawed, Expert Says

When it comes to procurement, resources are all too often applied to areas where they actually add the least value. According to outsourcing firm Proxima Group’s Chief Client Officer, Guy Strafford, value creation is potentially the greatest during the engagement and management stages, and yet few resources are normally applied at these points. Instead, they tend to be applied during the mechanics of selecting suppliers and negotiating, which is a great error because the potential value created at this [...]

Transportation Tech Startups Clamoring To Become Trucking’s Version Of Uber

Many startups are understandably strive to become an “Uber of Trucking” of sorts. Businesses like Cargomatic, Trucker Path, and Convoy are taking advantage of mobile app technology to help connect shippers with carriers. A new startup called CargoX has been launched in Brazil, and it has attracted backing from big names like Goldman Sachs. Even Uber itself is testing out delivery services. C.H. Robinson CFO Andrew Clarke isn’t too concerned. In a recently aired episode of Talking Logistics, he said [...]

Friday Roundup

Check out this week's round up below! Amazon takes flight with their first air cargo plane…Read more about this story here! Could LED lighting help increase warehouse efficiency? Find out here! Get the Right Lift Truck for the Job via LogisticsMGMT. Check out these 5 tips to improve warehouse inventory management! What are you all reading? Comment below!

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Five Vital Tips for Global Supply Chain Management

When managing a global supply chain, everything must come together just right at all times. Here are five tips that can help ensure the global supply chain process runs as smoothly as possible. 1. Always have a back-up plan. What’s more important than having a great plan? Having a great backup plan! You might never end up needing it, but failing to have a Plan B in place could end up costing you sales and customers. So many things can go [...]

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Technology Can’t Save Supply Chains from Every Risk

The great technological advancements that have been made in recent years can make life a lot easier for businesses, but there are still some situations where it simply can’t help. That's where risk management comes in. A number of disasters could throw a wrench in your supply chain. Fires, port strikes, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and even terrorist attacks are just a few of the unpredictable occurrences that technology can’t save us from. Nevertheless, managers can – and should – take [...]

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eCommerce Logistics Continues to Evolve

What does eCommerce logistics look like as we reach the midpoint of 2016? Between 2011 and 2012, eCommerce logistics grew to reach 5 percent of all retail operations, and it’s now the main driver of small package logistics. With small packages accounting for $82.2 billion of the overall logistics industry and growing, an increase in the number and diversity of incoming orders is spurring a higher demand for new warehouses and maximizing the efficiency of existing ones. Better inventory management [...]