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February 2016

Could Amazon Transform the Logistics Industry?

For a number of years now, Amazon has been so much more than merely an online bookstore. As the firm has evolved, it has developed highly efficient ways of getting things done. Rather than reserving these services for in-house use, their philosophy has generally been to then offer these services to the public, and it’s a move that has brought them tremendous amounts of revenue. They’ve already got B2B services such as Fulfillment by Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing covered. [...]

2016

Automation all the Way – 3 of the Best Technological Trends in 2016

There is no doubt about the fact that new technological innovations are completely changing the scope of business operations all around the globe. Plus, it is also a truism that rapid and revolutionary changes in technology have also significantly affected how several entities operate when you talk about the logistics industry in almost all aspects. From increased flexibility, cost-efficiency, and effectiveness of TMS (transportation managements system) to the utilization of cutting-edge Bluetooth technology and applications for impeccably tracking and monitoring [...]

January 2016

Why Work With a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Provider & How to Make It Work

The shipping industry has a lot to gain from third-party logistics providers (3PL). Using a 3PL provider can help a shipping business move towards achieving its goals in a number of ways, including: Offloading a component of your supply chain to someone who can do it better than you. Even businesses with the resources to handle all supply chain processes can benefit from the experience and expertise 3PL providers bring to the table. Enabling you to focus on what you do best, [...]

Cloud Technology is Transforming the Tech Outlook for CFO’s

Astute CFO’s are waking up to the fact that the reorientation of spending on the cloud has reached a saturation point and needs to become more strategic. As of today, 88% of businesses in the UK are using cloud technology to some degree, and the impact of this is affecting a whole range of business functions over and above the IT department. For CFO’s who are interested in the operations of the IT department in their business, it is vitally [...]

January 10, 2016 Stratus Updates

IntelliTrack Stratus contains new features in this release for the StratusMobile application, the Stratus Report Designer, and the Stratus Web application. StratusMobile StratusMobile contains the following new features: • Add Item screen enhancements • Spanish localization • New custom query feature (specific to StratusMobile Batch) Add Item Screen Enhancements The Add Item screen has been enhanced with more fields. The additional fields allow you to add a more complete item record directly from StratusMobile. You are able to assign a category, manufacturer, and model lookup to [...]

Stratus Updates: January 10, 2016

New year, new Stratus updates! This Sunday, January 10, 2016, updates will be applied to IntelliTrack Stratus products. The updates will take approximately one hour, during which time the site will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but look forward to releasing some great new features. Once the updates have been made, we will provide a detailed summary of what was done to ensure users know exactly what to expect. If you have any questions regarding the update, [...]

Value Chains Online

The experience consumers have when shopping online is highly dependent on the speed at which goods are delivered and returned to them where necessary, and it’s no surprise that this is where the focus of innovation is heading. Retailers and distribution partners will find that they have no time to spare—the market is open to disruptive online companies like Uber, Bridj and Instacart, and any delays in the development of solutions could see them losing ground very quickly. It’s twenty [...]

Supply Chain Audits: Risky Business

    Supply chain management has become a hot topic of late and supplier audits are supposed to be the key in discovering weak links in a company’s supply chain, but at the moment, this is rarely the case. Although periodic supply chain audits are the norm in many industries, especially with large-scale businesses, it is the scope of such audits that needs to be challenged if these audits are to provide any sort of assurance. Cost-Benefit Ratio of Supply Chain Audits Like [...]

December 2015

How Technology Can Help Logistics Communications and Visibility

Many shippers are currently using manual methods for logistics visibility, such as email, spreadsheets and the telephone, in order to manage transportation budgets. Shippers should be aware that there are better alternatives—by using technological applications as part of their management system, they will be able to automate and gain more visibility into their shipments and logistical activity, thus having a competitive advantage. Society as a whole is becoming more reliant on exchanging information between customers and companies, and this means [...]