Archive for EDI

The Future of Ocean Data Sharing and Visibility

Over the past few years there have been many advancements in freight visibility technology, particularly in trucking. Those advancements are now making their way into other modes of transportation, including ocean transport. What factors are driving this trend? How are these advancements improving the way data is shared in ocean transportation? How are companies leveraging […]

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Blockchain for Logistics: Preparing for the Opportunities

Without a doubt, blockchain is currently the most talked-about new technology — it’s also the most confusing, especially for supply chain and logistics professionals who are trying to understand its potential role and benefits. What are some of the potential use cases for blockchain in logistics? What are the main barriers to adoption? What should […]

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Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit

I haven’t attended an industry conference over the past year, or participated in a client meeting, where blockchain — along with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — hasn’t been part of the conversation. In fact, at one conference this spring, after delivering a keynote presentation that had nothing to do with technology, the very […]

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Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal, “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Well, my big audacious prediction for 2015 did not come true. Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. And business relationships did not become more Vested this year — if anything, they reverted back to being “win-lose” arrangements (see Walmart’s Message to Suppliers: Talk to the Hand and […]

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TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers

It’s 2015 and I doubt many small businesses are running their accounting without some kind of accounting software, or are having their sales reps work out in the field without some type of customer relationship management (CRM) system, even if it’s a really lightweight one…Freight is usually off the radar for small business owners and […]

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