Supply Chain Collaborator Digest

Connecting Logistics Thought Leaders

August 2015 Newsletter

The Wisdom of the Crowd (Sourcing) Doesn't Apply to Commercial ShippingThe Wisdom of the Crowd (Sourcing) Doesn't Apply to Commercial Shipping

More than a year ago, the Supply Chain Collaborator blog examined the trend toward crowd sourcing and wondered aloud whether an “Uber for commercial shipping” was imminent. In that post we took the position that it was highly unlikely to occur given the myriad impediments to effectively developing such a solution. Sixteen months later, a virtual lifetime in the technology realm, the crowd sourcing economy shows no signs of slowing with numerous solutions emerging across a host of industries. Yet, as an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal concludes, we are still nowhere near developing a killer app for crowd sourced commercial shipping.

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3 Logistics Trends Point to Cloud TMS Adoption by SMBs in 20163 Logistics Trends Point to Cloud TMS Adoption by SMBs in 2016

The Collaborator has been reviewing respected sources of industry analysis to gain perspective on the trends being predicted to materialize in supply chain logistics for 2016. What follows are highlights from the trends reports we’ve read and some analysis of what the trends portend for mid-sized to large-volume shippers in the US.

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5 Best Practices for Transportation Managers Considering Logistics IT Solutions5 Best Practices for Transportation Managers Considering Logistics IT Solutions

191 qualified global logistics practitioners were surveyed in 2015 by American Shipper magazine for their seventh annual benchmark study of transportation management. The report examines the trends impacting how shippers and logistics service providers manage freight transportation processes and the technologies used in support of these processes. The 31 page report was full of valuable insights and is worth reading in its entirety. However, here is a distillation of the best practices for approaching transportation and logistics IT initiatives provided at the conclusion of the report.

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Best Practices to Ensure Superior Performance from Supply Chain Logistics SolutionsBest Practices to Ensure Superior Performance from Supply Chain Logistics Solutions

An article in this week’s Transport Topics detailed the operational challenges facing intermodal shippers in the face of growing economic activity. The double whammy of increasing freight volume and an ongoing, acute driver shortage has driven a boom in the utilization of intermodal truck to train shipping.

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