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2017 state of logistics

It is that time of year again. The 28th Annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 2017 State of Logistics Report, published by A.T. Kearney, is out. In the years since the Great Recession, the report has shown growth throughout logistics and a recovery through measurement of logistics spending as a percentage of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

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customer experience

Manufacturers have always struggled to know their customers. But, modern businesses have grown to encompass an omnichannel sales opportunity. Customers can place orders online, by phone, in person and in nearly any other means desirable. Unfortunately, this means manufacturers face an even greater challenge, as more customers translate into greater use of customer service.

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outsourcing technology to 3pls

Automation sales declined throughout 2016, but industry experts believe a major shift toward third-party companies is coming, reports Patrick Burnson of Supply Chain Management Review Manufacturers need to increase production without increasing overhead costs, and outsourcing technology to 3Pls is the perfect solution.

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supply chain savings

The high-revolution has given emerging markets the opportunity to become fully developed, increasing the number of consumers and manufacturers. For existing businesses and shippers, this means more competition and demand for lower costs. Meanwhile, the increasing number of regulations and requirements on shippers has created a paradox between saving money and still meeting all requirements.

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transportation management system roi

Unless your organization has been absent from the takeover of TMS in the conversations of online and print media, you have likely encountered plenty of reasons why a transportation management system (TMS) benefits shippers. Unfortunately, the information is not always clear, and figuring out if the investment into a TMS is worth it can be even more frustrating.

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tms analytics

“What can you do to improve your company?”
That is a loaded question, loaded with innuendo, desire, financial concerns, questions about the state of the road and weather and much more, but the ways you improve your company are becoming easier to see. Modern, cloud-based analytics systems within transportation management systems (TMSs) have redefined how you strive for continuous improvement.

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inbound logistics program

Most transportation costs in a company arise from inbound logistics cost. If other words, the costs associated with transportation of items from vendors make up the biggest portion of will transportation costs, reports Amy Roach Partridge of Inbound Logistics. Part of the problem lies in misconceptions around inbound logistics, including manual, data-intense processes and added stress.