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4 Tips to Ensure the Upcoming Eclipse Doesn’t Leave Your Supply Chain in the Dark

solar_eclipseFrom hurricanes to cyber-attacks, supply chain managers have to anticipate and manage the impacts of unplanned disruptions. While most disruptions occur without warning, sometimes shippers and logistics providers do have an opportunity to see one coming and plan accordingly.

Such is the case for the solar eclipse that will occur across the United States next week. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this rare occurrence has the potential to impact millions of truck drivers, especially those moving freight across or within the 14 states that are in the path of totality. Read More…

Don’t Wait for Dwell Time to Delay Your Freight

port-dwell-timeEven containers don’t like to wait in line. Dwell time—the amount of time a container remains parked in a marine terminal waiting to be picked up after it’s been offloaded from a vessel—is a drag on supply chain efficiency, especially when it becomes excessive. Rising container volumes, fluctuations in demand, and the constant need for just in time inventory have increased the impact of dwell time over recent years. Read More…

Weather-Proof Your Supply Chain with a TMS

winterweather_300x200This week, Winter Storm Stella pummeled the Northeast United States with three to five feet of snow in some areas, and delivered a sharp reminder of the ways weather hazards can impact supply chains.

What can shippers do to mitigate weather-related disruptions during the winter season? Read More…

The New Silk Road: Have You Evaluated Your Freight Options?

New Silk RoadVarious macro forces are redrawing the global trade map, and one of them is China’s revival of the ancient Silk Road trade route.

For shippers large and small, the multi-billion-dollar infrastructural project could bring huge opportunities for improving the efficiency of global supply chains—providing they do their homework first. Here’s an overview of the global trade possibilities and potential for the “new Silk Road.”

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- Director of Asia-Pacific, and Director of EMEA at TMC

7 Ways to Use a TMS to Add Flexibility in a Multichannel Environment

IoTKeeping pace with constantly changing multichannel models can be a formidable supply chain challenge. Increased competition and the quest for growth are driving the need to react quickly to changing market demands, all while maintaining high service standards and meeting consumers’ rising expectations. TMS technology can play a key role in helping companies develop new multichannel capabilities and improve existing ones.

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