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Transpacific Volume is Surging. Are You Ready?

Categories: BCO/Shipper.

COVID-19 has rocked the freight world in expected and unexpected ways, and many businesses have struggled to keep up. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, a lot of uncertainties about the future of the industry remain.

One of those uncertainties is centered around transpacific freight. Right now, surging transpacific volume is causing problems on both sides of the Pacific. From an imbalance in intermodal container availability to the increasing importance of dual transactions at key logistics hubs, the heat is on. How are you going to adapt?

Here are our recommendations for keeping pace amid an ever-evolving situation.

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Holiday Logistics Outlook 2020: Our Predictions

Categories: Uncategorized.

To put it mildly, 2020 has been quite a year, and “holly jolly” isn’t exactly how many people feel about the upcoming holiday season.

The pandemic has shifted the logistics landscape in major ways this year, and the holiday season is sure to push capacity to the absolute extreme. To manage the massively increased pressures on supply chains, many players in the space have already begun thinking about their holiday footing — in fact, some started as early as March.

Dim as it may seem, the bright spot on the horizon is that by letting go of expectations for how the season should go, you’re much more likely to come out ahead and — dare we say — enjoy the holidays. One thing’s for sure: This Christmas season will be like no other.

Here’s our holiday outlook for 2020.

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Four Ways to Optimize Inbound Supply Processes

Categories: BCO/Shipper.

If timeliness matters to your supply chain — and we’re betting that now, more than ever, it does  — you can’t afford to ignore opportunities to optimize your inbound supply processes and logistics. Refining your inbound supply processes will help avoid slow shipping times, errors in process, and deterioration of products, while also improving decision-making, strengthening resilience, and offering increased value for everyone in the supply chain.

Here, we’ll take a closer look at four key ways you can begin to optimize your inbound supply processes.

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Digital Yard Management Surges in 2020

Categories: BCO/Shipper.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to increased pressure on shippers, freight forwarders and the industry as whole, and, unfortunately, highlighted many weak points in the industry. But for better or worse, COVID-19 has been a powerful driver for technological transformation in the supply chain this year, breaking these weak links and exposing gaps in the flow of information.

One previously overlooked area is the yard, a negative space between a warehouse’s warehouse management system (WMS) and a fleet’s transportation management system (TMS). When yard management is neglected, it can become a black hole for inventory and a hotspot for risk.

That’s why now, more than ever, there’s a growing need for digital yard management systems (YMS), which make supply chains more resilient and reliable in the face of 2020′s challenges — and beyond.

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How Is the USPS Slowdown Affecting Ecommerce Retailers?

Categories: BCO/Shipper.

If you work in ecommerce, you’re likely well aware that the United States Postal Service has been experiencing delays.

While frustrating for everyday citizens, the slowdown is particularly affecting ecommerce retailers, as it’s impacting important factors such as shipping time frames and costs. Here, we’ll take a look at the causes, impacts, and effects of the USPS delays.

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The Future of Drayage: 2021 and Beyond

Categories: Port Drayage.

Drayage can seem like a relatively straightforward part of the overall supply chain, but technology is revitalizing and reshaping this vital function all the same.

In recent years, drayage has become something of a black hole in logistics data systems. While warehouses and shippers use data to streamline picking, packing, and shipping, operations at many ports still rely on much of the same technology that has been in place since the 90s.

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How Technology is Helping Fleets Meet the Challenges of COVID-19

Categories: Trucking.

The trucking industry was already undergoing major structural changes prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to new technology, driver shortages, and changing consumer preferences. Now, operational challenges related to both personnel and public safety are creating conditions that will likely accelerate new technology adoption, and could crown new winners and losers in LTL and last-mile.

No single aspect of the world economy has gone untouched in recent months, and trucking is no different. Expected cargo volume, rates, and capacity have been significantly impacted by shutdowns. Forecasting predictions are changing by the moment as demand shifts and local economies close and open (and close again).

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Entitlement Management Is a Key Focus Area for IoT Security

Categories: Freight Forwarder.

As IoT technologies continue to proliferate throughout the supply chain, careful IoT entitlement management to thwart would-be bad actors is increasingly critical for maintaining cybersecurity. Unfortunately, many firms aren’t keeping pace with changing times.

One study from HP revealed that 70% of the most commonly used IoT-enabled devices contain serious security vulnerabilities. At the same time, more than half of companies likely don’t have the tools, knowledge, or resources to detect a sophisticated IoT attack.

In this post, we’ll define entitlement management in general, dig into why it’s critical for IoT specifically, and cover the five key characteristics you should look for in an entitlement management platform.

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A State of Disunion: Supply Chain Cybersecurity in 2020

Categories: Cyber Security.

In only a few short years, supply chain companies have made huge investments in cloud storage, IoT infrastructure, and advanced cargo tracking software. This shift away from paper and pen has powered a revolutionary change in data processing and productivity, but it has also introduced new vulnerabilities into the global supply chain.

In 2017, a cyber attack on the world’s largest shipping company, A.P. Moller Maersk, forced the busiest ports on Earth to grind to a halt — and brought cybersecurity concerns to the forefront of discussion in the shipping world. Sadly, the risk of a major cybersecurity event has only increased since then, especially since COVID-19 hit the global stage in early 2020.

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