Let’s say the vessel bringing your shipment from overseas has just arrived in port. Unbeknownst to you, an unexpected work slowdown has affected offloading and started a domino effect on the ultimate ETA of the delivery. Your staff is trying their best to monitor the progress of the container movement, but information isn’t readily available. Gathering this info will take some time because it’s all done manually through phone calls, emails, websites—even faxes in some cases. In other words, there will be a buzz of communication activity that provides less than current information, takes up time, adds frustration and more often than not, increases the cost of doing business.
When it comes to managing your inbound logistics, getting your arms around all of the variables involved in tracking your cargo can often be a Herculean task. You may know the ATA of the vessel carrying your shipment and the terminal where it will dock, but that may be where a solid line of information stops. When will the cargo be ready for pickup? What kind of delays could you be up against? What kind of extra fees can you expect? This visibility gap in the supply chain is frequently referred to as the “black hole” of port and terminal data.
Technology is reimagining traditional retail and fashion industry supply chains. Even as fashion retail is still reeling from the immense changes e-commerce platforms made on the industry, new innovations are breaking ground in supply chain management. Supply chain automation could be the answer to what ails retail – long supply processes, delays from concept to market, and slow implementation of the latest trends. Learn why adopting supply chain automation will allow certain retail organizations to lead the charge into the future.
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How this disruptive retail shopping model will entirely redefine how cargo moves through the supply chain. The Premise? Those transporting freight will come and go from ports, depots and distribution centers with complete autonomy...entirely unaffected by people and absent of lines.
Elon Musk and his SpaceX team released a fabulously funny blooper reel this week chronicling the failures they've encountered landing their orbital rocket safely back on earth. I especially love the subtitles…check it out here (How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster).
What does this teach us? For those driving change and innovation (or just advocating for it), I think it screams this:
Since introducing the UnGate concept a few weeks ago, we’ve had a flood of questions on the topic. The most common?
From the InGate to the UnGate: Why are We Waiting?
Automation of truck gates has increased cargo velocity, but as digital technology advances, it's time rethink the gate operation entirely and remove barriers to entry
It's that time of year again...Mary Meeker has released her annual Internet Trends Report, listing an enormously detailed compilation of key stats, trends, and insight on what’s happening in technology right now.
Allen Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer for Advent Intermodal, based in Murray Hill New Jersey told AJOT his company is providing software support for a Port of Oakland initiative to deliver containers to new Inland Depot in French Camp California, near San Joaquin Valley, California distribution centers.
Your core. No not your mid-section(although that's important too)...this is about your core competencies as a business.
No matter your line of business, staying open to new opportunities that can evolve and improve your current offerings is vital. We've got to stay mindful however to what is core to the businesses we're leading less we end up, like the dog below, with less than we started with.