How Sales and Operations Planning Enables a Nimble Supply Chain

How Sales and Operations Planning Enables a Nimble Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption to the lives of most consumers and well-established, profitable global organizations. The short- and long-term impact this virus will have on manufacturers and distributors is still being determined. However, their ability to pivot operations to meet new internal and external demands, including channel shifts and evolving customer...

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Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Last month, Silicon Valley powerhouse investor SoftBank announced a $1 billion investment into industry-disrupting freight forwarder Flexport. Softbank’s investment is an affirmation that successful PE firms investing in the freight industry are looking beyond the short-term capacity issues in the market, and instead looking at companies that are shaping the future of the industry.…

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The Sweet Spot for Otto’s Self-Driving Autonomous Trucks

Uber is moving forward at a rapid pace with testing self-driving autonomous trucks within it subsidiary Otto. Last week, in conjunction with Anheuser Busch, Otto transported 45,000 cans of Budweiser 120 miles in Colorado, with a driver only touching the wheel to get on and off the highway. Uber’s entrance into the freight hauling market will bring another disruptor and differentiator to...

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Uber Entering $700 Billion Freight Hauling Business

Uber Entering $700 Billion Freight Hauling Business

Uber Technologies announced last month plans to build its freight network to help match freight to available haulers in an attempt to capture a portion of the $700 billion freight hauling market. After the recent acquisition of self-driving truck company Otto, Uber is already leveraging acquired industry connections and technology to compete with freight brokers and 4PLs.…

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To change or not to change?

I work with a variety of clients but one thing that seems consistent across all of them is the ongoing question of where to find the time and money to change their processes and/or systems in the hopes of achieving long-term gains. Margins are tight, time is precious and priorities are ever-changing.…

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IIE Annual Conference Experience

I attended last month’s IIE annual conference in Orlando. It was a great opportunity to learn, educate others, and network with students and peers. I had the opportunity to see what professionals and academia were doing in the labor management field as well as other Industrial Engineering areas of study. I was able to see where new technology is being introduced into our discipline as...

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