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image of manufacturing

Close your eyes. Picture of traditional job in manufacturing. Is the dust flying; are the squeals of machinery mind-numbing? Can you smell the sweat in the air? Does the whole thing seem boring, dirty, and tedious? Is the factory pumping tons of lethal gases into the atmosphere? You can taste the grime and dirt, and you feel the heat of neck-scorching furnaces.Now, picture a different scene.

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Logistics beacons in action

The global logistics industry generates $9.1 Trillion dollars in revenue.  The global Third Party Logistics (3PL) industry generates $750 Billion in revenue as a part of that figure.  Further, the U.S. trucking industry alone generates approximately $700 Billion in revenue.  Air and sea cargo industries generate $62 Billion each.

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Remaining competitive in an ever-changing market requires you to constantly improve manufacturing productivity. Your computer equipment no doubt plays a crucial role in that process, right? Here’s how to keep it that way…
 So-called ‘best practices’ to improve manufacturing productivity tend to focus on the performance of people.

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advanced analytics

Manufacturers face thousands, if not millions, of potential problems and challenges in the coming year.  Over the past few months, the media has given a surmountable amount of attention to the water problems of Flint, Michigan. In fact, an auto manufacturer in Flint made the decision to refrain from using the city supply of water in the manufacture of automobiles.

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e-commerce for manufacturing

How the Internet has transformed the manufacturing and order fulfillment process is no small secret. However, the realm of e-commerce for manufacturing companies is rapidly growing, and modern manufacturers are starting to see a shift from business-to-consumer (B2C) sales to business-to-business (B2B) sales.

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Fixing Americas Surface Transportation ACT

As a transportation management 3PL, the United States Infrastructure and the evolution of and investment of our infrastructure is of great importance to us and our carrier partners. In order for our freight economy to stay healthy, it requires a stable infrastructure, specifically in the transportation sector.

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transportation management trends

2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry, and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to best combat each of these problems through the application of transportation management technologies.

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technology trends in logistics

The shipping industry of 2016 is a gross misrepresentation of what was considered “normal” shipping practices in the 1980s or 1990s. This is due in part to significant changes and improvements in how the logistics industry perceives and responds to the demands of a growing customer base.

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Editor’s Note: We take a break in listing out the remainder of the Logistics Technology trends for our second post by giving you a guest blog post to include an infographic on why your e-commerce store needs a mobile app. As we said in a 2014 post, 2015 was to be the year of the mobile app for manufacturers as they look to go omni-channel in order to offer more options to their customer base.