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Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog from Bryant Surety Bonds. Thomasholmes is not a freight forwarder, but technically a freight broker/transportation intermediary who specializes in North American Transportation Mangement primarily for less than truckload shipping, truckload, and small package.

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robotics and manufacturing employment

Editor’s Note: This guest blog from Cisco-Eagle, Cisco-Eagle, Inc., a provider of integrated material handling and storage systems for industrial operations, is the first post in which we will have a few blog posts on robotics, jobs, and how millennials figure into the future of manufacturing. This post is chock full of great statistics and other great articles to discover around these subjects.

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Food containers on asian kitchen shelf

Editor’s Note: This is a blog post about remembering the fundamentals in order to achieve success. Of course, we live in a high technology powered supply chain world, but often, as we noted in our 5 Upfront LTL Tips post, if you don’t remember the basics and best practices, no technology is going to fix those issues, but only make them more apparent.

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lean visuals

Good visuals that help plan, schedule, organize and communicate information are an essential part of a lean environment. Recent studies show that as high as 83% of human learning occurs visually.  Good visuals have a positive and sustainable impact on productivity, quality, equipment, reliability and employee engagement.

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Unless you’re superman, you’re not going to be lifting heavy pallets anytime soon. Enter the forklift. Forklifts are great tools for businesses that need them. But, they can also be very dangerous. Safety is the primary concern around these heavy machines, so understand when they need to be inspected and fixed. We’ve also added a handy infographic at the bottom of this post for quick viewing.

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Needs for efficient reverse logistics systems continue to increase as e-commerce claims greater market share, and as so many traditionally functioning businesses grow and inevitably incur increasing volume of returns. This presents opportunities for developing new revenue streams, an exciting challenge to logistics professionals.

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Agility is needed in an ever-changing market. A supply chain that is transparent with an open uration can accept the changes that the Internet of Things or IoT will bring. This nascent concept will provide faster communications from device to device without human input. Learn more to get ready for the next wave of communications: the supply chain internet of things.