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Transportation TIP List: Week of October 2nd, 2016

Posted - October 5, 2016

As we flip the calendar from September to October, Major League Baseball transitions to its postseason with the first pitch of the wild card games this week. And like the pressures and challenges of playoff baseball, there is certainly pressure when it comes to guiding shippers through an ever-evolving transportation industry. This week’s TIP List takes a closer look at a number of key aspects in the future of the supply chain.

  • Omni-Channel’s Ripple Effect on Transportation: For retailers, direct-to-consumer fulfillment is causing purpose-built store replenishment DCs some frustration. These “omni-channel” behaviors have changed demand patterns and affected transportation.
  • Logistics Hotspots: Nine That Shine: As U.S. manufacturers continue to expand their operations, they often look for cities that have either recently emerged as logistics and distribution center hubs, or are about to, such as Columbus, Eastern Pennsylvania and Greenville-Spartanburg.
  • A Smart Supply Chain Starts With Smart People: The supply chain industry is currently lacking key talent, and with a growing interest in implementing IoT and big data initiatives, a certain skill set must be cultivated within an organization’s workforce.

What is the “wild card” of industry trends that you’re keeping an eye on this week?