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Learning about the Power of Data Visualization

Learning about the Power of Data Visualization
We live in a world that’s driven by data. If you take a look at your everyday life – you’ll quickly see just how much data plays a role in everything you do. Check your phone today? That just generated a lot of data. Maybe you have a smart thermostat at home? That’s definitely generating data. Or, maybe you just asked Alexa to turn on your favorite radio station. Not only does that create more data, that also helps fuel an AI engine. The point here is that in the age of data, working with information not only makes our lives easier, it gives us tools to be more productive. From power grids and water systems to hospitals, public transportation, and road networks, the growth of real-time data is remarkable for its volume and criticality. Where once data primarily drove successful business operations, today it is a vital element in the...
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Improving technology to keep transportation management costs down

Improving technology to keep transportation management costs down
Everyone is trying to reduce transportation costs by optimizing business processes, but not all succeed. To understand why that happens, one need not look into the ‘what’, but the ‘how’. The internet is dotted with scores of articles listing best practices and hacks to help shippers save on freight charges. However, what one must understand is that all such initiatives must be customized to address the context in which their organization is operating. And to do so effectively, one of the best ways is to leverage technology. But I am using technology! Sure. Every organization is using technology in some form or the other, whether it is Excel sheets, ERP, Cloud technology, or AI. But are you using the technology that serves your unique requirements? The answer is neither to jump on to the next-shiny-thing bandwagon, nor is it to be so smug about your organization’s technological prowess, that you don’t...
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5 lessons to learn from Amazon in transportation management

5 lessons to learn from Amazon in transportation management
Transportation was never really supposed to be Amazon’s domain. But today FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Services are threatened by the ecommerce juggernaut’s gradual expansion into their territory. Gartner’s 2016 report states that Amazon has made vast investments in its distribution and delivery network and is poised to disrupt both the 3PL and the last mile delivery agents. Agreed, that Amazon can afford to pour millions of dollars into an industry it wishes to dominate. However, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Let’s take a look at the factors that you could take inspiration from. First: Focusing on customer experience Amazon’s approach is completely geared towards meeting or surpassing their customers’ expectations. As per a McKinsey report, Amazon scores 13% higher than the top 5 US retailers combined in customer experience rating. The point to be noted is that even though Amazon specializes in B2C,...
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Overcoming the challenges of LTL shipping

Overcoming the challenges of LTL shipping
When looking for ways to optimize transportation cost, Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping is one of the first options to come to mind. By paying only for the space you use instead of the entire truck, you can significantly reduce your expenditure. However, several challenges complicate the seemingly simple practice. Let’s take a look at some of them and the ways in which you could offset those challenges. Damages In Transit Goods transported via LTL shipments are handled several times during the transit. The number of times the shipment would be transferred from one truck to another would depend upon the destination, the distance, the configuration of the goods in each truck, and the delivery deadlines among others. In other words, there’s no telling exactly how many times your shipment will change hands. Moreover, the probability of your shipment getting damaged is directly proportional to the number of times it is...
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Logistics is Getting Even More Complicated: Learn How Data Creates Competitive Advantages and Greater Efficiency

Logistics is Getting Even More Complicated: Learn How Data Creates Competitive Advantages and Greater Efficiency
What leading organizations have done around logistics is nothing short of extraordinary. Same-day deliveries, pictures of your item at your front door, advanced tracking capabilities, and new ways to find efficiencies in transporting pretty much anything. However, behind this awesome logistics message are a lot of gears and IT components working very hard to make this all possible. The age of the Internet has made logistics way more complicated simply because of the sheer number of new people leveraging so many delivery mechanisms. And here’s the reality, as a logistics organization, you simply cannot be complacent when it comes to adopting new solutions to make you more efficient. The race is on to define the industry’s future. And with an estimated US$4.6 trillion of revenues at stake, companies can’t afford to sit back and watch; they need to adapt to changing markets proactively. A PwC report recently pointed out that customer...
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