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Five Technologies Making Logistics and Supply Chain More Efficient

The supply chain, and its logistic challenges, affect a company’s distribution efficiency and impacts the quality of the product that company wants to deliver. (How well does it survive the journey?)

Supply chain management is critical to productivity and we have seen a paradigm shift in the way it is done, most notably in adoption of modern technology to enhance efficiency and accountability.

Computerized chain management gives us better visibility and real-time tracking of the entire chain. Smartphones, GPS devices, and other tools have expanded mobile supply chain connectivity as well. Supply managers can now make adjustments much more quickly, which reduces disruptions, errors and costs. Which raises customer satisfaction!

Here are five examples of how technology is transforming how the supply chain works:

  • Radio Technology
    Tracking of shipments, and the products within them, improves dramatically with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. We can effectively monitor every product as it moves through our intermodal system. RFID chips on all items also helps employees to quickly detect errors and correct them.
  • Advanced Weighing Technology
    Onboard truck scales allow for seamless operations when a platform scale is not available. The scales measure payload weight and the truck’s gross weight. They enhance productivity by ensuring a truck carries the maximum weight right from the point of loading.
  • Social Media Revolution
    Customer Service operations have been very active in opening more channels of communication between all the players in the supply chain. Real-time messaging apps on phones keep people connected on the road with all stakeholders in the supply chain. Respond to questions, report in real-time about incidences and resolve issues as they happen.
  • Transport Management Software
    The use of computerized shipping and tracking systems helps to integrate all operations from one panel. And it is now possible to have such a panel in your mobile device. Organize your inventory data, manage shipping, monitor distribution and create an electronic bill of landing anywhere, any time.
  • Data Analytics
    Every new tool generates a fresh volume of data, which the supply chain management can use effectively if organized and analyzed. RFID, customer surveys, CRM transactions and call center logs all add to the pile of big data. Much remains to be done to make Big Data useful, but every day sees progress.

The whole idea of adopting technology in supplies management is to simplify the process. This will help reduce costs and minimize business risk in the supply chain. Leveraging these innovations is a way to stay ahead of the competition.

Rely on a Bay Area Trucking Company for Innovative Logistics Solutions

R&A Trucking provides intermodal container services for multiple Bay Area ports like Richmond, Oakland, Lathrop, Stockton, and San Francisco. Over the years, R&A Trucking has managed to create longstanding relationships with terminal operators at most ports. This helps to expedite the transportation of clients’ products from origin point to destination. The logistics coordinators at R&A Trucking applies the most appropriate mode of intermodal transportation so that containers can be moved in the most effective manner possible. The company also offers expert storage, rail and trucking services as part of the intermodal transportation service package.

 

 

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Supply Chain Technology Trends 2018

Digital disruption continuously changes how we do business. A strategy that proved effective in 2017 may start to phase out in 2018. Companies, therefore, need to embrace this ongoing digital transformation and reshape their business models to improve customer experience, redefine their brand positioning, and enhance customer expectations. Every logistics company in the supply chain needs to keep track of the following trends in 2018. Continue reading

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The Holiday Shipping Logistics Crush of 2017

We are now in the thick of the holiday season. Lots of folks out there are spending quite a bit online to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, and this is where logistics come in. Without the right channels and people in the right places, those gifts will never reach their owners in time. Logistics refers to the complex operation between the point of origin of a product and its point of consumption. It is a highly specialized process that makes sure every item ordered is released from the manufacturer in top condition and gets all the way to the consumer unscathed.

What are the logistics of this holiday season?

We are past the middle of December, and this is a rather hectic time for consumers. While 25% of consumers already shopped in the month of November, the expectation is that 43% are still in the midst of their holiday shopping as the middle of December passes, and the statistics indicate that they are ready to splurge on gifts, with an estimated one third of household budgets going to gifts this month. The average family is going to spend a little over $1,200 on gifts, so logistics providers need to be ready to handle this kind of volume.

In order to understand how the 2017 season is stacking up from a logistical standpoint, we need to look at what happened in 2016. Omni-channel trades for that year’s holiday season amounted to $1 trillion. This year, experts project a 4.2% increase, which is saying something. E-commerce sales in particular totaled $110 billion, and there are excited murmurs about that rising 15.8% this year. Within the total e-commerce number, mobile commerce is also going to be a big deal this year, with an incredible 45% surge projected over 2016’s $22.7 billion in business.

It gets even better

Last year was “the year of massive parcels volumes,” as the holiday statistics would suggest.

  • The United States Postal Services delivered 750 million packages.
  • United Parcel Service did 700 million.
  • FedEx did 357 million.

In 2016, retailers hired 738,800 temporary employees to manage the surge in gifts being transported across the country.

So, 2016 was a massive year for holiday season logistics. If preliminary figures are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be far bigger. Now more than ever, retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar, need to really stay focused on prompt and accurate order fulfillment.

Oakland Bay Area Logistics

If you are in need of logistics, warehousing & distribution, or intermodal services, R&A Trucking is the go-to company in the Oakland Bay Area. To speak with a representative today call 510-632-7112 or use our online contact form.

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5 Tips for Better Shipping Logistics: Ways to Save Time, Trouble and Money When Shipping

Logistics can make or break a company. When people think of a shipping company’s logistics, they mainly think only of the shipping and receiving elements. However, the thought process should involve the whole company, external companies, carriers, vendors and end users. It’s a process that revolves around moving products from your suppliers to the end user. For a shipping company to have a successful logistics plan, there are several key elements that can be followed to ensure that your company is effective and efficient while keeping customers well satisfied with the end result. Continue reading

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Tips on How to Improve Your Transloading Operations

Companies have to be smart about logistics to improve their bottom line. To reach the customer on time, the company needs to come up with a fast and flexible supply chain. Transloading is one way to improve logistics, especially when the shipment involves bulk items. The right method of transportation allows the company to move faster and spur growth. However, as a company, you need the right strategy to ensure you get the best out of your transloading process. Here are some tips that will help you turn the process into a seamless operation; Continue reading

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Logistics Tips: Increasing Shipping Efficiency

Proper logistics fosters cross-functional harmony across your business. With the right logistics system in place,  trucks, vendors and warehouses are enabled to play their role most effectively. When all these components are working together, products are delivered on time and in good condition. From the warehouse to the customer, goods are transported smoothly and reliably. On the contrary, an underdeveloped supply chain that has deficiencies might result in missing product and unnecessary expenditure. If you want to increase your shipping’s efficiency, then you must manage all aspects of the supply chain properly. How do you go about it? Continue reading

Gain Efficiency in Your Warehouse Management

When products are delivered on time to the satisfaction of customers, it is easy to assume that your company is performing efficiently. However, there are numerous tweaks that can be implemented to make a positive impact on your firm’s bottom line. Most people think that  strong warehouse efficiency is all about getting products delivered on time, while keeping everything in place. However, efficiency in warehouse management is all about maximizing productivity, while saving money and time. Continue reading

Maximize Your Intermodal Efficiency

How to: Maximize Your Intermodal Efficiency

With increased fuel prices, driver shortage and as well as continued government policies that reduce service hours on the road, truck capacity is compromised. As a shipper, you need to find means of lowering costs, improving service delivery. One of the best ways of achieving that is through intermodal services. Intermodal transportation is more efficient and more cost effective when it comes to cargo transportation, as compared to using highways. If you are in the business of logistics, the following tips can greatly improve your intermodal efficiency. Continue reading

5 Quick Tips on Logistics Management

Logistics Management Tips

Any company whose business entails providing a variety of services and products to consumers should have a well-defined logistics strategy. This is importance towards the sustainability of that business as well as providing the highest standards of service at all times. Logistics mainly deals with supply of materials, when they must be transported, delivery, and time considerations, to ensure the entire procedure runs smoothly from start to completion. Continue reading

Transportation and Logistics Industries Take New Cyber-Security Measures

Bay Area Logistics Companies Face Cyber-Security Threats

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Technological innovations are changing the way business is conducted in the world. The transportation, shipping, and logistics industries have not been left behind. Technology has dramatically changed how entities within this industry function, in almost every aspect. From the application of Bluetooth technology to track products and services, to the increased efficiency and affordability in the transportation management systems, technology has become integral in this industry.

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