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Relieving physical stress of warehouse workers through ergoskeletons that share loads

The holiday season is upon us, which in times of ecommerce and highly discounted retail storefronts would mean heavily concerted logistics operations behind the curtains. The primary stakeholders in this movement of freight are the workers at ground zero – be it truckers, warehouse employees, or last-mile delivery workers.  Workers within the logistics segment are …

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5 transportation management system trends for 2020

Transportation management systems (TMS) continue to drive plenty of value for organizations, but it is still not a saturated market. A ResearchandMarkets.com analysis of the global TMS market has found that it will register a compound annual growth rate of 19.13% until 2024 – and for good reason: consultancy ARC Research said a TMS can …

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The black Angus bull trade and the need for tracking its supply chain

A consignment of 250 black Angus-cross weanling bulls made its way from Ireland to Algeria on Nov. 21 , marking the advent of Irish cattle into the African country and potentially opening up a new market for Irish livestock – especially with the reality of Brexit looming. This delivery is the first livestock to head …

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Loadsure joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

The latest company to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) is Loadsure, a London-based company that is an international InsurTech Managing General Agent (MGA) with a focus on the freight spot market. Loadsure’s U.S. affiliate is located in Denver, Colorado. Blockchain technology enables companies to identify and track transactions digitally and share this information …

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Fretlink adds delayed fuel payment and trailer rental features to its platform

French freight matching startup Fretlink has introduced a new set of features to its Platform of Services. The features were developed based on the needs of carriers and are now accessible by Fretlink’s most active carrier partners across France. These services were built in partnership with equipment service provider TIP and UNION TANK Eckstein (UTA), …

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Lufthansa, Etihad leverage digital interface to capture more cargo reservations

Lufthansa Cargo has begun offering qualified commercial customers and partners greater digital connectivity to its reservation system, giving logistics providers a fast, no-haggle way to book space for shipments. Automating the booking process is a new trend among airlines keen on attracting more business by simplifying the experience and is a requirement to play on …

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Blockchain can help end child labor in cosmetics supply chains

The cosmetics market is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with it being valued at $532 billion last year and projected to grow rapidly – buoyed by social media influencers and targeted marketing. But what is ironic is the fact that sustaining the world of glitz and sparkle ultimately boils down to lackluster …

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Watch for five supply chain ERP trends in 2020

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is essential to help your supply chain run smoothly and provide insight into daily operations. Here are five changes you should expect for ERP software for 2020, and how they’ll likely affect the supply chain.  1. A growing realization that ERP systems and associated technologies cut costs When the Supply …

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SmartDrive video insights: Change management and change leadership aren’t the same thing

This is final installment in a series of videos produced by FreightWaves and SmartDrive, recorded at the recent SmartDrive Customer Conference in Atlanta. FreightWaves editor-at-large John Kingston discussed several key issues in trucking and transport today with both SmartDrive executives and several conference speakers.   “Change management” and “change leadership” are two phrases that tend to …

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Tesla finally settles on Berlin for its next Gigafactory

At the annual Goldene Lenkrad (Golden Steering Wheel) auto awards ceremony in Germany, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, announced that the electric carmaker will commence plans on its next manufacturing hub – the Gigafactory – in Berlin. If the plans come to fruition, this will be Tesla’s fourth Gigafactory (the others are located in …

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