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Ecommerce is One of the Factors Creating Uncertainty and Driving Change in the Logistics Industry

CSCMP’s Annual State of Logistics Report titled Accelerating into Uncertainty makes the point, among other data and information, that overall logistics/delivery costs have declined in the last few years, even though energy prices have increased.

It seems as if consumer behavior is becoming the primary driver of logistics spending, rather than energy prices, and this, coupled with more widespread adoption of innovative technologies, is fundamentally changing the industry.

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Ecommerce is One of the Factors Creating Uncertainty and Driving Change in the Logistics Industry

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The Road Forward for the Supply Chain Industry

The world is changing, and so is the supply chain. Several factors have affected the way supply chains are designed, managed, and operated over the last few decades, e.g. increasing globalization, a shift in customer demand and expectations, and others, but the single biggest factor affecting the growth and structural change of most supply chains is technology – driven mostly by three core developments: the introduction and widespread use of the smartphone, expanded and freely available internet bandwidth, and connectivity at levels far greater than ever before via cloud-based solutions.

The report, Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0 (powered by MHI) takes a detailed look at the changing supply chain landscape by focusing on the four key forces in the supply chain: technology, consumers, workforce, and logistics infrastructure.

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The Road Forward for the Supply Chain Industry

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Jeff Waller, CEO & Founder, Waller & Associates, LLC

Meet Jeff Waller, Our CEO and Founder

At Waller & Associates, LLC, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our CEO and founder, Jeff Waller. Jeff earned his MBA and BBA degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce and spent the first 15 years of his career in operations running distribution centers. In 1999, he left the corporate world to develop GroceryWorks.com, which was sold to Safeway two years later. Following this endeavor, Jeff started doing consulting work and moved into the technology sector with Manhattan and Voxware.

Jeff Waller, CEO & Founder, Waller & Associates, LLC
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Meet Jeff Waller, Our CEO and Founder

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The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report – The Effect of Technology on Modern Supply Chains

Disruptive technologies and innovations are fundamentally changing the way supply chains operate.

The supply chain in most modern businesses is no longer mostly focused on simply moving goods, material, and products from one place to another. In keeping with the information age in which we live and do business, today’s supply chain is the foundation of a data-based system that aims to maximize efficiency and continually meet or exceed customer requirements and expectations.

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The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report – The Effect of Technology on Modern Supply Chains

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Warehouse and Distribution Center Optimization

Warehouse and Distribution Center Optimization: Two Key Factors

Warehouse and distribution center optimization is a key to increasing productivity and cutting costs in any organization that receives, stores, and dispatches products during their normal business operations. Two of the most important factors impacting how well-optimized a goods handling facility is include:
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Warehouse and Distribution Center Optimization: Two Key Factors

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Supply Chain Optimization: Three Improvement Factors

In recent times, a lot of forward-thinking businesses have realized the importance of supply chain optimization. There is little point working to increase sales and generate more revenue if the profits made are simply being bled off by a supply chain infrastructure that is inefficient and costly to run.

Something else worth bearing in mind is that an inefficient supply chain may not only be costing the company a lot of money and reducing overall profits, but this inefficiency may be noticed by customers and annoy them to the point where they stop buying from the business – thus reducing sales and revenue and causing a double-whammy effect on the company’s bottom line.

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Supply Chain Optimization: Three Improvement Factors

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Meet Mark Kidwell – Our Managing Director of Operational Excellence

At Waller & Associates, LLC, providing our clients with superiority in everything we do is at the core of our organization and one of the reasons we are able to accomplish this is because of our excellent team. Today, we want to introduce you to Market Kidwell, our Managing Director of Operational Excellence.

Meet Mark Kidwell – Our Managing Director of Operational Excellence
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Meet Mark Kidwell – Our Managing Director of Operational Excellence

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External Warehouse Management Systems vs. ERP Inventory Modules

Most ERPs on the market today include some form of inventory control module, not a warehouse management system (WMS) – there is a big difference, and very often what is called a WMS is effectively an ICS. Even where ERPs do actually contain a type of WMS, it is often very basic and concentrates on only a few aspects of warehouse control, e.g. order processing/picking, binning/put away, and stock counting, rather than being a comprehensive system that controls, and reports on, all aspects of the warehousing operation.

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External Warehouse Management Systems vs. ERP Inventory Modules

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