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The digital evolution has created a dramatic surge in the quantity of business data, providing tremendous opportunities to gain valuable insight into processes that can improve organizational efficiency and performance. However, much of this data resides in silos, limiting the ability to readily access this information and achieve a holistic view of operational efficiency.

Without a unified location to house multi-sourced data, businesses are resigned to time-consuming,  manual processes to compile information and attempt to extract value. With a rich history of providing customers with data analytics services, Versiant, a leading managed services provider, offers a digital enhancement to its existing services. Powered by Microsoft technologies, Versiant Data Analytics as a Service provides a centralized, cloud-based data warehouse that empowers enterprise with greater agility, increased analytics and reporting proficiency, and standardized access with unifying data definitions. Driving businesses’ transformational journeys to data, DAaaS provides critical insights into key performance indicators to promote growth and increase competitive advantage.

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LANXESS, a global specialty chemicals supplier, selected Odyssey Logistics & Technology to track multiple assets for four business units that provide products across 33 countries.

THE CHALLENGE

References to control towers generally conjure up images of tall buildings lurking in the middle of airports, filled with air traffic controllers hovering over numerous radar screens to ensure every aircraft departs and arrives safely. While there may not be a physical “tower,” a supply chain and logistical control tower works in a similar fashion, providing visibility across multiple operations, assets and services. When LANXESS was challenged with managing a variety of assets across multiple partners and countries such as ocean containers, rail cars or ISO tanks, its team turned to Odyssey to help track these resources.

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Increasingly complex omnichannel business models are resulting in correspondingly complicated global supply chains. Maximizing efficiencies for time and cost in moving freight around the world is mission critical. This paper takes a high-level look at three opportunities for optimization: cargo consolidation, cargo risk management, and customs management.

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STRENGTHEN YOUR STRATEGY WITH INTERMODAL

Amid mounting disruptions to the transportation industry, now is the time for shippers to both diversify shipping strategies and lock in relationships with strategic intermodal carriers. 

Read this guide to learn about the mounting disruptions to consider when planning your transportation strategy and how to:

  • Increase on-time delivery and reliability with intermodal carriers experienced in precision-scheduled railroading (PSR)
  • Secure reliable intermodal equipment and driver capacity by using asset-based intermodal carriers
  • Work with intermodal carriers prepared to comply with upcoming industry regulatory changes, such as the ELD mandate, the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and Assembly Bill
  • The importance of developing strategic relationships with intermodal carriers to obtain long-term benefits for cost, capacity and service

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Online freight transportation procurement tools offer the opportunity to untangle the current mess around the less-than-truckload and truckload bidding process. When looking for carriers in a bid for transportation sourcing, shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) should focus on improving the accuracy of their data before submitting, leveraging technology to catch and correct common mistakes. In addition, stakeholders must move the transportation request for proposal (RFP) process beyond spreadsheets and embrace online platform possibilities to competitively manage the complexity of multiple bids, streamline resources, and maximize choice and flexibility. Click Here to view.

“Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” With those fateful words, uttered by President Trump in March 2018, the US government embarked on a prolonged conflict that will have lasting conse­quences not just for the economies of the US, but also for China and the global trading community. Over the course of two months this summer and fall, the JOC interviewed numerous industry stakeholders, economists, and other experts about the lasting impact the trade war has had on supply chains that, in some cases, were decades in the making. Whether an agreement is reached in the short term or not, manufacturing and transportation networks have changed in ways that will continue to play out for years. Read how in the wide-ranging JOC whitepaper.

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  • E2 Open

Supply chains are running at full steam, despite many obstacles; rising transportation costs, sourcing shifts, retaliatory tariffs, demanding customers and other challenges will affect all industries - and often not for the better. This eBook discusses the stormy, highly unpredictable environment of global trade and the measures you can take to keep your supply chain from becoming a casualty. Topics covered include: how you can manage supply chain disruptions, maximize free trade agreements, reduce compliance risk and how to digitize your supply chain.

 

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  • ICE Global Transport

Some steamship lines advise shippers of heavy freight to limit container weight to 44,000 pounds or even less to remain within so-called “legal” limits. 

Shippers who abide by this guidance could be shipping 25% more containers a year than needed – andpaying for the privilege.

This eBook from I.C.E. Transport explains how heavy freight shippers can unlock a six-figure savings opportunity.  You'll learn:

  • What are the true weight limits for container freight?

  • Why are land side services the key to ocean freight savings?

  • How are other importers shipping smarter for big savings?

Download the eBook to learn the ins and outs of efficient ocean shipping of heavyweight and over-sized freight.

 

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By pulling the collective resources of the members to provide intermodal chassis, NACPC is able to offer at-cost pricing, which provides trucking companies significant savings compared to the competition.